Brad started his sailing career when he was 10 years old. He didn't realize that it was going to be a way of life at that age but has made his way around the world sailing and working on various type of sailboats, ships, yachts. Growing up racing sailboats on a national level, he quickly moved up the leader board. Racing on the Varsity Team at Texas A&M at Galveston, he secured a Sloop National Championship, and was a podium finisher at numerous National Events. Outside of college sailing, he has been involved in multiple JBoat World Championship campaigns, Olympic class Regattas and qualifiers (Laser Class), many National Championship's (dinghy's and keelboats), offshore big boat racing (including a Traspac), and still loves to take a sunfish out on a Sunday Afternoon.
After a taking sabbatical he attended the Merchant Marine Academy, obtaining a Merchant Mariners Officers License, where he began working on commercial ships. Having completed a few Pacific crossings on cargo vessels, he realized he belonged back on the sunnier side of the industry- sailing vessels and private yachts. Since then, he has worked on private yachts and sailboats, the latest ones being on AD ASTRA, a 55ft catamaran, where he ran surf charters off of the Pacific side of Nicaragua for two years
Safety culture is second nature to him and you will feel comfortable and confident as you cruise the islands with Brad, he is currently an active Navy Reserve Lt. Brad has also spent years teaching and coaching sailing, and loves to share his knowledge to all of his guests, so feel free to get some sailing lessons while you are onboard!
When not on a boat, you can find him Kitesurfing, Surfing, diving (PADI certified), fishing, and spearfishing. If you catch him on land, he loves to ride motorcycles, bicycles, and enjoys to stay healthy, active, being surrounded by good music, people, and dogs!
Experience / Qualifications:
Chef Julie Vigneault began her journey in the Hospitality Industry as a Flight Attendant. Over the following 10 years she expanded her skills, working in the Food and Beverage industry as a waitress and restaurant manager. More recently her talents have been featured in the Film & Set design world, working on many commercials, movies and series as an Assistant Food Stylist and Prop Master.
Her passion for cooking was fortified while operating her own B&B on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Living near Quepos town, the capital of sport fishing, she has also been cooking on charters and for professional fishing teams. Creativity is what makes Julie such a wonderful chef and host. For her, creating a mouth-watering menu is just half of the battle, she also offers highly attentive service to guests, a great ambiance and has an eye for detail. Julie speaks French, English and Spanish, enjoys photography and is always eager to learn new things.
Additionally, she has Co-Founded a now Nationally renowned NGO for Ocean Conservation and created the first National Clean-Up Day in Costa Rica. As a passionate Ocean lover Julie maintains an active lifestyle in water sports including; surfing, kite surfing, free diving, stand-up paddling or practicing yoga on the beach. She is a fitness enthusiast and is adventure-ready at all times.
Brad and Julie are so excited to have you join them on board Bundalong and they look forward to sharing their love of the water with you and yours!
Being born and raised on the Maine coast, Cameron (Cam) is no stranger to the ocean. She grew up on the salt water, exploring Casco Bay and the Downeast islands on small sailboats. After spending many winters in the dark and cold, however, she decided to opt for more of a permanent summer lifestyle. She joined the yachting industry two years ago to pursue her love of travel and the sea. This led her to several jobs as a deckhand on board some of the largest motor yachts- traveling throughout South Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Central America. It was then that a spontaneous sail trip aboard a very small boat around the Leeward Islands that she was hooked. Cameron is excited to utilize her deck and high end service experience to provide the smoothest and happiest experience for the guests. Besides that, she could spend all day at the beach surfing, diving, swimming, or any other adventure that presents itself. She believes that life is too short not to enjoy and so far this industry has combined her spirit for adventure with an unforgettable career. Oh, and if you need a backflip lesson or want to practice speaking Spanish... Just ask her!
Water Sports Engineer
Jeremy holds passports from three countries and has visited over thirty. He met Captain Brad as a student in sailing school in the Abacos Bahamas. He has grown up on the water and is an expert fisherman. After completing school in Switzerland, he attended culinary school in Ireland and when not attending to deck-side duties, he occasionally serves as guest chef aboard Bundalong. He is in the Guinness book of world records for his part on a team that circumnavigated Britain on a kite board. He is energetic and always ready for adventure on water or on land. Jeremy is dedicated to keeping Bundalong in show shape at all times, and his constant smile and calm demeanor are always there to greet guests. We call him the water sports engineer because he is most comfortable in and around the water, and he is an excellent teacher for anyone looking to learn the ropes on the many water toys on board Bundalong.