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There is no getting around Poseidon: 'Hell has no fury like a woman scorned'

Why are ships always female?

Old sailors used to answer this with a sexist joke: "Like a woman, a ship is unpredictable." A more likely suggestion relates to the idea of goddesses and mother figures playing a protective role in looking after a ship and crew. Linked to this is the common practice of giving ships female figureheads and names, often after deities or members of a shipowner's family. Christopher Columbus famously crossed the Atlantic in a ship called La Santa Maria, named after the Virgin Mary. 

Another theory comes from the roots of language. Many Indo-European languages have "male", "female" and sometimes "neuter" words. English instead has evolved into using neuter words such as "the". So it could be that making ships female and calling them "she" is an example of a really ancient, English-speaking practice of giving a gender to an inanimate object. It's worth noting that Lloyd's Register of Shipping now calls ships "it".

Significance of Naming a Boat

Naming a sea vessel is an important tradition before the inaugural launch of the ship. The majority of vessels are named after important female figures, either historical or personal, with the names often including important women in the captain's life. There is an extensive, precise ceremony that most captains follow to ward off any bad luck. The name is chosen, mounted or painted on the ship, and the ship then cast off on its maiden voyage following the blessing.

Yacht spotters will recognize the 130-foot Christensen Motor Yacht Sweet Escape, previously as Lady Zelda (2003-2010); and as the former Alteza, 1993-2003. (Alteza is a title of respect used when addressing a person of noble rank.) Furthermore, Sweet Escape was launched in 1993 by Christensen Shipyards, after many delays as a result of changes in company ownership and ownership of the actual hull being tied up in those issues. At one very brief time with Christensen Sweet Escape was hull #10 and sometimes even more confusing was actually hull #11!

It’s well known that renaming a boat can bring bad luck. Sailors have sworn since the dawn of time that the unluckiest ships of all are those who have defied the gods and changed their names.


The Boat Renaming Superstition, and how to get around it…

According to legend, every vessel is recorded by name in the ‘Ledger of the Deep’, and is known personally to Poseidon, or Neptune, the god of the sea. To change the name of a vessel without consulting Poseidon is to invoke his wrath, so in order to change a boat’s name, a traditional ceremony is used to appease the gods of the seas.

The first thing that must be done when renaming a boat is to purge its old name from the Ledger of the Deep, and from Poseidon's memory. This will involve wiping out every trace of the old boat name, and reciting a short ceremony to remove the boat’s name from Poseidon’s records. Poseidon did not have the internet so this has been a challenge for Yacht Sweet Escape, to say the least, as she had 3 previous names.

You must conduct the renaming ceremony immediately after the purging ceremony. The next step in the renaming ceremony is to appease the gods of the winds. This will assure you of fair winds and smooth seas. You re-christen the boat with alcohol. First offer some to the water, some to the boat, then to everyone else to toast the new vessel.


MARCH 2019

Restitution: The Real Cost of Chartering

Superyacht Lady Zelda sold by Northrop and Johnson and Fraser


"We now have a very happy seller and buyer who, by the way, is a very experienced charterer and we will see her back on the charter market with a vengeance! Good to see people like this coming back into the market."

Christensen Sweet Escape: Magnetic Personality

Arunas Chesonis wasn’t seriously looking to buy a boat. The CEO of Sweetwater Energy was perfectly content to charter, something he’d been doing with his family for the better part of a decade. 

The service (by Captain Paulo Guedes) is what kept Chesonis coming back, and the fourth charter was the charm. The global recession had begun, and (Captain Paulo) Guedes had been doing some thinking. He knew there were a lot of gems-in-the-making on the brokerage market, and he knew they could be had for a great price. He’d asked the owner about moving up to a bigger boat to expand the charter crew and guest options…

“We were talking about this one day on the boat during one of my charters,” Chesonis recalls, “and I just asked him, ‘Would you consider doing something with me?’”

Two months later, Chesonis was a yacht owner and (Captain Paulo) Guedes was his personal captain. The 130-foot Christensen Lady Zelda became his own Sweet Escape, and he set about refitting the 1993 build with Guedes’ charter ambitions in mind. In 2010, they converted two cabins so that the twin beds could be arranged as kings, and they removed the bar from the top deck so that it would become a more spacious sunpad area…


A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for


After years of a heavy charter schedule and crew moving around, the company changed to the present ownership early 2017.  With a wonderful inherited reputation for charter, Sweet Escape immediately picked up and started what was intended to be a minor refurbishment.  Unfortunately it was during this time that the true cost of the heavy amount of charter had on the very special MY Sweet Escape came to light, none of which had appeared in the survey.

Through painful trial and tribulation, multiples of major issues were painstakingly revealed and addressed.  There were some casualties in the process with missed charters as the revelation of major issue after mechanical issue unexpectedly occurred.  Surmounted by feelings of grief and tremendous levels of stress, all parties involved were deeply affected.  Every step of the way felt like a never ending uphill battle. The heavy stream of kind, skilled crew and contractors never faulted trying tirelessly to meet deadlines only to be presented with another kink in the chain.


It was apparently clear that the renaming ceremony was not preformed correctly and Poseidon was not satisfied!  A massive price was paid as result.  Now properly christened and a very long list of mechanical and decorative issues meticulously addressed, the worst is seemingly well behind Sweet Escape. (Could you kindly knock on some perfectly sanded teak after reading this please?) Motor Yacht Sweet Escape is truly magnificent.

Smooth seas never made a skilled sailor

After what was undeniably a triumphant Mediterranean Season in 2018, a recent yard period, and a completing a successful 5 year survey, Yacht Sweet Escape has an upcoming busy season again in The Bahamas.  The Antigua Yacht Charter Show, 4-10 December 2019, will lead to a nostalgic visit to the BVI’s where Sweet Escape’s journey began in 2012.  Now under the command of Captain Paul Garfield, having been at the helm for the last year, a finer crew could not be found!  With all the repairs and additions, toys and all around love, Sweet Escape is at her best! Poseidon seemingly agrees!

March 2019


Welcome to the new website for the 130-foot Christensen Sweet Escape. Offering a seamless balance of luxury, meticulous service and easygoing fun in the sun, this spectacular yacht is now accepting bookings for charter in the Bahamas, Cuba and beyond. Sweet Escape is an exquisite option for those seeking the matchless escape of a private yacht vacation. She sleeps up to 12 guests in 6 elegantly appointed staterooms, with a world-class team of 7-8 crew solely dedicated to helping you enjoy the waterborne experiences of your dreams.

Visit us frequently for up-to-the minute information and updates from sea, including fun charter ideas, delicious recipes from of our award-winning chef, intriguing new cruising itineraries, guest testimonials, videos and more. For more information, or if you are considering a charter on Sweet Escape, contact any charter agent and make your dream yachting vacation a reality today! 

May 2018