Libra
Crew profile

Captain: Andrew Le Roux (South Africa)
Chef: Renata Himiona (New Zealand)

Andrew and Renata are excited to be aboard Libra, and exploring the Virgin Islands, following their last charter season in The Bahamas, where together they delivered exceptional guest experiences. Andrew’s playful and positive nature, combined with his passion for all things boating, watersports and even a splash of cocktail making, perfectly compliment Renata’s hosting skills, attention to detail and passion for all things food. They are both about as environmentally conscious as it gets, and enjoy looking for new ways to deliver charters as sustainably as possible.

Captain: Andrew Le Roux
From Johannesburg, South Africa, Andrew isn’t your normal city suburbanite. Andrew is sporty and adventurous, hence the reason he came across sailing. He has been sailing since 2012, where he first sailed across the Indian Ocean. From the beginning Andrew was hooked, deciding he would become a Captain one day.

Andrew completed his Yachtmasters in the icy cold, stormy waters of Cape Town while at the same time studying a postgraduate degree in business. Thereafter, he furthered his experience as a first mate for a year in Malaysia and Indonesia. Not long after, Andrew captained his first yacht in Thailand, after which he also chartered an array of sailing yachts in Croatia.

Andrew, a water sports enthusiast, is an experienced diver, spear-fisher, wake-boarder and surfer. Besides being an active soul, Andrew is a jack of all trades and you’ll find his down-to-earth nature magnetic – join him for a Captain’s Cocktail under a beautiful Caribbean sunset while Renata cooks up some local delicacies.

Chef: Renata Himiona
Renata, born and raised in coastal northern New Zealand, has always been close to nature and the water. Seeing her mother’s passion for food and garden-to-table cooking from a young age, she experienced the joy that surrounds a beautifully prepared family meal.

Moving to Europe in her mid-twenties, Renata spent time living in London and Amsterdam, relishing the chance to travel, taste and cook during holidays from her corporate job. It was in Europe that she fell in love with sailing, and decided to take the leap to combine her passions of cooking and being on the water. She completed her Day Skipper certification, and after formalizing her culinary skills, began hosting charters in Croatia and Greece. Following a busy summer in the Mediterranean, she realized her dream of crossing the Atlantic Ocean by sail, managing the provisioning and cooking for the nine people onboard.

Renata’s favorite dishes include a mix of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Asian, all influenced by the classic New Zealand cuisine she grew up with. In saying that, she is always excited to discover new flavors, spices and cooking styles, and loves to try new things. She enjoys exploring local food markets to find new and exotic ingredients, and looks forward to sharing these discoveries with you in the Virgin Islands.

Andrew and Renata can’t wait to welcome you aboard Libra to experience the beautiful Virgin Islands, and to create memories of a lifetime!

Captain Andrew and Chef Renata are both fully vaccinated