||Captain Ray Leskanic
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Ray Leskanic - Captain
Captain Ray grew up boating on the Jersey Shore in Greenwood Lake, New Jersey. Since his youth he has always had a passion for the water. After graduating from High School, he moved to West Palm Beach, Florida where he currently resides. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a major in Communications and a minor in Marketing. In 2005, Ray began his career in the yachting industry. As a Captain for over 10 years and with over 25 years boating experience, he holds a 200gt and 500gt license with over 60,000 nautical miles logged in. Geographically, Ray’s biggest passion is the Bahamas. He’s cruised the waters from New England through the Southern Caribbean. He has a wealth of knowledge of the best anchorages and local treasures. He has run vessels anywhere from 80’ to 150’. His hobbies and interests include wakeboarding, kiteboarding, water skiing, beach volleyball and beach barbeques. Captain Ray has a dynamic personality with a total hands-on work ethic and will truly ensure 100% satisfaction to guests and crew. He is an intricate part of what makes a yachting team a success!
Jennifer Buckley – Chief Stew
Jennifer was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and was raised in North Carolina. She has lived for extended periods of time in Central America, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. English is her first language with Spanish being her second. Prior to yachting, Jennifer studied Forestry and then later joined the US Peace Corps in El Salvador for 2 ½ years. She got into the yacht industry after meeting a friend’s father who was a Yacht Broker. She has all relevant credentials in the yachting industry. She has worked for many years onboard numerous yachts as a Stewardess. Her hobbies and interests include yoga, writing, anthropology, film, surfing, traveling and reading. She aspires to be a children’s book writer some day! Jennifer will be getting married this summer. She has a warm personality with a very dynamic attitude which makes her an asset to any yachting team!
Lawrence Butler – Engine/Mate
Lawrence is a certified PADI Dive Master with over 300 dives led under his belt and has the distinction of being the youngest licensed boat Captain in his home state of Hawaii after obtaining his 100-ton license at the age of 18. Having spent most of his life on the water, he has significant experience diving, sailing, fishing and surfing around the world. He worked as a surf instructor throughout High School in Hawaii. He has worked for a Catamaran charter company in Kauai where he spent an impressive 12 years running a 40’ Beach Catamaran and lead fishing charters for up to 16 passengers down the NaPali coast. He was responsible for the general vessel maintenance including maintaining the sails, masts and rigging, as well as more involved outboard engine repairs and further gained extensive experience with sanding, painting and varnishing. He also worked for a local dive charter company as Captain/Dive Master. He ran kayak trips down the Kohala coast working as a kayak and snorkel guide. Lawrence is a well-rounded and genuine guy with some fantastic supplementary skills, honed over many years in and around the water. He is a team player with a winning personality that makes any yachting team a success!
Terri Braun – Deck Stew
Terri was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and was raised in Florida. She also lived in Germany, Georgia and Colorado. Terri earned a B.A. Degree in Finance. Prior to yachting, she had a corporate career in the Finance industry. She has been sailing personally for almost 10 years, owned her own sailboat and lived aboard. She participated in 2 racing seasons. She has a strong passion for the sea. She considers yachting her second career. She holds a PADI open water, Power Squadrons Boat Safety and PYA Interior Operations / Service. Her hobbies include sailing, diving, yoga, reading, walking in nature and riding trains. She enjoys traveling to Europe because of the different cultures and ways of living. She feels blessed and grateful that she was able to fulfill her dreams of living and working on boats. Terri’s sweet personality is such an asset to making the guests feel comfortable the minute they step onboard!
Josh Mitchell - Chef
Josh is a dedicated, career-driven Chef with 23 years of culinary experience in fine dining. He has received numerous culinary achievements and awards including the Invitation to James Beard House NYC. He was voted #2 on Trip Advisor, 2017 Diner’s Choice award and the Wine Spectator Excellence Award. He has been honored with Mobil Four Star Four Diamond awards. He studied wine production, domestic and abroad in Napa, California and Civitella D’Agliano, Italy. His culinary style ranges from Mediterranean to Global-Fusion with experience in Vegan, Vegetarian, Asian, Southwestern and Gluten-Free. He maintains a calm and positive attitude under pressure and an approachable demeanor with fellow crew members. Aside from creating culinary masterpieces, he enjoys participating in all aspects of yachting including deck and navigational duties. He is also involved in Game fishing and operates a 28’ + center console with twin outboard engines. Every guest onboard will enjoy the culinary creations that Josh will bring to your palate!