Born and raised in Fajardo, Robert is a third generation Seafaring Captain. His father was a Captain in the US Coast Guard in the US Virgin Islands for over 25 years. He grew up sailing in the Fajardo area and learning at a young age his mate duties working under his father during boat deliveries to the Caribbean from east coast ports of the U.S.
He attended and graduated with high honors a high school marine program at world renowned Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida where he also achieved his master merchant marine officer license when he was 18.
Since the summer of 2005, Capt. Robert has been in charge of operations of Sail Getaways!
In his own words:
“I love my job! There is no better feeling than seeing and listening to our happy guests after they conclude their adventure with our company and knowing our crew and service made the difference. As a bonus, we get to show our guests the natural beauty of Puerto Rico and it’s Spanish Virgin Islands. And because our operation uses smaller sized vessels, we have the opportunity of making sure our guests enjoy the vacation they deserve by providing one-to-one service!”
Sailing Catamaran “Getaway”– 32ft
Catamarans are extremely stable, allowing for more freedom to move and play on deck. They are favored for family trips particularly with younger children. They have seating aft, in the salon and usually on the boat giving your group room to spread out.
Motor Vessel “On the Way”– 36ft
Custom built, appointed and launched in 2016. Our speedy, motor vessel gets our guests to where they want to go in comfort and in less time. Which means more time for snorkeling and beach exploration…the FUN STUFF!
Each of our boats provides a US Coast Guard licensed captain and crew that are trained in CPR and First Aid. They are both outfitted and certified annually by US Coast Guard inspectors for the safety of our guests. We have the latest safety equipment including US Coast Guard Type 1 emergency life vests for all passengers, Lifebuoys, First Aid Kits, Fire Extinguishers, Flares, VHF radio, EPIRB. You will also find private marine heads (toilet) onboard, ample seating from shaded to open deck space and plenty of dry storage area for your bags, towels and personal items.
Our business depends on a healthy environment to be successful. Our highest priority is the care and preservation of the reefs we explore and the beaches we visit. All of our tours are conducted in a manner that minimizes our impact on the environment. The sea life, flora and fauna that we encounter in our excursions are shared with our guests in an ethical, respectful manner – we strive to leave every beach, reef and trail that we explore, cleaner than when we found it.
We teach proper snorkeling etiquette such as the importance of not walking on, or touching the coral reef, which can harm the fragile underwater ecosystems. Catamaran Getaway also volunteers in beach clean-ups, and maintaining trails. Whenever possible, we patronize local Puerto Rican businesses to meet our needs.
Our business depends on a healthy environment to be successful. Our highest priority is the care and preservation of the reefs we explore and the beaches we visit.
The sea life, flora and fauna that we encounter in our excursions are shared with our guests in an ethical, respectful manner – we strive to leave every beach, reef and trail that we explore, cleaner than when we found it.