Captain Mark and Chef Heather

Crew Profiles: 
Captain Mark Turner grew up in a small village in Leicestershire, England, before moving to the US over 20 years ago. When Mark first moved to the US he lived in Santa Cruz, California where he learned to sail & would go fishing for salmon and halibut in the Monterey Bay. Later he moved to Florida where his passion for being on the water & sailing lead him to become a sailing instructor. He discovered the Virgin Islands around 15 years ago and since that first visit always dreamed of living the island lifestyle. Finally in 2015 he made that dream a reality. He is really excited to share his passion for sailing and the island way of life with guests aboard Mariann.

Mark is a U.S. Coast Guard Captain, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, open water certified scuba diver, and a U.S. Certified Sailing Instructor. He enjoys traveling to new places and meeting people, making new friends along the way. He enjoys being on the water more than being on land, so its no surprise that his favorite sports other than sailing are wake boarding, scuba diving, surfing, and kiteboarding. On land, he also enjoys watching his favorite football team Leicester City.

Mark's sailing experience includes sailing the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. His favorite sailing grounds, however, are right here in the Virgin Islands.His local knowledge of hidden places and local hot spots enables him to take his guests to the best places throughout the islands.


First Mate/Chef Heather Hessler joins Mariann as a highly regarded chef working in the charter yacht industry.

Born and raised in NJ, Heather's dad had her up on a surfboard since she was three years old. Her passion for the ocean started then. She fell in love with the Virgin Islands after traveling here as a competitive surfer and attending the University of the Virgin Islands

As much as Heather loves being in or around the ocean she has spent equal time in the kitchen. She started working in the restaurant/hospitality business at 16. She learned from great chefs in the super, high-end restaurants of St Thomas where she also became a sought after mixologist creating inspired libations in some of the island's top martini bars. Guests can look forward to her creative cocktails aboard!

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Heather specializes in preparing healthy, flavorful well-balanced meals that are also aesthetically pleasing. She communicates with her guests pre-charter to tailor a menu to suit any dietary restrictions or preferences. She is well versed in vegetarian/pescatarian/vegan/gluten free diets. Heather draws particular inspiration from Latin, Caribbean and Asian cuisine influences.

Together, Captain Mark and Chef Heather offer an unparalleled vacation experience aboard Mariann - great days of sailing and exploring the BVI with delicious cuisine served with a smile.

Sample Menu

Breakfast

Breakfast served with your choice of coffee or tea, juices and fresh fruit. Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s on request

Breakfast

Veggie Scramble Stuffed Avocado Boats
with Pepper, Onion, Mushroom, Scrambled eggs, Hollowed Avocado  Boat topped with Salsa. an Mexican Cheese Blend

Poached Egg Ham Cups
with Hollandaise sauce, toasted English Muffins, Home Fry Hash

Classic Scrambled Eggs
With side of bacon, melon ball skewers, toast

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sandwiches
with toasted English Muffins, herb roasted Tomatos, American Cheese, Spicy Mayo, Hashbrowns

Yogurt, Granola, Assorted Fruit, Croissants and Pastries

Lox and Bagels
with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Tomato, Onion, Capers. Served with soft Scrambled Eggs

 

Lunch

Chicken Guaco Bowls
with Southwest seasoned Chicken, Black Beans, Rice , Mexican Cheese, Salsa and fresh made Guacomole

Tropical Seasoned Shrimp Salad
with fresh Greens, Mango, Onion, Red Pepper, Carrot and Pomegranate Vinegar Dressing

Italian Style Sub Sandwiches
with Ham, Capocollo, LTO, Oregano Vinaigrette served with an herbed Orzo Pasta Salad

Curry Chicken Wraps
Shredded Curry Chicken Salad with Onion, Carrot and Celery and Cilantro served with a side of Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Chips

Shrimp Salad Cucumber Boats
With Quinoa Salad, Hearts of Palm, Tomato, Cucumber,  Red Pepper,  Carrot, Onion

Build Your Own Burgers
Fresh Ground Beef burgers, assorted toppings. Served with Oven Fries.

Veggie Stir Fry
Assorted Veggies, Ginger, Soy, Citrus, Glass Noodles

 

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Appetizers

Tuna Tar Tar
Fresh Tuna, Ginger, Wakame, Wasabi Rice Cracker

Assorted Cheese Plate
Soppressata, Fresh Fruit, Chutney, Nuts

Fresh Mahi Ceviche
Hot Pepper, Citrus, Cilantro, Plantain Chips

Watermelon, Feta, Mint
Served on skewers with sesame seeds

Kani and Vegetable Summer Rolls
served in rice paper with Orange Ponzu dipping sauce

Shrimp and Lobster Citrus Salad
with Star Fruit

 

Dinner

Sesame Encrusted Tuna
Starter: Miso Soup and Edamame
Entree: served with Quinoa Stir Fry, Kani Salad

Montreal Seasoned Grilled Steaks
Starter: Caprese Salad, Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil, Balsamic Reduction
Entree: served with German Style Bacon Potato Salad, Lemon Truffle Sautéed Green Beans, Red Wine Mushroom  Reduction

Blackened Mahi Mahi
Starter: Minced Kale Salad with Red Pepper, Lemon, Olive Oil and Agave
Entree: Served with Coconut Rice, Fresh Pineapple, and Mango Salsa, Coconut braised Red Cabbage, Coconut Reduction

Rosemary Encrusted Rack of Lamb
Starter: Cucumber, Hummus, Ribboned Veggies
Entree: served with Roasted Butternut Squash Puree, Pancetta Roasted Brussel Sprouts and a Red Grape Wine Reduction

Pineapple Teriyaki Pork Kabobs
Starter: Thai Coconut Curry Soup
Entree: served with Shitake and Herbed Couscous

Seafood Scampi
Starter: Classic Caesar Salad
Entree: served with Shrimp, Lobster, Scallops, Bow Tie Pasta and Zucchini

Spicy Mango Glazed BBQ Ribs
Starter: Caribbean Pumpkin Soup
Entree: served with Mac & Cheese, Roasted Season Vegetable, Coleslaw

 

Dessert

Lychee Poached Pears
with fresh whipped cream

Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberries, Mint

Key Lime Pie
Coconut Cookie Crust

Strawberry Shortbread Stacks
Fresh Whipped Cream

Cinnamon Sautéed Apples
with Peanut Sauce

Creme Brûlée

 

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.