Operating in the Caribbean
Salon looking out to cockpit
Teak salon table, folds out for dining
Guest Bath - 2 views
Large, comfortable cockpit
Mojeka in the turquoise Caribbean waters
Impressive sight at the dock
Foredeck lounge pads
Cockpit alternate view. Helm seat reverses
Sunset from bow
Gorgeous yacht in gorgeous anchorage
Grilling dinner on aft deck
Hull windows provides daylight in lower deck cabin
Sunset on Mojeka
Top with bimini cover over cockpit
Safety railings along side walk way
The sea was in Jan’s soul from birth. He grew up on the seashore in a countryside of hardy fishermen and friendly farmers. His earliest memories are of sailing the Norwegian coast in the family’s small boat, and visiting friends on their farms and still recalls the taste of fresh milk straight out of the urn in the barn. By the age of six, his parents had bought him his first boat. It was a way to get around that he compares to city kids on bikes.
Growing up Jan could never imagine being without a boat. So, it was no surprise that as a young man he bought and totally refitted a 30´ gaff rigged, fiberglass, traditional Norwegian sailboat. This was his home in Norway for many years. However, one morning, when his duvet froze onto the cabin wall, he decided to flee the Scandinavian cold. Pulling up anchor he sailed away to warmer climes.
Captain Jan crossed the ocean in his 29-foot Norwegian classic sailboat, eventually dropping anchor in San Blas, Panama. Panama is one of his favorite places on earth, second only to Cape Verde Islands. The city is a vibrant metropolis, with the most picturesque old town nestled beneath towering skyscrapers. Two hours away, stunning San Blas is an archipelago with some 400 picture-perfect, palm-covered islands.
In this paradise Captain Jan launched his own yacht charter business. For several years he shared his favorite places with guests from all over the world. After attaining his Yachtmaster Ocean license he worked as a professional captain on a range of yachts from small to large. He has sailed worldwide, including the canals of Europe, the Aegean, Mediterranean and Caribbean seas.
Captain Jan enjoys diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing, whether in command of his seventh personal boat, or the beautiful charter yacht Mojeka. He is an enthusiastic teacher for any guest keen on learning sailing and navigation. Jan says, “Snorkeling, and free-diving are my favorite activities. I am a Padi dive master and a snorkeling instructor. I love to help guests develop from barely-ever-having-been-underwater to nearly professional free-divers! There is so much more under the surface than most people know.”
Captain Jan is a highly skilled mariner and guests always feel relaxed in his capable charge. In addition to being a masterful sailor, he is a tinkerer with an extraordinary knack for fixing things. He is also a story-teller, with an amusing repertoire of life experiences and a fine sense of humor. His native language is Norwegian and he also speaks English and Spanish. His motto: Do the right thing, the right way, the first time. And have fun while doing it!
Chef/Stew Alma Lammie
Chef Alma grew up in Panama with both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to splash about and explore. Her passion for cooking is in her DNA. Her namesake Grandmother, Alma, owned a rum cake factory. Her Grandfather was head chef at the elegant Panama Hotel. Her childhood was all about food and family.
Alma is a creative chef with a serene demeanor and a welcoming smile. She is always poised to lend a hand, helping guests with gear, fixing a late night snack, or serving a signature cocktail. Alma prepares a wide variety of dishes using fresh ingredients from local markets whenever possible. She is adept at customizing the menu to suit guest preferences and has the ability to adapt recipes to special dietary requirements. As she puts it she can “edit on the go”.
Guests who prefer their morning yoga with a dash of extreme can suit up with Alma. Trained in classical ballet, she now practices Acroyoga, the physical practice that combines yoga and acrobatics, and SUP Yoga, which is yoga brought outside of the studio and onto a paddleboard floating on water.
In addition to working as a professional yacht chef/stewardess for several years, Alma is a professional photographer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and has extensive training in photography and media production. Alma is fluent in Spanish and English. Her motto: Just the right amount!
Salon has TV/DVD/CD & stereo and Bluetooth. Salon Headroom 198cm
Master has TV/CD
Master Cabin Headroom 204cm
All guest cabins have electric fans
Master & VIP Cabins are ensuite; third guest cabin uses day head/shower located rear lower
Master Cabin 208x190cm
VIP Cabin 203x160cm
Guest Cabin: 203x124cm
WIFI - internet hot spots.
Guests can buy a local sim card and get 3G wherever this is possible. (which is usually close to the major islands )For emergencies the guests can use the boat's computer to check emails.
11-19 March, 2017 ~ Grenadines - Comments to crew:
Hi Jan and Alma –We woke up this morning in Concord, MA – missing both of you! It’s 35 degrees and cloudy with some snow on the ground…. Thanks so much for such a wonderful week. We feel so lucky to have met you both and to have had you as a part of our vacation… We enjoyed all of the great conversation – as well as your thoughtful, careful, and warm approach to every aspect of our trip. As we drove home from the airport, Olivia, Tim and Luke each remarked as what nice, special people you both are…We hope to see you again soon – and hope you have a wonderful trip north to Antigua!
