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 two sons 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 in 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, Carribean 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 and squash.
Dominic Fry Deckhand
Growing up in the South East county of Sussex, Dominic discovered his appetite for sport at an early age, going on to study the subject at Central Sussex College and playing Rugby at county level. His desire to travel led him into the yachting industry, and prior to joining JO he worked on board M.Y. Bystander. Having always enjoyed an active lifestyle, Dominic likes to spend his free time skiing, socialising and getting fit.
Oli Scrimshaw Deckhand
Born in Cambridge, Oli spent his childhood years developing into a keen dinghy racer, competing at both National level and European championship level in the ‘Formula 1 of Dinghy Sailing’- the 18ft Skiff class. Oli moved on to teach sailing on yachts taking clients racing in events such as the prestigious Cowes week “Round the Island Race”. With a degree in Marine and Composite Technology under his (finely spliced) belt he began working on the infamous J-Class yacht Rainbow racing all over the Med and Caribbean. Oli has joined JO bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of all things marine and loves to help guests waterski, wakeboard and really make the most of their time on-board. Away from the sea Oli is a serious petrol-head and can always be found in the garage with his beloved TVR.
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, son and twin daughters 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 still renovating his newly acquired property in the South of France, hiking and skiing in the Alps or serenading his wife.
Stuart MetcalfeSecond Engineer
Stuart's enthusiasm for engineering began at the tender age of 13, growing up in Durban on the coast of South Africa. From here he began a career in engineering, spanning twenty years, ten of which have been spent on yachts. During his free time, both on and off the boat, Stuart is an extremely zealous fisherman with his favourite catch being the elusive Mahi Mahi.
Jimena Caro Chief Stewardess
Born in Cordoba - Argentina's second largest city, but raised in Patagonia, Jimena grew up surrounded by Whale infested 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 to move to Europe where she got her first position on a sailing and diving yacht where 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. Working as a stewardess aboard a high powered high profile jet vessel for the past 4 years, Jimena is now on JO 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 for over a year and a half, and thrives on delivering a first-class experience for all guests on board.
Alice Parkinson Stewardess
Alice, our token Kiwi, was born and raised in Auckland - aptly known as the ‘City of Sails’. She has enjoyed many family boating holidays which has led to an on-going passion for the sea. Working in the hospitality industry, as the Assistant Manager of a popular Auckland Hotel, encouraged a strong desire to pursue her dream of travelling and she has since visited a number of countries around the world, enjoying the company of many people from all walks of life on her journeys. With a degree in Graphic Design, Alice has developed her eye for detail, observation of culture, architecture, art and scenery. She enjoys photography and in spare time can be found relaxing in the sun, practicing yoga or exploring hikes any destination has to offer.
Maria Alvarez Sanchez Pastor Stewardess
Born in Madrid, Maria’s taste for travel began at the tender age of 11 when she moved to Argentina with her family. She then fled the nest at 15, moving to the USA to pursue her studies. Maria has always had a connection to the sea, with her family having owned a boat based in Marbella. It was here that Maria finished her degree in Hotel Management which then led to her working in a host of 5* Hotels in Mexico, Dubai and a variety of exotic locations. Not content with a land-based role however, Maria enjoyed two years as a flight attendant for Etihad Airlines in Abu Dhabi, before deciding that a life at sea was her true calling. In her down time, Maria enjoys running, exploring new cities and baking.