Captain Name: Reinis Ābele
Captain Nationality: Latvian
Number of Crew: 2
Captain Reinis Ābele (sailing from 2010 with charter experience since 2013)
Reinis grew up in Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Straddling the river Daugava on the shore of the Baltic Sea, the mariner tradition in this beautiful, ancient seaport runs deep. Living by the river, he spent most of his time with his parents and two brothers on the water, the third generation in a family of sailors. Although Reinis studied finance at the Stockholm School of Economics, his heart was in yachting. Rather than pursuing a desk job, he applied his skills as a harbormaster and marina developer, which allowed him to attend all of Northern Europe’s major boating events. He was also on the project development of Wild Cat. He knows the yacht inside out and maneuvers her effortlessly.
Guests find Reinis to be a bit of a Renaissance man, an extremely capable captain with a charming countenance and a somewhat astonishing skill set. In addition to his finesse at catching the wind in the sails, he is an accomplished car, motorcycle and motor boat driver. He speaks Latvian, English, Russian, German and conversational Spanish. He also enjoys trivia games, but beware the challenge, anyone that can master all those languages is going to be very tough to beat.
Reinis is kind, generous, lots of fun and wicked smart. He enjoys a bit of basketball or beach volleyball in port, but most of all he loves to sail. Charter guests who crave fast speeds and high-performance will be thrilled by the Wild Cat ride without sacrifice to stability and comfort. In the evening at anchor, Reinis will happily join guests at a card game, or discuss a variety of subjects in a variety of languages. However, if you’re not a good loser, we’d advise passing on board games like Trivial Pursuits.