Lightheart Sailing Charters came to the Virgin Islands from Marblehead, Massachusetts, where her captains, Peter Branning and his wife Martha Boston, bought their new Hanse 400 s/v Lightheart during the summer of 2008. They cruised the Eastern Seaboard, Long Island Sound and Chesapeake Bay, arriving in Miami November 2008 where Lightheart was put into service with Lightheart Sailing Charters. Then, coming south to the Caribbean, Lightheart cruised from Miami to Tobago, exploring many islands along the way. They have come back north to the Virgin Islands where they have found some of the best sailing and cruising grounds anywhere.
Peter Branning is a US Coast Guard Captain and Master, and a multi-level sailing instructor certified by the American Sailing Association. He has over 40 years racing, cruising and coaching sailing teams. He is also a commercial pilot, avid freediver and former Miami Beach lifeguard. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University. Learn more.
Lightheart is a 2007 Hanse 400e, a modern performance cruiser that is extremely responsive and light to the touch. She's also a comfortable cruising vessel with an elegant European interior - light, airy and spacious with wood and leather appointments. She sleeps six in three cabins, has beautiful teak decks, comfortable cockpit cushions, and awnings to keep you shaded at anchor. Learn more.
Captain Branning and Lightheart are available for custom private charters and/or sailing instruction for individuals or groups, from beginners to experienced sailors.