Respite at Sea (summer)
Crew profile

Apr-Aug 2023
Captain: Ross Matthews (South Africa)
Chef/First Mate: Daniella "Dee" Cox (UK)

Captain: Ross Matthews
Originally from South Africa, Ross has always had an unwavering passion for sport, travel and the ocean. His first time on a boat was with his grandfather at age 3, and he can’t help but wonder if this is where his sense for adventure and exploration stems from. They do say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Ross moved to the UK at the age of 18 to travel Europe, go to school and start a more conventional career as a physical therapist, although this all changed while on a short road-trip in Australia. It was here that not only did he find his love for sailing, he also met Daniella and together they made it their mission to make a life out of doing what they really loved.

Chef/First Mate: Daniella “Dee” Cox
Originally from the UK, Daniella was brought up in the city of Bristol. Her parents had a passion for the outdoors and most summer weekends were spent at her family caravan. She fondly remembers swimming in the lake, fishing with “paps” and cooking outdoors around the fire, all memories that have strongly shaped her lifestyle choice today. Dee, like many of her friends, began pursuing a more traditional path of University, to study Psychology, followed by a career as a Child Psychologist. However, a one year working holiday in Australia opened her eyes to a completely different lifestyle, one which reminded her of her fondness for the water and the outdoors. Ross introduced Dee to the boating industry and she hasn’t looked back since.

Ross and Dee met in the small town of Airlie Beach on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Their passion for travel, which brought them together over 5 years ago, continues to fuel their love for the tourism industry, sailing and exploring the world. It all began at an award-winning adventure tourism company in the Whitsunday Islands (Australia). They have since chartered together in the Mediterranean and most recently the British Virgin Islands. After five years in the industry they have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world and couldn’t be happier with their lifestyle choice.

Ross and Dee create a relaxed environment onboard and facilitate the fun had by all in a natural way. They always aim to make the charter personalised to each guests needs, and this shows as no two charters are the same. They enjoy spontaneity and love discovering beautiful new bays. Ross and Dee also love to entertain, whether that be with friends at home or guests on the boat. Dee’s passion for cooking paired with Ross’ story telling and personable nature makes them a strong team and great company for any occasion.

As a couple they share an interest in snorkeling, diving and marine conservation stemming from their time spent working on the Great Barrier Reef. When traveling, Ross and Dee believe a true way to appreciate a country’s culture is through its food, thus are always intrigued to try new dishes. They share a love for food and although on charter Dee takes charge in the galley, Ross proves pretty handy on weeks off.

Together this enthusiastic and vibrant couple are excited to continue their journey in the charter industry and can’t wait to see what else it holds in store for them.

Certifications (Ross Matthews):
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (com endorsement)
MCA Approved Engine Course 1 (Sept 2020)
STCW Basic Training
PADI Dive Master
AMSA Master <24 (Australian com qualification)
CPR/First Aid
Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
OCR SPS Diploma in Sports Massage (LEVEL 5)
Full Drivers License

Certifications (Daniella Cox):
Ashburton Culinary Certificate
STCW95
ENG1
PADI Senior First Aid and Oxygen Administration
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene
Recreational boat license inc. PWC
Full Clean UK Drivers License
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2014)

CREW ARE FULLY VACCINATED