Captain Name: Justin Bernhart
Captain Nationality: USA
Number of Crew: 4
Your EROS charter crew includes our Captain, Chef, First Mate, Steward, and Deckhand. All crew members are licensed full-time professionals, certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Their love for sailing is matched by their steadfast commitment to your safety and comfort.
Justin Bernhart, Captain
Justin Bernhart is a licensed captain with an extensive background in marine safety and charter, as well as tall ship and motor yacht handling. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, with experience in search and rescue, and a graduate of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. He has spent years building and restoring wooden boats on the east and west coasts of North America. He is an experienced offshore sailor and deliveryman, and has been at the helm of various charter and privately-owned vessels, from the 103-foot gaff-rigged AURORA to a 12-meter racing sloop and a 112-foot Westport motor yacht. His credentials include a 500-ton USCG license, advanced firefighting, medical care, and rescue. He is adept at crew training, supervision, and all aspects of yacht management.
Jeremy King, Co Captain
Growing up sailing on New York’s Hudson River, Jeremy has cultivated a lifelong passion for the sea, amassing extensive charter experience throughout New England and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Eros, Jeremy captained private yacht tours based out of Narragansett Bay and Manhattan. Jeremy now calls Newport, RI his home, but feels equally at home navigating the blue waters of the Caribbean where his familiarity enables him to find remote anchorages off the beaten path. He holds his 200 Ton USCG captain’s license and is a PADI Advanced Diver. All of our Eros guests, from children to seasoned sailors alike, find themselves welcomed with open arms knowing their safety and comfort are his highest priority.
Erik Samuels, Mate
Erik grew up on the picturesque East End of Long Island, NY. He spent his younger years passing on his love of sailing and racing as a sailing instructor and race coach in both New York and California. He went on to represent the University of Southern California in regattas all over the country, while completing his studies in International Business. He holds a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore License and PADI Open Water Diver Certificate among several other certifications.
Aimee O’Neil, Deckhand/Stewardess
Aimee grew up on the local waters of New England. From an early age she developed a deep love for the ocean. With past experiences in surf instruction, surf rescue, this surfer gone sailor is at home on the water. Her sailing experience began as a child on her father’s boat and working as a deckhand aboard 12 Meter “Heritage”. Her interests also include free diving and astrology. During your time aboard Eros, Aimee will make you feel right at home. Her years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries and knowledge on deck allow her to deliver a 5-star experience no matter what. She is ecstatic to serve on Eros where she combines all of her passions in one place.
Elizabeth Deringer, Stewardess
Elizabeth grow up in the green mountains of Vermont. Fostering a great love of the outdoors and adventure. Also having a love for hospitality and culinary arts, she left Vermont and pressured her dreams at Austin Texas Culinary institute. Her Culinary career as grown throw the years from line cook, manager, Chef and opening her own catering business.
Elizabeth has worked on several large sailing yachts. Her culinary skills, exceptional service, and great love for the outdoors makes her a perfect part of the Eros crew.