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CARIBBEAN & CENTRAL AMERICA

Mark Acosta

Marc Acosta

Mark Acosta is a Professional Yacht Captain, RYA Yachtmaster and holds a Bsc Honours degree in Economics. He has been working in the Superyacht Industry since 1994 - completing 9 Atlantic crossings, and sailing over 90,000 miles in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Europe and east / west coast of America... right up to Alaska. Mark has a well rounded background of professional experience - especially in the Caribbean region - which includes intensive chartering, major refits and an extensive knowledge of the island chain. Outside his professional work, he is a keen sportsman, competing regularly in OECS squash tournaments throughout the islands, and racing regularly on the Caribbean sailing regatta circuit. He now puts all his extensive efforts and experience into researching and writing the annual Superyacht Services Guides to the Caribbean. Email: mark@superyachtpublications.com

Clare Sudlow 

 Clare Sudlow

With an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification and CordonBleu diploma, Clare found employment in the Superyacht industry at an early age.Crewing aboard both motor and sail boats she gained wide experience in various different roles... as Deckhand aboard a 65' ketch; Mate aboard an 80' classic; Stewardess aboard a 180' motor yacht, and Chef aboard the very first Superyacht to carry a helicopter on her upper deck! In 2004 she and Joe joined the Superyacht Publications team to carry out research for the first edition of the Superyacht Services Guide to the Mediterranean before moving on to the Caribbean Guide. Email: jc@superyachtpublications.com

Joe Naysmith

 Joe Naysmith

A marine engineer of 30+ years, Joe has crewed aboard some of the most prestigious yachts of their time and - when not acting as researcher and photographer for the Superyacht Service guides - continues to do so today.In addition to numerous TransAtlantic crossings and hours of shoreside extensive refit projects, his CV includes a four year spell as engineer to the Jaguar Offshore Race Team in the U.K, giving him all the right broadbased experience to really understand the needs of the Superyacht market. Email: joe@superyachtpublications.com

Jane Finch  

Jane Finch

Born in Canada and raised in Victoria BC, Jane was introduced to sailing in the mid 1970's in Malta, where she sailed throughout the Mediterranean on the beautiful 1936 Fife ketch Eilean. She then crossed the Atlantic for Antigua, where she chartered throughout the Caribbean Island chain as first mate and chef on board Eilean, for 8 years. She moved ashore in Antigua in 1982 and worked at the Antigua Yacht Club for 4 years as Restaurant Manager, until the birth of her Son Jareese in 1986. Jane has worked for a local newspaper as a journalist, a tour Rep in Cruise Tourism and kept her interest in Yachting alive, being actively involved in various regattas and working with the Antigua Charter Boat Show for several years. Jane now writes and researches for the annual Superyacht Services Guide Antigua & Barbuda chapters. Email: jane@superyachtpublications.com

MEDITERRANEAN

Jono Hirons


Jono is a professional Superyacht Captain, holds a Master 3000t qualification and has completed over 300,000 miles at sea, including over 30 trans-Atlantic crossings, having worked in the Superyacht industry for over 25 years!  He has commanded both sail and motor yachts up to 75m. With extensive knowledge of the yachting industry and having lived in the Balearic Islands with his wife Jay for over 15 years, Jono now researches this area for the Superyacht Services Guide, as well as taking on yacht relief work and deliveries worldwide.
Email: jono@superyachtpublications.com

Suzi Jameson

Suzi Jameson

Suzi Jameson was born in Ontario, Canada, where she learned to love various styles of boating on Canadian lakes - from canoes to windsurfers, lasers to waterski boats and then on to larger sailboats. Her early passion for music lead her to France, where she met her husband - an experienced sailor - with whom she has now sailed extensively throughout the West Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. As a jazz pianist and singer, Suzi has done private events on many Superyachts with her jazz trio, as well as cruised across seven countries performing on the Club Med II, a five-mast sailing yacht of 189 m. Suzi is really enjoying being involved in the Superyacht industry, which combines her love of the sea and travelling with her artistic appreciation of the fine beauty and high-quality work that goes into creating and maintaining every aspect of each Superyacht. Email: suzi@superyachtpublications.com

