Captain Name: Ross Mathews
Captain Nationality: South African
Number of Crew: 4
Tom & Hannah (December-March)
Ross & Dee (April-August)
Ross Matthews (Captain April 1st 2023-August 31st 2023)
Originally from South Africa, has always had an unwavering passion for sport, travel and the ocean. His first time on a boat was with his grandfather at age 3, and he can’t help but wonder if this is where his sense for adventure and exploration stems from. They do say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Ross moved to the UK at the age of 18 to travel Europe, go to school and start a more conventional career as a physical therapist, although this all changed while on a short road-trip in Australia. It was here that not only did he find his love for sailing, he also met Daniella and together they made it their mission to make a life out of doing what they really loved.
Daniella “Dee” Cox (Chef April 1st 2023-August 31st 2023)
Originally from the UK, was brought up in the city of Bristol. Her parents had a passion for the outdoors and most summer weekends were spent at her family caravan. She fondly remembers swimming in the lake, fishing with “paps” and cooking outdoors around the fire, all memories that have strongly shaped her lifestyle choice today. Dee, like many of her friends, began pursuing a more traditional path of University, to study Psychology, followed by a career as a Child Psychologist. However, a one year working holiday in Australia opened her eyes to a completely different lifestyle, one which reminded her of her fondness for the water and the outdoors. Ross introduced Dee to the boating industry and she hasn’t looked back since.
Ross and Dee met in the small town of Airlie Beach on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Their passion for travel, which brought them together over 5 years ago, continues to fuel their love for the tourism industry, sailing and exploring the world.
It all began at an award-winning adventure tourism company in the Whitsunday Islands (Australia). They have since chartered together in the Mediterranean and most recently the British Virgin Islands. After five years in the industry they have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world and couldn’t be happier with their lifestyle choice.
Ross and Dee create a relaxed environment onboard and facilitate the fun had by all in a natural way. They always aim to make the charter personalised to each guests needs, and this shows as no two charters are the same. They enjoy spontaneity and love discovering beautiful new bays. Ross and Dee also love to entertain, whether that be with friends at home or guests on the boat. Dee’s passion for cooking paired with Ross’ story telling and personable nature makes them a strong team and great company for any occasion.
As a couple they share an interest in snorkeling, diving and marine conservation stemming from their time spent working on the Great Barrier Reef. When traveling, Ross and Dee believe a true way to appreciate a countries culture is through its food, thus are always intrigued to try new dishes. They share a love for food and although on charter Dee takes charge in the galley, Ross proves pretty handy on weeks off.
Together this enthusiastic and vibrant couple are excited to continue their journey in the charter industry and can’t wait to see what else it holds in store for them.
•RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (com endorsement)
•MCA Approved Engine Course 1 (Sept 2020)
•STCW Basic Training
•PADI Dive Master
•AMSA Master <24 (Australian com qualification)
•Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
•OCR SPS Diploma in Sports Massage (LEVEL 5) Full Drivers License
•Ashburton Culinary Certificate
•PADI Senior First Aid and Oxygen Administration
•PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
•Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene
•Recreational boat license inc. PWC
•Full Clean UK Drivers License
•Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2014)
Captain Tom Fores (Captain Dec 1st 2022-March 31st 2023)
Tom was born and raised in Northern California and grew up sailing in the San Francisco Bay. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at UC Santa Barbra. After working in the corporate world for 5 years he decided to change course and follow his passions for sailing and skiing. He completed his RYA Yachtmaster in 2017 in Barcelona and since then has sailed professionally in Croatia, Greece and Montenegro during the summer months. In the winter Tom spent his days skiing the beautiful mountains in Jackson Wyoming. Tom is passionate about creating unforgettable charter experiences for guests, through land exploration, scuba diving, snorkeling and water sports.
Chef Hannah Rubino (Chef Dec 1st 2022-March 31st 2023)
Hannah was born and raised just outside New York City in Westchester, New York where her love of food began. It’s no wonder Hannah is such a foodie, coming from a family that planned monthly food tours finding the best local restaurants throughout NYC. She had thought about turning her passion for food into a career, but as soon as she graduated from high school, Hannah traded snow for sunshine attending the University of Miami. After college, Hannah first went in the event planning industry which fused her knack for organization and craftiness. Becoming a chef was always in the back of her mind while she worked on boats in Croatia and Montenegro, and that’s when she decided to turn it into a reality. Hannah loves to fuse the foods of her heritage with the cuisines of the places she’s traveled. She also enjoyed the thrill of fishing, especially when she can cook and eat what she catches. Hannah can’t wait to create a journey for all her charter guests while they set to sail to explore the Virgin Islands.
Tom and Hannah fell in love sailing the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. They met in Croatia for work, but with Tom being skipper and Hannah running the events, they didn’t get a chance to connect. During a sailing trip together through Montenegro, they finally had chance to get to know each other and the rest is history. After falling in love, Tom and Hanna have traveled the world together from Croatia and Montenegro to Ireland and Morocco. Their adventurous spirits let them to fulfill their dreams to run charters together in the Caribbean. Hannah and Tom are ‘go with the flow’, and are experienced at tailoring each charter to be fast-paced or as relaxed as the guests desire.
RYA Yacht Master Coastal License
STCW Basic Safety
First Aid Certified
VHF Radio License
PADI Dive Master
Certified Maritime Hostess – QuarterDeck, 2019
Level 2 – Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering, 2019
STCW – Basic Safety Training
PADI Openwater Diver
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