As of July 2016 we have been employed full time, running a private sailing yacht, as Captain/Engineer and Mate/Chef/Stew, on a new build 2016 Leopard 58 catamaran which is currently based in Central America.
Rufus has his RYA (MCA) Yachtmaster Offshore ticket, with Commercial Endorsement, as well as his Yachtmaster Ocean Theory. He is currently working towards his MCA OOW. Rufus and I each have over 35,000nm and 25,000nm of international sailing time, respectively, on both mono and multi-hulls. Our experience and expertise include charter management, deliveries, yacht maintenance, engineering, 3 trans-Atlantics and 1 Pacific crossing.
First Mate & Chef/Stewardess on a private super yacht
- Part of four crew running a 109ft private sail yacht with summers in Newport, RI and winters in the Caribbean
- Duration: September 2015 – February 2016.
- We ran luxury private catamaran charters off the coast and islands of Belize.
- Duration: November 2014 – July 2015.
Yacht Manager & Engineer with Sail Grenadines
- We prepared a fleet of Bavarias for the 2014/2015 Caribbean charter season.
- Duration: September – October 2014
REVIEWS FROM SOME OF OUR CHARTER GUESTS (as seen on tripadvisor.com):
“Incredible Family Memories for 20 Year Wedding Anniversary”
Reviewed in July for a stay in June 2015
We had an awesome family vacation for our 20 year wedding anniversary (–June 24th–). Our crew was Rufus & Kate Brand. They were the absolute best! We have done charter trips in the past –BVIs– and knew what to expect. These guys went over and beyond! They even coordinated a wonderful beach barbecue on the day of our anniversary where my 3 boys and I surprised my husband with special words about our marriage & family. It was beyond special!
Belize is beautiful but what matters is who you spend the time with on your vacation and these guys entertained us and especially the boys! My oldest got a sailing lesson which he thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend BSV and ask for Rufus & Kate! They make the company shine! Happy Sailing!!!
“A Little Slice of Heaven”
Reviewed February 24, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
Our sailing vacation in Belize was a truly extraordinary experience, from the first enthusiastic greeting from Skipper Rufus to the last sublime meal from Chef Kate. We got it all – snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, bird and wildlife sightings, exhilarating sailing to magnificent cayes – with such attentive service and care from Rufus and Kate that we were loathe to disembark at the end of the journey.
We cannot come close to describing the absolute joy of our experience during the sail – all we can say is that it was a little slice of heaven which we hope to repeat.
“Once In A Lifetime Vacation!”
Reviewed January 27, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
My boyfriend and I had an incredible time celebrating New Year’s week aboard the Sea Dale. This was my first sailing trip, and Belize
Sailing Vacations exceeded my expectations by delivering a once in a lifetime experience. Basically they ruined me, because any future vacation is going to pale in comparison!
Captain Rufus and First Mate Kate were incredible! They delivered on our every need and did so in a way that made us feel like we were friends staying in their home. They were warm and fun, and knew exactly when we wanted some time to relax alone and when we wanted to hang out together. Kate was an incredible cook, catering to our tastes and preferences. Captain Rufus was a total gem- teaching us how to sail, navigate and even clean fish. We had so much fun with them, they really were the perfect pair for us!
Belize Sailing Vacations is an incredibly professional, thorough, and well-run company. We had the pleasure of meeting Cliff who runs the family business, and he was delightful. Our catamaran was immaculate, comfortable and well stocked with everything we needed including kayaks, nice snorkel gear, fishing rods…etc. Captain Rufus was in constant communication with all of the other captains to find the best snorkel spots, mooring locations and interesting islands for us to check out. The company even organized and paid for an excursion day out with a local fisherman. Truly top notch, and well worth the cost.
“Our Best Family Vacation Ever!”
Reviewed January 26, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
When we boarded the Aubisque the crew greeted us with warmth and professionalism. When we left the Aubisque, only a week later, saying good-bye to Rufus and Kate was like saying good-bye to family. Beyond the term ‘all inclusive’; they took care of us. Rufus planned excursions and activities with our interests, the weather and our mood in mind. Kate’s meals were as delicious as they were beautiful! The catamaran itself was comfortable and always clean. There was space and time for tanning, reading, playing rummy or movie watching when we weren’t enjoying the wildlife and water sports. This was our best family vacation ever!