Captain Name: Ian Whitney
Captain Nationality: USA
Number of Crew: 2
C A P T A I N – Ian Whitney
Charter yacht Captain from November 2006 to December 2011 for The Moorings, Inc. based in Tortola, BVI. Employed as full-time Captain aboard the 62’ sailing catamaran “Sea Leopard” based in Road Town, Tortola, BVI. Nearly a lifetime of sailing experience- From small racing sailboats to 65’ catamarans. Captain Whitney sails competitively on Moore 24 racing boats in northern California. Over 35,000NM ocean and near coastal waters including passages from Virginia to Florida, through the Caribbean to South America, Mexico, Croatia, Dalmatian coast of Europe, West coast of the US, and over 25 years sailing upon the waters of Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Bay in California. He is also very familiar with Captaining large power and sailing yachts, having run vessels up to 120’. USCG Master 200T (third issuance), assistance towing, and aux. sailing. TWIC Card STCW-95 Certificate PADI dive license.
C H E F – Michelle Hannemann (Foglesong)
Michelle is known for her kind nature and positive outlook, “in optimism there is magic” she often says.
Born on the Central East Coast of Florida, Michelle grew up with saltwater coursing through her veins. She spent the weekends cruising the waters of the intercoastal with her family who taught her all about boating, sea life and fishing. Although boating was the highlight of every week, she never imagined it one day becoming a part of her career.
Cooking also became a passion for Michelle at a young age. She spent every Christmas break in Pennsylvania with her Italian grandmother and great grandmother. This time spent was invaluable as she learned all about the foundation of her families’ secret recipes. “Even now when I visit we still spend 80% of the time in the kitchen (the other 20% eating)”, Michelle says. She continues, “It’s so great that I can now give my grandmother a rest; cooking for her and proving that I was paying close attention all these years.”
Michelle loves to cook with fresh herbs, vegetables and lean proteins. Her favorite challenge is turning something some consider boring into something magnificent! She loves experimenting with combinations of French and Asian flavors that send the taste buds spinning. Guests aboard Excess are in for a tasty experience that will be remembered long after their charter.
When not in the galley you can find Michelle leading snorkel excursions, planning memorable events for any occasion or shaking up delicious cocktails. Basically, anything to make chartering on Excess the vacation of a lifetime.
Crew’s Dog – Marley
Marley is a 12yr old, very relaxed puggle. She has been chartering since November 2020 and guests love her!