Size / Year Built / Builder
70.0 Ft / 1982 / RPD in Italy
BELLACHA is a 70-foot custom-designed performance sailing yacht. She was built at RPD shipyard in Italy, “for the sporting gentleman who wants to entertain”. BELLACHA had only one previous owner who enjoyed both entertaining and racing, especially in the Trieste Barcolana Regatta, and maintained the yacht in top form. Despite the yacht’s meticulous maintenance, the new owner-operators, Dan and Lisa, decided on a complete refit. As long-time industry professionals, they know the features and upgrades that make a charter sailing yacht a stand-out. Classic styling is enhanced with a contemporary interior and new, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art systems. These will include solar panels on top of the two hard biminis. The low-energy yacht has high-tech insulation for a cool interior with window meshes and air conditioning. BELLACHA’s guest staterooms are outfitted for flexibility. The primary has a walk-around queen bed and plenty of built-in storage. There are two, identical guest cabins that can be configured to sleep up to eight guests. Each has two single berths and two Pullmans. Use one Pullman mattress, fitted between the two singles, to create one roomy, queen bed. The second Pullman is perfect for a child in the cabin with parents. So, whether there are three, or four kids in the cabin, or only two adults, everyone sleeps comfortably! Guests will delight in the expansive deck spaces. There are sunbathing mattresses everywhere, under the two Biminis and on the coach roof. Biminis also have protective shade screens. One of the favorite spots on BELLACHA is the huge swim platform. Great for soaking up sun, it affords super easy access to the sea for swimming, water sports and easy tender access. Captain Dan and Chef/Mate Lisa are skilled professionals with years of charter experience. Guests aboard BELLACHA can anticipate the thrill of performance sailing, fabulous meals according to their preferences, and memorable adventures by sea and ashore. For more information on Bellacha view http://www.medyachtcharters.org/
1 aft cabin with queen berth
2 identical twins wiith one fixed bunk, one fold down bunk and two single berths that can convert to a queen size berth. Total guest capacity 6-10. Guest toiletries provided.
Crew is captain and chef/deckhand with our own accommodation forward of the galley.
-1 aft cabin with queen size berth
-2 identical twins with one fixed bunk, one fold down bunk and two single berths that can convert to a queen size berth.
Our team endeavors to provide up to date and accurate information regarding each yacht in our listing, however some yachts reserve the right to make last minute changes to their availability and rates. With this in mind, please note that premium rates may be attached to certain destinations and dates, such as Christmas and New Years in the Caribbean or July and August in the Mediterranean. Kindly contact us for a proposal that details the yacht’s final rate and availability.
CAPTAIN DANNY ROBINSON
Danny has always loved sailing, it’s in his blood. As a small child he was inspired by his Dad. Sailing was a passion they both shared. He recalls, “I started dinghy sailing aged eight, when Dad purchased a mirror dinghy kit that we built together. We started to race together right away.” No doubt, this close bond with his Dad led to his enjoyment in having kids on board today. He says he loves their energy. “Happy kids and happy parents.”
Danny’s nautical accomplishments began early. He was a keen racer in the Enterprise dinghy class, youth division and won many events. At 14, he became the UK Youth National Champion. He went on to enjoy a naval career in the UK Merchant Navy as a Marine Engineer. He attended Leith Nautical College, Edinburgh, Scotland and UKSA in Cowes, obtaining naval engineering and sailing qualifications, respectively.
In addition to a remarkable navy career, Danny is a professionally qualified yacht captain with a commercial endorsement and 30 years of experience. He has captained private sailing yachts, catamarans and charter yachts. He was a Flotilla Captain for eight summer seasons in Turkey and Greece. The Ionian Islands are favorite cruising grounds. He’s definitely a serious sailor, but he’s also funny, enthusiastic, energetic and fun. He is a gentle instructor for those who want to learn something new, and a delightfully entertaining host.
