About Sail Connections

Connecting People Everywhere to the Best Sailing Vacations Anywhere

For three decades the Sail Connections team has been introducing people to the pleasures of bareboating and crewed sailboat charter holidays all around the world. Our mission: to put you aboard the best charter sailboat in the destination of your dreams at the price that fits your 

Whether you are an experienced crew of mariners looking for a full bareboat adventure, an occasional sailor leading a group of family or friends on vacation, or a sailing novice with the dream of going places and getting there under sail, we can put you on a boat charter in any one of the world's amazing sailing destinations.

Our service is ruled by personal communications, not algorithms. We talk to you and help you find the right boat in the right place to meet your group objectives in the style that fits your budget. Our services include full bareboat, crewed bareboat and fully crewed scheduled charters. We are also a referral point for sailing professionals conducting occasional sailboat tours who take bookings by the cabin.

Sail Connections was founded in 1990, with the current owners operating the business since 2010. Over that time we have continued to build an international reputation for excellence in charter boat services. We are proud of our record in helping people everywhere experience the joys of sailing on vacation.

Meet our team of charter sailing consultants


 

Robert Cross, Director & Sales: Robert has been sailing all his life. Starting out holidaying on the family keelboat in northern New Zealand, in his 20s he worked as skipper for a yacht charter company in the Ionian Islands of Greece. Returning to New Zealand Robert gained blue water sailing experience and enjoyed the thrills of racing a three-crew Elliott 5.9 trailer yacht, later moving up to another Elliot design, the 44 foot pilothouse yacht Vavoom.

Robert purchased Sail Connections in 2010. It's a vocation and a pursuit that lets him share with others his passion for yachting and sailing holidays. When not travelling to explore new waters and research the best charter destinations and operators world-wide, Robert can be found in the sailing paradise of New Zealand's Bay of Islands.

Robert is on deck to personally guide you through the process of organising your charter boat holiday: an enthusiastic and experienced sailor and traveller who takes great joy in sharing knowledge and being part of your charter experience. Contact Robert.


Carolyn Moloney 

Carolyn Moloney, Sales: Carolyn is originally from Southern California born into a family of boat builders. She grew up around and on the ocean and has a genuine passion for sharing the experience of boating with others. She has done considerable offshore sailing and coastal cruising around the world including the Caribbean, the islands of the South Pacific and the Mediterranean.

Carolyn comes from a technical background in America and Europe and now pursues her passion as part of the Sail Connections sales team. She now calls the Bay of Islands home, returning frequently to Southern California. Contact Carolyn. 


Sue Assad

Sue Assad, Admin & Sales Support: Sue has extensive first-hand knowledge of the boat charter business, having crewed on luxury yachts of varying sizes in the Bahamas, Grenadines and elsewhere in the Caribbean, as well as Tahiti and Fiji the South Pacific. Sue's further sailing adventures include the Cape to Rio race and a voyage from the Canary Islands to Greece.

Sue is in charge of administration and sales support. As such she will prepare all your booking documentation and liaise with you on arrangements. Sue is your go-to person for any queries as you prepare for your charter. 

Originally from South Africa, Sue and her family now live in New Zealand. Contact Sue.


Brian Cross

Brian Cross, Marketing: Brian is responsible for Sail Connections' marketing function, which mainly consists of keeping the website up to date with all the new boats and exciting sailing destinations steadily coming on-stream.

With sailing in the blood and plenty of yachting experience in his younger days, Brian talks the charter business language. He also calls on his many years of experience in organisations large and small to provide policy and strategic support when the need arises. Brian works part-time on a consultancy basis from his home in Canterbury, NZ. Contact Brian.


At Sail Connections, our passion is yachting. Our pledge is to make the right connections for the greatest sailing adventure you can imagine.

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What Sail Connections' clients say about us after their charter boat sailing holiday experiences

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Personal & Environmental Care on Charter: a Message and a Free Offer

    Personal & Environmental Care on Charter: a Message and a Free Offer

    Since my early boating days I’ve lamented over the chemicals put in the ocean. I'd think back to school, when a teacher poured a coloured chemical into water, then challenged us to remove it. That demonstration proved how easy it is to put unwanted additives in water, but how difficult to remove them.

  • The Virgin Islands: Who, What, Where?

    The Virgin Islands: Who, What, Where?

    Putting the Spanish Virgin islands, US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands in context for charter sailing. An extensive group of islands all attractive sailboat vacation options when chartering in the Caribbean. In fact very attractive, when considering the choice of beautiful places to visit and the ease of getting there.

  • 10 Ways to a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body: It Starts with a Sailing Holiday

    10 Ways to a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body: It Starts with a Sailing Holiday

    At Sail Connections we’re all about the personal approach, and we like to share our sailing adventures, and sometimes our deeper thoughts on chartering, having done it so often ourselves.

  • Five Alternative 2020 Mediterranean Sailing Holiday Destinations

    Five Alternative 2020 Mediterranean Sailing Holiday Destinations

    There’s more to the Mediterranean than the high-profile destinations. In 2020, why not expand your horizons, get a little off the beaten tourist path and discover some understated gems. Here are this year's five best lesser-known Mediterranean sailing holiday destinations, all well worth considering for your next voyage.

  • Benefits of Bareboat Sailing in Flotilla

    Benefits of Bareboat Sailing in Flotilla

    Ever considered a sailing holiday in flotilla? Meeting people through the common bond of sailing is a rewarding experience. It expands horizons and circles while leaving some of the best holiday memories to take home. And strength in numbers can bring peace of mind when sailing unfamiliar waters.

The Sail Connections Guarantee

One contact - every option - advice you can trust.


  • Matching any competitive offer
  • Sourcing boats with discounts available
  • Personalising our proposal just for you
  • Qualifying the operator as well as the boat
  • Advising without bias based on 25+ years of experience
  • We do more than just book yachts!

We will match any discount website offer on charter boat price, and still provide our customary high level of service.

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The Essential Guide to Sailing Holiday Charters

The Sail Connections Essential Guide to Bareboat and Crewed Sailing Holiday Charters is jam-packed full of useful tips for getting the most out of your next boat charter. And it is FREE to download.

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