Captain Brendan, Chef Bri, and Chef Branden have Sailed, worked, and explored the waters of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, delighting and inspiring guests to have amazing adventures and memories that last a life time. wHEN THEY AREN'T IN THE pACIFIC nORTHWEST YOU MIGHT FIND THEM CROSSING OCEANS, CLIMBING MOUNTAINS, or searching for the perfect wave.
As past guests will no-doubt attest to, the hardest job on Hopscotch is being the Chef, which includes filling many other roles as well!
Due to our nearly year round schedule, Bri and Branden tag team as Chef d’Hopscotch. Chef Bri is normally on board june-October, and Chef Branden is on Board October-June.
Born and raised on the Sailish Sea (Puget Sound and the surrounding waters), Brendan has been exploring, playing, and racing in these waters his whole life. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Earth and Space Science, he'll be happy (excited!) to share with you all he can about the unique geology, biology, and climate of this amazing archipelago of islands.
Brendan has a 100 Ton US Coast Guard Masters License, is a US Sailing Certified Instructor, and has been coaching or teaching sailing for almost two decades. He sits on three separate non-profit sailing Boards, has competed in international regattas around the world at the highest level, and has sailed across the Pacific Ocean three times. There's no place he'd rather be than the San Juan Islands...but when he's not, you might find him hiking in the Cascades with his yellow lab, Scout.
Chef Bri hails from the North Eastern corner of the continental US the lovely state of Maine. In the idyllic waters, and rugged islands off Maine’s coast, Bri operated her own charter boat, a 100- year old wooden schooner. She often finds herself returning to Maine to see friends and family when her busy schedule allows!
Bri has more sea miles under her belt than most salty old sailors would even dare to exaggerate about! She has sailed from Panama to Hawaii (with Captain Brendan), paddled the entire Inside Passage (80 days from Juneau, Alaska to Seattle, Washington) in a single-person kayak, spent a semester at sea on –board a Tall Ship, sailed delivery yachts up and down the Atlantic coast from Canada to Central America, and managed charter boats (and restaurants) in the Caribbean.
She has also worked on first class charter yachts in Southeast Alaska, and at luxury lodges in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Despite spending most of her life on or near the water, Bri still found time to become a certified Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, and an amazing Chef!
Bri’s culinary creations reflect her personality and perspective on life: fresh, bright, adventurous, healthy, and always delightful!
Chef Branden hails from “The Other Corner,” warm and sunny Florida. A true Water-Man at heart, Branden is just as happy in the water (diving, swimming, spearfishing) as he is on top of it, sailing, surfing, and hauling in the evening’s dinner.
After school, Branden searched for white sands and clean waves traveling, living, and working in Central America for a year. His experience abroad as well as his family-wide roots in the culinary field sparked his interest in creative and delicious cuisine, and ignited a passion for combining his love of cooking with the “boating lifestyle."
Branden’s early experience in the charter world includes guiding fishing trips in the everglades, working on charter yachts in the Caribbean, and leading Eco tours in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.