About Us

Frank Virgintino, Author and Founder

Frank Virgintino is a native New Yorker who has spent over twenty years living and cruising in the Dominican Republic. His sailing background of over forty years covers the Canadian Maritimes, all of the eastern seaboard of the United States and the entire Caribbean. Aside from cruising, he has spent the better part of his career designing and building marinas. All of the information in the guides is a result of personal research and knowledge of the subject countries. Frank is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Growl Tiger Award given by the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) in recognition of his groundbreaking work in establishing the Windward Passage as a viable entrance into the Caribbean and for dispelling concerns of cruisers about visiting Haiti; and his humanitarian work there which led to his writing the Cruising Guide to Haiti. He is a popular speaker at SSCA Gams and other marine related events.

Catherine Hebson, PhD, Director

Dr. Catherine Hebson’s professional background is in economics and analysis, which is brought to bear in the Caribbean Security Index (CSI), a signature product of Free Cruising Guides. Family involvement in both general aviation and sailing informs her work for Free Cruising Guides. She has spoken at the SSCA Melbourne Gam and at PassageMaker’s Trawler Fest.

Nathalie Virgintino, PhD, Editor

Nathalie Virgintino currently teaches writing and literature in addition to directing a Writing Center. After spending years sailing as a homeschooler, working on the Free Cruising Guides project is, for her, a wonderful synthesis of her past sailing experiences, love of travel and writing.

Amaia Agirre, Researcher and Author

Amaia Agirre hails from Getaria, Spain. A multilingual teacher and translator, her meticulous observational and navigational skills were honed during the family’s 14 years of cruising the entire Caribbean. She has co-authored several of the Free Cruising Guides.