Captain: Captain: Clive Youlton
Clive has been sailing professionally since 1981, prior to this he was in advertising and motor racing formula Ford cars in the U.K. He has circumnavigated the world, is particular to sailing yachts mostly and has an extensive knowledge of the Caribbean, Mediterranean and New England sailing areas. Clive's most recent charter command was Zingaro, 112' S&S. He holds an MCA Yacht Master 3000 gt. license and is a certified scuba diver. His hobbies include gold, staying fit, kite boarding, tennis, anything active.
Stewardess: Gail Youlton
Gail grew up in Providence, RI and spent her most of her spare time in and on the water. She left college with an Arts Degree and specialized in computer graphics. Gail’s land based career was focused on product development and end design. When she had an opportunity to combine her long time passion for sailing with worthwhile employment she happily accepted the opportunity! Gail joined Whisper in 2008 and since then has looked after her passengers with an always brilliant smile and genuine care for their well being.
Her hobbies and interests include all sports; skiing and tennis in particular and design, painting and work.
First Mate: Brooks Detchon Brooks started his professional yachting career in 2001, and has worked as captain, mate, and engineer on several sailboats. He has been working with the Whisper program for several years and joined as the full time mate in May of 2014. He currently holds a RYA 200 Ton Yachtmaster license and a 100 Ton US Coast Guard license. When not on the water Brooks spends most of his time in the mountains. Several years ago he used that experience to develop and market a new product for the ski and snowboard industry. His hobbies include surfing, skiing, hiking, and board shaping.
Engineer: Kevin BrownKevin has been working in the yachting industry for over 15 years, working his way up from deck positions to Engineer. With a strong background in sailing and a passion for “fixing all things”, Kevin joined S/Y Whisper and is enjoying the new challenges and experiences onboard. Having sailed on all the major oceans around the world, Kevin enjoys the busy, adventurous life living onboard. During his off time Kevin enjoys playing golf and spending time in the mountains snowboarding, hiking, camping and fishing.
Chef: Laura Ahlquist’s Laura’s love for being on the water started at a young age growing up in Long Island, fishing, digging clams and boating. Her passion for cooking with healthy, fresh local foods was a gift from her grandfather as they spent Saturdays wandering the Farms of Long Island looking for the summer treasures of summer corn, melons and tomatoes. When the opportunity came for Laura to own and operate a charter boat in the British Virgins Islands she jumped at the opportunity and left the restaurant business to run a floating hotel. At present she works on various yachts and estates around the world. Today you will still find her at the local Farmers Markets sourcing the freshest seasonal items to bring aboard and share culinary experiences with her guests.