Yacht Charter CLAIRE By Trinity Yachts
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Eric has been an avid sailor since he was very young and captivated by stories of his Great-Grandfather - a Merchant Mariner. While growing up in Poland, he explored the waters around Europe and the Mediterranean. Later he sailed in Australia and Canada.
After university, he opened a sailing school & charter company in Vancouver offering classes and charters throughout The Caribbean. Early on, he obtained his MCA 3,000 ton Class IV Unlimited License and has been running large yachts ever since. Eric is very safety-conscious and has engine room knowledge. He has previously worked on 150’ Benetti LADY S, 145’ Christensen MISSING LINK, 135’ Tamsen NAMASTE, 135’ Amels MONTE CARLO, 135’ Trident M4, and 112’ Westport SYMPHONY II. Over the last 25 years, he has shown countless guests the wonders of many enchanting areas including the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, México and United States. Eric has a very pleasant, approachable, and flexible demeanor with a can-do attitude. When not at sea, he loves playing tennis, hiking, mountain biking, rollerblading and fitness training of all kinds. Eric is looking forward to sharing his love of the sea and land activities with CLAIRE’s guests.
Growing up in Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes, Jon has a natural love of the water. After earning his BA from Michigan State University, he pursued a career in the yachting industry. Having spent 20 years traveling the world he has worked on several 50-60 meter superyachts including Enterprise V, Princess Marla, Altitude, Lady Linda, and My Seanna. Jon strives to deliver a great charter, leaving the guests with great memories for years to come. He enjoys college sports, reading, golf and spending time at his lake house in Michigan.
Born in the Philippines, Josh discovered his passion for cooking by spending his youth in the kitchen learning to cook from the women in his family. From a young age he knew that becoming a chef was what he wanted to achieve. He is happily married and has two grown children, one of them who also wants to be a chef - just like Dad. Starting his career as a dishwasher on cruise ships, Josh quickly learned his way around a galley gaining valuable skills along the way. Over the years he was promoted to chef and was
delighting over 300 guests with his cooking. With 11 years’ experience under his belt, Josh moved to the yachting industry and has worked his way up to Head Chef over the past 10 years. He has worked on private yachts as well as charter yachts serving sumptuous meals throughout the world including FREEDOM 70m, SYCARA IV 46m, ILLUSION 52m, ENDLESS SUMMER 38m, to name a few. With over 20 years’ experience in a galley, Josh specializes in Mediterranean, Asian fusion, Italian and Indian cuisines. His flair for preparing restaurant quality meals that are 'just like Mom used to make' makes him a talented chef.
Kelly is a natural born hostess who loves to spoil her guests & make them feel welcome. She grew up in Alberta, Canada graduating with an Honors Degree in Germanic Linguistics. Kelly went on to organize many high-profile special events in Canada & Germany during her subsequent public relations career. Her love of sailing began early on aboard her uncle’s boat & was rekindled through her husband, Eric. She became a Certified Sailing Instructor & opened a sailing school/charter company with him. Kelly holds her equivalent 200-ton Captain’s License and has been yachting professionally for more than 25 years. She takes delight in showing her guests the beauty & magic of sailing grounds in Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Bermuda, United States, México and beyond. Outside of yachting, she enjoys fitness, health & wellness, animals, nature, hiking, and mountain biking. Kelly is looking forward to treating you to a delightful vacation you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Albert grew up in a land-locked part of the Ukraine, but always loved the water. As a young man, he competed all over Eastern Europe in the Olympic sport of canoe/kayak sprint racing. Though he dreamed of joining the Marines, he started his career aboard 600-foot Fishing Vessels instead. Albert became a Junior Engineer and went on to study at the Nakhimov Naval Marine Academy. He worked as engineer aboard cargo and container vessels where he traveled most of the world’s bodies of water including The Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Mediterranean, and North, Baltic, Black Sea and the Red Sea. He extensively cruised Antarctica while working aboard a passenger ferry boat. Later Albert became Engineer aboard the Discovery Channel’s Research Vessel, “The Odyssey Explorer”. He transitioned over to Superyachts 8 years ago after obtaining his Chief Engineer Unlimited/Y1certificate. Albert has over 22 years hands-on experience as Engineer. When not tending to yachts, Albert spends time with his wife and dogs, enjoys playing tennis, solving mechanical problems and dabbling in computer software analytics. He has a very welcoming personality and is looking forward to having you aboard.
Dario comes from the chain of islands known for its sun, sand, and sea... yes, the Bahamas! That’s where he grew up spending all his summers snorkeling, spear fishing, or exploring on a dingy. He always had a passion for the water and as a child would fantasize about the super yachts as they passed by. He said to himself that one day he would be the Captain of a super yacht and is now on that journey. That’s how he became a part of the yachting world and loves it! With 4 years’ experience at a five-star luxury resort and a friendly personality, he ensures a premium service aboard M/Y CLAIRE.
