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British Virgin Islands
76 ft sailing catamaran
Accommodates up to 10
1 King suite and 4 queen ensuite cabins**
SCUBA diving onboard

ZINGARA’s name comes from the legend of Countess Zingara, which is Italian for Gypsy woman, who had a life of notoriety and tragedy wandering Africa.

ZINGARA is a Matrix 76 ft sailing catamaran ideal for large groups or two families. There is a giant open-air flybridge for additional space that even has an outdoor Jacuzzi! 10 guests are accommodated in 1 King stateroom, 4 queens. **One queen cabin that can be changed to 2 twin beds. All sheets and blankets are new, and you can enjoy luxurious comforters and bathrobes. Lounge in the steamship recliners on the sky lounge.

The forward-facing master suite occupies most of the width of the yacht and boasts a spa tub for ultimate relaxation. In addition to the standard water toys, there is a Hobie Cat on the yacht which guests can enjoy. ZINGARA is crewed by an energetic crew of 4, Captain, chef, mate & stewardess.

*For Rates, see PRICING Tab below – Holiday weeks may differ, please enquire!



Your Crew


Growing up in Pretoria, South Africa Hugh (right) spent his youth on the water where his passion for water sports and sailing emerged at an early age. He is an avid fisherman and is passionate about life on the water. Upon graduating, Hugh went straight into yachting and completed a Mediterranean season in France where his interest in the industry grew.
Followed by a 12,000 nm delivery which included two Atlantic crossings and sailing up the east coast of Africa, Hugh’s enthusiasm for sailing, fishing, and diving only increased and flourished.
Hugh spent two years sailing through the Caribbean as the first mate where he worked on a catamaran that spent most of its time chartering in the British Virgin Islands, with this experience he is extremely knowledgeable on the best locations for making your charter unforgettable. He looks forward to welcoming you on board and creating the trip of a lifetime.

Maxime (left) Born and raised along the coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa – Maxime thrived as she came to realize her love of the sea.
After completing a Hospitality Management degree and working a further 3 years in various luxury environments, she finally combined her passion for the ocean with the experience gained and grew her skillset to work in yachting and explore the rest of the world.

She started her career as a sole stewardess on a sailing yacht in Monaco and began her first circumnavigation, embarking on an extraordinary adventure sailing the world. Following this, she joined the Oyster World Rally, also participating in the Oyster Antigua Regatta which really ignited her passion and love for sailing.
Having done a circumnavigation while first working as a stewardess and then becoming a chef, she has prepared food in various parts of the world and therefore her cuisine is beautifully diverse and influenced by global flavors.
During her career she has sailed over 50,000 nm thus far, sailing through the North and South Atlantic, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean Sea. Maxime is a vibrant and positive individual, whose caring attitude shines even while working under pressure. She strives to create a guest-centered environment, catering to your needs and specific tastes. She looks forward to having you onboard and satisfying all your culinary needs.


Kyle (left) was born in South Africa and while growing up along the South coast he grew a passion for the ocean. During this time Kyle took up lifesaving where he learned valuable skills and became competent with many water toys such as jet skis, stand-up paddle boards, and kayaks. If Kyle wasn’t busy with lifesaving he would be at the docks growing a keen interest in sailing and water sports. Kyle attended a prestigious boarding school for high school which molded him into a well-mannered, respectful young man always willing to lend a helping hand.

After completing school he studied marketing and ventured into the business world. He then moved up the coast of South Africa to Sodwana Bay, which is where he started his career in the scuba diving industry. He grew a passion for working with guests and being able to show them the beauty of the underwater world. He worked his way up to become an instructor at a 5-star PADI center. After gaining ample experience as an instructor, he was invited to qualify as a PADI staff instructor where he trained and assisted Divemasters to become qualified instructors.

Kyle also loves fishing and is also a keen spear fisherman, which has come from his free diving experience. He is keen and always willing to take guests out to enjoy any water sports and experience the beauty of the open ocean. Kyle’s goal is to gain experience in the industry and to one day become a captain, but for now, he enjoys his time on the water with his crew and the guests that come onboard. He is always ready for adventure, loves a challenge, and is never shy to try something new.


Gabriella (left) was born and raised in a small town on the coast of South Africa called Knysna. Growing up by the sea, her love for the ocean is unmatched. Almost every moment of her free time was spent surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, or kayaking. Gabriella has always loved the sailing world and feeling the freedom the wind brings while being on the water. While in school Gabriella played water polo, further strengthening her swimming skills. After school, Gabriella went on to become an Au Pair, living in several countries including, England, the United States, and France. In 2019 Gabriella won Au Pair of the Year while caring for four children in New Jersey. This is a national award where she was recognized by both her host family and Au Pair International.

