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Catamaran Black Tortuga Crew: Brian & Elena

Captain – Brian Christiansen
Chef – Elena Gandillon

Share in the unique experiences of the Virgin Islands that Elena and Brian craft for you sailing aboard the spacious, wind-powered vessel, Black Tortuga.

With close to a decade of experience taking people “into the wild”, Brian shares his sense of adventure with guests. Raised in Utah and frequently found at sea, Brian is confronted with questions as to how he became an ocean-going captain. Most people forget there is a small ocean, the Great Salt Lake, in his desert home. His father taught him a love for all activities in and around water. Reading sea-faring novels from the golden-age of discovery inspired him to lust for the horizon and he eventually made his way aboard expedition ships plying all the planet’s waters. Alongside working for National Geographic Expeditions, he operated specialty charters through the Lesser Antilles on his own sailing vessel. As a USCG 100ton rated captain, his attention to detail and professionalism are integral to safe operation of the vessel. As a fellow human with passions in outdoor pursuits, he is a perfect companion for fun activities if you want to try your hand at at anything from surfing and kiteboarding to freediving and kayaking. Holding a degree in film-making, working as a videographer and being a reward winning photographer; he can create, upon prior request, a media package of the events that make your trip remarkable.

Elena’s spirit awakens in the open. After traveling to over thirty countries, her instinct draws her to beautiful and Elena Gandillon Black Tortuga Crewisolated places. Her love for nature led her from jagged mountain peaks of Switzerland into the deep blue of the Indo-Pacific. She became a PADI certified scuba instructor in Komodo so she can share her love of undersea life with others. Join her for some scuba diving or become certified while onboard and see what the hype is all about! Growing up in an international household, her culinary influences are mainly French and Swiss with added spice from her travels, specializing in creating heart-warming dishes from the simplest of ingredients. She aspires to cater her dishes toward individual diets and has perfected eco-friendly, plant-based menu selections. Placing great importance on the dining experience, speaking three languages, and versed in the art of conversation makes spending time with her a joy, no matter where you are from.

Black Tortuga CrewElena and Brian met in Raja Ampat diving and sailing and are fully committed to spending every moment in each other’s company with their first love, the water. Blending luxurious yacht life and connecting with nature in easy grace, they ignite voyagers’ passion for Caribbean beauty. Sailing in consistent winds on the azure waters of the Virgin Islands while visiting white sandy beaches with quaint hideaways is a perfect way to charter.
Come join them aboard Black Tortuga for the wind-powered charter of a lifetime. You will go home with more than memories – you will have inspiring stories of rewarding experiences.

With Elena and Brian, you are guaranteed an unforgettable week. As a team, they are perfectly matched to make your tropical getaway magical.

 

 

Catamaran Black Tortuga Crew: Tommy and Alexis and Janey

Meet Tommy and Janey, a hard-working, fun and outgoing team of sailing enthusiasts who will show you an amazing and adventurous week on board the beautiful Black Tortuga. Tommy’s sailing skills and vast knowledge of the Islands and its hidden gems, paired with Janey’s love and passion for cooking, will guarantee an unforgettable week amongst the beautiful Caribbean Islands.

Tommy developed a passion for sailing at a young age, growing up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, he quickly advanced from racing small dinghies to getting a keelboat of his own at age 15. He took to the sea after high school for a year of cruising around the Caribbean, before returning to Virginia to complete University. Adventure has always been in his blood. During University his passion for sailing was peaked more than ever and he took every break possible to get back on the ocean completing multiple offshore deliveries.

During his final year of University, he became a professional captain, receiving his USCG 100-ton masters license and then sailed down to the Virgin Islands from Virginia, aboard his own sailboat. Working the winter season these past two seasons in the Virgin Islands, Tommy knows all of the ins and outs of the USVI and BVI and is excited to create a charter experience geared towards the wants and needs of his guests. The Virgin Islands are abundant with beautiful beaches, floating bars, brilliant hikes, and incredible snorkel spots that Tommy and Janey cannot wait to take you to.

