When she was seven years old, Rachel and her family moved onto a 65’ tugboat where she was raised and homeschooled as they plied the U.S. east coast and the Caribbean. She went to high school in the Commonwealth of Dominica and French Guiana and in 1985 graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. After working in social services for eight years, Rachel joined her parents’ business as Operations Manager where she coordinated vessel turnarounds in and out of ports around the world, and bid and managed commercial and government contracts. One of her managerial highlights was an eighteen month circumnavigation of the ELSBETH II by her parents towing a 400’ barge.

This voyage started in September 1991 from Brownsville, TX down the Orinoco River, then to Sao Paulo, Brazil, continuing to Singapore by way of Great Circle Route, then crossed the Pacific calling in Vancouver, Bremerton, WA, Mobile AL, and ending in Charleston SC.

After a decade spent building up the family fleet, Rachel worked variously as Lines Manager for a container service to Guantanamo Bay, as Sales Representative for International Tug and Salvage and as Logistics Coordinator for a marine salvage company contracted by the U.S. Coast Guard for post-Katrina response. In 2005 she and her brother Dominique founded TradeWinds Towing. Rachel co-manages the business from her office in New Orleans, where she is able to ride her bike to get to business meetings and conferences.