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  • Adam Grant

    Sail Caribbean Operations / Fleet Captain / Captain
    Fourth Year

    Dublin, Ireland

    Adam has been in the outdoor education industry for the past eight years. He has been with Sail Caribbean for the last four years as a fleet captain, captain and in the 2019 season as a member of the on land support crew. Adam is a dive instructor and a yacht master and worked as a professional dive coxswain in Costa Rica for a year before moving to a full time marine mechanic position in a marina in Europe. Adam has extensive experience in all areas of boating including marine repair, as well as a degree in Outdoor Education. 

  • Adrian Debrah

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    Second Year

    Mason City, IA

    Adrian is from small-town Iowa and attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aeronautical Science. He started sailing at the age of 14 with a Hobie Cat Wave in a small lake behind his house and has been in love ever since the first time the wind caught his sails. He has always had a fascination for the oceans and its awesome inhabitants (especially Spotted Eagle Rays), but he was not satisfied having to be so far away from an ocean. So enrolled with Sail Caribbean for his first program in 2016 and enjoyed it so much came back for a second year in 2017. And is now in his third year as Sail Caribbean Staff.

  • Anastasia Babicki

    Sail Caribbean Captain Mate / Medical Officer
    Second Year

    Titusville, New Jersey

    Growing up next to the beautiful Delaware River in rural NJ, Stasia has always been a fan of water and the natural world around her. Stasia moved to the warm south for college to sail, explore, and to always be able to go outside (even in the pouring rain). She just graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida with a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish. During her time in college, she became a WEMT for the college and joined the rugby team. At Eckerd, she has fallen in love with coastal wetlands and mangroves. She hopes to go to graduate school in the future for environmental philosophy and to teach others about the importance of the natural world. Stasia’s love for the ocean definitely grew when she was a camper at Sail Caribbean participating in the Foxtrot and Sierra clubs when she was younger and looks forward to inspiring campers just as she was inspired.

  • Andrew “Powell” Forshaw

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    Second Year

    Charlotte, NC

    Powell is an avid outdoorsman. His passions include surfing, fishing, diving, and of course sailing. Powell learned about the Sail Caribbean program from a friend and discovered his passion for sailing and living on the sea over the summer of 2017. He was excited to earn his sailing and diving certifications, but his favorite memory was the overnight sail to the Leeward Islands. Powell is still a keen power boater and fisherman but he envisions a lot more sailing in his future.

  • Andrew Arter

    Andrew Arter

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Fourth Year

    Damariscotta, ME

    Arter grew up on the coast of Maine and has been sailing his entire life. After graduating high school, he sailed from Maine to the Bahamas with a friend. Previously, Arter worked as the keel boat sailing coach for the Portland Yacht Club. He is also an avid J24 racer. He holds a US Captain’s license with sailing and towing endorsements. Currently Arter attends the University of Maine and is studying Mechanical Engineering and Math. During the summer, he enjoys sailing the coast of Maine and spending Saturdays with the boys.

  • Augustus Johnson

    Sail Caribbean Mate

    St. Croix, USVI

    Augustus Johnson is a rising sophomore at Temple University where he is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Sports Management. Augustus was born in Winston-Salem North Carolina where he grew up until he was 16. He then moved to St Croix in the US Virgin Islands where he finished high school and currently lives. Augustus is an experienced Scuba Diver and has his advanced open water certification along with a deep diver specialty. He was a student at Sail Caribbean for three summers and this is his first summer working at Sail Caribbean as a Mate.  He is very excited to make new memories in the BVI.

  • Ava Zockoll

    Sail Caribbean Captain Dive Coordinator
    Third Year

    Bayhead, NJ

    From a beach town in New Jersey, Ava has always stayed close to the water and considers it her happy place. Coming into her 3rd summer as a staff member, she is excited to spend more time in the beautiful BVI and share her love of Sail Caribbean with everyone she encounters. Going into her senior year at Florida State University studying Hospitality and Tourism Management, she recently studied abroad in Panama City, Panama in Fall 2019 and just this past May got her divemaster on the island of Utila, Honduras. At school, Ava is a team member at the Wildlife Conservation Center and can’t wait to teach about the different conservation efforts that SC leads. With a high energy personality and love of her fellow staff members and students, Ava looks forward to an amazing summer!!

