Antigua/SVG & Grenadines
Concept Special Risks
•Fly bridge Fridge x3
•Espresso Coffee machine in the Galley
•USB sockets in cabins next to the bed
•Fans in Cabins, Galley and Salon
•Shared TV in Salon with Electric lift in Central Galley
•TV in owners suite
•Personal Hair iron
•Personal Hair straightener
•Complimentary Ear buds
•Complimentary Cotton wool swabs
•Complimentary Shower Gel
•Complimentary Disposable razors
•Complimentary facial wipes
•Turkish swim towels
•SONOS Music system is available in 4 zones, saloon, cockpit, fly bridge AND fore deck. Listen to different music choices at different volumes in 4 different areas of the yacht.
• Extra fridges
•CALLISTA has 220V power outlets in each cabin and common areas with adapters for American style plugs
•We have a 110V transformer on board.
•CALLISTA has a medical kit to MCA coding.
•Electric winches throughout
•Inversion hatches on the underside for safety
•Large array of other safety equipment
•The fore deck is fully cordoned off for increased safety
•The cockpit can be fully enclosed for comfort and increased security/safety
•The fly bridge can be fully enclosed for comfort and safety
•Fish ID books
•CALLISTA has a full wet bar area with ice maker, fridge, blender and wash up area
•CALLISTA welcomes tandem charters but for safety reasons no overnight rafting will be possible.
Kayaks 1 Pax:
Kayaks 2 Pax:
Stern Scoops and platform
Water Skis Adult:
Water Skis Kids:
Captain: Roland Schaeffer
Nationality: South African
Captain Roland and Chef/ First Mate Vanessa, both vibrant and energetic, hail from Cape Town, South Africa. Roland and Vanessa met when in their 20´s and were married in February 2010.
Previously, Captain Roland worked in the corporate environment, ending at the pinnacle of his successful career managing his own business servicing the dental and medical industry. From being a Sea Scout in his youth then followed his passion for the sea by obtaining his RYA Yacht Master Offshore – subsequently receiving his RYA Yacht Master Ocean certification. Roland has delivered yachts professionally, doing numerous trans-Atlantic crossings (amongst others) accumulating in excess of 100 000 Nautical Miles. The majority of these deliveries were for the TUI group (Moorings/Sunsail)
Roland’s first transatlantic blue water passage in 2004 brought him to the shores of the Caribbean. It was during one of those yacht deliveries in 2005 that Roland came across Tradewinds Cruise Club and worked as a Charter Captain managing a Privilege 48 Ft catamaran in and around the Caribbean windward islands, operating primarily out of Jolly Harbour in Antigua, going on to work with Vanessa on numerous and larger catamarans for Tradewinds Cruise Club in 2012 and then into the private sector in 2013. His other passions include kite surfing, cycling, scuba diving, free diving and fishing.
Hugh White grew up in Pretoria, South Africa spending weekends at the local lake where his passion for sailing and water sports started as a youth. After graduation Hugh went straight into yachting and completed a Mediterranean season in France where his passion for the yachting industry grew. Followed by a 12,000 nautical mile delivery which included two Atlantic crossings and sailing up the east coast of Africa Hugh’s enthusiasm for sailing, fishing and diving only increased. Hugh then joined Callista in the Caribbean as the deck/stew where he sailed with Roland and Vanessa for two years learning the ropes of a charter captain. Hugh is an eager diver and always keen for an adventure!
Vanessa holds a diploma in fashion design but soon discovered that the hospitality industry is where her passion lies. For years a deli and coffee shop owner in the heart of prestigious London-Marylebone Lane- and prior to that, spent many years in the restaurant industry all over the world, from South Africa to Honduras to Europe. Having worked in the food and hospitality industry for so many years ensures without a doubt that your expectations will be exceeded. The guest book is testament to Vanessa’s great skills in the galley. Her creative flair and ability to cater to challenging dietary requirements is nothing short of incredible. Vanessa tends to lean towards a very healthy al fresco style preparation. (Roland is kept very busy on the grill!)
In 2010 Roland and Vanessa decided to put their individual skill sets together. They sold their respective businesses and embarked on a plan to work on yachts full time. They contacted Tradewinds Cruise Club with whom Roland has had a long standing relationship. The rest as they say is history.
Both growing up in South Africa has taught Vanessa and Roland to appreciate and indulge in numerous outdoor activities, whether it be hiking, skiing, river rafting , kayaking or scuba diving to name a few.
Vanessa and Roland are both qualified PADI Rescue Diver’s. Roland is also a qualified PADI OPEN WATER INSTRUCTOR and offers Discover Scuba Diving for non certified divers onboard SV CALLISTA ! Their guests can be sure they are in very safe hands ! There is NO certification after a DSD course.
