Operating in the West Mediterranean
Pete is from the UK, born and raised in a seaside town at the mouth of the River Thames in South East England. Growing up next to the sea, he soon developed a passion for water activities and became particularly proficient in kayaking. He went on to teach canoeing in France, leading groups and instructors on the River Ardeche. and an expedition kayaking from Switzerland to England, crossing one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. On returning to England he relocated to an outdoor pursuits center on the South coast where he built his foundation of knowledge, skills and qualifications within the water sports industry, placing him as Principal of an RYA Powerboat and Sailing school. A highly experienced and qualified Captain, Pete sails into his 4th season on board Kings Ransom. He has chartered extensively throughout Europe & the Mediterranean, North America and the Caribbean, including skippering his own yacht from the UK to the British Virgin Islands. For the past seven years he has proven himself as a successful and capable Captain within the charter yacht industry, developing a fond following of satisfied guests. With his natural humor and personable, easy going nature you are assured an unforgettable time aboard Kings Ransom.
Niki is from the UK and grew up in East Anglia, home to some of the finest beaches in Britain. Growing up on a farm, she developed a passion for the outdoors and her adventurous spirit led her to travel and work throughout Europe, USA and the Caribbean. After graduating with Honors in Physical Education and English, she moved to the South East Coast to begin a teaching career. Her sailing life started with dinghies and her love for the purity of the sport soon led to the purchase of a small cruiser, which, a number of years later, turned into a 43 foot sailing yacht called home. Niki’s endless passion for food has been encouraged by her experiences traveling and her love of entertaining. Originally settled in the British Virgin Islands since 2007, she has proven herself as a successful chef aboard several yachts and steps into her 4th season aboard the Luxurious Kings Ransom chartering in the Mediterranean. Niki’s menu reflects her careful use of fresh, local produce creating dishes full of flavor and skillfully served from the galley of Kings Ransom. Passionate about your culinary experience afloat, she invites you on board to a feast fit for kings!
Michael was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but has been a costal traveller from an early age, residing in Australia and New Zealand for a period before settling in Cape Town for most of his life. His love for water started from an early age when he began swimming competitively, representing his province from the age of 12. He also played waterpolo and represented South Africa when he was 16. Having managed his family restaurant from a young age as well as spending many years in the hospitality industry, he knows what it takes to keep everyone smiling and content.
Lana grew up in the beautiful Winelands of Somerset West, South Africa. Being only a stone throw away from the Atlantic Ocean and spending summer holidays at the beach, she has always had great passion for the sea. Her caring and free spirited attitude coincides with her love for marine life. Lana's love for sports and for helping others naturally lead to herer career in injury rehabilitation path. Setting on a new journey of helping others experience what life has to offer on the seas of travel, Lana is an exciting and positive addition to the Kings Ransom team this season.Lana met Michael whilst studying their Bokinetics Honours degrees. Having successfully integrated into their physical rehabilitation profession, Together they were seeking new adventure and to utilize their skills elsewhere and decided to join the yachting industry. With their love for the sea and everything water sports we welcome them.
On board Kings Ransom, the crew provides a stellar service and will cater to your every need to ensure that you have a holiday of a lifetime. They are enthusiasts, who enjoy everything life has to offer. You will find them friendly, positive and vibrant team. Their love for life and adventure is contagious.
Pete, Niki, Mike and Lana warmly welcome you on board Kings Ransom, to create memories to treasure forever.
Kings Ransom Sleeps 10 in 5 cabins
All cabins have:
En-suite bathrooms with separate frameless shower doors, wash hand basin and electronically operated toilets.
The beds are at knee level with walk around access
Luxuriously appointed wood and leather
Hanging and storage cupboards
Individually controlled air conditioning
The Master cabin has a king size bed, spa bath, walk in closer and remote controlled blinds
The 4 Guest cabins have queen size beds (one converts into twin beds)
Day visitors bathroom
Crew/Captains cabin have separate companionway, heads and shower
Fan mail for the crew of KING'S RANSOM, from guests aboard in mid March, 2015 -
Pete, Niki, Martina and Daniel,
We want you to know that our cruise was the BEST EVER trip we have ever taken. It was a blast!
I can't believe I was worried about the children running out of things to do and our family being too close for a week to ever speak to each other again. Quite the opposite!
You kept us moving discovering,playing, sightseeing,shopping, doing card tricks and eating (Oh yes, we did enjoy eating at breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner).
You kept our itinerary running smoothly for the whole family - all ages, all interests and all already formed ideas. A time for everybody and that's not easy! You never disappointed, only impressed.
We hope to catch up with you one day and continue our new friendship. Best of luck on the Med and on your new boat. Keep in touch.