Gabriella has a knack for building relationships and making everyone in her presence feel as though you know her your whole life. Her ability to assimilate into families, juggle responsibilities, and always be two steps ahead propelled her into setting goals and conquering them. In 2021 Gabriella returned to South Africa to pursue her ultimate dream of becoming a professional scuba diver. She went on to complete her diving courses in Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu Natal where she became a PADI Scuba Instructor. This is where she gained ample experience while having many great life experiences. Later on, she furthered her qualifications and obtained her PADI staff instructor, one of the highest levels of certification in diving. In this role, she is qualified to teach students to become instructors which have only expanded her knowledge and experience in the ocean and diving world. Additionally, she is an Emergency First Response Instructor putting safety at the forefront, always vigilant, and always making sure her guests are happy and safe. All of this led to her dream job of combining diving and the yachting industry.

Gabriella is tenacious, hardworking, and always up for an adventure. She has a fun-loving and kind nature loves working with people and makes a great cocktail, always making sure you have a refreshing drink in hand. Gabriella loves to lend a hand in making unforgettable experiences for guests in and out of the water whether it be taking them on an unforgettable dive or making them a cocktail while the sun sets. Gabriella can’t wait to share the beautiful Zingara experience with her crew and the guests doing her utmost best to make the experience an incredible and unforgettable memory.







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Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax11 Pax12 Pax
Summer 2023$47,300$47,300$47,300$47,300$47,300$48,950$50,600$52,300$54,000$0$0
Winter 2023 to 2024$47,300$47,300$47,300$47,300$47,300$48,950$50,600$52,300$54,000$0$0
Summer 2024$47,300$47,300$47,300$47,300$47,300$48,950$50,600$52,300$54,000$0$0

Holiday offers

Please note that Holiday rates are subject to change.

Christmas week: $64,700

New Year week: $64,700


  • Use of the yacht with our Professional Captain and Chef and additional crew
  • All Onboard Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Appetizer, Dinner, and Dessert
  • Snacks – Fresh Fruit, Popcorn, Granola Bars, Chips, Chocolates, and more
  • Beverages – Water, Juices, Sodas, Coffee, Beer, Wine, and a Fully Stocked Bar
  • Water Sport activities
  • WiFi Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cruising permits, national parks fees, fishing permits, taxes, and port fees
  • Fuel for the yacht and dinghy


  • Shore activities such as dining, shopping, or special off yacht excursions
  • Premium Beverages/Wines not normally stocked and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Airport Transfers
  • BVI individual fishing permits
  • Crew gratuity; 15-20% of the charter cost


Highlighted dates are booked, on hold, or unavailable. We may be able to challenge the dates on hold. Please contact us for details. All other dates not highlighted are available. You can use the arrow icons to navigate through the months.

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  • Booked (Booked by another client group already)
  • Hold (Held by another client group, not yet booked, and can be challenged)
  • Unavailable (Blocked out by the Owner and unavailable to challenge)
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  • Air conditioning and fans
  • Heated deck showers
  • Watermaker and generator
  • WiFi internet access
  • Bose home theatre system
  • External speakers in the cockpit and flybridge
  • Large TV lift in the salon
  • PlayStation 3 and lots of games.
  • Apple TV in each cabin
  • TV/DVD in each cabin
  • Jacuzzi on flybridge
  • Cockpit icemaker
  • Barbecue


  • 19′ RIB with 115hp outboard
  • Wakeboard, tube & scurfer board
  • Adult & children waterskis
  • 2 Single  and 2 double kayaks
  • 2 Standup paddleboards
  • Floating mattresses and swimming noodles
  • Fishing rods and tackle
  • Underwater camera/video
  • SCUBA diving/courses onboard


  • Model:  Matrix Catamaran
  • Length: 76′
  • Beam: 38′
  • Draft: 5′
  • Flag:  BVI
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 15 reviews
 by February 2023, Family
Could Not Have Asked For A Better Experience

My wife and I just finished a 6 night charter on the Zingara with our 4 adult kids and their significant others. Our party of 10 was completely comfortable with the 5 suite floor plan. We could not have asked for a better experience. Captain was an absolute professional who takes great care of the passengers and the boat. Safety was always his priority. the deck hand and stewardess catered to our every need and it was fantastic to have 2 scuba instructors on board. And then there was the food….  what a fantastic chef who blew us away every day with her amazing meals, 3 times a day!
This was the sixth charter for my wife and I, two in France and four in the BVI. There were none better or even as good as the Zingara. Congratulations on your magnificent sailing yacht and fantastic crew.

 by March 2023, Family
Exceptional Crew

The captain is light-hearted, but very serious when it comes to the safe operations of the boat therefore you feel a ton of confidence in his capability. The day trips planned were wonderful, and we found the suggestions of things to do very helpful. The logistics of our day trips were well coordinated, and we had a fabulous and diverse experience. The kids of course also loved the water sports, spontaneous snorkeling, and random treasure hunting hikes along various rock formations.
Chef is one of the more talented I have encountered in terms of both presentation and food quality. I have been on larger yachts and I would match the food with that experience. Every meal was different and all home made and fresh, ranging from fresh pasta and homemade bread all the way to elegant seafood dishes and beautiful salads. Also a total delight to be around, and did things like made cookies with my kids in the afternoon. Very detailed and sure to have everything on the provisions list.
The stewardess never hesitated to get us anything we needed, and always took the time to check on us wherever we may be on the boat. Has an incredibly warm personality. Table settings for all three meals of the day were gorgeous, and spent umpteen amounts of time teaching my daughter how to fold napkins and set the table. Also spent a lot of time making seashell necklaces with Elizabeth.
The deckhand assisted us around the boat and off the boat. Was always there lifting and helping us move my 84 year old Dad in and out of the tender. Very professional, and makes anyone feel well cared for on the Zingara.

