Amazing Grace (Cat)
||RYA - 200GT, Dive Master, Free Dive Instructor|
|First Mate/Chef||Rachel Fry
||Yoga Instructor, STCW 95 |
|Number of Crew: 2||Languages: |
Captain Mark and First Mate/Chef Rachel look forward to welcoming guests aboard for a fun-filled week of diving, fishing, snorkeling, gourmet dining and relaxing in the most beautiful place on earth: the US and British Virgin Islands.
Captain Mark: From a young age, Mark grew up fishing and diving off the wild coast of South Africa with his dad and older brother. Their daily task was to catch crayfish and fish for the dinner table. As a result of these early interactions with the ocean, Mark’s passion for fishing, free diving and spearfishing developed, and he went on to compete in these sports when he got older.
After graduating from school, Mark was awarded a bursary by a sailing academy to obtain his 200 ton Captain’s License and took to the seas delivering a 53ft catamaran to Madagascar as skipper at the age of 19. Matt has continued to skipper yachts around the world from Mozambique, Madagascar, and the Seychelles to the Caribbean.
Mark has a passion for good books, great people, travel, family, and of course anything to do with the water.
Licenses: Yacht Master Offshore RYA/MCA Sail and Power 200GT , Commercially Endorsed Padi Dive Master
Free diving Instructor
Meet Chef and First Mate Rachel! Her longtime love of both the culinary arts and the open ocean culminate to provide guests an incredible experience aboard Amazing Grace. Rachel’s bubbly, warm, and welcoming personality will help to create the perfect environment for guests to enjoy every minute of their charter vacation.
Rachel has enjoyed providing expert guidance snorkeling and eco-touring with island visitors through the most beautiful coral reefs and waters in the Virgin Islands. She is wonderful -patient and fun -with children and embraces the opportunity to share her knowledge of the undersea world with them as well as adults.
Growing up in an Italian family centered in the kitchen has taught her the meaning of comfort food. In addition, her many years of experience assisting chefs in the finer restaurants from Philadelphia to New York have introduced her to new methods of cuisine. She brings a unique flair to pairing simple fare with finer libations.
Rachel is truly a jack of all trades. Co-owner of a successful dichroic glass jewelry business, she is an avid animal lover who grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania where she became quite an adrenaline junkie, riding her several motorcycles, four wheelers, and dirt bike.around the land. She loves sky diving, scuba diving (PADI Certified), and has attended pilot school, working towards her light craft license.
Rachel is also a fire dancer and professional mermaid! Working in a performance circus troupe entertaining at numerous resorts throughout the Caribbean, she is sure to have some interesting stories to share with guests! Rachel looks forward to welcoming guests aboard and helping them create memorable experiences of their own.
Mark and Rachell look forward to taking guests beyond the ordinary Caribbean sailing vacation!