Captain Jarryd was born in South Africa. He grew up in Durban spending his days on the beaches with his friends. Jarryd studied Marketing and advertising after school while working for a successful restaurant/cocktail bar opening new franchises around South Africa. Jarryd entered the yachting world in 2009 as deckhand onboard a 188’ Feadship. Since entering the wonderful world of luxury yachting, he has crossed the Atlantic 5 times and cruised many different waters including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, US East coast and the Gulf of Mexico. His hard work, attention to detail and growing knowledge, along with strong communication and entrepreneurship skills allowed him to work his way up to Captain of very busy private and Charter programs. Jarryd first joined LADY J in 2015. His longevity and charter experience have allowed him to hone his skills to provide a five-star yacht program and experience to guests every time. He is very team and guest focused. He has a lively bubbly personality and gets on with all guests, always sharing a joke or two, making for a memorable charter experience that guests won’t ever forget. In his free time, Jarryd enjoys diving, water sports, traveling, and reading.
Captain Toby was born in the United Kingdom. He grew up in the Midlands but left at a young age to travel Australia and SE Asia. Toby spent his younger years as Dive Instructor in Thailand and Indonesia before entered the yachting world in 2005 as Deckhand/Dive Instructor onboard a 156’ Sailing yacht. He has since achieved 170,000 nautical miles on vessels up to 305’. His mileage has taken him around the world twice and many off the beaten track places including Indonesia, Pacific, Galapagos, Cocos Island and many more exotic destinations. Captain Toby has been in command for the last 5 years, running well-known charter yachts across the USA, Bahamas and Caribbean. His 18 year career and expansive experience have allowed him to hone the skills necessary to provide a five-star experience to all guests. His friendly and approachable personality ensures his guests are happy and relaxed while enjoying a memorable charter experience. Toby's home base is in South Africa and during his free time, he enjoys keeping fit, fishing, plays golf and is a parent to two young children.
FIRST OFFICER / DIVE MASTER
Shaun was born in Cape Town, South Africa and grew up in Durban. After having studied Marketing and worked in one of South Africa’s most famous bars as a mixologist and flair tender, he left South Africa in 2009 to work as a bartender on the world’s best Boutique Cruise sister ships Seadream 1 and 2, travelling the world for four years. In 2014 he joined private yachting and landed his first job on an explorer superyacht, circumnavigating the globe. Since then, he has stuck to mostly Caribbean and Med itineraries but did spend a few months in Alaska shortly after receiving his Officer ticket. He has a love for the ocean, above and below the surface. Shaun’s passion is SCUBA diving, and he is a certified Dive Master. He also loves kiteboarding and surfing too. He is a great team player, always approachable, and enjoys imparting his knowledge and experience to fellow crewmembers. He is currently working his way to his Masters license.
CHIEF ENGINEER (Rotation)
Matt is from Winchester, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He grew up sailing in the Chesapeake Bay and sport fishing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After earning a degree in economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina he decided to follow his love for the ocean and pursue a career at sea. He has been onboard yachts for 15 years. When not turning wrenches, Matt enjoys being in the mountains hiking and camping, or on the water paddling and fishing.
CHIEF ENGINEER (Rotation)
“Mikey” was born in Durban, South Africa where he grew up surrounded by water and was an avid surfer. He worked as a mixologist in cocktail bars in Durban before leaving to work as a Mechanical Mate for the London Underground Railway. After five years in London, he missed the ocean and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to begin his career in yachting. He began working as a deck hand, quickly finding his way to the engine room where he excelled. Nine years later he is an extremely talented engineer who plans to continue his education and attend more engineering courses during his free time. He currently resides in Mallorca, Spain with his beautiful wife and baby boy. Mikey considers himself lucky to work on a rotation schedule onboard Lady J so that he can also spend time with his family at home, where they enjoy hiking, swimming, reading, and surfing.
