Freebird CREW PROFILE
Crew of 2: Captain: Peter Dreffin Mate/Chef: Tina Dreffin Nationality: US Languages: English Charter Area: Exumas, Bahamas
About Freebird Crew:
US Captain Peter Dreffin has always lived near the water and first started sailing as a teenager, racking up awards and experience in racing catamarans. He has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean four times and has been licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Captain since 1982. He met Tina in 1980 in Ft Lauderdale.
Tina was aiming for a musical career being a former college classical pianist and violinist and she had already performed in a symphony orchestra…But Peter swept Tina off her feet, and as a couple they sought a simple, more adventurous lifestyle in the great outdoors to rear a family. They soon moved aboard a sailboat to cruise the world.
Their journey began in 1982 and their two sons arrived soon after. Peter and Tina reared the two boys aboard a catamaran, and their home base during the winter season was Georgetown, Exumas, located in the Bahamas. Their sons, Adam and Warren, built lasting friendships with cruising kids and island residents. The island archipelago is a popular cruising destination for American and Canadian families, as they linger in the numerous protected anchorages in the Bahamas.
Many of these families would return each year. Adam and Warren often gazed towards the horizon at the beginning of the winter season, anxiously awaiting old friends to sail in. International cruisers further added their zest, by enlightening new cruisers with eye-popping anecdotes around volleyball games, held on the beach most afternoons. It was always a remarkable experience for their sons to become acquainted with interesting foreigners during weekly beach bonfires and pot-lucks.
Their family dream had always been to cruise the South Pacific. One day they decided it was time. It would be magnificent finale to their sons’ Huckleberry-Finn boyhood, spent on boats and in the water. Suddenly, they were off and running before the wind, following big waves and starting another adventure.
Once they reached Australia, their sons launched into college and careers, while Peter and Tina continued on around the world. Adam and Warren would join them at some exotic port, located at various places around the world, wherever they happened to be during college holidays.
Tina and Peter say their world cruise forever transformed their lives. They now look at the world and its peoples differently, having become better people because of it.
They are still cruising today 35 years later, this time with a charter catamaran called Freebird in the beautiful Exumas in the Bahamas, and they invite you to share time with them on charter in this beautiful part of the world.
Together Captain Peter and Tina have cruised the Bahamas for 35 years, anchoring in every hidden nook and cranny amongst the 2,000 cays and islands. Their island specialty is free-diving and spearfishing. You are bound to have an amazing experience in the hands of this lively couple!
Chef Tina relishes creating a master performance in the galley and entertaining. Her specialty lies in international cuisine, having gathered exotic recipes while circumnavigating the globe with husband Peter. Recently she completed the Chef Harvey Culinary Art program and attended The Naked Bite Culinary Classes in Coconut Grove, Miami. Tina is also a freelance writer in her spare time!!
A highlight for Tina and Peter recently was being featured in the TV program Distant Shores late in 2014, although the main focus was on their little Belgium Skipperke dog called Bella, as she regularly swims with a couple of dolphins in the Georgetown area, often for many hours!! The TV cameras were in luck and managed to get some great footage of Bella and a Dolphin swimming with each other around the bay!!
The Skipperke dogs were used many years ago on the barges in Belgium and Europe, before goods could be transported by road, and were used as lookout due to their keen sense of smell – they proved invaluable in foggy conditions on the alert for another barge. Guests enjoy sharing time with little Bella, especially with the dolphin swimming or walks or games on the beach, but equally for clients that are not doggy lovers Tina and Peter will arrange to board Bella for the duration of the charter.
Capt. Peter and Tina warmly welcome families and children. As their two sons were reared aboard their catamaran they know what kids love in these islands! Cruising with kids is a delightful way of teaching them about adventure and nature: learning the sea life, flora and fauna, local Bahamian culture, bonfires on the beach, beach games – they will certainly take home some wonderful memories!!
Their two sons, Adam and Warren, now have charter catamarans of their own, so for this family sailing is a way of life that sails on!!
FREEBIRD 42 Feet Catamaran