Captain: Mark COCHRAN
Diploma: USCG Captain, 500 ton, STCW 2010, PADI SCUBA instructor
Mark Cochran is the quintessential combination of southern charm and simple sophistication. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia your Captain’s sense of hospitality to host his guests in luxurious comfort runs deep.
Growing up on a small lake adjacent to the banks of the Chattahoochee River, a natural and effortless understanding of wind and water was instilled at an early age.
Mark’s enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge has seen him wear many hats and pursue a range of varied interests culminating in what is the calm, deliberate, Captain before you today.
His love of the outdoors has seen him sail across the Atlantic, walk across Corsica, and SCUBA dive in Saba. An Ironman Triathlete and long distance paddle border, he has an inexhaustible drive and is effuse with energetic excitement.
Mark, having found his muse in his wife and partner, Kristen, of 22 years, the couple are perfectly synchronized. The duo developed their love of sailing and adventure when they made their home and business in the BVIs on the island of Tortola.
They have crewed several different catamarans together over a period of 16 years. Beginning with Amazing Grace, a Privilege 65 and after a few seasons at the command of Double Feature, a Lagoon 570, Mark took the helm of Sabore, a Privilege 585.
Having overseen a major refit and a couple of years in charge of The Cure, the first Lagoon 620, Mark and Kristen remained particularly passionate about the Privilege brand.
Ultimately having the opportunity to project manage the build and crew not one, but two, 74 foot, Privilege catamarans, Captiva 745 and now, Namaste the new Series 7.
As partners in life and business, Mark & Kristen’s passion, knowledge, and dedication is continually sought after by their clients and charter guests. The affable and confident Captain, Mark, is eager to chart the course for your next adventure on board, Namaste.
Chef: Kristin CLEMENTS (56)
CHEF: Kristin CLEMENTS
Language spoken: English,
Diplomas – PADI Dive Master / STCW95 / Culinary courses in Thailand, Vietnam, Austria & New Zealand
Kristin has 14 years of planning menus, dealing with suppliers, managing budgets, organizing staff, monitoring and maintaining the highest quality of food, while ensuring the galley adheres to hygiene, health and safety regulations.
Her menus and exquisite cuisines have won prestigious culinary competitions, not to mention her guests coming back for more
She is totally experienced in preparing food using a variety of cooking techniques with selected international cuisines in large or small galleys.
She has worked aboard Moto yachts as 90' Sunseeker, 110' MY La DOLCE VITA, 86' MY VIVIE RAE, 70' MY JODY LEE LAZARA, 120' MY BLACKHAWK FED SHIP.
She enjoys the challenge of preparing gourmet cuisine to the most discerning of palates
Other experiences to note are entertaining, assisting the captain, cleaning but first and foremost ensuring the guests are happy, and content at all times
Kristen hobbies are: traveling, reading, all water activities, music, shaking up a good cocktail, meeting new people and absolutely cooking. She is also an advocate of Preserving the life of the endangered sea turtles and all other sea life.
Stewardess / First Mate: Kristen COCHRAN (45)
Born and raised just outside Atlanta, Georgia, and commencing her study of the art of dance at the age of three, Kristen Cochran has developed grace, poise and stamina that appears effortless. Eager to pamper and please, her southern hospitality and drawl will comfort you the moment you step aboard Namaste.
Growing up water skiing and wakeboarding on family weekend excursions to local lakes, her love for the water is natural. Her passion for boating was solidified with a family project refurbishing a wooden ski boat.
Her older brother’s move to the Cayman Islands was instrumental in her securing SCUBA certifications and enhanced her desire to also live and work in the Caribbean.
She met her husband, Mark, at University and their shared love for each other and water was obvious and undeniable. Continuing their pursuit for adventure, they took sailing courses that ultimately culminated in a catamaran sailing course in the BVIs.
Kristen’s first position in yachting, found her serving as Chef and Hostess on board a 65 ft., Privilege catamaran, Amazing Grace, with her husband as First Mate. Continuing her pursuit of knowledge and skills, she achieved her Captain’s license in 2001. For over 16 years, Kristen & Mark have earned their award winning reputation as a Captain and Chef team on several luxury sailing catamarans including Lagoon 570, Double Feature, Privilege 585, Sabore’, Lagoon 620, The Cure and Privilege 745, Captiva.