In addition Roland is an instructor in wreck, deep, navigation, drift, Fish ID , nitrox scuba diving specialities.
Vanessa is a trained ASHTANGA yoga instructor and has added Powerboat Level 2 to her qualifications.
The flavour of Roland and Vanessa’s charters lends itself towards getting off the beaten track, finding paths less travelled but also feel very comfortable offering an itinerary which includes lively beach bars and popular locations. They are open to lifestyle charters of more than one week thereby allowing the freedom to island hop.
The grill is utilized a lot, providing a healthy outdoor style of food preparation and still managing to retain a feeling of luxury.
Roland is a South African citizen and Vanessa carries both British and South African citizenship. Their home language is English however speak fluent Afrikaans. Both are non-smokers.
Being extremely service orientated, Roland and Vanessa feel very strongly that to provide a high level of service, responsiveness and speed a crew of 3 is best.
3rd Crew member Stew/Deckhand
Maxime was born and raised on the East Coast of South Africa. She studied Hospitality Management for 3 years and worked in various luxury hotels for three years before deciding to adapt her skill set to work in yachting and see more of the world.
She began her career as a sole stewardess on a sailing yacht in Monaco and began her first circumnavigation embarking on an incredible adventure to sail the world. After this she joined The Oyster World Rally and also participated in the Oyster Antigua Regatta which really ignited her passion and love for sailing. She has sailed around 52 000 nm during her career thus far and sailed the North and South Atlantic, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea
Maxime has a vibrant positive attitude paired with good sense of humor and strives to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on board.
She hopes to make your stay onboard Callista an unforgettable experience.
Crew are fully vaccinated for Covid 19
February 2022 J Family in the BVI
Hello Roland, Vanessa & Max,
Once again I wish to say how wonderful our trip to the BVI was and that is completely all due to your fabulous service to us all.
Also, our exit from BVI went rather smoothly, other than Bruce’s and Jennifer’s bag that needed to be searched (but all good) and somehow we managed to depart without having any Antigen tests completed. Although, I’m not saying this is a good thing, but I was relieved. I think it was due to us all being on a private plane back to Costa Rica, which also mean’t we didn’t have to complete the CR Portal as we didn’t have to exit into the main terminal.
I sadly came crashing back to reality once we arrived at our home in Sarasota and tried to keep the standard of food up to Vanessa’s high standard and I failed miserably! It took three of us to prepare a dinner on Friday that barely reached the bar that was set high by all of you! But somehow we managed.
Just really wanted you all to know how much we all appreciated everything you did to make our holiday truly spectacular. Right down to Max’s beautiful table centre pieces and napkin presentations. They were all so stunning!
Please let Max know that if she ever creates a blog or photos of the wondering “Orange” Birkenstock shoes. I’d love to follow their journey and hers.
We would love to hear more about your next journey around the world with Bill and Cheryl. Especially if she does create a Blog please send it my way. Sending you all the best for a continued great season in the BVI and Caribbean in 2022:)
All the best,
July 10 Charter
Dear Vanessa and Roland,
It has been a remarkable week getting to know you. A week filled with fun, laughter and adventure. Your personalities matched perfectly with us. Vanessa we so enjoyed your delicious meals and all beautifully plated. Hopefully you will share some of the recipes.
Thank you for the diving and snorkeling experiences, especially the dolphin sighting above and below the water. One of my favorite stories was the Lost City. I laughed so hard. We look forward to another charter with both of you.
We welcome you with open arms to stay with us in Clearwater, FL. May you be blessed with health, happiness and wonderful adventures together. Love always Genie and Warren
Dear Vanessa and Roland,
What a fabulous trip you created for us on Callista. It was wonderful to laugh so much. The banter between us was fun. Vanessa the food, hospitality and attention to detail – Perfect. May only good health and happiness be your good fortune. Joan and Bruce, Steffi and Ron, Genie and Warren
Thank you so much for making this an amazing vacation, so much fun, so relaxing and pretty much seamless in every way. Your attention to detail and hospitality made for a fabulous cruise. All the meals were delicious and plated beautifully plated and enhanced by creative fun table scaping.
Roland, the diving exceeded our expectations thank you for the dolphin show😊
Except for us misjudging and not bringing Ron’s shoes to The Baths this trip turned into a fabulous vacation. On we will always remember. Thank you for making it so.
