• Emily Weston
    Emily WestonOwner/General Manager

    Originally from London, England, Emily has lived in St. Croix for the past 12 years. A love of leatherback sea turtles first brought her to the island and inspired her to pursue a career in marine biology. She earned her undergraduate degree in Marine Science and Biology (along with a BA in English Literature) from the University of Miami and a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from Florida Atlantic University. For several years she continued to work as a researcher on the leatherback sea turtle project of St. Croix (need to know anything about sea turtle sex ratios? Ask her!). Since then, her career has gone through several iterations including positions as a coral reef researcher, environmental educator,  veterinary technician, restaurant server and manager, bartender, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and professional photographer. She has exhibited her photos in several galleries throughout the US Virgin Islands. She is also a USCG licensed Captain. As a diver and marine biologist, she dreamed of having her own boat one day, and also always wanted to be a business owner. When she’s not on Jolly Mon or running business side of Lyric Sails, she works actively in the St.Croix community, organizing  large events such as the July 4th fireworks. And when not working, she can be found underwater taking photos or hanging out with her rescue dogs.

  • Jolly Mon
    Jolly MonThe Boat

    Jolly Mon is a Peter Spronk built custom sailing catamaran, originally named Che Cje (pronounced Chay Cha). She is 63ft long and sports a beam of 24ft and a 3ft draft. She was built in 1968 in St. Maarten–originally for transatlantic racing which she held several records in throughout the 70’s. She was then bought by a smuggler who lived off of Key Biscayne, FL in the 80’s. In the mid-nineties, the US government caught up with him, seized the boat and sold her at auction. She was bought by Miles and Mark Sperber who retired her from her tough, previous life and turned her into a charter boat in the US Virgin Islands. Lyric Sails officially purchased Jolly Mon in December 2015!

    She is a US Coastguard inspected vessel capable of holding 49 passengers and 3 crew members. Three years ago, she received a brand new mast and rigging and is dedicatedly maintained to keep her looking beautiful, safe and in tip-top shape. We are constantly trying to improve her!

    Her favorite activities include singing (while we are sailing, listen for her hum in C-minor), sailing fast (12knots is her current sweet spot) and giving people an awesome time. She is the happiest boat in the Caribbean. Happy boat, happy life :)