NORTH AMERICA

Kristi Chesher

Kristi Chesher

Born to sailing parents, Kristi first sailed to the Caribbean onboard the 82' Fife ketch Isabelle in 1972, where she spent many years sailing with her family and living in the US / Caribbean. She was educated in the United States and holds a BS in Zoology / Chemistry, but due to her love of the sea and warm water sailing she moved to Antigua, WI in 1992 where she raised her family until 2007, when she relocated to Newport, RI and is now the managing director of BWA New England, offering a full range of yacht support services. Kristi has been working in the Superyacht industry for the last 22 years, which has provided her with access to a vast network of resources and contacts in the yachting industry. Her passion for travel has taken her all over the world by air, sea and land; she continues to discover new destinations and is currently researching and writing the New England & Bermuda regions for the USA Guide, which started in 2008 for the research of the first USA Guide. Email: kristi@superyachtpublications.com    

Erica Wright

 

Erica grew up in Rhode Island and started sailing from a very early age. Despite having been ship wrecked twice when she was 6 years old, it never deterred her from the seas! After finishing High School in 1997, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Johnson and Wales in Management. She got her first real taste of professional yachting onboard the S/Y La Perla, sailing throughout the Caribbean; in 2001 joined the M/Y Hilarium as a stewardess and then fleet manager, based out of Boca Grande Florida. She continued to pursue her yachting career over the next few years working in Brisbane Australia, Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean. She moved to Fort Lauderdale with her family in 2004 and relocated to West Palm Beach with her two children in early 2015, living just six blocks away from Rybovitch. With international experience in the yachting industry, and great local knowledge of the East Coast of America, Erica is well qualified to research for the Superyacht Services Guide to the North America. In addition,  she is kept busy with her beautiful active children, an art fundraising business and being a board member of two non-profit organisations in Palm Beach County.
Email:Erica@superyachtpublications.com 

 Rory Williams

Rory Williams

For someone who grew up in the desert of Arizona, Rory has an unmitigated love of the sea, having logged over 35,000 sea miles in every Ocean except the Indian Ocean! Many have been spent commercial fishing in the high latittudes of Alaska, and chartering on both power and sail boats from 150 ft Crabbers to 30 foot sloops. Rory holds an RYA Yachtmaster and a USCG 100 ton Masters License, so combined with more than 17 years experience in the commercial and charter marine industry, Rory has a wealth of knowledge. He has lived and worked all over the world, including parts of North and South America, Europe and the South Pacific and speaks both French and Spanish. Over the last few years he has combined high latitude sailing with researching and writing for the North America Guide, covering the Bahamas, Florida & some East Coast States, and the Pacific coasts of North America. When not on assignment, he can be found sailing his own boats or strumming his mandolin in the sunshine!
Email: rory@superyachtpublications.com

PACIFIC ASIA MIDDLE EAST

Clare Sudlow

Clare Sudlow

Thanks to her father - a sea-faring R.N.Commander - Clare spent her latter teenage years crewing aboard the family yacht throughout the Mediterranean. Having acquired sufficient sea miles by the age of 20, she became an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore; and following the addition of a Cordon Bleu Diploma, she soon found employment in the Superyacht industry. Over the following years in the Mediterranean, she gained wide experience in various different roles... as Deckhand aboard a 65' ketch; Mate aboard an 80' classic; Stewardess aboard a 180' motor yacht, and Chef aboard the very first Superyacht to carry a helicopter on her upper deck!
In 2004 she joined the Superyacht Publications team to carry out research for the first edition of the Superyacht Services Guide to the Mediterranean, before moving on to the Caribbean Guide several years later.