Anthony grew up on the Mississippi river in Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. During his time in University, he studied abroad in France where he volunteered on an organic farm. One thing led to another and next thing he was training in Gastronomy in France in an intensive culinary program focused on Gastronomic French Cuisine and Pastry, followed by an even more intensive internship. Anthony then travelled through Central America and Thailand. While he was traveling in Thailand he acquired his Thai cuisine certification. After a few years of travel he returned to the United States, and worked in a Spanish Tapas-Style Restaurant in Miami, which ultimately introduced him to find a culinary career in the wonderful world of luxury private yacht charters. While not whipping up culinary delights in the Lady J galley, Anthony enjoys training for Olympic distance triathlons, swimming, cycling, reading fantasy fiction and playing trombone and bass guitar. While Anthony considers himself a Jack of all trades in the galley, his strength lies in Mediterranean, Thai and Central American Cuisine. With his well-rounded culinary expertise, Anthony intends to wow guests with his international flavours.
Natalie was born in Sheffield, England. She is a fully qualified beauty therapist and in 2012 she took to the seas, working in the Spa onboard a cruise ship. She instantly fell in love with the ocean and travel and has never looked back, spending the last 10 years working overseas, from resorts in Greece and the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, to chalets in the French Alps, as well as on Richards Branson’s private island in the BVI’s. In 2016 she joined the yachting industry, starting out on a 262-foot motor yacht in the Med. She is friendly and outgoing with a passion for pulling out all the stops to provide exceptional service with a smile. She loves exploring new places and trying new experiences; in 2016 she completed her open water and advanced diving certificates in Thailand and in 2019 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Goa, India. She has recently spent 3 months travelling in South America where she enjoyed a mix of hiking and multi-day treks, and quiet days relaxing on beaches, cocktail in hand.
Sophie is a girl from Boise, Idaho, who left to see what else the world had to offer. After graduating from college, she left on a solo trip to Australia, and then lived in the Netherlands for a short period of time before joining yachting. She enjoys trying new things, experiencing new cuisine, and making great friends along the way. She is a bubbly, outgoing girl who is always ready to lend a helping hand. Sophie enjoys all things about the water, with a long background in competitive swimming. She loves to relax on secluded beaches with a book and some good music. She has a silly and sassy sense of humour and can always be counted on for a laugh or a specialty cocktail that will enhance your taste buds.
Gillian was raised in Leesburg, Virginia, developing a love for the outdoors, spending summers at the lake and winters skiing. She then attended the University of Tampa and obtained a degree in Biology. Her curiosity for the world and passion for the ocean led her to attend a Semester at Sea, where she travelled to multiple countries within Asia, Africa, and Europe while taking courses on the ship. This program sparked her love for living on the water and she knew she wanted to pursue a career at sea. Given her waitressing experience and adventurous, outgoing personality, yachting was an obvious avenue. Gillian is passionate about creating memorable experiences for others as they explore the world, making her a great fit for Lady J.
Moses grew up in Durban, South Africa, where he went to school in the mountains of Howick and spent his days between farms and beaches. After finishing his schooling, Moses moved to Cape Town where he lived for a year while working in the high-end hospitality industry. This experience led him to take the leap into the world of yachting where he has quickly gained vast amounts of boating knowledge. During his free time his interests include working out, sports, surfing, and fishing. His happy and outgoing personality are a great asset to the Lady J team. Moses enjoys every aspect of the yachting life and his hard work and dedication have paid off since working his way up the Lady J ladder from Deck Hand to Bosun.
Tyler was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up playing on his high school basketball and golf team. Tyler then moved to Knoxville where he attended the University of Tennessee to study marketing. During his time there, he started up his own valet company which became very successful and is still going strong to this day. Throughout his life, Tyler has been boating on lakes all through Tennessee. Since then, he has been pursuing a boating career which brought him down to Fort Lauderdale, and eventually onboard Lady J. During his spare time Tyler enjoys playing golf, basketball, fishing, and spikeball on the beach.