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.
Charter guests, Summer 2017 - New England
"Jenny and I really loved our time on La Forza as it was everything we expected and more. The boat was a true sailboat, and allowed us to really get out and sail in nice wind, and feel the spray as we crashed through the waves. It was exciting! Leah and Nick had immense pride in the boat and took great care of it: Everything was spotless and in good repair. The whole crew was terrific. Nick, Leah and Star did a great job, and were very professional and made every effort to give us the experience that we were seeking. The food was tremendous. Almost too good! Leah kept bringing us treat after treat, and the variety and taste of the food was wonderful. She presented it beautifully, and it was like being at a high-end restaurant all day long. The food was also healthy and wholesome, with delicious salads and vegetables, as well as scrumptious desserts after each meal. I must say, I think we both gained a few pounds!
Nick is an able and skilled captain, who literally knows every square inch of the boat. He has personally maintained the boat, and every piece of equipment on it, and it shows in the pride he has for the boat and his job as the captain. We enjoyed talking with Nick and learning of his many travels and experiences on the boat. The whole crew did a fantastic job balancing our privacy with their hospitality: not an easy feat to do this in such confined quarters. Every mealtime was private, but yet we never had that uncomfortable feeling that they were trying to avoid us. It was really so easy and comfortable to be around them. Actually, they felt like friends as we left, and we were sad to say goodbye. We hope to stay in contact with them. We would be eager to recommend this crew and boat to anyone, and we welcome your further questions."
Monty and Jenny Moran
From Charter Guest February 2017
"We had a great time. Captain Nick and crew were wonderful, professional and fun. The food and drinks 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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