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Extraordinary. How else do you describe spending a week aboard the  Hyperion, a 155 foot sailing yacht. Exactly how long did it take me to accept this invitation? About a nano second.

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The occasion was a birthday, but that was just the beginning. Nothing quite like party ready friends, the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas, unforgettable food,  and a crew of eight on an exquisite yacht to make a postcard perfect week. Here we are heading out of the harbor.

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We watched the crew removing the “tender”  from the Hyperion for our afternoon on a romantic,  deserted island. Captain Daniel and his crew electronically hoist the tender by remote control and place it in the water. We peeked at the snorkeling equipment, wet suits, as well as all manor of water toys stored below deck.

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Royal Huisman Shipyard completed the Hyperion in 1998. The yacht’s brain is a 500 billion byte computer  linked to 59 kilometers of wiring. Do a quick conversion and you have roughly  36 1/2 miles of wiring! Computers control everything from the water system and navigation equipment  to the 200 bottle temperature controlled wine rack.

Captain Daniel even controls the 13,000 feet of sail by remote control. Sailing cruise speed is 12 nautical mph and can reach 15 knots. I’m not an expert, but I can testify that this is very, very fast. Wind in the hair fast.

An understated elegance beckons guests to marvel at each exquisite detail onboard. We loved the hand carved, inlaid woodwork throughout the yacht,  the warm granite floors in the bathrooms to start the day, and the orchids in small nooks of the hallways. Every detail was absolute perfection.

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Highlights included a picnic lunch on a deserted island. Soft, powdery white sand and turquoise waters made this an amazing destination for snorkeling, sun bathing and lunch. The crew organized our perfect island getaway, complete with beach chairs and umbrellas. Of course, Chef Karina’s picnic lunch and  wine completed our postcard perfect afternoon.

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We couldn’t get enough snorkeling, water spots or swimming to start the day.  Here the men decide to embark on a  manly snorkeling venture.

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The finest china, sterling silver tableware and crystal glasses created elegant settings for meals. When sailing, each piece had a custom designed, secure spot hidden in the woodwork of the main salon,  including the sterling water pitchers. Afterall, this is a racing yacht!

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Chef Karina took us on a wonderful culinary adventure. Even the simplest of salads were works of art. Pictured above is a prosciutto, tomato and buffalo cheese salad served as a first course for lunch.

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Thanks to Chef Karina’s exquisite food and attention to artistic presentation, meals were highly anticipated. Here you see Mahi Mahi with ginger, sesame and lime marinated with asian salad & soy glaze.

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Chef Karina’s lemon pousett with pink peppercorn meringue blackberries was a taste sensation. Exquisitely prepared and presented meals left us spoiled beyond words.

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Whether it was fresh fish and fruits from the local markets or the chorizo flown in from England for the picnic salad, the food matched the elegant setting of the Hyperion. Hungry for Chef’s prawn  and fennel risotto?

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Sometimes Chef Karina would create a whimsical dessert. Here you see yuzu sorbet with cotton candy served with sake. All of this on a yacht that is often sailing at high speeds!

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Let’s see. Fabulous yacht, perfect sunshine, friends new and old, culinary delights,  great wines, dancing and  laughter and so much more  – all of this on the Hyperion, which provided our movie setting backdrop.

Truth be told, we probably partied a bit too much, but can you blame us?  

NOTE

If you want to drool just a bit more, check out  The Hyperion website for great photos and videos. 

Thank you, Zack and Jen. Zack gets the prize. Pinatas and balloons on the deck in the middle of paradise. No one can  top this birthday celebration .  .  .  EVER!

– The Gourmet Review

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