Operating in the Caribbean
Steve was born in the countryside of Essex, England, the youngest of three sisters and a brother. His earliest memories were family boating adventures that nurtured two passions; his love of sailing and of humankind. “My father was a yachtsman, and I remember sailing from the time I was two years old. Ever since then, the sea has been in my blood. I have taken every opportunity to go to sea in any boat! The ocean is always fascinating, by day and by night!”
While Steve’s father worked in Zambia, Africa, during his school years, Steve was educated in England. He attended boarding schools and finishing school. He excelled at sports; rugger, squash, high jump, javelin, and continued playing competitive league cricket until 2005, achieving excellent results every year. Many school vacations were spent in Zambia, and later Steve worked there as an assistant farm manager. In 1980, Steve launched his professional career as an officer in the Metropolitan Police Force of London. He was distinguished in police service until his retirement in 2011. After 30 years of helping humankind, he was free to pursue his other great passion, life on the sea.
In addition to accolades as an officer and a lifetime of sailing experience, Steve has a lengthy list of marine certifications. Guests aboard Silent Wings are in extremely capable hands. Steve is also a superb host. He and his amazing wife, Sally, have been sharing their beloved Caribbean with discriminating charter guests for nearly a decade. Steve says, “Our philosophy is to host a high-quality bespoke charter service with discreet attentiveness, and interactive where appropriate.” Guests say, “Words can’t begin to describe how much we enjoyed our days sailing with you! It truly was beyond our wildest dreams and expectations.”
Sally was born in Kiombi, Tanzania, and lived in Africa, the U.K. and Portugal as a child. Her father worked for the British Foreign Office of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in East Africa, advising on local needs. Sally says, “My first experience with boats was in dugout canoes, where hippos are the main risk in the water!” They returned to the U.K. when she turned six, but the connection to water played an important family role forever after.
Sally was educated in England. After achieving an Honors Degree in Economics from Kent At Canterbury University, she accepted a corporate position in London. Three years later, Sally and Steve’s daughter Charlotte was born, with a potentially fatal allergy to nuts. In an effort to remain with her, Sally completed a post-graduate Montessori Teaching qualification and opened her first of four Children’s Nursery/Preschools. Today, Sally’s charter guests benefit from her many years of research and dedication to well-being and special needs. Her expertise in diet and nutrition, and training in Reiki, massage, aromatherapy massage and yoga, allows her to offer guests a vacation of exquisite meals and blissful relaxation.
In addition to Sally’s coursework in nutrition, provisioning and cookery, she is an expert mariner. She has completed courses for RYA Day Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper, Sea Survival and First Aid. She happily teaches guests to trim the sails or stand upright on a paddleboard. However, her greatest passion is sourcing (straight from the farm) and preparing fresh, organic meals. She says, “I bake all our bread and make all our jams and preserves. I bake banana bread, coconut cake and so on!” With all that fabulous food, it’s a good thing that for most guests, swimming a few pre-breakfast laps around SILENT WINGS in the balmy Caribbean Sea is also absolutely delicious!
April 2017 - Beyond our Wildest Dreams!!
Steve & Sally,
Words can’t begin to describe how much we enjoyed our 10 days sailing with you! It truly was beyond our wildest dreams and expectations. You are both truly special people and we will not only miss the “carrib”, but also your company and a friendship we will always keep with us!! We say goodbye for now, but know we will be back!!
Thank you very much!
April 2017 - My 50th Birthday experience!
Steve & Sally, our newest dearest friends!
Words cannot express our gratitude (which is as deep as that big blue sea) for how special of a trip you have created for my 50th birthday “experience”. Please do come to beautiful Bavaria. XOXO
Martin & Stacey
March 2017 - Wonderful!
For me, another wonderful time in the Caribbean; the islands are just as wonderful as I remember 28 years ago. Fortunately little has changed. Long may it remain so! Sorry, one thing has changed. The wind!! I loved the sailing and Tim put up with it for me. Both Steve and Sally love sailing and one cannot but feel safe with them. Wonderful professional sailors; totally safe with them whatever the wind. Steve and Sally couldn’t do enough for us. They were wonderful hosts. Thank you. Another ‘thank-you’ to Steve; I had what I call a ‘sheep dog’ rounding me up and checking on me in the water. It was very reassuring for Tim. Tim and Jean
February 2017 - First Class!
Experience of a lifetime. All kinds of weather. 5* cooking. First class sailing and hospitality.
Peter and Birgitte
February 2017 - Fantastic!
What a fantastic way to explore the Grenadines – aboard a luxury 54 foot yacht. You are the most generous of hosts and very skillfully guided us around the most beautiful islands – from Grenada to Bequia. We were always in safe hands and were spoiled with wonderful food, potent rum punches and their wonderful company! Thank you so much!
