Meet the Author

At Yachting Pages, we strive to provide the most insightful, interesting and entertaining articles we can for our users. As well as curating original content, utilising our team's experience and knowledge, we also invite industry professionals and experts to share their top tips and advice.

We are proud of our growing number of guest authors, all of whom work within the superyacht industry and provide authoritative information on a whole range of topics. Take some time to meet the talented team of Yachting Pages guest authors and learn all about their involvement in the world of yachting - and then dive in and explore their articles!


Sam Tucker

Sam Tucker

Sam joined VesselsValue in 2017 and has since been leading its expansion into the superyacht market, working closely with the team of analysts, researchers, mathematical modellers and developers to produce the first commercially available automated valuation model. Sam now works with various market participants to maintain the valuation accuracy and increase the number of stakeholders who rely on the system. Before his time at VV, Sam studied Naval Architecture at the University of Southampton. He then spent five years working as full-time crew on large competitive sailing yachts, including the Wallycento Galateia and J-Class Velsheda.

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Xavier Mercado

Xavier Mercado

Xavier Mercado is CEO and founder of ptw Shipyard, Tarragona, in northeast Spain. He is an experienced professional in the superyacht arena and a superyacht refit and repair specialist. Xavier has more than two decades of yachting industry experience having started out in 1997 dealing with overseas sales for Grand Banks and Grand Yachts. In 2002 he headed up a new sales division in the Pacific Northwest market. Under his guidance, this division rapidly became the top sales earner for the company. In 2016 Xavier founded ptw Shipyard which has quickly become the breakthrough shipyard in yacht and superyacht refit and repairs in the Mediterranean region.

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Hans Braas

Hans Braas

Hans has worked with port agencies and marine logistics since 2003 and joined Blue Water Shipping in 2015. The base is in Copenhagen, Denmark, but Hans is involved in yacht services throughout the Nordic and North Atlantic region. His primary role is business development and exploring new opportunities within the marine industry, focusing on the leisure market. He plays an active role in the global development of yacht services within Blue Water Shipping, offering worldwide logistics and shipping services and a regional yacht agency. Planning, coordinating and servicing calls and going to the piers and speaking to the crew onboard is a vital part of the job - this is an industry where the personal involvement means a lot.

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Louise Holloway

Louise Holloway

Louise joined Sarnia Yachts in August 2019 as Head of Crew Management, with her role focused primarily on providing the best service to Sarnia Clients whilst ensuring adherence to all applicable Maritime Regulations. Having worked on board a number of large yachts during her career, primarily in the role of Purser, Louise has extensive experience in all aspects of crew employment/payroll as well as crew management.

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Glyn Hutchinson

Glyn Hutchinson

Glyn joined the yachting industry in 1992 as a day worker and spent the next 12 years rising through the ranks to the position of Captain and default meddler in the yachts AV/IT systems. Following a brief stint as a yacht manager, Glyn found his natural fit as business development manager for Icon Connect in 2007, drawing on his experience of yacht operations to bridge the gap between technology and user experience. Based out of their Monaco office Glyn remains close to the coal face of yachting and takes full advantage of the Alpes Maritimes as a playground for his favourite sports of cycling and skiing.

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Rachel Goult

Rachel Goult

Environmental protection comes high on the list of Rachel’s priorities. After an early career in the oil and gas industry, Rachel turned her attention to less polluting activities, building-up an industry expertise in renewable energy projects in the world of finance. Today, Rachel is Managing Director at Yacht Carbon Offset, a specialised environmental service company focussed on addressing the greenhouse gas emissions impact of the yachting industry. In this role, Rachel is doing all she can to promote environmental awareness and action.

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Dominique Smit

Dominique Smit

Co-founder of Virtual Pursers, Dominique has a decade of experience in the yachting industry, and is bringing that expertise ashore. Passionate about prolonging the career path for Pursers, along with her business partner Bec Mckeever, she is focused on innovation and adaptability within the industry. Currently living in Cape Town, Dominique is an outdoor enthusiast and takes full advantage of all that the mountains and beaches have to offer in her spare time.

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Laurence Lewis

Laurence Lewis

Founder and Director of Antibes yacht crew agency YPI CREW, Laurence Lewis has over 25 years of experience in the recruitment industry. Now a leading force in the yacht crew recruitment sector, YPI CREW is the go-to partner for superyacht owners and captains, and the agency of choice for crew around the world.

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Jonathan Browne

Jonathan Browne

A seasoned yacht sales professional with experience in the sales of new and used motoryachts, sailing boats and superyachts. 'JB' has an extensive network of UHNWI, fellow brokers, captains, senior yacht crew, management companies, shipyards and market influencers. A keen cyclist, 'JB' is also an enthusiastic golfer and has plans for two long distance triathlons in 2021.

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Helen MacLeod

Helen MacLeod

Helen MacLeod studied Hotel Management and found herself in the South of France looking for a summer job back in 1985. This was the start of a yachting career that spanned just five years. The eureka moment of starting a uniform company came largely due to her experience as a chief stewardess, trying to source uniform from shops in Amsterdam and realising how difficult it was to purchase the same garment for so many different bodies. So, after realising that her new boss proposed to live on board, she decided to hang up her seafaring gear and take the plunge into starting Sea Design! And that was 31 years ago! Sea Design has continued to expand and Helen is also a co-director of Cabin Shop that looks after all your needs for linens, towels and luxury interior items.

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Noel Hutchinson

Noel Hutchinson

Noel Hutchinson has over two decades of experience sailing and driving boats up to 24 metres (78 feet) in length. He is a yachtmaster instructor for both motor and sailing boats, and holds a host of other maritime instructor qualifications. He has been fortunate to teach a variety of students including police forces, military groups, leisure boaters and border force agencies. He has gained experience with these people throughout the Mediteannean and the Middle East and is currently principal of a Royal Yachting Association school in the United Kingdom.

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Bruce Maltwood

Bruce Maltwood

Bruce joined Sarnia Yachts in 2006 and has over 28 years of experience in the yachting industry. After an initial period working for a trust company in Jersey, he started his yachting career in sales, focusing on the UK and Balearic markets. At Sarnia, he is a member of the board with particular focus on business development. Bruce is an Associate of the Institute of Directors.

Bruce has considerable expertise in corporate yacht ownership, flagging, crew employment and VAT structuring, using his knowledge to advise Sarnia’s clients on the complexities of yacht ownership and operation. Bruce is in daily contact with yacht managers, lawyers, yacht brokers, captains and family offices offering guidance and structuring advice to both existing and potential clients.

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Hans Bouman

Hans Bouman

With over 30 years in the industry combining time at sea and ashore working on and for both merchant ships and large yachts, Hans has added a new dimension to the services offered by Sarnia Yachts through his position of head of yacht management which he took up in September 2020. Having worked with a variety of flag administrations, classification societies, marine insurance firms, yacht repair and construction yards, naval architects, recruitment agencies, legal firms and all manner of service suppliers, Hans is well placed to assist owners, captains and crew with all manner of technical and compliance matters arising as part of the day to day running of their yachts.

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