Captain Name: Chase Oliver
Captain Nationality: USA
Number of Crew: 2
Chase grew up in the Imperial Valley of Southern California bordering Mexico. He has always been very active exploring the local mountains and desert lands eventually making his way to the sea as an ocean lifeguard for California State Parks – North County San Diego. He quickly took to surfing and is always looking forward to catching some waves in between sailing trips. Before finding his interest in sailing, he spent several years honing in on mechanical skills while working for geothermal and oil drilling companies in Texas and Nevada. Long stints in the desert heat led him to the cooler mountains of Colorado where he worked for Vail Resorts as a lift operator and spent free time snowboarding back country trails. He then made his way to St. Thomas to get more boating experience where he bought a 23’ Pearson and taught himself to sail on days off from leading snorkel tours which was a great introduction to the best spots around the USVI. After admiring the beautiful boats in port he sought a position as crew wintering in the Caribbean and racing in the summer New England regatta circuit, then obtaining his 100 Ton USCG License. This quickly developed his strong passion for sailing and appreciation for classic vessels which is also shared by his wife Allie. They met through mutual sailing friends, worked together and then decided to acquire a boat of their own – a 1970 LeCompte 33’ which they sailed to her home in Nova Scotia.
Allie grew up in Nova Scotia where she started sailing at a young age. She taught dinghy sailing for many years primarily in Southern California but also in Australia and Vancouver, BC where she worked hospitality jobs in between sailing contracts and travel trips. She spent three summers as a hostess on-board the Rocky Mountaineer educating guests on the local flora and fauna and history of the development of the trans-continental railway as they transitioned from the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, through the semi-arid desert of British Columbia and onward through the stunning mountainsides of the Canadian Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer is known for complementing the stunning landscape with delicious fare and Allie greatly enjoyed working alongside the culinary staff in the busy and challenging rail car galleys. She decided to pair the inspiration of the diverse Vancouver culinary scene with her love for sailing and began her career in yachting. She has worked on several vessels in New England and the Caribbean. She spent the summer cruising Nova Scotia on their LeCompte and obtaining her RYA Offshore credential while Chase captained several boats in St Thomas running Boy Scouts of America high-adventure camps, several charters and also teaching catamaran refresher courses.