About The Chef
Neal has been passionate about food and sailing all of his adult life. He grew up in an environment rich in the philosophy of serving “Farm to Table” foods, and menus that changed with our seasons. This has led to a career of over 30 years in the food and beverage service industry. He was formally trained in service, working over the years with an array of talented Chefs. He owned and was Chef of two restaurants and has consulted on many more
Neal started sailing in 1973 while living in Hawaii. Over the course of the next 40 years he has owned three boats and has crewed and cooked on many. He skippered day boat charters in Lahaina Maui, cruised Baja California and sailed to and from Hawaii. Currently based out of Ventura, he cruises around the Southern California coast and the Channel Islands.
About The Manager
Julia grew up in the Santa Barbara area, moving from LA with her family at the age of 8. She also spent many of her summers in Idaho on the family farms where she developed an appreciation for homemade food made from the finest and freshest ingredients. Her father built two sailboats while she was growing up, and the family sailed together almost every weekend. After her parents sailed their second boat to La Paz in Mexico, Julia joined them to cruise around the Sea of Cortez. She later joined them for inter-island cruising when they reached Hawaii.
After graduating from SBCC, she owned and managed Pure Gold (a vintage clothing and shoe store) on State Street in Santa Barbara for 21 years. She was active in the Old Town Santa Barbara Merchant’s Association and served as Vice President for two years. Julia loves to share her local knowledge and love of the South Coast- talk to her if you'd like information and suggestions to add to your enjoyment during your visit.