Captain – Jesse Clinton, USA
Captain Jesse hails from Savannah, Georgia where he spent his formative years living aboard his family’s traditionally rigged Class A Barquentine sailboat. It was this hands-on experience that made Jesse fall in love with the sea and both the challenges and rewards it renders.
Growing up in and around shipyards, Jesse was well accustomed to super yachts from a very young age. He recalls admiring a newly launched Feadship on the riverfront at the age of 12. It was at that moment he knew he would one day be in command of a vessel od similar stature.
His career has included a tenure in the tall-ship circuit, teaching traditional sailing, Marlinspike Seamanship, and crewing in both near coastal and off-shore regattas in multiple classes. He is an avid waterman and enjoys spearfishing, free diving and surfing in his spare time.
Through his combination of delivering superior-level service, his knowledge of local ports and his dedication to safety, he consistently ensures that all guests have a memorable vacation while onboard.
First Officer- Joel Monteith, Australia
Joel has been working in the yachting industry for a little over 6 years. He has been fortunate enough to find a perfect blend of being surrounded by the ocean and challenging himself professionally. Prior to yachting he has had over 20 years in hospitality starting with 10 years as a chef where he worked and travelled through Australia and England. He brings the core values of what he has learned over to his career in yachting. His love for surfing started from a young age growing up on the East Coast of Australia, learning at the age of 10. This ultimately led him to a life of being around the ocean. In the recent years he has found Sailing and since bought part ownership of an 87-year-old Scottish fishing vessel turned Sail Yacht. It has allowed his adventurous nature to travel. He feels privileged to have joined as the Chief Officer of Avalon.
Chef - TBD
Chief Stewardess – Emma Gyenge, New Zeland
Born and raised in the North Island of New Zealand, Emma’s childhood and adult life has always revolved around nature and the outdoors. After leaving high school, Emma worked for the next five yeas as a qualified hairdresser. However, it was the lover for travel, hospitality and adventure that drew her into the industry of yachting. Starting in the Mediterranean, Emma quickly realized that she has found her niche and over the past 10 years Emma has gained a wealth of experience throughout the yachting industry working as a Chief Stewardess. Alongside her career in yachting, Emma is in the final stages of completing her WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits, which she loves being able to incorporate onboard. In her free time she enjoys running, yoga, snowboarding and entertaining.
2nd Stewardess- TBC
Stewardess – Kayley Rawlings, South Africa
Kayley Rawlins is a 28 year old stewardess/masseuse. She grew up in South Africa on a small farm and always held a fondness to travel since she was young. After a year of studying beauty therapy and massage she started her career on the water on a cruise ship. It felt like a natural progression to move into the super yachting industry where she was able to mix her passion for travel and massage. For the past 6 years she has been lucky enough to travel the world while experiencing so many amazing moments and meeting fantastic people along the way! She really enjoys running, baking, the ocean and being social with friends and family.
Bosun – TBD
Deckhand – Deckhand – Jorge Granados, Columbia
Jorge joins AVALON after only recently being immersed into the super yachting community. He has spent the last 20 years working as a dive instructor completing over 7000 dives. His is passionate about working with people and has a love for the ocean. Jorge is a family man, with two of his own children at home. He enjoys creating fun and exciting environments for guests onboard. In his spare time Jorge loves to travel; experiencing different cultures, cuisines and countries. He is a keen photographer and enjoys exploring any outdoor environment whenever he has a chance.
Chief Engineer – James Ward, UK
Raised in the small fishing village of Portpatrick in Scotland, James left school with the ambition of creating a career at sea. With a family background of seafarers, James chose to follow in his Father’s footsteps and entered into Maritime Engineering. James studies at the Glasgow Nautical School and after graduating in 2013 worked on various commercial ships and cruise liners. James joined the Super Yacht industry in 2016 and has since continued to develop his engineering skill-base. A passionate football player in his spare time, James also enjoys supporting his local team of Newcastle.
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Engines: 2 x Caterpillars 3508 diesels @ 1,000 Hp each
Generators: 2 x Northern Lights 130 kW