This is an exceptional crew. They cooperate and work together beautifully, and it is evident in the joy and positive energy they have each day. My kids are still sending videos and crying about missing them so much.

 by Thanksgiving 2021 Charter Guests-Family
Ages 11 To 54 All Had A Great Time

What a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday our family of 10 had!! We can’t thank you three enough…from age 11 to 54 all had a great time. The three of you are fun, professional, patient and attentive. We have chartered for 10 years and, personally, this year’s trip was by far my favorite. I will forever hold memories made!

 by February 2020 Charter Guests
Fabulous Trip!

We had a fabulous trip. It was truly amazing! Crew was great. The captain picked up on our sarcasm pretty quickly and joined right in with us. It was fun with him being our same age.  He was always helping the crew with whatever. Often times a hard worker in the kitchen too, was very quiet and soft spoken and often we had to tell her to smile but she was super sweet and obviously young so I can see how we were a bit intimidating. She would open up in more one on one type situations. She is a very hard worker! The stewardess was great. So funny and joked with us and always there to help and get us whatever we needed. She fit right in perfectly. The chef was amazing. Food was incredible. He said we were his fav group thus far bc we weren’t picky and we let him do his thing and finished our plates, lol! I was shocked how much time they spend in the kitchen. We enjoyed the times he could hang with us.  Overall they were amazing constantly serving our needs. We ended the trip with the crew joining us for dessert and we all shared our favorite things from the week and it was really neat with crew sharing their thoughts too. We pretty much left the entire itinerary up to the Captain which he noted he appreciated that we trusted him. The stops were awesome. Weather was perfect and seas were calmest he’s ever seen.  The boat was nice. Definitely was older and had its flaws at times bc of its age but nothing that stopped us from having a blast. The master room was amazing! I’m hoping we do another trip soon!

 by J. Fedorenko

“Wow, you two are amazing! I’ve been to the BVI numerous times, but THIS was the MOST fabulous time I’ve had!! You are a perfect couple, doing a perfect job, showing us a perfect time!! The meals were out of this world, the sailing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, games, jokes all were great! BUT the hospitality and company was beyond our greatest expectations.

 by January 2019 Guests
Memories For Years To Come

What wonderful experience! The many places that you took us to and the many things we were able to see and do will be a splendid memory for years to come. By far, the best feature was the fabulous food. Day after day the chef knocked it out of the park! fresh bread, vegetables and main courses added inches to my waistline. The crew was cohesive and singularly focused on our comfort and satisfaction. They do it right on Zingara I would welcome an opportunity to sail with this group again.

 by December 2019 Guests

We were all talking over dinner tonight in the Miami airport about what an amazing time we had with you, this past week. Frankly, we were expecting the BVI's to be a bit war torn after the hurricanes, but were pleasantly surprised to see things nearly back to normal. The St. Thomas airport was in fine shape and the islands in the BVIs as beautiful as we remembered. Dinner on Anagada was great, the Soggy Dollar bar was a lot of fun and scuba diving in several very cool spots was a definite highlight. Zingara is a beautiful boat. Extremely comfy and your crew very attentive. We all loved the chef's cooking and the cocktails were tasty and plentiful. My family was pleased to see the BVI's as beautiful as ever and we appreciate you creating a wonderful week for us!!

 by The Brickman Family
Most Wonderful Charter

Our family had one the most wonderful charters ever with Zingara! We have been chartering for many years so I feel very comfortable saying that Zingara is top notch and this was our second charter with her. The crew took such wonderful care of us and anticipated our every need. We all had a ball and we look forward to chartering again ! The crew made certain every evening anchorage was comfortable for us. The food was amazing and even our pickiest eater was happy! Happy Sailing!

 by The Francis Family

We will never forget this trip EVER and hope we can visit the boat and crew again someday, wherever they are.

 by The Asbury family

Thank you for a DELICIOUS and ADVENTUROUS filled week! The boat and our attentive crew exceeded our greatest expectations. The diving, snorkeling and sailing showed us the BVI and Spanish Virgins as we’ve never seen before. Zingara is truly magical… our family has relaxed and reconnected… we will treasure our memories and hope to see you again soon!

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  • Diving is included for certified divers
  • Enjoy learning to Dive with our 2 Dive Instructors
  • All resort courses included
  • Referral O/W Certifications are available
  • Practical included in the charter fee, PADI e-learning theory paid by guests and preferably completed before boarding
  • Compressor onboard

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