Captain: Kayla Rosenstrauch
Kayla grew up along the Texas coast and spent her summers on the water aboard fishing boats and at the beach. This guided her passion for the ocean. At the age of 16 signed up for a scuba diving camp in the British Virgin Islands, where she lived on a catamaran and went diving three times a day for 6 weeks. This is when her desire to become a Captain and Divemaster started.
After obtaining her marketing degree at LSU, she first worked as a chef/hostess for Quarterdeck and then attended a sailing/captain’s school in South Africa where she did a 4-month program to obtain her RYA Yachtmaster Certification. This is when she knew she had made the right decision and followed her heart. Kayla returned to Croatia where she began working as a captain.
Kayla is a sociable and ultra-positive individual with a love for people and is extremely outgoing and enthusiastic about life!
First Mate/Chef: Chris Allwright
Chris started off his love of cooking at a young age with his father who always encouraged him to make his own meals, no matter the challenge it may have presented. He has a degree in geological science and worked in the advertising industry for 3 years before joining a culinary program to become a private chef. He has worked on charter yachts in Croatia and Greece and as a private chalet chef in the French Alps. In 2022, Chris also worked as a relief chef for several different restaurants in different locations throughout Dublin. This afforded him a unique insight into different kitchens offering differing cuisines and styles.
Having first crossed paths in 2021, Kayla and Chris became best friends. They had the opportunity to work together on charters in the Virgin Islands and when they both worked in Croatia. They are truly an outstanding duo and look forward to tailoring the experience to their guests’ preferences, while sharing their love for cooking, cocktails, sailing, diving and sunsets on the ocean in their favorite bays. Kayla and Chris are super excited to run charters on Felix!