Yacht Charter RUNAWAY By Azimut
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Born into a seafaring family, Captain Shachar “Shack" Ben-David spent his youth in Israel and England sailing small boats and listening to the tales of the sea from his grandfather and great uncle. Upon moving to the United States he enlisted in the Coast Guard where he would serve as navigator and deck officer aboard a wide range of vessels for over twenty years.
Shack first came to the Virgin Islands in the late 1990s and would see multiple tours in both the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico where he developed a love for the beautiful Caribbean waters throughout his Coast Guard career. His time aboard ship would also find him sailing around the world from the far reaches of the Bering Sea to the shores of Australia and Asia and many points in between.
After retiring he spent some years working aboard Cruise ships, before once again settling in St. Thomas where he began captaining charters around the U.S. and British Virgin islands. As an experienced mariner, he is able to offer a huge breadth of experience to both passengers and crew. Bringing his love of the ocean, and extensive local knowledge, Shack is able to curate unique and memorable voyages that are sure to give every guest the experience of a lifetime.
From the youngest family member to the most seasoned traveler, each guest will be treated to the very best that chartering has to offer under his watchful eye aboard the luxurious yacht RUNAWAY.
Charli was born on a farm in Georgia - A true southern girl at her roots who loves world travel and its fine cuisine. Developing a love for travel at a young age, she has been exploring the world and incorporating new cuisine into her cooking for 15 years. She grew up cooking with her grandparents. Her charm comes out in full within each of her meals as her love of cooking and the delight it brings watching her guest enjoy the fabulous presentations and the warmth in her food
Charli studied chemistry at Georgia, where we all agree she learned how to make the perfect cocktail and sauces. She then spent 6 months studying in Italy learning the finery of Italian cooking. At 24 she moved to New York and attended design school at FIT, where she designed a small line of cocktail and party dresses that progressed into the founding of her own online vintage clothing store.
Charli began her career on sailboats 5 years ago - small private charters in the Mediterranean. She has worked her culinary magic and sailed in Croatia, Montenegro, the Dodecanese, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Bahamas, the San Juans, and the VI. While her favorites in cuisine are modern healthy Southern as well as Italian, she has had extensive experience cooking for specialized diets - menus also include gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, keto/paleo diets.
She always goes above and beyond to exceed expectations and put a smile on your face which makes her the perfect complement to our team aboard RUNAWAY.