Skipper James Fairbairns returns to Proud Seahorse after a successful first season in 2017. James is a skilled and qualified Skipper with the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and is second coxswain of the Tobermory Lifeboat. In the winter he is an instructor and examiner for Yachtmasters, an advanced powerboat instructor, a first aid instructor and VHF assessor. James has been a Skipper for the past 16 years in the west coast of Scotland and his marine and wildlife knowledge is impressive with a passion for the conservation and protection of the marine wildlife he encounters.

Wildlife Guide Lynsey Bland also returns after joining Hebrides Cruises in 2017. She is a qualified geologist with a passion for wildlife and the Hebrides, especially whales and dolphins. She volunteers with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust assisting with updating the photo ID catalogues and taking part in cetacean research surveys. She will continue to collect data on board with Hebrides Cruises and will work closely with HWDT to develop their marine wildlife sightings app, which was launched in the summer of 2017.

Wildlife Guide Georgina Kelly has a Masters Degree in conservation and animal behaviour. She has worked as a wildlife guide on a whale-watching boat and volunteering with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. She trained as a Marine Mammal Observer and is a member of the MMOA, working towards limiting the impact of industry on whales, dolphins and seabirds. She is a specialist in seabird ecology and while RSPB Warden, at the Skerries reserve in the Irish Sea managed the long-term research programmes.

Bosun Maddy Anderson will also be returning.  Until joining Hebrides Cruises, Maddy had spent 24 years within the 4 & 5-star hospitality sector and has transferred this experience to her work on our cruises. Maddy makes our guests very welcome, making certain they have a magical and totally unique experience, ensuring that guests feel secure, happy and thoroughly spoiled.

Chef Ross Harris wowed our guests with his amazing cooking in 2017. He has Scottish Hotel Awards Sous Chef of the Year 2016, worked in restaurants cooking to 2 AA rosette standard including the AA Breakfast Award and mentions in the Michelin Guide. He is also very useful to have on board as he is RYA Competent Crew, has extensive sailing experience and is pretty good at spotting wildlife too. Ross’s mission is to source what the west coast of Scotland has to offer from its amazing larder and turn it into delicious menus for our guests.