Captain’s Nationality:South African Languages Spoken: English
Captain Jarryd was born in South Africa. He grew up in Durban spending his days on the beaches with his friends. Jarryd studied Marketing and advertising after school while working for a successful restaurant/cocktail bar opening new franchises around South Africa. Jarryd entered the yachting world in 2009 as deckhand onboard a 188 Feadship. Since entering the wonderful world of luxury yachting, he has crossed the Atlantic 5 times and cruised many different waters including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, US East coast and the Gulf of Mexico. His hard work, attention to detail and growing knowledge, along with strong communication and entrepreneurship skills allowed him to work his way up to Captain of very busy private and Charter programs. Jarryd first joined LADY J in 2015. His longevity and charter experience have allowed him to hone his skills to provide a five-star yacht program and experience to guests every time. He is very team and guest focused. He has a lively bubbly personality and gets on with all guests, always sharing a joke or two, making for a memorable charter experience that guests wont ever forget.
In his free time, Jarryd enjoys diving, water sports, traveling, and reading.
FIRST OFFICER / DIVE MASTER
Born in Brazil, Gui decided to explore the world at the age of 21, spending 4 years in London and 10 months cycling around Europe, later finishing his Environmental Engineering degree. After a few years of office work, Gui felt the yearning to travel once again and the yachting industry fit him perfectly. With over 10 years of yachting experience, Gui has cruised the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Atlantic and North Sea. He has been a Dive Instructor since 2005 and is proud and happy to lead all dive operations onboard motoryacht Lady J. Gui is experienced in deep, drift, and night diving. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian and “un peu” French. When not organizing Lady Js dive gear to perfection, Gui can be found dreaming of the sailing boat he would like to own to circumnavigate the world.
Simon was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica, on the north coast, surrounded by rivers and ocean, which instilled in him a passion for swimming and water activities. Simon found his love for engineering through racing cars at a young age and was persuaded to pursue a career in marine engineering by his older brother—a chief engineer on merchant vessels. After completing his studies, he worked with his brother on oil tankers until he was encouraged by a friend to try the private yacht sector. Simon has worked onboard well-known yachts such as Perseverance 2, Elysian, Tutto le Marrane, and Sovereign. He has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and has cruised the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. In his spare time Simon enjoys playing football, water sports, pool, tennis and table tennis.
Anthony grew up on the Mississippi river in Driftless region of South West Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he obtained his bachelors degree in philosophy. During his time in University, he studied abroad in France where he volunteered on an organic farm. One thing led to another and next thing he was training in Gastronomy in France in an intensive culinary program focused on Gastronomic French Cuisine and Pastry, followed by an even more intensive internship. Anthony then travelled through Central America and Thailand. While he was traveling in Thailand he acquired his Thai cuisine certification. After a few years of travel he returned to the United States, and worked in a Spanish Tapas-Style Restaurant in Miami, which ultimately introduced him to find a culinary career in the wonderful world of luxury private yacht charters. While not whipping up culinary delights in the Lady J galley, Anthony enjoys training for Olympic distance triathlons, swimming, cycling, reading fantasy fiction and playing trombone and bass guitar. While Anthony considers himself a Jack of all trades in the galley, his strength lies in Mediterranean, Thai and Central American Cuisine. With his well-rounded culinary expertise, Anthony intends to wow guests with his international flavors.
Sarah grew up on the water in Michigan on Lake St. Claire. Having gone through her yacht clubs junior sailing program she developed a love and passion for the water. The need for warm weather and sailing year-round, she found herself on the west coast where she finished college and eventually ended up in Newport Beach, CA surrounded by sailors and yachties alike. She continued to sail while working in the medical field but always knew that working on boats was her ultimate career goal. Sarah has been a key member of the Lady J team for a year now and has worked her way up from 2nd stew to Chief Stew. Her passion to serve others, eye for detail, and laid-back attitude makes for wonderful combination for our guests while on Lady J.
Dimitry was born and raised in southern Connecticut, the eldest child of Russian immigrants. An avid athlete growing up, he spent most summers sailing competitively along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. Following his high school graduation, Dimitry enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry and successfully completed 2 combat tours in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. After military service, he studied at UConn and worked in manufacturing before relocating to South Florida where he entered the yachting industry in Spring 2015. Dimitry has worked on yachts from 6074m, and has been fortunate to cruise the Mediterranean, eastern Canada, Central America, Alaska, South Pacific, and SE Asia. He enjoys all facets of boating life and the thrilling aspects of yacht charters. He looks forward to lending his seasoned experience and passion for world-class service as part of the Lady J crew.
Heather grew up on Vancouver Island, Canada in the small town of Shawnigan Lake. Her love of snowboarding led her to Whistler, BC where she worked as a snowboard instructor for five years. Heather went back to school for fashion design which landed her a job as production manager for a menswear company in Bali, Indonesia. Three years later she felt it was time to see the world. Heather joined a yacht in Malta and instantly feel in love with her new career on the ocean. Heather has done three major crossings and visited 34 countries thus far. She is looking forward to providing Lady Js guests with the high level of service and attention that shes become an expert at during her years of yachting.
ABIGAIL (ABBY) HAKE
Abby grew up in Columbia, Missouri. Her family enjoyed summers at the Lake of the Ozarks where she became comfortable on boats and in the water. She attended Oklahoma State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She worked for a year at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland through their College Program after she graduated. After her time there she moved to Surrey, England to be an au pair to four boys. She spent many days off exploring wonderful London and traveling to 17 new countries. With her growing experience in hospitality and care for others, she knew that she was ready for the next adventure as a yacht stewardess. Her gentle and welcoming demeanor makes for a perfect combination for guests while on board Lady J.
Hobbies: Being outside: snow skiing or hiking in Colorado, swimming, biking, walking my dog, star gazing. Reading, embroidery, quality time with loved ones, exploring new places and meeting new peopleï?
Moses grew up in Durban, South Africa, where he went to school in the mountains of Howick and spent his days between farms and beaches. After primary school, Moses moved to Cape Town where he lived for a year while working in the high-end hospitality industry, this experience led him to take the leap into the world of yachting where he has quickly gained vast amounts of boating knowledge. His interests include working out, sports, surfing, and fishing. His happy and outgoing personality are a great asset to the Lady J team. Moses enjoys every aspect of the yachting life and looks forward to advancing his career during his time on Lady J.