C A P T A I N | Kieran Bown
F I R S T M A T E | Michelle Preciado
C H E F | Elizabeth Castelan
S T E W A R D E S S | Anais Moyen
Kieran & Michelle met back in 2012 in Mexico whilst working in the dive industry as instructors and photographers. Since then they have been on an unstoppable adventure that has taken them across the Caribbean, Americas, Europe & SE Asia.
They have now been in the charter industry for 8 years and are definitely enjoying their home in the British Virgin Islands. A country full of history and secrets that has allowed them to slowly discover more and more as their adventure continues.
Both Kieran & Michelle were led to the ocean by a passion for scuba diving and adventure, it is was this passion that formed the foundation for a life destined on the ocean. Being on boats has been an integral part of their lives since they were young and it was a natural progression to move on to running sailing yachts in the Caribbean.
Michelle is your 1st Mate onboard. She’s an experienced sailor, holding her RYA Day Skipper, a PADI Dive Instructor and extremely competent Watersport’s instructor whether it’s surfing, foiling, wakeboarding or Free diving she’s got you covered. If that wasn’t enough she’s also professionally culinary trained and has worked as a yacht chef for 5 seasons.
Kieran is an accomplished diver as well as Captain. He enjoys most water sports and has a keen interest in marine life.
Following Irma & Maria in 2017, Kieran & Michelle spent 15 months living on Tortola rebuilding a hurricane damaged catamaran and returned it to the charter fleet. This was an invaluable experience for any charter crew rebuilding a yacht from the ground up and learning every aspect of the rebuild, repairs and upgrades along the way. Here they collectively developed a strong knowledge of Boat Building, Project Management and general Marine Engineering.
In addition to working on charter yachts, Kieran & Michelle’s other passion is adventure and photography. It is this combination that led to the birth of Panga Expeditions. For the past 10 years they have been travelling the world, capturing incredible footage from both above and below the surface and have been featured on countless National TV Channels/Online Media Outlets including Nat Geo, Discovery, Shark Week, GoPro & Google. Whilst enjoying brief sponsorships from GoPro, Light & Motion and other adventure sport companies to help capture incredible footage.
C H E F | Elizabeth started her culinary journey and education at Hidalgo Culinary Arts University in Mexico City. It was here where she first discovered her passion for cooking and creating dishes inspired from the variety of great ingredients and flavors available in her homeland.
Soon Elizabeth was traveling in search of more knowledge and experience with new cuisines, she settled in Monaco, France. First visiting the prestigious Lyzee Tecnique et Hotielere, a renowned school for culinary arts, where she developed her menu and skills and secured a position at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco.
It was here working surrounded by the ocean and yachts that a new interest sparked. After 3 years of working in Monaco, Elizabeth decided to complete her yacht training and make the transition to a life at sea.
Elizabeth is your chef onboard Twin Flame. She can meet your every desire no matter the preference. She particularly enjoys cooking French, Mexican, Mediterranean Style cuisines. Since doing Twin Flame Elizabeth has not let her thirst for culinary training and expansion diminish. She’s recently completed further training at Ashburton Chef Academy, UK to further her skills and make sure the cuisine on offer is nothing but the best.
When Elizabeth is not cooking you can find her at the gym, she enjoys keeping fit and taking care of herself. She enjoys hiking in nature and reading a variety of books.
Stew: Anais Moyen
Originally from Belgium, Anais grew up on the ocean loving island of Tahiti in the South Pacific. She graduated with a Masters in Economics and Business she spent most of her twenties managing several businesses’ (including hospitality and retail) while kitesurfing and scuba diving in her free time. After stepping out to spend a year cruising French Polynesia on a private sailboat with her partner, she decided to transition into the professional yachting industry full time working on a range of superyachts and catamarans.
With an attentive easy-going nature oriented toward great customer service, Anais combines her previous experience to explore the Caribbean as our rock star stewardess on Twin Flame, creating a first class environment for our guests to relax and enjoy.