We are delighted to welcome aboard our new chef! Get to know a little bit more about Chef Patrick Wilson.
Welcome to Cuan Law! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to be our new chef?
Well, I went to culinary school in Chicago in 2003. Back then I very distinctly remember setting a goal that some day I was to be the chef on a large ship in the Caribbean. I’ve spent the last 15 years of my professional career working toward that goal. I have traveled all over and have eaten at some of the best restaurants on the planet. I’ve been fortunate enough to work at some very reputable fine dining establishments and collected knowledge from many well known and respected chefs. I am extremely excited to bring this knowledge to the guests of Cuan Law and look forward to providing a level of cuisine only found on the highest end of live aboard charters.
What is your favorite thing so far about working on a boat?
I love the water! I want to be on the water. I want to be in the water. Food and water are the essentials of life. I have a profound respect for both. SCUBA is my favorite water activity. I love that I am able to enjoy doing this with the guests a few times a week!
If you had to choose a song that mirrors your cooking style what would it be?
Love & Happiness by Al Green
When you love the food that you create and love what you do, I believe the food tastes better. Happiness is most important. If you aren’t happy, find the thing that makes you happy. Life is too short to not have love & happiness. I feel fortunate to have both.
Tell us some of your favorite ingredients and how you can use those on charter?
Chili peppers! With a passion! Specifically the West Indian habanero pepper. I fully understand that not everybody is crazy about spicy food. I myself love it, but when it comes to cooking for the general public I have a way of incorporating such a small amount of heat that it’s almost completely undetectable. I dislike flat food. Food, like wine should have layers. When I taste the food that I make I look for at least three to four layers of flavor. They are to be balanced in a way where not one is overpowering, but rather can be tasted and enjoyed individually.
Other favorite ingredients that add complexity to the food I create include but are not limited too:
Fish sauce, Gochujang paste, Garlic, Ginger, all curries and Bacon – because – BACON!
We have seen you scuba diving between meals, which dive is your favorite so far?
Wow. That’s a tough one. There are so many great dives in the BVI. I would say the dive I like the most is the one I haven’t done yet. Ha, but for real, The Rhone is really cool!
If you had just one cocktail to share with a guest which would it be?
I’m going to be boring with this one. I love a vodka soda with two limes. It’s clean, it’s refreshing and it’s water! Also I don’t share my cocktails, it’s MY cocktail! I’d be happy to make a painkiller for a guest though. They are the perfect island cocktail, but too much sugar for me.
Recent review from TripAdvisor! “A huge shout out to Chef Patrick who provided the most amazing meals everyday – better than any five star restaurants I’ve been to!” Read full review here.
Check out some photos of Chef Patrick’s food from charter!
Another fun week on Cuan Law exploring the British Virgin Islands. We had some really nice weather with winds around 20 knots most of the week. The visibility underwater was pretty good as well especially when diving the RMS Rhone at Salt Island. Guests spotted several nurse sharks, eels and turtles during the dive.
Our island excursion began with a hike on Salt Island to explore the salt ponds and views. The hike takes about 30 minutes and provides sweeping views of the bay below. We anchor nearby and this bay provides a calm setting for the evening dinner.
The following day we setup for diving on the north side of Tortola with a stop at Brewers Bay. Guests enjoyed water skiing, hobie cat sailing and kayaking between dives with a mexican inspired lunch and salmon dinner.
The fun continued over at Guana Island the next day with a dive at Alice in Wonderland and Angelfish Reef. During our lunch our more adventurous guests decided to go for the cliff jumping on a nearby rock. Exploring the bay with the kayaks a few guests spotted some green sea turtles.
Our most popular day is always Virgin Gorda because guests hike the baths and enjoy a beach side BBQ in Spring Bay. Our new crew member Kelly, lead the group thru the Baths National Park hike and down to Devils Bay. Guests enjoy snorkeling and swimming the calm waters and white sand beaches. After the hike we head over to Spring Bay for the beach BBQ where Chef Kellie and crew had a delicious spread of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fresh fruit and cookies.
We ended the charter with a surprise as one of our guests was celebrating a birthday. Chef Kellie hand made the cake complete with edible coral and reef fish!
Cuan Law is the third in the fleet of trimarans designed and built by the owners, Duncan and Annie Muirhead. Duncan is of Scottish heritage and his family home overlooks the Misty Law mountain range there. Law is Gaelic for mountain. Their first vessel which was more of a collaboration than an original Duncan design was named the Misty Law in memory of these mountains as Annie and Duncan took off for their sailing adventure in the 1970’s.
They spent many seasons working charters in the Mediterranean in the summer months then sailing across the Atlantic to work the newly imagined Caribbean charters in the winter months. One of those early guests, a Canadian businessman Hal McCarney became a great friend and collaborator and in the 1980’s they planned, designed and and built the next vessel together with him, a luxury live-aboard dive vessel. This one, the Lammer Law, was named after the largest mountain in the Misty Law range.
Duncan and Hal could not stop at two, so the third one came along and they started construction in June 1987, but although they wanted to stick with the “Law” tradition, they had run out of names. They decided to ask former guests to come up with ideas and following in the Gaelic tradition, Cuan Law was submitted. At the time they all understood Cuan to mean Ocean, hence Cuan Law = Ocean Mountain, quite apt for the largest sailing trimaran in the world. It was discovered a while later that another dialect of Gaelic translates Cuan to mean peaceful, which is also lovely, so Cuan Law = Ocean Mountain, or Peaceful Mountain! 🙂
This is a great stop while we dive Wreck Alley. Guests can spend time ashore and also try their hand sailing our Hobie Cats. They are open everyday from 2-11pm serving over 190 of the world’s best rum. Also worth checking out the solar powered beer distillery on property offering six unique flavors but recommend the Amber Ale. 4-6pm happy hour 1/2 prince on all beers. This is a popular stop on our weekly sail thru the British Virgin Islands.
