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 these two behind...... come down and meet the guys.
MEET Captain Martin "Smudge"
Martin, more commonly know as ‘Smudge, got the sailing bug on his first major sailing trip, which saw him participate in the 2009 BVI Spring Regatta as part of a British Army race crew and it is here where he first discovered the wonders of the Caribbean.
Since then he has been busy making a life of sailing and teaching, travelling ½ way around the world many times.
The last long voyage was in 2015, seen him sailing 112ft Seamester schooner, Argo, from Cape Town, South Africa to Antigua in the Caribbean.
Trained as an RYA, ASA & IYT Cruising Instructor, teaching is his passion, in recent times Smudge has been teaching in USA & BVI. Before joining TSS, Smudge filled the Captaincy position the sister Seamester’s schooner the 88ft Ocean Star. Here he not only took care of the vessel and crew but also taught a college accredited leadership course.
Always busy, Smudge has also got his Advanced Open Water PADI diving certificate, and loves to surf on his days off.
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 Donna V - Office Manager
Donna V is the person to keep us all in check, organising everything from paperwork to a propellor, her phone never stops ringing.
Donna is originally from Plymouth England, she has always lived by the sea. Living in the Caribbean for over 12 years, Donna has sailed around most of the islands from Venezuela to British Virgin Island.
Living in BVI for 4 years, Donna can give you all the information you need to make. sure your time here is the best.