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Captain is not a certified sailing instructor but is happy to teach guests the basics of sailing.
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MEET YOUR CREW
Captain Bertie, originally from Cape Town South Africa, graduated from university of UJ as a Engineering Metallurgist and later also obtained a diploma Production Management. He worked for De Beers in the Synthetic Diamond Division for some thirty years.
He has sailed, snorkeled and deep sea fished from the Mozambican coast, to Sodwana Bay and St Lucia, Natal Coast, and the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa.
For the past six years he and his wife/First Mate Teresa have pursued their dream of owning their own Yacht and becoming full time sailors. Their circumnavigation started in December 2014 when they took part in a Governor's Cup Yacht Race from Cape Town to St Helena. They cruised Brazil's coastline for six months, French Guiana's river waterways and coastline for a further five months and thereafter sailed on to Grenada and Caribbean. They fell in love with USVI/BVI and decided to stay, they are now in their fourth charter season within the BVI and USVI.
First Mate Teresa Chapman, a Customer Service professional from Cape Town, South Africa has shared Bertie's dream and can not wait to welcome you onboard. Teresa has the warmest heart and in no time you will feel at home and know that you will be taken great care of on your adventure. She loves to entertain and to prepare meals to each and every person's satisfaction. Her motto is to make you feel special, relaxed and to share the beauty that the BVI and USVI Islands have to offer.
Island R&R is family friendly and LOVES to have babies aboard!
**Captain Bertie and chef Teresa are both fully vaccinated**
I can not wait to bring my family back!
Teresa & Bertie, there are no words to describe your hospitality on my very first charter! The food, smoothies, snorkeling, trampoline showers and sights were all so amazing. I can not wait to bring my family back!
You're both amazing!
I had the most amazing time and can not wait to bring my family with me next time!
Teresa and Bertie, you are both just amazing and I can't say it enough!
So genuine and fun! Loved your stories and wish we had more time!! Thank you for the fabulous food and catch phrases!
We just came back from a week on a catamaran in USVI. Our week was full of memorable experiences ... swimming with sea turtles, beautiful beaches, snorkeling, sailing and hiking.
Our crew, Pieter and Theresa went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and have a good experience.
Words cannot describe the past week. Strangers who quickly became life long friends and now feel like family. Bertie and Teresa, THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing your home, showing us a wonderful time, sharing stories, taking us on adventures, feeding us delicious food, teaching us fun games and giving us a wonderful experience just when it was needed!
Can't wait to see you both again!
Thank you does not begin to express the gratitude for all you have done for us on this trip.
It was am amazing trip for us! That was very much needed.
Thank you for embracing us with so much love!
Always be connected!
Could Not Have Chosen Better Hosts
Our January 31 through February 7 charter on Island R&R was highlighted by the outstanding capabilities and attention to detail throughout the trip of Theresa and Pieter Gerber.
They listened carefully and customized the itinerary to perfectly match our interests, making adjustments throughout the week to fully optimize our experience.
Each meal brought new surprises in cuisine and presentation - we were so impressed with the thoughtfulness and creativity put forth by chef Theresa. Pieter’s intimate knowledge of marine life and their vast sailing expertise enriched our snorkeling and conversations for the full week. We could not have chosen better hosts.
In total, we are looking back on the week with smiles on our faces, brought on by the amazing natural beauty of St John Island and Theresa and Pieter’s remarkable talents.
Thank you Teresa and Bertie for the most wonderful time!
paddle boarding, surfing the dinghy< swimming with turtles, delicious meals, hammock to relax in and of course all of our favorite snacks you went out of your way to find!
You two were the perfect hosts! We can't wait to come back!
An Outstanding Crew
We must say, you have chosen an outstanding crew for Island R&R. Their years of combined experience resulted in our expectations being exceeded in every way. Our experience started during the trade of several text messages in preparation for the trip. Pieter was punctual and concise in his communications which was very much appreciated given this was our first catamaran charter. He arranged for a private taxi to pick us up at the airport and deliver us to our hotel, and the next morning to the dock. This arrangement in advance helped to ease our stress levels.
Upon arrival to the dock, we were greeted by the crew and welcomed onto the yacht with Champagne, hors d’oeuvres awaiting our arrival. We quickly became comfortable with both Pieter and Theresa, it was obvious they knew what they were doing. The week included visiting several bays, plenty of snorkeling, and always a snack or meal and drinks at the perfect time each day.