  • Britney Pieterse

    Sail Caribbean Divers
    2 Years

    Britney is a 21 year old South African who loves the ocean, diving, photography and drawing. She started diving when she was only 10 years old and since then couldn’t be kept away from diving. When she turned 18 she left her small little coastal town to complete her dive masters and instructors and loved every bit of it. She went on to teach scuba diving in Thailand for a couple months and then travelled to the beautiful BVI and worked here for a couple months, due to COVID she went back home, but she fell I love with the ocean and the beauty of the BVI that she had to come back and join Sail Caribbean Divers for her first summer season.

  • Callie Palumbo

    Sail Caribbean Program Consultant/ Social Media Coordinator
    Third Year

    Northport, NY

    Meet Callie soon!

  • Callie Wilks

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Callie is from Cincinnati, Ohio and currently attends The Ohio State University as a business major. She discovered her passion for the ocean through Sail Caribbean as she attended the program for 2 years. Through the program, she found a love for diving and has gotten her advance certificate through Sail Caribbean. During the summer Callie loves to hang out with family and her two dogs on the lake. Some of the activities she loves to do are wakeboard, paddleboard, fishing, and kayak. She is so excited about this amazing summer.

  • Carol Schwier

    Carol Schwier

    Sail Caribbean Travel Coordinator
    Twenty Eighth Year

    Huntington, NY

    Meet Carol soon!

  • Christian Abys

    Sail Caribbean
    Eighth Year

    Christian is returning to Sail Caribbean for his second time this summer, rejoining the Operations team. He attended a maritime high school in New Haven, Connecticut engaged in many aspects of boating including sailing and open water rowing. Christian studied at the University of Vermont for his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and just recently graduated with a masters from Boston University in Remote Sensing. After the summer, he will be starting his PhD in Geographic Sciences at the University of Maryland working on a NASA funded project studying agricultural systems and farms with satellite imagery.

  • Daniella Debrah

    Sail Caribbean Social Media Director/ Program Coordinator
    Third Year

    Mason City, IA

    Texas born, Iowa grown! Growing up in a land locked state, the closest she came to oceanic waves at home were the vast fields of corn and soybeans rustling in a summer breeze. Many times, she had to settle for exploring her backyard lake until her next rendezvous with the great big blue. This will be Daniella’s fourth year with the Sail Caribbean team! Her past positions with us include BVI Office Manager, Provisions Manager, and First Mate. Since our last operational summer, she’s graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in Communication Studies, a minor in International Relations, and a certificate in Event Planning! Prior to Sail Caribbean, Daniella worked as a camp counselor on Pearl Harbor Naval Base for Camp Adventure; a student run camp on American military bases and embassies worldwide serving children of the United States service men and women. Though she enjoyed spending her 2020 summer with her pup Snowball (who was SUPER excited to have his human home for the first summer in a while!), she’s looking forward to stretching out her sea-legs once again and voyaging with the students of our 2021 season!

  • Ebba Gustafsson

    Sail Caribbean Mate PADI Open Water Instructor
    First Year

    Gothenburg, Sweden

    Ebba is joining us for her first summer in the BVI. She grew up in a seaside town in Sweden and has spent every summer on the water. She has always had a passion for diving, sailing and the outdoors.

    Ebba has worked as a Sail Instructor, during the summers, for the past seven years and has been diving since the age of 14. After graduating high school she has been traveling and working within healthcare, on preschools, on a cruise ship and on an aquatic environment consultancy company among other things. She did her Divemaster in Indonesia and in 2019/2020 Ebba worked as a Dive Instructor in Costa Rica.

  • Eliot Faust

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Fifth Year

    Bethesda, MD

    Eliot joins us from Bethesda, MD. He is currently getting an MA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating in Strategic Studies and International Economics. Starting in 2007, Eliot spent five years enrolled as a student at Sail Caribbean. Sail Caribbean really attracted Eliot due to his interest in marine biology from a young age. Following his time as an SC student, Eliot then completed the Sail Caribbean Dive Master Internship and transitioned to staff. Always ready with a funny one-liner, Eliot loves diving at the Fearless and the Indians or sailing to his favorite location of Little Harbor on Peter Island.

