Captain Leo was born and raised in NJ and has been boating since the age of 15. When the University of Southern California presented him with a scholarship he traded cement for sand. With Catalina and Mexico so close, he enrolled in USC's sailing and deepwater cruising program, and subsequently ended up teaching the courses.
He purchased a 42ft Hunter sailboat and competed in the Newport to Ensenada Yacht race. Although he put some hardware on the mantel he realized cruising was more his speed. With the 90hr work weeks beginning to lose their luster he accepted an invitation to sail a 44ft Lagoon catamaran from France to the US. Truly enamored with the boat, he purchased one for his family, outfitted her with just about every imaginable option, and brought her to their favorite playground - the Caribbean.
Leo has been coming to the Caribbean for 25 years and has sailed the entire island chain to Venezuela. His knowledge of the area, coupled with his island friendships, results in a very welcome feel wherever he goes. With stories from around the world and a love for entertaining, Leo has decided it was time to enjoy the more social side of running the Hypnautic experience.
Born and raised in Southern California, chef Amy grew up spending time on her father's boat fishing off the island of Catalina. Cooking became an interest of her life while she was raising three children and a healthy family. Amy lived in the Chesapeake Bay area, the islands of the Azores and Florida's Emerald Coast.
Recently, her time has been devoted to boating, diving, and creating enticing meals. She has sailed from St Thomas to the Grenadines and is looking forward to sharing these islands with her guests.
At home she has honed her cooking skills with classes from Distinctive Kitchens and private instructions from a top chef at a premier resort on the Emerald Coast. Her personal experience with the water, love for creating enticing meals and infatuation for the Caribbean will ensure everyone an enjoyable, carefree vacation on Hypnautic.
We truly adored Leo & Amy's company. I don't think we could have asked for anyone better to spend our time with. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and like royalty.