The boat is a really sweet sailing yacht, built to sail all oceans. She has classic Sparkman and Stephens lines. The boat was built in Italy for the purpose of a sailing and diving expedition in the Caribbean. She went into the charter trade in St. Thomas after that and continues as a charter vessel in Sag Harbor, NY to date. She is a very well maintained vessel and a great joy to those who sail aboard her. The Boat has also won her class and division more than once in some good size local regattas.
We had a great time with Derrick as captain for a family sailing trip in Sag Harbor. We had to reschedule our trip due to Tropical Storm Henri and Derrick readily accommodated us for a new sailing date. When our trip started it was quite hot and so he delivered us quickly to a cool and refreshing swimming spot near a scenic bluff. Wind speed was very low so he motored us for awhile. But then, voila! the wind speed increased and Derrick opened up the majestic sails on his wonderful boat. We sailed towards the open waters and had a beautiful sunset trip back to shore, enjoying the views while lounging on the front and back of the boat. Our family trip included my 81 year old mother and 91 year old stepfather and Derrick patiently and adeptly helped them on/off the boat from the Tender and using a ladder for swimming. He was engaged and friendly throughout the sail. We had a superb and memorable journey on the water with Derrick. Highly recommend him and his boat for your sailing plans!
Perfect sail. Derrick is the exact captain we hoped for. His Alyan is a very fine boat. Can't wait to take another trip with them.
We had a fantastic trip with Derrick on his boat. Swimming was great, he handled the boat with such ease all day. The boat handles very well, and moves at a nice pace. Plenty of room for everyone. He was very knowledgeable of the area and a wealth of sailing information, and of information of the area. Did the full day trip, and wound definitely do this trip again. I highly recommend this trip.
We were so happy that we booked a full-day trip with Derrick to go around Gardiner's Island with a swimming stop and a sail towards the sunset. Derrick had an amazing handle on the vessel and a broad wealth of knowledge. We will definitely book again or maybe even learn sailing from Derrick.
For anyone looking to charter a Fine Yacht for the first time, or for the hundredth time, I cannot recommend Derrick more. Derrick was the epitome of professionalism while also maintaining a good sense of lightheartedness. His 40+ year experience was visible in the way he managed the vessel, and his extensive know-how made us feel safe and sound while we dared to adventure! Derrick was a kind and gracious host, helping us on and off the yacht, carrying our bags, and even lending a pair of swim trunks to a certain someone who forgot to plan ahead. Derrick’s yacht was clean and well kempt, and overall spectacular; a true joy to experience!
Derrick was so responsive, easy going, and clearly an expert at what he does. My family (6 total adults) had more than enough room and we enjoyed so much about the trip (Especially the swimming!). We will definitely be booking again. Thanks, Derrick!
Derrick was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with him. Would definitely book again! Thank you so much Derrick for a beautiful smooth sailing day on the water!
We had such a great experience with Derrick. He was kind and helped us ease our way into the boat. Derrick was very accommodating and responsive. We had such an amazing time! Thank you again!!
The captain Derrick was super friendly and accomodating. We had two small kids (4 & 6) with us and Derrick helped a lot in making the whole trip safe and sound.
The sailing boat requires lots of complicated operations and Derrick handles it smoothly with ease. I also learned quite a bit from him regarding the sailing with his willingness to share his knowledge and experience.
The sailing boat looks amazing and great for photographs.
Derrick was great for a four-hour sail for my fiancé and me. Very knowledgeable, punctual, and accommodating.
Derrick was wonderful! We had a beautiful morning of sailing during my sister’s bachelorette weekend and this was a true highlight. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We will be sure to book Derrick again!!
Thank you Derrick - the sail was amazing!
Incredible trip and really enjoyable - will definitely sail with Captain Derrick again!
We had a beautiful sunset cruise. No complaints whatsoever.
We had a magical sunset sail with Derrick over LDW. We took a cute tender (motor boat) from the dock to the sailboat. He safely guided us on and off the the boat throughout the evening. The sailboat itself was beautiful and well-maintained. Derrick is clearly an experienced and knowledgeable captain and we enjoyed the little backstories about surrounding islands and his sailing anecdotes. The seating was comfortable with clean towels covering the cushions. Derrick even provided a couple wine glasses for us to enjoy our beverages. We spent a majority of our time out on the deck watching the sunset over Sag Harbor. Overall, would definitely go back out to the sea with Derrick and highly recommend the experience!
Had the best day! Derrick is awesome, the boat is gorgeous. 100% would do this again - it was such a fun relaxing day.
Great day with Captain Derrick! It was our first time sailing, we enjoyed it very much!
Professional, relaxed, and just easy. We had a great time . The boat is a very well maintained, elegant sloop.
Had the best time ever!!! Derrick was so accommodating to us. We are looking forward to booking our next sail with him. We had the best time drinking mimosas at sea. Truly was one of the best experiences!
Derrick was the perfect captain! We had such a lovely relaxed trip. He was very knowledgeable of the area and of sailing. The boat was beautiful, we’d definitely book with Derrick again!
Very relaxing trip, we really enjoyed it. Will definitely do a longer trip next time
We had a blast sailing with Derek. He was so nice and accommodating. Would definitely sail with him again.
Captain Derrick was so nice and we'll def do this again nextyear. The yatch was big and clean overall we had a great time.
It was an unforgettable yacht trip! I decided to celebrate my birthday and Captain Derrick with his wonderful sailing yacht gave a real celebration! I absolutely agree with previous commentators that Derrick is a very kind, unobtrusive and knowledgeable captain! Great trip! Diving from a yacht was a true pleasure! Thank you very much to the captain for his work and for allowing us to spend this day so magically on his yacht and make my wish come true! By the way, Derrick is also a great photographer ;)
Derrick was a wonderful and very kind host, we had a fun and relaxing sale for my wife’s birthday, he made it really special and we felt safe and comfortable under his sail!
We had a fantastic sailing experience on the Alyan. It was chill and also adventurous. Derrick is a great and responsible captain. Great sailing and also stopping to swim at spots. I would do it again asap!
Derrick is super experienced, welcomed questions, shared a favorite swimming spot (sshhh!) and is very accommodating. We really enjoyed our half day sail with him!
Derrick was awesome. Super kind, safe, personable. Would definitely book with him again!
Great sailing experience! My 5 year olds enjoyed it a lot too! Captain Derrick is extremely experienced and knowledgeable of the local terrain. Will definitely ride with him again!
Derrick was extremely professional, definitely knew what he was doi g and had a beautiful boat. We felt very comofrtable and safe the entire time.
Phenomenal day trip for four of us, beautiful boat where we brought a picnic lunch and went swimming. Derrick knows Sag Harbor, Shelter Island and the surrounding areas like the back of his hand. Relaxed, reliable and friendly, we really enjoyed having him as our captain. Highly recommended.
Derrick was awesome! He was good with kids and was really knowledgeable about the area. It was definitely worth it - great day!!
Member since July 2015
I am a marine professional. I have captained sailing yachts for private owners and for charters for 35 years. I have owned and chartered the 45 foot sailing yacht ALYAN since 1992. I am a certified marine surveyor of yachts and small craft with the National Association of Marine Surveyors and regularly conduct surveys for prepurchase, insurance, or damage. I manage several yachts at this time as well, including a 72 foot performance sailing yacht. I have sailed thousands of offshore and coastal miles. I also race sailboats competitively. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and making sailing an experience that exceeds the expectation of my guests, crew, friends or family.
Usually this boat operates around Sag Harbor, NY.
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