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.
FIRST OFFICER / DIVE MASTER
Born in Brazil, Gui decided to explore the world at the age of 21, spending 4 years in London and 10 months cycling around Europe, later finishing his Environmental Engineering degree. After a few years of office work, Gui felt the yearning to travel once again and the yachting industry fit him perfectly. With over 10 years of yachting experience, Gui has cruised the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Atlantic and North Sea. He has been a Dive Instructor since 2005 and is proud and happy to lead all dive operations onboard motoryacht Lady J. Gui is experienced in deep, drift, and night diving. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian and “un peu” French. When not organizing Lady J’s dive gear to perfection, Gui can be found dreaming of the sailing boat he would like to own to circumnavigate the world.
Simon was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica, on the north coast, surrounded by rivers and ocean, which instilled in him a passion for swimming and water activities. Simon found his love for engineering through racing cars at a young age and was persuaded to pursue a career in marine engineering by his older brother—a chief engineer on merchant vessels. After completing his studies, he worked with his brother on oil tankers until he was encouraged by a friend to try the private yacht sector. Simon has worked onboard well-known yachts such as Perseverance 2, Elysian, Tutto le Marrane, and Sovereign. He has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and has cruised the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. In his spare time Simon enjoys playing football, water sports, pool, tennis and table tennis.
Anthony grew up on the Mississippi river in Driftless region of South West Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he obtained his 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 flavors.
Sarah grew up on the water in Michigan on Lake St. Claire. Having gone through her yacht clubs’ junior sailing program she developed a love and passion for the water. The need for warm weather and sailing year-round, she found herself on the west coast where she finished college and eventually ended up in Newport Beach, CA surrounded by sailors and yachties alike. She continued to sail while working in the medical field but always knew that working on boats was her ultimate career goal. Sarah has been a key member of the Lady J team for a year now and has worked her way up from 2nd stew to Chief Stew. Her passion to serve others, eye for detail, and laid-back attitude makes for wonderful combination for our guests while on Lady J.
Dimitry was born and raised in southern Connecticut, the eldest child of Russian immigrants. An avid athlete growing up, he spent most summers sailing competitively along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. Following his high school graduation, Dimitry enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry and successfully completed 2 combat tours in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. After military service, he studied at UConn and worked in manufacturing before relocating to South Florida where he entered the yachting industry in Spring 2015. Dimitry has worked on yachts from 60–74m, and has been fortunate to cruise the Mediterranean, eastern Canada, Central America, Alaska, South Pacific, and SE Asia. He enjoys all facets of boating life and the thrilling aspects of yacht charters. He looks forward to lending his seasoned experience and passion for world-class service as part of the Lady J crew.
Terrea was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, where she was first introduced to her love for the ocean and the outdoors. Terrea began playing team sports at a very young age; volleyball, soccer, track and field while excelling in academics. Terrea graduated college with an advanced Diploma in Finance, as well as pursuing a career in hospitality at the same time. Her intense passion for travel has taken her to 6 continents and over 70 countries thus far. In 2019, Terrea decided to brave the Pacific Crest Trail, which is a continuous 2,662-mile hiking path from Mexico to Canada. After that endeavor she decided that a career on the water was her next challenge. Her passion for the outdoors and love of the sea is the perfect combo where she continues to strive to “Wow” guests each and everyday!
ABIGAIL (ABBY) HAKE
Abby grew up in Columbia, Missouri. Her family enjoyed summers at the Lake of the Ozarks where she became comfortable on boats and in the water. She attended Oklahoma State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She worked for a year at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland through their College Program after she graduated. After her time there she moved to Surrey, England to be an au pair to four boys. She spent many days off exploring wonderful London and traveling to 17 new countries. With her growing experience in hospitality and care for others, she knew that she was ready for the next adventure as a yacht stewardess. Her gentle and welcoming demeanor makes for a perfect combination for guests while on board Lady J.
Hobbies: Being outside: snow skiing or hiking in Colorado, swimming, biking, walking my dog, star gazing. Reading, embroidery, quality time with loved ones, exploring new places and meeting new people
Nicolette is from a ridge in northern-central New Jersey where she grew up overlooking the skyline of New York City. While experiencing all four seasons, her favorite season of all time is the summertime. She loved being down the shore with family and friends. Going on boat rides, fishing, diving, and surfing all summer long. For that reason alone, she made the decision to move down to Florida and live closer to the ocean. From there, she was introduced to the yachting world. With all her experience in hospitality and her love for the ocean, she wanted to cater to those on water rather than by land. Looking for a change in career paths, she decided to build her sea legs and work alongside great captains and crewmembers. Nicolette has completed multiple Atlantic crossings, delivered yachts all over the Caribbean, and has sailed all over the Mediterranean. While traveling, she has been introduced to different cuisines, cultures, and amazing people. Her goal is to make each trip memorable.