Operating in the East Coast of North America and the Caribbean
Nicolas holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. He also attended 12 years of music conservatory and is a classically trained violinist. Prior to embarking on a Yachting career, Nicolas worked for 10 years as an engineer and special project manager at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Sailing since youth, Nicolas actively raced on yachts for fun and at age 29 Nicolas he obtained a US Captains License and began delivering yachts along the US East Coast to the Caribbean.
Nicolas today holds RYA Yacht Master Ocean, 200 ton, with nearly 200,000 nautical miles at the helm. Prior to taking command of LA FORZA DEL DESTINO in 2011, Nicolas ran the very busy 85' charter catamaran LONE STAR based in the Caribbean. Prior to that he worked as first mate aboard the famous Holland Jachtbouw modern classic sailing yacht CARL LINNE .
Today Nicolas is not only an excellent yacht captain but he is a superb marine engineer and maintains LA FORZA’s systems top condition. Nicolas is also a licensed airplane pilot, and motorcycle enthusiast. Very athletic he enjoys all water sports -- especially kite surfing, scuba diving and yacht racing.
Lia has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. During her travels, Lia particularly enjoys immersing herself in the cultures of the places she visits, and learning all she can about the cuisine, the local ingredients and their cooking techniques.
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Lia traveled to Europe to train under the renowned English Chef Rosie Davis in Somerset, UK. To round out her culinary training and experience, Lia has extensive hospitality and tourism experience gained working in world class hotels.
Lia started working as a freelance chef on yachts in 2006, and then joined LA FORZA DEL DESTINO in early 2012. Being from “The Islands”, Lia has a sincere & hospitable personality and a warm & welcoming smile that allows guests to feel at ease from the moment they step aboard.
From Charter Guest February 2017
"We had a great time. Captain Nick and crew were wonderful, professional and fun. The food anddrinks were unbelievable! We enjoyed sailing, snorkeling, diving and relaxing. La Forza is in great shape, as pictured. One day we went into the ocean past Bitter End and came back. It was fun watching how the boat performed."
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