Meet the crew
JO's Professional Crew of 14 who live on board come from all over the world, and are led by 2 British Captains. With specialist skills in every area, they are always nearby to help you enjoy all the comforts and facilities you desire.
Ian Robertson Captain
Ian began his yachting career in 1987 aboard M.Y. Lazy Devil and enjoyed adventurous cruising on the Amazon and Orinoco rivers in South America. Since then, Ian has followed the more traditional yachting routes of the Mediterranean and Caribbean aboard M.Y. Virginian, Leander and Katrion. When Ian is not on board, he can be found in his Barcelona apartment, preparing one of his now infamous Gin and Tonics. Sports are an integral part of Ian's life and include kite surfing, snowboarding, golf, and in particular tennis - with him welcoming the challenge of a game from any guest with a mean serve. Ian is also a keen traveller, and after having witnessed evidence of the dramatic increase in poaching levels in Africa, he sponsored a rhino appropriately named "JO" on the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya.
Bruce Handyside Captain
Bruce started in yachting in 1996 completing his first trans-Atlantic on S.Y. Jasali. From Jasali, he moved up through the ranks working on yachts such as Samax and Faribana before taking command on M.Y. Blue Shadow C at the end of 2003. Bruce has extensive cruising experience in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida, Red Sea, and South East Asia. When Bruce is not on board, he enjoys spending time with his three children and wife in Palma De Mallorca, Spain.
Roderick Williams Chef
Rod was born and raised in the beautiful Derbyshire dales but his passion for cooking enticed him away to start working in professional kitchens since the age of 15. Rod has worked in numerous prestigious restaurants, London – Home House, Portman Square, Southern Spain – Arroyo Hondo, French Alps – Consencio chalets. The allure of the sea and the travel possibilities attracted Rod out of the kitchen and in to the galley. JO is his second yacht after a season on Ptarmigan and with his array of culinary experience and variety is enjoying the challenges of working on such a prestigious charter yacht as JO. Outside of the galley Rod particularly enjoys travel, having travelled extensively in Europe, Morocco, Mexico and Thailand.
Joshua Scrimshaw First Officer
Josh from an early age developed a passion for the sea even his surname evokes images of a great nautical character. Having started sailing at the age of six and then continuing on to compete recreationally, Josh then qualified as a sailing, windsurfing and kite instructor working in various places from the Med to the Red sea. Josh's land based qualification is a BSC in Sport Science but now having passed his Chief Mate 3000Gt ticket has returned following a 2 year hiatus where he worked on a high speed gas turbine yacht. Josh has cruised extensively in the Med, Caribbean and transited the eastern seaboard of the States.
Rory Paterson Bosun
Rory was born and raised in the historical naval city of Portsmouth. It was here that his passion for sailing and windsurfing began, with dingy sailing becoming a sport of great personal interest, both competitively and at an instructor level. This naturally progressed to working on boats, initially starting on sailing yachts including S.Y. Valsheda and S.Y. Windrift. Having now made the transition to motor yacht life on JO, Rory spends his free time partaking in a variety of sports, including golf, tennis and squash.
Alonso Peraza Jimenez Deckhand
Alonso was born and raised in Jaco, Costa Rica and started teaching people to surf when he was only 14 years old. Alonso is an accomplished competitive surfer, having won 4th place in the boys division of Costa Rica and is certified in ocean safety and rescue, as well as CPR. In his spare time he likes to surf, illustrate and is also an accomplished MMA fighter. His fighting style is Muay Thai boxing and he has quite a few wins under his belt.
Thomas Lewis Deckhand
Tom’s enthusiasm for all things sea-based began as a youngster, growing up in the naval town of Gosport. Whether it’s swimming, surfing, fishing or kayaking, Tom enjoys being active on and off the water. Tom is a keen rugby fan and player, having represented his County on multiple occasions. His fervour for sport doesn’t end there - not only is Tom a qualified Personal Trainer, he recently completed his University degree in Sport and Exercise Science. In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf and going to the gym.