Bobby, Mary, Bonnie, Tom, Thomas, Connor, Mary Louise, Reese and Gracie.
I can’t say enough how amazing of a trip this was…like I said “the trip of a lifetime I want to take again next year!!!” Thank you for sharing your skills with us, from cooking, setting tables, sailing and the general ways of the BVI seas, it was absolutely phenomenal. There were so many great moments along our 9 night journey it is hard to pick only a few. New experiences for the kids and us, seeing the kids learn without being instructed was great…there was such a natural element to their understanding in this part of the world. Thank you for being so patient with the kids and for making everything so special.
We ate at 5 star restaurants every night (thanks Niki), slept in the lap of luxury (thanks Martina), had the best tour guide by our side every moment of the day (thanks Pete) and access to all we could ever ask for (thanks Dan)…all while having the kids with us!!!
A truly special vacation! I am already looking forward to the next time!
31st July 2014
The Fully Combined Holiday Experience-take 2
This has been an absolutely fantastic holiday. It has fulfilled our wildest dreams (and believe us, we have some pretty wild dreams!). As we leave you and set off for our return journeys we thought we would leave you with some parting thoughts as a homage to the various wonderful crew members…
Martina…your cocktails are second to none, the beds appeared to be made by magic in the morning, and your massage was as good as they come…a wonderful hostess!!!
Dan…thanks from the three divers for some amazing under water experiences, also your patience on the water skiing and ability to get us up in the end, and for the endless supply of water toys put out for our pleasure.
Niki…it has been amazing to visit so many beautiful bays, each remote but with our own a la carte restaurant on every one. A special thank you for the spectacular cake to celebrate 26 years since the honeymoon in St Lucia.
Pete…from leading dives to sailing instructor, you really do it all. We enjoyed sailing the boat under your watchful eye, thank you for being a wonderful captain and looking after us so well.
To all the crew, thank you for sharing some wonderful, funny and touching moments. We were particularly impressed with your willingness to join in our silly games and you have left us with some very special memories.
27th June 2014
Dear Pete, Niki, Martina & Daniel,
What an amazing week! Thank you so much for making every moment of this trip fantastic. I really could not have dreamed of having such a great crew.
From our early morning runs (great company Pete) to the dives with Dan, hot dogging, tubing, water skiing, wake boarding, sailing the hobie. It was all just excellent. Something for everyone!
The great massages, facials and even mani-pedis-thanks Martina!
And what awesome food! Niki, every meal was just great.
How well you managed to keep everyone happy and entertained! It was a vacation we will all remember…
We will see you next summer in the Med!
4th June 2014
Dear Captain Pete, Niki, Daniel & Martina,
I knew that this was going to be an amazing trip but I honestly couldn’t have foreseen how wonderful it really was.
The Kings Ransom is a beautiful catamaran-so luxurious and comfortable with all the lovely amenities, but I couldn’t have anticipated the fun, adventure, comfort and warmth your personalities and efforts provided. You made this absolutely spectacular for all of us. The children had the best times of their lives and so did the adults.
It takes very special people to be able to do that and I can’t tell you how much I am grateful to you all.
18th April 2014
We had a wonderful time!!!!
Love love the crew! They were fantastic. Harley had two ear infections and the crew was so wonderful with her. Just can't say enough. Niki is a wonderful chef. Food was fantastic. We enjoy every morsel.
The BVI'S were just breathtaking. The perfect recommendation in both....Kings Ransom and BVI'S.
The boat was not only perfect but so much fun. Thank you for that!!!!
We are not home yet, we are all travelling American Airlines and the entire airlines shut down. We are stuck in San Juan for the night.
The trip was one we will never forget and will have many wonderful memories.
Thank you again.
From guests aboard King's Ransom in mid-February, 2013:
I can say without hesitation that last week was the best vacation that my family has ever been on. The boat was georgeous but the vacation was made by the crew. Pete and Niki were amazing, the food was delicious and we were fortunate to have Ron and Anya Paxton (the crew on the Marmot) on our boat as additional crew. They all made us feel at home and there was not a desire that wasn't taken care of. I highly recommend them to other families.
You may be hearing from us for next year!
January, 2013 flotilla charter
‘’I am happy to report that the 2013 charter was extremely successful and, after fourteen consecutive programs involving yacht charters, this one was possibly the best yet according to many of the repeat guests. A great deal of coordination, cooperation and willingness to help on all fronts was shown by all the crews and Pete and Niki did an excellent job both before and during the charter. Their thorough attention to the details of the charter and the needs of all the guests plus their helpful communication was much appreciated. Their enthusiasm and often humourous attempts to engage the other yachts in friendly competition helped foster a fun spirit throughout the catamaran fleet.
