About Sail Connections

For more than 25 years, the Sail Connections team has been introducing people to the pleasures of bareboat 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 budget.

Connecting people everywhere to the best sailing vacations anywhere

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.

Founded in 1990, Sail Connections has built 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 front-line team of charter yacht consultants

Robert Cross, Director

Robert Cross, Sail ConnectionsRobert 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 calls the sailing paradise of Bay of Islands home.

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

Giulia Lanotte, Sales Support Co-ordinator

Giulia Lanotte

Giulia comes to us with a background in Retail operations management. Hailing from the Italian city of Milan, she has been working for the last five years with a large clothing chain based in the Netherlands. Now she calls New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands home.  

Giulia has a Master’s degree in Communications and Marketing, and brings strong customer service skills to our busy Paihia office. Giulia will work closely with you on the details of your charter booking. She will also liaise with your boat operator on preparations for your arrival at base, so you can sail away on your charter holiday with everything in hand.

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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