The Asia-Pacific Boating team recently spent a pleasurable time onboard the 30m steel-hulled Lady Lorraine, the largest sailing yacht chartering in Hong Kong waters.
Refurbished a few years ago in Asia, this Turkey-built yacht, modelled on a classic wooden gulet, is fitted with mahogany panelling in the saloon and lower-deck cabins and teak flooring and decking.
“Lady Lorraine has proven to be a top choice over the last year or so for family groups looking to escape the city and explore the bays and islands of the Hong Kong archipelago,” says Laura Verbrugge, Hong Kong-based charter broker at Asiamarine and Fraser Yachts (international market).
“We had early overnight bookings for families for June and July this year, as well as day charters for a farewell party, a marriage proposal – with a singer and guitarist, and a corporate launch event with a salsa dancer,” Verbrugge says.
Displacing about 120 tonnes, with a long keel and a main mast of 27m, Lady Lorraine allowed us to feel the wind in our hair as we comfortably hit 7 knots – thanks in no small part to the prowess of its captain and crew, who know those ropes, sails and helm like the backs of their hands.
A tender and marine toys and floating toys for kids (and some adults), and fishing gear offer a generous number of diversions.
The emphasis onboard is on elegance and comfort, with crew chefs and serving staff all included as standard. Specific chefs for certain cuisines can be selected, such as Frenchman Antoine Boulay, who cooked up a perfect Mediterranean sharing spread with baked snapper – and a grilled tomahawk steak within sight, smell and sound of the large cockpit dining table – as à-la-minute highlights.
Down one deck, a spacious saloon has generous lounging space, leading onto a sizeable galley. And the boat has cosy luxury accommodation in four wood-panelled cabins – two doubles, two twins – that are all ensuite.