America's Cup, Bermuda
The America's Cup will be raced in Bermuda this coming June, and guests aboard the handful of charter yachts with VIP Flags will be right on top of the action. The flags allow spectator yachts to be at the edge of the course boundary, like having courtside seats at a Lakers game.Ricardo Pinto

Dancing to the beat of our own drummer is something many of us aspire to do, but actually mixing the beats ourselves would take the experience to a whole new level.

That's the idea behind a new charter add-on from Fraser Yachts, which lets clients learn how to work the decks and wow the crowd with experts from The DJ Dispensary. Just as clients might book an add-on scuba or helicopter package with a charter itinerary, they can now add onboard master classes in spinning turntables, live-streamed to the world if guests want to take their mix global.

Antartica, Greenland
Legend plans to alternate seasons between Antarctica and Greenland, where heli-skiing will be another rare charter experience.mzphoto11 (iStock)

“We’re always looking for new, exciting ways to improve our clients’ experience on board, and we think our clients will love learning to be a DJ and impressing their friends and family,” says Lisa Peck, Fraser’s global marketing manager.

And Fraser is not alone. The idea of creating rare and unique experiences is becoming as much a part of the charter lifestyle as Wave-Runners and five-star chefs. Clients who have spent every summer on charter in the Mediterranean, or every winter at anchor off St. Barth, are looking to spice up their getaways. Yachts are responding with rare-experience options.

Wine
The owners of the 201-foot CRN Katharine work with Burgess Yachts to organize Croatia charter itineraries that include a stop at their winery, Korta Katarina. Among the wines for tasting is plavac mali, a red-wine grape known for tasting like blackberries and dark cherries.gilaxia (istock)

And sometimes, those experiences can be in rare destinations too. One example is the 253-foot Icon Legend, which, on her own, is unique as a Class 1 ice-breaking yacht available for charter. She is putting her construction to good use this season in Antarctica, where Camper & Nicholsons says her daily excursions will include rides beneath the ice inside the yacht's three-person submersible. (Heli-tours are also available from Legend's deck, and she carries snow scooters for guests seeking shoreside adventures of a whole other variety.)

"One-of-a-kind is a term often used when talking about superyachts, but this one is different," the Legend marketing materials state. "Legend will cruise a new course in yacht charter, offering pure, unadulterated adventure."

DJ Dispensary, Charter Yacht
Tutors from The DJ Dispensary will come aboard your charter yacht and teach you how to work any size party into a frenzy. The DJ Dispensary includes experts from Café Mambo in Ibiza, the Potato Head in Bali and other world-renowned discotheques.Courtesy DJ Dispensary

Other charter yachts seeking to offer rare experiences include the 201-foot CRN Katharine, whose owners have a winery in Croatia and can arrange private tours and tastings as part of a charter itinerary with Burgess Yachts.

"What I normally do is anchor in front of the winery and tender guests ashore," says Capt. Mike O'Neill. Guests enjoy a tour and a tasting, followed by a traditional Croatian seafood lunch before Katharine cruises to Korcula as the night's anchorage.

Australian Open, Tennis
Northrop & Johnson has expanded its charter fleet in Australia, and a handful of the new-to-fleet yachts base in Melbourne. That is where the Australian Open tennis tournament is held (upcoming dates are January 16-29). Charter clients can alternate days at the courts with days on the water, or watch the matches in the mornings and then water ski and kayak in the afternoons.Ben Solomon

Another rare experience will be available next summer in Bermuda, where several charter yachts have secured VIP Flag access for front-row viewing of the America's Cup races, right at the course boundary. "Only 50 yachts have been VIP chosen, and only a handful are chartering," says Nicholson Yachts. Two are in its fleet: the 93-foot CNB Savarona and the 108-foot Alloy Marae.

Exclusivity meets exhilaration, indeed.

Submarine
Plumbing the depths in a personal submersible is just one of the rare experiences now available on some charter-yacht itineraries.Courtesy Camper & Nicholson

Inside the C-Explorer 3, which is offered with the charter yacht Legend, cabin pressure is one atmosphere, even if the sub dives more than 900 feet. The cabin is air-conditioned, and the sub’s design allows 360-­degree views of whatever creatures or corals guests encounter.

sport fishing, sailfish
Serious sport fishing requires a properly outfitted yacht in a place where the big boys bite, and the 66-foot B&D Boatworks Cherin III is ready to provide both. She bases in Panama and books through B&B Yacht Charters. Raising fish is her captain's top priority.ftlaudgirl (iStock)