Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson

Captain (rotation), UK
Joined Lady Joy in May 2013
Raised on the South Coast of England, Chris started sailing at an early age and travelled Europe sailing both competitively and for pleasure. Now a father of two, time for hobbies is limited, but whenever an opportunity arises, he loves to introduce his
children to boat life on the family sailing yacht or take to the water windsurfing. His safety consciousness is more pronounced as a father than ever, and he ensures that safety is of paramount importance on board Lady Joy. When maritime weather conditions are unsuitable, Chris is more than likely to be enjoying a round of golf or a game of squash. Chris’s professional yachting career began over twenty years ago, during which time he has also graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSC honors degree in Marine Technology, and completed his “MCA Master of Yachts License”. Chris has lost count of the number of times he has crossed the Atlantic, and knows the Mediterranean and Caribbean like the back of his hand; he has also spent time cruising the Baltic, Indian Ocean and west and east coasts of the United States. Chris has several exciting itineraries in mind to suit your cruising dreams. You can be sure that Chris will put his all into making your stay on board Lady Joy the holiday of a lifetime.
Dan Waters

Dan Waters

Captain (rotation), UK
Joined Lady Joy in June 2018
Dan began his career in 2005 as a cadet in the Merchant Navy, and completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Studies at Plymouth University in England. During his cadetship, he circumnavigated the globe on a variety of commercial ships including several months
on a sail training vessel teaching disabled passengers. Since then, he has worked his way through the ranks on a variety of yachts up to 160 meters in length. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym and running, but his real passion is fishing. Dan’s adventures have ranged from catching 200lb catfish in Spain to salmon fishing in Alaska! He is also a keen diver and some of his best ones have included swimming with hammerheads in the Galapagos Islands and hand-feeding bull sharks in Fiji. Whether you are looking for a chilled beach holiday or an action packed adventure, Dan will always go out of his way to make sure that your stay on board Lady Joy is one you will never forget.
Dylan Lenard

Dylan Lenard

Chief Officer, UK
Joined Lady Joy in May 2015
Dylan is an energetic, enthusiastic, and efficient person who loves his career. He always likes to find the positive in everything and this rubs off on those around him. Having grown up in multiple countries including South Africa where he was born, Bahrain,
Abu Dhabi and England, he developed a passion for the ocean and the outdoors. He loves physical activities and from the adrenaline seekers to the shy beginners, he has been told that he has a knack for getting people to enjoy themselves! He is particularly good with kids, helping them to improve their skills and partake in all the activities the yacht has to offer while always participating in an exciting yet safe manner.
Terry McManus

Terry McManus

Chief Engineer (rotation), UK
Joined Lady Joy in June 2023
Terry grew up in the coastal town of South Shields, located in the mouth of the river Tyne in northeast England. As South Shields has a long and proud tradition of seafaring and shipbuilding, it was a natural progression for Terry, along with his passion for
marine engineering, to enter the yachting industry. Over the years, he worked his way up the ranks to become Chief Engineer on board Lady Joy. Along with his love for Motocross and motorcycle restoration, Terry keeps fit and active in his spare time with boxing, kickboxing and martial arts.
Sam Horwitz

Sam Horwitz

Chief Engineer (rotation), UK/USA
Joined Lady Joy in July 2015 and January 2023
Sam was born in Norwich, England and grew up in a small village in the countryside. Surrounded by the rivers and canals of the Norfolk broads, Sam spent much of his childhood sailing and now considers himself an accomplished sailor. After completing high
school he trained to be an electrician, but soon decided he would rather be traveling and spent a year in Australia. Returning from Australia Sam realized he didn’t want to stop traveling and so decided to complete the required courses at the UK Sailing Academy to gain the qualifications needed to work on yachts. Following that he flew to Fort Lauderdale in the United States to join his first yacht as a professional crew member at the start of 2014. Sam first worked on Lady Joy as second engineer in 2015 and has now returned to Lady Joy for his second stint onboard, this time as chief engineer after completing a commercial engineering license and achieving his chief engineering certification. He is interested in a variety of watersports including sailing, scuba diving and surfing and is also a passionate musician and guitarist.
Alice Green

Alice Green

Chief Stewardess, Northern Ireland
Joined Lady Joy in September 2019
Alice hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminology, she held various jobs in retail and then became VIP manager for a well known local nightclub. A keen sports enthusiast, Alice became team
leader of the Red Bull Ireland Wings Team, and also spent more than ten years playing high level netball, representing Northern Ireland and Ulster University. After embarking on a journey of self discovery, Alice spent a month in India where she obtained her 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Certification. Having enriched herself in so many disciplines, Alice decided to join the yachting industry in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since! Yachting has allowed her to incorporate her love of adventure and travel with her passion for high end service. Alice looks forward to greeting guests with a flute of champagne and a warm smile, ensuring that they will enjoy every aspect that Lady Joy has to offer.
Zuzanna Kilanowicz

Zuzanna Kilanowicz

Stewardess, Poland
Joined Lady Joy in October 2021
Zuza grew up in a beautiful, small mountain town in southern Poland. After completing her Cosmetology Degree, she decided to set out on a new path and moved to France, where she founded her own business that specialized in VIP makeup and elite hospitality.
Combining her love of the ocean with her experience in hospitality, a future in yachting appeared to be a natural career path for her. Her various hobbies include cooking, cosmetology, handicrafts, skiing and camping. Zuza always looks forward to meeting new guests and to offering unforgettable memories and excellent service onboard Lady Joy.
Cameryn Wahanui

