Welcome to Lightheart Sailing Charters!
Customized Sailing Experiences
on St. Croix and Throughout the Virgin Islands
Lightheart Sailing Charters came to the Virgin Islands from Marblehead, Massachusetts, where her captains, Peter Branning and his wife Martha Boston, found 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. On Lightheart, Peter and Martha sailed throughout the Florida Keys and the Bahamas for several years. They then turned south and cruised the Caribbean island chain as far south as 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.
- Private Day Sails (Full-Day, Half-Day, Sunset Sails)
- Extended Charters throughout the US & British Virgin Islands
- Sailing Instruction (American Sailing Association certifications)
- Specialty Sails (Meditation, Personal Growth, Leadership & Teamwork)
Peter Branning is a US Coast Guard Captain and Master, and a multi-level sailing instructor certified by the American Sailing Association and named an Outstanding Instructor for 2014. 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.
Martha is an internationally-known facilitator of personal development and leadership experiences. She is the scheduler for Lightheart Sailing and often serves as first mate. She leads Lightheart's Specialty Sails, including sunset meditation sails and the unique sailing adventure known as Captains Courageous. 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.
Please take a look around our website and let us know what
we can do for you. Whether you're a beginning sailor
or a seasoned salt, we are happy to custom-design
a sailing experience to fit your budget, timeline and interests.