Chris and Sarah
January 2017 - A Wonderful Adventure!
Steve and Sally, what a wonderful adventure with you and Sally and John Parrot. I don’t think that I have ever relaxed so completely. The boat was magnificent! The sailing, the food and the company were exquisite! Thank you for all your hard work – we are so grateful! Sending blessings and love, Mary
Mary and Chip
January 2017 - Outstanding!
Outstanding voyage. Your hospitality put us ‘Southerners’ to shame. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.
John and Sally
January 2017 - Fabulous Honeymoon!
There are not enough superlatives to describe ‘Silent Wings’ and Sally and Steve’s kindness, professionalism and charm. We were lucky enough to be aboard last year (28.12.16) and got engaged. We came back for our honeymoon. Sailing, watching the world go by at 7 knots, and actually gybing (!!) twice, is just fabulous. Superlatives are simply not enough – thank you so much.
Andrew and Sarah
December 2016 - Wonderful!
Thank you for having us. You made this holiday wonderful; loved the meals and my parents loved the drinks.
Coco, Leo, Oscar, Sara and Sean
December 2016 - Fabulous!
Dear Skipper Steve and Mrs Skipper Sally, Can’t thank you enough for your wonderful guidance and hospitality. We had a fabulous five days as a family – thanks to you both for organizing our days, for our utmost comfort and enjoyment. Our true introduction to sailing was quite an adventure – we enjoyed every bit of it (even the rolly bits!) and Antoine chirped up in between his seasickness (smiley face). The boat is true luxury, the homemade food truly delicious and the sailing truly ‘awesome’. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – a bientot.
The V. Family
July 2016 - Excellent Adventure!
204 miles, 5 countries and 9 days of sailing bliss!
Dearest Sally and Steve, thank you for making our dream happen. You so graciously accepted our charter, and then took our vision of this holiday to new heights! It was such a wonderful balance of adventure sailing and restful enjoyment of 5 different countries; then all taken to a level of luxury and excellence that is unsurpassed!
Somehow, you met our dietary restrictions and stilled whipped up spectacular meals and cocktails! I would like to say that the “clean eating” was the highlight of the trip – but then there was the yoga on deck, the deck cushions and the sunbathing, the snorkeling, and of course, the sporty sailing and repeated ‘gulley washes’! You two have been the perfect balance of kind, hospitable, professional, competent and fun. We will forever treasure this trip and are hoping to meet up again soon to sail yet more parts of this lovely with y,all.
Alan and Allison
June 2016 - Memories to last a Lifetime!
Thanks to our amazing Captain Steve and First Mate Sally for a sailing adventure from Grenada all the way north to the BVI. What an exciting opportunity for Paul to sail on his dream boat with all the trimmings! I thoroughly enjoyed the luxury and delicious food whipped up so easily by Sally– scrumptious feasts! The memories of the blue coves discovered by Silent Wings with cold bubbly and great snorkeling, are memories to last a lifetime!
Karin and Paul
March 2016 - Our Honeymoon!
Many thanks, Sally, Steve. Our honeymoon was absolutely spectacular.Our time on Silent Wings was just perfect. Both of you provided an exceptional experience and we appreciate your dedication to excellence…..we will share our experiences with everyone back home. Thank you!
Chris and Darcy
February 2016 - Over the Top!
Karl & I enjoyed a wonderful time on the Silent Wings yacht, especially the extraordinary hospitality and kindness that they showed to us. Our every need was accommodated (except in the failing winds – very unusual for January, we are told).
The ‘over-the-top’ service included a ‘Rube Goldberg’ engineering invention developed and implemented especially for our comfort by Steve and Sally! Karl, whose background is in marine engineering was very impressed by the extraordinary maintenance of the boat and all of the safety precautions in place! Kudos to Sally for her excellent cuisine and organic cosmetic products and to the incredible elf who always made up and maintained our cabin the second we left it! Amazing!
Patricia and Karl
New Years Eve 2016
Thank you for making our first sailing holiday together such a wonderful experience; the bays and the beauty are beyond description; and being proposed to on Petit Rameau on New Year’s Eve was the icing on the cake! Looking forward to our next trip with you already!
