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Welcome From The Crew

Monique Mills
Founder, Making Waves Sailing, Captain, Explorer
RYA Yachtmaster, PADI Diver 300+ dives
Ambassador, The 5 Gyres Institute

Dream the impossible dream and then live it!

Monique Mills is the Founder of Making Waves Sailing, a private charter company providing responsible, sustainable adventures focusing on science based, ocean conservation initiatives. Her passion is adventuring the on and under the seas. Her mission is to use sailing to connect her guests to the ocean to inspire a greater understanding and appreciation of the ocean ecosystem. She captains her 46ft yacht through the Windward Islands of the southern Caribbean Sea, island hopping her guests between Grenada and Martinique. Monique has recently expanded her fleet to include your choice of either 46’ or 48’ monohull or 40’ or 48’ft catamaran.

As the founder of Making Waves Sailing and an ambassador to the 5 Gyres Institute, Monique’s commitment to conservation is inspiring. She is always keen to share her enthusiasm by guiding her guests above and below the waves, and along the way, collecting data for science. “People protect what they love, and it’s my hope that by offering others an opportunity to fall in love with our oceans, they will join me in my quest.”

I look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Monique

Bronwen McKiever
Captain, Sailmaker and MacGyver

Bronwen’s life philosophy is “I’d rather be lost at sea, than bored at home!” Her epic adventures began at 21 years of age when her parents gifted her a trip. She promptly left South Africa with a backpack and hasn’t made it back home yet! Her father says he would never have given her the ticket if he’d known that. (We believe she was destine for this life regardless of the ticket!) With Bronwen onboard you are sure of a few things – laughter, the brightest good morning sunshine smile and infinite zest for life.

Bronwen is an avid racer, cruiser and entrepreneur who turned her passion for sailing into a living as a sailmaker! She spent her days, meeting sailors from all over the world and swapping stories; and then sending them on their way with repaired or replaced sails or perhaps new canvas and colourful cushions.

A long time live aboard and single-hander on her beloved boat ‘Sea Swan’, she would not give up this life for all the tea in China! “HEY! Speaking of China; I still got to get there! By boat of course! Bon Voyage!”

Nicolas Winkler, B.Sc., M.A.,
Masters of Marine Management Marine Biologist, Competitive Freediver

Leading the expedition for Sail with a Scientist, is Grenadian Nicolas Winkler. Nicolas is an adventurer and explorer at heart. Trained as a marine biologist, he is a passionate ocean advocate with a background in marine conservation and social science research. Nicolas grew up in Grenada and has been diving and freediving around the island for over 20 years. As a scientist and diver he offers a unique, firsthand knowledge of this ecosystem. He is a certified PADI SCUBA and Freediver Instructor as well as a Mixed Gas CCR Rebreather diver with extensive experience diving in the challenging current swept islands off Grenada’s north coast.

Grady Galvin
Guest Skipper and Ocean Citizen PADI Advanced SCUBA diver

Grady comes to us as a land locked prairie boy from Canada who has found his life’s calling is on the sea. At home on the range or on the waves, Grady is our favourite Mr Fix It and keeps our vessels operating systems in good order.

Grady has sailed extensively on the Canadian West coast, the Sea of Cortez, and throughout the Caribbean. He is a veteran of several extended bluewater voyages including a trans Pacific crossing.

Grady delights in being in and on the sea, with a background in wildlife ecology Grady loves to explore and share in the flora and fauna of the Caribbean islands, reefs and inlets, often delighting guests with an interesting find of a unique creature.

When big smiling Grady is on board you are sure to have some hardy meals and good laughs.

Kelly Hogan, RN, BSN, RYT
Yoga Instructor and Ocean Citizen

Kelly has been witnessing the miracles of yoga for more than a decade. Rooted in her hometown of St. Louis, Kelly has built an inclusive, thriving, kindness-centered spiritual community. Kelly’s global yoga education includes studying with yoga gurus and body therapists around the world, including India and Hawaii as larger experiences. Kelly has studied at the Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India. Her formal undergraduate education is from the University of North Carolina, where she earned her degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She later received her Bachelor’s in Nursing, and attributes much of her teaching style to her nursing studies. She is a Lululemon ambassador, producer of Yoga for the Rider DVD, and founder of the ASL Giving Tree. Kelly has a passion for the preservation of the oceans and marine life, her favorite being the sea turtle. She believes our experiences with nature can fundamentally enhance our quality of life, our health, and our connection with ourselves and with those we love.

Selwyn Watson
Captain, RYA Certified and Ocean Citizen

A seasoned Captain, Selwyn is a local Grenadian who has explored every bit of the Windwards Islands – both on land and on sea. He is a true lover of nature, and a dedicated conservationist. We are delighted anytime Selwyn is on board, and learn much from his skillful sailing, extensive experience and incredible wisdom.

When the Captain speaks, we listen!

Robert Mills
Guest of Honour, Captain, Gentleman, Story Teller and Ocean Citizen

Robert is a man of the world and self-professed, strictly warm water sailor! He has travelled for work and pleasure to more than 58 countries often visiting some of the most remote regions in the world – China, Madagascar, Ecuador, Canadian Arctic … Having grown up in a remote mining town in Canada, this young man had big dreams and lives to tell his many tales!

His mind is an encyclopedia of thousands of years of history – spanning mankind and more than a few thousand years of geology! An evening with Robert is unforgettable!