Introducing the power team on the power catamaran! James and Julia will be your captain and chef for the vessel, Go Team. James has extensive catamaran experience and Julia can pull a menu together that can accommodate any dietary needs with the use of local and seasonal ingredients. Together, this team will deliver the vacation of a lifetime for your family and friends.
James Barker: Captain
James grew up on the coast of southwest UK which sparked a love of the sea, adventures and being active. After graduating from Loughborough University Business School, James worked as a trader in London. When James realized his passion for the sea and adventure was not being fulfilled, he followed his dreams to pursue his sailing qualifications and licensing.
James has now spent over 5 years working as a charter captain around the Caribbean and Mediterranean. He has completed multiple transatlantic deliveries as well as being part of a world circumnavigation on an 80 ft. catamaran.
He’s excited to take you to the most incredible spots in the Caribbean on your charter. James is more than happy to teach guests anything they want to know about boating alongside sharing his passion for the sea. James also enjoys keeping active so can show you his favorite trails and hiking paths if that’s your thing too. He’ll then make you your favorite cocktail to accompany an amazing sunset, so whatever charter you’re after, he's got you covered.
Julia Celms: Chef/Stew/Mate
French/ American / Latvian, Julia had the chance of growing up around the world. She attributes her curious, bubbly and outgoing personality to the extensive experiences she had while traveling. Julia loves learning about different cultures in all aspects; Languages, travel and food. Julia's food is inspired from her experiences with different cultures around the world.
Growing up, Julia's family got her involved with cooking at a very young age. She eagerly and naturally continued to cook and work in various Parisian restaurants while studying fine arts and photography.
When Julia was introduced to yachting in 2019, she absolutely fell in love with the pleasures of living on a yacht and gathering people around delicious food. Julia finds her cooking to be a form of art that she continues to successfully develop and explore. She loves preparing fresh and healthy dishes and always tries to incorporate local delicacies from the current destination.
This will by Julia's 5th year in the industry working as a chef in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. She is passionate about her work and is eager to share her delectable creations with her guests.
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.
Read the entire press release on our website
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2022 USVI Charter Yacht Show 🗓 November 12-15 📍 Yacht Haven Grande 🛥 Build. Learn. Certify. Shine. 🌐 www.usviyachtshow.org