Bean to cup Jura coffee maker
Complementary USVI and BVI map to track your charter
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Reef Safe 30SPF Sunscreen
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Nationality: South African
Hailing from Limpopo in South Africa, Francois comes from a small farming town in the Afrikaans area of the country. He grew up close to the nature and the breathtaking wildlife of the area, and has carried his love of the outdoors throughout his life.
Francois began his maritime career working as a commercial diver, flown out to the BVI to assist in the mass clean up and yacht salvage in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. As a qualified class 2 Commercial Bell Diver he is more than comfortable below sea level, and has recently transferred his skills to qualify as a Dive Master, ensuring all guests are in more than safe and experienced hands.
One of his proudest achievements is his involvement with a non-profit charity in the BVI creating artificial reefs and interactive dive sites including the sunken wreck of the ‘Willy T’ and ’Sharkplano’, he has unwaivered local knowledge of the sites and will ensure to show you the very best spots.
Being an incredibly calm and collected character, Francois will always be at your service with a smile and will make sure his guests feel well attended to and safe, whilst giving them their own tailored trip of a lifetime.
Katie’s love for yachting started in her early teens where she spent family holidays sailing the Ionian in Greece
Her sailing career began where she worked as a hostess in Lefkada, then moving across to seek new challenges in the windy Saronic Gulf and Cyclades. From there she moved to the British Virgin Islands, during her downtime between seasons she studied at Culinary school in Devon and on the Isle of Wight, developing and refining her love for cookery.
Katie began cheffing professionally in 2016 in the Caribbean where she found a love for the culture and flavours of the area.
She has been working in the Caribbean ever since, spending her downtime diving, kiteboarding and exploring all of natures little secrets that the BVI has to offer.
She is also a qualified Day Skipper and Rescue Diver so you’ll be sure to be in safe and competent hands across all elements of the yacht.
Whatever your requests or requirements Katie is more than happy to tailor her menu for her guests every need, using only the freshest and most vibrant local ingredients Katie’s dishes will guarantee to wow!
Captain Francois Botha
Qualifications and Skills
PADI DIVEMASTER-Aquanauts Grenada
Certification of Commercial Class II Diver, Jacks Dive Chest
Commercial Diving School (Member: NO M-JDC)
-Decompression Chamber Operator -Underwater Welding Proficiency
-H2S-Hydrogen Sulfide Induction Course -SSDE Nitrox Diver Class III
-Compressor Operator -Pre Sea Induction Course
DMT-IMCA Diver Medic (PDC-DMT-950) Professional Diving Centre, Durban Harbour
Diving First Aid & First Aid at Work (Level 3)
Commercial Diver Advanced 02 Administration Certificate
Diving Medical Certificate Class II (Air) with Decompression Chamber, Dr MJ Pravetz PhD
Chef/ First Mate Katie Harrison
Qualifications and Skills
Certificate in Intermediate Cookery, Ashburton Culinary School
-Mastery of Core Skills
-Premium Fish, Poultry, Butchery and preperation
-Pasta and Pastries
-Sauces, Vinaigrettes, Marinades, and Garnishes
USKA Superyacht Cookery Foundation
-Sundowners and Canapes
-Menu Planning and Food Provisioning
-Packing Hazards, Regulations, and Stowage
USKA Superyacht Interior Foundation
-RYA Powerboat Level 2
-MCA STCW Basic Training
-VHF Short Range Radio
-CIEH Food SafetyLevel 2
-All Service styles including Silver
-Floristry and Table presentation
-Wine, Port, Cigar Study
-Cocktails-presentation and mixology
PADI Rescue Diver
Emergency First Response-CPR and First Aid
Crew fully vaccinated
Thanksgiving 2023 BVI Charter
Katie and Francois
One week on Wanderlust was more than a great vacation. The two of you made it exceptional! We wouldn't change anything about this trip. The itinerary was great, providing stellar opportunities for snorkeling, hobie cat sailing, and island exploring. In addition to being a great captain, Francois was attentive to our requests and spent so much time making sure our grandchildren experienced the water sports. Every meal and charcuterie board created by Katie was a gourmet delight-beautifully served and beyond delicious. ! She went so far beyond our expectations making sure the different dietary requests were incorporated in every meal. This was truly a vacation of a life time.
None of us will ever forget Katie's Thanksgiving feast and how welcome and homey she always made us feel. We will be making our best attempt at recreating her amazing food as part of our holiday traditions from now on.
Francois' wine pairings were perfect and so were his hand-crefted cocktails!