Sarah and Andrew
6-10 April 2015
|List of amazing thing: Sally’s coconut cake, Sally's coconut sauce, Sally's bread, Steve's rum collection!!!! Thank you!!!|
|26 March - 2 April 2015|
|Sally and Steve made our time on board truly enjoyable. Their positive and laid back attitude makes Silent Wings a tranquil environment, creating a great Caribbean experience!|
|3-7 March 2015 Grenadines|
|So good to come back and experience new bays and islands on the Silent Wings. Hospitality refined to a beautiful art and that’s what our trip was. Delicious and fresh meals. Excellent conversation and company. Nothing compares to the Caribbean and Silent Wings. Thank you again|
Clayton and Maggie
|Honeymoon 12-22 January 2015 in Grenadines|
|Guestbook on Silent Wings:|
Wow! Amazing! Great hosts, great food, great islands. Holiday of a lifetime! Steve and Sally make you feel welcome from the time you join the boat to the minute you leave. Along the way they take you to the most amazing places on earth!! Already saving the pennies for next year!
Thank you Sally and Steve for the most amazing honeymoon. It has been an unbelievable experience. We couldn’t have been looked after better, great hosts and great company. Fabulous islands to visit. You couldn’t have made our experience any better. Thanks again. Hope to see you very soon.
Feedback to broker:
|31st January - 7 Feb Grenadines|
|Dear Sally and Steve|
It is hard to believe we are disembarking after eight glorious days on Silent Wings. We have always wanted to explore the Grenadines and the Grenada Islands.
Silent Wings sailed beautifully through any condition. Thank you for letting Bill share the helm and lines, a true joy for him. You were most gracious hosts. The yacht is in perfect condition, our stateroom even more luxurious. The Islands so charming and varied, beautiful, unspoiled.
Wonderful meals were a delight. Fresh, local ingredients were such a treat. Tuna caught from the boat could not have been better. In June, when we celebrate #40 we will think of our champagne we shared with you on the Tobago Cays with grilled lobster, tuna and veggie.
A sincere thank you for all you have done to make our trip so delightful and memorable. Hugs to you both." J & B
Note from Broker:
Bill said they had a wonderful time with you both.
|Fabulous hosts, amazing yacht, delightful food, living the dream!'|
Ian and W Mc-M.
|Silent Wings offers an extraordinary experience of luxury and adventure. Our days aboard with Steve and Sally were spent laughing and feasting. Exploring the Islands was such a pleasure with guides that opened doors to places unavailable to us previously....'luxury cruising'....'unparalleled service'...thank you!'|
Clayton & Maggie C.
|We have had the most amazing experience ever! Steve and Sally are amazing hosts, they work so hard to ensure that your every need is attended to. The sailing is exciting and their knowledge and experience means you feel you are in the best hands.|
The cooking is wonderful, varied and healthy, and sometimes I think you can even catch you own fish, although we were not so lucky this time!
Plus the islands are beautiful, the water so clear. We loved swimming with the turtles and over the amazing reefs with so many colourful fish. I had never snorkeled before so learning to do that made the whole underwater experience even more amazing.
The vacation has been an amazing 10th wedding anniversary, 50th and 40th birthdays.
Thank you Steve and Sally we will definitely be recommending you to all our friends and anyone interested in visiting the Caribbean and travelling in luxury. Lunch on the beach in Bequia was wonderful!
Jerry and Lucy
|10 days in the Grenadines including Mustique 2014|
|'I'm struggling to find the words to say how much we truly enjoyed ourselves. It was so so special, 10 days of heaven. Quite simply THE BEST HOLIDAY we have EVER experienced! You both work so hard to make ours and everyone else's time with you a magical experience. Your boat is exceptional, immaculate and luxurious and may I add...THE CLASSIEST BOAT in the Caribbean. We felt honoured to be aboard such a beauty. Steve is an amazing skipper and Sally a fabulous chef - making us the most gorgeous meals - healthy and tasty - Sally 'Dragon's Den' for you and your wonderful preserves! To summarise....10 days SPENT IN HEAVEN. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! All our love and see you next year!'|
Lucy & Rob
|THANK YOU! The holiday of a lifetime with many exceptional and unforgettable experiences. A luxury yacht run by two passionate and dedicated people whose only aim is to offer you the trip of a lifetime.....we don't want to go home!'|
Steve, Julie and Georgia A.
|Sailing in Grenadines|
|Most tranquil relaxing few days I have spent in a long time. Came away feeling rejuvenated and refreshed...can't wait to come again'|
|Short Charter in Grenadines 2014|
|Silent Wings' is without doubt the best looking yacht in the a grenadines! We've had an amazing couple of days at sea and could not be happier with our 'sailing-the-Grenadines' experience!! The yacht is absolutely immaculate and Sally and Steve are amazing, very professional and Sooo lovely! We can't wait to board again!'|
Carl & Ulla H.
|Sailing and Kite Surfing in January 2014|
|What a fantastic, luxurious yacht! Fabulous hospitality, great sailing and you even provided glorious weather'|
Mike & Ruth W.
|Awesome yacht....particularly the James Bond Master Cabin!'|
Helen & Charles