Crew: Meet Captain Miles and First Mate/Chef Rachel
There’s no question about it; Miles and Rachel are definitely the go-to couples in the Caribbean for that once-in-a-lifetime catamaran cruise. Together this power couple has the know how to help you fulfill your vacation dreams safely and comfortably aboard Catamaran Sea Esta. From expert diving instructions and on-land excursions to gourmet cuisine paired with just the right wines, these two have it covered.
Miles has spent most of his life either in or under the sea. He lived abroad with his family for many years and fell in love with the ocean at a young age in Greece. He’s spent time on the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and on the waters off the coasts of Honduras, Mexico and North Carolina. Miles has been a certified diver since he was 14 and a scuba instructor for the past seven years. He’s also a swim/freediving instructor and has logged thousands of hours underwater, certifying some 500-plus students. Miles is particularly talented at taking first-time divers into the water, where he does whatever it takes to get them feeling confident and safe. Those who have learned from Miles can’t say enough about his seemingly endless patience and kindness as a teacher. He practices that same diligence as a captain, ensuring his passengers always feel safe in his hands.
Miles spends his spare time helping the University of the Virgin Islands with its research on conservation of sea turtles and is the co-founder of “Wet Fish,” a volunteer organization that removes underwater trash to help preserve the Caribbean’s ecosystem. He’s also an avid free diver and enjoys spearfishing.
Rachel grew up in an Italian family and knows the true meaning of comfort food, she got her culinary training under some of the top chefs from Philadelphia to New York and St. Croix. Having worked under the former Sous Chef of Morimoto, she brings a unique flair to pairing both simple and complex foods with some of the most exquisite wines. She can also mix up a cocktail that you won’t soon forget. Along with her culinary expertise, Rachel is a licensed Rasamaya yoga teacher focused on chakra balancing. She can also provide expert snorkeling guidance and, through years of experience, knows where the most beautiful coral reefs are hidden. Rachel is a professional fire dancer who has performed at numerous venues across the Caribbean. She’s not shy about sharing those experiences and may even be talked into giving a demonstration.
Rachel helped start the “Mermaids of St. Croix”, an organization that taught children the importance of proper trash removal in the ocean surrounding the Virgin Islands. She loves scuba diving—she’s PADI certified—freediving and has attended pilot school working towards her light craft license. When she returns to the states she loves riding her
Ducati motorcycle and having campfires at the farm she grew up on.
Together Captain Miles and First Mate/Chef Rachel will provide a unique vacation aboard Catamaran Sea Esta, tailored precisely to your needs and desires, which you will never forget. Welcome aboard
Avory is a perfect blend of zest and zen. Her enthusiasm and love of life balance harmoniously with her calming and tranquil nature. In a world that is often go-go-go, Avory has a wonderful way of offering you a chance to slow down and take in the beauty of all that surrounds you during your time on our sailing oasis. Whether you want to feel like you spent the week at the spa, like you just went on the wildest adventure of your life, or somewhere in between, Avory is your perfect companion/guide for whatever vibe you and your tribe would like to set for your time on Sea Esta!
Avory imbeds her personal and professional life with invigoratingly active and inspiringly peaceful activities. Working professionally on boats since 2013 (alongside the National Park Service), Avory is an expert at providing environmentally conscious snorkeling and hiking adventures for guests, (not to mention an uncanny knack for finding the most beautiful snorkel spots and hidden wildlife). She is an experienced paddleboard instructor, Scuba Diver, a Reiki Master Practitioner, and a certified Yoga Instructor (500hr YTT) with experience teaching all levels (from the most beginner of beginners). Alongside her passions and practices, Avory has worked in the service industry since she was old enough to have a job and enjoys putting her creativity into all of the small and unique details to make for an absolutely unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience.
Avory has just returned from a month long journey exploring India, where she advanced her Yoga training. Whether you’d like some active yoga flows at sunrise, some calming restorative stretches at sunset, a breathing technique to help you with free diving, a guided meditation to help you let go of stress, or a Reiki Energy work session while you relax under the shade (of a palm tree), Avory can make this happen for you!
Having grown up in a small New England town right on the coast, the ocean stole her heart at a young age and she knew she never wanted to be far from it. A freelance/talented artist, the ocean is the source of much inspiration for her artwork. She received several awards and scholarships for her artand went on to study Studio Art at the University of Vermont and in Florence, Italy. Graduating with a double major in 2012, she swapped her snowboard for a paddle board and warmer weather and made her move to the US Virgin Islands where she has been living like a local for the past 5+ years. This is where Avory met First Mate and Chef Rachel, working together for “Mermaids of St.Croix” also fire-dancing together and solidifying their lifelong friendship!
Her creativity translates into every aspect of what she does, and she loves to help people find their own inner-spark, joy, and inspiration.
Rachel’s Sample Sea Menu Gallery
Currently booked or requested dates:
|Date Start||Date End||Status|
|Jul 13, 2019||Jul 20, 2019||Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Aug 01, 2019||Oct 31, 2019||Unavailable: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Nov 07, 2019||Nov 14, 2019||Boat Show: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Dec 21, 2019||Dec 28, 2019||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Dec 29, 2019||Jan 05, 2020||Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Jan 17, 2020||Jan 21, 2020||Hold: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*|
|Feb 23, 2020||Feb 28, 2020||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Mar 08, 2020||Mar 14, 2020||Hold: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Apr 04, 2020||Apr 11, 2020||Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Apr 26, 2020||May 03, 2020||Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*|
|Jun 19, 2020||Jun 27, 2020||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
BVI Crewed Yacht Chart
|Rates are All Inclusive|
|Yacht Name||Sea Esta|
|Location||Caribbean Virgin Islands|
|Children Age Limits||water safe|
|Nude OK||Yes (Inq)|