DECK & SYSTEMS
KATLO Crew Profile
Captain Patrick - Master 200 ton
Since childhood living on a farm and next to a loch in South West Scotland, I have always had a love for the water and boats. I build my first boat when I was seven. It was a little rowing boat with flat bottom and flat bow; it was painted green and yellow like a John Deer tractor and could only hold a seven year old. I was horrified when my father said the first thing we had to do was fill it full of rocks and sink it to swell the planks and make it water tight. But a few weeks later I was proudly rowing my cumbersome craft. With my brother I ran amok around the farm and loch; camping, fishing, boating and dreaming of adventure. When I was older I moved to Glasgow to study. The loch, fields and hills faded in memory, replaced by concrete and cars. However I always knew I wanted to travel and work outdoors. A couple of years after I completed my degree in Zoology, a friend of the family told me about work on yachts. I was all ears, I never even knew there was such a job.
Three months later I booked a one way ticket to Antibes on the Cote d'Azur and left Scotland to start work for the rich and famous. I soon found a job on a huge motor yacht and was thrown in to whole new life of scrubbing and polishing. It had its highlights though. We went to Portofino, Genoa, Corsica, Sardinia, and Saint Tropez. At the Cannes film festival we hosted parties for the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Daniel Craig and Goldie Hawn. However while interesting, I knew motor-boating was not for me.
At the end of the season I booked a ticket to the Canaries. I headed to the marina to walk the docks and find a sailing boat crossing the Atlantic. While sitting on the dock making “Monkeys Fists” out of rope (to make myself look useful). I was approached by a Frenchman, bound for Brazil on his 48ft sloop via Senegal. He decided to take me on, and then promptly said we were leaving in 3 hours.
After an incredible 2 month adventure, meeting tribes on the Casamance River, seeing the Cape Verde islands and Fernando de Noronha, ending in Brazil for carnival - I was a sailor. I quickly found a job on a large 140ft luxury ketch. This took me from the Caribbean up to Maine, back down to the Caribbean and up again to Rhode Island. Over a year and a half, it also took me from Deckhand to Mate. The excellent Captain Jamie Lowe took me under his wing and not only taught me all the operations of the boat and substantial engineering skills, but mentored me with his wisdom for the sea, boating and chartering. I became a Master of Yachts, so the certificate pronounced.
When it was time to move on I worked a winter on large yachts in the Caribbean until I lucked out after my second Atlantic crossing back to Spain and found myself in the role of Captain of a sleek 78ft Sloop, based in Spain and the Balearic Islands.
Since then I have decided to go smaller, I came to the British Virgin Islands, bought my own little classic yacht to live on, and cruise. I've worked as a freelance captain for the last year and a half, doing charters and deliveries. This gave me experience on catamarans and an intimate knowledge of the BVI's. It is where I met the owners of Katlo. I captained for them on their week charter in 2011, when Katlo was still just a budding dream, and I've been with them for their sailing vacations ever since.
I love taking guests to their first beach just like they have seen it in the pictures, showing them seldom visited spots and my favorite places. I love showing kids how to catch fish and telling them about the pirate treasure buried on the island hundreds of years ago. I love going out for great meals and good vibes or sitting down for cocktails as the sun sets on another sunny day.
I'm now living the life I dreamed of as a child. I can't get enough of the water and water sports. I still cherish the moment when the engine is turned off, the sails fill and the boat silently gathers speed, cutting through the waves powered by the wind alone.
I was born and grew up in Andalusia with my mother's advice, “life is too short for a bad meal”. As a Spaniard eating is the center of our day, we take several hours out at the lunch table to eat and share good conversation before a siesta. Well, it's too hot to do anything else isn't it? My love of food turned in to a love of cooking from a early age, in Spain it is easy to learn as everyone has an opinion on how a dish should be prepared. These make for good mealtime discussions and sometimes for heated debate, but brings out a passion which becomes evident in the quality and variety of dishes. Because of this variety and strong opinion, Tapas are very popular, little dishes where you can try many different flavors in one sitting.
I studied translation at the university in Madrid and became fluent in English and French. After the degree I decided against a job translating media and chose to use my language skills to travel. I have traveled, lived and worked in many places; England, France, Asia, the Mediterranean, Central America and the Caribbean. Recently I have trained to become a instructor of Taoflow Yoga while in Costa Rica. This combines aspects of Yoga and Qigong along with anatomy, physiology diet and nutrition. So not only will I make sure your meals are tasty, but also nutritious. If you like you can also learn and practice some Yoga with me on the boat or even better, on the beach in the morning.
With my love of cooking I have picked up recipes, styles and tips from around the world. I find cooking an endless creative process, my travels have helped to inspire this creativity to new heights. I use good quality local fresh ingredients, believing they make for a much tastier meal and help you to be healthy and live longer. I enjoy cooking by colors too, foods of different colors have different properties and vitamins. A colorful plate is also more beautiful and fun.
I will provide a varied menu, tailor made to your requirements and preferences. The food will have touches of specialties from around the world; Mediterranean cuisine (Spanish tapas and sangria; Italian pastas, risottos and desserts), Asian specialties (Thai curries, stir fries, satays), tasty gourmet vegetarian meals and of course Caribbean cuisine (fish dishes, jerk chicken and roti).
Finally, I believe that the main ingredient is to make meals with heart, when you cook with love, dishes taste much better.
|LENGTH||45ft (13.7m)||BEAM||26ft (7.9m)||DRAFT||4ft 3in (1.3m)|
|GUESTS||6||CREW||Captain Patrick Brink & Chef Carmen Sanz||REFIT|
|SPEED||8kts / 10kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||United States|
|ENGINES||2 x Yanmar 53 hp|
KATLO can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. One cabin can convert from a queen bed to two single beds. KATLO is fully air conditioned through out with seperate climate control in each cabin.. Crew has a separate heads and shower. All showers are seperate so heads remain dry.
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