About Boatbookings Yacht Charter

BOATBOOKINGS

The World's Leading Online Yacht Charter Broker Guiding You Around The World

The Boatbookings team is a group of highly-talented and passionate travel and yachting experts, with unrivalled knowledge and experience of the yachting industry. With a mix of backgrounds from yacht crew to tech start-up executives, and all keen travellers alike, we strive to deliver the highest levels of customer service and support to all our new and repeat clients.

Our global team of Charter Brokers visit all of the yacht shows worldwide, from the British Virgin Islands to Barcelona, to discover the top range of yachts available for the season. We have unparalleled knowledge of global superyachts, exclusive locations, and the best routes around the world!

At Boatbookings, we organise Luxury Crewed Yacht charter vacations, adventures and experiences on Motor Yachts, Sailing Boats, Catamarans and Gulets as well as static charters for corporate events almost anywhere around the world. Get in touch with any of the team below and we’ll get you out on the water!


Meet Our Expert Team

 

Capucine de Vallée | CEO

         

Capucine joined Boatbookings as CEO back in 2012 and has overseen the company go from strength-to-strength and the global team expand. She came to Boatbookings with formidable experience in global business, having had a successful career in FTSE-100 Media companies, Director roles at The Chemistry Club & The Climate Change Forum and several international banking jobs. She grew up in Long Island, NY before moving to London in her teens.  She has a BA Hons Business Degree from the prestigious EBS (European Business School in London). Capucine has lived throughout the world from Singapore to Spain, Brazil to Poland and travelled extensively. 

Capucine was promoted by the Board to Managing Director in July 2012. She promotes returning clients and looking after a first timer charterer ensuring the team deliver charters with professionalism, customer satisfaction, operational excellence and financial stability. She also manages many of the company's Partnerships, such as the exclusive American Express Centurion Cardholder Members and their worldwide charter requests. More on Linked In

Capucine successfully completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Superyacht Brokers' Course in February 2012.

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Tom Virden  |  Founder

    

Tom is a seasoned executive in leisure, travel and technology business, and with a passion for yachting, he has sailed extensively in the BVI, Thailand, Turkey and Mediterranean. As the original International Business Development Director at lastminute.com, he brings a wealth of knowledge of e-commerce best practices to Boatbookings. Having lived on the French Riviera for many years before returning to his home state of Colorado, he brings a love of world-travel to his business vision.

Tom formerly worked at Apple and Netscape which gave him an unparalleled understanding of how technology can be used to improve the customer experience and make chartering yachts accessible to all. Tom is a graduate of Stanford University and has written for the Harvard Business Review. He was previously a Director at FTSE 100 company Micro Focus but has now turned to investing in small companies focussing on climate change amongst other innovative ventures.

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Lambros Tsolakis  |  Charter Broker

      

Having been in the yachting industry for over 10 years, Lambros brings a wealth of experience to the Boatbookings team. He has a real passion for sailing and has spent many a summer taking part in races around the Med and exploring his beloved Greek Isles – all aboard his favourite sailing yachts. Lambros can often be found aboard the sleekest catamaran in his home-port of Athens.

As a member of several prestigious yachting associations, and with his corporate experience in global business and international relations, he personifies the Boatbookings mould of a skilled professional with a passion for all things yachting.

Lambros successfully completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Superyacht Brokers' Course in February 2012.

Lambros has been a member of CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) since 2013. He is an active participant and since 2016 has sat on their Contracts Committee.

Lambros has also been a member of GYA (Greek Yachting Association) since 2014.

Contact Lambros See Lambros' favourite yachts

 

 

Ben Sutton  |  Charter Broker

      

A broker at Boatbookings for over six years, Ben continuously delivers unforgettable bespoke charters to all of his clients. Nicknamed the ‘Yacht Whisperer’ by his colleagues, he always knows the best yachts, with the best chefs, across the world. He frequently attends all the global yacht shows to and meets the crews onboard, to guarantee our clients the best options for charter.

Having travelled far and wide from Florida, to Mexico, to the Caribbean and extensively throughout the Mediterranean he can recommend only the best bars and beach clubs worldwide. Our resident ‘foodie’, he can always be relied on for a restaurant recommendation, no matter the continent. With his yachting industry knowledge and meticulous attention to detail, your itinerary will be planned to perfection with fantastic local highlights dotted throughout. Take a look at where Ben went this summer

Ben successfully completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Advanced Course in February 2015.

Ben has been a member of the IYBA (International Yacht Brokers Association) since October 2014 and an active member of CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) since 2016.

Ben has just returned from attending the Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (December 2018).

Contact Ben See Ben's favourite yachts

 

Cordelia Oakes-Ash  |  Charter Broker

   

Cordelia, nicknamed Cordy, was first introduced to the yachting industry when she worked on 60-metre yachts as a Chief Stewardess for over 8 years. Her time aboard gave her invaluable insight into the inner-workings of charter yachts and also the opportunity to travel the world, most extensively in the Med across Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the French Riviera.

Cordy has been a broker at Boatbookings since 2012 and has spent many years planning and coordinating every detail of the Cannes and Monaco conferences and events. Look no further than Cordy for your upcoming charter at Cannes Lions, the Cannes Film Festival or the Monaco Grand Prix. Have a look at where Cordy went this summer for some vacation inspiration. 

Cordy successfully completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Advanced Course in February 2015.

Cordy is an active participant in the ECPY (European Committee for Professional Yachting) meetings and shows.

Contact Cordelia See Cordelia's favourite yachts

 

Rob Bilney  |  Charter Broker

   

Rob comes to Boatbookings with many years of global travel under his belt, having explored the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Asia extensively. His love for adventure inspired him to take a Lagoon catamaran expedition around the Windward Islands from St Lucia, snorkelling the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Mexico and Whale watching in South Africa.

