Captain: Peter Pritchett
Peter was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. His father was a career military officer so he grew up traveling all over the world. By the time he graduated high school in Stuttgart, Germany he had travelled all over Europe, lived in Japan, and seen most of the United States. Traveling was in his blood. Peter started working around boats during his summer vacations and again after high school while in college, first getting a license on the Great Lakes and then moving on to an Ocean license Captaining yachts for over 40 years.
His interests include music, old cars and motorcycles. He restored a 1949 Indian Chief motorcycle when he was younger and a 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster. He plays guitar and enjoy listening to old Blues, early Rock, and Jazz musicians. When he was in High School he had all of Ray Charles’ albums.
Peter is married with one home in Ft Lauderdale and a second home in Longmont, Colorado. He has two kids, two dogs and a cat. His wife has a job working remotely by computer so she travels back and forth visiting him and he gets out to Colorado as often as time allows.
Peter loves his profession as a Yacht Captain. In the mid 1970’s he ran a 90’ Burger charter motor yacht for the owners of the Radisson Hotels. They cruised throughout the Exumas, Abacos, Eleutheras, and some of out islands taking the charter guests or owners into some of the choicest locations with a shallow draft of 5 ½ feet. One of the great things about the motor yacht SHE’S A 10 is the vessel’s draft. It is less than 6 feet and capable of getting into and around the Bahamas not only quickly with it’s high speed but also through the cuts and anchorages used by much smaller vessels. Interestingly, Peter was captain aboard this vessel with the previous owner when it was named MYSTIQUE from 1993 until 2007. During those years they cruised the Bahamas and Caribbean extensively. Just last year he was invited back to Captain the vessel with the new owner and he is excited to share his experience and love for the yacht with any potential charter guests to ensure them a great time aboard.
First Mate: Luke Parker
Luke is from the prominent yachting port of Falmouth. Together with his five brothers, Luke spent most of his time exploring the inland tidal waterways of Cornwall on small boats. He also competed nationally in all disciplines of surf lifesaving and performance catamaran racing.
After school, Luke went onto study Boat Building and Yacht Design at Falmouth Marine School and worked part time at Mylor Yacht Harbor as a Dock Master and Water Taxi Captain.
Luke has owned, maintained and operated boats since he was very young so it was only natural that he would end up working in the marine sector. Yachting was the perfect blend to exercise his passion for boats and strong work ethic. Shortly after graduation, Luke moved out to Central Florida as part of a refit team converting a 200ft Motor Sailing Yacht where he gained a foothold in the industry.
Luke then went on to join the crew of M/Y Mystique (now M/Y She’s a 10), where he met his wife Mandy, they worked aboard together for two years before they left the yacht to get married in Cornwall. After 10 years of solid experience in the industry, working on high profile private and charter yachts in the US, Mediterranean and Caribbean, Luke is concentrating on furthering his education within yachting and will soon obtain the necessary licenses ensure continued success within the maritime industry.
Chief Stewardess: Mandy Parker
Mandy grew up in a little town called Pinetown, just outside the port city of Durban, at age 4, her parents enrolled her in swimming lessons – a sport she quickly took to, going on to become Captain of her House Team and Vice Captain of her High School Team and competing regularly in open water swimming events.
In early 2010, joined the yachting industry and was promptly flown to Jamaica to join the M/Y Mystique (now M/Y She’s a 10) as a Third Stewardess, she kept her head down, earned her stripes and built a solid foundation upon which to base her career in the yachting industry.
After leaving Mystique, Mandy concentrated on developing her skills, she worked in various positions from Sole to Chief Stewardess on boats ranging from 30m – 70m, both Private and Charter. She has been fortunate enough to travel the US East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean and Mediterranean extensively, interact with lovely people and experience the world in a very unique and rewarding way.
When she isn’t off sailing, Mandy lives with her husband, Luke, and their two dachshunds in south Florida. She still enjoys swimming and fitness training in general and in her spare time she loves trying her hand at healthy recipes.
Mandy was honored to be offered the opportunity to rejoin her first yacht and accepted it with open arms. She is thoroughly pleased to be your Chief Stewardess and, along with the rest of the team, hopes to make your stay comfortable, rewarding and memorable.
Chef: Michael B. Smith
Michael was born and raised in Michigan where he developed a love for sailing and fishing. Developing a love for cuisine and cooking came as a natural extension of the environment Michael was raised in.
He completed a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Michigan State University. Upon graduation Michael was recruited by the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands where he worked for several years and moved from there onto a yacht and started his career as a yacht chef.
In over twenty years as a yacht chef Michael has traveled throughout much of the world cooking for clients on yachts ranging from 25 to over 50 meters in length. Michael was based in the Caribbean for over three years on yachts traveling throughout the Caribbean from Venezuela to the Bahamas. This was followed by a two-year stint in the Mediterranean to include the coastal regions of France, Spain, Italy, and Greece. He then spent several years on yachts cruising between the North Eastern United Sates, Mexico, Central America and the west coast of the United States.
Most recently, Michael worked on a yacht for eight years including over two years in the South Pacific to include Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand. Prior to leaving this position Michael oversaw the culinary department for a 50-meter yacht and the yachts 60-meter shadow boat with a combined fleet crew of 18 crew members and the capacity to house the owner and 16 guests.
2nd Stewardess: Claudia Camirand
Claudia grew up in a little town in the French part of Canada. Her curious, social and obliging personality lead her to pursue a Law Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Soon after, she discovered her ease and interest in building a strong and loyal relationship with her clients.
Wanting an environment with more suppleness and liveliness to create a unique and personalized experience, she turned toward the Service Industry and acted as a Business Development Advisor and Private Events Coordinator in a fine dining restaurant in Montreal.
When Claudia discovered the yachting industry she immediately knew that it was her next step. As your Second Stewardess on this yacht, Claudia’s devotion and ready-to-help attitude will be put forward to make sure you’ll fully enjoy your stay with us.
Third Stewardess: Kelly Murgatroyd
Kelly, our youngest crewmember, comes to us from South Africa’s east coast. Although she is relatively new to yachting, her extensive experience as a Travel Agent has proved rather useful and she has made a smooth career transition. She is a well-liked member of the crew, who brings light and humor to our team. Kelly has a lovely work ethic and great attitude and always goes the extra mile to make sure our guests have an excellent holiday.
Bosun: Fergus Hardy
Fergus is from Surrey in the south east of England. He has had a passion for the sea from a very early age and has always been a keen water sportsman.
After 5 years working on yachts ranging from 100ft to 500ft he has an excellent understanding of the yachting industry and has gained exceptional maintenance skills. He is always willing to please and aims to keep his guests as happy as possible at all times.
Outside of the yachting world he is a keen exercise enthusiast and spent many years of his life studying and competing in the martial art Muay Thai.
Deckhand: Marc-Andre Poulin
Marc-Andre grew up in Gatineau where he spent many of his childhood summers kayaking, boating and skiing at his father’s lake house. His analytic reasoning and ease with numbers pushed him to pursue his Bachelors degree in Accounting and his Masters degree in Taxation. Marc secured a position at one of the world’s largest accounting firms where he worked and succeeded in his field for three years. After this, seeking a more adventurous career path, Marc decided to lend his talents to the yachting community. His easy-going attitude and good sense of humor are greatly welcomed by guests and crew alike.
Deck / Engineer: Cameron Paans
Cameron is our in house electronics whizz. After being involved in Motorsports from a young age, he developed an affinity for fixing engines, which led him to pursue a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Stellenbosch. Once he had completed his degree, he turned his sights to yachting where he hopes to further his Engineering career and experience new and exciting parts of the world.