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Meet Our 2018 Tango 2 Adventure Leadership Team

By wpdev July 7, 2018

Beta Eaton
Program Director

Beta returns to Sail Caribbean for her 6th summer since 2012! This year, Beta will train and support the staff in their development and the overall programming for students in the BVI. In past summers, Beta has served as a captain on Foxrtrot, Charlie, and Tango, Program Dircector of Chavo and Tango, and Sail Caribbean’s Community Service Coordinator, a role which she will also continue this summer. Beta grew up sailing in Maine, and has sailed up and down the East Coast, both offshore and locally. During high school and college, she studied oceanography while sailing from St. Maarten to Jamaica. As a high school science teacher, Beta puts her sailing and teaching skills to use with students in Sail Caribbean’s hands-on experience!

Andrew Arter
Fleet Captain

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. In the fall, Arter will be hopping onboard the AISE Airship Italia Search Expedition 2018, a project of the foundation World Arctic Fund, becoming a member of a team that aims to look for the remains of the airship Italia. The mission will occur exactly 90 years after the airship’s crash in 1928.

Trace Olson
Provisions Manager

Having grown up in Southern California, Trace foolishly decided that she wanted to see what snow was like, so she headed to Colgate University in New York where she earned her Geography and Art History undergraduate degrees while leading backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, and bouldering adventures for Colgate’s Outdoor Education program. To skip one of Colgate’s harsh winters, Trace studied abroad in Samoa and Fiji, where she drank at least one coconut a day and made a ton of new friends on volleyball courts. This fall, Trace is excited to start her master’s studies at University College Dublin, but not before recharging her sunshine bank this summer with Sail Caribbean!

Keegan Whitehair
Captain of Vieques

Keegan grew up on the water in Beverly, MA and has been sailing her whole life. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in May 2018 with a degree in Socioeconomic Data Science. Keegan has been coaching sailing for seven years and loves to scuba dive, hike, and travel. She has spent time traveling in Europe, Central America, and South America and one of her favorite recent adventures was diving in the Galapagos Islands in July 2017. After this summer, Keegan plans to live on the North Shore of Massachusetts and teach high school math.

Anna Steinmetz
Mate of Vieques

Anna has been scuba diving since she was ten years old and capsizing sailboats since she was nine. Anna first came to Sail Caribbean in the summer of 2013 as a student in the Charlie program. Now, having completed her freshman year of college at William & Mary, she’s returning to be a part of the Mate-In-Training program!

Melissa Pollard
Mate of Vieques

Melissa 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 loves hiking and camping in Glacier National Park in the summer.  Melissa just finished her first year at Montana State University where she was on the school’s dance team and studied Exercise Science with the goal of going on to Perfusion School. She is so excited to continue her education in sailing and diving this summer!


Jess Michael
Rotating Mate

From the mountains of Virginia, Jess has always enjoyed being at the beach, but she found her love of marine science in college. While in school, she participated in multiple research trips to St. John, USVI to study tropical fish and the coral reef ecosystem. She graduated from Hollins University in 2017 with her BS in Biology and plans to pursue her master’s degree in marine science. Jess has interned at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station working with the manager and teaching marine biology for the summer camp in St. John. She has also spent a summer working on the beach with nesting loggerhead turtles. While in college, Jess loved working as an outdoor trip guide leading hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and caving trips and completed the Outdoor Women’s Leadership School. She loves sharing her passion for the outdoors and marine biology with others!

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.