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About Us - Catamaran Sailing Charters

Jane Maree and Martin 1

Nelson region's most extensive and longest operating boat charter company.

Priding themselves with friendly professional and personal service on quality vessels.
Catamaran Sailing Charters is owned and operated by Martin and Jane-Maree Holmes.

Martin, sea going manager and skipper, is a commercially qualified skipper and marine engineer. Jane-Maree, shore based manager, holds a Royal Yachting Association Offshore skippers certificate.

Martin worked for many years at sea before they teamed up becoming professional sailors sailing many locations around the world and across the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans - the latter route was used to deliver Jamarh from her South African homeport to New Zealand. Very experienced with great stories to tell!

Martin and Jane-Maree purchased their sailing catamaran Jamarh and set up their yacht charter business in 1998.

Jamarh proved to be a successful charter yacht and with this success lead to the growing and expanding of the business to include other vessels.

In July 2010 Jane-Maree & Martin seized the opportunity to purchase Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures, a long established sailing company focused on daily tours into the Abel Tasman National Park. The businesses are extremely complimentary making them the region's specialists in skippered day sailing tours and multiday holidays. For clients this means with one enquiry all options are covered.

As the company has grown so has the need for further staff. It is very important to Martin and Jane-Maree to choose crew that offer the friendly professional and personal service that has become their business. They realize this is what makes your holiday a special and memorable time and they value that. Catamaran Sailing staff are a great team, so when Martin can't skipper your boat you know you are in very capable hands.

As a tourism business so closely interlinked with the environment they are very passionate about operating in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. They are always looking to improve their sustainable business practices - your comments are most welcome.
Recognition of their commitment and business success in chartering both sailing catamarans and power boats has been rewarded by the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce as winners and finalists in the Chamber's Business Awards.

Martin and Jane-Maree like to discuss trip options with you personally. They emphasize that, due to the variety of yachts available and their versatility, they can tailor excursions to suit your individual needs.

quote  We have been privileged to charter sail in international waters, in elite tourism areas. It is wonderful to now be home living in Nelson and sharing that experience

Martin and Jane-Maree Holmes


Business Endorsements for Catamaran Sailing Charters

NMIT Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards:
  • 2007 Winners Small Business Award
  • 2007 Finalist Sustainable Business Award
  • 2007 Finalist Tourism Excellance Award
  • 2004 Finalist Small Business Award
  • 2003 Finalist Small Business Award
We are Qualmark endorsed visitor activity.
Qualmark is new Zealand Tourism's mark of quality. All accommodation and tourism business which carry the Qualmark means they have been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence. Our Qualmark Enviromental Responsible Tourism rating is Enviro Silver which means we have excellent preformance in Responsible Tourism Operations.
The Department of Conservation is the central government organisation charged with conserving the natural and historic heritage of New Zealand.
We are Doc concessioned operators which means we are permitted to land our guests on the beaches and foreshore of the Abel Tasman National Park.

We are authorized Marine Mammal Operators and we can take you to see the NZ fur seals. Within the Abel Tasman National Park we are authorized for guided walking, to arrange weddings, provide on yacht accommodation and provide water taxi and charter boat services.

quote.... Not quite as the America's Cup! Much more fun, peace and the most beautiful places on earth! Martin is the perfect skipper and I hope to be sailing here again soon

Alessandra Ghezzi - Press Officer for Prada America's Cup Team, Italy

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