Jason – C A P T A I N
Jennifer – C H E F
Jason was born just outside of Richmond, Virginia in Hanover County. Growing up, he loved being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, but always felt particularly drawn to the sea. The experience that solidified his love of sailing and for sharing memories together on the water began in Punta Gorda, Florida where at 19, he spent a week on a 32’ Hunter Sailboat learning to sail and completing his ASA 101-104 certifications. It was at this point he knew that he had a true passion for the sea and went on to join the U.S. Navy, enrolling in the “Quartermaster A-School”, an intense navigation curriculum. During his time in the Navy, he worked aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower as an assistant to the navigator, sailing overseas and exploring both the Persian Gulf and Europe. Throughout this time, his love for the sea, sense for adventure and desire to travel only grew.
After Jason’s time in the Navy, he returned to his home-state of Virginia and started Captain Collier’s Seafood with his family where he was able to bring a little of the ocean he loved so much to his customers. Additionally, he started working as a Realtor. Throughout this time, he raised a son, now 26, worked the day to day, seeking adventure wherever he could, but always found his way back to the ocean.
In 2020, itching to get back on the water since Covid, weekend fishing trips on the river proving never enough, Jason joined SailTime in Norfolk, VA, a fractional boat ownership program which allowed him unlimited access to a 2018 Beneteau 35.1 called the Blue Angel. And by the Fall of 2021, Jason had signed up as crew to sail the NARC on a 65’ Nautor Swan and made the 2000nm journey from Newport, RI to St Maarten. After spending some time in the Caribbean and falling in love with its crystal blue waters, Jason decided he was ready for a life change and flew back to VA to wrap up that chapter of his life. August 18, 2023.
By March of 2022, finally ready to fully pursue his passion, Jason made the move to the U.S. Virgin Islands to take the helm as captain of his own destiny and share his love of the sea and sailing with others. He worked the first several months as a day captain, before an opportunity to explore the role of term charter captain arose. By October 2022, he had landed a seasonal contract aboard Ithaka, a 2022 Bali 5.4 where he could utilize both his existing skill set and outgoing personality he found he could really shine.
The USVI offers him the opportunity to enjoy the Caribbean’s tropical blue waters and sunshine everyday while snorkeling with sea turtles and exploring the best coral reefs and dive sites. His goal as your Captain is to keep you safe, keep the boat safe, well-maintained and sea worthy, and to share with guests the wonders of the ocean and all the secret gems that make this place that has captured his heart and soul, so special.
Jason holds a USCG 50-ton Masters Captain’s license with sailing endorsement which is being upgraded to 100-ton Fall of 2023, STCW with security awareness,. He is CPR certified, ASA 101-104 certified and has clocked over 5000 hours of sea time. He promises the safety of all guests on board is top priority as is showing everyone an amazing time on the water!