Oceana
Crew profile

Captain: James Cotter (UK)
Chef/Mate: Julia Criegh (Australia)

Captain: James Cotter
James grew up in the British countryside on a farm. From a young age he was obsessed with anything and everything mechanical. He spent summers in his father’s Irish coastal hometown of Dungarvan and it was there that he developed a love for the ocean.

He started a career in the luxury eyewear industry working for brands such as TAG Heuer and Calvin Klein, but eventually his love for the ocean won out and drew him toward a career in the yachting industry. He has worked for two years now as a charter captain in various locations including Croatia and French Polynesia.

CERTIFICATES:
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail, CE)
RYA VHF Radio
RYA First aid
RYA PPR
RYA Diesel engine maintenance
RYA Sea Survival
STCW

Chef/Mate: Julia Criegh
Coming across the seas from the inner city of Sydney, Australia – Julia grew up baking alongside her mother and grandmother learning the home classics and passed down family recipes. After a challenging few years working as pediatric nurse during the global pandemic, she took the opportunity of the world opening back up to explore the world, tasting culinary delights in many parts of Asia and Europe before landing herself in Croatia as a chef onboard flotilla charter yachts for the European summer. This experience ignited a flame for Julia to chase her dream of working as a chef on the water full-time.

Julia comes from a strong hospitality background working in several established venues in Sydney both behind the bar and front of house. She has completed a number of culinary courses with Le Cordon Bleu and the Australian Patisserie Academy and is so passionate about delivering delicious food and a unique hospitality experience.

Outside of the galley there is nothing more relaxing to Julia than perching in the sun with a good book or finding new walks along the coastlines around the world. Coming from a large family, bringing people together around a table to enjoy a meal and share stories is one of life’s greatest moments in her eyes and she cannot wait to welcome you onboard and share this with you all.

CERTIFICATES:
STCW 95 – Basic Blended Training
Fondements de la Cuisine – Le Cordon Bleu
Patisserie Intensive – Australian Patisserie Academy
Cake Decorating Intensive – Australian Patisserie Academy
Bachelor of Nursing – University of Notre Dame