Our first priority is to make sure your trip is a memorable and happy experience. The Royal Polaris offers the finest service in the fleet. Owners/Captains Frank LoPreste and Roy Rose along with our crew members Dharyl Shelbourne, Eddie Felarca, Doug McConnaughey, Chris Garcia, John Collins, Jim Hughes and Kyle Askey offer unmatched expertise in long-range sportfishing. Chefs Dave and Chef Adriel provide a first-class dining experience throughout the trip. This outstanding crew is well known for leading the industry in its innovative fishing methods, and is always happy to share that knowledge at the rail and each evening, before dinner, when we recap the events of the day and discuss the next day’s fishing plans
The crew and owners of the Royal Polaris especially welcome those individuals making their first long-range trip. When you fish the Royal Polaris, you benefit from every advantage with our unmatched service, speed of vessel (which maximizes fishing time), and the added comfort enjoyed aboard the finest riding sportfisher in San Diego’s long-range fleet.
Roy Rose is a captain and owner of the Royal Polaris. He began fishing with his dad at the age of six. At twelve, he started crewing for various sport boats out of Seaforth Sportfishing in San Diego. He worked at Seaforth for ten years. In 1993, Roy earned his captain’s license. He began working on the Royal Polaris the same year, and has stayed there since.
Roy is the father to two children, Rosalie and Lilian. He enjoys fishing and hanging out with his daughters in his spare time.
Frank Lo Preste is a captain and owner of the Royal Polaris. Born in 1943, he began working as a deckhand at the age of eight years old, earning three dollars per day. He worked as a deckhand on the Clemente, San Mateo, Frontier and Sea Raider. He earned his captain’s license at the age of 21, and ran his first vessel in 1965. In all, he has run ten vessels, including the Sport (1965-66), Sea Horse (1967), Fury (1967), Patrician (1968-70), Webfoot (1971), Prowler (1971), Searcher 1 (1971-74), Nova (1975-76), Cape Polaris (1974-77), and Royal Polaris (1978-present).
Frank is the proud father of three children, Danielle, Gina, and Tony, and grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. He is married to Kathy Rounds LoPreste. He enjoys fishing and relaxing with his wife and kids. He has a degree from St. Mary’s College, where he graduated in 1965.