Cameryn Wahanui

Stewardess, New Zealand
Joined Lady Joy in October 2023
Cameryn grew up on the North Island of New Zealand, spending her early twenties immersing herself in Wellington’s fashion and hospitality sector. Cameryn’s love for people and her interest in the world around her, encouraged her to study social
anthropology. Her years of hospitality experience made her a natural fit for the yachting industry. Cameryn loves anything creative, including sewing, knitting and interior design. Her open mind and kind demeanor allow her to connect with all guests on board Lady Joy.
Jadelyn Leonard

Jadelyn Leonard

Stewardess, Canada
Joined Lady Joy in January 2024
Jade hales from Montreal, Canada. Growing up, she loved going to her community pool, where she quickly fell in love with synchronized swimming. She liked being in the water so much that she became a lifeguard and instructor for six years. While studying health
science in Cegep and biochemistry in university, Jade also worked in the restaurant industry, providing excellent service, and practicing mixology. Jade’s passion for swimming, hospitality and travel enticed her to join the yachting industry. Her various hobbies include reading, yoga, and event planning. Jade is excited to create unforgettable memories for all guests on board Lady Joy.
Vincent Vieira

Vincent Vieira

Chef, France
Joined Lady Joy in March 2017
Originally from Cannes in the south of France, Vincent grew up in a typical French family that loved to cook. He attended culinary school at age sixteen and graduated two years later. Since then, Chef Vincent has worked around the world in fine dining
restaurants, luxury hotels and for a British Premier League Football Club. Having worked in the yachting industry for over twelve years, his extensive travels have naturally inspired and enriched his culinary expertise. Whether it be French, Italian, Mediterranean or Asian, it will be Chef Vincent’s pleasure to treat our guests to his wide array of menus and to cater to any requests they may have.
Nicolas Cecchella

Nicolas Cecchella

Chef (rotation), France
Joined Lady Joy in January 2024
Although Nicolas grew up in the South of France, he has lived in England since 2001. A highly qualified French Chef with over thirteen years of experience, he has worked on various yachts ranging from 43m to 75m in length. Before joining the yachting industry,
Nicolas spent ten years working in various fine dining hotels and restaurants in England and on the Côte D’Azur. His culinary style is very diverse, incorporating global flavors from classic French and Mediterranean dishes to Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. Nicolas is happy to cater to any specific dietary requirements and looks forward to sharing his expertise with all guests on board Lady Joy.
Bradley Aleckson

Bradley Aleckson

Bosun and Rescue Diver, Australia
Joined Lady Joy in November 2019
Growing up on the pristine eastern coast of Australia shaped and developed Bradley’s love and respect for the ocean. He learned to swim before he could walk and engaged in a variety of water sports including surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding,
snowboarding and recently, kite boarding. Bradley graduated with high honors at Griffith University in 2016, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a triple major in finance, economics and financial planning and was awarded the University Student of the Year Award in 2016 for the Finance Industry in Australia. Realizing that the corporate world did not align with his adventurous leanings, Bradley decided to travel the world and began his career in yachting in 2018. As Bradley’s family ran a commercial fishing business operating a prawn trawler, he brings a wealth of fishing experience to Lady Joy. He is not only a certified rescue diver with extensive experience diving the Great Barrier Reef, but is a trained surf life saver as well. His extensive experience will ensure that he will always have his eyes open when assistance is required in or on the water. Bradley brings an array of skills and understanding to the Lady Joy team and looks forward to catering to her guests’ needs.
Michael Kilanowicz

Michael Kilanowicz

Deckhand, Poland
Joined Lady Joy in March 2023
Michael was born and raised in a small town in southern Poland surrounded by majestic mountains and many rivers. He developed a passion for both skiing and photography at an early age, and after completing high school, he became a ski instructor for many
years. Once Michael obtained his university degree in Cultural Studies, he worked in film production with an emphasis in photography and video. Combining his love of adventure and travel with his knowledge and passion for the visual arts, he decided to join the yachting industry in 2020. Michael can’t wait to make wonderful videos of guests enjoying a phenomenal time on board Lady Joy!
Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy

Deckhand, UK/USA
Joined Lady Joy in January 2024
Joseph, born and raised in London, was twelve years old when his family moved to Chicago. After studying sports and media marketing for two years at Colorado Mesa University, he decided to put his studies on hold to begin a professional career. The yachting
industry provided a great opportunity to challenge himself in ways he hadn’t recognized before. Joseph couldn’t be more grateful for the many experiences and interesting people he has met along the way! His hobbies include fishing, reading, writing and current affairs. He will do his very best to ensure that all guests enjoy a grand and memorable experience on board Lady Joy.
Luke Burrow

Luke Burrow

Deckhand, South Africa
Joined Lady Joy in January 2024
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Luke has grown up in and around the ocean and loves all sports and activities that allow him to get into the water. He decided to take his yachting courses right out of high school before moving to the United States
with his family in 2019 and one year later, he joined the yachting industry. Luke enjoys surfing, snorkelling, spearfishing and fitness and looks forward to sharing many water sports with guests on board Lady Joy.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy

Lady Joy

157' Christensen Motor Yacht

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