Meet Captain Mike
Captain Mike is from the small, but lively town of New Paltz, NY. His first boat was a leaky row boat he found abandoned on the Walkill River when he was 12 or 13. "My dogs were my faithful crew and it was amazing how much I learned about boating from that little boat!"
"There's no better way to build a good boating foundation than to start small and work your way up. I think a lot of people skip that but I know it helped me."
"I first noticed sailing when I was 15 or 16 on a fishing trip out of Point Judith, RI. The Americas Cup was going on and the spectacle caught my attention. I was hooked for life! To me, there is no feeling more special then sailing." Captain Mike came to St. Croix on a three-masted sailing schooner named Rambler in a semester-at-sea program out of Gloucester, MA in 1984 and started working on Jolly Roger, going to Buck Island, that same year.
"I received my USCG License two years later and became the captain of Jolly Roger in 1986 and bought the boat in 1994 to create Jolly Roger Charters. I became a National Park Service Concessioner in 2009 focusing on Buck Island Trips - full and . day plus Sunset Sails.
"We specialize in private charters and smaller groups with personalized service. We pride ourselves in customer service and strive to make sure all of our guests have a special experience in a relaxed environment whether on the boat, at the beach, or snorkeling our beautful reef. If you come out to Buck enough you'll see everything. On a daily basis we see huge schools of Blue Tang, Parrotfish, Squid, Lobster, Barracuda, and spectacular coral formations."
"We have been sailing with our Danish visitors for years and we are very exited about the new charters. We also make ourselves available to cruiseship passengers through direct bookings and walkup to give them more options during their visit."
Coming in 3rd the last 2 years, Mike's training for the St. Croix Scenic 50 on Jan 22 to improve his position. This past summer he ran the Vermont 100 and finished in under 24 hours. He enjoys all water sports including triathlon and competes in the St. Croix Half Ironman each May -in 2005 he was the fastest Virgin Islander!
What would you be if you weren't a sailor? "I think probably an inventor. I'm working on an idea now for energy storage that could work with solar wind or other power sources that can run individual homes or entire neighborhoods." In the meantime, Let's Go Sailing!