Adrian Wood - Yachtmaster offshore, STCW
Adrian first started sailing on the Thames River close to his home in Cookham, England at the age of 8. This introduction to life on the water led him to become a Navigating Officer in the Royal Navy. Adrian continued cruising and racing for pleasure after the Navy but always wanted to return to a career at sea, which has now led him to chartering in the warm waters of the Caribbean. The highlight of now working as a captain in the Caribbean is that he gets to meet so many new faces from all over the world, immerse himself in the local culture, and doing it with his first-mate by his side!
Samantha Wood - yachtmaster offshore, STCW, Padi DiveMaster, food hygiene and safety certification
Hailing from the beautiful Channel Islands off the coast of France, Sam had never stepped foot on a sailboat in spite of being raised on a small island in the Atlantic. Sam grew up in the country life of the Channel Islands riding horses and raising farm animals. She met Adrian nearly 12 years ago and when they were married they had decided to take a year off to sail around the Atlantic – that year turned into permanent life in the Caribbean. Sam loves cooking, sailing, diving, horseback riding, and most of all meeting new people!
Adrian and Sam’s story of sailing life started around a campfire in England after they wed with a simple question from Sam: “What would you like to do now?” Adrian’s response was straight to the point: “Sail the Atlantic.” Their favorite memory of sailing the Atlantic is when they landed in the Caribbean islands on their 32 foot sailing, and a local tugboat captain took them under their wing. His first response was, “Did you really cross the Atlantic in that!” They all laughed and were enamored that they had accomplished what they set out to do! Together they have been working in the chartering industry for 10 years and they look forward to hosting you aboard Mariann!
This team is a dyanmic duo with such interesting stories to share as well as sharing their passion for the sea, sailing, and making their guests feel relaxed and at home.
**Captain Adrian and chef Sam are both fully vaccinated**