Captain (rotation), British
Raised on the South Coast of England, Chris started sailing at an early age and travelled Europe sailing both competitively and for pleasure. Now a father of two, time for hobbies is limited, but whenever an opportunity arises, he loves to introduce his children to boat life on the family sailing yacht or take to the water windsurfing. His safety consciousness is more pronounced as a father than ever, and he ensures that safety is of paramount importance on board LADY JOY. When maritime weather conditions are unsuitable, Chris is more than likely to be enjoying a round of golf or a game of squash. Chris's professional yachting career began over sixteen years ago, during which time he has also graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSC honors degree in Marine Technology, and completed his "MCA Master of Yachts License". Chris has lost count of the number of times he has crossed the Atlantic, and knows the Mediterranean and Caribbean like the back of his hand; he has also spent time cruising the Baltic, lndian Ocean and west and east coasts of the United States. Chris has several exciting itineraries in mind to suit your cruising dreams. You can be sure that Chris will put his all into making your stay on board LADY JOY the holiday of a lifetime.
Captain (rotation), British
Simon grew up in the West Country of England, becoming quite the sailor as a teenager during holiday trips on a relative's yacht. After studying Yacht Manufacturing at Southampton University, Simon worked for a boat building company in the UK, and soon realized that he would rather work on yachts than build them. He then spent the winter of 1999-2000 sailing in and around the English Channel before joining his first motor yacht as a professional crew member in 2000. Since then, Simon has gained invaluable experience working on various yachts while cruising the Mediterranean, The Bahamas, Caribbean, the US east coast and has completed numerous Atlantic crossings. Simon is the father of two boys with his family home now in Montreal, Canada. With his knowledge, expertise and love of the ocean, Simon always makes sure that guests are provided with the utmost safety, care and enthusiasm and that they enjoy a fun and unforgettable cruising experience on board LADY JOY.
Chief Officer, British
Dan began his career in 2005 as a cadet in the Merchant Navy, and completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Studies at Plymouth University in England. During his cadetship, he circumnavigated the globe on a variety of commercial ships including several months on a sail training vessel teaching disabled passengers. Since then, he has worked his way through the ranks on a variety of yachts up to 160 meters in length. ln his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym and running, but his real passion is fishing. Dan's adventures have ranged from catching 2001b catfish in Spain to salmon fishing in Alaska! He is also a keen diver and some of his best ones have included swimming with hammerheads in the Galapagos Islands and hand-feeding bull sharks in Fiji. Whether you are looking for a chilled beach holiday or an action packed adventure, Dan will always go out of his way to make sure that your stay on board LADY JOY is one you will never forget.
Nicholas Paul Cook
Chief Engineer (rotation), British
Nicholas grew up in the south coast of England. His passion for engineering developed at a young age, having learned a great deal from his father. After graduation, Nicholas joined Sunseeker International as an apprentice build engineer, where he obtained his qualifications in Marine Engineering and lndustrial Studies. After completing his apprenticeship, Nicholas worked overseas as a warranty and test engineer for Sunseeker International. His vast knowledge and experience in engineering was a natural fit for the yachting industry, and he has not looked back since! ln his spare time, Nicholas is an avid diver and keen golfer who loves the outdoors!
Chief Engineer (rotation), French
Morgan's father was an engineer in the merchant navy so he spent his spare time as a child playing with tools more than toys. Morgan studied as a heavy machinery and systems engineer in his home town of Bergerac, France where wine growing is a prime industry. He first worked overseas in Sonoma valley at age nineteen during a harvest season. Returning to Europe, Morgan travelled to ltaly, France, Spain and Germany upgrading cutting edge grape harvesters. He later took his mechanical skills to Australia where he worked on machinery for high output livestock farming. His next move was to South America overseeing a fleet of earth moving machinery used for building dams. Upon returning to Europe, Morgan was introduced to the marine industry in Holland, where he worked as a propulsion engineer. He was sent all over the globe and eventually contracted on a yacht in Malta, only to be offered a permanent job on board. Et voilà, nine years, 40000 miles, three equator crossings later, Morgan brings a wealth of experience to LADY JOY.
Chief Stewardess, Northern Ireland
Alice hails from Belfast, Northern lreland. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminology, she held various jobs in retail and then became VI P manager for a well known local nightclub. Akeen sports enthusiast, Alice became team leader of the Red Bull lreland Wings Team, and also spent more than ten years playing high level netball, representing Northern lreland and Ulster University. After embarking on a journey of self discovery, Alice spent a month in lndia where she obtained her 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Certification. Having enriched herself in so many disciplines, Alice decided to join the yachting industry in 2017 and hasn't looked back since! Yachting has allowed her to incorporate her love of adventure and travel with her passion for high end service. Alice looks forward to greeting guests with a flute of champagne and a warm smile, ensuring that they will enjoy every aspect that LADY JOY has to offer.
