Katrina
Crew profile

Captain: Sean Quarles (USA)
Chef/Hostess: Kestrel Vezie (USA)

Captain: Sean Quarles
Sean was born and raised in the Music City and in keeping with his hometown history, he is a self-taught guitar player. You are sure to find a 6 string on board and may hear him strumming quietly from the Captain’s chair. Sean grew up on the water spending much of his time fishing with his grandfather and uncle on the Tennessee waters.

His passion for being on the water led him to work on boats full time and in addition to his SCUBA Instructor status he also holds his 100 ton license. You can rest assured that Captain Sean has your safety first. He graduated with a degree in Police Science and is committed to the safety and well-being of all guests aboard Katrina.

 

 

 

 

Chef/Hostess: Kestrel Vezie
Kestrel was born in San Diego but was raised in the backwoods of Central Oregon with her two older brothers. She grew up with a passion for animals, domestic and exotic and was riding horses before she could walk. Kestrel’s grandfather started a summer camp called Gold Arrow Camp up in the Sierra national forest outside of Fresno, California. Gold Arrow Camp was an everything camp, from sailing and all kinds of water sports to riflery and archery, arts and crafts, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Kestrel attended Oregon State University where she obtained her Bachelors degree in zoology and completed minors in cultural anthropology and art history. Once graduated she acquired a job as a wildlife specialist at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon and was specializing in exotic animal training and educational programs. She then received a job as an animal trainer at Seaworld in San Diego where she worked as a trainer for over 12 years.

In between working at Seaworld, Kestrel was also an exotic animal vet tech and lead zoo keeper in Nebraska and San Diego. Kestrel was also sought out to head up a wildlife conservation facility and anti poaching unit in Namibia Africa. During her time at Seaworld she purchased a small sailboat that she lived on with her two pirate pugs, Tortuga and Savvy. Over the years, Kestrel’s love of the ocean, boats of all kinds, pirates and the mythical creature known as mermaids grew until she decided to take a chance and visit the USVI to see about obtaining a position working on vessels in the warm Caribbean waters. After visiting the USVI recently in November 2020, she fell in love and knew she had found her home. Kestrel came back to the USVI in January to work a charter on a 72ft sailboat for two weeks and then officially moved to the USVI in February.

Kestrel became a chef at Lovango Rum bar on St John and fell in love with cooking and sharing her wonderful dishes with all of her guests and is excited to share them with you and all of her other animal experiences and her passion for these soul healing waters.