In 2016, Roberto decided to trade his corporate career for a life at sea. He trained to become a sailing instructor at Sail in Asia’s main base in Phuket, Thailand, and taught there for over two years. Since shedding his suit and tie, Roberto has sailed accross the Indian Ocean, the Bering Sea and all along the Mexican Pacific up to the Sea of Cortez. Just recently, he helped deliver a Wharram Tiki 38 catamaran from Raja Ampat in Indonesia, accross the Malacca Strait to Phuket, a challenging three-month journey of over 2,500 nautical miles.
He is a certified IYT Instructor with ample experience teaching both the theory and practice of navigation and sailing. Whether you are a complete beginner or a candidate for a Yachtmaster license, Roberto will gently guide you towards the degree of competence you wish to achieve.
Roberto grew up in Mexico City, where he also went to University and spent 10 years working as a legal counsel in the Oil & Shipping industries, an area he fell into haphazardly, for he had focused his studies on the environmental dangers posed by the maritime transportation of radioactive cargo and the legal implications of sea level rise on maritime boundaries. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and can get away with simple conversations in Danish, Portuguese and Russian, so probably not able to speak about the science of climate change in these languages, but happy to try with anyone interested in such topics.
He possesses in depth knowledge of the islands, bays and coves of the Sea of Cortez and will be happy to combine your sailing experience with some land expeditions.
Though he has been trying to adapt to a cruising lifestyle, Roberto is an avid racer and you will often see him tweaking the sails or raising the spinnaker to make the most of the conditions. In Phuket, he had the opportunity to participate in five regattas, three of which he skippered, so he likes to see the S/V “Balian” perform.