  • Emilia Dell’Antonio

    Sail Caribbean Mate

    Providence, RI

    Emilia is a rising senior at Brown University, where she studies Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with plans to pursue a career in marine biology field research. At Brown, she studies biodiversity in coral reefs in Easter Island and the Galapagos and hopes to apply this research to inform conservation efforts for reefs across the globe. Emilia grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island and has been sailing on Narragansett Bay through the Herreshoff Marine Museum since she was a young girl, where her passion for the ocean took root. Recently, she has developed a love for off-shore sailing after working on a Hinckley 52 in Newport and from Florida to Rhode Island with a friend last summer. Emilia’s other interests volleyball, film photography, painting, and making friendship bracelets. She can’t get down to Tortola this summer and is excited to spend time in the warm Caribbean

  • Emily Mussio

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    Third Year

    Lake Huron, Canada

    Born and raised on the shore of Lake Huron in a small beach town of Grand Bend, Canada has put the love of the outdoors and travelling in her blood. Emily is currently a senior at Laurentian University in their Outdoor Adventure Leadership program as well as completing their Concurrent Education Program, where she obtained her Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. She first joined Sail Caribbean as a student in 2012 and returned every year afterwards, in a wide variety of programs to ensure she got the full Sail Caribbean experience. She has many boiling passions that range from athletics, the outdoors and exploring the world. She is looking forward to her third summer at SC and sharing her passion for the outdoors with others and educating them in more ways than one!

  • Emma Janson

    Sail Caribbean Captain

    Darien, CT

    Marine science and sailing (and finding ways to combine both) have always been a passion for Emma, and she could not be more excited for her first summer at Sail Caribbean! Emma grew up on the shores of Long Island Sound and has been sailing competitively and recreationally since she was 10.  She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology with a concentration in Fisheries biology.  Emma spent much of her Vermont time on the lovely (and cold) waters of Lake Champlain as an active member of the UVM Sailing Team competing in two ICSA Women’s National Championships with her fellow lady Catamounts! In the winter you can find her on the mountains skiing or in a thick wetsuit surfing the New England Coast. For six summers Emma has been a Sailing Instructor and Junior Sailing Program Leader on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound teaching beginner sailing and racing. Emma is a member of Sailors for the Sea’s Skipper Program, working with the organization to expand their initiatives and advocate for sailors to protect the waters they use. In the fall she will join University of Rhode Island’s Master of Arts in Marine Affairs Program, further pursuing her academic love of the oceans.

  • Emma Johnson

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Oxford, Maryland

    Emma is from Oxford, Maryland, a small sailing town on the Chesapeake Bay. She has always loved the water and sailing and completed her first sailing trip at three months old aboard her parent’s sailboat in the BVIs. When she was seven, her family moved to New Zealand for two years to build a cruising catamaran. After multiple years of cruising throughout the Pacific, her family completed a world circumnavigation in 2017-19. When not on her family’s boat, Emma taught sailing at a local camp and raced lasers with the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford. Her most recent sailing adventure was an internship aboard SeaLegacy1 in the Bahamas over winter break. She is currently a sophomore biology/marine science major at UNC-Chapel Hill where she competes on the UNC Sailing Team. Her other interests include diving, videography, and hanging out with her family, friends, pets and plants.

  • Gabriella Kudriavcovaite

    Sail Caribbean

    London, England

  • Hanna von Bernthal

    Sail Caribbean Mate

    Phoenix, AZ

    Hanna grew up running around the vast dunes and forested shores of the beautiful Great-Lakes-State of Michigan. Naturally, her passion for the outdoors started at a young age. From sailing to snowboarding, or mountain biking to backpacking – if it’s in the Great Outdoors, you’ll find Hanna there! She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan with a focus on Ecology, and she spent a semester in New Zealand where she was able to focus her studies on Marine Biology (with a particular affinity for humpback whales, because who doesn’t have an affinity for whales??). She has 6 years of experience as a sailing instructor at a summer camp in Northern Michigan, as well as 3 years of experience as a teens’ snowboard instructor at Vail Mountain in Colorado. In addition to spending time outdoors, Hanna loves to travel, cook, sip coffee, watch sunset, sing, and play guitar. She can’t wait to share her passions with the rest of her crew!

