Curtis Crooke
Program Director, Fleet Captain
Washington, DC
Fourth Year

Curtis graduated from Georgetown University this past May and is now beginning work as a Legislative Correspondent for the Congresswoman to the US Virgin Islands.  But nothing can keep him away from Sail Caribbean.  He is returning for his third year as a staff member after sailing for four years as a student and intern, attaining his Divemaster along the way.  In addition to diving and sailing, Curtis enjoys traveling (he has been to all fifty state capitals!), watching sports, and hanging out outdoors in warm weather with flip flops and a pair of Chubbies.

Liz Jones
Captain of Rioja, Provisions Manager
Austin, TX

Liz, known at Sail Caribbean as just “Jones”, grew up in the amazing city of Austin, Texas. She always loved the outdoors and spent tons of time camping, hiking and climbing as a child, discovering her love and enthusiasm for the sea on her family’s weekend trips to the Texas coast. During a gap year after high school, Jones had the opportunity to participate in a semester program with the National Outdoor Leadership School. It was through a portion of this expedition that she was able to fulfill a life-long dream of learning to sail, cruising through the gorgeous waters of British Columbia. This experience only cemented her plans to study marine biology and work towards a career in outdoor education. Currently, Jones is in her second year at the University of California, Santa Cruz, working at the harbor as a dock master and looking forward to traveling to Australia for her studies in the fall. Aside from outdoor adventuring, Jones also loves playing guitar, singing, and cooking.

Josh Bailey
Captain of Xeres
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Joshua Bailey is an enthusiastic and motivated Jamaican who is in love with all natural bodies of water. Always ready for a challenge in aquatics and marine sports, he has engaged in blue water cruising, regattas, open water swims and blue water scuba diving on the Pedro Bank, 90 miles off the south coast of Jamaica. The head coach of his local swim club and the University of the West Indies, Joshua graduated with a BSc in Sociology. His passion for the water lead him to become a dive instructor while working as a Marine Park Ranger. Joshua is looking forward to having some great adventures at sea.

Luka Walshe
Mate of Rioja
Dublin, Ireland

Luka is joining us for his first year at Sail Caribbean. He has just completed a three year Higher National Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Management, where he learned to teach sailing, windsurfing and whitewater kayaking from some of Ireland’s most experienced outdoor leaders. Luka has a wealth of experience teaching and instructing in many outdoor sports, including leading wilderness canoe trips in Canada, raft guiding and kayaking on Irish rivers and seas, sailing and windsurfing in Corsica and up and down Ireland’s west coast. Luka is a big believer in self-development and experiential learning, and has a passion for teaching and sharing outdoor sports with others.

Sarah McClain
Mate of Xeres
Chicago, IL

Born and raised just outside of Chicago, Sarah started sailing at the age of 3 on Lake Michigan with her family. Since then, she has progressed to teaching dinghies at summer camp on the east coast and ocean racing J80s on the west coast. She is currently studying nursing in Los Angeles and hopes to pursue a career in flight nursing. In life, Sarah’s a student and a teacher, an adventurer and a traveler, a seasoned sailor and a wide-eyed novice. Nothing excited her more than sharing stories and making new ones with friends and mates!