2nd Stewardess, South Africa
Gina was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce Degree & Honours in Financial Management at age twenty one, she decided it was time to immerse herself in different cultures and experiences around the world by joining the yachting industry. Besides basking in the beauty of the ocean and magnificent sunsets, Gina enjoys going for a run, working out in the gym, reading and baking healthy sweets. Gina's bubbly personality and easy-going demeanor will insure that our guests have a most memorable stay while on board LADY JOY.
3rd Stewardess, Papua New Guinea
Ciara grew up in Papua New Guinea, and from a very young age, developed a love for the ocean. When she moved to England with her family, she studied at a specialist sports school in a small town in Devon. This is where she developed a passion for swimming, horse riding and all things active. Ciara loves to travel in her free time and one of her favorite places is Fiji where she hand fed bull sharks on a cageless dive! Along with her father and sister in the yachting industry, she decided to follow in their footsteps and hasn't looked back since. Ciara has a passion for high level service and her naturally happy, easy going disposition ensures that guests feel at ease and at home during their time on board LADY JOY.
4th Stewardess, Australia
Sabina hales from Perth, Australia and has lived in London for the past two years. She has taken courses in Tourism and Travel, Design Fundamentals in Art and has recently been qualified as a yoga instructor and massage therapist. She has also completed a Sommelier Course in Wine & Meal Pairing. Sabina's introduction to yachting follows a ten year career in aviation, where she worked as a First Class flight attendant. Her various pastimes include cooking, travelling, yoga, painting and listening to music. Sabina looks enthusiastically towards sharing her knowledge and various skills with all guests on board LADY JOY.
Andrew was born and raised in Carlsbad, California and moved to New York City when he was twenty-nine years old. After graduating from The Culinary lnstitute of America in Hyde Park, NY, he moved to Nicaragua where he opened his own café in a small beach town called Playa Gigante. Specializing in fresh vegetarian dishes, Andrew's cuisine supported the active lifestyles of the surfers and travellers passing through the town. Four years later, he befriended two yachting chefs who introduced him to the industry. He decided to give it a go and the rest is history! Andrew loves his profession and has been fortunate to work for some truly amazing clients. Very much a "people person", he has always felt that food is the common ground that enhances the universal experience. ln addition to his classic French culinary training, Andrew is an artisan bread maker and a pastry chef. His passion for food and entertaining has given him immense joy over the years along with the opportunity to meet so many different people from all walks of lite. He has travelled extensively throughout Mexico and Latin America, exploring their myriad food and cultural differences. Fluent in Spanish and with a rudimentary knowledge of French, Andrew is also a Certified Ashtanga Yoga lnstructor. ln his spare time, he enjoys reading, yoga, travel and learning new languages. Andrew looks forward to sharing his passion for cuisine and healthy sustainable foods with all guests aboard LADY JOY.
Bosun and Rescue Diver, Australia
Growing up on the pristine eastern coast of Australia shaped and developed Bradley's love and respect for the ocean. He learned to swim before he could walk and engaged in a variety of water sports including surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding, snowboarding and recently, kite boarding. Bradley graduated with high honors at Griffith University in 2016, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a triple major in finance, economics and financial planning and was awarded the University Student of the Year Award in 2016 for the Finance lndustry in Australia. Realizing that the corporate world did not align with his adventurous leanings, Bradley decided to travel the world and began his career in yachting in 2018. As Bradley's family ran a commercial fishing business operating a prawn trawler, he brings a wealth of fishing experience to LADY JOY. He is not only a certified rescue diver with extensive experience diving the Great Barrier Reef, but is a trained surf life saver as well. His extensive experience will ensure that he will always have his eyes open when assistance is required in or on the water. Bradley brings an array of skills and understanding to the LADY JOY team and looks forward to catering to her guests' needs.
Zakk van de Werf
Born near Phoenix, Arizona, Zakk spent his childhood moving around the United States. Du ring that time, he developed a love for travel and the outdoors. He spent summers on Lake Powell camping, boating, wakeboarding and exploring. He has since become a certified watersport instructor, specializing in teaching children and teens. As an adult, Zakk spent five years as a fabricator and welder while also freelancing as an automotive and motorcycle event photographer, working at shows and rallies throughout Arizona and Nevada. He is an avid motorcycle and automotive enthusiast, and when not on board LADY JOY, Zakk can be found riding dirt bikes, offroading and camping around the U.S. Zakk joined the marine industry to explore new and exciting locales while able to combine his mechanical skills with his passion for watersports and the great outdoors!
Deckhand, South Africa
Steven was born in South Africa and was raised in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. From an early age, he spent his time scuba diving, freediving, and surfing. Having participated in surf life-saving training, he joined the National Sea Rescue lnstitute as a volunteer rescue swimmer/rescue diver. After completing high school, Steven enrolled in yachting classes while working as a full time SCUBA instructor. He joined the yachting profession three years ago and has worked on board as a deckhand and dive instructor. Steven developed a passion for mechanics and engineering while working on and modifying both his and his friends' cars. He is a member of several classic car clubs and likes spending his time off enjoying outdoor excursions, hiking and rock climbing.