Eliot is currently getting his Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and is coming back after spending the year studying in China. Starting in 2007, Eliot spent five years enrolled as a student at Sail Caribbean. He enjoyed the friends he made who kept returning each summer. Sail Caribbean really attracted Eliot due to his interest in marine biology from a young age. After participating in a bubble maker program on St. Thomas, he knew he wanted to continue exploring the underwater world. Following his time as an SC student, Eliot then completed the Sail Caribbean Dive Master Internship. 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. He will never forget hanging out at the Baths with his core crew of friends who always returned for a summer with Sail Caribbean.
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.
Captain of Tonga
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.
Provisions Manager/Mate of Tonga
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!
Mate of Tonga
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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.