First Impression: Cape Arrow
Date toured: May 2012
Capt. Andrea Balzarini has a serious background in racing and is excited that the owner is making Cape Arrow available for regattas and racing charters in addition to regular cruising vacations. He is happy to teach guests how to sail like world-class racers if they want to learn. Of course, guests are also welcome to relax in Cape Arrow’s large protected cockpit (shown in the photo at right) while the crew of three do all the work from the separate cockpit station, which is far aft.
There are four cabins onboard. The master is by far the biggest, and both that cabin as well as the VIP have queen beds with tapered ends. The two other cabins have twin-size beds, and one has a bunk-style Pullman berth.
Because of Cape Arrow’s layout, Balzarini feels she will be an ideal charter yacht for two couples cruising with children. A total of eight guests are allowed under MCA regulations.
The interior aboard Cape Arrow, as with many builds from Southern Wind, is contemporary, clean, and crisp. Warm woodwork and light fabrics create a décor that feels light and fresh, even on days that are overcast and rainy (as it was during my tour).
Cape Arrow is based in the West Mediterranean this summer, with her winter 2012-13 cruising destination yet to be determined. The lowest weekly base rate for charter is €35,000. Bernard Gallay is the management company, and any reputable charter broker can help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin