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Captain Mark Turner grew up in a small village in Leicestershire, England, before moving to the US over 20 years ago. When Mark first moved to the US he lived in Santa Cruz, California where he learned to sail & would go fishing for salmon and halibut in the Monterey Bay. Later he moved to Florida where his passion for being on the water & sailing lead him to become a sailing instructor. He discovered the Virgin Islands around 15 years ago and since that first visit always dreamed of living the island lifestyle. Finally in 2015 he made that dream a reality. He is really excited to share his passion for sailing and the island way of life with guests aboard Mariann.
Mark is a U.S. Coast Guard Captain, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, open water certified scuba diver, and a U.S. Certified Sailing Instructor. He enjoys traveling to new places and meeting people, making new friends along the way. He enjoys being on the water more than being on land, so its no surprise that his favorite sports other than sailing are wake boarding, scuba diving, surfing, and kiteboarding. On land, he also enjoys watching his favorite football team Leicester City.
Mark's sailing experience includes sailing the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. His favorite sailing grounds, however, are right here in the Virgin Islands.His local knowledge of hidden places and local hot spots enables him to take his guests to the best places throughout the islands.
First Mate/Chef Adriane joins Mariann as a highly regarded chef working in the charter yacht industry.
As a child Adriane spent years living between Florida and coastal Massachusetts with her family. The love of travel came at a young age along with the love of the ocean and her confidence at sea. Her family had different vessels over the years and she went to summer camp on the educational schooner The Spirit of Massachusetts.
Adriane learned how to sail in the beautiful Puget Sound of Washington state and soon realized she would rather sail in the sun than the rain. She moved to the U.S Virgin Islands and got a job on a day sailboat. After several years of lovely island living she travelled to Antigua for Antigua Race Week and was surprised to learn there were non-race boats with permanent crew. That changed everything. She went on her first big delivery and has been working on traveling boats ever since.
Over the years Adriane discovered the galley and the adventure of cooking at sea. She learned the culinary language and her skills grew while provisioning all over the world. As a traveler she always explores the local cuisines, and takes courses to learn how to bring these flavors to her galley.
Mark and Adriane Cant wait to host and wow you with all the Virgin Islands have to offer.