Raised in Peru and the Far East, and educated in Yorkshire and Durham University, Mike moved to live in Spain and El Ferrer in 2001. A former director of First Choice (Holidays), as well as owning his own mail order company in the UK, Mike is a keen skier, organic winemaker and marathon runner.
A snowbird who flew south from Gothenberg, Sweden, Bjorn moved to southern Spain and now has a permanent tan ! Friendly, witty with a dry sense of humour, but always professional, Bjorn is fluent in English, and of course can communicate in most of the northern European languages that no-one else understands !! (Swedish, Norwegian & Danish).
Born in Guernsey, Ken has always been around boats and likens himself to "Captain Jack Sparrow". He competed for 25 years racing beach catamarans, became the yacht club commodore and has also sailed extensively in the Caribbean & Mediterranean. A highly experienced and successful racer, who keeps a constant eye on the sail trim to get the maximum performance out of "Optimist of London II"
Tijs, resident guitarist
We are very proud and privileged to have "Bring" (as he is known ... a clone of Brad Pitt & Sting) available to play onboard for you during the summer months. He has been singing onboard Optimist II for several years now. If you would like him to entertain you, please contact him direct on http://tijsgroen.nl/home.html
Lucy, 1st mate
Former primary school teacher, Lucy runs, cycles, climbs, lifts weights and generally gets stuck into everything onboard. She crews with Mike, as well as giving all onboard an encouraging word and a ready smile!
Anna, 1st mate
Bjorn´s wife Anna, also a snowbird from Sweden, brings a sense of glamour to the otherwise scurvy-ridden scallowags onboard. Fluent in Spanish and a wonder in the galley, Anna loves to see people happy onboard and nothing is too much trouble for her to make sure everyone enjoys themselves.
Diana, 1st mate
Wife to skipper Ken, Diana is a true sun worshipper who adores the climate and the sailing in Spain. Together they make a great team and have sailed in Kenya, Turkey, Greece & the Caribbean. Fun, bubbly and very attentive, Diana was also a yacht club commodore and works tirelessly to help make your day a day to remember.
Flip and Flop, our resident dolphins
The chances are always good that you may see Flip and his partner Flop somewhere out on the water, often seen with the rest of their bottle-nosed gang stealing the fish out of the trawler's nets. When the skipper yells "dolphins at 11 o'clock" don't check your watches........grab your camera!