3 suites with En Suite Heads, Saloon, Sundeck and spacious Cockpit.
Geoff and Bambi Alexander
About Geoff and Bambi Alexander
Geoff and Bambi were born in Cape Town, South Africa. Geoff has a Building Science degree from University of Cape Town and had his own building company for 25 years. I started out as a nurse and after the children were born entered the food arena, I had a catering company for 15 years. We married in our early 30's and share 5 children, at this stage we have three lovely granddaughters. Geoff has always been into boats and loved dinghy sailing, once we were married he received a brochure in the post advertising a flotilla sailing holiday in Greece. After a quick deck hand sailing course we flew off to Greece and experienced our first keel boat sailing experience. We were hooked and before long had a small boat of our own. Once all their children had completed their education, we set off across the Atlantic in our 34 foot monohull called Alexis, we sold her in America after being seduced by the Catamaran. We built our second boat Alexis 2 a 38 foot catamaran in Cape Town and sailed her once again across the Atlantic to the Virgin Islands where we chartered for 5 happy years. The cruising bug bit, and we decided to sail across the Pacific to Australia, enjoy the exotic South Pacific islands and then hang up our sailing shoes and return home to be the best Grandparents ever. The trip was a dream come true, we wallowed in wonderful adventures and eventually sold Alexis 2 in Sydney. Back in Cape Town with the family we enjoyed fun times and did indeed become excellent Grandparents. But.... the inevitable but.... we missed the life on the water, the wind, the sea and the freedom and fun of sailing, we missed the interaction of meeting new people and finally decided to share the time between home and chartering. We purchased the beautiful Cool Runnings and returned to chartering. Seven years of happy sailing later the HORRENDOUS IRMA hurricane destroyed Cool Runnings in Tortola! Rather than let this devastate us we found another Leopard 46, Alexis 3!
Geoff and Bambi Alexander purchased this Yacht in 2011
Why Geoff and Bambi Alexander chose Road Town
Why the Virgin Islands? Well, they are simply made for sailing. They are set like a string of jewels sparkling in the sunshine in safe protected waters. The yacht Alexis3 acts much like a turtle shell, carrying us and our guests to safe anchorages, a different island, beach or Cay every day. (without having to pack luggage and call taxis!) So very comfortable and when the wind perks up there is some exhilerating sailing ! The beaches are pristine, our favourite being Anegada. (check out Yacht Alexis3, our Face Book page and our article on the beautiful Anegada) Snorkeling and diving is an absolute delight in warm crystal clear waters where inquisitive fish are so friendly they escourt you while you snorkel! There is a good bit of history too concerning Pirates of old and if Robert Louis Stevenson could be inspired to write the classic Treasure Island while on Norman Island then just imagine how intoxicating the Islands can be! We love the laid back (lets live today) atmosphere and have experienced and also seen how theraputic this can be for our guests, who usually only have a week with us but are so revived and envigorated almost as if they have had months of holiday. So far, we have not had one person who would not return in a flash!!
What makes this Yacht unique
We have mentioned above the unique convenience of a yacht, comparing it to a turtle shell, this aspect can not be over emphasized. Imagine visiting these islands, there are 40 of them and having to pack up your belongings everytime you moved on. This would either be highly irritating or you would opt for remaining in one or two places. The yacht affords you a one time unpack session and then a restful vacation. Everything is brought to your doorstep and yet you keep moving.At the same time you have the benefit of walking, touring or exploring the places you get to by dinghy or if you're not feeling so energetic then just fall into the warm velvet water and float watching the palm trees ashore gently blow in the breeze. Add to this the very best gourmet meals, cocktails and drinks if should so choose without having to dress and go out. Before ever considering chartering our yacht this is what captured us, the freedom and ease of travel with out baggage!
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This was our second catamaran charter in BVI, a little pricier than the first but absolutely worth it. Geoff and Bambi are a fantastic team, with two decades of experience on a series of boats, and they know BVI inside and out. You will love their South African accents. We did a half-board charter for a mix of Bambi's cooking and local restaurants. I recommend half-board to help the local economies a bit; they are still recovering from the 2017 hurricanes. We had good food onshore, but Bambi's cooking always beat the best restaurants (she used to run a catering business in Capetown). Geoff is a great captain, very laid back, happy to teach you anything about sailing. The boat's electronics are really impressive,and the boat is super comfortable--a Leopard 46 with easy-to-use toilets, quiet diesel engines and separate generator, cabin fans, paddleboards, even a/c if it gets too humid. We met up in Red Hook (east end of St Thomas, $15 taxi from the airport) did a big counter-clockwise circuit mostly motoring eastward out the Drake Passage, then sailing (sometimes with spinnaker!) out to Anegada and back via Jost van Dyke to Red Hook. Amazing, beautiful places every day.
To our Mackenzie crew!
Thank you for your lovely review, you guys were without doubt a pleasure to have aboard. All of you took advantage of the beautiful ocean, you swam, snorkeled, paddle boarded and most of all you had fun, your laughter still rings in the rigging. We miss you!
Keep warm, Bambi and Geoff
The most fantastic hosts, food, boat and scenery!