Jeffrey has been in the yachting industry for 6 years working on various charter and private yachts. He started his career as a deckhand on M/Y MAR where he remained for two consecutive seasons cruising the Mediterranean Sea. After this, he joined M/Y
BERZINC where he worked as Lead Deckhand for 3 years. Jeffrey is extremely professional and skilled in handling various tasks and situations on deck. His passion for sailing and the hospitality service is well recognized by both crew and guests alike. He is always happy and willing to assist guests at any time and takes pride in helping make their vacation unforgettable. His hobbies are music, wood art and travelling.
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Lexi graduated high school and furthered her education in the United States on an athletic scholarship. After completing college, she returned home and worked in various fields before joining the yachting industry. Amongst other things, she was an expert cocktail server and concierge in the travel industry. Through those many years in service, it was a natural transition into yachting. With a beautiful smile and great personality, Lexi is looking forward to helping you enjoy yourself on board. When not yachting, she has a passion for travelling the globe and enjoys various fitness activities.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Cris graduated in the field of hotel and restaurant management. For 15 years, she worked in the hotel, food, and beverage departments of cruise lines. After meeting Josh, our Chef on board while working for Star Cruises, they
decided to join the yachting industry. With her many years in the 5 Star Cruise Ships it was a natural transition as Cris has the desire to continually strive for the highest standard in guest care. Having been in yachting for 10 years now, Cris enjoys working closely with the owners and guests so everyone aboard has an experience of a lifetime and a wonderful vacation. Cris and Josh have been married for 22 years and have a lovely daughter. They love to travel together as a family, and for Cris, the scenery in each place she visits is always her favorite part.
Kevin has been surrounded by the sea all his life having grown up on a small Island off the east coast of England and living on the east coast of Australia, plus the west coast of South Africa during his long career at sea. Kevin has worked at sea since he was 16 on an array of different types of ocean going vessels from small cargo ships to cruise ships, working his way up from a deck cadet to a Master Mariner with over 25 years’ experience in navigating the world’s oceans. The past 11 years Kevin has been serving on various luxury yachts 45 to 60m in size, 10 years as captain cruising and chartering the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Safety is always priority along with providing guests on CLAIRE with an unforgettable experience to take home with them. Captain Hart now resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with his beautiful wife, and two young children. He has a passion for traveling the globe and loves water sports, scuba diving, and snowboarding when and where he can.
To say that the group had a truly amazing time would be an understatement. They were thrilled and overjoyed! They loved every minute onboard CLAIRE. The service from the crew was top notch. They want to steal Dario. The food was loved by all. The chef passed a difficult test be greatly pleasing my wife. She has her own food blog, wins numerous cooking competitions, and has qualified & competed in the Wood Food Championships for the last three years. The watersports were also great. Congratulations Kevin and to your amazing crew.
Best birthday EVER! The charter exceeded our expectations and the crew were amazing. They decorated the yacht and everything was perfect. Captain Colin was awesome and every crew member went above and beyond. All of the food and the birthday cake were excellent. On our way to Palm Beach, Captain Colin took us to a shipwreck off Boynton Beach. Out came the Seabobs for our family to have one more dip in the ocean. We experienced wildlife and many laughs as an added bonus. Thanks to Captain Colin and crew for going above and beyond.
I would like to personally thank Pila Pexton for being an absolute pleasure to work with getting this last minute charter together without a hitch. We worked in tandem with Captain Colin to not miss a beat. Pila, you were very responsive and I really appreciate you and your team’s hard work from start to finish. Captain Colin, what great foresight to book dockage at Miami Beach Marina during one of the biggest yacht shows. Thank you for taking my calls all weekend prior to the charter, allowing me to preview CLAIRE, and plan the charter with the principle via conference call. Your attention and suggestions for this 24 hour charter was as if it were a term charter. Finally, I asked the client if they will charter CLAIRE again and the response was “absolutely”. Pila, feel free to send any brokers my way for reference for charters on Claire, Captain Colin and crew.
My client expressed that despite the weather not being perfect, they had a great time aboard CLAIRE in the Exumas! The guests loved the layout of the yacht, crew, and amenities aboard; enjoying everything it had to offer. Should also mention that being heavily involved in the food industry (and having unique dietary requirements), they loved the Chef and only had excellent remarks, enjoying every meal aboard. They would consider chartering her again, and I can certainly recommend the boat to others!
Wonderful! Service, food, everything is outstanding. Great boat crew and weather! I want to charter this boat again in the Bahamas in the Fall.
Charter going very well and the clients are very happy. The captain and his crew are doing an excellent job. The charterer is an experienced Feadship owner and is very happy. They want to charter CLAIRE more in the Bahamas. They really like the Pullman berth for their grandchild.