From Miami to Corner Brook

New yacht to be used in outdoor music festival

Diane Crocker
Published on June 19, 2014

After 12 days of near-perfect sailing, Greg Penney brought his new yacht into the Bay of Islands on Wednesday morning.

The arrival of the 98-foot Wanderlust at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club created a bit of excitement at the marina as family and onlookers got a look at the boat that just arrived from Miami, Fla.

Penny has been boating for 25 years and just purchased The Wanderlust from a company in Miami that had used it for charters.

While he waited to debark, his partner Lisa Wells explained that the yacht will be used this summer as part of Skonafest. The all-day outdoor music festival scheduled for Aug. 9 will take place on the grounds of Skona House, a wedding and event venue in Frenchman’s Cove owned by Penney. Honeymoon Suite will headline the concert, with appearances from local bands as well.

The yacht will be moved from the marina to be docked in the bay off Skona House and used as part of the VIP concert experience.

Penney was all smiles as he talked about the voyage while waiting for the boat and crew to be cleared by the Canadian Border Services Agency.

“We had incredible weather,” he said. “I’ve done the trip a couple of times before in a smaller boat, in a 42-footer, and we’ve hit some fairly big seas."

It took Penney and his crew of locals — Keith Chadderton, John Lubar and Ed Curtis — four days to travel 1,000 miles from Miami to New York.