  • Hannah Murphy

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Easton, MD

    Hannah is finishing her second year at Tulane University and is so thrilled to be joining the Sail Caribbean staff this summer. Hannah plans to major in Sociology with a minor in Teaching, Learning, & Training. She currently works with kids at a local program in New Orleans during the school year, she is excited to continue surrounding herself with the energy of young teens. Hannah grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she spent most of her time out on boats with friends, either sailing, paddleboarding, tubing, or wakeboarding. During the summers, Hannah worked as a lifeguard and camp counselor. Hannah’s parents met and spent many of their post-college years working for Sail Caribbean, she is excited to be following in their footsteps. Hannah’s other interests include hiking, photography, snorkeling, and riding horses.

  • Henry Joslin-Davis

    Sail Caribbean Mate Mate-In-Training
    First Year

    Atherton, CA

  • Ian Duncan

    California

    Growing up on the Northern California coastline, Ian has always felt close to the ocean. He spent his summers learning to sail, and eventually became the lead instructor for the program where he first started sailing. Ian moved across the country in search of warm weather and will be graduating this year from Eckerd College with a bachelors in Marine Science. When he’s not studying or working as an EMT, Ian spends his time surfing, sailing, swimming, and windsurfing in the warm waters of the gulf. He hopes to share is love and respect for the ocean with the campers at Sail Caribbean this summer!

  • Jackie Bonfiglio

    Jackie Bonfiglio

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    Second Year

    Alexandria, Virginia

    Jackie is a year graduated from Eckerd College where she majored in environmental studies with a focus in marine biology. She is originally from Northern Virginia where she grew up exploring the outdoors and taking interest in the environment. As she traveled abroad to explore and study in Honduras and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, her passion for environmental conservation and marine ecosystems flourished. Her love for nature and the ocean led her to work with the Coral Restoration Foundation planting young corals throughout the Florida Keys reef system. In the last seven months she lived aboard a traditional brigantine as deckhand for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute where she taught inner city youth topsail programs. Jackie just recently completed her PADI dive master with the Sail Caribbean Divers upon arriving to the British Virgin Islands this summer. She is looking forward to sharing the beauty of sailing and the underwater world with her campers along with making new friendship and lasting memories this summer. 

     

  • Jackie Musco

    Jackie Musco

    Sail Caribbean Head of Admissions & Family Relations
    Seventh Year

    Smithtown, NY

    Jackie grew up on the shores of Long Island; her summers were (and are) spent at Robert Moses. She attended New York Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management. Before joining the Sail Caribbean team, Jackie worked at a small, family-owned party store where she spent her teen years moving up the ranks from “balloon assistant” to store manager. Going into her sixth summer at SC, Jackie’s no longer in the party game, but can still build a balloon arch in no time! What does Jackie do in her free time?  You’ll more than likely find her gallivanting with her nephew, hitting up the dance floor at a local spot, singing along at a concert or working hard in a Spin class…yes, she’s one of those!

  • Erika Florian

    James Catling

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Staff Instructor

    England

    James has been diving since 2009. His favorite underwater activities are side mount diving and protecting the reefs from lionfish. His favorite abovewater activity…a walk on the beach at sunset.

  • Jason Hart

    Jason Hart

    Sail Caribbean Divers Dive Director
    Seventh Year

    Jason arrived in 2011 as a divemaster intern and spent four summers working for Sail Caribbean. He has since then joined the Sail Caribbean Divers team. Jason enjoys sailing and sports in his spare time.

  • Jenna Konyok

    Sail Caribbean
    Third Year

    New Jersey

    Jenna is a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor. She is extremely passionate about the ocean, sharks, and conservation. Jenna is originally from New Jersey, where she was not able to dive as often as she would have liked so she took a new direction with life and decided to travel the world and dive! She originally studied Psychology and Criminal Justice in college and worked in her field for about 5 years but the ocean kept calling her name. Jenna loves photography, anything outdoors and related to the water, and really enjoys meeting and connecting with new people from all around the world!

