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August 29, 2008updated Jan 22, 2013

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals and Ultimate Escapes Kick-Off Partnership Aboard M/Y SEAFARER in Sag Harbor, NY

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Under a full moon over Long Island Sound on Friday, August 15th, the quaint town of Sag Harbor was the site of the first combined event for The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals and Ultimate Escapes’ partnership kick-off.   The Sacks Group, a premier Luxury Yacht Vacation and Yacht Brokerage firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Ultimate Escapes, the leading family of luxury destination clubs headquartered in Orlando, FL, recently signed a strategic partnership agreement.  “Both The Sacks Group and Ultimate Escapes share the same client profiles and cross- marketing with each other’s members/owners/charterers just makes sense,” said Jennifer M. Saia, President and Charter Specialist of The Sacks Group.  “Many of our clients will want to combine a luxury yacht vacation with a high end private residence to make it a truly ultimate vacation experience,” she continued. 

M/Y SEAFARER was the actual venue for this event at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club.  This new 100’ Hargrave Yacht was launched in the Spring of 2008 and was the perfect setting for the cocktail reception.  Over 50 guests were welcomed dockside and then escorted onto the yacht for a celebratory glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne and to meet Captain Rick and his wife Catherine.  Chef Gabe prepared a sampling of hors d’oeuvres that were outstanding including Silvaner Poached Pear over Roquefort brioche and port balsamic glaze; Maine lobster medallions served over toast points with white truffle and chive tomato concasse’, New Zealand lamp chops with peppercorn demi-glace and Thai peanut free range chicken cakes with red curry coconut cream.  This was followed by assorted yacht made chocolates – Grand Marnier and Bailey’s Truffles, white chocolate bundles with mixed nuts and dried figs, caramel and toffee bark and assorted hand dipped strawberries.  Classical guitarist Randy Bernsen of Fort Lauderdale was playing topside to add the perfect ambiance to the evening.

M/Y SEAFARER has 4 sumptuous staterooms each with ensuite heads and she actually sleeps 9 guests with the use of the pullman berth in the twin room.  There is a comfortable salon, formal dining area and a country galley, as well as a large aft deck, swim platform and fly-bridge complete with BBQ and Jacuzzi.  The attention to detail is evident throughout this yacht, as the Owner built three previous vessels with Hargrave. The artwork and woodwork are exquisite! The thoughtful spaces for storage and walk-around decks are an added bonus that both Charterers and the crew that are taking care of the guests, can well appreciate. Captain/Mate team, Rich and Catherine Topel, are assisted by 2 additional crew … a professional Chef and Stewardess.

M/Y SEAFARER will be available for charter this Winter Season in the Florida/Bahamas area at a rate of $42,500 per week plus expenses. 

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals specialize in worldwide Luxury Yacht Vacations, Charter Marketing, Yacht Brokerage and New Construction.  The unique “Try Before You Buy”® Program is specifically targeted for the purchase and sale of yachts for the charter business. For more information, please contact the “team” at The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals, (954) 764-7742 or e-mail info@sacksyachts.

Ultimate Escapes (TM) is the combination of two powerful brands: Ultimate Resort® and Private Escapes®. Members enjoy access to more than 140 private residences and over 130 affiliated properties in more than 150 locations worldwide. Locations range from chic urban residences to charming beach villas, spacious five-bedroom homes to an 80-foot private yacht. The Ultimate Escapes (TM)  brand is about delivering memorable, luxury travel experiences to Members who place great value on spending quality time with their family and friends.  Additional information can be found at

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