Captain Name: Ben Siek
Captain Nationality: American
Number of Crew: 4
Captain Ben Seik – American
Benjamin (Ben) was born and raised in the lakes region of New Hampshire, joining the yachting industry a couple years after completing his education in 2010. Growing up around the water and keeping an adventurous lifestyle throughout the mountains, Ben has a ﬁrm connection to the water and all things outdoors. He became a captain at the age of 28 on board 85ft Pacific Mariner, Reflections and has been on board Motor Yacht Lady Cope since May 2017. He has traveled independently through the U.S., Canada, and Central America while pursuing his interests of returning to visit the four seasons of New England, skiing and snowmobile adventuring, boating and hiking the Appalachians. He enjoys all water sports especially snorkeling, waterskiing, and wakeboarding and plans to learn kite surfing in the near future. He takes great pride in his professional role so that guests can be assured of their safety, comfort and peace of mind while aboard Lady Cope. Ben’s aim is to make sure your experience onboard is unforgettable, whether your desire is to visit natural wonders, see ancient ruins, or sunbathe on secluded beaches. In his spare time Ben enjoys exploring new places on his road bike, planning an afternoon adventure on the water, sightseeing cities and trying new restaurants.
Chef / Stew – Caroline Ford
Caroline Ford was born and raised in Oklahoma. After receiving a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, she hopped across the country to attend culinary school in Portland, Oregon. Spoiled by one of the best food scenes in the country, this is where her appreciation (obsession?) for sourcing the best ingredients from regional farmers and producers began. Prior to yachting, Caroline worked as a food stylist, writer, and recipe tester/developer for magazines, cookbooks, online media, advertising, and test kitchens.
Restless on land, she eventually made her way to the ocean to cook while traveling. Caroline prefers cooking from-scratch cuisine with local, seasonal ingredients and creates menus focused on fresh vegetables, fish, meat, and whole grains. Of course, all that “healthy” eating is balanced by plenty of morning pastries, homemade ice cream, breads, and desserts. Caroline is happy to accommodate any special diets/requests/preferences, and tailors the menu to each client.
In her free time, Caroline enjoys road cycling with Ben, traveling to new places, researching and exploring local food traditions and specialties, kayaking, hiking, and reading.
Mate – Tom Costanza
Tom grew up on the water and on boats. He attended school in South Florida where he gained his offshore experience. Tom’s career started on a 1969 Huckins 80-foot Sportfish (he loves the classics!). He spent time in Scrub Island as a charter Boat Captain, providing Island hopping and snorkeling charters. Tom also spent time in the French West indies working as a utility boat Captain transporting camera, production and TV crew. Prior to Lady Cope, Tom was Mate/Engineer on the 101 foot Hargrave “Solo Tu”. Tom has traveled the Caribbean, including a residency in The British Virgin Islands as well as St. Thomas, St Maarten, St. Barth’s and Anguilla.
Tom’s passions include all things on the water, especially Diving as well as offshore and inshore Fishing/Spearfishing.
Stew / Deck – Freelance