Captain Name: Gus Clements or Mark Barton
Captain Nationality: St Vincent or British
Number of Crew: 2
Crew Team for Non Diving: Mark Barton and Ana Ramos:
CAPTAIN MARK BARTON:
Mark Barton grew up in East Africa on the edge of the Indian Ocean. He had an exciting childhood, visiting the bush, sailing and diving. He has always been friendly to everyone, with a desire to lend a hand whenever or wherever needed. He also is very fond of cooking. So, choosing to get a diploma in hotel and catering management dovetailed perfectly with his genuine interest in people and his natural business sense.
In addition to his pragmatic pursuits, Mark has always loved the ocean, whether skimming the surface or diving its depths. He followed the call of the sea, achieving his RYA Yacht-master Ocean and PADI dive master certifications some 20 years ago. Mark has been working on boats ever since. He is an excellent sailor who can also fix anything aboard a boat. He’s also very knowledgeable about the islands and a good cook and bartender. Should guests wish to man the helm, or trim the sails, Mark will happily share some great tips. Whether guests prefer an interactive charter with high energy activities, or a discreet, romantic getaway, Mark will chart the perfect course.
CHEF/STEW ANA RAMOS:
Ana Correia Ramos grew up in the charismatic and vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal’s coastal capital. Seafaring people have lived along these North Atlantic shores for many, many generations. Just outside Lisbon, the beaches stretch in a long sweep from Cascais to Estoril. This was her playground, and the sea was always part of her life.
While Ana’s academic focus was in business management, she’s always loved to cook. Guests will be treated to a variety of regional Mediterranean recipes as well as excellent Continental cuisine. She is also adept at preparing vegetarian meals and mouth-watering side dishes. Guests rave about her ginger and butternut soup, and her hot vegetable salad is also a favorite.
Ana is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Her hobbies include yoga, reading and crafting coconuts, a perfect island pastime. Step aboard Mojeka. Ana will welcome you with a bright smile and care for you like family.
Crew Team For Diving : Gus Clement and Ellie Mae Byas:
CAPTAIN AUGUSTINE (GUS) CLEMENT:
Captain Augustine (Gus) Clement is originally from Grenada’s little sister island of Petite Martinique. He says he grew up as a “sea boy”. In part, because on a tiny island you’re always just steps from the sea. More so because he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on boats. To date he has sailed over 100k nautical miles, on both charter and private yachts, in the Caribbean, Atlantic, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Canada and the Americas.
Having grown up in the islands of Grenada, Captain Gus is an especially remarkable host. Guests will experience magnificent sailing, because Gus knows the winds, seas and tides with the intimacy of old friends. As an avid sport fisherman, he knows where the fish are. Let him know if you prefer complete solitude, or a bit of mayhem on your beach; shallow reefs for snorkeling, or shady banks for a barbecue. Your charter itinerary on MOJEKA will be exactly what you want.
Captain Gus is qualified as Yachtmaster Ocean 200tons # 1894 issued 20 January, 1997, Commercial Endorsement to 2018, MCA Seafarer Medical Certificate ENG 1 and Marine Safety Training STCW95 #005380 from the Royal Yachting Association Department of Transport United Kingdom.
CHEF/STEW ELLIE MAE BYAS:
Ellie Mae Byas has an infectious smile, a subtle sense of humor, and a lengthy list of impressive accomplishments. She was born and educated in Amsterdam, Netherlands, but is truly a citizen of the world. She is certified as a P.A.D.I Open Water Scuba instructor. She has taught scuba at Club Meds, Robinson Clubs, in the Maldives, managed a dive center in Rovinj, Croatia, and owned a dive center in Mallorca. She has R.Y.A Certification Yachtmaster Offshore and has circumnavigated the globe in her own yacht, Bon Bini. With a little coaxing, guests aboard MOJEKA can persuade Ellie into recounting some amazing sea stories.
Ellie has been a charter yacht chef for more than a decade. Although she specializes in recipes with fresh seafood and local ingredients, having lived all over the world she has a sophisticated repertoire. Of course, her menu is based on guest preferences. So, whether the mood dictates a gourmet menu paired with a fine wine, or sandwiches with a hot cup of Grenada chocolate, guests are never disappointed. Even those on special diets.
Ellie’s hobbies are spearfishing, snorkeling, scuba-diving and sailing. She also has a small cottage industry smoking fish. Provided there’s time away from the galley, she welcomes guests to join her in any activities of interest. And she can explain things to almost everyone in a way they can understand it, because she is fluent in English, Dutch, German and French and conversational Spanish.