Delta 1 2015 – Meet The Staff
written by Social Media Coordinator, Ryan Smith
Jen Borderud, Program Director
Born and raised in California, Jen is most at home when close to the sea. Returning for her third year with us, Jen graduated from Williams College in 2013 with a degree in psychology, and also played Varsity basketball and volleyball. She attended as a student in 2011, and has since proven herself in every position from Mate to Program Director. The Echo program made her fall in love with sailing and living on a boat, where a contained community uses teamwork and contribution to make everything happen. Jen is very interested in outdoor education and has lived in Ireland working for an adventure center where there was tons of activities such as surf lessons and ropes courses. Recently, she has spent the last eight months in the Sail Caribbean New York office, working on redeveloping programs, recruitment and behinds the scenes matters in hopes to make this season the best it can be.
Cassandra Colman, Captain
The true definition of an adventurous nomad, Cass is originally from New Zealand, but has spent the past 14 years not having a specific residence, but rather a large backpack. Growing up in New Zealand where outdoor education is considered very important, Cass always knew she wanted to have a career like those of her school camp counselors. At 23, learning to sail came easy and natural to Cass, who has now worked as a sailing instructor in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Croatia, and Greece. She has worked for National Outdoor Leadership Schools since 2003, in different programs such as sailing, hiking, sea kayaking, canyon courses and cultural sections. Here at Sail Caribbean, Cass is fond of the diversity of experiences that the kids get, along with the opportunity to simply go on the adventure of traveling internationally. Her favorite program location is Anegada due to the sense of adventure that goes with the voyage with an unobservable destination. Following this season, Cass will be going on two sailing expeditions in the area north east Vancouver Island.
Trevor Gardner, Mate, Dive Coordinator
Trevor comes to us from Manotick, Ontario, Canada. Ever since he was a little kid, he has always been in a fish in the water. Trevor was a student of Sail Caribbean in 2010, and came back as staff in 2013. Having started sailing when he was seven, Trevor spent most summers building bigger and bigger boats, mainly dinghy’s, to eventually end up raising them from 2010 to 2012. He accomplished his open water certification and advanced open water certification through the Sail Caribbean Divers. He loves Sail Caribbean because it has showed him what else was outside of the little rural farm country of Canada.”I had amazing counselors as a camper, so I can only hope that I can have the same effect on a camper. All of these people who don’t know each other come together to become lifelong friends and work together to create life changing experiences.” Trevor is known for his enthusiastic energy and loves when a boat’s crew finally clicks and everyone is enjoying themselves.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.