Tom and Kristan
11-19 March, 2017 ~ Grenadines - Comments to broker:
We want to thank you both for your efforts in planning our wonderful trip on Mojeka. We absolutely loved Jan and Alma – they became such a special part of our trip and gave our family an experience that we will always remember. The boat was a nice fit – the sailing was great… I appreciate all of the work that you did to help prepare us, Jan and Alma for the trip… We will certainly speak to you again – hopefully for another trip next year!
6-10 March, 2017 ~ St Lucia ~ Wonderful!
It was really wonderful. The boat was better than expected. Jan and Alma couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating.
Feb 2-9, 2017 - Grenadines
We wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful vacation on Mojeka. She is such an awesome boat. We will always treasure our days sailing on her. She is so comfortable to stay on and sails like a dream. We can only hope a 45 Moody is in our future.
Alma what can I say except you are just such a sweet lovely person. You made us feel so welcome and comfortable aboard Mojeka. And very spoiled as well. Each meal was better then the last. Your food presentation is lovely. We felt like we were in a fine dining restaurant. I can tell you we are missing your cooking. And a special thank you for all of your research into Gluten free cooking. Having Celiac disease is difficult and we never get to eat out anymore so your delicious meals meant so much to us. You were always one step ahead of us when we needed something and you kept the boat so neat and tidy. Your sunny disposition is so uplifting to be around.
Captain Jan you are the best. We both learned so much from you during our trip. You are such a knowledgable sailor. Mojeka and her owner are very lucky to have you. Mojeka is in good hands with you as we can tell how much you like her and how well you are caring for her. We wish we could have you caring for our boat Mojito like that. As you know I can be a bit of a nervous sailor but I was totally relaxed in your capable hands. You handle Mojeka so well. Your fun, friendly personality made our trip so pleasant. We could tell that you really wanted us to have an amazing vacation and that was so sweet. Like I said before I would trust you to sail me across the Atlantic.
We wish you both safe sailing and much happiness together. You make a great team. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can do it again next year if finances allow. You are always welcome to stay with us here in Virginia. What fun we would have taking you both horseback riding. Please stay in touch because we would love to hear about all of your adventures. Get that Mojeka Facebook page going....lol."
Thank you again !!!
Cheryl And Budd
Xmas and New Year Grenadines 2016/2017 ~ Splendid!
We were very happy overall with the charter. The yacht was splendid, the crew was great and the itinerary worked out well.
21 Dec - 2 Jan, 2017 - St Lucia to Grenadines ~ Mojeka Smile!
The yacht Mojeka: The yacht was in tip-top condition ( effectively new) and fitted out to the highest standard. The master cabin was spacious and comfortable, and shared a head and shower with the starboard side twin cabin. The port side twin cabin had its own head and shower, but restricted headroom for one of the bunks. The galley and dining area was roomy, light and had excellent views , whilst the cockpit external dining area ( which we used most of the time and seated 6 in comfort) was really luxurious and seemed unique in a yacht of this size. The bimini gave sun and rain protection and could be stowed away in seconds. The swimming deck was easy to deploy and access and the watermaker was a real luxury – there was always plenty of fresh water. The front sun deck was a nice feature, especially when coming into port, and the rear rail seating was comfortable and safe even when cruising fast at a 25 degree heel. Overall, we didn’t see another yacht in 12 days of cruising that offered the comparable quality of fit-out, an equivalent entertaining space and top-level sailing qualities. We were quite proud to be on it, actually – a real peach.
The crew: This was the first charter Jan and Alma had done together on Mojeka. They were keen to please and that created a very positive impression right from the start. At the same time, they were obviously working out how to operate together effectively and that was quite charming to observe. We felt they relaxed towards each other and to us in the course of the charter and we all had a lot of fun together as the trip progressed. Jan was a highly competent and experienced sailor with good practical skills around the boat, whilst Alma ( with limited sailing experience) was an imaginative and skillful cook who rose impressively to the challenge of organizing and cooking in a grand style in the restricted facilities available. Her menus always had a touch of the exotic which is exactly what we had hoped for. We established an on-board routine of expansive breakfasts, then either a big lunch or dinner on board and the other meal ashore, which suited everyone fine. We particularly liked Alma’s cheery disposition, always on display and especially at mealtimes! Jan took his responsibility as captain very seriously and we would enjoy sailing with him again in waters he knows well and this may be something we plan on doing in the future.
The Charter: A charter of a big, modern yacht over Christmas and New Year was always going to be expensive and this charter certainly ticked that box. However, the overall quality and delivery was excellent and there were no additional “nasty surprises” - the only extra charge was for the six bottles of top quality champagne which was ordered at our request, as agreed. The yacht and crew succeeded in fulfilling our (high) expectations and we would certainly consider chartering Mojeka with Jan and Alma again, perhaps in a different area of the Caribbean. Please pass on our thanks to the owner. We very much enjoyed his cocktail recipe “Mojeka Smile”, which encouraged us to burn through 6 bottles of rum on the trip. He can be confident in the crew he has operating Mojeka on his behalf.