Captain John developed his love for boating from the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. He began sailing competitively and fishing from his earliest years. The passion followed him to Connecticut along with a love of all competitive sports.
Two weeks after finishing at The University of Connecticut his professional Yachting career began! Captain John started as an engineer in the industry, ultimately supervising the construction of three vessels as an owner's representative.
John has spent thirty years now as a professional yacht crew member. He has cruised extensively in the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean oceans, making friends with locals and guests all along the way.
Captain John holds many certifications to make your charter fun and safe. He has a 1600/3000 Ton Master of Oceans License. Celestial navigation, medical training, firefighting and ship's security are a few other pertinent qualifications.
NIKOLINA “NINA” STOJICIC
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Jarryd grew up on Durban Beach in South Africa. He spent 6 years in hospitality where he played an intricate role in the progression of taking a Cocktail Bar to a successful franchise, ultimately opening several stores across South Africa. During this time he competed in flaring competitions (think Tom Cruise in Cocktail) and studied a Masters in Bartending. He also has a degree in Marketing and a Diploma in Advertising/Brand Management. Jarryd started yachting in 2009 and since then he has completed five Atlantic crossings and sailed around the Caribbean, Bahamas, U.S.A, Mediterranean, and the Gulf of Mexico totaling 60,000+ nm. Jarryd currently holds the Officer of the Watch (OOW) and is working towards his Masters license. He enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, adventures, diving, surfing and long boarding.
CHIEF ENGINEER (Rotation)
Robert Buchar hails from New Jersey, USA and currently holds a Y4 Engineering license from the MCA and a 100GT Captain’s license from the US Coast Guard. At the age of 24, Bobby moved to the beach and started working for his brother as a Marine Diesel Mechanic. This exposure resulted in a love for the ocean and a desire to become a full time Marine Engineer. Bobby quickly moved from being land based to working full time on yachts. He initially started working in design and construction for a boat building company out of New Jersey, and then joined a 75' Viking Sportsfish as Captain/Engineer, cruising from New York to South Florida between 2007 to 2010. Bobby has never looked back and has concentrated on his career as an Engineer with over 13 years in the business and having completed multiple trans-Atlantic crossings. Bobby's other interests include fishing and off-road mountain biking.
CHIEF ENGINEER (Rotation)
Ben grew up on the scenic shores of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont. After serving in the US Marine Corps and working in the auto service industry, he decided to pack up and head to Alaska to crew on salmon commercial fishing vessels. Ben then worked in the Gulf of Mexico aboard offshore supply vessels as a Ship's Engineer which resulted in him cruising all over the world including Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Iceland, Greenland and the Caribbean. Currently holding a US Coast Guard Chief Engineer 3,000 KW License, Ben ensures that LADY J is in good mechanical hands. Since his start in the yachting industry Ben has worked onboard 130' Motor Yacht APHRODITE, 164' Motor Yacht MICHAELA ROSE and 160' Sailing Yacht GEORGIA. In his free time, he likes to travel the world and keep active by running and participating in varied water sports.
Carlos Manriquez, aka “The Sorcerer of Sauces”, is one of the most inventive and spontaneous chefs today. Renowned for his culinary skills and his ability to establish critically acclaimed restaurants and catering companies, coupled with his global adventures in extreme cuisines, and his passion for the next dish, is what keeps the crowd’s attention! Born in Tijuana, Mexico into a family of dairy farmers, Carlos began his culinary career at a very young age. He always loved helping his mother in the kitchen which was not very common in traditional Mexican culture. Carlos attended private boarding school in North Dakota where his culinary journey began upon taking a job in the kitchen as preparation cook. Working alongside international students fueled his interest in travel which resulted in a global journey spanning over 53 countries, where he began researching unique food preparation techniques and extraordinary world spices. Carlos obtained a technical degree in Dairy Science from the California Polytechnic State University. He worked for several restaurants, which cultivated into a broad scope of culinary growth. From his apprenticeship with Wolf Gang Puck in San Diego, Carlos decided that the art of creating food was his true passion and he went back to school to obtain a culinary degree from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Arizona. He went on to work as one of the youngest chefs to execute the Phoenix Open. Subsequently Carlos became a restaurant owner in Arizona, and since then his success in the restaurant and yachting business has been steady and newsworthy. Having been mentioned in national magazines and recognized for having one of the top five restaurants in Phoenix, Carlos has also scored 27 points in the Zagat restaurant resource guide. His recipes are published in a cookbook titled “Flavors of the Southwest.”
RONALDO DOS SANTOS
Ronaldo grew up on the East Coast of South Africa in sunny Durban. Having studied finance, he worked at Standard Bank's head office in Durban but it was not long until he realized the corporate life was not for him. Having spent most of his time competing in water sports, he knew a life at sea would be ideal. Ronaldo joined the yachting industry in 2013, working in both the deck and engineering departments. Obtaining certifications for both departments, he continues to grow his knowledge and passion for the industry. He has cruised the waters of the East Coast of America, Bahamas, Caribbean, South Pacific and the Mediterranean. Ronaldo received his Dive Master certification in 2014 and looks forward to showing the guests the wonderful waters of the Bahamas. Ronaldo enjoys interacting and bringing a wealth of experience to entertain the guests onboard LADY J.
Sarah grew up on her family’s farm in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountain range in South Africa. Whilst growing up she was exposed to the hospitality industry at a young age helping her mother with their Bed & Breakfast as well as her mother's Cafe restaurant. After completing her University studies in Business and Entrepreneurial Management Sarah set off to travel the world. It was in January 2013 when Sarah decided to complete her yachting courses and join the yachting industry where she could combine her love for travel as well as her hospitality experience. Over the last 5+ years Sarah has worked on both private and charter motor yachts traveling the East Coast of America, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, South America, Europe, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Sarah has many seasons of charter experience working for and with Captain Peter and Chief Stewardess Bronwyn in both the Bahamas and the Caribbean and looks forward to using her skillset and sunny disposition to ensure LADY J's guests have a memorable time on board.
Danne is originally from South Africa and brings an eclectic background of hospitality and brand management experience with her to the Lady J. Before joining the yachting industry in 2017, Danne worked promotions for various industries from clothing to wine as well as bartending and waitressing with experience ranging from bistro-style to 5 star services. In her spare time, Danne enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, health and fitness. She also enjoys fine dining/wine appreciation experiences.