Captain’s Nationality:Canada Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Afrikaans
Pura Vida 2020 Crew Profiles
James "Fergie" Ferguson CAPTAIN (Canada)
Previous Yachts: M/V HAPPINESS I/II | 100 Cheoy Lee/80 Grand H, M/V EPIC | 78 Buddy Davis Sportfish, M/V MISS DIRECTION | 80 Ferretti, M/V ILLUMINATION | 80 Hatteras CPMY, M/V SOLSTICE I | 90 Dover, M/V FORTUNATA | 72 Ferretti, M/V PIXEL | 90 Cheoy Lee, M/V AQUARIUS | 80 Cheoy Lee, S/V CLASSSHIP 1 | 92 Motor-Sailor
'Fergie' is from Vancouver and spent some time living in California back in the 90s. He has a larger-than-life personality and a contagious excitement for being on the sea. He began his boating career as a rotational/fill-in captain for a fleet of dive boats where he was traveling to different dive programs all around the Caribbean and was also a dive instructor at the same time. It was in this manner that he caught on to yachting and hasn't looked back since. He is described as an excellent boat handler and a very pleasant, knowledgeable, and amicable guy. Fergie focuses towards balancing the highest level of service and hospitality with safety, to ensure every guest has an invaluable experience.
Jhanine Mellet STEWARDESS (South Africa)
Previous yachts: M/Y Three Kings 33m / M/Y Le Tache 30m / M/Y Invision 40m / M/Y Freedom 70m / M/Y Lady May 48 m / M/Y Lazy Z 52m
Jhanine brings a positive attitude on board and takes great pride in her work as puts strong effort and determination into everything she does. She has a great eye for detail and joined yachting after a land-based experience in hotel hospitality. Jhanine will ensure all clients expectations are met to the highest level with quality and smiles, making every charter experience a unique and unforgettable one.
Caitlin Beard CHEF (USA)
Caitlin is an extremely efficient, diligent, detail oriented and ambitious Chef, originally from Louisiana. She was thrown into the deep end when she joined her first yacht, the 228-foot M/Y THE GRAND LUX over six years ago, assisting them as a Stew/Cook for a crew of eight. This planted the cooking seed in her head, and after 4 years as a Stewardess/Cook/Stew, she joined a prestigious 2-year intensive program in Lafayette to obtain her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. She is a versatile Chef who excels at cooking an array of dishes from all over the world, from Asian fusion to classic American, Cajun or Creole to Mediterranean, including a variety of health focused meals and comfort foods for guests with regimented diets. Caitlin is a very quick thinker with excellent time management and improvising skills that allow for high-end dining experiences on each occasion.
In her free time, you will find her fishing, hiking, doing watersports, freediving and exploring local markets.
Karen Holtan MATE /ENGINEER /DIVER /PHOTOGRAPHER (USA)
Karen grew up on a farm in Oregon and was lucky enough to travel at a young age. After teaching at various outdoor and leadership centres around the States, she eventually found her way to boats after becoming a SCUBA instructor. After moving up to Captain on the SCUBA vessels, Karen transferred to yachts and has been in various positions chartering from Croatia to Canada to the Caribbean. Her diverse skills and extensive experience give her the ability to deliver unique and fabulous charter experiences to remember.
PURA VIDA offers a rotation program for the crew to ensure optimal crew rest, health and longevity.