We are delighted that, returning for another season, is the Elizabeth G team from 2019 of Skippers Chris & Rob, Wildlife Experts Alexa and Bosun Craig. We are also pleased to welcome Zoe at Wildlife Expert, Cat as Bosun and Sian as Chef.
Skipper Chris Ireland has cruised with us for many years and is well qualified to skipper Elizabeth G, with a Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and also commercial diver, engineer and first aider. Years of experience in the Hebrides allows Chris to manage his vessel safely while ensuring guests enjoy the full cruising experience that the west coast has to offer. His enthusiasm for the wildlife and natural surroundings is apparent, revelling in the fact that every cruise is different.
Skipper Rob Barlow is owner of Hebrides Cruises but also Skipper of Elizabeth G and Emma Jane. A qualified skipper and engineer, and a member of Tobermory Coastguard Team, Rob has been cruising the west coast of Scotland for 30 years. He has accumulated a vast knowledge of the geography and wildlife of the area which he is only too pleased to pass on to Crews and guests. He will also happily dive for scallops to serve up for dinner!
Wildlife Expert, Ecologist Alexa Kershaw has a Masters degree in Ecological Management and has worked as a researcher, guide, campaigner and consultant on a wide variety of marine mammal research projects, including visual and acoustic surveys in the Baltic Sea, photo-id of cetaceans in South Africa and New Zealand, and an aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef. She is a keen wildlife photographer, passionate about conservation, and combines cetacean research with her love of guiding and sharing knowledge of the marine environment.
Wildlife Expert, Zoe Stevenson has a degree in Marine Biology and decade of experience in science communication. Her main area of expertise is cetaceans, and although she has worked in 5 different continents, the West coast of Scotland always seems to call her back. Having just finished a major project in Kent, Zoë is keen to get back out to sea share her love of the marine environment with interested guests.
Bosun Craig Robinson has an indepth knowledge of the west coast of Scotland, is an experienced mountain guide has a degree in physical Geography and Geology and is STCW qualified. We are delighted to have Craig on board Elizabeth G, he is always eager to please our guests with no request ever any trouble.
Bosun Caitriona Macleod grew up in Argyll and has sailed extensively on the west coast of Scotland. She is looking forward to looking after our guests and helping them get the most out of their cruise. Despite crossing the Atlantic twice, sailing most of the Caribbean islands and circumnavigated the Spitsbergen Archipelago in the Arctic circle she thinks the west coast of Scotland beats anywhere for world class wildlife and scenery.
Chef Sian Connell is new to the team and excited to get aboard. Having trained at both Westminister Kingsway and Birmingham College of Food she has been honing her skills in professional kitchens across London for the past 10 years, most notably at the House of Lords for the last 6 years. Previously to this after leaving university, she worked for a cruise agency where her love of oceans truly flourished and is now looking forward to combining this with her love of cooking.