  • John DeBuysser

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Glen Arbor, Michigan

    John DeBuysser is an avid diver. He grew up in Indiana and now calls Michigan home. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology-Environmental Studies at Whitman College in Washington. Since college his focus is in tropical marine ecology and scientific diving, and has been fortunate to study and work in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, US Virgin Islands, and the Turks & Caicos Islands. John is excited to work with Sail Caribbean this summer and show campers the amazing underwater world of the British Virgin Islands.

  • Jordyn McCarty

    Sail Caribbean Provisions Manager
    First Year

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Jordyn just graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Jordyn found every reason she could to escape to the ocean. She participated as a student on Sail Caribbean for two summers and still talks about it to everybody that she meets. Having traveled to 28 different countries, Jordyn has a passion for meeting new people and discovering new cultures. She studied abroad on Semester at Sea during the Spring 2020 semester, but it ended very early due to the pandemic. When Jordyn got home from Semester at Sea, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. After college, she wants to find a career that allows her to travel and work to conserve marine life. She can’t wait to share these passions with the other staff and students!

  • Kelly Ronquist

    Sail Caribbean Social Media Coordinator / BVI Office Assistant
    First Year

    Petoskey, Michigan

    Kelly was raised in Northern Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University and has spent the past four years exploring Colorado. During her time in Denver, Kelly was the Communications Director for a private high school and the Marketing Coordinator for the Children’s Museum of Denver. She enjoys skiing fresh powder, jumping in a lake after a long hike and eating sandwiches on top of mountains. Kelly has been a camper and counselor at a variety of summer camps and is excited to get back to the unmatched energy that a camp lifestyle creates.

  • Lillyanne Dunphy

    Sail Caribbean Provisions Manager
    First Year

    Barrington, RI

    Lilly Dunphy is originally from Rhode Island – aka the Ocean State – where her love for the ocean blossomed. Her love for sailing is rooted in her Danish blood, where she spent this past fall at an environmental cooking school. She will graduate in May from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelors in Environmental Design specializing in urban planning. Her sights are set on law school as an environmental lawyer dealing with land management and water resources in hopes to preserve our beautiful home. She is an avid environmentalist which sprung from her summers with Sail Caribbean’s Alpha and Sierra Programs. From Sail Caribbean to her time exploring Colorado, her love for the ocean and the mountains have dominated her adventurous lifestyle. Lilly is also a yoga sculpt instructor and loves being active, creative, cooking, and being on the beach. She is psyched for an awesome summer!

  • Matthew Marscheider

    Sail Caribbean Captain / Divemaster
    First Year

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Matt has just graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Environmental Sciences. He has an inherent passion for all ocean activities and creatures and has been working as a kayak guide in the Chesapeake Bay for the previous five years. His hometown of Virginia Beach, VA allowed him to pursue his passions of surfing, sailing, hiking, and especially wakeboarding. This past year, Matt has earned his PADI Divemaster in Cozumel, Mexico’s crystal blue waters as well as his RYA Yachtmaster in South Africa’s stormy seas.

  • Matthew Martin

    Sail Caribbean Divers
    Second Year

    Kent, England

    He started diving in 2007 and has continued all the way to PADI Instructor level in 2017. Since then he has taught scuba diving in United Kingdom, Belize, Utila, Honduras, Malaysia and Thailand.

  • Max McManus

    Sail Caribbean Watersports Coordinator
    First Year

    Minneapolis, MN

    Max is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently attends Eckerd College in St Petersburg FL, receiving a degree in Environmental Studies. At Eckerd, Max works at the waterfront driving the wake-boarding boat. Max is also a first responder and volunteers as an EMT on the school’s emergency response team. In his free-time, Max loves to go sailing, windsurfing, and play ultimate frisbee. Max is very excited to share his love for the ocean with others and create amazing experiences with Sail Caribbean.

