Byron’s main passion in life is to share his love of the ocean with others that feel the same and expose those who have never had the chance.
You will swim in crystalline turquoise waters. You will snorkel into ancient caves and sunken pirate ships. You will sail to a different paradisiacal island every day. You will catch your trophy fish. You will take in the tropical sun through every pore of your body. You will enjoy delicious tropical drinks and gourmet meals. You will feel the warm and gentle trade winds combing through your hair. You will walk carelessly on miles of the most beautiful white sandy beaches. You will sleep under the stars. You will share and bond with family and friends like never before. You will sing, you will dance, you will laugh and you will play. But above all you will have the time of your life. On “Sea Chateau” it’s all about you and your enjoyment. That is what crew members Byron and Dianne are all about. They are there to make sure that every minute of your stay on board “Sea Chateau” is truly magical.
Barend (Byron) Groenewald grew up in Paarl, a beautiful small town in the wine country outside of Cape Town. Growing up with a very adventurous family, he had the privilege of enjoying the ocean and all it had to offer from a young age. At the age of 18, he pursued a dream of obtaining a captain’s license, which led to 10 years of experience sailing the worlds oceans as a professional, captaining vessels from sailing monohulls, catamarans, and power yachts.
With his expertise in all water sports ranging from sailing, diving, wake boarding ,waterskiing, free diving and fishing just to name a few, he can accommodate all levels of skill and a varying age group in enjoying the ocean and all it has to offer. Byron’s qualifications in the industry make him a great host and teacher in and on the ocean. Having completed his RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and Instructor courses, PADI Rescue Diver and wakeboard/ ski instructor, he is sure to assist all levels from beginner to advanced water sports enthusiast, ensuring that everyone gets the most out of the great wonders the ocean has to offer us.
After exploring and working in destinations about which he had always dreamt (the coast of Africa, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and most of South East Asia), Byron finally had the means to purchase his own sailing catamaran and pursuing his lifelong dream; chartering the beautiful South African-built sailing catamaran SEA CHATEAU.
Barend (Byron) Groenewald
If you can’t find Byron in or on the water, he surely can be found exploring the beautiful islands, always looking for the off-the-beaten-path hidden gems, or interacting with the vibrant locals on the islands, soaking in as much information and culture as possible.
Dianne only shops for the freshest produce and seafood, and will delight you with her culinary skills – every day is an exciting and tasty dish to tantalize your palate! She also has a special kiddies menu and caters to those guests with special dietary requirements.
Chef/first mate Dianne is American and grew up near Cape Cod Massachusetts where she obtained a degree from Lesley University in Counseling with a specialization in Special Education. Her passion for travel landed her a job as a therapist on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands in 2012, where she met Captain Byron. Her love for cooking started at an early age, being exposed to New England seafood and a family who loved fishing and being on the sea.
Her love for sailing and travel led her to working on Sea Chateau whereafter Dianne obtained a yacht chef certificate from Island Eats Culinary Adventures. She looks forward to entertaining and making guests experiences as memorable and exciting as possible, catering to all guests needs. Her 11 years teaching experience has carried over into chartering as she loves to entertain children and families of all ages ranging from water sports to relaxing downtime.
“Byron and Heather were perfect hosts! He is so knowledgable about the area and Heather is a great cook. I would definitely love to go on another cruise.”
Lisa KennedyApril 2017
“Thank you so much for a wonderful Thanksgiving and another fantastic family vacation. The food was amazing! And the girls picked up kneeboarding so quickly! We’ll have to see how they do at wakeboarding next time. We are all so grateful for these wonderful family trips and your kindness and patience with the little ones. It was so relaxing and the views and sunsets were spectacular. Thanks again”
The Colman'sNovember 2015
“This was the perfect first experience in the BVI’s. Your knowledge of the islands, hospitality & the amazing cuisine complemented the beautiful views & the amazing waters. We look forward to being able to share this experience again in the future with more friends & family. Cheers and many thanks.”
The Gammichia FamilyJune 2015
“The ultimate family vacation!! We were never bored! The fishing, water sports, the sailing, the relaxation, the Caribbean Showers, and the amazing food were a few of the highlights! Your attention to detail, from planning the perfect itinerary for us, to the special touches and constant attention you gave us, was spectacular! Thank you!”
Pelose FamilyDecember 2012