Giles Starkey, Yacht Broker, Horizon Yacht Sales
Meet Giles Starkey, our BVI based pre-owned yacht specialist for Horizon Yacht Sales. Giles Starkey has a lifetime of history with the BVI, a grand love for sailing, and endless tales of life on the sea! Giles was born in the British Virgin Islands, Tortola and went to school there as well as in the UK. After finishing school, he went on to complete his RYA Yacht Master in Cowes, Isle Of Wight at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA).
Giles learnt to sail at the young age of 9, mostly in Optimist dinghies and later he joined the BVI Optimist National Team and raced in quite a few international regattas. He then progressed to sailing and racing Lasers. He went on to take a US Sailing instructional course and received his certification and accepted a job as a sailing instructor at the Bitter End Sailing School in beautiful Virgin Gorda, BVI.
In 2011, Giles became Customer Service Manager at Horizon Yacht Charters in the BVI. He was involved at all levels in the day-to-day management of the Horizon fleet, keeping the boats in top condition as well as looking after the guests as best as possible. After all, that is what Horizon is famous for.
Giles then went on to become a Yacht Broker for Horizon in early 2018 and attends international boat shows in the US for the company. His in-depth knowledge of yachts and seeing clients day in, day out for so many years has given him insider knowledge that helps him put clients together with their perfect yacht. Giles is a very successful yacht broker for Horizon and his clients all praise his impeccable service. See this great client testimonial below to give you an idea of how much he goes “above and beyond” for his clients.
“Buying a boat for the first time, in a different country, during a pandemic is not for cowards! This is especially true when there is only a few Helia 44 owners’ version catamarans for sale in the world. We were so lucky to have Giles Starkey from Horizon Yachts Charters as our buyer’s broker. We cannot imagine how we could have ever landed the purchase of “Eventually” without him. From providing advice about anything you can ever dream up, to working with our foreign broker in Turkey, including helping us understand the different legislation and rules and navigating all the differences in process, to helping organize our Canadian registration and ensuring that we had all the required documentation, including translation of several documents. Giles was there at all hours given that the boat was in a time zone 7 hours ahead; you cannot imagine how much we appreciated his efforts. He always made us feel like we were his priority and that all our questions deserved a researched answer…and there were a lot of them. He gave us total peace of mind! Once we owned Eventually, you’d think your buyer’s broker would disappear, not Giles! We got a call in Kusadasi, Turkey from Giles after he heard about the nearby earthquake just to make sure we were ok and that Eventually was unharmed. How’s that for service!
It was a terribly complex process from start to finish and Giles was there making it as easy for us as he could, with many laughs along the way. Thanks, so much Giles, can’t wait to see you in the BVI when we bring it Eventually to the Caribbean.
Sincerest Thanks Giles,”
Buyers Name: BB
Boat Name: Quiet Flight
Yacht Model: 2019 Nautitech Fly 46
Sold: 7th December 2021
“I highly recommend Horizon Yacht Sales to anyone considering the purchase or sale of a boat in the Caribbean. Although I had already identified the model I wanted, and first made contact with Horizon because they had one listed for sale, I still had many questions about the boat, the practicalities of ownership, and the positives and potential negatives of keeping it in a charter fleet. Giles Starkey, our broker at Horizon, was consistently patient, forthright, and fun to work with. Every transaction is different, and ours had some unique challenges due to the pandemic, requirements of the seller, etc. With the help of Giles and his colleagues at Horizon, we sailed through them all smoothly. (As a bonus, Nanny Cay, where Horizon has its base, is easily the nicest commercial yacht basin you’ll find. I would hang out at the adjacent beach bar even if I didn’t have a boat there.) I don’t believe in the old cliche about the two best days of boat ownership being the first and the last, but I can tell you that both of those – as well as many in between – will be greatly enhanced if you choose Horizon.”
Buyers Name: JM
Boat Name: Loisaba
Boat Model: 2007 Fairline 52 Targa G.T.
Sold: 8th November 2022
“This is to place on record my appreciation of the support provided by Horizon Yacht Sales during our recent purchase of our Fairline 52 Targa in BVI
It was quite difficult for me to exercise the purchase arrangements as I am based in Panama and the craft was being sold ex BVI.
It was therefore purchased without my personally sighting the yacht but thanks to the support from Horizon and in particular Giles Starkey we were able to conclude the sale and most importantly the post-sale arrangements.
Covid restrictions and shipment limitations meant that I had to rely entirely on Horizon to not only assist in the insurance of the boat but in looking after her whilst we decided how to get her down to Panama …eventually having to sail her down the whole way.
We were also entangled in pre-departure local tax clearances and the delays seemed endless. Giles and Horizon came through brilliantly throughout the process and indeed continue to assist us in our ongoing education of the ins and outs of this new acquisition
Thank you to Giles and all at Horizon BVI !”
Buyers Name: JC
Boat Name: Blue Parrot
Boat Model: 2018 Bavaria Cruiser 46
Sold: 15th December 2022
“I had an extremely positive and smooth sales experience – all thanks to Giles”
Brian Field and Tara Tyson
Eventually – Fountain Pajot, Helia 44
Like to know more about Giles Starkey? Get in contact with Horizon today. No matter the query, our staff are always happy to help. Giles Starkey is just one of the many great individuals behind the Horizon team, helping you find the charter of your dreams and sail the Caribbean in style.