Operating in the Bahamas, Caribbean, East Mediterranean and the West Mediterranean
Robert Lloyd was introduced to sailing from the age of 5. Beginning as so many do, on the optimists, before progressing to pico and lasers at Hawley Lake Training centre. Sailing continued as a hobby at school which involved inter school regattas on occasion.
This hobby turned professional in 2007 when Robert completed two successful flotilla seasons in the Greek Ionian. Liking the idea of a hobby being worked as a means of employment, He turned his attention to bigger yachts whilst traveling in New Zealand.
Robert began his yachting career on an Oyster 82' as a mate and quickly learnt what it would take in this line of work. Following this he spent four exciting and adventurous years on board a 175' modern classic, where he cruised the Pacific, Chilean fjords, Southern Ocean, Mediterranean, Caribbean and North America. The opportunity arose to complete his Chief Mates ticket and assume the role of 1st Officer, and more recently he acquired his Master 500.
Courtney is from the small rural town of Marton, New Zealand. Growing up on the water back home Courtney combined her love of this and her inner adventurer and took to Europe in search of work on yachts early 2012. 5 years down the line she has worked in the interiors of both sail and motor yachts of various sizes. Beginning her yacht career as a stewardess, Courtney then found it an obvious choice to transition into the galley full time after attending The Grange Cookery School in Somerset, England. Being brought up in a family owned bar and restaurant she has always grown up around the heat and hype of a busy kitchen.
She too, like Robert, has been fortunate enough to visit some amazing destinations off the beaten track. Courtney loves immersing herself into new environments and cultures and especially thrives on sampling new flavours and cuisines to incorporate these in her dishes. Outside the galley Courtney is a keen diver, she enjoys a good hit on the tennis court and loves to entertain friends and family with delicious home cooked food.
Robert and Courtney have been working together for over three years and look forward to using their combined experience into providing a wonderful time for guests on board Penelope.
Growing up in New Zealand, an outdoors life was a given for Ana. An adventurous and curious risk-taker, she quickly took up Dinghy sailing at a competitive level.
The time on the water cemented in her decision to pursue a career at sea. For the past few years, she has been working on sailing yachts both in NZ and the Med. A qualified Yachtmatser Offshore, and over 15000 nautical miles under her belt, she definitely feels quite at home on the ocean.
Ana thoroughly enjoys teaching and spent a large part of her yachting career teaching NZ Youth about conservation both on and off of the water as a part of the New Zealand Sailing Trust.
In both her spare time and day to day rituals, Ana strives to lessen her carbon footprint and enjoys creating and learning new ways to live a more Eco-Friendly lifestyle. When she's not trying to paint the planet green, you'll usually find Ana impromptu singing and dancing, and riding horses.
Stuart grew up in Cheshire, England, and from early on knew he wanted a career at sea. Starting as a keen dinghy sailor in his youth and quickly found himself working as an engineer for a large fleet of charter yachts, spending most of his time on the water cruising around the Greek islands.
Following that, he moved to a large classic motor yacht, and enjoyed a few years exploring the Mediterranean. Doing Atlantic crossings in his spare time he decided it was time to move back to the brighter side of yachting.
Stuart has a varied range of hobbies, enjoying hiking, wake-boarding to tending to his allotment. A devout tinkerer, Stuart strives to ensure you get complete enjoyment onboard S/Y Penelope
The accommodation layout offers three staterooms located aft of the saloon. The master cabin with king sized bed and a private en-suite shower and head. The two family/guest staterooms have two large single beds, which are fitted on slide rails and can be pushed together to form a large double bed. A third fold down bed is also available. Each with a private head and shower. A raised saloon offers a panoramic view and leads forward and down to a more intimate lounge and separate dining area.