Yacht Charter CEDAR ISLAND By Lazzara
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Brent’s love for the sea started at a very early age as a young sailor racing sailboats at the neighborhood yacht club in Miami, Florida.
His grandfather was a Miami restauranteur and avid fisherman in the Florida Keys and passed his skills on to Brent. As the years passed and Brent was growing up he always enjoyed working and hanging around shipyards and marinas cleaning boats while learning about the trade. His grandmother was a yacht broker and her fleet always needed maintenance, washing down, polishing, varnishing and fueling. Eventually he started docking, fueling and moving boats around the marina.
His father was also a restauranteur as well as a captain and taught him the skills to run a boat. From there he was to sail around the world on a 45 foot ketch. It was here that Brent began mastering the fundamentals of seamanship and navigation. He was to realize the special demands of the sea, cruising, outfitting and maintaining yachts.
After a year of great experiences and lessons exploring charted and uncharted waters of the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Leeward and Windward Islands of the Caribbean in and out of ports and anchorages, the trip abruptly came to an end. He was to come home and go to college and help out in the family business, where he became a noted and very successful gourmet chef and restaurateur whose training took him all over North America and Europe. His life as a captain at sea would have to take second place for a time.
He kept his skills honed thru the next years by owning and bareboat chartering power and sailing vessels in the 40-50 foot range. Then in late 2001 Brent was to put his interest for the sea back in first place, he retired from the restaurant business and has reestablished himself as a captain in the yachting industry. He tested and received the official 200 ton MCA/RYA Yachtmaster license for all oceans with a power driven craft endorsement and USCG 200 ton Master Merchant Marine Officer with sailing and assisted towing endorsements and STCW 95. He is a Certified Diver and has logged many thousands of nautical miles over the East Coast Of the United States, Bahamas, Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Today Brent is the captain on Cedar Island and maintaining her to the highest standards, while cruising the oceans finding great friends, quaint ports and anchorages.
Andrew Ventres grew up in the Connecticut River Valley, spending a lot of time sailing around Long Island Sound. He started working on boats in high school, working up from sanding bottom paint to refitting small boats. Eventually he got into racing and delivering sailboats from Connecticut to Key West.
He is classically educated as a Manufacturing Engineer but would spend most summer days in the office dreaming about going back to sailing up and down the east coast. Bringing a strong mechanical background and love for all water sports back to the yachting industry, Andrew is excited to provide a fun and safe experience for all guests aboard Cedar Island.
Born and raised in Estonia, Mariana’s love of the water and travel combined with her guest/client relationships and extensive experience in the service industry landed her into yachting. Been living in England, Asia and USA she has acquired wide international approach to customer service and relations.
She enjoys all the organizational aspects of job and prides herself on providing guests with an excellent level of service. She is expert at adapting to anybody own personal style to make everybody’s stay onboard memorable.
Mariana is a freelance stewardess that they usually have on charters as long as her schedule permits.