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VOYAGE of A Lifetime

Tucked into Soper’s Hole on West End, Tortola, VOYAGE Charter Yachts has been operating as a family-run business since 1995. They offer first-class service and an excellent experience onboard “All-Inclusive, Captained and Bareboat” performance sailing catamarans and power cats.

Robin and Jo-Ann Downing, the owners of VOYAGE charters, first arrived in Tortola in 1995 and instantly fell in love with the delightful, quaint West End location on Frenchman’s Cay so they made it the charter base for a fleet of VOYAGE yachts.

Robin’s passion for boats began as a teenager whilst accompanying his grandfather on numerous fishing expeditions off the coast of Durban, South Africa. During these trips, he developed a love for the ocean and a fervent interest in naval design, which eventually led to his national recognition in 1992, when he received the Centenary Boat Show Award for “Best Boat of The Year”.

In 1994 Robin sailed from Durban to Cape Town and on to the Cayman Islands onboard one of his custom-built boats and it was this adventure that changed the course of his life! He returned to South Africa and in early 1995 joined the Cape Town factory to build the first two VOYAGE catamarans, after which Rob and Jo headed to the BVI where they began a new and exciting life for themselves and their three children.

In 2017, VOYAGE charters had 30 boats in the fleet. Hurricane Irma then wreaked havoc on the territory, greatly affecting the lives and businesses of the people of the BVI. Fortunately having been in a very strong position to rebuild the salvageable boats at their West End Boat Yard the company now has over 20 yachts in the fleet, all privately owned. Also joining the fleet during 2018 and 2019 were a few new VOYAGE 480s, including the very first electric yacht, Electrified. The incredible challenge of rebuilding after such a horrendous storm season has brought about much hope for a brighter future and a fantastic destination for all those visitors wanting to enjoy and experience the best charter grounds in the world.

The time for a cleaner and greener future for the sailing industry is here, and VOYAGE is leading the way. The most exciting news for their 2020 program and ongoing Electric Hybrid yacht production is their newest design, the VOYAGE 590 that boasts a beautiful flybridge lounge with forward and aft cockpits. This stunning charter yacht offers six equal en suite queen cabins with walk-around beds, two en suite crew cabins, a spacious and luxurious dining area that can be open or enclosed to weather plus state of the art appointments for the open plan gourmet galley and guest lounge that offers panoramic views.

“The most amazing time of my life! The captain was amazing and so much fun – made our trip that much better. Truly the trip of a lifetime! Can’t wait until next time!” — Anna, charter guest


There is no doubt the all-new electric 590 charter yacht will be a game-changer within the charter and sailboat industry and will become the flagship of the fleet! 

The first two of these gorgeous vessels arrive in April and July of 2020, and the third will be shown at the Annapolis Boat Show in October. A fourth and fifth 590 will arrive in 2021.

The VOYAGE 650, Out of Office, a luxurious and stylish 12-guest Power Catamaran joined the fleet in late January 2020. The accommodations onboard are all equal size king cabins with walk around comfy beds, all en suite. Guests can enjoy a forward and aft cockpit plus an open plan dining area and spacious gourmet galley and lounge. The state of the art fly bridge can be open or enclosed and offers a spectacular view! All Inclusive Fully Crewed and or Captained charters are available.

Over the years that Rob and Jo have been growing the company and increasing the VOYAGE fleet, the focus and effort has been to create an unparalleled experience. Many of their charter clients return year after year to enjoy the amazing amenities and service VOYAGE charters has to offer.

The VOYAGE Marina Office is open daily in Soper’s Hole. They offer a friendly and professional service and are ready to assist all their customers in providing a memorable stay. Daily viewing of the VOYAGE boats, manufactured by VOYAGE Yachts, is also available. For those considering yacht purchase, appointments for test sails can be made with VOYAGE Yacht Sales.

Sara Sherman
Sara Sherman is a former St. Thomas resident and the editor of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.
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