Theresa is an amazing cook especially given the small kitchen on the yacht, she whipped up gourmet snacks and meals every day. The quality and freshness of the food could compete with any fine dining restaurant. At times we wondered where all this food was coming from, and how she was able to keep it all so fresh given the normal circumstances preparing 3 meals and snacks per day for 6 on a yacht. She prepared the meals effortlessly, it seemed, while mingling with us casually and graciously but always managed to serve the meal at the designated time. The meals and snacks were truly an amazing experience for us and very unexpected. Her attention to details, quality and freshness of food hand selected from local merchants, as well as healthy choices, was represented in every serving. She could compete with the best of executive chefs.
While Theresa made sure we were well fed and comfortable, Pieter managed the bar for our enjoyment and coordinated snorkeling as often as we pleased, and some very interesting hikes. We visited beautiful bays and enjoyed the Caribbean open waters while moving from site to site. It was really enjoyable to hear the sailing stories told by both of them and to watch Pieter navigate perfectly to every destination. They worked as an efficient team to tie up to each ball or when dropping an anchor. If things didn’t go as they had planned, they dealt with it very professionally and seamlessly. We always felt extremely safe and in very experienced hands. Although the weather did not cooperate for several days of our trip, Pieter managed to sail in driving rain while getting soaked at the helm with no problem.
It is not often that we can write such a glowing report on an experience like this. We just felt so fortunate to have Pieter and Theresa as our crew for this vacation week that we have been looking forward to for over two years. They are warm and hospitable people that can get along with anyone which is so important for a trip like this when so many people are all gathered in a small space for seven days.
Thank you for this lovely voyage. You're full of surprises. The food, drinks and laughter never ended!
Love the snorkeling and turtle experiences. The food and presentation was absolutely wonderful and delicious. The company was just so fun and friendly. Our trip was fantastic!
Thank you Bertie & Teresa!!
Exceeded all expectations!
Wow! What a lovely adventure!
Exceeded all expectations!
Amazing experience, sights,EATS and memories!
Thank you for being patient and showing us these beautiful islands!
The laughs, fried shrimp and beautiful reefs will not soon be forgotten. I am grateful to have been able to sail in such an. authentic way.
Thank you, Bertie & Teresa for everything!
My wife and I finished our one-week charter with our daughter and her boyfriend on Saturday January 15th.
The four of us had a great time and the holiday exceeded our expectations in every way. My wife and I own a power boat and sailboat on Cape Cod and one of the reasons we booked this charter was to see if we might want to switch over to a sailing catamaran someday.
Peter and Teresa are incredibly experienced sailors and being from South Africa, obviously have a lot of insight to share.
Peter and Teresa were both incredibly welcoming and we knew from the first few minutes that the six of us were going to get along great. They both have a great sense of humor, wonderful stories about their lives in South Africa, and were genuinely interested in hearing about our lives in the USA.
We spent many hours talking during the day and after dinner and the conversation was never forced. They’re both incredibly knowledgeable about the USVI cruising area, the boat, and the options for anchorages, local hikes, snorkeling, marine life, etc. Every day had options on what to do and where to go and we were able to plan each day’s activities and goals. Equally important, there was always a good back-up plan in case conditions changed or something else came up.
All the meals were fantastic. Teresa is not only a great crew but also a great chef and all the meals were presented in a creative way and were delicious. Every dinner was followed by long conversations and laughter, and they were equally comfortable talking with my daughter and her boyfriend who are in their late twenties.
Peter and Teresa make a great team. Their sailing experience combined with their life experience makes them fun to spend time with and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them both and plan to keep in touch.
One Of The Best Vacations Ever!
We just returned home from one of the best vacations we’ve ever taken. We spent seven days in the US Virgin Islands on a catamaran. To say it was beautiful is an understatement.
I cannot say enough good things about our crew. Theresa and Pieter went above and beyond making our trip exactly what we wanted. Captain listened to what we wanted to do/see and planned wonderfully. Theresa cooked the most amazing meals and happy hour hors d’oeuvres. Captain made the absolute best tropical drinks.
They were both so attentive and kind. It was obvious that their objective was always to make us happy. We enjoyed their company and had so much fun with them.
Great people! New friends!
What a wonderful escape!
teresa and Bertie, your hospitality fr exceeded any expectations and we leave with two new friends!
Thank you for showings the hot spots for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and exploring!
And let's not forget about the DRINKS!!
As Christmas holidays go, this is the at the top from our life time thus far! Can't wait to see you sooner than later!
The Crew Exceeded Our Expectations!
