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allende wins at bvi show

Living up to its name (in Spanish “Beyond”), Catamaran ALLENDE certainly went above and beyond in taking home awards at the 2021 BVI Yacht Show. The event occurred November 3-6 at the Nanny Cay Resort and Marina on Tortola. The four-day show saw CYS members, visiting charter yachts, brokers, and other industry partners mingling at a socially safe distance. This stunning 44-foot Fountaine Pajot catamaran took home three wins:

  • The Best cocktail by Captain Graham Gips
  • Runner up for Best in Show

ALLENDE: The Award-Winning Yacht

A roomy, light-filled interior and thoughtfully designed floor plan welcome guests of all ages. There’s a balanced mix of private living and social spaces for couples, families, and groups of friends. The salon doors slide away to connect the outdoor dining area and the interior salon. Seamless windows provide 360-degree views of the islands around them.

Sailing catamaran Allende wins in the BVI
Catamaran Allende


Award-winning yacht ALLENDE boasts three beautifully appointed, private staterooms for up to six guests. Each cabin features a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with an electric flush head, separate shower, sink, and vanity cabinet with mirror.

Guests fall asleep on 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens topped with a cotton coverlet. Fluffy white towels for bathing and quick-drying Turkish towels for the beach are provided. Each cabin has individual A/C controls, a 110V power outlet, two reading lights, a fan, and ample closet space and storage.

The Crew

Captain Graham Gips is an engineer by training who spent a successful 10-year career in the oil and gas industry. He learned to sail on a 20-foot racing dinghy with Kristiann as crew. Not only does he love to sail, but he also enjoys teaching guests how much fun it can be to helm and tune the sails. He knows the islands well and can craft an itinerary that suits everyone aboard. When the anchor is set each evening, Graham turns his attention to crafting cocktails to your taste.

Chef Kristiann Gips ran a successful catering company from 2011-2015. She honed her culinary skills by accommodating various daily preferences and dietary needs. She loves to combine gourmet ingredients with local delicacies for new twists on classic dishes.

In 2015, Graham and Kristiann reached a point where they could focus on what they love to do most: travel, host guests, and sail. They have sailed ALLENDE since her launch in France, cruising the Bay of Biscay, the Mediterranean Sea, and crossing the Atlantic to meet you in the British Virgin Islands. Graham and Kristiann hold a Master’s 50-ton license from the United States Coast Guard and are CPR/First Aid certified.

First Mate Friday Gips is a seven-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer with sea legs. He’s well-mannered and loves the water. He leaps off the front of the boat at anchor and seduces other cruisers paddleboarding by to take him for rides. Friday can climb the swim ladder on his own. For guests who are pet lovers, he is a much-loved addition to their charter. With advance notice, the crew is also happy to confirm Friday’s home ashore.

Reserve Catamaran ALLENDE Today

You will want to reserve your sailing holiday aboard the award-winning yacht ALLENDE. Speak with one of our knowledgeable charter brokers today.

Contact us at 1-321-777-1707 or complete this form to discuss your vacation plans.