CAPTAIN Eric Leslie | American
Captain Eric strives to create memorable and positive experiences for guests onboard MILK & HONEY. His leadership style can be described as professional, collaborative, and motivational. He believes that by meticulously maintaining a vessel, hiring the right crew, and properly training them for their job a high expectation of service and experience of guests and owners can be met. Eric has extensive experience in vessel event planning, including high profile events: he once obtained a Justice of the Peace license to perform a marriage ceremony for a couple while on Charter on S/Y SHAMROCK V. A skilled navigator with 2,000+ days logged at sea, Captain Eric has over 30 years of experience in the marine industry with a well-rounded view and knowledge of varying industry facets. He holds a 1600T USCG license and STCW certificates. Eric has previously held captain and crew positions on: S/Y ENDEAVOR 130’ J-Class; S/Y REBECCA 140’ Ketch; S/Y SHAMROCK V 120’ J-Class; M/Y BUCKPASSER 37M Hitachi Zosen; M/Y ENDEAVOR 40M Westport; and M/Y SERENA 74’ Feadship. In his free time, Eric is a member of both the Storm Trysail Club and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club where he was a past board member. He enjoys sailing and boating of all kinds, biking, skiing, travel, and woodworking.
MATE Jared Mowbry | American
Jared has experience working as mate and bosun on both private and charter yachts including 114’ M/Y VIVERE and 147’ M/Y ICE 5. He has a strong commitment to safety and a positive, can-do attitude. His hobbies include underwater photography and drones, SCUBA, and anything on the water. His enthusiasm, positive energy, and big smile always wins over the guests. Jared is working to obtain his SSI Master Diver rating.
CHIEF STEWARDESS Jessica Harris | American
An outgoing “Southern Bell” who grew up in Beaufort, North Carolina, Jessica was raised in a charter and boat building family, so she has a natural love for the ocean. In her yachting career so far, she has held stewardess and deck positions on charter yachts including 143’ M/Y BACA, 122’ M/Y ANDIAMO, 110’ M/Y INTREPID, 122’ M/Y SEA U LATER, and 108’ M/Y SHARON LEE as well as several private yachts. Jessica also has experience in hospitality and sales and is trained in Silver Service. She enjoys body surfing, frisbee, fishing, snorkeling, and the occasional relaxing day on the beach.
ENGINEER Nick Dysart | American
Nick has held engineer, bosun, and mate positions including two previous stints on MILK & HONEY, the 150’ Trinity M/Y UTOPIA III, and 105’ Catamaran BELLA VITA. In keeping with his diverse skill sets, he is often visible helping his fellow crewmembers, and is equally comfortable on deck and in keeping MILK & HONEY running smoothly.
DECKHAND Jacob Bickman | American
Jacob uses his extensive guest service experience in the hospitality and restaurant industry in his role as MILK & HONEY’s deckhand, including at a luxury Colorado dude ranch where he worked in maintenance, as a zip line guide, and a cook. Jacob has a strong work ethic and is a team player. His yacht experience includes M/Y STARSHIP and M/Y SEA SPIRIT, and his qualifications include STCW, VPDSD, and RYA Power Boat Level 2. Jacob takes pride in ensuring all safety procedures are maintained while providing a memorable experience for guests.
CHEF: To be confirmed
2nd STEWARDESS: To be confirmed