Meet Our

Captain Joe Bardouche

Captain Joe Bardouche | Meet Our Crew | Sailing Swiftsure

A US Surfing champion from Florida, Joe grew up in and on the water and on boats, fishing, skiing, and sailing. He moved to Hawaii to continue a surfing career as a member of Team Quiksilver. Joe has lived in Hawaii for 26 years and his passions include surfing, sailing (cruising and racing), beach volley ball, fishing, diving, and martial arts. He has over 20 years in food and beverage with extensive wine and spirit knowledge. Joe was also a professional firefighter and E.M.T. for a few years. He is married with 2 kids and two dogs.

Joe holds a 100 ton Master Captain’s license (USCG MMC) and has been chartering yachts ranging in size from 47’ to 75’ for 6 years. As a member of the Hawaii Yacht Racing Association (HYRA), U.S. sailing. and Ke’ehi Boat Club (HYRA delegate), Joe has been racing yachts in Hawaii for 15 years.

Captain Lilly Cardenas

Captain Lilly Cardenas | Meet Our Crew | Sailing Swiftsure

Born and raised in Key West, FL, Capt. Lilly has lived her life surrounded by saltwater. With over 20 years of boating experience, Lilly learned to operate her own boat - navigating it through the narrow channels and over the shallow waters of the Florida Keys backcountry years before she could drive a car. At 15 she sailed from Key West to Boston. Lilly is an avid angler and free diver, loves to surf, hike, and explore the many gifts Hawaii has to offer.

In her lifetime of experience on the water Lilly has matured into a skilled boat handler with an emphasis on the safety of her crew and passengers, and a gift for sharing her love of the ocean. After graduating from the University of Florida, Lilly moved aboard a 125-ft gaff-rigged schooner that she crewed seasonally from Key West to Boston. In the Caribbean, Lilly worked with a fleet of boats including large catamarans and schooners. She has managed the fractional ownership business SailTime and the American Sailing Association School in Virginia Beach, where she maintained, operated, and taught sailing aboard a fleet of boats. She currently holds a 100-ton GRT Master Captains License with Sail and Tow endorsements and her teaching certification through the American Sailing Association.

Crew Member Steve Rix

Crew Member Steve Rix | Meet Our Crew | Sailing Swiftsure

Steve Rix has over 30 years of diverse experience in business. Having worked on "main street" with startup businesses to "wall street" with big corporate America. As a CEO, consultant or business coach, he loves taking on the challenge of making businesses perform better and improving the lives of those with whom he works. Public speaking has always been in his blood and has spoken to thousands of audiences ranging in size from as little as ten and as much as ten thousand.

Steve began sailing at age 5 on his first sailboat built by his grandfather. His love of sailing matured into teaching Hobiecat Cat sailing, owning and operating a scuba store, working with a wilderness company, teaching snow skiing, white water rafting. Steve has sailed in nearly every major ocean across the globe and lives to share his passion with others.

Crew Member Hunter Rix

Crew Member Hunter Rix | Meet Our Crew | Sailing Swiftsure

Having parents who owed a dive shop, Hunter had the privilege of traveling across the globe to dive in legendary locations such as Africa, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Hunter brings an undeniable passion for the ocean to the Sailing Swiftsure family. Hunter began chartering and racing shortly after he moved to the islands just over 3 years ago. Hunter is finishing up his Creative Media degree at the University of Hawaii and brings and brings a wealth of experience and skills to the Sailing Swiftsure team.

Crew Member Nelson Negrillo

Crew Member Nelson Negrillo | Meet Our Crew | Sailing Swiftsure

Nelson’s two passions in life have always been the ocean and music. A native Hawai’ian descendant, Nelson was raised in Southern California and traveled frequently between the islands and the mainland. Growing up on the mainland never isolated Nelson from the Hawaiian culture – Nelson learned to surf as a toddler, and learned to play Hawai’ian music with one of Southern California’s premier hula halaus, Halau Hula Lani Ola out of Laguna Beach. Nelson is pursuing a political science degree at the University of Hawai’i Manoa, and is a valued member of the Sailing Swiftsure family.

Crew Member Katie Ziemann

Crew Member Katie Ziemann | Meet Our Crew | Sailing Swiftsure

Katie started sailing 420s in high school in Austin, Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in History and Ecotourism from Texas State University. She moved to Hawaii to pursue a career focused on the conservation of natural, historical, and cultural resources.

Katie loves sailing because it not only challenges her mentally and physically, but it's a sustainable way to enjoy the beauty of Hawaii.

Katie's favorite part of sailing on Swiftsure is sharing the amazing and unique experience with others. She still gets excited about rainbows (everyday) and seeing wildlife in the water.