London born, Raph grew up dinghy sailing from a tender age in UK waters but it wasn’t until 2012 that his career in sailing was truly launched.
He partook in the Oyster round the world rally that took him from Mallorca, Spain all the way to Thailand, via the gems of the Pacific Ocean. It was this trip that caused him to fall in love with all things Ocean and he promptly obtained his RYA Yachtmaster.
During this time, he also acquired his bachelor's degree at the University of Leeds but the pull of getting paid to do something he loved was too strong and he returned to a life on the Ocean.
To date he has completed 4 Atlantic Crossings, 1 Pacific crossing and over 50 charters, so as well as being a fun, friendly and easy-going addition to your group, know you’ll be in extremely safe and experienced hands, too.
Isabel has been chef/mate for almost five years now, in between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean sea. Growing up by the coast sailing with family and friends she became passionate about the ocean and nature.
She has a background in Geography with master degree research on sustainable agriculture working on eco lodge farms developing food products, specially cocoa and chocolate. After 10 years dedicated to that, she decided to pursue her dream of sailing. Cooking became naturally her passion on board exploring local ingredients, researching culinary uses and organic producers around the places she visits for work including many vineyards in Italy Tuscany, France, Portugal and Croatia.
Now she has more than 10000 miles on board of many private and charter boats. Always happy to provide meals made with her love and care for her guests. So far she has hosted more than 300 guests on over 50 charters and always had the blissful moment when everyone is going home full of amazing memories and missing what they had experienced on board.
With their shared love for adventure and hospitality, Raph and Isabel make a great team to ensure the best experience aboard Okeana.