Captain: Peter Martin
Peter is well known from the popular charter yacht ARIOSO where he was Captain for over 6 years. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, he spent his vacations on the Cape where he found his love for the ocean. After working in the service industry during his early years, he quickly found himself in management positions. Having managed many successful nightclubs and restaurants he finally opened his own Portuguese restaurant with a childhood friend. After four years of the restaurant business he moved to Florida where he discovered the yachting industry. For the last 16+ years he has traveled extensively on the East coast of the US, Bahamas and Caribbean. He is very competent and enthusiastic and loves utilizing his hospitality background on charters. Peter holds a Master 3000-ton license with the MCA.
First Officer - Dive Master: Jarryd Vermaak
Jarryd grew up on Durban beach in South Africa. He spent 6 years in hospitality and during that time assisted a successful cocktail bar progress into a franchise. He studied a Masters in Bartending, has a degree in marketing and also 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. He has his Yacht Masters license and is currently working on his OOW. Jarryd enjoys scuba diving, surfing and long boarding.
Chief Stewardess: Bronwyn Martin
Born and raised on the Wild Coast of South Africa, Bronwyn always had a passion for the open seas. In 2008 Bronwyn entered yachting and most of her experience ranges from 40m to 88m yachts. Bronwyn holds her "Medical Persons Onboard" and "Medical Person In Charge" certificate and is well qualified in service skills, bar-tending, event organizing and catering to all the guests needs. Bronwyn led her team to win the Antigua “Table Setting” contest in 2012, competing with vessels ranging from 100ft to 160ft. Creating good memories and designing fantastic theme evenings for guests to enjoy is the best part of yachting for her. Bronwyn is an amateur horticulturist with a penchant for flower arranging. She dreams of one day opening her own florist shop in South Africa to continue bringing joy to people. Bronwyn also enjoys reading, scuba diving and painting in her free time. With Bronwyn's friendly personality, LADY J'S guests are sure to be happy and smiling throughout their charter.
Chef: Ainsworth Ferguson
Born on a beautiful Mother's Day in the town of Trelawny, Jamaica. At a young age he found his passion for cooking through helping his Aunt Daphne prepare traditional family recipes in her restaurant. In his formative years Ainsworth was raised in Connecticut. he received his culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and received extensive hands-on training through working with world renowned Chefs like Jean George, Michel Nischan, and others. He has worked privately with many celebrities throughout his 20+ years of culinary experience. Ainsworth also loves to travel the world and found fulfillment in connecting his passion for food and travel through yachting. He gained his STCW / Eng1 and found his forte working with the yachting industry. Chef Ainsworth aims for excellence when tantalizing the palates of our charter guests as they explore the seas ready for VIP experience. Off charter, he loves to play tennis, basketball, run, swim, surf, and jet ski for exercise and fun. He resides in New York and enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Engineer: Robert Buchar
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 boats- initially in design and construction for a boat building company out of New Jersey, and then joined a 75’ Viking Sports fish as Captain/ Engineer, cruising New York to South Florida from 2007 to 2010. Bobby has never looked back and has concentrated on his career as an Engineer---13 years in the business and has completed multiple trans-Atlantic crossings. Bobby enjoys fishing.
Second Stewardess: Char Bennett
Char (Charlotte) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland where she obtained degrees in Visual Communication and Book Publishing. After university she lived in Australia working and traveling, and from there she found her way into yachting through an old school friend. She has been doing it almost two years now and loving every minute! Throughout university and her travels Char worked in hospitality, and specializes in bartending. She looks forward to making you feel very welcome, and utilizing her talents to delight you with exciting new drinks and old favorites alike!
In her free time Char enjoys diving, sailing, reading, and writing a travel blog.
Third Stewardess: Jovana Stojiljkovic
Jovana was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. Age 21 she joined her first cruise ship got the chance to travel the world and gain experience as a photographer on board. She spent a year and a half on cruise ships and then moved over to the Yachting Industry two years ago. Jovana now enjoys combining her knowledge and talents to making your trip on Lady J as enjoyable and memorable as possible. In her spare time Jovana enjoys photography, writing, reading and sports.
Bosun: Brent Burrows II
Brent was born and raised in the island nation of The Bahamas, spending a lot of his time on the water. He went on to study Business Administration at the College of Charleston where he raced with their offshore sailing team- winning a national championship along the way. During his time in school he studied abroad in over 15 countries. He had a strong desire to continue his love of travel and being on the water, which led a new adventure in joining Lady J in 2015 as deckhand. Brent has his Yachtmaster, is a licensed sailing instructor, and has a strong interest in fishing and kiteboarding.
Deckhand: Marijan Travaš
Marijan was born and raised in Croatia, and started in the hospitality industry with 4 years of Culinary Training and worked as a Sous Chef in fine dining restaurants in his homeland. Marijan then went on to study and become a certified Sommelier, which he used professionally in the cruise ship industry. He then migrated to the yachting industry and has since become a 200gt Yacht Master and a highly experienced deck crewmember. He will be happy to assist you with all watersports, snorkeling and beach activities, he is also a certified diver.