About US

We have a passion for the ocean, sailing, and hosting guests while aboard S/V Barefeet Retreat. We are based in the crystal blue waters of the Virgin Islands for most of the year. When we aren't hosting guests, we love to explore new places, freedive with friends, and enjoy the islands. Even though our lives revolve around the ocean, our goal is to own a farmstead one day.  


Mark, A South African born professional sailor and passionate free diver, was raised along the beautiful and wild waters of the Indian ocean. Mark spent the early part of his career running Yacht deliveries and Charters in the Seychelles and Madagascar before his desire for adventure took him on a 3-month journey across the Indian and Atlantic Ocean towards the infamous and pristine British Virgin Islands. It was in the British Virgin Islands that Mark met Halle and together they have been an unstoppable duo.

Halle is a North Carolina native, born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, who has always been a mountain girl. Now, life revolves around the ocean as she serves as the First Mate and Chef aboard S/V  Barefeet Retreat. She has been sailing with Mark for two years, whilst finishing her Communications Degree at UNC Charlotte. 

Together we are currently preparing to sail across the Atlantic Ocean with the new Royal Cape Majestic 57', S/V Barefeet Retreat

We hope you enjoy learning more about our latest adventures whilst living on a boat. 

Mark & Halle 

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