This has truly been an amazing trip.
The boat and the crew definitely exceeded our expectations.
The past 4 days gave us some much needed "chill time"
The food was amazing and Captain Toothless took us to all the best spots!
Jeff and I will never forget the Windmill Bar, the ruins at Waterlemon Cay and of course, the infamous trivia at Dinghy's Beach Bar. Not sure I've ever laughed so hard.
Thank you for making this trip a vacation we will never forget. We truly appreciate the expert boat captain, 5 star meals and the overall attentive service.
We had a fantastic time on our honeymoon. many thanks to thompson and Shayna for their hospitality. Our adventure on the island started out a little crazy but turned out to be fabulous on Island R&R.
The meals were amazing.
Salt Pond and Reef Bay are the best.
We hope to see you guys again one day.
The Best Trip Of Our Lives
This is our last day of a trip that was two years in the making.
The anticipation for the trip was not matched by the beauty of the sea. The experience provided by Thomson and Shayna was one that our family will always remember.
Snorkeling, tubing, great meals and new friends were just a few memories that will last a lifetime.
Thanks to Thomson and Shayna this trip was one of the best of our lives and definitely worth the wait!
The BEST Vacation We Have Taken.
We have been planning this trip since summer of 2019. Cap'n "Toothless" Thomas and first mate Shayna were so amazing. Had things gone as planned we would've missed the wonderful blessing these two have been.
Beautiful islands, spectacular weather, great conversation, best crew - Don't know what could've been better!
There are trips and there are vacations. Thanks for making this truly one of the BEST vacations we have taken.
# Best Vacation Ever!
There is a greater purpose and plan for our lives. We are blessed that the plan included having our lives intersect with Captain Thomson and Shayna. We anticipated an amazing vacation, which we had. What we were not expecting was the amazing crew and new friendships that we found on the Island R&R. Thomson's knowledge and wit mixed with Shayna's gracious hospitality was an added blessing. Thank you for the fun, the memories and helping to make this our best vacation yet.
Blessed with the BEST!
After having to reschedule due to Covid, death of family, a "rogue" captain, we finally landed on a date for our island cruise and were blessed with the BEST! Captain thomson and Shayna were hands down the most wonderful team we could have drawn if we were picking. You two made a nice island cruise a GREAT island vacation. Thanks for everything and may you be blessed.
We're Meant To Be With This Crew
We were scheduled to take this trip in April 2020 - Covid hit!
We were beyond frustrated. We are so happy things worked out because we were meant to be with this crew and feel so thankful.
We hit the jackpot with our beaches and sailing around the islands. Thank you for the amazing food, knowledge about the area and making us feel so welcome. We are already planning our next trip back!
Awesome trip! Thanks for being so nice and giving attention to Nicole and Matt. I am sure they will never forget this vacation. We wish you all the best.
An Epic Week on the Water!
What an amazing way to bring in 2021! We had an incredible week celebrating #Oh Glenn and the end of 2020. Watersports were a hit and we can't thank Thomson enough for his endless energy tugging us around on all of the gear! Shayna and Thomson were perfect hosts and we are so grateful to have shared this memorable week with them. Thanks for accommodating our endless appetites - for food and fun!
Thank you both for an epic week on the water!
Shayna & Thomson Made It All the More Memorable
This vacation was already incredible, but Shayna and Thomson made it all the more memorable. Every meal was absolutely delicious and eating each meal as a crew and sharing stories and conversations was one of my favorit parts of this trip. Not to mention the 7 rainbows that we saw this week!
Spending Christmas with Shayna and Thomson on the Island R&R has 100% been one of my all-time favorite vacations and I couldn't think of any better way to spend the last bit of 2020. Shayna's kindness and expert hospitality and Thomson's knowledge of ocean life and contagious enthusiasm made it hard not to enjoy ourselves to the absolute fullest. Thank you so much for letting us enjoy the USVI with you on the Island R&R! I've already started saving up to come back!
Fantastic week on R&R
One of the best trips we have taken. The experience was great with all the places we saw. Our experience with Shayna and Thomson is unforgettable. I learned so much from them and they were so much fun to talk to!
Fantastic week at sea! Only wish we didnt let the big one win the reel battle! Maho Bay was my favorite stop - Turtles!
Fantastic week on the R&R with Shayna and Thomson! Loved our time in Maho and especially at Lime Out. Enjoyed the meals Shayna prepared for us - from breakfast taco's to Thomson sharing his family's seafood paella with us! What a great crew to celebrate Christmas with!