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Crew Info: Katy Nickel - Third Crew/Stewardess - STCW, Padi Divemaster
Ron grew up In Westport, Connecticut on the Atlantic Coast. Growing up on the beach he took to the water as a child and never looked back. At the age of 10, he began racing in the Junior Sailing Association all over the Long Island Sound. His passion growing up was competitive sailing and he has continued to race season after season for the last 20 years. A love for sailing has been in his blood since he was a young child. He spent summers sailing to and from Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and the British Virgin Islands. In his spare time, he also enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, beach volleyball, and snowboarding.
Ron became a Sailing instructor in his late teens and worked as a skipper for regattas including the Atlantic Nationals. He also has experience managing race committees, acting as a safety chase boat, as well as setting up racecourses. When he isn’t racing he can be found chartering in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. He has worked for multiple high-end charter companies globally over the years and loves showing his guests what makes sailing his passion for so many years. Guests looking to learn more about sailing or receive their ASA certification will enjoy Ron’s fun-loving instruction on board!
Katy is an avid ocean lover and an intrepid foodie. With her dad’s profession as a marine mechanic, Katy spent her time up and down the East coast, eventually residing full time in coastal Wilmington, NC. There, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Marine Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies. Her large family and German roots inspired her interest in cooking, and her passion for the environment and new adventure led her travels all over the Caribbean, Northern, and Central America. Katy’s family held vast food preferences meaning she can work with your group for any dietary or personal restrictions. Her passion for sustainability makes her specialties in sea-to-table culinary cooking and waste management - providing the freshest and most colorful meals. To her, flavor and freshness are essential, as is the use of the food they catch! Katy tries her best to incorporate freshly caught (by you or your group) seafood into your personalized menu. She also ensures the use of locally grown and organic produce.
Katy is an outdoor, adventure enthusiast; she has spent years teaching surfing and marine science, playing volleyball and soccer, and enjoying fishing and SCUBA diving. Her years of history in the restaurant and service industry provide experience and insight. Katy spent years running an environmental non-profit and zero-waste event planning business in North Carolina, mastering her logistical coordination and ensuring the best-suited itinerary and menu. She is attentive and challenge-driven; with this, she came to the Caribbean to grow in her passions, as well as share her talents and skills with the boating world.