Gordon Monsen, your Skipper is 58 and started sailing at the age of 12 in an old wooden sloop which he bought for ten dollars in Cape Town, South Africa. He has represented South Africa in World Competitions in Hawaii, France, the USA and at home, and raced the 1993 Cape-to-Rio Trans-Atlantic. He is a qualified marine surveyor for Lloyds of London and specialized in marine losses.
Gordon has sailed in excess of 100,000 nautical miles, has completed 8 major ocean crossings and has worked, chartered and sailed the islands of the Caribbean for 10 years, from Trinidad in the south to the British Virgin Islands in the north.
Hobbies and interests are, predictably, sailing and meeting interesting people, water-sports and reading.
Sandra Johnson, your chef, was raised in California, has made her home on the water since 1999 - beginning with a voyage from Alaska to California in her 33' Islander sailboat. Now living in the Caribbean she uses her culinary talents to support charter operations in the Virgin Islands. Sandra has worked with food in remote Alaskan lodges, upscale dinner houses in San Francisco, managed quaint coffee houses and now enjoys creating Caribbean menus with a unique Island flair.
Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Jacques has been drawn to the water since a toddler. To this date this young man has logged in excess of 7000 miles on the briny, and loves every minute of it. Whether above or below the waterline, Jacques is at home.
Jacques is an accomplished diver and before joining Liberte Jacques worked as a PADI dive master for a dive charter company.
We are happy to have this energetic and charismatic young man join our crew. He is eager to please, comfortable at both work and play, and enthusiastic about all things to do with sailing and the sea.
Jacques has a penchant for putting people at ease and strives to go that extra step to make guests feel at home in any port. He can just as easily serve up a cocktail on deck as guide you to the best snorkeling spot. His love for the sea is contagious and his hospitable nature reassuring.