s/y Marie - star of the sea



S/Y Marie Crew Profiles

Captain Wes Cooper - sy Marie
CAPTAIN - 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 - Jim Livingston
CAPTAIN - Jim Livingston
(sharing rotational captain's position)

Jim’s home is in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. The town serves him well and he can find all his favorite pastimes just a stone’s throw away. He is an avid skier and so fortunately for him, his house is merely a short walk to the ski lift.  You will also find him hiking in the mountains, riding motorcycles and fly-fishing.

Jim grew up in Arizona and Colorado, but as a young man was drawn to the sea.  After attending university in Tucson, he headed east to become a boat builder. A few years in Maine were enough to convince him to move on to more tropical climes.  His route south began in the Caribbean.  Initially he went to rebuild a boat, which, after completion, offered him the chance to stay on as the engineer. His next port of call was Tortola in the stunning British Virgin Islands, where he took on the challenge of running a bareboat charter base.  The following years Jim spent in New Zealand where he built composite racing yachts. Then finally he took the leap and entered the all-consuming industry of yachting. The nomadic lifestyle suited him well and he quickly and confidently climbed the ranks from Mate and Engineer to Captain. 

Life on yachts has taken him as far north as the Norwegian Fjords, and as far south as the Cape of Good Hope, from the Western Pacific to the Eastern Indian Ocean on Expedition type motor yachts and large sailing yachts. After thirteen years helming Super Yachts, Jim is now perfectly placed onboard the wonderful modern classic Marie. He’s a keen fisherman, and always eager to get a line in the water, helping to supply Marie with a fresh Tuna, Mahi, or Wahoo. His taste buds are awakened, and he knows that his favorite sushi and sashimi are not far away.

Jeff Rust - engineer sy Marie
CHIEF ENGINEER - 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
FIRST MATE - Tom Hollyhomes


Tom was born and raised in Norwich, England. Hailing from a family of pilots, he spent his early years surrounded by aircraft. Flying planes seemed like the natural career path to follow until he discovered sailing. 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 young age of 18 and was off to Turkey to work as a sailing instructor with Sunsail.

Tom is also an accomplished Divemaster. He spent time on the Eastern side of Thailand, on the island of Koh Tao giving guided dives throughout the area. Naturally his path has lead him to the Superyacht world, from Southeast Asia, to the Mediteranean and to the Caribbean. He is extremely happy to be a part of the Marie team, especially alongside his partner Gioia Gracis. He is eager to race, sail and explore, and most of all have fun.

DECKHAND - Gioia Gracis
DECKHAND - Gioia Gracis

Gioia was born and raised with sailing in her blood. Coming from an adventurous Italian family, she was born in Grenada, in the Caribbean. She spent her early years growing up in Antigua around sailing, sun, and the sea. Her adventuresome family seeking a new cultural experience decided to sail to Cuba where they settled for the next 5 years. Then upon discovering Mexico, her parents then decided to settle there, and this is still where they call home. Completing college with honors in Communications and Humanities, and being fluent in 3 languages, she decided to depart for a new adventure.

Being a natural traveler Gioia discovered the super yacht industry, combining her love of sailing with exploring and meeting great people. Her first impulse, coming from an Italian family, was to become a chef, so she decided to further her qualifications with The Gables School of Cookery. Since then she has worked as chef and stewardess, making her way on deck where she is able to pursue her passion for sailing while working side by side with her partner Thomas Hollyhomes. She has now obtained her Yacht Masters qualification.

In her spare time Gioia enjoys creative tasks such as working with leather and knitting, as well as diving, hiking and exploring new areas.

CHEF - Tammy Ayers

Tammy began her sailing adventure 15 years ago while traveling across the Caribbean Ocean on her parents’ boat. She is a native of Seattle, Washington where she attended sailing school at The Seattle Sailing & Yacht Club. She has sailed throughout the Greater Puget Sound and around Vancouver Island, Canada. During her six-year career as a yacht chef, Tammy has ventured throughout Asia, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, the Polynesian Islands, and the USA, including Alaska.

After attending culinary school at The Art Institute of Seattle in 2003, where she was fortunate enough to receive training from various Master Chefs, Tammy continues to demonstrate a true passion for cooking. Her skills have been challenged on various boats with dietary restrictions and difficult provisioning, yet she continues to provide excellent meals for both the guests and crew. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the happiness of those onboard. Tammy has competed professionally in various culinary competitions and placed 3rd in the prestigious Concours de Chef’ competition at the 2013 Antigua Charter Show, where the competition brief stipulated a healthy Vegan-Raw diet.

Although her yachting career has segued to sailing yachts, it did not start there. Her first three boats were power yachts until she discovered the treasure of the sailing community, where she has found her true passion. Now aboard SY Marie, she is a part of the crew and the exciting aspects of the racing circuit.

Tammy likes to stay active and enjoys exploring the new places SY Marie travels to by hiking, biking or running. Also, she is currently working on her first novel. If you venture into the galley you will hear Bon Jovi or Pearl Jam blaring from the speakers as she preps for dinner.

Kristin Rust - stewardess sy Marie

Jasmin grew up in a small beach town on the North Island of New Zealand.
The majority of her childhood weekends were spent on the water, either sailing with her grandparents, or water skiing with her parents. As a teenager, she earned her Bronze Medallion at the local Surf Lifesaving Club.  Today she still finds the ocean compelling and enjoys a wide variety of watersports.

After graduating from University with a Bachelor of Design degree, Jaz worked in the graphic design field in New Zealand and America before taking a ‘break’ to join the super yacht world. The life, travel, guests and friends in the yachting industry have kept her happy and stimulated over the last five years.

Jasmin has worked on a variety of Motor Yachts and Sailing Yachts in places varying from France to Fiji. Her love for different cultures, food and design has led Jasmin and her partner Chris to travel extensively. This ‘travel bug’ adventure is something she hopes will continue for many years to come.

With valuable experience as Chief Stewardess on other prestigious yachts, Jasmin will ensure that every guest who steps on board SY Marie has a luxurious and memorable time.

Kristin Rust - stewardess sy Marie
Georgia Fazekas

Despite being born in landlocked Nottingham, smack in the middle of England, Georgia, has always had a flair for adventure and travel.  She moved to Falmouth in Cornwall in South West England to study Natural History and Marine Photography and thus began her love affair with the sea and sailing. She thoroughly embraced the sailing community in Falmouth, taking part in local working boat races and even spending time dredging for oysters.

She graduated from university at the tender age of 20, to pursue her passion for underwater studies and photography. A trip to the Red Sea and Egypt provided her with the perfect environment for diving, snorkeling, and photography. Further travels led her to develop an appetite for other sports including waterskiing, rowing, as well as hiking and cycling.  She is always keenly engaged with her physical surroundings and likes to keep active wherever she is.  

Georgia’s wanderlust has propelled her to travel around Europe where she has extensively explored Austria, the French Riviera, coastal Spain, and the Balearic Islands—by foot! After her European walkabout, she joined the Yachting Industry—spending time in both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

You will see Georgia’s personality shine in everything she does.  She is happy to be a part of the Marie team, and she looks forward to making your stay onboard a memorable one.

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.