Captain Byron Tippett, age 29, your Winter Season skipper aboard SEAGLASS 74
Born in sunny South Africa Byron found his love for the ocean at 12 years old when he first started exploring the underwater world as a scuba diver. Since then Byron has been following his passion traveling the world as a PADI scuba instructor, diesel engineer, and yacht captain. Byron in outgoing and enthusiastic, and with his knowledge of the British Virgin Islands can cater a perfect trip that is sure to impress you weather you enjoy a secluded beach or a lively hotspot. Byron has a way with people that immediately puts you at ease guiding you through some of the most beautiful beaches, snorkel spots and dive sites the British Virgin Islands have to offer. He will teach you the art of sailing and create fabulous sunset cocktails while ensuring a big smile is on your face as you relax in comfort.
Capt. Jamie Harris, age 46, your Summer Season captain aboard SEAGLASS 74
Having grown up landlocked, Jamie found his love of the ocean when he was in his late teens and started surfing. Since then, Jamie has been travelling the world and working his way as a qualified PADI scuba instructor, dive guide and yacht captain since 1997. He has sailed and dived in Thailand, Australia, Turkey and the Caribbean/Bahamas. Jamie is outgoing, diligent and has a wickedly subtle sense of humour.
He has a way with people, that immediately puts one at ease. Creating fabulous sunset cocktails and offering up stories of adventures on the high seas, Jamie will enthral his guests aboard SeaGlass 74. With almost 20 years above and below the water Jamie has developed a vast knowledge of everything to do with boating, fishing and diving and is happy to share his knowledge.
Molly McKernan, age 31, your Winter Season chef/mate aboard SEAGLASS 74
Raised on a small river in Iowa, of all places, it’s a promise Molly will add exceptional food, fun and laughter to your charter. After receiving her degree in Journalism from Iowa State University Molly kissed the Midwest goodbye to make a life on the ocean. She lived in Maui, HI, for four years where her love of outdoor adventure blossomed working on boats, surfing, and hiking to secluded waterfalls. She then made the switch to boats in the Caribbean for the past two years and has been enjoying the constant trade winds here with Byron ever since. With a passion for great food and a love of fresh ingredients, you will be cared for from the first bite to the last. Taking pride in her work both in the galley and in the water.
Tavia Pretorius, age 33, your Summer Season chef/mate aboard SEAGLASS 74
Tavia grew up in a family that spent a lot of time on the water, fishing, shrimping and living off the sea. As a young girl she went out boating with her Dad and was filleting fish and cleaning shrimp before she hit her teens. It was no wonder that Tavia went on to become a qualified PADI dive instructor and a chef of note. Tavia has a passion for the artistry of food and every meal she prepares is more remarkable than the last. She has been chartering for some years and has catered for up to 30 people on a weekly basis.
To add to her many talents, Tavia is also an accomplished free diver boasting depths of up to 130 feet. She, one day, hopes to complete and obtain the world championship for her home country of South Africa. Having chartered extensively in the islands Tavia’s knowledge of the local flora and fauna is vast and she is a mind of information.
Susanna was born in England, went sailing on a 90' luxury yacht in the Med and did a transatlantic flight to her new home in Tortola - all before she was six weeks old! Susanna considers herself privileged to be a true island girl. She enjoys sailing, archery, swimming, wakeboarding, snorkeling, diving, cooking, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling.
Susanna grew up around yachts. Her parents owned and operated an Irwin 65 called Endless Summer II, and she would be down on the docks helping prep for charter and eventually moved on to work on the yacht as stewardess and cook. She loves interacting with people from many parts of the world – yachting and hospitality flow in her blood! She has worked on many boats ranging from 40’ to 100’ both in the BVI and in the Mediterranean.
She enjoys giving people a vacation of a lifetime, whether it is by tantalizing your taste buds with a special cocktail, giving you an island tour, or simply by telling you stories about the British Virgin Islands.