Our History

Thirty five years and growing

VANTAGE LAND SEA SKY LTD represents the journey of two men who share a passion for the ocean and sailing. It was predestined that Garth Carstens and Stefano Alfano would meet and change the direction of each others lives forever. Garth, South African born and Stefano, Italan born and unknown to one another, were working at opposite ends on the globe. Garth in the Caribbean and Stefano in the Mediterranean. Garth had started to build his yachting empire since 1984 promoting a revolutionary currency hedge investment programme linked to yacht ownership and charter whilst Stefano was pioneering luxury gulet building and chartering in the Eastern Mediterranean. As fate would have it, Garth and Stefano met during 2017 and, after a very short courtship, on the 26th February 2018, Garth and Stefano merged their yachting businesses. Today Vantage represents a company comprising yachting industry specialists, investment bankers and global partners that have positioned the company to become a disruptor and industry leader. We pride ourselves on our knowledge but remain humble and committed to providing our clients with a superlative service because, our customers are the lifeblood of our business.

Our ambition is to be a life-time partner to our Customers by combining simplicity and innovation with empathy and care along the entire customer journey, at all touchpoints and channels.



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In the Beginning 1984-1996
Garth founded Marine Syndicate Management Systems (Pty) Ltd and starts building 57’ Luxury Catamarans that are placed in the Caribbean as syndicated investment vessels earning investors superlative returns via charter activity
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In the Beginning 1988

Columbus Ships & Yachts is founded by the Alfano family with a boatyard in Rhodos, Greece and offices in Rome, Italy.

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Progress 1996-2005
Garth founded Alpha Abacus Maritime Holdings (Pty) Ltd and converts his syndicated yacht ownership programme to a yacht currency hedge investment programme
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More Progress 1996
Alpha Abacus Maritime acquires a Charter Brokerage and Clearinghouse in the British Virgin Islands
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Black Empowerment introduced to Global Yachting Industry 2001
Alpha Abacus Maritime is the first South African company to introduce a black empowerment investment in the yachting industry
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Empowerment takes Equity 2002
Black empowerment investment company is so impressed with their returns that they acquire equity in Alpha Abacus Maritime Holdings
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Panama Dual Entity 1996-2005
Garth founded Alpha Abacus Offshore Investments Ltd, a Dual Entity in Panama that owns, charters and manages a fleet of 142 yachts
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Foundation for Global Investments 1996-2005
Garth founded the Alpha Abacus Foundation promoting global investment into maritime assets including IMO1, 3 & 5 stainless steel tank containers as well as yachts
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Substantial Investments 2005

Columbus evolves into Kolossea Ships & Yachts Srl with a substantial investment as the company targets the superyacht sales and charter industry.

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Enter the Luxury Yacht Charter 2010

Stefano obtains the very valuable official Italian license for Ship & Yacht Brokerage from the Italian Chamber of Commerce and starts to operate in the Luxury Yacht Sale & Charter market throughout the Mediterranean

Kolossea Ships & Yachts startes offering Luxury Bespoke Yacht Charters to International Corporations, UHNWI’s and pioneers the first "Yachting Experience" concept, changing the landscape of the charter industry forever.
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Cape Cairo Alliance (Pty) Ltd 2013-2019
Garth founded Cape Cairo Alliance (Pty) Ltd and opens office in Cape Town, Cairo and Milan. This special purpose vehicle was used to promote Garth’s yachting interests and in particular, his vision to disrupt the highly fragmented Superyacht charter industry
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Cape Cairo Alliance and Kolossea Ships & Yachts Merge 2018-2019

Cape Cairo Alliance is sidelined, and Vantage Land Sea Sky is incorporated in South Africa and the United Kingdom merging the interests of Kolossea Ships & Yachts SRL.

Stefano & Garth are officialy not only friends but, business partners aiming to pioneer new global developments within the Superyacht charter industry.

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