So why are our SeaScape trips so different?? Many reasons - but most of all, it's our SeaScape skippers. All have many years of sailing experience and of course the requisite professional qualifications from the RYA, ASA or AYF. However - unlike the more common bareboat-with-skipper option, where the skipper's responsibility ends with getting the boat to/from port - our skippers' role goes far beyond that.
Lots of people can sail a boat. Not so many have the easy-going, sociable leadership skills it takes to look after groups of very diverse people. Our team are chosen for these characteristics above all. They are people who love to share their knowledge of sailing, who enjoy being part of the group dynamics on board. They'll keep the boats stocked with food and drink that you like, help arrange trips ashore - or perhaps take you along to meet their own local friends and really experience the behind-the-scenes culture!
"What a trip! A journey through the islands and beaches ... under the ever humourous management and control of our Skipper Ray.
For all the laughter his underlying attention to our safety and enjoyment was a testimony to a great professional."Jim S
Our skippered charters offer the chance for even you old salty sea dawgs to kick back, and have a relaxing vacation too!! No matter how many years sailing experience one might have - local knowledge is still worth all the gold in Davy Jones' locker.
Where are the cool swim-stops that aren't in the guidebook? The best tavernas? And of course - the home-from-home welcome which our local families always give our SeaScape sailors...
Whether you're a total newbie or getting-miles-up-for-yachtmaster - our skipper guys and gals are happy to share their own extensive experience and skills with you on a one-to-one basis.
Also known by those who sail in her Aegean realm as "The Goddess Diana," or "Mother Hen"! After completing a degree in Psychology at Sussex University (UK), she spent her early years vascillating between boat-bumming and the software industry. An increasing gathering of potential sailors wanting to join her trips to Greece inspired her to take the plunge and buy our first boat "Vassilis" - and so SeaScape was born!
Her long-held belief in a down-to-earth, "no-glossy-brochure-speak" approach came into it's own even more with the advent of the internet and mobile communications. With the dubious honour of being amongst the first to purchase a cellphone modem in Greece (getting it working was another matter!) - she finally realised her vision of being able to communicate directly and personally with potential sailors - straight from the boat(s) to your home/office.
Whenever she's not actually at the helm of her first "baby", Vassilis - she can usually be found attached at the hip to her laptop, still eternally online.
Greece and Turkey are now well-established, but Diane's itchy-feet syndrome hasn't abated she continues to head up new sailing explorations - our new 55' catamaran in Thailand being the latest cool addition to our SeaScape family.
One of our engineers-run-away-to-sea; or perhaps he is regressing, as he started his teenage years as a marine engineer trainee. From the age of 12, he was sailing on clinker built cutters and whalers in the UK; shortly afterwards, heading across the oceans as an engineer on super-tankers. A varied career has followed, including skippering flotillas for a certain well-known competitor, leading groups of young people on volunteer missions overseas... and his most recent "real world job", working in a team developing new technology lasers for eye surgery in Australia.
As our technical manager, Ray is responsible for all our little fleet; ie, if it doesn't work, it's his problem! When asked to write some of his own bio, he claims that he is a "quiet and insular character who likes to get to bed early; not keen on socialising but will do so when necessary". If you sail on his boat, you'll soon learn not to take a single word he says seriously.
Skipper Rob joined our Med team back in 2005, and after a break of a couple of years to set up home in California, returns with wife and first-mate Amber to take the helm of our new operation in the Sporades, Greece.
Another escapee to Peter Pan Land... Rob stowed his law degree in the cupboard, and took off for a double-handed transatlantic at 22. An attempt at returning to London suit-and-tie land lasted a short while, but the call of the sea kept enticing him away to various sailing instructor/skipper roles around the world. In his other life, Rob has a small design and web development business which often interferes with his golf and skiing during the winter months. Passionate about photography and video, you'll also probably find him setting up 'the shot' for one of his projects at some point.
When she's not keeping the team in Greece organized, Amber runs her own fundraising company back in Sacramento, CA. Thanks to modern technology, she's able to spend a lot of the season in the Mediterranean without her clients even noticing - though they do wonder why she turns up to meetings so jet lagged and tanned!
Over the past 10yrs or so, Iain has managed to combine a career as a firefighter in New Zealand, with sailing instructing for “Windy Wellington’s (NZ's most prestigious yacht club); and also three previous seasons with us in both Greece and Thailand. His wife and sometime first mate Jo is also head ranger on Some's Island (just off Wellington) - they have quite the variety of adventurous skills & experience between them!
In a much earlier life, Iain started his marine career as a stoker on board frigates in the British Royal Navy, sailing around the world. The next episode saw him serving in wellies for 6yrs as a firefighter near his original home town of Bristol (SW England). After very roundabout route sailing from the UK via France, the West Indies and Australia, Iain finally ended up in New Zealand for several years.
The Face behind the Phone - Lora keeps tabs on all of us, crew and guests!
For those of our Old Salts who have known Judy as part of the “SeaScape furniture” for man years - meet her good friend Lora, our “New Judy”! Lora and Judy were both part of a big group of Seattle-ites who sailed with us multiple times - Greece, Turkey, Thailand. So she has seen our trips from “the other side of the coin” many times, and knows the questions our newbie sailors should be asking before they do.
Like most of us at SeaScape, Lora had her fill of the crazy corporate world and quit her managerial job at a major telecoms company recently. She now embodies all the cool advantages of mobile comms;wherever Lora goes, so does our SeaScape main office! Currently, it’s Arizona (most of the time).
Despite moving south, Lora and hubby are still Pacific north-westerners at heart;camping, hiking and kayaking are still favourite hobbies. The office probably goes camping also, but not yet kayaking…
Our Australian accountant and business manager, keeps us afloat financially. Not your ordinary accountant, Robert sold out of his high-pressure city partnership some years ago, preferring a more balanced life of private practice and spending as much time as possible afloat - whether on his own yacht in Sydney, or heading up other SeaScape trips DownUnder.
His other passion in life is the piano; Mr Cool Entertainer has been known to amaze our sailboat neighbours many a time by setting up a mobile "Piano Bar" actually on board! Have Piano, Will Travel - not a bad motto. Teaching non-aussies how to say "G'day Mate!" properly is another of his hobbies...
Besides running the SeaScape finances, Robert also looks after our Sydney base; so if you are also DownUnder, you can call up and talk to him directly about our trips.
You can reach Lora in our office in the States (Arizona timezone) on
+1 623 546 5853 or US Tollfree 1 877 273 2722
Get in touch with any questions you have, and we'll get right back to you.