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Yacht Spotlight: Akasha

The first of three Matrix Yachts, it is with distinct clarity that Akasha has been built to an exceptional specification.

Its name which is of the ancient African language of Sanskrit meaning ‘infinite space,’ is appropriate for the unique dynamics that are evident on stepping aboard the 76ft dream boat.

With an attentive and well-trained permanent crew of four in Captain Oswaldo Cruz, Chef Briar Smith, Deckhand/Dive master Tiago Pinto and Stewardess/ Massage Therapist Priya Bhullar, the goal of Akasha is to anticipate their guests’ every need so those visitors can truly relax and enjoy their vacation.

Interior dining

Having been based in the BVI since 2005, it has been nine years since Akasha’s inaugural voyage from Cape Town to Brazil then onto the Caribbean. She has remained in the tropics, sailing between Trinidad and the Virgin Islands at a comfortable optimum speed of 15 knots.

Offering a prestigious service during this time, Akasha’s maintenance has seen no expense spared to ensure the yacht’s peak condition.

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Docked at Nanny Cay as its base, the alluring aesthetics of state-of-the-art furnishings and equipment tailored to intricate detail, sets Akasha up for high-end luxury catamaran cruising.

Catering to guests largely from North America, South America and Europe, the vessel can comfortably hold up to 10 visitors and 15 on a day sail. With her 40ft beam, Akasha adheres to the meaning of her name, featuring an exceptional amount of living space both on deck and below – ideal for an extended family or travelling group of friends.

The upper fly-bridge provides a wonderful 360 degree view whilst sailing – the perfect location for enjoying a cocktail at the end of the day.

Water-sports activities include two sunfish sailing dinghies that each easily accommodate two adults; they are great fun for learning to sail and match racing.


Akasha’s unique features encompass a complete dive centre with a compressor and equipment for eight people. In addition, there are cameras and housing for advanced underwater photography.

A fully functional media system, Ipads in cabins, HDTVs, wireless internet and a hard drive with a vast quantity of films and music, surpass all the comforts of home to maintain unrivalled recreation.

Original artwork from Nelson Mandela—view from the prison cell of the lighthouse as well as a piece which includes the key to his cell—marine bronze art from Christopher Bladen, and a number of pieces commissioned specifically for Akasha from rising South African artists, contribute to the elegance of the yacht.

Akasha Aug-Sept 05 001

Sleeping amenities meet the refinement of the rest of the yacht with a super-sized master suite comprised of panoramic views to the front of the yacht, a Jacuzzi, shower, lounge area, king-sized bed and walk-in wardrobe. Four further cabins with queen-sized walk-around beds which may be split into twins complete spacious sleeping arrangements. All cabins are en-suite with stall showers, individual air conditioning controls, luxury robes, slippers and entertainment systems.


The exquisite nature of the yacht is only rivalled by the beautiful sights seen when sailing the waters of the BVI.

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Erin Paviour-Smith

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