With gratitude and Affection Ron and Steffi
Vanessa and Roland,
What can I say to express our gratitude to you both. It was an amazing adventure and you to made it unbelievable. From the extra amenities on the boat to the knowledge you shared about each port, to the delicious food. It was an experience we will never forget. We appreciate you attention to detail and your willingness to make sure that every moment we were doing exactly what we wanted. Thank you for making my 53rd birthday such an incredible day, from the decorations to my hand towel to my cake no stone was left unturned. We loved every minute and look forward to sailing with you again. You have an open invitation to visit us in St Pete, anytime. We would love to reciprocate.
With extreme gratitude and appreciation, Jenny and Todd
Dear Vanessa and Roland,
Joan and I want to thank you so much for all you did to make our vacation so terrific. Your expertise, talent, patience and kindness was what made us feel so great about our week aboard Callista. Jon and I want to wish you the safest of endeavours in the future and offer fun and warm welcome to the “Sunshine State” if and when you are in the area – you will always have a place to stay. Thanks again for making our trip so great. Wishing you lots health, happiness and good luck!
Another May Charter
What can I say? This past week on Callista is one I will never forget. The entire time Vanessa and Roland did everything possible to make our vacation a memorable one pulled out all the stops leaving no stone unturned.
Great Catamaran / Amazing friends to travel with / Delicious, mouthwatering meals / Gorgeous diving and snorkeling / fabulous captain and first mate / Loads of good times and laughter
We loved every second of our time away on Callista and look forward to returning sooner rather than later. With gratitude and suntanned skin Jenny and Todd
Our 4th trip to the BVI and the best by far, Roland Vanessa and Damien took care of every detail and spoiled us all week. They became our friends and we will always have the great memories. Thanks for everything.
Best BVI trip ever. The food, Ok so we had the best chef in the BVI. Vanessa is great and made us feel special. Roland performed great as Captain and entertained us as well. We will forever remember this trip. Damien was an added surprise. We enjoyed every moment of this trip.
Another May Charter
Dear Vanessa, Roland and Damien (Hank),
No words can express our thanks and appreciation for the success of Tom’s 70th birthday cruise. His dream was over the top in every single thing we experienced. We’re talking way over the top. Fun, food, fellowship and lots of laughter are only a few descriptive terms. So please know we have no clue when you slept because everything was PERFECT. Stacy
What can I say the food, service, safety and even better the camaraderie between you and us was wonderful. We felt like you were the friends we planned the trip with. Thank you for becoming our friends. Beautiful Boat. Tom
THE BEST CREW WITH THE BEST BOAT – R
I agree with all the above. Can’t say enough about the crew. A trip of a lifetime made better by caring professional fun people. Thanks so much. Steve and Riley
Dear Vanessa, Roland and Wayne,
What a great vacation! Thanks for see to our every need, the food was spectacular (and the drinks) along with great memories of diving, “dinghy slinging”, cliff jumping, (yikes) game nights, guitar playing, Mexican train, poker, crimes against humanity, and so much more. We appreciate all three of you and can only wish we had another week at sea with you.
Take care and hope that covid ends soon so that you are busy, busy and others can enjoy this amazingness! The mob
Rollie and Vanessa and Wayne,
I can’t begin to express how much fun we had on our trip. Diving, snorkeling, The Baths, sailing, dinghy slinging and eating like kings, it was amazing! Not sure if I’m hitting Jenny Craig or Betty Ford 1st when I get back!!! Thanks so much for your hospitality and we hope to catch up with you for another adventure! The Wendels
Thank you for another amazing trip. Your hospitality is unmatched you made us feel so relaxed and comfortable. Thanks for playing Bunco with us …… practice up for the next time. Haha! Honestly, you are an amazing crew. Love you so much ! Thanks again. Heather, Diane, MayLyn
Thank you again for a wonderful vacation. You guys are truly amazing and I am eternally grateful for the way you spoiled us. Be safe and take care until we meet again. Erica, Teresa, Cheryl
What another amazing trip. You take such good care of us. It makes us all so happy to be on a boat but also your company. Vanessa is an amazing cook. Roland is the BEST Captain. And your patience is appreciated. I love you both for such wonderful experience! A once in a lifetime experience. Love M
New Year Charter
I enjoyed this trip so much thank you for being the best hosts I ever could have imagined Vanessa. I am going to have to go home and fast after all the amazing food, you are a wonderful chef. Kelly – thanks for making the best coffee every morning for me. I will miss that so much. Roland – having you as our Captain was amazing. I enjoyed having fun with you and could not have asked for anyone better. Hopefully I will be back on Callista and will get to than you again for an amazing trip. Love Reagan
Thank you Roland, Vanessa and Kelly. You guys were the best. We had a wonderful time aboard Callista. Manny and Jenny, Aurora and Alan, Aileen and Lewis, Annabelle and William
Just a quick note to you and Vanessa to let you know we arrived safely back in Dallas with zero travel difficulty other than empty airports populated mostly by folks in masks and latex gloves. Wanted also to again say thank you for a terrific week aboard the SV Callista...you two and Julia treated us royally and made it a special trip. We appreciate all of the extra effort all around...from special cocktails and creative/tasty food to early morning fishing and afternoon tubing....it was all above par and much appreciated.
