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Your Eros charter crew includes our Captain, Chef, First Mate, Steward, and Deckhand. All crew members are licensed full-time professionals, certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Their love for sailing is matched by their steadfast commitment to your safety and comfort.
Justin Bernhart, captain
Justin Bernhart is a licensed captain with an extensive background in marine safety and charter, as well as tall ship and motor yacht handling. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, with experience in search and rescue, and a graduate of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. He has spent years building and restoring wooden boats on the east and west coasts of North America. He is an experienced offshore sailor and deliveryman, and has been at the helm of various charter and privately-owned vessels, from the 103-foot gaff-rigged AURORA to a 12-meter racing sloop and a 112-foot Westport motor yacht. His credentials include a 500-ton USCG license, advanced firefighting, medical care, and rescue. He is adept at crew training, supervision, and all aspects of yacht management.
Wilson Willkom, First Mate/Engineer/Bosun:
A native of the Philippines, Wilson's work as a research technician in Biotech brought him to the US in 1999. He spent most of his free time climbing the Sierra Nevada Mountains and sailing on the San Francisco Bay. Wilson has sailed extensively in California, Mexico and the Caribbean as both crew member and skipper. He joined Eros in 2012 for a charter season in the Caribbean which included the voyage from San Francisco to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands via the Panama Canal. A consummate professional whose love for Eros matches his passion for sailing, Wilson takes great pride in her care and upkeep. Dedicated to pleasing guests and captain alike, he is beloved for his cheerful and welcoming disposition.
Erik Samuels, Mate:
Erik grew up on the picturesque East End of Long Island, NY. He spent his younger years passing on his love of sailing and racing as a sailing instructor and race coach in both New York and California. He went on to represent the University of Southern California in regattas all over the country, while completing his studies in International Business. He holds a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore License and PADI Open Water Diver Certificate among several other certifications.
Aimee O'Neil, Stewardess:
Aimee grew up on the local waters of New England. From an early age she developed a deep love for the ocean. With past experiences in surf instruction, surf rescue, this surfer gone sailor is at home on the water. Her sailing experience began as a child on her father’s boat and working as a deckhand aboard 12 Meter “Heritage”. Her interests also include free diving and astrology. During your time aboard Eros, Aimee will make you feel right at home. Her years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries and knowledge on deck allow her to deliver a 5-star experience no matter what. She is ecstatic to serve on Eros where she combines all of her passions in one place.