Pete has worked in the watersports industry for over 20 years and in that time has gained many qualifications and considerable experience; including RYA/MCA Commercial Offshore Yachtmaster, RYA Powerboat, Windsurfing and Senior Sailing Instructor, experienced BCU canoe and kayak coach, and PADI Open Water Diver.
He regularly skippers corporate regattas on the south coast of England and has completed many Atlantic crossings.
For the past five years he has proven himself as a successful
and capable Captain within the charter yacht industry, developing a fond following of
satisfied guests. With his natural humor and personable, easy going nature you are assured
an unforgettable time aboard Kings Ransom. From the 'champagne sailing' to sun soaked
cocktails, Pete will make you feel at ease afloat, as he safely steers you through the
beauties of Kings Ransom's Caribbean cruising grounds.
Niki holds a RIPH Level 2 Award in Catering Food Safety, is STCW 95 sea safety trained, is a PADI Open Water Diver, and has a Bachelor degree in Education. Over 10 years sailing experience including four years in charter, and extended cruising in Europe and the Caribbean.
Niki is passionate about her guests' culinary experience aboard and takes care to tailor food and wine menus to their preferences. She enjoys cooking with the freshest ingredients, incorporating local produce, where available, to create a variety of flavorsome, wholesome dishes that complement a sailing experience in the Caribbean.
Niki's sample menu reflects her
careful use of fresh, local produce creating dishes full of flavor and skillfully served from
the galley of Kings Ransom. Passionate about your culinary experience afloat, she invites
you to a feast fit for kings!
We consider ourselves to be a very capable, thoughtful and flexible team who work hard to ensure you experience the vacation of a lifetime. From delicious dining and 'champagne' sailing, to the personal snorkeling tours and mixing Captain's cocktails, we are passionate about each and every aspect of our charter service. We feel privileged to spend each day in paradise, and take great care and pride in sharing 'natures little secrets' with you all, aboard the luxurious King's Ransom.
1st Mate and Dive Master
Tyla grew up in South Africa by the small sea side town of Richards Bay on the North Coast where his love for the outdoors and ocean began. As a child he spent most weekends either in the Game parks or up the beach surfing, fishing, wake boarding snorkeling and spearfishing.
Although he began work in the corporate world he missed the ocean too much so he decided to head back out to sea. Having Scuba dived since his early teen years, Tyla completed his dive masters and power boat skippers. Since working as a dive master and dive boat skipper he has dived on one of the world's most challenging yet rewarding sites called Alliwal Shoal and been a guide for one of the most renown Tiger shark dives.
Tyla has spent three years as a dive master and skipper on the Sardine run on the wild coast of South Africa and has also completed his RYA Yacht Master Coastal Skipper. An easy going person with a good sense of humor, Tyla is always ready to share endless water sport adventures with you all aboard Kings Ransom.
Joe is also from South Africa. Her love for the ocean and outdoors began as a child when her family would spend weekends either on her grandfather's yacht or camping in the wild outdoors. Whilst living in a small diving town and working as a waitress at one of the local restaurants she decided it was time to take the plunge and do a diving course. Joe immediately fell in love with the underwater experience and started working at one of the local dive centers where she went on to become a rescue diver. Sailing for so many years with her grandfather she decided to do her Competent Crew and Stewardess training to pursue a career in the yachting industry. Joe is a kind, friendly natured person with a good sense of humor who will always go the extra nautical mile to make your trip aboard Kings Ransom a memorable one.
King's Ransom sails with a full compliment of four crew members.
We had a great time and really enjoyed Niki and Pete. I'd even say they were the best crew we have had so far. We felt welcomed from the minute we stepped on board and they served us good food all week. I especially liked the grilled meats and the fresh baking - and Leigh Anne, my wife, got a great selection of vegetarian dishes all week. I'd recommend Niki and Pete to anyone!