We dreamed of a vacation like this for years, but the two of you made it much better than we imagined!
November 2023 BVI Charter
Katie and Francois,
Where do we even begin? This trip was a lifelong bucket list item for Michael and now our favorite trip for all of us! From the moment we stepped aboard Wanderlust to the moment we left it was perfection. You curated the perfect days-the flow of the trip was ideal. And not having to make a single decision beyond paddle boarding :) made it a true vacation.
Kate, your meals were 5-star!! I mean tuna sushi after Eric reeled a tuna in off the back of Wanderlust-you can't make this up! We loved being surprised by your gourmet, beautiful creations-truly an artist. Throwing the most beautiful birthday celebration, you made 40(ish) the best birthday yet!!
You two and this experience, all 6 of us together has changed us. We truly hope our paths will cross again and we wish you more joy and adventure.
We love and miss you
-Michael and Andrea
-Eric and Moe
July 2023 BVI Charter
Dear Katie and Francois,
Thank you both for the vacation of a lifetime. Every moment was unforgettable from the fabulous welcome, the amazing meals, the thoughtful details, the yummy drinks, and beautiful beaches! We enjoyed both of your company so much. You are both so sweet, funny, knowledgable and made every day PERFECT! Thanks for your patience while we learned new things. Thanks for sharing your stories and enriching our lives. It will truly be difficult for any future vacation to match up. Please let us know when your recipe book is available. The Olympics was so fun and added another layer of fun! You truly thought of everything and are a terrific team! Please come visit us down in NOLA.
Wishing you both continued success!
With much gratitude and love,
June 2023 BVI Charter
Dear Katie and Francois,
Thank you for an incredible few days aboard Wanderlust. When we first arrived with our gaggle of excited kids who could barely contain their energy, you were both poised and patient, so thoughtful and attentive to all our needs. The kids fell in love with both of you.
Katie your cooking was fantastic. You also have such a delightful and positive lightness of being that was a pleasure to be around. We relished every minute of our time with you. I cannot tell you how appreciative we were of the effort you made to coordinate so smoothly with Windward for our tandem. The details and special effort for the 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration were above and beyond! Thank you again!!
April 2023 BVI Charter
Could not have even imagined how amazing this trip has been ... over the top on every scale... Francois and Katie, your involvement in our time made it all the more perfect! Amazing and not able to surpassed.
Love you both
We had the best week with long time friends and making new friends with Katie and Francois! Your hospitality was the best ! We ate wonderful food everyday- too much! We stopped in all the fun spots- The Baths, Bitter End, Saba Rock, Cooper Island, Soggy Dollar, Foxy's, Anegada, and many more. We have to last a lifetime.
Thanks so much,
We loved every minute
Kathy and Ed
Thank you for your gracious and fun vibe while keep us safe and so well fed while we lived on Wanderlust for the week! The rest and relaxation plus activities were balanced perfectly. So grateful to share this gorgeous corner of the world with you and good friends! Two small words don't seem enough, but Thank You Katie and Francois!
We had such a fantastic time in the BVI. Thank you for making us feel so comfortable on the boat and for all of the special touches you did to make everything great! The food- OMG-was phenomenal. Katie you are a wonderful cook . Francois, we loved playing games with you and the captains drink was a highlight of everyday. Best of luck on all your new adventures, together. We will miss you and think of you often!
Margaret and Mark
April 2023 BVI Charter
Katie and Francois,
Where to begin? I''l start with this-this was our most favorite vacation ever! We expected beautiful waters and warm sun, but we are leaving with new friendships in the two of you and so much more. Your hospitality has been incredible-always so easy going and willing to jump in and play with our 3 girls! Katie aka Julia Child, your cooking and presentation is what would be found at a 5 star restaurant. You made Easter so special for the girls-creating bunny fruit plates and an Easter cake. We will be dreaming of your meals back at home. I don't know how you do it all every day. Francois, you are one of a kind! Teaching the kids how to tie all different knots during our long sails, always finding the perfect beaches and bays, leading us on the most fascinating dives and hearing about you firsthand experience. Thank you both for these lifelong memories that we will truly never forget. We know that living this life can be hard for the family that misses you, but know that you are touching lives like ours and creating meaningful memories for them. What a gift to share this life together-we are rooting for you two. You are one incredible pair. Please come visit us in Newport Beach, CA.
Love and Gratitude,
the Acosta Family
March 2023 BVI Charter
The Wanderlust adventure will be one we'll always remember. We enjoyed the food, snorkeling, and new friendships with Katie and Francois.