Our experience there is in stark contrast to the “shelter in place” environment we find ourselves here in Dallas. While not yet mandatory, most everything is closed, with a few restaurants offering pick up or delivery only. Grocery stores are open but strongly preferring pick up and delivery. Roads are empty as no one is venturing to office, school, church or elsewhere. A bleak world here compared to the blissful time in clear water with blue skies under full sail.
We miss our time aboard already.
Thanks again. Stay safe in the Leewards. Please convey our thanks to Vanessa.
Thank you Roland, Vanessa and Hugh for providing a wonderful environment for our family's first vacation at sea. My wife and son both love the BVI and it is a thrill to experience it from Callista. The boat was a perfect fit for our extended family and endless rounds of Rummikub. Your dedication to service shine through everyday. We wanted for nothing!
It was a joy to see our boys Jack, Will and Nash thrive in the safe environment you provided. They will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.
Oh! And lets not forget that Elizabeth had a perfect 50th birthday celebration. She was, afterall, the inspiration for the trip!!
Chris, Elizabeth, Jack along with George, Annie, Nash and Will
Most awesome crew ever!!! Roland, Vanessa and Hugh are incredible, they have a passion for service and they are the best at what they do. The boat is unbelievable and the food was terrific. We have done more than 5 catamaran charters and this team and boat is in a different league. Thak you for finding this needle in a haystack.
November 2 Charter
Dear Vanessa, Rolland and Hugh,
Thank you for an amazing sailing vacation! You guys were the best. Your service and attention to detail was outstanding. Thanks for the fantastic food and cocktails we indulged in, we all are leaving a little heavier. We will be thinking of you as we hit the gym and peddle out bikes!
Happy travels and we hope to sail with you again for another great adventure
Jacynthe + David
August 2019 Grenadines
Roland, Vanessa and Hugh,
To quote Hugh - our week with you has been fantastic!!
Thank you very much for all that you each did to make our stay with you truly exceptional. Your attention to detail and desire to meet our wants and needs was amazing.
We loved every meal, snorkel, dive and sail! We will miss you & our fun conversations very much! We hope to be back soon! If you are ever in California - please visit us, we'd love to have you.
xo Melinda, Eric, Jonathon & Annaliese
P.S. Our tip and time with you exceeded our expectations in every way. Thank you for everything.
P.P.S. We love having matching Tobago Cays shirts with you - and will remember Callista fondly the next time we play hearts.
Dear Roland, Vanessa and Hugh,
You have allowed us to have the most special, memorable vacation aboard the Callista with your dedication, thoughtfulness, skill and lovely personalities and i couldn't be more grateful. We have enjoyed the company, the delicious meals and the tending to our wants and needs every step of this trip. Antigua and the Callista are amazing but they would not be the same without you.
With love and gratitude, Tina
Roland, Vanessa and Hugh,
Thank you so much for an amazing week on the boat. You all handled us very well and you did a very good job at keeping us happy and prepared. Thank you so much for all you have done for us. John
Dear Roland, Vanessa & Hugh,
Thank you so much for the most amazing trip! This was my first time on a boat and I loved it. You are all so wonderful and I enjoyed getting to know you. Thank you for taking care of us, for all the amazing meals, for taking us places and sharing your stories. I will forever remember this trip. I wish you all well and hope to see you again some day. Jody
Roland, Vanessa & Hugh,
Thank you very much for showing us around Antigua. You were all very nice and helpful and I wish you all well. One of the best vacations I've had in a while! Thanks so much. Jesse
Roland & Vanessa were absolutely amazing! The deck hand, Hugh, was the most incredible 20 yr old I have met.
They were a great team to dive with and handled our 5 divers flawlessly. The sea life was as if they called and appeared - sharks, rays, lobster, barracuda, etc.
The food was outstanding!
I can’t say enough about this crew. I just wish they had a 10pax for our growing family when we return! We would love to sail with them again.
I think next time we would be looking towards St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Thank you for everything!!!
The crew was the highlight of our charter. We had to switch boats unexpectantly with one week in advance and it went smoothly. The cuisine was great, water sports were fun, and all three of the crew were great - nice, knowledgeable, patient!
