If you ask Barbara or Wayne Elsworth what their earliest memory is, it would certainly involve boating. They both grew up on the shores of the Hudson River, only 150 miles apart. Coincidentally, their families summered at the same Adirondack lake, just on opposite shores! It seemed inevitable that one day they would meet, ironic that it would be on a Caribbean island, 2,000 miles south of their native New York.
Wayne Elsworth attended Fredonia State College until 1973 when he discovered the islands while visiting his parents winter home on Great Exuma. In 1979 he became a US Coast Guard licensed captain and has operated a variety of sail and power yachts ranging from 50 to 95 feet. He has sailed from Nova Scotia to Grenada and now has settled in the Virgin Islands. While in Great Exuma, Wayne's father taught him to spearfish, Bahamian style. He is an avid hunter and can be counted on to bring home fresh fish, conch or lobster during your vacation!
Barbara Elsworth graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from the University of Vermont in 1983 with a degree in history and a great love of sailing. Pursuing a career in the accounting side of the restaurant business occupied her until a fateful vacation in 1987. She traveled to Antigua for Sailing Race Week, accepted a job delivering a sailboat to England and has never looked back. Barbara met Wayne six months later. She began working with him shortly there after and they have been together ever since. Classical French cuisine was the daily fare as Barbara grew up and she draws on that training to develop a lighter French and Italian inspired style. Naturally, she specializes in seafood, using only the freshest of ingredients which Wayne provides. If desserts make your day, watch out! Barbara has a sweet tooth and can be counted on to go overboard.
Wayne and Barbara will, from time to time, unthinkingly claim ownership of Flame. The true owner is Jacob, heir to the beloved Joshua. Jacob has quickly discovered he loves chartering. Our guests shower him with attention and he is required to do nothing more than sleep and look cute.
When they are not chartering, Wayne and Barbara restore antique speedboats: the classic mahogany Chris Crafts and Garwoods. When they stumbled across Flame, a 1956 Feadship fallen into disrepair, it was love at first sight. Well, almost! Her restoration and reconfiguration took a full three years. They did all the work themselves: Wayne taught Barbara carpentry and expanded his own engineering talents. Flame is the culmination of their many years chartering and maintaining yachts.
Barbara and Wayne have been chartering together in the Virgin Islands for twenty years and these islands are their playground. Come aboard and let them show you all their secret spots. Find out what a difference experience makes!!