Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson

Rotation Captain, 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.
Doug Pender

Doug Pender

Rotation Captain, American
Despite beginning his life landlocked on the dusty plains of Texas, Doug has spent almost as much time at sea as on dry land. He developed a passion for the open ocean at a young age traveling on his father’s sailboat throughout the Pacific
Northwest’s Puget Sound and western coast of Latin America. Doug attended Western Washington University, completing a degree in French & International Studies; however it wasn’t long before he found his calling back on the water working aboard yachts. He has sailed extensively throughout all the popular yachting havens: Mediterranean, New England, Caribbean and Bahamas, but his intimate knowledge of the more adventurous cruising grounds, including Mexico, Central & South America, Eastern Caribbean, Galapagos and the South Pacific, ensures he always has a surprise or two for even the most experienced and intrepid charterer. Doug is a certified kite board instructor as well as registered yoga teacher. He loves nothing more than getting people out on the water and truly believes salt water cures all. Doug has taken a recent interest in videography and is more than happy to capture your most memorable moments onboard.
Dan Waters

Dan Waters

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

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!
Morgan Gregoire

Morgan Gregoire

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.
Stephanie Jacobs

Stephanie Jacobs

Chief Stewardess, Australian
Stephanie grew up in Australia’s green state, Tasmania. The outdoors was her playground, allowing her to develop her interests in snowboarding, hiking, sailing and swimming. After university where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood And
Primary Education, Stephanie spent three years teaching Aboriginal children in remote outback Australia. This allowed her to fully immerse herself into different customs and a new way of life. After her teaching experience, Stephanie was inspired to continue exploring different cultures and jumped at the opportunity to join the yachting industry. For the last five years she has sailed her way through thirty eight different countries. Stephanie’s numerous hobbies include travel, yoga, photography, snowboarding, cooking, reading and guitar. She is looking forward to welcoming you on board Lady Joy and helping to make your vacation relaxing and packed full of treasured memories.
Ciara Glossop

Ciara Glossop

2nd 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.
Courtney Sykes

Courtney Sykes

3rd Stewardess, South Africa
Courtney hails from Durban, South Africa. At a young age, she became an avid golfer. As her passion for the sport grew, she played for her province and attended the Swingfit Golf Academy of Stellenbosch in Cape Town. During her time there, Courtney began
teaching younger golfers and enjoyed being surrounded by fit, healthy and positive people. At age nineteen, she changed directions and focused on traveling the world. Growing up on the beautiful shores of Durban, she had always sailed on her family’s boats, so joining the yachting industry felt very natural to her. During 2016 through 2018, Courtney sailed through the Caribbean, the UK, Scandinavia and the Belomorsk Canal in Russia. Courtney is extremely motivated and has an easy going personality. She looks forward to ensuring that our guests enjoy an incredible and unforgettable time on board Lady Joy.
Gina Zerman

Gina Zerman

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.
Nicolas Gonzalez

Nicolas Gonzalez

Chef, British
Since the year 2003, Chef Nicolas Gonzalez has been treating the taste buds of the elite across the globe. He started his career in Devon, England and quickly made a name for himself while working in multiple Michelin Star restaurants. Though classically
trained in French cuisine, Nick has expertise in all cuisine types and dietary needs. In addition to Lady Joy, Nick has worked on Le Grand Blue, Lady Britt and Excellence V. Chef Nicolas has mastered the sense of balance and simplicity essential to every memorable meal, and it is his pleasure to show our guests his wide array of expertise and to cater to any requests you may have.
Dylan Lenard

Dylan Lenard

Bosun, British
Dylan was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but grew up in Bahrain, which he now calls home. At age thirteen, he moved to England to complete his school studies abroad. After graduating, Dylan found he was eager to explore the world, and decided to go on a six
month journey throughout Europe. During his travels, he realized that his love for the water would lead him into a yachting career. Returning to England, Dylan obtained the appropriate qualifications necessary to work on a yacht and is determined to work his way up the career ladder. He received his initial maritime qualifications in March 2015 and joined Lady Joy soon afterwards. Dylan loves sports, whether they are in or out of the water, and he brings his gymnastic expertise to the water on Lady Joy. Very passionate about his job and working in the yachting environment, he is excited to share his enthusiasm with guests on the deck, on the sand or in the water!
Todd Massel

Todd Massel

Deck/Engineer, Canadian
A displaced Canadian, Todd grew up near Toronto, Ontario but has lived in many places around the world, including Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Western Canada. His love for the outdoors has taken him from living in the ski town of Whistler in Western
Canada to Indonesia. There, he was a SCUBA instructor, where turtle sightings are a daily occurrence. Diving is his passion, whether it is deep shipwrecks, diving with whale sharks and manta rays, heavy current drift dives, or just a relaxing coral exploration, Todd just can’t get enough. He came to yachting because of his love of the water, and is ready to share his knowledge to make your experience on board Lady Joy one to remember forever.
Timothy Gallagher

Timothy Gallagher

Deckhand, British/American
Timothy spent the first half of his life in England before relocating to California to be closer to his father’s family. He was introduced to yachting by his parents who met while working in the industry. During high school and university, Timothy worked
as a freelance wedding videographer. At university in Southern California he studied environmental science, and in his free time he seized the opportunity to learn to sail along the Pacific Coast. Timothy participated in local regattas and within a short time, became a sailing instructor. His love for the ocean and passion for teaching were a constant source of fulfillment. Outside of sailing and yachting, Timothy enjoys backpacking, world travel and studying ancient history. He managed to combine these interests during the past three summers when he took a job working as an assistant trench leader at a Roman harbor excavation in Greece. Timothy’s unique background and experiences bring a fresh perspective to Lady Joy.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy

Lady Joy

157' Christensen Motor Yacht

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