Captain: Kelly Gordon
Captain Kelly J. Gordon, or just “Kelly” as most know her, is an accomplished motor yacht captain whose start was far from the water as she grew up on a farm in small town Indiana. It was her drive to succeed, learn, and thirst for adventure that led her to a career in yachting. Her path into yachting was a unique one that started in Beaufort, North Carolina, where she now claims as home base, and has since allowed her to navigate many different seas.
Kelly most certainly takes pride in her ability as a motor yacht captain, but also has a soft spot for the young adult and especially those that come with questions. As a former chemistry professor, Kelly loves to teach and it is certain that she will always find a moment, or many, to share what she knows with others and looks to encourage and inspire those that dream of a career in the yachting industry.
License and Education: 500GT Master // PADI Diver-Advanced Open Water // MS Chemistry Univ. of NC at Wilmington
Prev. Yachts Include: 160' CLARITY, 132' SERQUE, 95' TRITON, 86' EVEREST, 75' CORPOTATE RETREAT
Waters Cruised: US East Coast, Bahamas, Cuba, Caribbean, Great Lakes and Inland Rivers
Mate/Engineer: Shawn Riera
Education/Certifications: STCW-95, ENG-1, USCG AUX Boater Safety Course, IYT Ribmaster license w/ICC, PWC Operator w/ICC, Red Cross First Aid/CPR certified, PADI Open Water Diver
Languages: English, Spanish
Shawn Riera was born in Arizona but spent most of his childhood in Eugene, Oregon. He started booking at the age of 10, and at 15, he began working with Kings Fishing and Guide Service, where he assisted the captain and worked on charter bookings for fishing trips in the rivers, lakes and offshore waters of Oregon. He spent his summers surfing in California and working as a junior surf instructor, and his winters escaping to Mount Bachelor in Oregon for some snowboarding and backcountry skiing. His father became a private chef aboard yachts several years ago, and after seeing where he could travel he decided that a career in yachting was the right move. His love for the sea, fishing and watersports pushed him to move to Florida where he could join the industry. His love of the ocean has grown over the past couple of years working on the decks of 30-40 meter yachts and learning from experienced captains. Currently, he is Mate aboard M/Y FREDDY. His ultimate goal is to become a captain, and he's currently studying for his 100 ton Masters License through USCG. He looks forward to exploring more of the world, but up until now, the beauty of both the Bahamas and the Caribbean have captured his heart. In addition to fishing, yachting, watersports and snowboarding, Shawn enjoys cross fit and personal training.
Stewardess: Shelby Krog
Education/Certifications: STCW-10, Level 11 Food Safety/Hygiene, PADI Open Water, Silver Service, Flower Arrangement, Table Setting, ENG 1; Liberal Arts Degree in Literature and Journalism with a minor in Marine Biology and Photography, Sarah Lawrence College
Languages: English; can read and write in French and Spanish; can speak conversational Afrikaans
Shelby Krog was born in South Africa and grew up by the ocean in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was a cheerleader and a lifeguard, and once school wrapped every day, she'd head to the beach or sail hobie cats. On her travels around the world and vacations back home in South Africa, she'd spend her days surfing and hiking. Although she's been sailing her entire life and is from a yachting family, her professional career in yachting began three years ago when she left her own business behind to work and travel on the water. Shelby wishes to work her way up the ranks and eventually run the interior of a large charter program in Alaska or the Caribbean, and eventually own a business again. At this time, Shelby in the Chief Stew of M/Y FREDDY. In her spare time, Shelby practices and teaches yoga. She is also an avid reader and writer, enjoys roller skating and scuba diving, and is passionate about marine conservation. Her favorite place in Antigua where she spent many summers sailing with her father. Fun fact - there is both a donkey and a virgin cocktail named for her there!
Chef: Peter Bouchard *freelance (80% of the time aboard Freddy)
Living in Africa, Asia, studying at Boston University and the Euro Center in Paris, and working in San Francisco and Puerto Rico has exposed him to the wonders of various regional and ethnic foods. This broad exposure continues to influence his passion. Delivering an exquisite presentation using only fresh and seasonal ingredients, he brings out the best of each item letting the flavors speak for themselves. Owner of reputable catering companies in Puerto Rico Peter & Paul’s Kitchen and Tamarindo Fine Foods.
Featured in San Juan Star Newspaper on numerous occasions
Featured in Wine and Dine Magazine
Featured in El Nuevo Dia Newspaper
Featured Chef in 12 Chefs Event, Caribbe Hilton Hotel
Featured in Imagen Magazine
Featured Chef in Caribbean Business Newspaper
Stew / Deck: *freelance