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Jamie was born in the UK and grew up in Farnham an hour south west of London. The film ï¿½Swallows and Amazonsï¿½ is the main inspiration for Jamie's love for sailing, shortly after watching Jamie learnt to sail racing on Frensham ponds crewing cadet dinghies at the age of 7. Weekends and summer holidays were spent exploring Poole harbour completing several RYA dinghy courses. At the age of 20 Jamie completed his Yachtmaster offshore in Moreton Bay - Australia. Since then skippering on flotilla and private yachts in Croatia, Italy, Greece, Australia, BVI and looking after Amaroo for the past 2 summers chartering on the South coast of UK.
Jamie is passionate about sailing and the travel industry. This will show in his enthusiasm to share sailing knowledge with you and make your trip as enjoyable as possible!
Michelle originates from New England. She grew up boating and sailing with her parents throughout the Long Island Sound and north Atlantic, frequenting the beautiful waters of the BVI as well. Educated at Manhattan College, followed by a career in Public Relations, she's been living in NYC for the last 5 years, exploring her fascination for food and enjoyment in entertaining. Growing up cooking with her Italian family and learning from her aunt, a French trained chef, inspired her culinary interests. She also spent several months studying at L'institut de Catholique in Paris, traveling across Europe, taking classes on wine pairing and learning how to appreciate some of the best rosé France has to offer. She has a taste for adventure and meeting new people from around the world.
Michelle enjoys entertaining and creating an environment of beautiful presentation, excellent wine, and plates from Italy to Thailand. You'll often find her "designing a lighting concept" which she takes very seriously. She looks forward to the season ahead and meeting each new Amaroo guest.