Operating in the West Mediterranean and the Caribbean
Greg's love of sailing coupled with his engaging personality led to his first job as a sailing instructor in South Africa. Eager to gain more experience (and see more of the world) Greg joined on with a yacht delivery company, making several Atlantic crossings to charter bases in the Mediterranean, Caribbean. It was on his first visit to the BVI the hook was firmly set! Greg aimed his sights to the luxury catamaran charter industry and advanced through the crew ranks, gaining valuable experience and exposure along the way.
From his early days as a deckhand on a 43 m Perini Navi to Captaining a 130ft Classic Schooner in the Seychelles, Greg has pretty much done it all. His professionalism and strong work ethic coupled with his easy-going personality and great sense of humour make him well loved by charter guests and fellow crew members alike. As a PADI diver master, avid fisherman, water sport enthusiast and excellent tender driver Greg ensures his charter guests have just as much fun in the water as they do while sailing and relaxing on-board.
He joined Lady Fiona straight from the yard and is delighted to return to chartering in the Virgin Islands this season.
Michelle began her career in the restaurant and hospitality industry landing a position with an exclusive catering company known for their high-profile weddings, concerts and corporate functions. Michelle’s love for the water began when was hired as Sole Stewardess on a Private Motor Yacht cruising the South of France and Italy during the Summer season. Always up for a new adventure Michelle joined MSC Cruise Lines for the South African summer season as part of the entertainment and animation team and continued to travel the high seas.
Although first hired for her high-end service skills as 1st Stewardess on a Private Mega Yacht cruising the Mediterranean, Michelle was quickly drawn to exquisite chef creations and her passion for cooking was ignited. Michelle's formal chef training began at Antoinette's Cookery School, a small school in South Africa known for it’s culinary themed courses focusing on different cultures, countries and gastronomic experiences. Michelle's reputation for impeccable service and emerging chef skills led her to her first job as chef/mate on a luxury catamaran in the Caribbean. Described in a few words Michelle is easy going and sociable with a flair for making new guests feel like old friends in no time.
GREG & MICHELLE
Born and raised in South Africa, Greg and Michelle have known each all their lives. They grew up in the same town, attended the same schools and shared the same circle of friends. After high school, each sailed off in different directions to pursue careers in the Yachting world. Greg and Michelle kept in touch as they hopscotched their way round the Caribbean and Mediterranean and as fate would have it the old friends were reunited when each accepted a position on a Mega Yacht based in Greece. The rest as they say is history! For the last 3 years, together the couple have chartered in some of the most spectacular locations around the Caribbean including Panama, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, St Martin and the Virgin Islands (which they quickly fell in love with as their favourite place of all).
Lady Fiona is a 4 cabin version, with the large saloon and the galley being in the aft port hull, the crew will use the bunk cabin so are accessed through the same companion way in the saloon. Further forward on the port side is a second companionway leading to one of the guest double cabins. On the starboard side there is also two companionways, one leading to the large owners cabin and the 2nd leading to the other double guest cabin. All cabins are with en-suites with separate showers and electric toilets. Air-conditioning is through-out
4-11 August 2018
Ziper Family and Friends
Sardina & Corsica
We (David, Selena Kay and Sophia) instantly felt like Lady Fiona was our home after having arrived. Greg and Michelle are an amazing team and we couldn’t have imagined a better crew. No matter how many actives we wanted to do during the day, they always stayed patient, friendly and positive. We’re looking forward to see both of them next year!!!
Michelle’s Food was incredible- no restaurant was as good as her dishes, we particularly fell in love with her lobster pasta and the peach/coconut ice cream! We wish the couple all the best for the future and hope to see them soon. Much love, The Hyperactive Germans xxx
3-7 July 2018
Sardina & Corsica
Lena, Youmha, Rayan, Konim and I have spent a wonderful time on Lady Fion, discovering the enchanting coast of Sardinia and Corsica in your company. Thank you for your friendless, hospitality, amazing food, and for being the witness of our 30th Wedding anniversary. See you in the Caribbean.
We have spent a wonderful time on Lady Fiona, discovering the enchanting coast of Sardinia and Corsica in your company. Thank you for your friendliness and hospitality, amazing food and for being the witness at our 30th wedding anniversary. See you in the Caribbean.