Meet your crew
Whether you are a seasoned sailor wanting to refine your skills, looking for some adrenaline packed watersports or simply wish to relax on deck and unwind with a yoga session, the team look forward to welcoming you on board for a memorable charter experience you will never forget. Onboard you will find Peter with a dedicated and professional approach to your safety, Jo whose love for cooking ensures you'll experience everything the local market has to offer, Tim whose time on the mountains as a ski guide and in the water as a diver will mean your holiday can be packed with adventure and Holly whose warm personality will mean that you'll never want to leave.
Captain - PETER
Peter has worked full-time on offshore sailing yachts for 14 years. Nearly half of that time he has dedicated to ocean racing, and the other half to expedition sailing and cruising some of the most remote areas on Earth. He started to work as a captain early, at the age of 22, when he took over legendary maxi ketch Steinlager 2 which won Whitbread Round the World Race 1989/90 under the command of Sir Peter Blake.
At the age of 26 Peter changed his career path and focused on exploration and cruising remote areas. First few years he's dedicated to South America and SE Asia, where he's been sailing on all-carbon Swan76. He'd a chance to explore and host charters in such amazing cruising grounds as Komodo, Borneo, Palawan or Phang Nga.
Together with his sailing partner, Peter created a project, which operated in West Greenland and Nunavut, one of the best expedition sailing yachts in the world, a 100ft one-off expedition schooner with enormous autonomy and ice sailing capability. The main focus of the project was on providing the platform for ski-sailing, climbing, wildlife observation & photography, documentary film production and high-quality adventure sailing in some of the most remote areas of the Arctic.
Peter is highly specialized in operating sailing yachts in remote locations and providing the platform for ski-touring, climbing, diving. He is very passionate about nature and has an incredible record of close approaches to wildlife, both at sea and on land. His vast offshore sailing experience (200.000Nm and 20 ocean crossings) which contributes a lot in safe and smooth operation in some of the most complex sailing grounds that offer these unique sailing experiences.
Chef - jo
Josefina is from the south of Chile and has loved the ocean since she can remember. In New Zealand she got a PhD in marine biology, producing research work to contribute to our understanding of marine life. After many hours in a lab she was keen to spend more time underwater and soon after became a PADI Rescue diver and Freediving Instructor. She is also an avid underwater photographer, keen spearfisherwoman and has set AIDA freediving records for Chile. After being inspired by an adventurous sailing trip on a catamaran with some friends from Tonga to Fiji, she decided to make sailing a career.
Born into a big Latino family with strong cooking heritage, Jo’s skills and passion for food have been passed on from her mother who is also fantastic cook. With a STCW10, many years of working part-time in hospitality and food safety and hygiene level 2, she is very well equipped to sail the seas preparing delicious food! She looks forward to welcoming you onboard and exploring together.
The safety of all guests onboard Firebird is of the upmost importance to the team and as such, they are all highly qualified to look after everyone in these high latitudes.
First Mate - Tim
Tim is from Falmouth, UK, and has spent his life immersed in the ocean. His childhood was spent sailing and racing on the family boat, where his passion for the sea was sparked. The summer of 2008, aged 18, saw him qualify as an MCA/RYA commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore and within a couple of months become a Yachtmaster Sail Instructor as well as an Advanced Powerboat Instructor.
Skiing was also a major part of Tim’s upbringing, when his summers were spent at sea the winters were up in the mountains. From the time he could walk he had skies strapped to his feet, on family holidays and then alpine racing from the age of 12, which he continued to his early 20’s. He also spent time living in Courchevel, France working as a Ski Guide. At Plymouth University, whilst studying for a BSc in Environmental Science, Tim took to the sea again and trained as an HSE Commercial Scuba Diver and is also a PADI Rescue Diver. So be it your first time in the water or if you are an experienced diver, he will be there to lend a hand.
Subsequently, having worked on an 47m motor yacht, ensures that his level of service, be it in the water or on deck or even on the mountain, is unparalleled.
Stewardess - Holly
Holly is from Cornwall, England and spent her childhood enjoying the delights that Cornwall has to offer. Holly’s love for the sea started at a young age, first with gig rowing and into her teenage years surfing. Her passion for exploring the world and surfing has taken her to many different countries including Australia, Morocco and Sri Lanka. After escaping the Cornish winters, she returned back home where for 5 years she managed the front of house team in a busy beach side restaurant. During her time at the restaurant Holly trained to become a Professional barista.
She discovered the yachting industry when she met Tim. Coupled with her experience in hospitality and his as a Yacht master instructor, they decided to explore the opportunities that yachting had to offer full time.
Holly has obtained her Powerboat level 2, VHF short range certificate, Level 2 food and hygiene as well as STCW10 and looks forward to making your stay on Firebird a memorable one.