-Cindy and Mark
This experience was amazing! Exceeded all our expectations. Wanderlust is gorgeous. Our crew was the best! I highly recommend. Our entire trip was amazing and would love to do it all over again. Blessings to all!
-Bryan and Deanna
This was our second charter, and Wanderlust far exceeded our first adventure. The crew were hospitable, helpful, accommodating, and most importantly professional. They always had an eye on us to make sure we were having fun, but safe.
The food was 5 star-every meal! The evening "captains" cocktails were imaginative and was a great way to start a relaxing evening after a day of snorkeling and adventure.
The boat was immaculate and comfortable...beds were better than most hotels!
Special thanks to Katie and Francois.
-Randy and Cindy
March 2023 BVI Charter
This was our first charter experience, and we couldn't have been any luckier! A beautiful brand new boat, decorated perfectly. Francois and Katie made us feel comfortable. It was so easy to transition to "island time." Our only request was that we didn't have a busy itinerary, and Francois and Katie delivered! We got to see new places (and some old). We love the BVI!! Every spot is unique in its own way and has different things to offer.
I can't believe I made it this far and haven't mentioned the food! WOW!! So much, beautiful, great tasting food. Katie is hands down the best chef! Stuffed from dinner, someone would always mention how they couldn't wait til breakfast the next morning. Literally everything we ate was the best! Fresh lobster from a passing fisherman was a special treat!
Wanderlust is always spotlessly clean and smells amazing. It's funny how it seems to have been made for this crew. I'm not sure what more we could have asked for. This trip is our favorite, EVER.
We can't thank you enough, Francois and Katie!!
February 2023 BVI Charter
We love Katie and Francois!
You two are the best. Katie is the best cook/baker, best tea maker, one of the sweetest people you have ever met, always in a cheerful mood. Katie makes every dish unique and very flavorful, and she is very attentive to everyones needs. Francois is the BEST Captain ever! Katie and Francois made our experience on Wanderlust AMAZING!!! Our beds were made and cleaned everyday right when we woke up and turned down perfectly every night before we went to bed. The interior and exterior of the boat was always clean and tidy. Everything at all times smells so fresh and clean on Wanderlust! Overall, what a beautiful boat and wonderful couple. We loved going to Soggy Dollar, Saba Rock, Bitter End and Cooper Island. We had so much fun but our fun and experience was easily heightened by Katie and Francois.
February 2023 BVI Charter
Wow!! How to start to describe our week with you is tough... We loved every moment on board Wanderlust with the two of you. Francois and Katie you made our week together absolutely amazing. We loved the scuba diving (especially wreak of the Rhone and seeing the planes and 2 sharks), exploring new places (Anegada-the scooters and scavenger hunt were great fun!), fishing (though we never did catch the big one... next time!), the food...wow, we ate so much... it was all so delicious and beautiful! The Wanderlust itself is beautiful, spacious, comfortable, (esp. loved the time sailing with you two), the daily special drinks and the table set ups, and helping us do everything... it was all perfect...and all done with a smile. We can tell you love it here and that love is infectious!
And I can't forget- "We saw a whale!!!!" Will never forget that. Thank you for a very special week! We hope to be able to sail with you again.
Please reach out to us if you ever come North to Virginia or our Delaware Beach-we'd love to have you!
Until next time!
Claire, Mark, and Gang
Jan BVI 2023 Charter
Dear Capt and Kate,
We can't thank you enough for creating a spectacular week for all of us. You both were perfect hosts and went above and beyond.
Glenn and I loved our time on the Hobe cat and I cant thank you enough for not flipping it while I was on.
The meals you created were beyond and one was better than the next.
We loved exploring Anegada with you, so glad we were able to make it there. We are so lucky to have been your maiden voyage. You both will be very successful and we wish you all the best in the future!
Lisa and Glenn
PS I will keep working on my napkin folding. thank you for the lessons.
Dear Kate and Captain,
Thank you Thank you for a fabulous voyage! Truly everything was fantastic. The food was beyond what we expected and delicious!
The boat was kept so clean and neat. The excursions were all so well planned and enjoyable. Hard to focus on one highlight when everything was a new, fun, and yummy experience. You guys are a great team!
Thank you for everything and smooth sailing!
Kathy and Henry
2023 arrived with a gift-Wanderlust arrived in time for our group to be their first charter!
Captain Francois and Chef and amazing first mate Kate are experts at what they do, but besides being a wonderful crew-they made us feel cared for and shared their knowledge and love of sailing, boating, and the BVI.
Thank you for an amazing week!
-Martia and Bob