CAPTAIN TIMOTHY LAUGHRIDGE | American
A “captain’s captain,” Timothy has more than three decades of professional experience and holds a U.S. Coast Guard 1600/3000 gross tons Master’s license. Timothy has logged more than 300,000 sea miles, done multiple transatlantic and transpacific crossings, and completed two global circumnavigations. He has captained numerous large vessels—both sail and power—competed in prestigious regattas and offshore races throughout the world, and overseen the construction or major refit of a variety of yachts. Additional accomplishments include being one of the founders of the high-profile Bucket Regattas in Newport (originally in Nantucket) and St. Barth’s.
When not in command of LADY VICTORIA, you may cross his path around the globe participating in the many Superyacht regattas. Hailing from New England, Timothy is very familiar with the cruising grounds spanning from Nova Scotia to as far south as Key West. He has had many successful charters over the years in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas. During the 7 years that Timothy has been working with LADY VICTORIA's owner, he has garnered a reputation for keeping his boats in impeccable condition both in the guest areas and below deck. Captain Timothy brings together an experienced, professional, compatible, and fun-loving crew, and with Timothy's creative and energetic flair for entertaining, the crew of LADY VICTORIA aim to exceed the expectations of the most demanding clients.
CHEF GAYLINN FAST | American
Chef Gaylinn Fast has been a chef on both private and charter yachts for the past five years, including M/Y CHERISH II and M/Y GO. Gaylinn’s previous career was in the hospitality industry: she owned a successful boutique bed and breakfast for over 10 years in Litchfield County, Connecticut, as well as an event and catering company where her clients included Chanel, Ivanka Trump, Martha Stewart, Museum of Modern Art, Victoria’s Secret, and Fine Cooking. Gaylinn has worked for and with many celebrity chefs, was a chef and food stylist for Better Homes & Gardens, and is a graduate of PLANTLAB Culinary. Gaylinn has traveled extensively and creates dishes that reflect those experiences. She is especially fond of Mediterranean and garden-to-table cuisine, and her specialties on LADY VICTORIA include seasonal freshly pressed juices, farm-to-table, plant based, raw, gluten-free, scratch foods, hors d’oeuvres, and baked goods.
MATE KYLE JANSSEN | American
Originally from Destin, Florida and raised in a military family, Kyle has been around the ocean his entire life. He’s trained in water sports instruction, is an Open Water Certified Scuba Diver, and has a passion for fishing. Kyle also holds a 100 TON USCG Cpt. License. A pro-active problem-solver, he enjoys working with people and with a team. Kyle has worked in various deck positions on several private and charter yachts including M/Y THEMIS and M/Y STARFIRE.
STEWARDESS MAGDA ZAJKOWSKA | Polish
Magda has held stewardess positions on a variety of large yachts ranging from 75’ to 170’. Prior to joining the yachting industry, Magda worked as a household manager and nanny for high-profile families in Chicago, and she learned her multi-tasking and service-oriented skills from working in the restaurant and food-service industries. She previously worked on the same charter yacht team as LADY VICTORIA’s mate Kyle and engineer Ben.
Magda is dedicated to delivering superior guest service, is meticulously organized, and has a warm and easy-going personality. She looks forward to treating you to a wonderful charter holiday onboard LADY VICTORIA.
ENGINEER BEN ROYSTON | American
Ben grew up in the Virginia Beach area and comes from a family of engineers. He started at 16 years old being around boats working at the Atlantic Yacht Basin, and by 17 he was doing power boat deliveries. He moved to Fort Lauderdale and began freelance work as an engineer and mate. He has had engineer positions on a 120-foot Burger and a 160-foot Trinity. Ben majored in marine systems at IYRS, and is an avid surfer, wakeboarder, and has a keen interest in rebuilding Jeeps.