s/y Marie - star of the sea



S/Y Marie Crew Profiles

Captain Wes Cooper - sy Marie
Wes Cooper

Captain Wes Cooper hails from New Zealand. His career in yachting has been a natural evolution.  He spent his youth participating in competitive dinghy sailing while he trained as a shipwright. He obtained his Master Shipwright Certificate after completing a full apprenticeship in Auckland. He then went down to the South Island to pursue his other passion—skiing. Eventually, after several back-to-back winters between the US and NZ, he decided to hang up his snow boots and over a period of six years, created a boat building business in Wanaka, NZ. At age 29 he flew to the other side of the world to pursue a career on the ocean.

For the last ten years, he has been aboard sailing yachts and has enjoyed over 150,000 miles spent blue water cruising in different parts of the world. He spent six years captaining a 38-meter ketch in the Fjords of Norway and Scotland's outer islands and then spent a couple of years navigating in Captain Cook’s wake through French Polynesia, Fiji and the Pacific. From then on the yachts got steadily bigger, culminating in his being First Officer and Sail Master aboard the world’s second largest privately owned Triple Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner, the 90-meter S/Y Athena. Now, as skipper of S/Y Marie, Wes has found his perfect yacht--and the perfect fit for his passions.

Spare time is a rare commodity for a Captain but when he does get the chance, Wes loves any opportunity to refresh his Commercial Helicopter Pilot's license and get up in the sky!

Wes is looking forward to welcoming future guests onboard Marie, providing them with a safe, yet exhilarating cruise wherever their fancy takes them.

CAPTAIN - Charlie Dymock
Charlie Dymock
(sharing rotational captain's position)

Captain Charlie comes from the seaside town of Emsworth in the south of England. He has spent his entire life sailing and competitively racing dinghies. He graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Geography before embarking on his career in yachting. He was lucky enough to sail with the late Sir Peter Blake around the UK, Mediterranean, South Atlantic and Amazon River. More recently Charlie spent two and a half years circumnavigating with world with SY Squall and a little over four years on another similar sized ketch to Marie, SY Twizzle. Charlie is a racing instructor and likes to spend his free time windsurfing or sailing his father’s yacht based in Chichester Harbour. Charlie has a wife, Clare, and two young children and rotates the position with Captain Wes.

Jeff Rust - engineer sy Marie
Christopher Boogers


Born and raised in Queensland, Australia, Chris spent a lot of his youth at the beach. Surfing from a young age, this is still a hobby he loves along with other water board sports.

Apart from the sea, Chris is also passionate about Volkswagen Combi Vans. To date, he has owned and restored three of these old beauties. His most recent accomplishment is a 1976 ‘pop top’ model, in which he and Jasmin toured the East Coast of Australia for four months.

Chris completed his Plumbing and Gas fitting apprenticeship before moving to the UK. He lived in Edinburgh and worked in this field until he heard about snowboarding and the French Alps. Working as a site manager suited his hands- on skills. Chris spent two seasons working in the Alps. Not content to stay in one place, Chris looked to broaden his travel prospects by starting in the super yacht industry as a deckhand—toolbox in hand.

It wasn’t long before he took the engineering route and worked his way up to Chief Engineer. Chris has worked on numerous high-end sailing yachts, and is looking forward to sailing and racing on SY Marie.

BOSUN - Tom Hollyholmes
Tom Hollyhomes


Tom was born and raised in Norwich a historic city on the east coast of England. Hailing from a family of pilots, he spent his early years surrounded by aircraft. Tom learned how to sail on the lakes near to his home and around the North Sea. It became more and more obvious that sailing would become more than just a hobby, but a well chosen career. Tom completed his Yacht Master qualification at the age of 18 and was off to Turkey to work as a sailing instructor with Sunsail. This gave him a solid foundation in both instructional confidence on the water as well as key maintenance skills required for the fleet of 10 sailing yachts he managed. As another way to round his experience Tom became an accomplished Divemaster. He spent time in Eastern Thailand, on the island of Koh Tao giving guided dives throughout the area. The next progressive step was to further his career in the world of superyachts. Since then Tom has worked on both Motor and Sailing yachts of ranging sizes with varying programs. This experience has culminated in Tom’s employment with his partner Gioia Gracis on Sailing Yacht Marie. Tom loves watersports and spends his free time kitesurfing and exploring the exciting places he’s lucky enough to experience with Sailing Yacht Marie. Since starting his career Tom has logged thousands of miles at sea and holds a UK chief mate licence including multiple courses in advanced safety subjects such as fire fighting, first aid and Navigation. Tom along with the rest of the crew onboard love to meet new people and share the exciting array of activities and watersports Marie has to offer.