If you are interested in a BVI sailing vacation then give Cuan Law a try! Here is one of our latest reviews from Trip Advisor.
“I booked this trip with a friend at our local dive shop (shout out to Central Coast Dive Center). As this was my first live-aboard experience and really my first dive trip, I couldn’t have asked for more! The crew were just fantastic! A big thank you to Scott, Kellie (DUDE, THE FOOD!!!), Chris, Alayna, Simeon, Rèka and Ariel. They were welcoming, willing to teach us if we wanted to learn how things worked, helped me improve my dive skills and they were all really just a great hang!! I would highly recommend this trip, even if you don’t dive, because they have so many other activities available. I’m hoping to sail with them again in the future!”
I went as a single female diver on the Cuan Law Live-aboard in April and met a great group of divers from Canada.
The boat is very beautiful inside with a comfy salon and little bar area. The deck is very spacious for hanging out and diving. We also ate all our meals under the canopy on the deck, which was nice and breezy. The boat is super clean an tidy. There are 10 cabins, to accommodate 20 people. The rooms are cute, functional and have several port holes which open for ventilation. There is also AC, although not super cold, was good enough for me. There was plenty of storage space.
The crew is amazing, always there to accommodate your every request. Thank you to Simeon, Captain Scott, Chris, Ariel, Alayna, Reka and the best chef ever, Kelly. They were so friendly and helpful. Their team is extremely well organized. They really work their butts off to insure that you have the best trip possible!
Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style with the most amazing, fresh dishes with many choices. Kelly uses organic vegetables and herbs to prepare creative menus. You can tell she is very proud of her work and everything is spectacularly presented. Dinner is served, rather than buffet style. Three nights we had yummy fish dishes and homemade desserts, such as cheesecake and Key Lime pie. If you don’t like certain foods they will make you something special. The barbecue on the beach was also fantastic and included hamburgers, hotdogs, fresh fruit, corn on the cob, pasta salad and lots of cold beers. LOVED IT! Such hard work for the crew and Kelly!
The bar has a great selection of alcohol and the drinks are not only free but plentiful. The crew often with whips up special concoctions, such as “painkillers”.
The diving was nice, typical of the Caribbean. My favorite was the wreck of the Rhone. The crew handles all diving aspects in a very organized and safe manner. You either do a giant stride or in some cases, take the zodiacs. They always tried to get us to the absolute best dive sites, which included a number of wrecks. A special thanks goes Simeon, for being my “dive buddy” most of the time.
It was nice to have three excursions, one to the famous “Baths” on Virgin Gorda , a walk on Salt Cay, and a trip to Cooper island (I think).
Overall, this was a wonderful trip and I really appreciate the service from the team of the Cuan Law. Thank you very much for a memorable vacation!
You watched with awe the devastation across the Caribbean, caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. A story that gripped the world.
Though there has been much physical damage, the British Virgin Islands are not devastated. In less than 8 weeks these resilient people have shown their determination in pulling off one of the greatest recoveries in documented history, but they still need your help.
The BEST way to help long term, is to come to BVI and have a great time. Every dollar you spend is helping to reignite the economy and provide jobs for those who have lost so much. For more information about visiting the BVI go to www.bvitourism.com/bvistrong
This is only the beginning for the recovery for BVI. Stay tuned to watch never before seen footage of the initial stages of relief, the genesis of a plan for the future and how to get involved in making this nation stronger, smarter, greener and even better than before.
To see the next episode of the BVI Strong Series, tune into the Aerial Produced YouTube channel January 18th.
For more about the film and the filmmakers behind Aerial Produced visit www.AerialProduced.com
If you have ever been on a Cuan Law charter you know Friday is the beach BBQ in Spring Bay. Our chefs prepare a beach side barbecue complete with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, mahi and shrimp with all the sides. Our guided hike thru the Baths along the water edge is a guest favorite. Cold beers, painkillers and rum punch are on the ready when guests arrive to the bbq.
Here are some photos from our most recent visit to Spring Bay, Virgin Gorda. The green is coming back and the palm trees are filling up again. We hope to see you back soon!
The crew for Cuan Law are too good for words! To say they’re accomodating wouldn’t do them justice. They cooked amazing meals, made delicious drinks, and always had a smile and a fun story! They were a delight and by the end of the trip felt like the friends we were diving with. Speaking of diving the 2 DMs were great under water and had many suggestions for sites. There was a day we had a few dives scheduled around an island and the first site was pretty poor vis for the Caribbean and so we pulled anchor and just went to another island. It was incredible to giant stride off the back of the boat onto ship wrecks and take the tender out under the moon light for a night dive. When we weren’t diving or eating we were lounging around the top or playing watersports. We were always given the opportunity to go ashore or kayak or tube or hobiecat. You really can’t beat the experience!
What a great trip! We chartered Cuan Law, a motor sailing trimaran, for our annual trip for a group of 20 divers. The 10 cabins grouped around the salon are spacious, each with private bath. The entire crew was super, so customer oriented! Capt. Jamie scheduled 4 dives per day for us and with help form Dive Instructor Chris and Dive Master Travis they did not repeat dive sites and sought out the best times and conditions to put us in the water. The diving was diverse – reefs, ship wrecks, even an airplane wreck all with healthy coral and fish populations.
Chef Sue created amazing food and managed everyone’s special dietary requests with ease. Engineer Jesse kept all systems on the boat going. All of the friendly & happy crew bent over backward to accommodate our requests. Besides diving we enjoyed visits to Salt Island and the Baths at Virgin Gorda.
We highly recommend Cuan Law, it was a great vacation!
Read full review here.