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Captain Renald Guindon
Ren is from picturesque Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. The Canadian city is on the St. Marys River with access to the Great Lakes. Ren started boating even before he started school. He and his family spent as much time as possible out on the water. He says, “We were a family of four boys. My Father always had us on a boat. I built my first sailboat, actually converted a rowboat into a sailboat, when I was in the 5th Grade. I have always loved sailing and being on the water. I want others to have as great an experience sailing as I do.”
Sailing may have been Ren’s first passion, but he has pursued other interests with equal vigor. Watersports of course, kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing, diving, and free diving. He is quite musical; sang in the choir, played drums in a band, and plays the ukulele. He has studied yoga for 18 years and is dedicated to the practice. Friends describe him as funny, outgoing and calm. It is the perfect balance for a charter captain. He is a wonderful host who can remain composed in any situation.
Ren’s favorite destination on earth is the Bahamas. These islands rise out of the most beautiful waters and offer the best beaches in the world. He makes every effort not to miss a single detail that will lead to the best possible experience for his guests. As the Captain and host aboard GUINEVERE, Ren eagerly shares his life on board, his yoga practice, his ukulele repertoire and his favorite island spots to create an unforgettable charter vacation.
Mate/Hostess Michelle Amiel
Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Montreal, Canada, with an older brother and younger sister. She was always very active outdoors; camping, fishing, skiing, and horseback riding. She was also a lifeguard at a young age and was awarded Queen of her hometown. She was a volunteer working with children and seniors and took young children annually to a French Immersion Riding Camp to learn French.
Michelle spent as much time as possible away from urban life, in the wilderness and on the beaches. Eventually, she moved to Vancouver Canada to live in the mountains and to be closer to the ocean. She says, "In Vancouver I sailed monohulls. I prefer the energy of the water and the simple peaceful life it offers to be on a sailboat.” She has a degree in dental hygiene and worked in this industry for thirty years. She is also a yoga instructor and holds a Yoga Teachers Certificate, and coaches breathing, wellness, leadership, and a healthy lifestyle.
Michelle enjoys a high-level of personal involvement with her guests. Friends describe her as personable, patient and kind, which is why so many of her guests become lifelong friends. She is an excellent guide and instructor for yoga, snorkeling, free diving, breathing, meditation, aromatherapy, and preparing healthy smoothies and foods. Her motto: Why wait, do it now! The Bahamas beckon.
Chef Terri Moore
Terri grew up in the Great Lake State of Ohio. Throughout her childhood she attended dance school and spent weekends boating with her family. As a young adult, Terri decided to move to New Orleans. In this tourist-oriented town she landed a job in the hospitality industry and discovered she truly enjoyed working with people. Her adventurous spirit led her to explore the villages and towns of Europe and she developed a passion for adventure travel.
When she returned to the U.S. she discovered that working in the yachting industry allowed her to combine her favorite pastimes, cooking and travel. Her menu results from an inspired fusion of creativity, curiosity and colorful cultures. She incorporates recipes and ingredients from her experiences in world cuisine. While she loves learning and experimenting with new ingredients, she is also an expert in simple, healthy, comfort foods. Creating a menu for special or restricted diets is not a problem, and she’s great with kids on board. Her passion is creating and serving a menu that is so delicious most guests ask for seconds and many ask for recipes. That’s what she calls cuisine worth sharing!
For a charter experience that is as beautiful as it is unforgettable, charter sailing catamaran GUINEVERE.