  • Melissa Pollard

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    Third Year

    Bozeman, MT

    Melissa is joining us for her third season at Sail Caribbean. She is an alum from the Mate-In-Training program and has been thriving in the company ever since! She is originally from England but has spent the majority of her life in the mountains of Montana where she found her love and passion for outdoor adventure. She is an avid skier in the winter and a lover of sunshine and good times on the water in the summer!  Melissa is headed into her final year at Montana State University where she studies Exercise Science with the goal of going on to Perfusion School. She is so excited for more salty adventures and to create unforgettable memories this coming summer!

  • Michael Weinzierl

    Sail Caribbean Mate / Divemaster
    First Year

    Hudson, Ohio

    Michael is a long-time ocean lover, coming to us with an MSc in Marine Science from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, and before that a BS in Geology and Biology from Hamilton College in upstate NY, where he studied and wrote theses and research in carbonate geochemistry, marine macrophyte physiology and marine geology. He spent time at the USGS Marine Research Center in St. Petersburg, FL as a coral geochemist, where he reconstructed paleo proxy environmental data using isotope and geochemical analysis of corals, and his scientific work spans from the Bahamas Bank and USVI to the Red Sea and Great Barrier Reef. He has also taught marine science at Western Reserve Academy, where he served as dorm master and swim coach. He comes to us as a PADI Divemaster and First Mate and a spirit of adventure, and he can’t wait to share what he’s learned with inspired students!

  • Mike Liese

    Mike Liese

    Sail Caribbean Founder/Director
    Thirty-Sixth Year

    Northport, NY

    Mike Liese is a sailor. He grew up on the waters of Long Island Sound. He’s also a father, grandfather, educator, and most of all, a mentor. After obtaining his Masters in Education from Penn State University, Mike spent the next seventeen years in education, first as a high school teacher, and later as director of the Alternative School Program at Harborfields HS in New York. In 1979, he made a life-changing decision to combine his passion for teaching with his love of sailing: Sail Caribbean. More than thirty years later, Mike remains committed to his original vision of empowering young people to reach heights they might never have thought possible.

  • Mike Rowe

    Mike Rowe

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Course Director
    Fifteenth Year

    Brandywine Bay, Tortola, BVI

    Mike is the BVI’s only resident PADI Course Director, PADI’s highest certification level. He makes the toughest tasks seem easy and his enthusiasm for the job is infectious. As a PADI-certified Course Director, Mike is “an instructor of instructors”, having certified well over 800 dive professionals. With more than 25 years in the dive industry, we consider him invaluable.

  • Molly-Ann Basterfield

    Sail Caribbean
    Third Year

    Molly shares her passion for the underwater world through her involvement in ocean conservation projects alongside introducing new scuba divers and free divers to the sacred blue depths.

    During 2019, alongside working for PADI at the UK head offices, she was a part of the Shark Trust, educating and raising awareness on Shark Conservation. Previously she has also worked with Temple Reef Foundation in South East India, constructing artificial reefs in the Bay of Bengal, to restore reef areas that have been destroyed by trawling. This, alongside working with locals to develop more sustainable fishing practices, has rebuilt the ecosystem and allowed for the return of whale sharks to the region.

    Molly has found that her passion lies in connecting humans with the water to experience its deep calming and healing effects, she combines her love for the underwater world with her desire to help people to overcome mental and physical barriers in order to realize their potential and find their way in the world. Having worked as a secondary school teacher, a social worker and a mental health facilitator in the past, she brings all of these skills and experiences into her water work.

    Molly is currently living and practicing in Dahab, Egypt. Whilst back on land she spends her time writing and growing her ocean conservation themed jewelry range.

  • Natalie Pemberton

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    New York, New York

    Natalie is a current freshman at the University of Miami majoring in Marine Affairs with a minor in Ecosystem Science and Policy. She is a Sail Caribbean alum and this is her first summer as a staff member! She loves diving and is an ocean documentary enthusiast. Having moved around a lot in her childhood, living in Atlanta, England, Princeton, and now New York City, Natalie loves traveling and meeting new people! Natalie will be working with us as a part of the Mate-In-Training program. She is excited for all of the adventures and cant wait to make unforgettable memories this summer!

