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Captain David Risch
David is an energetic host that will greet you with a smile and leave you with lasting memories of your trip aboard Raven Claw. David is from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts and spent his childhood cruising the coastal waters of New England with his father and quickly culminated a fond love for the sea. From sailing dinghies to night watches offshore in a nor’easter, he will always have a smile on his face and a calm attitude.
With not only has 17 years of sailing experience under his belt, he also has four years working in the service industry from barista, bartender, and sous chef. From a French café in Manhattan to a Yacht Club in a small town, David can adapt to any audience or environment. David has progressed quickly in the past seven years working as a sailing professional, gaining his RYA Yachtmasters 200 ton at the age of 21 and taking his first role as captain not long after. His love for adventure will make your experience on board as exciting and memorable as it will be comfortable
He and his crew will give you a fantastic experience that you will never forget!
Chef Emily Proctor
Emily was born and raised on Siesta Key in Sarasota Florida. As the daughter of two sailors, Emily spent summers living on her Grandparent's sailboat on Lake Michigan and then began sailing Optimists at the age of 7. After graduating from University of North Florida, she decided to return to the water working on yachts and traveling to New Zealand, Australia, the Caribbean and all over Europe. She has a passion for creating healthy, yet tasty meals and always makes sure guests have the best experience possible. When she's not creating new dishes in the galley, she enjoys yoga, running and exploring new places.
Mate Justin Mitchell
J.T. is easy going young man, from the great state of Oklahoma. He always introduces himself with a warm smile accompanied with a greeting of either ma'am or sir. J.T. developed his passion for the water by spending his summers growing up on the lakes swimming, anything involving a board, and fishing. After graduating from college with Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree, J.T. became a Divemaster, and then a PADI Diving Instructor. His favorite class course to teach is the Rescue Diver Course, because safety is his number one goal with diving closely followed by having fun. He has spent the last four years in the Caribbean as a Dive Boat Captain and Diving Instructor, also working on a liveaboard dive vessel that traveled the Caribbean that was involved with shark tagging. He has worked on all types of boats from day boats, large motor vessels, and even raced on America’s Cup 12 meter racing yachts. When not working, J.T. can be found working on his art work, skydiving, a sports game, and of course scuba diving.