DECKHAND - Jacob Miller
Jacod Miller

Deckhand Jake is the youngest member of the Marie crew, but comes to us with substantial sailing experience as a former National Sailing Champion. Hailing from the Waikato in New Zealand, Jake has competed in many local and national regattas and most recently the Laser Radial World Championships. Winning national races in both Laser and Hobie Catamarans, Jake is happy to coach guests and to set up mini regattas for everyone to enjoy whilst on board. A valuable member of our team, Jake also has hospitality experience and is on hand to make your charter one to remember.

Jemma Harrison

Growing up in rural Lincolnshire in England, Jemma embarked on her catering career at the tender age of 15 with a part time job at an award-winning local restaurant. She continued working in restaurants while at University and Graduate school. With a BS degree in Geology and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, she started out with career as a music journalist for the BBC.

The travel bug got to her, so she left the UK to work in high-end chalets in the French and Swiss Alps. Continuing to work in catering, Jemma travelled extensively around Europe, South East Asia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China and Australasia taking cookery lessons from locals wherever possible.

Jemma has been a professional yacht chef for the last 7 years working in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and India. Her food repertoire is extensive and she loves nothing more than mixing it up in the galley—experimenting and fusing different food styles. Jemma is at home preparing an elegant dinner for two or a feast for two thousand. 

Jemma’s other passions are music and snowboarding. While she cannot indulge her snowboarding craze onboard, one can often hear her singing in the galley. Also, in her spare time, Jemma runs a successful beanie and knitwear business. Starting off as a social enterprise, her entrepreneurial company employs 8 ‘grannies’ in addition to a factory to make hats. When the weather gets cold, you can often see the Marie crew kitted out in her lovely creations. 

Kristin Rust - stewardess sy Marie
Samantha Gemmell

Samantha was born in a small town on the East coast of New Zealand surrounded by the beautiful ocean and raw nature. Later moving to Auckland Sam found her passion for travel completing her degree in Tourism Management & Business. After working in various marketing roles in some of the top resorts in New Zealand, Australia and London Sam was drawn back to the ocean several years ago. She recently completed her 10th Atlantic crossing! Sam’s love for meeting new people and exploring different cultures creates a welcoming atmosphere on board Marie, with her natural Kiwi wit and charisma winning everyone over. She thrives on providing a high level of service and gains complete satisfaction knowing all her guests walk away after experiencing a luxurious, relaxing & rejuvenating break in her care.

Kristin Rust - stewardess sy Marie
Beth Treece

Beth, our newest crew member, joins us from Nottingham in the Midlands of the UK. Having worked in yachting for over 4 years, her natural charm and enthusiasm instantly puts guests at ease. Beth has travelled extensively across South East Asia and Australasia, gaining her love for sailing in the Whitsunday Islands off Australia’s East Coast. Having previously worked as a chef, as well as front of house, in various bars, deli’s and restaurants, Beth’s love of new food brings something extra to Marie’s stewardess team. Before the call of the sea came, Beth studied dance at college and can be found practicing dance and yoga on the deck most mornings. You are welcome to join her for a class.

Kristin Rust - stewardess sy Marie
Luke Grierson

Born in Devon, England, Luke grew up close to the coast and spent many of his summer weekends fishing off his father's boats around the south coast. With the odd trip across the channel, Luke shortly fell in love with the idea of a life at sea.

Most of his early boating took place aboard small powerboats, so it would have seemed the logical choice would have been to choose the Motor Yacht life. Nonetheless, a chance day on a lake instigated his appreciation for sailing.

With a newfound love of sailing and a goal of working on a super yacht, Luke completed his yacht master certificate. Luke has gained valuable experience in his yachting career and so far, he hasn't looked back.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys playing golf and uses the traveling aspect of the career to try out as many courses as he can. A keen fisherman and new to diving, a lot of his free time is spent around the water enjoying all it has to offer.

Luke is very much looking forward to making your stay onboard as exciting and fun as it can be and hopes to see you soon.