  • Nicolas Lennarz

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Williamsberg, VA

    Nic is a rising third year student at the University of Virginia where he is majoring in Economics.  When he’s not doing schoolwork, Nic enjoys playing soccer and hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Growing up near the Chesapeake Bay, Nic spent his summers competing in sailing regattas all over the East Coast.  He also spends weekends sailing with his parents on their twenty-six-foot Herreshoff Alerian. Besides sailing, Nic enjoys boating, wakeboarding, and throwing frisbees for his Australian Cattle Dog.  Nic is looking forward to meeting all the new students and sharing his passion for sailing.

  • Oliver Barnes

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Cornwall, England

    Ollie is from a small town on the North coast of Cornwall (or as he likes to call it Kernowfornia), England where he regularly surfs and hikes along the cliffs with his dog Tassy. He has always had a passion for the ocean having lived by the sea.

    Ollie first stepped foot on a sailboat aged 3, however, it was not until he began sailing aboard the world-famous Jolie Brise tall ship that he became hooked! Since then he has gone on to achieve his Yachtmaster Offshore Qualification, sail across the Atlantic twice and won numerous Tall Ships and other Offshore races. Following over 4 years and 15,000nm in sail training, Ollie went in search of the chance to sail in warmer waters and make use of his 1st Class Degree from Cardiff University to inspire teenagers why both sailing and the ocean are so important and what can be done to help protect it!

    He is very excited about joining the Sail Caribbean team and the prospect of being able to jump into water warmer than 57F.

  • Peter Gilmore

    Sail Caribbean
    Third Year

    Peter Gilmore is a 21 year old student from Ireland, currently studying media and communications at Cardiff University in Wales. Peter sailed since he was very young and certainly does not lack in experience. He has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice and has competed at 5 world championships prior to studying at university.

    While Peter views safety on the water as his number one priority, he values fun as a close second. Relaxed and easy going, he can be easily convinced to join in with most social activities and he is hugely excited to meet everyone this summer.

    Aside from sailing, Peter sings in an a capella group and has also enjoyed being a part of numerous musical theatre productions while at school. Without a doubt he’s an extraverted charter who looks to bring energy to every scenario he enters.

  • Riley Addison

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Chico, CA

    Growing up in California on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Riley has always known the outdoor life. His introduction to ocean sports began in the cold water of northern California. In the last two summers, his jobs on Catalina Island have included work as a kayak tour guide and working at a local SCUBA shop. Seven months were spent sailing an old schooner in the Bahamas, and he has sailed on two offshore transits. His hobbies include rock climbing, off-road cycling, diving and photography.

  • Sara Swett

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Glen Ridge, NJ

    Sara has loved the ocean for as long as she can remember. She has gone sailing with her family in the Long Island Sound every summer since she was a toddler and learned how to sail Sunfish, Lasers, and 420s in the Delaware Bay when she was 10 years old. She went on to teach beginner sailing for the Lewes Yacht Club sailing camp in her summers during high school. Sara is a recent graduate of the University of Maine where she received her bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences with a concentration in Marine Biology. She is passionate about ocean conservation and sustainability, and her favorite animal is the whale shark! Other than sailing and going to the beach, Sara loves yoga, cooking, skiing, and art. This is her first year with Sail Caribbean and she is looking forward to an amazing summer and can’t wait to meet you all!

  • Tara Lang

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Tara is from Cincinnati, Ohio, but now lives in Columbus. She has just finished her freshman year at the Ohio State University and her intended major is Environmental Engineering. She loves marine biology and is excited to kick off the summer with Sail Caribbean! Always having a passion for traveling, she cannot stay away from the ocean. Tara also has been a crew member for two summers at Sail Caribbean where she earned her Advanced Scuba Certification. She is eager to further her education and earn her Dive Master one day. Overall, she is looking forward to learning the ins and outs of what it takes to be a successful mate.

  • Ted Moskal

    Gloucester, MA

    Ted is originally from Gloucester, MA and grew up spending his summers sailing around the Cape Ann area, as well as working at a number of different boating-related jobs. Ted is currently a junior majoring in History and International Area Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Although he has grown to appreciate the midwest, he is excited to spend this summer away from the landlocked state of Missouri. Ted is also involved in his school’s Wilderness Project and loves spending time outdoors, whether that means hiking in the Ozarks, kayaking in the Essex salt marshes, or distance running wherever he happens to be. When he is unable to get outside, Ted spends most of his free time writing and editing for his college newspaper where he manages the news section. Ted can’t wait to finally head down to the BVIs this summer and meet Sail Caribbean’s wonderful students and staff members.

