Captain Name: James RICHMAN
Captain Nationality: British
Number of Crew: 2
James and Elyse are the crew ofTHEIA OF LONDON.
They met in 2013 in Antigua and have worked together since, cruising extensively around the Mediterranean and Caribbean on a number of different yachts included TILLER MINT. They are a young and dynamic couple, with a passion for sailing and water sports to complement their first-rate hospitality service.
James RICHMAN – captain:
James was born and raised in Suffolk England. Very much the adventurous type, he took to sailing from the age of six when he undertook his first RYA course sailing a Mirror dinghy. He made the steady progression to yachts from dinghies in his teenage years, cruising the east coast of England and crossing the North Sea to Northern Europe.
James achieved his Yacht master and has spent his subsequent career between the UK, Caribbean and Mediterranean. He is also a reservist for the Royal Navy. The Navy allows him to further practice his passions for team work, good seamanship and professionalism.
James has over 70,000 sea miles and has raced in offshore campaigns including the Fastnet, Caribbean 600 and the Middle sea race. He has cruised extensively with Elyse around the Mediterranean and Caribbean and has crossed the Atlantic four times.
Sailing is James’ career and hobby. He will be on the water for many more years and he enjoys every minute of it.
Elyse LABRECQUE – Chef / Stew:
Elyse was born in the countryside near Quebec City, Canada, then moved to Montreal at the age of 19 to look for new challenges. She studied Visual Arts in College and then excelled in a Professional Pastry course at the ITHQ of Montreal.
She has been a keen cook since the age of 8 and loves to experiment and create wonderful meals for her friends and family. Having her first job as a Pastry Chef in a reputable bistro in Montreal at the age of 24, she then moved to Antigua the following year where she worked as Pastry Chef as well as Raw Bar Chef in a busy waterfront restaurant.
Elyse got the bug for sailing when starting to work with James chartering around the Mediterranean, the perfect vehicle for her love for adventure, gastronomy and hospitality. She is looking forward to sharing those passions, concocting your favourite meals and making sure you are having an exquisite time.