Captain: Sean Heffernan ‘Hef’
Hef’s passion for the sea and the outdoors started at a young age with fishing and camping trips around the coast of Ireland with his parents. Growing up in the suburbs of Dublin he ventured to the coasts and rivers seeking adventure at every opportunity. Fueling his need to be around the ocean he obtained summer scholarships aboard two Irish Tall-ship Sail Training vessels at the age of 16. This is where his love for sailing was born. Working aboard, learning the skills of sailing, he received further scholarships to train as a watch leader.
After leaving school, Hef’s love for the outdoors became clear when he undertook an outdoor recreation diploma, where he started to hone his skills in sailing. Obtaining instructorships in many outdoor fields, he focused his skills on sailing. Following his graduation, he taught sailing for 4 years, before setting out to pursue his next goal of becoming a captain.
An MCA/RYA Yachtmaster, Hef has worked in the Superyacht industry now for almost 10 years,working his way up the ranks. With over 60,000 miles and 6 Atlantic crossings under his belt, he has built up a wealth of knowledge working aboard a vast range of vessels from 29ft-150ft. Hef is also a keen diver, having just obtained Divemaster, he has logged over 60 dives. As well as diving, Hef is a keen surfer and kiteboarder and has recently been on a west coast tour ofEurope with a few months in Portugal, surfing, kiting and diving.
Safety is always paramount with Hef in command, as is making sure his guests have the time of their lives! With a smile on his face always a laugh or two in store, a passion for sailing and the sea his whole life, Hef will do his best to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.
Chef: Kristy Marner
From a young age, Kristy discovered her enthusiasm and love of cooking from her parents. Growing up in a small rural village in Royal Berkshire, England, she would help her parents pick runner beans, rhubarb and tomatoes from the kitchen garden, and make jams and chutneys from the plums and apple trees.
Kristy discovered an unusual route into the Super Yacht industry. She trained at university as an Equine Scientist, after which she ran a racing yard in Newmarket, Suffolk and then moved to Chamonix in France to pursue her love of snowboarding. She worked in high end boutique chalets, cooking for up to 20 guests, as well as hosting cocktail parties, caring for and entertaining children of all ages, and guiding guests up the mountains. Here she gained an in depth knowledge of French and fusion cuisine. This is where she met Hef, and decided that her extensive repertoire of skills could be adapted and utilized in the yachting world.
She undertook a Day Skipper course in Southampton, following a cooking course at Ashburton Cookery School in Cornwall. Kristy also took part in a Sri Lankan cookery course to widen her skills in traditional styles of cooking. Kristy is also a keen diver and has recently obtained her Divemaster, as well as enjoying surfing and kiteboarding.
Kristy’s passion for fresh, local produce is reflected in her menus. She has a flair for making her guests culinary experience an unforgettable one. Her menus can be tailored to suit any diets or personal tastes whilst still including a regional influence using local markets and farmers.
Sean Heffernan ‘Hef’ and Kristy Marner are an experienced team and professional yacht crew who have been involved in the charter yacht business for some years. Hef and Kristy are joined by a thrid mate/stewardess to offer a highly professional yet friendly and welcoming service. Understanding how valuable 'time out' is they will make sure that every detail is thought of to make your time onboard relaxing and special. They can be as discreet as you like or take a more entertaining role. Both passionate about sailing and their work you can be assured that your time aboard will be an unforgettable experience.
Mate: Esme Arthur
Esme is our newest crew member. She grew up in South Scotland, but first got introduced to sailing in the Solent by her parents, who grew up on the Isle of Wight. After studying at Edinburgh University, she decided to take a year out to work as a deck/stewardess for a sailing charter company in Greece. A year turned into two and after enjoying working in Greece so much she decided to pursue a longer term career on superyachts. Esme is a keen outdoor enthusiast and especially loves hiking and mountaineering, skiing and water sports. She has an ambition to climb all the Munros of Scotland and return to Nepal to complete the ‘Three Passes’ trek. In her down time she enjoys reading, and painting boats and landscapes.