Captain: Alan (Al) Owen
Al was born in South Africa. A country with an agreeable climate, warm water and therefore it should come as no surprise that at the age of 8 he was a regular at the local yacht club. That came in the form of racing in Optimist dinghies and so began his long association with boats and with water sports.
He moved to Ireland in 1997 and spent the next 8 years as an outdoor instructor. Disciplines covered included sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and paddle sports. Archery, indoor climbing, orienteering, mountain biking and swimming.
As a slight distraction he spent 13 years as a police officer where he honed his skills in the art of dealing and communicating with people and their problems before returning to the world of boating.
Al has competed at national and international level in both dinghy and keelboat racing , and represented his country in kayak surfing at World Championships.
Offshore racing in J24’s had whetted his appetite to pursue a career in a maritime setting and he enrolled on a Professional Offshore Yachtmaster course. He then worked as Flotilla Lead and bareboat Skipper for Sunsail, Dubrovnik, Croatia, before setting his sights on the Caribbean and fulfilling a lifelong dream to captain a yacht in paradise .
When at home you’ll find him hunting surf along the West coast of Ireland, either on a board, windsurfer or more recently his wing foil.