Crew Profiles:
MEET THE CREW - 2019/20 SEASON
Captain - Brian Christiansen
Chef - Elena Gandillon

Share in the unique experiences of the Virgin Islands that Elena and Brian craft for you sailing aboard the spacious, wind-powered vessel, Black Tortuga.

With close to a decade of experience taking people “into the wild”, Brian shares his sense of adventure with guests. Raised in Utah and frequently found at sea, Brian is confronted with questions as to how he became an ocean-going captain. Most people forget there is a small ocean, the Great Salt Lake, in his desert home. His father taught him a love for all activities in and around water. Reading sea-faring novels from the golden-age of discovery inspired him to lust for the horizon and he eventually made his way aboard expedition ships plying all the planet's waters. Alongside working for National Geographic Expeditions, he operated specialty charters through the Lesser Antilles on his own sailing vessel. As a USCG 100ton rated captain, his attention to detail and professionalism are integral to safe operation of the vessel. As a fellow human with passions in outdoor pursuits, he is a perfect companion for fun activities if you want to try your hand at at anything from surfing and kiteboarding to freediving and kayaking. Holding a degree in film-making, working as a videographer and being a reward winning photographer; he can create, upon prior request, a media package of the events that make your trip remarkable.

Elena's spirit awakens in the open. After traveling to over thirty countries, her instinct draws her to beautiful and isolated places. Her love for nature led her from jagged mountain peaks of Switzerland into the deep blue of the Indo-Pacific. She became a PADI certified scuba instructor in Komodo so she can share her love of undersea life with others. Join her for some scuba diving or become certified while onboard and see what the hype is all about! Growing up in an international household, her culinary influences are mainly French and Swiss with added spice from her travels, specializing in creating heart-warming dishes from the simplest of ingredients. She aspires to cater her dishes toward individual diets and has perfected eco-friendly, plant-based menu selections. Placing great importance on the dining experience, speaking three languages, and versed in the art of conversation makes spending time with her a joy, no matter where you are from.

Elena and Brian met in Raja Ampat diving and sailing and are fully committed to spending every moment in each other’s company with their first love, the water. Blending luxurious yacht life and connecting with nature in easy grace, they ignite voyagers' passion for Caribbean beauty. Sailing in consistent winds on the azure waters of the Virgin Islands while visiting white sandy beaches with quaint hideaways is a perfect way to charter.
Come join them aboard Black Tortuga for the wind-powered charter of a lifetime. You will go home with more than memories - you will have inspiring stories of rewarding experiences.

With Elena and Brian, you are guaranteed an unforgettable week. As a team, they are perfectly matched to make your tropical getaway magical.

MORNING SELECTIONS

Omelette

Omelette fried with mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, onion and zucchini

Scrambled egg wrap

Wrap filled with scrambled eggs, avocado, beans, spinach and a homemade sauce

Pancakes

Homemade fluffy pancakes (gluten free on demand) with topping of your choice

Smoothie bowl

Your choice of mixed fresh fruits, milk and topping with nuts, seeds and fruits

French toast

Homemade bread soaked in milk and sugar, fried in a pan, topped with fresh fruits and vibrant coulis

Breakfast sliders

Personal sandwiches with homemade bread, eggs, cheese, avocado and garlic aioli

Oatmeal

Fresh oatmeal served with fresh fruits, nuts, chia seeds and dry fruits

 

 

AFTERNOON SELECTIONS

Mexican mix

Guacamole, cashew sour cream, mashed beans, grilled vegetables and chicken served with tortillas

Captain's Gourmet Hamburger

Homemade bread, grilled burger, freshly homemade sauces, caramalized onions, avocado

 Caribbean style dal

Lentils drowned in curry, turmeric, spices, served with vegetables and rice

 Buddha bowl

Quinoa, avocado, sweet potato, spinach, fresh tomatoes, beans, fruit and chicken 

Mushroom Risotto

Traditional Italian risotto with mushrooms, white wine and parmesan

 Spanish salad

Rice salad with fresh vegetables, olives, shrimps and chorizo

 

HAPPY HOUR SELECTIONS

Deviled eggs

Boiled eggs, stuffed with mayonnaise, garlic and mustard

 Babaganoush and Hummus

Traditional dishes from north Africa, grilled eggplants or mashed chick peas mixed with olive oil, spices, tahini and yogurt, served with fresh veggies

 Fritters

Deep fried onions or other vegetables, served with a selection of sauces (homemade aioli, pomodoro, tartar etc...)

Mediterranean Mix

Tapenades (olive pastes), sun dried tomato paste, tzatziki, served with homemade foccacia

Vol-au-vent

Pastries filled with creamy mushrooms and fresh herbs

Financiers

Little salty cakes topped with sun dried tomatoes, parmesan and zucchini

 Verrines

Small glasses filled with flavorful layers of complimentary tastes and colors

 

EVENING SELECTIONS

Scallop Raviolis

Raviolis filled with grilled scallops and basil in it's own jus, served with a spinach salad and homemade garlic bread

Chicken Curry

Grilled chicken served in an opulent curry sauce, vegetables and rice

Pan Fried Fish Of The Day

Pan fried fish caught today with Meuniere sauce, vegetables and rice

 Pad Thai

Traditional Thai dish with rice noodles, vegetables, chicken and scramble egg

 Salmon en Papillotte

Salmon oven steamed in parchment with spices and fresh vegetables, served with garlic mashed potatoes

 Chicken with Mustard

Grilled chicken served with a smoked mustard sauce, vegetables and roasted potatoes

  Grilled Fish

Whole fish grilled in the oven with crust and spices, served with roasted vegetables and couscous

Herissons Chinois

Steamed meat and rice balls, served with shoyu and vegetables

 

DESSERTS

Chocolate Mousse

Light chocolate mousse with dark chocolate and aquafaba

Cheesecake

Cashew nut cheesecake, with Graham, fresh berry coulis/caramel/chocolate topping

Tiramisu

Traditional Italian tiramisu with sponge biscuit, mascarpone creme and coffee

 Berries Tarte

Traditional French pie crust with vanilla cream, fresh berries and whipped cream

 Chocolate Soufflé

Baked chocolate mousse

 Key Lime Pie

Pie crust with lime cream and coconut whipped cream

 Apple Crumble

Apples baked in the oven with sugar and cinnamon, topped with pie crumble, served with vanilla ice cream

 

COCKTAILS

Mojitos

Mint, lime jus, sugar cane, rum, sparkling water/soda

 Margarita

Tequila, Cointreau, lime jus

 Tutti Frutti

Mix of berries, vodka, lime jus and sugar

Pina Colada

Coconut milk, rum, pineapple jus, banana jus, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg

 Apple Martini

Vodka, Green apple schnapps, lime jus

Caipirinha

Lime, cachaça, sugar, soda/sparkling water (can be added fresh mixed fruits)

Any additional cokctails available on request

 

STANDARD SHIPS BAR

Soft drinks, sodas, water, beers & well drinks are available all day for your enjoyment .

Spirits include: Smirnoff and Stoli Vodka, Gordons Gin, Jack Daniels Bourbon, Souza Tequila,

Cruzan Rum, and an assortment of liqueurs.

 Red & White Wines are served with dinner.

Beers include: Bud & Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Corona, Miller Lite, Caribe and Presidente/Presidente lite.

 

Please remember to let the broker know your preferred brand.  If you require premium wines or spirits not included in the above please let us know and we will be happy to put them on board for you but at additional cost to the charter.

Any additional cocktails available on request