Yacht Charter Skippers
Captain Cara – BVI Skipper and ASA Instructor
Hi, I’m Cara, a skipper and ASA sailing instructor for Horizon.
Originally from London, I grew up in Italy and have been coming to sail in BVI waters with Horizon Yacht Charters since I was a little girl.
I love getting people involved in sailing and fine-tuning their existing skills. I decided to become a yacht skipper and ASA sailing instructor because I want people to come away from their BVI sailing holidays having enjoyed the islands as much as I do. I have my ASA 201,203,204,205 and 214 certificates and also a Yachtmaster Offshore qualification so I bring a lot of experience to your holiday. My approach is always safety, fun, and success!
Most of my sailing has been in the BVI but I also have sailing experience elsewhere. I have sailed the majority of the Caribbean from the Grenadines to Puerto Rico and done yacht deliveries around the Caribbean, the coast of Spain, the UK, Gibraltar, from Annapolis to Bermuda and then Bermuda to the BVI. I’ve cruised Croatia and raced around the Solent in the UK, including competing in Cowes Week.
I can also tell you lots about everything you see under the water and I’ll enjoy showing you the best snorkelling spots and beaches. I’m also a fully qualified personal trainer, PADI open water diver (and ski race trainer – just in case you need tips for the next ski season!). I speak English, French and Italian fluently.
Before starting work for Horizon in the BVI, I competed for 10 years as an alpine ski racer as a member of the British National Team, reaching the World Cup level. The switch from skiing to sailing felt natural for me as I moved from one outdoor environment to another.
My passion to be the best comes through in everything I do and I look forward to sailing with you.
Cara has been honoured as an ASA Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2022. This award honours the top 1% per cent of all active-status ASA Instructors. This well-deserved recognition highlights Cara’s exceptional teaching abilities and dedication to student success, making her an invaluable asset to our Horizon Sailing School.
This is what our clients had to say recently:
“Thanks so much Cara. Most incredible instructor, skipper & chill company. So glad to have met you.” – Sonnen, Remy, Peter and Natalie
“We are so happy we had Cara as our 24-hour captain. Her knowledge and calmness made our 1st day in the BVI great.” – The Gumbys
“Cara, this was such a perfect week – we are leaving with a huge amount of confidence and enthusiasm and I’m so truly thrilled to be able to take my kids on the trips that were so important to me” – Katie Schmid
“An incredible week sightseeing, snorkelling, and some great stops for overnight. Cara’s knowledge of sailing is tremendous, she answered all our questions, always made us feel safe, and was a great teacher.”
“Cara was awesome, she even gave us her personal cell phone number. She always responded to questions happily. A pleasure to have a board”
“Really liked the instructor, Cara Brown, as we all got on so well during our 9 days.” Robert Thompson
Read the interview with Captain Cara, ASA featured sailing instructor