Meet the Seaward Crew in Mexico for Winter 2019!

Captain Martin Monteith

Hello everybody. I am thrilled to be Seawards captain for Call of the Sea’s 2019 winter season. I am currently driving to Sausalito from East Hampton, New York, where I captain a private sailing yacht between the spring and fall seasons. I learned to sail when I was young, and honed my boat-handling skills racing dinghies. After I graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management I joined the Roseway Schooner in St. Croix, USVI. During that time I earned the Sea time necessary to obtain my captains license, and was promoted from deckhand to 1st mate. After the Roseway I served as 1st mate aboard a Farr 72 high performance sailing yacht. During my 3 year tenure I logged over 6,000 offshore nautical miles, and over 12 months of intensive yard maintenance. In 2014 I purchased a 1964 Lecomte Medalist and established a successful charter business in East Hampton. I for the last 3 years have enjoyed living on board my own boat and carrying out endless maintenance and upgrade projects. I am blessed with this career, as I know my whole life has prepared me for what I’m doing. When I’m not sailing I enjoy an active lifestyle. Surfing and yoga are passions of mine. I also enjoy live music and meeting new people. If you’re reading this I hope to meet you!

Mate Sam Juber

I grew up in southeastern Connecticut and spent several summers volunteering with the community sailing program at the Mystic Seaport Museum where several historic tall ships are located. I’ve always loved sailing and being in and on the water but I didn’t get into tall ships professionally until a couple years after college. I graduated from Houghton College in New York state with a degree in Environmental Biology and held several jobs in outdoor recreation/tourism and experiential education before finding a position as a deckhand/educator on the schooner A.J. Meerwald out of Bivalve, New Jersey. Since then I’ve continued to pursue my passion for sailing and gain experience as a deckhand/educator on the brigantines at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute, as second mate on the sloop Geronimo for their winter season with high schoolers in the Bahamas, and as deckhand/educator on Seaward during this past season on the San Francisco Bay. I’m so excited to be continuing on as Mate for this winter in Mexico! When I’m not sailing, I enjoy doing almost anything outdoors but I’m especially passionate about surfing and horseback riding. I also enjoy playing guitar from time-to-time, traveling, and speaking French. I’m looking forward to finding some sweet surf spots and exploring beautiful Baja!

Chef Brandon Simpson

I am originally from Portland, Maine, where my culinary career began. While working at various fine dining restaurants, I paid my way through college at the University of Southern Maine. After getting my undergrad in psychology I decided to continue on cooking, honing my skills and traveling around the world. I found myself in many restaurants and boats alike, most which being along the East coast. Through my travels, I’ve gained much food knowledge and cultural influences, shaping into the chef I am today. In moving to Utah the last few years, I shifted my focus from restaurants to the private chef world, working more intimately with individual diets, food restrictions and lifestyles. In working exclusively with families in Utah, being a private chef has lead me to an even better understanding of food and has brought me many opportunities. I’ve now found myself back on tall ships, cooking this past Fall from Boston to the Caribbean. Being here now on the West coast for the first time sailing, I’m excited to be here and looking forward to voyaging on Seaward.

Naturalist Sophia Tigges

Hello! My name is Sophia, and I am so excited to be the naturalist on Seaward for this season in Mexico. I got into tall ships as a student through voyaging from New Zealand to Tahiti on the Robert C. Seamans. After earning a degree in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I began working as a winter trainee on the sloop Clearwater on the gorgeous Hudson River. I then worked as a deckhand and educator on Seaward during the last season in San Francisco Bay, and I can’t wait to head south on such a lovely schooner this winter! I am stoked to see whales, blue-footed boobies, and olive ridley sea turtles. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, drinking tea, reading, playing ukulele (not very well), exploring the outdoors, and searching for cats to pet.