It is well known that this charter places a great emphasis on dining and, with guests switching yachts for dinners, stimulates a good natured and unstated competition amongst the yachts. Niki and everyone on King’s Ransom did an outstanding job and received great comments from both their “home guests” and those that visited for dinner on the dine-around nights. This feat is not to be taken lightly considering the “competition” throughout the fleet.
We have received emails and letters from the King’s Ransom guests saying how wonderful the crew were and how happy they were with the yacht, the meals and the service.
King’s Ransom and her crew did a great job throughout the program and I will be pleased to provide positive references and recommendations for the yacht and the crew. We will be pleased to have King’s Ransom, Pete, Niki and the crew on future charters for these and any other clients.
Thank you again to everyone in the King’s Ransom family for such excellent service.’’
''The King's Ransom Magnificent! BVI magical! The food-delicious and beautifully presented BUT the crew 'tops the lot'. Thanks a million for a fantastic time'', Liz & Mike - January 2013
''I could not imagine a better place, better people or a better boat on which to unite as a family. You have helped us enjoy each other and our precious family time together-a rare gift. For the rest of our lives we will remember each of you and how easy it was to be with you and the wonderful care you took of us. Thank you so much for your expert sailing, your great sense of humor and your excellent taste in music! We had a wonderful vacation thanks to your efforts.'' The Fisher family, Christmas 2012.
''The crew of this ship has shown our family love, respect, patience, and generosity. We will be forever grateful for your endless ours of hard work in order to give us the trip of a lifetime'' Thanksgiving 2012
Yacht: S/V King’s Ransom
Date: August 4-11, 2012
Comment on the comfort onboard King’s Ransom:
- If we were to rate a from 1-10 it would be a 10, it was excellent
Comment on the condition of King’s Ransom:
- The boat has excellent conditions
Comment on the cleanliness of King’s Ransom:
- No problem at all spotless
Comment on the congeniality of the Captain and crew:
- Very attentive
Comment on the service of the Captain and crew:
Comment on the fun aspect of the Captain and crew:
- Very fun and accommodating
Comment on the expertise of the Captain and crew:
Comment on the quality of your meals:
- Top Notch
Comment on the presentation of your meals:
- The presentation where just excellent
Would you charter this yacht again? (Circle one) (YES) NO
Guests aboard KING'S RANSOM in July, 2012
Thank you both very much for creating a very enjoyable atmosphere, your services were very professionally carried out and we cannot think of anything that Yourselves and/or Andy along with Sara could have done to improve the enjoyment of our treasured vacation.
Niki: the food “Quality” “Taste” “Services” and “Presentations” were excellent, you provided what we asked for and gave us many options to choose from, perfect choices from a perfect Chef
With some Children as Guests, “Banter” was more or less a perquisite of the package, but the banter that you both gave to the Children was clever and thoughtful, and it came across as, you both genuinely enjoying your success at making some Children’s eyes and mouths wide open.
We as “Well Travelled Grand Parents” are fully aware that we should have left all “Table Clearing” away to you and your Crew, many times you all reminded us that it was part of your service, however, irrespective of how much we paid for the charter neither Hazel nor I, wanted the Children to lack the courtesy of a “Helping-Hand”
Pete: based upon our day to day dealings, you are definitely a “Class Act” you made us feel very much at ease, and secure in the knowledge that we were in very safe hands.
Your Parents must be very proud of you; we have never regretted not having a Son; however one in your mold would have been a blessing (“Yes Yes” Niki, roughly speaking you would have made a great fourth Daughter).
I have not mentioned Andy or Sara much above, as a separate letter is going to them, it goes without saying that they both served you well, With regards to the Children, Andy’s entertainment efforts were well over and above the line of duty. His interaction with us was excellent.
Sara provided the “On Board Services” that as Guests we could not have asked for a more thoughtful, mindful person to look after our needs
Thank You once again for giving all our Family memories that will be treasured for the rest of our lives
Safe Sailing, have a well-earned holiday back in England, Niagara Falls is only sixty miles from our home so if next July/August you would like to visit us please do not hesitate to email us, only cost to you- your airfares, VIP upon landing & leaving our nearby Toronto International Airport.
Hazel & Chris
Guests aboard KING'S RANSOM in June, 2012
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
We were never told "no".
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
The yacht was beautiful, spacious, and very clean.
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
We had AC on all the time. Never felt hot.
4. Was the food good and well presented?
A gourmet meal every time!
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Yes, we told the Capt. where we wanted to go and even though we did not have a lot of time he made it happen.
6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
There were some questions that VI Sailing did not know the answers to.
7. May we post this review on our website?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
The crew made the trip. This is definately a "Can Do" vacation. They were extremely accomodating and friendly. We had 3 small boys and they were VERY upset when the trip came to an end. We will definately be coming back!