Adagio
Crew profile

Captain: Kyle Mealand (UK)
Chef/First Mate: Tilly Painter Jones (UK)

Captain: Kyle Mealand
Qualifications:
-RYA Yachtmaster Offshore motor & sail with 10,000 NM at sea
-PADI Dive Master
-VHF License
-STCW Basic Safety Training

Kyle grew up on the wild west coast of Scotland, in a tiny wee village by the sea. He learnt to sail in a loch close to his home and became a watersports enthusiast. After studying outdoor leadership at college he qualified as a mountain bike, kayak and sailing instructor. Kyle moved to the south of France to teach sailing at an outdoor activity centre and he now loves getting everyone behind the helm and helping with sails when he charters. Working on commercial salmon farms developed his experience handling vessels and made him the level headed and safety-oriented captain he is today.

Chef: Matilda “Tilly” Painter Jones
Qualifications:
-Ashburton Culinary Academy Yacht Chef Certificate
-PADI Divemaster
-VHF License
-STCW Basic Safety Training
-Food Safety & Hygiene level
-2 RYA Day Skipper

Tilly was born in a landlocked English town and owes her love of the ocean to her surf-mad dad. As she grew up her passion for the ocean was matched only by her love of food and different cuisines from around the world that she now enjoys sharing with guests. After studying her degree in marine biology and a brief stint in a luxury ski chalet in France, Tilly moved to Scotland to pursue her career as a biologist. Here she found a love of growing food and championing local produce which she loves to incorporate as often as possible. Although she worked on boats her first real sailing experience was crossing the Atlantic Ocean and she hasn’t looked back since.

Kyle and Tilly met on a small island off the west coast of Scotland back in 2018 while they were both farming Scottish salmon, Tilly as the on-site biologist and Kyle as the site supervisor. They quickly realized they shared the same passion for adventure and the ocean and spent two years exploring the Highlands and Islands. After an especially cold and wet winter they jumped on a boat and sailed across the Atlantic toward the sunshine.

Kyle and Tilly have been chartering together in the British Virgin Islands for over a year and love to create the perfect vacation experience for everyone that steps onboard. Whether your dream trip is anchoring in remote bays, diving breathtaking reefs, enjoying bespoke cocktails at world famous bars or anywhere in between, Kyle and Tilly have got you covered.