Adeia's welcoming crew is husband and wife team Leon and Michelle.
Leon hails from Cape Town South Africa and was born with salt water in his blood. After growing up with a father who was the youngest captain in the South African Navy and living in various coastal cities, Leon began a 15 year career in the navy. The navy opened the door for a career in sailing. Before he knew it he was competing in local sailing events, including multiple Double Cape races and in 1996 he completed the transatlantic Cape Town to Rio De Janerio.
In 1999 after retiring from the Navy, he completed his Royal Yacht Master Association Yacht Master qualification and came to the British Virgin Islands. In addition to his passion for sailing, Leon also enjoys diving as a PADI certified Dive Master.
Michelle also grew up around the water, first in Northern Wisconsin and then the Atlantic Ocean of South Carolina. Michelle's love for adventure and challenge led her to the Caribbean in 2004. After a 10 year career as a Registered Nurse and then a Certified Nurse Midwife; with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree, Michelle turned her interest for sailing and culinary arts into a whole new career.
Michelle has blossomed into an experienced chef combining Caribbean cuisine with a Southern flare. As a chef/hostess she is both friendly and attentive to guests' needs and wants.
Leon and Michelle have been chartering for nearly 3 years and have completed over 100 charters together. In addition to chartering in the British Virgin Islands they have also chartered in other Caribbean islands including St. Martin, St. Bart's, and Anguilla as well as the Bahamas. Leon and Michelle are an enthusiastic and dynamic professional crew who combine their knowledge, experience, and an infectious passion for adventure into an experience of a lifetime for Adeia's guests.
Leon and Michelle were wonderful hosts! Very friendly and accommodating! This was our forth trip to the BVI and enjoyed it very much.
Adeia was our favorite boat out of all four that we've chartered! Very comfortable, berths were big and spacious, very clean and in pristine condition.
The food was wonderful and healthy - a nice change from many trips. Seafood was very good and not something we typically get to enjoy in the Midwest.
Leon did a great job with the sailing. In fact, this was the most that we've actually sailed out of all of our charters. We got to revisit all of the "hot spot" but they really had some nice, quite, secluded locations. Nice touch!