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Captain Ryan is from a little fishing town called Shady Side, nestled along Maryland's western shore. He learned to sail on the Chesapeake Bay when he was eleven years old. When he was sixteen, he became a certified US Sailing Instructor and ran his local junior sailing program. Ryan's coastal urge led him to the warmer waters of Wilmington, North Carolina where he attended Cape Fear's Marine Technology School and acquired his 100 ton Master Captain's License. During the summer, you would find Ryan teaching surf lessons at Wrightsville Beach and sailing with his friends as often as he could.
Jill grew up in Annapolis Maryland. Ironically only about a 30 minute drive from Ryan’s hometown. Jill spent her entire childhood zipping around the Chesapeake too, but by means of a power on a Mastercraft ski boat. You name it: wakeboarding, skiing, tubing, and wakesurfing. She was driving her dad barefoot behind the boat by the age of five.
College brought her south to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she earned a degree in Health and Applied Science. Upon graduation, Jill started her own personal training business and saved up money to travel.
Ryan and Jill met through mutual friends and their first date was a road trip. Their similar passions for surfing, boating, and good music made it natural for these two fish to fall for one another. What they didn't know was that from here on out- the world would become their oyster. 'Will work for travel' is their motto! The pair are perfect travel companions and have spent lots of time in search of waves in far off places, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean.
Throughout their travels Ryan and Jill have been introduced to new recipes and cooking styles which has greatly influenced their charter menu. Jill learned to appreciate the “art” of cooking in New Zealand where infused flavors, unique tastes, and exceptional plating skills are a part of their way of life. All of her adventures have contributed her evolution as a chef and her tasty creations in the Oui Cherie galley. Jill’s cooking style is colorful, healthy, and innovative. She also offers a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
By 2016, Ryan and Jill bought their very first home, a 1985 Niagara 35' sailboat named Nalu and moved back to the Chesapeake Bay. Vacation time no longer consisted of long plane rides, but long sails. Jill became a yoga and stand-up paddleboard instructor and Ryan spent his time developing his maritime skills: chartering boats, rigging, surveying, and gaining lots of valuable sea time as a boat delivery captain.
This is the crew’s second season running charters in the Virgin Islands. They are an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced couple ready to treat guests to fun and memorable holidays. They have transformed their love for having fun above and below the water into a great vacation package for active groups, families, and those wanting to get the most out of their trip!
USCG Master Captain 100 GT
USACE quality control management (QCM)
PADI Dive Master
US Sailing Instructor Level 1
STCW Personal Survival Tech
STCW CPR, First Aid & AED
STCW Basic Firefighting
PADI Dive Master
STCW Safety & Social Responsibility
Registered Yoga Teacher- RYT 200hr
Flowga Paddleboard Yoga Instructor -WPA
Certified Personal Trainer- AMFPT