He jumped head first into sailing, taking American Sailing Association courses, walking the docks for crew work, completing safety certifications, and before he knew it he was working day sailing charters in the Virgin Islands. Margaret also hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and has sailboat chartering in her blood from her Dad, who captained classic windjammers in Maine. She began traveling internationally early on and developed a love for traditional recipes and an appreciation for the way a good meal can bring families and friends together.
An ambitious explorer as well, Margaret attended the National Outdoor Leadership school before earning her bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is a certified yoga teacher and recently returned to where she received her training in India, joining a month long motorcycle expedition over the highest drivable passes in the Himalayas. Shortly there after their dream of sailing the islands took off and they moved to Saint John where they worked day sailing charters and eco kayak tours. After that season they bought their sailboat and began cruising full time, meshing into a dynamic team afloat.
Having guests aboard ignited their passion for sharing the good life with others and providing a truly bespoke charter. Margaret and Taylor offer a vacation experience informed by years of local knowledge and a menu of their favorite island recipes personally gathered from the Bahamas to Grenada. Together they bring personalized service and engagement, with true authenticity and passion for sharing the island experience with others.
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Local Mahi Tacos: Tequila lime mahi mahi on roasted corn tortillas topped with cabbage, avocado, mango salsa, drizzled with a lime cilantro aioli.
Shrimp on Cauliflower Fried Rice Bowl: This paleo-friendly, 5-ingredient meal is loaded with fresh vegetables, tender shrimp, and signature Asian flavors. Salmon Arugula Salad: Zesty, grilled salmon atop a bed of spicy arugula, local heirloom cherry tomatoes, shaved asiago, pine nuts, dressed with a tangy lemon pepper vinaigrette.
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Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad: Watermelon spheres tossed with creamy crumbled goat cheese topped with fresh mint. From the moment we boarded, we felt welcome and the vibe was completely different from other charters we have been on.
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The yacht was spotless and welcome cocktails and snacks were awaiting. The vessel was very comfortable, clean and obviously well maintained. The master cabin was huge! More than enough room with lots of storage. A water maker onboard is a big plus. There was plenty of ice for cold drinks and both crew were great bartenders! Captain Taylor and Chef Margaret were both very professional. Taylor was cautious when necessary and showed great seamanship.
He gave me pointers on honing sailing techniques and mooring procedures. While diving, he was a great dive master, always being cautious and took us to new dive sites we never heard of before! Both went out of their way to accommodate us, with Margaret even taking us ashore on special tours of places we had not seen on other trips. Overall, our experience was excellent, starting with timely correspondence with Sailing Directions, the yacht and crew. Taylor even arranged a driver to be waiting for us at the airport! When we return, we will look for the crew of the White House for our next adventure.
Sailing Directions is a well run company and I have already recommended them to a couple friends who are interested in chartering in the future. Once again thank you for the attentive way you handled our trip. You made it very easy! We will be back! Our week was spectacular! Taylor and Margaret were terrific and it felt like we were hanging out with family. They are personable, attentive and knowledgeable. The White House is immaculate. Taylor is crazy organized and always picking up behind us and keeping things organized. I had the master suite and felt guilty with the amount of space I had.
The other 2 cabins were great and the kids loved them. She is a very healthy cook and we enjoyed that. She never let us go hungry or thirsty. Everyone would love to sail again with Taylor and Margaret. My kids hit it off great with them and they spent a couple of late nights playing games and talking. I would recommend sailing with them to everyone.
We could not have been more pleased. Hope we can do it again soon! I can say it was the best vacation ever. Taylor and Margaret were awesome. Wise beyond their years. Would give them a 10 on everything professional and mature. I would also give them a 10 on food which was wonderful!
Thanks best v ca ever. Jill and Ryan were unreal. Best vacation experience we have ever had - largely due to their considerate demeanor coupled with their incredible knowledge of boating and the local geography. They were like an aunt and uncle to our boys - they loved spending time with them. I was amazed at the food Jill was able to produce given the limited galley she had to work with. We looked forward to eating every meal. The itinerary was perfect - we were constantly on the go. We loved the choice spots we had to anchor to in the evenings.
I thought you did an excellent job from start to finish. Thank you! We will be sure to recommend you to anyone who asks us about our trip. Ryan and Jill were outstanding hosts - they made our first extended boating experience exciting and a true pleasure.
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Not an easy task given that we had 3 boys ages 6, 10 and Ryan and Jill were awesome. In the 2 weeks leading up to our arrival Jill was in regular contact with our whole gang on little details from food, drinks and activities. Water Skiing.
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Wake Boarding. Sailing participation. Kayak on board. Measure happiness in grains of sand. A couple of things you can always count on? Endless skies, inviting water and an absolute sense of relaxation. This is one of our favorite services available. Genuine hospitality and contagious enthusiasm for the islands are what Margaret and Taylor are all about. Taylor grew up in Central Virginia, splitting summers between living on the lake driving ski boats and traveling in the family RV to every state with a road to it.
After earning a business degree from Appalachian State University with honors, Taylor started pursuing his passion for living. Playing in a touring rock band transitioned to trekking in South America, which led to bartending in Breckenridge, Colorado. After a few years of the ski bum life, the dream of setting off for points unknown in a sailboat started to form.
He jumped head first into sailing, taking American Sailing Association courses, walking the docks for crew work, completing safety certifications, and before he knew it he was working day sailing charters in the Virgin Islands. Margaret also hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and has sailboat chartering in her blood from her Dad, who captained classic windjammers in Maine.
She began traveling internationally early on and developed a love for traditional recipes and an appreciation for the way a good meal can bring families and friends together. An ambitious explorer as well, Margaret attended the National Outdoor Leadership school before earning her bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.