Having done numerous charters over the past 20 years I must say Callista and her crew are tops!!! This is a wonderful catamaran with an outstanding captain, chef, and first mate. Roland, Vanessa, and Hugh went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable in every possible way. Whether it was scuba diving/beach excursions/snorkeling/or adapting to strict dietary needs the crew of Callista outperformed every request with ease and professionalism......The food and service were outstanding.
Jeff B and family
Christmas week 2018
Callista, the fabulous crew and the BVI were fantastic.
Captain Roland, his fantastic wife/chef/dive master and above all person Vanessa and young Hugh were nothing less than fantastic.
They had everything we wanted before sailing, we went everywhere we wanted to go, we did everything we wanted to do, we ate like Kings and never had nothing wrong.
Callista is in impecable shape and condition and very well equipped.
We scuba dived, wake boarded, paddle boarded, kayaked, snorkeled, water skied, fished, rented scooters and exchanged Christmas presents. What more can you ask for?
Please share my note with the crew, the owner and thank you for your recommendation.
Best regards and Happy New Year
Thanks Giving 2018
On my Shelly, we are having the BEST time!! Roland, Vanessa and Hugh are absolutely amazing! We feel like we have known them forever. The food has been out to this world and they couldn’t be nicer! Callista was the right boat for us! Everything happens for a reason. Just wanted to let you know that our trip is just perfect! Thank you so much!!
Amy & Bruce
Thanksgiving week 2018
Today is such a blue day for us!! We had the best time but are so sad our fun sailing charter is over! We honestly had the most incredible week with Roland, Vanessa and Hugh aboard Callista! They went out of their way to make us feel at home and comfortable and would not let us lift a finger. They took us to the most beautiful snorkeling spots and showed us beautiful remote beaches and anchoring spots!! Roland introduced Bruce, Graham, Tess and Bryn to diving as PADI certified, and also arranged for us to go Conch and lobster hunting with a guide. Both were very cool experiences!
Our favorite spot was probably Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Lee Bay! On Bruce’s Birthday, The crew decorated with signs, balloons, and hats and Vanessa prepared the most amazing surf and turf dinner and delicious vanilla cake with marshmallow filling for dessert. We got to relax and enjoy our family and also enjoy the company of our amazing crew!
SATISFACTION WITH YACHT CHARTER:
1. Crew Friendliness: 10
2. Crew Knowledge: 10
3. Quality of Service: 10
4. The professionalism of the Crew: 10
5. Value of the Cost of the Charter: 10
6. On-Board Cuisine: 10
7. Destination / Location: 10
8. Water-Sports: 10
9. Overall Satisfaction: 10
Any additional comments you would like to make regarding your vacation experience? We would recommend this boat, crew and yacht charter to anyone who loves the water!
Aug 16 2017
Roland and Vanessa are the key to a wonderful vacation. They are a warm, friendly, knowledgeable, professional pair. The food was amazing! The whole trip went smoothly and was a blast! Five plus stars for sure!!
April 29 2017
What an amazing week we had with Roland and Vanessa!! They were amazing in every way possible!! Very personable and fun to be around and the food was unbelievable!!! We will definitely be back!!
March 26 2017
We had a fantastic time aboard Amazing Lady with Roland and Vanessa! We loved everything...the food, the boat, the islands. We highly recommend this trip and look forward to returning. Thank you Roland and Vanessa!!
May 01 2017
Our week sailing with Roland and Vanessa throughout the BVIs was a unique and fantastic experience. Together, they are a skilled captain, gourmet chef, inn-keeper, dive master, tour guide, trip planner, bar tender, and just plain fun to be around. They did all this with impressive skill and energy and went out of their way to make sure we were having fun every minute .....which we did! It was a vacation not to be forgotten.
Dec 01 2016
Sailing the BVI's has been a dream for me for years. We feel so blessed to have chartered Amazing Lady. She is new and so gorgeous and the photos do not give justice to the space and comfort on board. Then the crew!!! Wow!! Two thumbs up to Roland and Vanessa for taking such good care of us!! They understood our needs and wants and made everything happen that we had wished for. Nothing was left out. They are attentive, helpful and experts at what they do. Thanks guys for helping make this dream come true in such a fantastic way!! Best wishes and lots of love from us! John, Nina and boys �
In appreciation - COVID Response
We are sending a big Thank you to Catamaran Callista by posting a new video across all our social media channels! Many of the photos were borrowed from your Facebook page this season + our personal photos of the yacht too. We want to show our gratitude to everyone for your agreeing to change charter dates for the Robins charter without any fees or hassles. You ARE true rockstars in both our eyes and our happy clients! Thank you with big HUGS!