Rob has a passion for food and wine; he is an avid cook and loves to pair the perfect drink to your gourmet extravaganza onboard. He spent 6 months in Chambery, France to perfect the production of Viognier at one of the leading vineyards. Rob's attention to detail, organisation skills and love for discovering new places means he will arrange your best charter to date.

Rob successfully completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Superyacht Brokers' Course in February 2018.

Rob is an active participant in the ECPY (European Committee for Professional Yachting) meetings and shows.

He has also just returned from attending the Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (December 2018).

Contact Rob See Rob's favourite yachts

 

 
 

Geraldine Berry  |  Charter Broker

   

Geraldine joins Boatbookings with over 12 years experience in the yachting industry. Having worked as a Chief Stewardess for over 5 years aboard a number of yachts cruising the Med, Caribbean and South-East Asia, she is truly a citizen of the world!

This, combined with significant charter experience and knowledge to show for her adventures; she maintains a true and genuine understanding of the yachting industry spirit. Whilst aboard she experienced Greece, Turkey and Italy extensively, among others in the East Med, and is the go-to broker for the highlights of these dramatic coastlines.

Geraldine has just returned from attending the Annual Paris Boat Show (December 2018) and the Annual Thailand Yacht Show Rendez Vous (January 2019).

Contact Geraldine See Geraldine's favourite yachts

 

 

Elisa Pautasso  |  Charter Broker

         

Elisa is a travel fanatic, always looking to expand her global knowledge, visit new countries and meet people from different cultures. She has brought to Boatbookings first-hand knowledge of running a Bed & Breakfast, which allowed her to gain a gratifying and significant experience in the luxury tourism industry.

Elisa is an avid tennis player, has a great eye for photography and loves learning languages. She has been learning English since a young age and additionally took a two-month German course in Berlin. She mastered Spanish through her own learning, which she was able to practice whilst she lived in Madrid. Most of all, Elisa loves speaking with clients and going above and beyond to organise the perfect charter, wherever it may be in the world.

Elisa has just returned from attending the Annual Paris Boat Show (December 2018) and ICE (International Charter Expo) Croatia (November 2018).

Contact Elisa See Elisa's favourite yachts

 

 

Alice Preece  |  Charter Broker

   

Alice has been sailing from an early age, and with over 10 years experience, she has completed her motor and bareboat skipper qualifications. She is an avid member of the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club and enjoys competing in sailing Regattas. Alice graduated from Newcastle University with a Joint Honours Degree in French and Business and has joined Boatbookings to apply her sailing knowledge to bareboat charters.

Having gained knowledge of the luxury property industry on the French Riviera, Alice knows the high standards required to deliver what clients are expecting with bareboat charters. Aside from sailing, Alice loves scuba-diving and seafood. Also an avid traveller, her previous explorations of the world's waters range from island hopping in Croatia and travelling around South East Asia, to living in Guadeloupe and the French Riviera.

Alice has just returned from attending the Annual Paris Boat Show (December 2018) and ICE (International Charter Expo) Croatia (November 2018).

Contact Alice See Alice's favourite yachts

 

about us, meet the team, Kevin Moir

Kevin Moir  |  Charter Broker

Kevin, a Scot now residing in Singapore, has extensive yachting knowledge of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Tahiti, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean hotspots. Kevin has been in the region for many years and expanded the Boatbookings Asia/Pacific region in 2007, developing the best selection of yachts and online guides in Southeast Asia.

Alongside his love of sailing, Kevin is a keen golfer and scuba diver, having visited some of the best diving and golfing hotspots in Asia, and worldwide. Just let him know should you wish to include them in your itinerary around these breath-taking destinations.

Kevin has just returned from attending the Annual Thailand Yacht Show Rendez Vous (January 2019).

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Isabelle Walton Masters  |  Finance and Operations Manager

      

Isabelle brings a wealth of experience in luxury 5-star hotel management to the Boatbookings team. She honed her skills at prestigious hotel companies including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Relais Châteaux. Isabelle has travelled extensively across Europe whilst working for one of the leading hotel consultant companies in London specialising in financial feasibility studies for new hotel projects before joining us in 2013.

She brings the very best in customer service, as well as the financial know-how to smoothly fulfil her duties. Isabelle loves the French Riviera and visits her colleagues on the coast at every opportunity!

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Lois Johnston  |  Marketing Executive

         

Lois joined Boatbookings after having graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Spanish and Portuguese. As part of the Marketing team, she will combine her two greatest passions; travel and writing. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, having lived in Valencia and Lisbon - all of which she documented on her popular lifestyle blog. 

Keep an eye on the Boatbookings' blog and social media to see all that Lois is creating!

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Alice Newnham, sales and marketing executive, Boatbookings yacht charter

Alice Newnham  |  Sales and Marketing Executive

Alice first started sailing off the South East Coast of England, before she got a taste for Mediterranean sailing and has since sailed extensively throughout the Southern Ionian, Aegean and Turkey. She studied ballet and contemporary dance at the esteemed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

After completion of her degree, she finished her skipper qualifications in the Solent before pirouetting her way into the Boatbookings office as Sales and Marketing Executive!

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Boatbookings Yachting Industry Memberships

Boatbookings and our individual brokers are proud members of the following key Yachting Associations and Charter Industry Groups. Boatbookings is also a Yachtfolio subscriber and respected user of the MYBA Charter Agreement (The Worldwide Yachting Association).

yachting associationsThrough our memberships, we keep current with marine issues including regulations and safety, visit new yachts and meet the crew, learn about new and changing destinations, and follow market developments. Our associations allow us to be better brokers and advisors to our clients.

Learn more about our industry memberships, the protections they provide you, and their activities here.


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