Meet the team
Here at Tortola Sailing & Sights we pride ourselves on being able to offer you a great skipper, who is patience and calm in 'all weathers'. Our instructors have bucket loads of experience and knowledge to share with you. We have had students cry at the end of the course because they didn't want to leave ............... come down and meet the guys.
Meet Captain Paul
Paul is a RYA/ ASA / IYT qualified Sailing Instructor. Paul started teaching 12 years ago in Greece, before spending several years as a Freelance Instructor in the UK working for Clipper Ventures and the Tall Ships Trust. Paul has a lot of miles under his feet sailing around Europe, the Caribbean, One Pacific crossing and 10 Atlantic crossings - 6 of those as skipper.
When not teaching Paul can be found kite surfing, making awesome Painkillers (its a local drink) and is looking for his dream boat to go sailing round the world in.
Meet Captain Matt
Matt had several careers before settling into his dream job.....Sailing! His impressive sailing resume includes captaining a charter vessel in the Med for a few years, and offshore racing and teaching on both sides of Atlantic. With qualifications to teach sailing and power boating in RYA, ASA and IYT, Matt will be with you every step of the way, with his well tried teaching techniques and patience, he will help you with your sailing goals.
Matt has made BVI home for quite a while, and when he isn't with his students he enjoys fishing for some of the big pelagic fish found in the beautiful Caribbean waters, so on some of the longer passages you may catch him trolling a line! Beneath the waves he's also a PADI Dive Master so if diving is your thing, he is only too happy to advise or show you some of the best spots around!
Free time? When not on or in the water, his free time goes to tending his goats, chickens, dogs and cats.
Favorite boat:- Any Nautor Swan!
Favorite anchorage:- White bay, Guana island.
Favorite snorkel spot: - Indians near Norman island
Favorite bar:- Willy T
Favourite drink:- Dark and stormy
Favourite food:- Seafood, Shrimp!
Meet Emma - Instructor and Office Manager
Emma teaches the Basic Keelboat and the IYT Small Rib and Powerboat class when she isn't answering emails.
Emma has been working in the BVI sailing industry since January 2001 but has been sailing since she was a child in yachts and dinghies and has competed Internationally in the 420 and Laser Radial. Having spent several years working for charter companies before moving into the sailing school world she has experience on wide variety of boats. Emma only gets to play being a fireman every 5 years whilst renewing her STCW certificate which is required for commercial qualifications.