The most fantastic hosts, food, boat and scenery! This is what you will get with a charter on Alexis3 hosted by Geoff and Bambi. My husband and I and our three girls, ages 16, 12 and 10 had the pleasure of spending a week exploring the BVI’s with them. Bambi works very hard to make sure she gets to know what food your family likes and dislikes before a charter. This is important when traveling with kids. She was able to come up with a delicious menu to please my husband and I as well as providing more simplified versions for our girls. The desserts are out of this world and she made my favorite cake for my birthday dinner. Geoff is a fantastic captain and taught us a little about sailing and has the most amazing stories to tell about their explorations throughout the world. He made the best cocktails and “fancy drinks” for the girls.
Alexis3 is a very comfortable catamaran that is well taken care of. The mattresses are nice and firm and there is plenty of room for our family to hang out. When we arrived they had cute little gifts for the girls on the beds which made them feel very special. Tip for travelers: pack very light! We had one backpack a person and that is it! We still ended up not wearing everything. Each suite has a couple of shelves and some larger storage under the bed.
We enjoyed spending time while sailing around the trampoline area and evenings spent at aft dining area after dinner playing Mexican Train (our new favorite game). We loved visiting the islands and a cooler was packed for us with drinks and snacks to take to the beach. We had some amazing snorkeling experiences and Geoff knows exactly where to find them. Our last day Geoff took the girls on a tubing run behind the dinghy which was super fun!
I can’t say enough about Geoff and Bambi and their graciousness. They provided us a vacation full of memories that we will never forget! Thank you!
Trip of a Lifetime!
From the moment Geoff picked us up at the dock and Bambi greated us at the boat with a hug the trip was a dream! They were very accommodating and went out of their way to make sure our trip was exactly as we had hoped. We looked forward to every mouthwatering meal that Bambi cooked! The meals she prepared on a boat were incredible and she took care to accommodate likes and dislikes. Geoff's drink of the day was always welcome after a day of snorkeling, sunning and exploring beach bars all over the BVI. We enjoyed talking about their many journeys and marvelled at their world sailings. A trip we had thought would be a once in a lifetime bucket list trip we've decided it was just a drop in the bucket that we must now fill! We would travel with Geoff and Bambi every week if we could!!!
I really can't say enough about our time aboard Cool Runnings. My husband, 2 kids (ages 13 and 6) and my in-laws spent a week being treated to the 2 most gracious hosts, Geoff and Bambi, who took incredible
care of us, indulging our every whim and anticipating our every need. And the food..expect nothing less than 5-star restaurant quality and you will not be disappointed. Every meal was nothing short of delicious and the desserts were off the charts! Geoff and Bambi were both so lovely and kind, it was a pleasure to be around them! The boat was immaculate and there was plenty of room for 6 people to spread out and have their own space if desired. It is a trip for all ages, you can do as much or as little as you want to, and there is something for everyone. The BVI's speak for themselves in terms of pristine beauty and serenity. Definitely a trip of a lifetime, but largely in part because of the hospitality of Geoff and Bambi. Run, don't walk to book this charter!
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We absolutely love to hear that you had such a great time. This is what makes what we do so rewarding, having super people like you and you family aboard having a great vacation.
All the best.
Geoff and Bambi.
For my 60th birthday, I got to plan a trip for 3 couples and picked a catamaran trip to the BVI’s. Cool Running’s was my choice and what a great choice it was!! Geoff and Bambi were the perfect host and now friends! They took us to beautiful coves and excellent snorkeling areas. Suggested fun things to do on different islands, one of our favorites, was renting a car and driving around Anegada, exploring different beaches and bars. Bambi is a great chef and made use delicious meals. Geoff is an excellent captain and taught the guys how to sail some long sails, plus pours a mean cocktail!! We planned some theme nights while we were on our trip and they were a hit with all, including Geoff and Bambi. It made the evening’s fun to see what everyone would be wearing to dinner. The catamaran was a perfect size with plenty of room for all of us and our cabins were clean and comfortable. One of the most perfect evenings (and each evening was perfect) that will be in my memory for every, is being anchored between Necker and Eustatia Island, watching the sunset, on the front of the boat, while flocks of beautiful pink flamingos were flying overhead, drinking cocktails with my favorite people, and crew. We look forward to doing another trip with Geoff and Bambi soon! If you are considering Cool Runnings for your trip, you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you so much for your great review. You guys with your sense of fun and adventure made it very easy for us to give you a vacation you appreciated.
We do hope to see you all again.
Geoff and Bambi
Our family loved our time on Cool Runnings with Theo and Augusta. They could not have been more attentive to our every need and their knowledge of the BVI's make our experience extra special. Thank you for the awesome time!
Cruising in the Virgin Islands is like sailing through a treasure trove of beauty. (One, the pirates left behind). A sailing dream of constant warm trade winds, pristine waters, forty perfect islands, cays and hundreds of gorgeous anchorages. Topsides there are lush green hills and mountains, sparkling white sandy beaches, a rollicking history of pirates, treasure and rum, beach bars, restaurants and shopping. Down under there is a world of staggering beauty, coral reefs and a tantalizing colour kaleidoscope of tropical fish. This sounds like a tourist promotion, but there it is, all true, now that you have the picture, a perfect, perfect paradise.