MEET YOUR CREW: Connor Burns and Ada Cruz
Growing up beside the breathtaking shores of Cape Town, South Africa, the calm certainty of the ocean’s rhythm is ingrained in Connor’s soul. His upbringing was a mix of saltwater, sand and awesome adventures.
An opportunity of a Trans-Atlantic crossing ignited his passion for sailing. “Nothing beats the thrill of catching the wind and guiding a vessel through the water with no one in sight”. Connor was hooked! His sailing has taken him from Cape Town, to Panama, to the Mediterranean, and more recently to the Caribbean where he has run term charters within the BVI.
Connor embraces his role as a charter captain and host, introducing his charter guests to the world of sailing by curating unforgettable experiences in the beautiful setting of the Virgin Islands.
Adamaris (Ada) Cruz, a true Puerto Rican at heart. Born and raised in the beautiful town of Trujillo Alto, she has a genuine passion for all things water related, whether it’s swimming, diving, or simply enjoying the soothing sound of waves on the shore. When it comes to food, Ada is an absolute connoisseur - savoring the traditional flavors of Puerto Rican cuisine and exploring culinary delights from around the world. Ada not only appreciates good food, but she also has a true passion for cooking. Experimenting with new recipes and placing her own twist on traditional dishes, she loves the creative process of preparing delicious meals that bring people together. She has recently completed a two-week culinary course at Stir Crazy, Super Yacht Training Academy in Cape Town, South Africa.
Together, Connor and Ada create amazing charters for their guests that forge connections, take pleasure in culinary delights and create life lasting memories!
Charter Season Kicks Off at USVI Charter Yacht Show, Territory’s Boutique Fleet & Customized Vacation Experiences on Full Display
The annual showpiece of the industry’s hard work in perfecting its craft paid off with a successful seasonal launch at the USVI Charter Yacht Show, held November 12-15 at IGY Marina’s Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas. Nearly 70 yachts, both power and sail, with uniquely qualified professional crews, were on show to over 160 brokers from over 100 charter businesses in the Caribbean, U.S., and Europe, which market the territory’s customized boutique marine vacations. Synergizing the destination of the U.S. Virgin Islands with its charter industry professionals, show organizers, the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht Association (VIPCA), work year-round with several territorial departments and federal agencies. Key aspects of this work were the subjects of event seminars that updated attendees on government regulations and information on natural resources. A taste of local culture and history was also offered in the opening ceremony with Caribbean Ritual Dancers and with a panel presentation by historians and national park tour experts on the second day.
“VIPCA has gone above and beyond to meet its mission of promoting the USVI as a destination of choice for the yachting community and protecting the interests of our marine community and businesses,” says The Honorable Albert Bryan Jr., Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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2022 USVI Charter Yacht Show 🗓 November 12-15 📍 Yacht Haven Grande 🛥 Build. Learn. Certify. Shine. 🌐 www.usviyachtshow.org