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
Since 2012 as CEO, Capucine 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, international banking roles and Director of The Climate Change Forum.
Born in NYC (USA), Capucine moved to London in her teens. She has a BA Hons Business Degree from the prestigious European Business School. Capucine has lived throughout the world from Singapore to Spain, Brazil to Poland and travelled extensively.
Capucine sits on the MYBA Membership Committee, the Worldwide Yacht Brokers Association. She also sat on the Advisory Committee of the European Business School and is a Founder Member of the MBA Mentor Candidate Program, which she helped create in 2009.
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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 invest in small companies focussing on climate change amongst other innovative ventures.
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 specializing 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!
Lambros Tsolakis | Charter Broker Director
Lambros brings a wealth of experience to the Boatbookings team, having been in the yachting industry for over 15 years.
Lambros combines a strong educational background, where he holds an MBA, with a deep love for sailing - he has been competitively sailing since childhood! Lambros has extensively sailed in all parts of the Mediterranean as well as in the Caribbean; his first-hand knowledge of these cruising areas result in the ability to specialise in worldwide yacht charter.
Lambros is an active member of 3 of the most prestigious yachting associations: MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association), GYA (Greek Yachting Association) and CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association).
Given his global yachting profile and his corporate experience in business and international relations, Lambros personifies the Boatbookings mould of a skilled professional with a passion for all things yachting.
Based in Athens, Lambros' favourite sailing escape is around the Saronic gulf islands onboard his catamaran.
Ben Sutton | Charter Broker
Nicknamed the ‘Yacht Whisperer’ by his colleagues, Ben knows the best yachts with the most talented chefs in every charter destination. Ben has sailed all around the world and is able to provide unparalleled destination knowledge and first-hand advice to make your vacation unforgettable. He continues to be invited by Owners on the world's best charter yachts so that he can add a personal touch to your chosen luxury yacht charter itinerary.
Ben loves guiding you through the West Mediterranean, Croatia and Greece each summer, as well as North America & the Bahamas, the Caribbean and South Pacific in the winter season. Whether you're looking to charter for your annual vacation, celebrate a special anniversary or get together with your friends for iconic events like the Monaco Grand Prix, Ben looks forward to helping you create unforgettable memories.
Ben is one of the youngest Brokers to be granted MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) membership. He is also a member of IYBA (International Yacht Brokers Association), an active member of CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) and YPY in London. Follow Ben's Blogroll for regular yachting updates to make your 2021 and 2022 charter extra special.
Ben splits his time between the Fort Lauderdale office to oversee our winter bookings in the Bahamas & Caribbean, before coming back to London to deliver the Mediterranean season. You will often find Ben on the French Riviera, which will always be his third home!
Francesca Hampton | Charter Broker Assistant
Francesca's main passions in life are travel, food and art, and once you hear her background it is not surprising she caught the yachting bug!
Born in South Korea, Francesca then moved to the Philippines and Singapore with her family before making the big leap to the USA. Spending 12 years in New York, Francesca is definitely our New England expert. Although, she jumped ship to attend the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, obtaining a Joint Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Management. Francesca was first introduced to the yachting industry, while working for an established fine wine supplier to yachts on the French Riviera. Delivering wines to yachts across the South of France, Corsica, Italy, and Sardinia over three consecutive summers, Francesca was hooked.
Francesca’s attention to detail and organisational skills combined with her love of travel, food, and especially wine make her an integral part of the Boatbookings team. She is also always on hand to discuss and recommend wines for your crewed charter!
Francesca attended the Barcelona Yacht Show in 2018 and 2019.
JJ grew up in the English countryside where her passion for the outdoors was born. Her school years were down in Dorset and enjoyed time on the water, sailing and kayaking around the Jurassic Coast subsequently completing her ICC sailing course in Salcombe. Her hobbies include travelling, wildlife and tennis and has latterly become a PTR qualified coach.
JJ’s love for travel started from a young age. She’s travelled around Europe especially enjoying her experiences in France and Italy. She has a love for food and is always keen to try new cuisines. JJ is eager to travel more and further afield, she has a huge drive to succeed and learn more about how other countries live.
JJ spends her summer holidays in the Algarve where much of the day is on the tennis court. She also has a love for the sea and most years will take a boat out in search of the dolphins. Her love for wildlife grew when she travelled to South Africa and worked in a private game reserve in The Kruger National Park. She took the opportunity whilst out there to visit Cape Town in order to go whale watching and Great White cage diving. Her favourite animal though, is the Orca - test her knowledge on this magnificent creature and you’ll be surprised with the facts she can relay.
JJ's working life started in the real estate industry initially working for a start up online agency before progressing to a luxury property company that manages high-end London flats and houses. Her organisational skills have thus proved very handy in her career having been a PA for senior members of staff in both property and private equity industries. She has a bit of a thing for stationery and her desk is always the tidiest and the most colourful in the office. Her passion for travel and her vast experience in customer service, sales and working with HNWI’s makes her a strong asset to the Boatbookings team.
Lauren’s love of sailing began at 12 years old, learning to sail toppers in the Isles of Scilly. Since then she has spent two seasons sailing around the Greek Islands, guiding a flotilla of 12 boats, and getting to know the Ionian and Saronics in and out! She was able to visit the stunning port of Monemvasia every fortnight, where she tasted the most delicious Greek wines and sailed along the dramatic coastline. In 2019 she proudly obtained her Day Skipper qualification.
Lauren is originally from Buckinghamshire but studied Business Entrepreneurship at Falmouth University and graduated in 2017. She loves to travel and has spent a lot of time in southern Africa over the last 4 years, travelling through Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. She loves an adventure and has a huge passion for anything food related!
Jazz is one of our newest members to the Boatbookings family and is based in London but loves to spend her time in France more than anything.
Kate Thompson | Team Assistant
Kate provides assistance to the team and all our charter clients. She is based in the South of France and loves to get out on the water when she can - be it on a boat, catamaran, yacht or a paddle board! Wherever she goes, Pebble goes! So look out for that Cairn Terrier around Antibes!
Boatbookings and our brokers are proud members of the key Yachting Associations and Charter Industry Groups: MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association), CYBA, ECPY, IYBA, GYA and APSA to name a few.