THE SUBLIME YACHT STORY
We know yachts, and we understand chartering inside out!
How? Because we spent years working onboard as yacht crew, cooking, cleaning, and creating a luxurious and relaxing experience for our guests. Racking up thousands of nautical miles and sailing and cruising around the world while we did it.
Our inside knowledge and personal experience will guide you in selecting the perfect yacht and destination for your ultimate holiday. We’ve visited the ports, we’ve lived on the yachts night and day, and we know the tiny touches that take your charter from wonderful to truly Sublime.
Now it’s our mission to provide exemplary service for our clients from start to finish. From the first inquiry via phone or email, to the moment you step off the yacht’s paserelle at the end of your charter feeling totally relaxed but not quite ready to leave. We are tried and true specialists who are committed to ensuring your charter experience is nothing less than exceptional.
Helen Whysall, Founder and Managing Director
Helen has dedicated more than 20 years to the professional yachting industry. with close connections in Mallorca, one of the world’s yachting capitals, a long way from where she grew up in landlocked Johannesburg.
She trained to become a professional chef in the Prue Leith college of Food and Wine in South Africa with a goal to see the world. At age 21, after a brief spell of working in restaurants in London and no yachting background, she found herself in Palma where her talents in the kitchen, her passion for life, and a desire to travel led her into a decade of working in yachting.
In that time she has sailed and worked in all of the most popular charter destinations around the globe. She crossed the Atlantic 9 times, took part in offshore racing, and worked aboard some of the most prestigious sail and power yachts in locations from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and beyond.
Helen’s background as yacht crew, along with her passion and deep knowledge of the charter industry makes her perfect for creating the most Sublime holiday.
Without doubt the charter holiday that Helen arranged for my wife’s birthday celebration was simply perfect, there were six of us onboard including a 2 year old and it was a special time we had together, the whole process was easy and we had the most perfect time, Helen arranged everything, we will and have recommended to friends to contact Helen to arrange their charter holidays, we are looking forward to our next charter. Helen did a great job.
DAWN MACPHEE | Charter Broker
Dawn grew up sailing the seas of Nova Scotia, Canada, but dreams of sun and sand lured her away to the Caribbean after her first round of university. It began with a brief stint at a beach bar in the British Virgin Islands, and soon she joined the crew of a luxury sailboat in Antigua.
Her adventures as a chief stewardess on charter yachts took her across the Atlantic 4 times, all over the Caribbean, Mediterranean, UK, Florida, New England, even through the Suez Canal to the Maldives where she survived the 2004 tsunami.
Over the years she gained first hand knowledge of destinations along with an intimate understanding of making every charter truly special for her guests.
Her natural curiosity about the world led her to take a break from yachting to pursue a journalism degree, and she spent a few years ashore working as a TV and radio reporter in Canada. It wasn’t long before love led her back to life at sea, and she resumed her role on yachts for another 5 years.
Today Dawn is land based but she still goes the extra mile for our charter clients, personalising the planning process and asking the right questions to ensure the yacht and the destination are the right fit.
We just completed the annual meeting of the Cruising Club of America. We were commended for the work we had done to plan the club’s 2020 Mallorca Cruise and then negotiate the unfortunate abandonment due to Covid-19. All of it would not have been possible without your professional assistance.
You and Dawn did an excellent job organising 17 bareboat charters through various vendors and the crewed charter of Rhea. You negotiated the standardised lease agreement we needed and handled the cash flows professionally. When we had to abandon the event, you arranged refunds where applicable in a fair manner. Your background in superyacht charter agreements was essential in reaching a fair settlement of the deposits placed to secure Rhea. It all was time-consuming and was indeed sailing in unchartered waters. You handled it well and maintained your composure.
It is appreciated. Dawn was instrumental in organising our social events. We needed to scout out opportunities for venues that could accommodate our 200 members and provide them with a unique experience. While we were unable to consummate the events, I think we had some good plans in hand. So thank you both for a job well done. We may be back for another try in 2023. In the interim, best