Captain Arthur Hicks – BVI Skipper
Hi, I’m Arthur, one of Horizon’s yacht skippers and instructors in the BVI. I’m from London, England and joined Horizon in January 2017. I first came to the BVI as a tennis instructor on a private island in 2008. In 2011, having spent time sailing on Hobie cats and completing my day skipper in Tortola, I bought a 34ft sloop and travelled throughout the Caribbean for the next year. During that time I completed my RYA Yachtmaster 200 tonne in Grenada. Sailing is in my blood and I’m happiest on the water in these beautiful British Virgin Islands. My experiences as a tennis coach for children and adults, for groups and individuals have helped ensure I’m able to cater for large and small groups of all sizes and ages. I have a passion for history and story-telling and look forward to regaling you with Caribbean tales of the days gone by. I enjoy diving and exploring the beautiful reefs with charter guests. I’m also happy to bring out my guitar for a singalong with guests!
Captain Donna Acquaro – BVI Skipper
Hi, I’m Donna, one of the skippers and instructors for Horizon Yacht Charters. I have a love of learning and enjoy teaching others what I know. I also listen and try to learn something from every person I meet. I have been educated as a Mechanical engineer and Marine Scientist specializing in physical oceanography. I have been sailing for 25 years and teaching sailing for over 15 years. I would love showing you about the islands, the culture and sailing! My personality has been described as charming, warm and easy going I have friends who say that I am a great listener, and a clear and inspiring instructor. Growing up in New England gave me my love of the sea. This set me on my path to learn sailing. I have since attended formal ASA classes and eventually became an instructor. After learning to sail I wanted to explore and experience new places. I am very adventurous and have taken advantage of opportunities to sail first, on vacations, and later as a professional. Recently I spent 6 weeks on a multihull sailing in Turkey and the Greek Isles. I took my first trip to the British Virgin Islands 18 years ago. I fell in love with the islands and the people of the British Virgin Islands. Coming from a large family and having grown children, I’ll be sure to provide a fun atmosphere for you. I adapt the schedule and pace to optimize the fun and relaxation for all. You can read Donna’s LinkedIn profile here for more information on her experience. This is what one of our clients had to say recently: “The three of us loved Donna. She is obviously very skilled and experienced, but joins this with a delightful, engaging manner. She evaluated, but also shared much of her substantial knowledge of sailing in your local waters. We liked her so well we were sorry to part.” Andy L, Dec 2016
Captain Chris Simpson – BVI Skipper
Hi, I am Chris, a Skipper and Instructor for Horizon. I am more than excited and feel very privileged to be going back to my roots and my #1 vocational passion that I left in my late 20’s, to pursue other avenues in the marine industry, as Operation’s Manager for a 50-boat charter company here in the BVI and, then later, as co-owner and Senior Yacht Broker for BVI Yacht Sales. I first arrived in the BVI in 1985, as an instructor for Steve Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School, fell in love with the territory and was lucky enough to be able to come back here again in 1990, where I have happily lived and worked for the last 28 years with my American wife.
My passion for sailing and, then much later, teaching sailing, started when my sailing crazy parents put me in a dinghy at the age of one! Long family summer sailing trips then became the norm, by my late teens I had logged thousands of offshore sailing miles. Circumstances then conspired to have me training for my RYA Yachtmaster certificate (USCG 100 Ton equivalent) and, a year later, becoming a Yachtmaster Instructor. My teacher was exceptional and infinitely inspiring, she not only instructed me to the highest standards but also noticed by aptitude for instructing my classmates. She encouraged me to get into sailing instruction which I then happily pursued for the next 8 years of my life, 4 of those as the Principal and Chief Instructor of my own sailing school. To now have the opportunity to go back to my true vocational passion of sailing instruction is tremendous, it’s what I thrive on and so I really look forward to sailing with you. I also love to windsurf, stand-up paddle and snorkel, so I look forward to sharing my knowledge of those pastimes should you have interest, as well as showing you the many special places that I have discovered over the majority of my lifetime spent in the waters of the beautiful BVI.