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Capt. Matthew Talmage
An Oxonian born, Matthew, after working for many years in the hallowed halls of Oxford University, and later for English banks as a financial advisor, Matt "cashed in" the banking and moved away from Oxford to England's sunny South Coast to continue his real passion: Sailing!
After a few years working on board sailing yachts in the English Channel on yachts of varying sizes up to a 72’ offshore racer, both as a sailing instructor and race crew, the draw of warmer climes was too much! Matt accepted a position as Captain on a charter yacht, her itinerary carrying her around the Ionian Sea off Greece's Western Coast. Regardless of the romantic and ancient ports such as Corfu, Kefalonia, and Ithaca, it only took a few years for Matt to realised his real heart was in moving to the Caribbean. In 2016 he made the jump, and the British Virgin Islands became his home. Matt has been working as a captain, sailing instructor and dive master in the Virgin Islands ever since (Yes, Matt’s is also an avid diver).
Chef/Mate Philippa King
Having completed a law degree in bonny Scotland, Philippa fell off the straight and narrow and embraced her love of travel. She initially moved to Portugal and worked for a couple of seasons in a shore-based dive centre as a dive instructor where she honed her underwater skills and found her sea legs. The next obvious step was a long passage to the warm waters of the Caribbean where she spent the next 14 months in the BVI, working as a Dive Instructor alongside six other crew on a 105 ft sailing boat. It was here that Philippa started putting her love of food to good use and went on to train at the Ashburton Chef Academy in Southern England before returning to the Caribbean for several years. Philippa’s love of travel then led her to the Austrian mountains for a far colder experience cooking in high end mountain chalets for international guests, she even cooked breakfast for Ed Sheeran! Philippa Knows the Caribbean well, having chartered for years in the BVI, French West Indies & The Bahamas. She loves to cook fresh seafood and delicious desserts and loves the fun of hosting guests onboard and showing them the magical islands, above and below water.
Lesser known fact: Philippa is the current undefeated FoosBall Champion of the BVI and sadly accepts a challenge from anyone after her title!