Danny and his wife Lisa are both highly experienced in the marine industry. From 1995-2005 they operated their own charter sailing yacht, an Irwin 52, in Turkey, Greece, Montenegro and Croatia .Since 2005, they’ve worked together as professional yacht crew for private owners in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. Today, they are thrilled to host charters aboard their beautiful, Italian-built, custom-designed, 70’ sloop, BELLACHA.
MATE/COOK LISA ROBINSON
Lisa was born in a land-locked, village in East Sussex , England, called Wadhurst. So, it was by a strange stroke of luck that she learned to sail. She recalls that when she was very young, work began to construct a reservoir by damming and then flooding a valley about 20 minutes from her home. Bewl Water was created, which is now the largest body of inland water in south east England. She says, “The new reservoir gave me the chance to learn dinghy sailing. I started sailing Optimists, then moved on to the Mirror, the Topper, the fireball ,and finally got onto windsurfing.” Thus, her lifelong passion for sailing began.
After finishing school, Lisa studied interior design at the London School of Furniture. She worked weekends in local gastro pubs, picking up cooking tips in the kitchens and serving tables. After receiving her diploma, she went to work for Neilson Holidays. She says, “Working for Neilson gave me a great base in the hospitality industry. I gained my dinghy and windsurf instructor certification and a lot of experience teaching sailing. Also, for two winter seasons, I was both managing and cooking in ski chalets in Italy and Austria.”
“My inspiration and passion are for Mediterranean cuisine using fresh, local, and when available, organic produce. My cooking style reflects my extensive experience cooking in Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy and Spain. My guests’ favorites are fresh lobster & seafood pasta. My personal favorite foods are fresh juices and whole foods.”
While Lisa specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, she also excels in preparing restricted menus including Kosher, allergy-free, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. Lisa values an active lifestyle and a healthy diet. She believes in the health properties of individual foods and vegetables including ‘super foods. Her goal is to delight guests aboard BELLACHA with cuisine that not only tastes amazing, it makes them feel amazing as well.
Inclusions and exclusion are not standardized across the different yachts, with each offering slightly different terms. Please contact us for a proposal that details the yacht’s availability, individual pricing based on the number of guests in your party and particular dates, as well as the list of the inclusions and exclusions for that particular yacht.
This yacht offers an “All Inclusive” Rate:
Typically this includes all your breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Standard Ship's Bar which includes your alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Fuel for the yacht and its tender, and the necessary water for the onboard facilities. Use of the Yacht’s onboard equipment and the Captain, Chef and Crew’s services.
Excluded are airport transfers costs, onshore excursions and tours, as well as any food or beverages purchased ashore. Although optional, crew gratuity is customary at 15% - 20% of the charter rate for the Caribbean and 10% - 15% for the Mediterranean.
Inclusions and exclusion are not standardized across the different yachts, with each offering slightly different terms. Please contact us for a proposal that details the yacht’s availability and individual pricing based on the number of guests in your party, as well as the list of the inclusions and exclusions for that particular yacht.
This Yacht offers a “Plus Expenses” Rate:
Included are the Yacht and its onboard equipment as well as the Captain, Chef and Crew’s services.
Excluded are food and beverages, fuel for the yacht and its tender, any dockage, airport transfers costs, onshore excursions and tours, as well as any cruising permits, licenses and other charter related expenses. Crew gratuity, although optional is customary at 15% - 20% of the charter rate for the Caribbean and 10% - 15% for the Mediterranean.
Advanced Provisioning Allowance:
For "Plus Expenses" charters, yachts request an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), which is generally estimated at 20% - 25% of the base charter fee for sailing yachts (catamarans and monohulls) and at 30%-35% for motor yachts. The APA essentially creates a bank account for the Captain to purchase provisions, fuel, dockage, food, beverages, bar, and other consumables on the charterer's behalf. The Captain will keep all receipts and manage a running balance of the account, so that expenditures can be checked at any time. Any amount not used will be refunded at the end of the charter. If during the charter the costs have exceeded the collected APA, then additional funds will be required for the outstanding bills. All purchases are transparent and nothing is marked up. The APA is used purely for the charterer's provisions and charter-related expenses.