MEET YOUR CREW
CAPTAIN: JAMES ELLWOOD
CHEF: ELLIE ARCHER
James, hails from England and has always had a love for the water.
This love took its first official steps when he achieved his PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver at age 10, progressing on to the professional PADI Divemaster he is today.
In 2015, James took up sailing at the Hartlepool Yacht Club, spending a great deal of time cruising the North Sea aboard the Black Diamond of Durham and partaking in numerous Tall Ship regattas.
In 2018 James became a RYA Yachtmaster and began his career as a professional captain.
Running vacations in the Mediterranean, James has taken guests on charter in Spain, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Italy and Montenegro. James has also undertaken many ocean deliveries, enjoying the tranquility of spending continuous weeks at sea.
More recently James has enjoyed the sailing and diving lifestyle that the Caribbean has to offer. He is committed to delivering that “awe and wonder” experience to all those that come aboard making sure they have a truly unforgettable vacation!
Having grown up in Australia, Ellie has always lived a life of adventure in the outdoors. She fondly recalls the many weekends of hikes and camping her friends and family would go on, and the adjoining activities such as kayaking and rock climbing that would occur.
Since childhood, Ellie always had a passion for showing love through food. Whether that meant bringing people together through a shared bite, or perhaps dropping off a sweet treat to brighten someone’s day, she knew how much a meal could mean to people. After a few years of travelling the world, Ellie, or known affectionately as “Archie” by her cheffing peers, decided to pursue her commercial cookery and patisserie qualifications. This led her to work for some of the most renowned restaurant groups and cafés in Melbourne, where her skills were able to exponentially skyrocket.
After having worked on yachts in both Europe and the Caribbean previously, Ellie knew it was her calling to come back to where she was able to combine her two loves of cooking and outdoor adventure. She loves welcoming guests on board and providing the best curated experience, not only cooking for guests but also taking them on water and onshore adventures. On charter, Ellie loves nothing more than to see clients genuinely enjoying themselves under her care, and understands that it's the small details that really make a trip memorable. You’ll wake with a sense of excitement, and end the day with a full belly and a mind full of memories.
With her and James’ enthusiasm and knowledge, they know that after a week with them their guests will leave having just experienced one of the best weeks of their lives.