In March you bemoaned those crazy coeds who swarmed the beaches on Spring Break without masks. By May you cancelled the beach house because you had no clue what the COVID situation might be by summer. And by mid-July you’d give your right arm for a stretch of sand and surf.
Enter “Dauntless on the Bay.” Imagine instead of a crowded beach, three days and nights of privacy on the open water aboard a meticulously appointed, 52-foot luxury blue-water sailing yacht built by French masters to the exacting specifications of its owner-operators. Judy and Jim Brown will not only share their “Dauntless” home with you, but also their love of sailing and adventure. Together, they’ll customize a luxurious get-away with whatever you enjoy most about the Chesapeake Bay this summer and the Virgin Islands this winter.
The former professional landscape architects share a mastery of detail and expertise in creating environments where people can be both relaxed and creative, not to mention 30 years of sailing. Add to that the fact that Judy is also an accomplished personal chef, and you can see how three Dauntless days can blow your COVID cares to the four winds.
“We send out preference sheets to give you options on the types of food and activities you like,” says Judy. Though they don’t have a liquor license, guests can bring their own beverages and Judy is an accomplished mixologist. Potential ports of call include Queenstown, St. Michaels, Tilhman Island or Solomons Island, depending on how long you’d like to sail each day.
"Once the sails fill with air and Dauntless slips through the water, I ask our guests to 'just breathe,'' says Captain Jim.
The yacht’s cockpit offers spacious room to relax and plenty of either sunbathing deck space or full shade cover. Below deck is the master stateroom with a queen walk-around bed and en-suite head, two aft queens and one mid-ship set of bunk beds.
A dingy serves as a water taxi so you can head for land to shop or stroll, or pull out paddle boards or floaties to play on Dauntless’ expansive swim deck off the stern makes it easy to get on and off the boat and serves as a bathing platform with an outdoor shower.
Bay charter dates run through September; the Dauntless is chartered in the Virgin Islands beginning in December. Captain Brown’s credentials include a USCG 50-ton Masters License.
Pricing for up to six guests for three nights ranges from $3,000 to $4,200. Included are overnight accommodations, a personal, gourmet menu onboard (three breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners).
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-989-2553, http://saildauntless.com