  • Tim Caruso

    Sail Caribbean Mate Divemaster
    Third Year

    Bronxville, NY

    Originally from New York, Tim is currently pursuing a BA in Film and Screen Media in Cork, Ireland. A diver from age 13, Tim has learned to Sail and Dive with Sail Caribbean, earning his Rescue Diver and Divemaster certifications over three years. Sail Caribbean opened up a world of exploration to Tim, encouraging him to study abroad in Ireland. Recently, Tim has returned from a year of study at Leeds Trinity University in England. He has been working on a number of short film projects and is eager to start his final year of college in September.

  • Timothy Outwater

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Millbrook, New York

    Growing up in coastal Maine and Upstate New York, Tim has always had a love for the outdoors. In high school, he spent his summers working for the Fresh Air Fund, a non-profit that brings kids from low-income communities in New York City to the Hudson Valley for free summer camp. He has gained great experience working with kids by coaching recreational lacrosse and basketball. Tim is passionate about teaching and recently graduated from the University of Maine where he studied Elementary Education. He loves to ski and snowboard in the winter and has been to mountains all over New England. In the summer, he enjoys boating, fishing, and golfing, and recently found a new love for sailing in the Gulf of Maine. Tim is thrilled to be joining the Sail Caribbean team this year and is so excited to meet everyone and start exploring the BVI!

The Sail Caribbean Team

You’ll learn from talented expert instructors who will become your mentors and friends. Look forward to high-energy, action-oriented people who are definitely FUN to be around! With a variety of backgrounds and interests, they are enthusiastic about teaching you what they know. But Sail Caribbean staff will not only teach you – they will empower you! Imagine having a teacher, parent and friend who is always there for you at every challenge making it fun, and cheering you on at each success. Our leaders are those kinds of people. They’ve worked with teens before, but they don’t consider it work at all – they love it!

Adam Grant

Operations / Fleet Captain / Captain

Adrian Debrah

Captain

Anastasia Babicki

Captain Mate / Medical Officer

Andrew “Powell” Forshaw

Captain

Andrew Arter

Andrew Arter

Program Director

Augustus Johnson

Mate

Ava Zockoll

Captain Dive Coordinator

Britney Pieterse

Callie Palumbo

Program Consultant/ Social Media Coordinator

Callie Wilks

Mate

Carol Schwier

Carol Schwier

Travel Coordinator

Christian Abys

Ebba Gustafsson

Mate PADI Open Water Instructor

Eliot Faust

Program Director

Emilia Dell’Antonio

Mate

Emily Mussio

Captain

Emma Janson

Captain

Emma Johnson

Captain

Gabriella Kudriavcovaite

Hanna von Bernthal

Mate

Hannah Murphy

Mate

Henry Joslin-Davis

Mate Mate-In-Training

Ian Duncan

Jackie Bonfiglio

Jackie Bonfiglio

Captain

Jackie Musco

Jackie Musco

Head of Admissions & Family Relations

Erika Florian

James Catling

PADI Staff Instructor

Jason Hart

Jason Hart

Dive Director

Jenna Konyok

John DeBuysser

Mate

Jordyn McCarty

Provisions Manager

Lillyanne Dunphy

Provisions Manager

Matthew Marscheider

Captain / Divemaster

Matthew Martin

Max McManus

Watersports Coordinator

Melissa Pollard

Captain

Michael Weinzierl

Mate / Divemaster

Mike Liese

Mike Liese

Founder/Director

Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe

PADI Course Director

Molly-Ann Basterfield

Natalie Pemberton

Mate

Nicolas Lennarz

Mate

Oliver Barnes

Captain

Peter Gilmore

Riley Addison

Captain

Sara Swett

Mate

Tara Lang

Mate

Ted Moskal

Tim Caruso

Mate Divemaster

Timothy Outwater

Mate