As well as researching and writing for the Caribbean Guides, Clare has been instrumental in developing the Pacific, Asia & Middle East Guide – at the request of yacht captains and services further afield, to be included in one of our Guides! She looks after the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand with annual visits to Auckland and outlying Pacific Islands, where she carries out substantial research for this region. In this ever developing industry, Clare is extremely knowledgable and well respected to research and represent these areas in our Guides.
Email: jc@superyachtpublications.com   

Jan Lawrence

Jan started her career in the yachting industry in 1991, initially working as a stewardess on a sailing yacht in the Caribbean. She very quickly jumped into the galley, enjoying the challenges of a career as a charter chef in this industry, travelling to mainstream yachting hubs and off the beaten track regions of the world. It was whilst working in the more remote areas, where provisioning facilities were sparse, that Jan developed an uncanny knack to source yacht supplies in the oddest of places!  
Jan first arrived in South East Asia 24 years ago, as crew on a classic schooner; she has watched the yachting industry in this part of the world grow and develop into the Superyacht hub it is today.
On a couple of occasions Jan has enjoyed the sense of achievement of being more shore based, starting a catering company in her Australian Homeland, and developing an interior consultancy business in Thailand. In 2012, Jan received an Award of Excellence upon completing her Diploma in Events with distinction, specialising in Project Co-ordination. With her love and knowledge of Asia, and working in the marine industry over the years, she has collected a wide and varied cache of contacts. She firmly believes in establishing a healthy respect for the diverse cultures in this region, all living on each other’s doorstep, which paves the way to a successful experience in Asia. Jan enjoys sharing her knowledge of this area, and researching for the Superyacht Services Guides. Email:asia@superyachtpublications.com 

NORTHERN EUROPE

Simon Meehan


Simon Meehan

From the age of 18 Simon started offshore sailing whilst at college in Plymouth; since gaining his RYA Yachtmaster offshore certificate he has sailed thousands of miles around the south coast of England, Northern France, the Channel Islands, Turkey and Greece, with a trans-Atlantic crossing and many Fastnet races under his belt too. For the past 25 years Simon’s business background was spent in the Legal Software Industry as Managing Director of AlphaLAW, the leading software provider to Law Firms in the UK and Ireland. After selling the business in 2009, he now has various business interests as well as being able to focus on and indulge in his real passions in life...sailing, flying and of course his 3 children! When not sailing or carrying out research for The SuperYacht Services Guides, he can quite often be found flying his Microlight around the south of England.
Email: simon@superyachtpublications.com

DIRECTORS

Caroline Blatter

Caroline Blatter

Born and educated in Argentina, and then Belgium and England, Caroline learnt to adapt to an often changing environment, and developed a passion for languages, travel and embracing other cultures. She trained as a Physiotherapist, and over the years has worked in a variety of places, from a London hospital, Sydney's Royal North Shore, to volunteering in Antigua with their 'Search and Rescue Organisation – ABSAR'. She also qualified to teach children with learning difficulties, and worked in Mallorca for several years at the international schools whilst based there. With a love for the sea and boats, she has sailed over 30,000 miles with Andrew, in the Med and Caribbean, chartering, managing a prominent new build, and living on their own boat with their growing young family for 6 years! Home has been Antigua for the past 11 years, though they now live in England. Having set Superyacht Publications up with Andrew in 2002, Caroline manages the operational & online side of the business, reseraching & writing / edits for all the Guides. She continues to love the outdoors/ sport & travel when time permits, as well as  family life with four children!
Email: caroline@superyachtpublications.com

Andrew Blatter 

Andrew Blatter

Andrew Blatter has been working in the Superyacht Industry since 1988 - when he first 'walked the docks' of the Club de Mar, in Palma, looking for a passage West! Since then, he has sailed around the world and completed six TransAtlantic crossings in his capacity as Professional Captain. He has his STCW '95 MCA Class IV Master for yachts up to 3000 tons and is an RYA Yachtmaster Intructor. Whilst based in Palma for a number of years, with his wife Caroline, he managed refits and got to experience the marine industry first hand, chartering throughout the Med to Cyprus. A prominent new build out of Southampton took them to the Caribbean for a couple of years, and later whilst based there on his own boat with his young family, he began writing as 'World Correspondent' for Boat International. Having sailed up and down the Caribbean island chain chartering and on their own boat, they have extensive knowldege of the islands. In 2002, they went on to set up Superyacht Publications, which now publishes five Guide Books. Andrew is Editor of all the Superyacht Services Guides, and is based in England, with his family.
Email: andrew@superyachtpublications.com