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, Indian 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. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym and running, but his real passion is fishing. Dan’s adventures have ranged from catching 200lb 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 Industrial 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! In 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 Italy, 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 Ireland. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminology, she held various jobs in retail and then became VIP manager for a well-known local nightclub. A keen sports enthusiast, Alice became team leader of the Red Bull Ireland Wings Team, and also spent more than ten years playing high level netball, representing Northern Ireland and Ulster University. After embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Alice spent a month in India 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 ensure that our guests have a most memorable stay while on board LADY JOY.
3rd Stewardess, South Africa
Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Ashley’s love of the beach and exploring nature came naturally. While working at local restaurants and bars for three years, she also studied for a degree in fashion design and then decided to venture beyond South Africa and explore more of the world. During that time, she was introduced to yachting and knew that she had found the perfect mix between her love of the ocean and her hospitality experience. Ashley always serves a drink with a smile and ensures that all guests on board LADY JOY will have a most memorable trip.
4th Stewardess, America
Abigail hails from Louisville, Kentucky where she attended The University of Louisville and has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Traveling across Europe one summer, she fell in love with immersing herself in other cultures. While working throughout college and bouncing from bartending at country clubs to working in high end restaurants, she decided to combine traveling and service and begin her yachting career. New to the industry, Abigail hopes to grow with her knowledge of fine wines, food, and service while discovering what diverse and beautiful locations have to offer. She enjoys swimming in the ocean and seeing sea life and shipwrecks, loves catching the sun rays at the beach and hanging out with friends. She also hopes to share her love and knowledge of Kentucky bourbon to LADY JOY’s charter guests!
Luca is from a small city in Italy not too far from Milano. After working for three years in Italy, he decided to travel the world. He has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Japan where he discovered and learned various cuisines, techniques and cooking styles. He has worked in both large venues with fast service to small fine dining settings with Michelin stars. After nearly ten years working in a land-based restaurant, Luca decided to change gears three years ago and joined the yachting industry. He defines his style as “global fusion” bringing to his food his passion, knowledge and experience gained from working around the world. Whether his style and flavors are influenced by Japan, Spain, Italy, Chile, Nordic or Middle Eastern cuisines, including baking and molecular gastronomy, Luca enjoys satisfying his guests using the freshest of high-quality ingredients. When away from the kitchen, Luca enjoys being outdoors playing both land and water sports.
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 Industry 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. During 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
Taylor was born in South Africa and raised on a game reserve in Eastern Cape. He studied at the University of Stellenbosch Business School where he completed the Young Minds Entrepreneurship program. He grew up racing extreme enduro on dirt bikes back in South Africa, a unique experience that gave him the opportunity to discover so many remote places while traveling around different parts of his home country. The Eastern Cape rivers have been his playground, affording all the water sports and adventures it has to offer from wakeboarding to barefoot skiing and more. Taylor decided to see the world and began his yachting career at the beginning of 2020. Taylor enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to making sure that all guests on board LADY JOY have a wonderful, exciting and memorable vacation!