Janey grew up in sunny Cape Town, South Africa, in a large family environment, which hosted family gatherings almost every weekend. Janey’s passion for food began at a very young age, where she spent many evenings watching and helping her mom cook dinner for the family. Her attention to detail and flair for experimenting with new flavors and flavor combinations, drove her to be the creative chef she is today. After completing a diploma in fashion design, Janey decided to explore new options abroad and went on to work as a chef/hostess on private charter boats in Croatia in the Mediterranean. It was at this time that Janey realized her absolute love for sailing, paired with professional cooking and entertaining, and therefore went on to pursue her career in the Caribbean.

Tommy and Janey’s relaxed and easy way of organizing activities, and ensuring the week is run smoothly will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied at the end of the charter. They compliment each other in a way that is comforting and welcoming. They make for a truly amazing crew that will guarantee an unforgettable experience.

Alexis Black Tortuga CrewAlexis (Lexi) has always had a love for the ocean, travel, and adventure.  The beach has continually been an important element in her life. She studied Pre-Veterinary at Coastal University in South Carolina, the campus was in the heart of the shore-side so you can imagine that every spare minute she had, she was involved in some activity on or in the ocean. Soon after college she was bitten by the travel bug and embarked on her first solo backpacking trip to South Africa.

She grew up in a Spanish and Italian family so not much more needs to be said – life at home was all about the food – prepping it, cooking it and sharing it with others.

She fell in love with the diverse styles of food wherever she traveled which has allowed her to ‘play’ with the different flavor combinations and add a ‘wow’ factor to her menu. Catching lobster or fish and having it for lunch or dinner is the true meaning of sea-to-table – meals on Black Tortuga could not get any better!

 

Catamaran Black Tortuga Sample Menu

Charter Calendar

Currently booked or requested dates:

Date Start Date End Status
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Booked: Trellis Bay, Tortola to Trellis Bay, Tortola
Dec 20, 2019 Dec 27, 2019 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Dec 29, 2019 Jan 05, 2020 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Jan 11, 2020 Jan 18, 2020 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Feb 08, 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Mar 13, 2020 Mar 20, 2020 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Apr 01, 2020 Apr 07, 2020 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Apr 09, 2020 Apr 15, 2020 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Jun 20, 2020 Jun 27, 2020 Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Aug 08, 2020 Oct 24, 2020 Unavailable: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand

Guest Testimonials

We had THE BEST time with you and Tommy on Black Tortuga

"Hey Janey,
Just a quick note to say "thank you" again for such an amazing week! We had THE BEST time with you and Tommy on Black Tortuga and would recommend your boat and crew to anyone who asks. Please pass along that we loved the food, the boat was the perfect size, the itinerary was amazing and we enjoyed every minute of the week with you. We'd love to join you again in 2019."
Claire Boiles

Catamaran Black Tortuga BVI Crewed Yacht Chart

Best Rate
Passengers 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Winter 2019
Per Person $8,500 $5,850 $4,500 $3,700 $3,166 $2,786 $2,500
Totals $17,000 $17,500 $18,000 $18,500 $19,000 $19,500 $20,000
Rates are All Inclusive

 

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by Claire Boiles on iYachtClub
We had THE BEST time with you and Tommy on Black Tortuga

"Hey Janey,
Just a quick note to say "thank you" again for such an amazing week! We had THE BEST time with you and Tommy on Black Tortuga and would recommend your boat and crew to anyone who asks. Please pass along that we loved the food, the boat was the perfect size, the itinerary was amazing and we enjoyed every minute of the week with you. We'd love to join you again in 2019."
Claire Boiles

by Juliehof on iYachtClub

Our family sailed on the Marianne with Captain Mark and Heather. It was a truly wonderful experience. Mark and Heather took care of our every need and were super personable and fun to be around. Heather’s meals were delicious and beautifully presented and Mark kept us busy with interesting stops and lots of fun snorkeling adventures, water activities and island stops. The boat was comfortable and spacious with lots of room outdoors to relax while we were under sail. The whole experience was above and beyond our expectations. We hope to be able to do it again in the future!