Roger Camp Chief Engineer
Roger has been engineering in the yachting industry for 24 years, eight years of which he has spent on board JO. He is a diesel mechanic by trade and holds a Class 1 Engineers Yachting License. When he is not tinkering in the engine room, he spends his time at home with his wife, sons and daughter in Tweed Heads, Australia. Roger shares his role with Peter on a two month rotational basis.
Peter GosbellChief Engineer
Born in the Pacific Island country of Papua New Guinea, Peter grew up with the sea on his doorstep. He has been involved in yachting since 1993 and has enjoyed cruising interesting regions such as Antarctica, Patagonia, Galapagos Islands and Southern Russia. Originally trained as a Diesel Mechanic with Caterpillar Australia, Peter now holds a U.K Class 2/Y1 Chief Engineer’s license and joined JO as a rotational Chief Engineer. During his leave, Pete will be found enjoying his property in the South of France, hiking and skiing in the Alps or serenading his wife and playing with his lovely daughter.
Thomas Read Second Engineer
A career path in engineering has been Tom’s goal, since beginning work as a marine diesel mechanic. Raised in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Tom has grown up surrounded by an array of water-based activities, a favourite being surfing. Since being given the opportunity to work on JO, Tom has thrived in maintaining the yacht up to standard. Tom’s sunny disposition and friendly personality makes him a great asset to the JO Crew.
Jimena Caro Chief Stewardess
Born in Cordoba – Argentina’s second largest city, but raised in Patagonia, Jimena grew up surrounded by Whale inhabited seas. Taking to the oceans (led by her commercial fishing captain father) at a young age instilled a passion for nautical life that is still growing to this day. Following training in the culinary arts, Jimena decided in 2008 to move to Europe where she got her first position on a sailing and diving yacht. It was here that she gained qualifications in sub-aquatic exploration while cooking for the guests when above the surface. Jimena speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and English and is currently developing her French Linguistic skills. Jimena has now been working on JO since 2014, helping to ensure the guests have the most enjoyable time possible during their stay on board.
Chrystalla Panagi Second Stewardess
Having grown up in the sea-side town of Weston-super-Mare, Chrissy first got a taste for the hospitality industry through working in a popular seafront hotel. However, her thirst for travel soon took over and led her to the island of Mallorca, where she spent eighteen months working and immersing herself in local culture. A keen English language enthusiast, Chrissy enjoys spending her free time reading and watching films to further her eclectic vocabulary - which makes her a merciless opponent in a game of Scrabble. Chrissy has now been working on JO since 2014, and thrives on delivering a first-class experience for all guests on board.
Kathryn Jennings Stewardess
Having grown up surrounded by the sea on the Isle of Wight, south coast of England, Kathryn started her hospitality career in the world famous yacht clubs of Cowes. Coming from a maritime background, the daughter of a Captain in the Merchant Navy and attracted by a career afloat, this soon transitioned to crewing vessels in the vibrant waters of the Solent. Now working as a stewardess on board JO combining her existing skills and experiences with a desire to travel. Kathryn is an accomplished dancer, starting ballet at an early age and going on to compete and perform nationally. You will find Kathryn dancing and practicing yoga in her spare time, as well as dreaming where to travel next!
Mary Kavanagh Stewardess
Born just outside of London, Mary grew up overlooking the River Thames in Surrey UK. Throughout her school years she was a member of the Molsey rowing club where she was part of the ladies sculling team and the Thames Dinghy sailing club, spending weekends and holidays sailing with her grandparents who live by the coast in Hayling Island near Portsmouth. Travelling is Mary’s passion, she grasps any opportunity to explore a new area of the world and learn from the culture, food and people. Her most recent adventure has been to visit India to study teaching yoga. Having always worked in hospitality, all her interests and experiences led her to the yachting industry which contributes and enhances everything she loves about life.