About Us

Our Mission:

'To Bring People Together to Create Memories,

and Strengthen Friendships and Family Connections'

Our private and exclusive charters create memorable Chesapeake Bay cruise experiences for friends and families. Your assigned crew will ensure safety, and help create fun and relaxation with endless water activities. Cruise with us and enjoy our warm, welcoming hospitality! Whether you live in the D.C. - Maryland - Virginia area, or visit from out-of-state or overseas, we want you to enjoy an unforgettable Chesapeake cruise experience. Our goal is to create a 10,000 lasting smiles and memories!

 

History:

Island Chill Yacht Charters began with as a venue for photoshoots and music videos in 2013. The business evolved in 2016 to combine Sta’cii’s hosting-entertainment background with Melvyn’s boat captaincy experience on the Chesapeake to innovate a ‘special’ company on the Bay – one that gives our guests the feeling of an exclusive lifestyle cruise getaway.

Management and Crew:

Melvyn H. – CEO / Co-founder

Melvyn has over 26-years of boating experience on the Chesapeake Bay, Lake Ontario, Florida, Southern California and the Caribbean. He holds a 50-Ton Merchant Mariner Credential with Auxiliary Sail Endorsement from the U.S. Coast Guard. With a life long love of sailing, he had the goal of creating a yacht charter company. Melvyn obviously has a passion for sailing…, but his talents don’t stop there. He has been a life-long team-builder; his business experience includes head of a research laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health, Vice President in the biotechnology industry, a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as research coordinators for orphan neurological diseases in not-for-profit foundations. Most recently, he graduated from the Columbia University clinical psychotherapy program, and is founder of a private clinical psychotherapy practice. Captain Melvyn's motto for yachting is that: "There are no problems… only solutions”, and he governs himself and his crew accordingly.

Sta’cii B. – Co-founder / Director / Marketing

Sta’cii Blake is a Jamaican-born arts graduate with experience as a multi-faceted performer, TV personality, serial-entrepreneur with marketing background. She’s worked in marinas and boat yards, as well as organized innovative themed events, and shooting music videos & photoshoots on the water. As an entrepreneur and boating enthusiast, the idea of ICYC was born from the idea going beyond simple boat chartering, into creating entertaining cruises on the Chesapeake Bay, with an ‘Island’ theme. She has been in the boating industry for over 8 years having worked in entertainment in high profile yachts. Sta'cii is excited to develop her skills and gain more boating knowledge while onboard. A professional boater, with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certifications, she enjoys traveling to events for personal appearances and spending time with her family. Learn more about Stacii Blake.

Leslie H. – COO / Cruise Director

Leslie was born and raised on the beautiful Caribbean Island of St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands. She is a photographer and marketing ambassador for the St. Croix Tourism Board before getting her Ph.D. in psychology.
She looks forward to utilizing her photography and interpersonal skills as she builds her career in the yachting and tourism industry. Leslie loves free diving, fishing and body boarding. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with our guests.

Captain Riley – Crew / Charter Coordinator

Captain Riley is a US Coast Guard licensed Captain. He has about 4500 open-ocean nautical miles with yacht delivery and racing experience including eight years at the King’s Cup Regatta, Phuket, Thailand where he placed 2nd overall in the Cruising Class. Capt. Riley has sailing instructor experience with Wash. DC Potomac, Chesapeake Bay and Caribbean sailing schools. Riley takes special pride in imparting his knowledge and love of the sea. Whenever he's not out having fun at sea, he's hanging with his teammates and childhood friends. In an effort to share his passion with others, he set up. Captain Riley welcomes you warmly and looks forward to showing you a good time around the waters.

Shauna P. – Charter Sales Specialist / Crew

Shauna is a Caribbean girl at heart – friendly, smart and entertaining! Born in the paradise island of Jamaica and is a business graduate and enjoys her career as a part-time certified nursing assistant and cruise instructor. Shauna is passionate about great hospitality and entertainment and as been a boat enthusiast for over 4 years. "Island Chill Yacht Charters is a great place to share my love of taking care of others while enjoying the essence of the Caribbean aboard".

Tasman W. – RYT 200HR Yoga Instructor

owner of Shkati Studio in Annapolis

 

Island Chill Yacht Charters rents sailboat and powerboat on the Chesapeake Bay and Florida providing a luxury sailing vacation aboard our bareboat or crewed charters.

PROUD PARTNER: Visit Annapolis (VAAAC), Visit Maryland.org. Maryland Business Connection and Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

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Celebrations

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Families Aboard

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