Sweet Ann Marie
Crew profile

Captain: Mark Russel
Chef/First Mate: Jaime Bayntun
Chef: Nicole Davies

*Nicole and Jaime will do a 2 month on/off rotation

Captain: Mark Russel
Born in Japan, growing up in England with American parents, Mark has always been a voyager. Having started sailing at a young age, he completed his RYA day skipper course at the ripe age of 13 years old on a 32’ sloop sailing the French and English coasts. His passion for all things nautical led him to a degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at the University of Plymouth where he completed his Yacht Master course and worked locally as a dive guide and RIB pilot. Soon wishing to explore further afield, Mark embarked on a career as a professional dive guide and instructor working all over the world and clocking up thousands of dives culminating in a 4.5hr dive to 260’ on a rebreather to explore a war wreck in Vanuatu. This was while working on his first luxury motor yacht. He then stayed in this sector on and off for the next 17 years earning MCA Master 3000 and Y4 engineer licenses. One notable break from luxury yachts was his time spent with the race vessel ‘Earthrace’. The team circumnavigated the globe in 60 days in a 78’ motor yacht with 4 crew and still hold the World Record to this day! Mark loves exploring the Virgin Islands and all the fun, culture and nature it has to offer.

Licenses: MCA Master of Yachts 3000GT, RYA offshore, STCW, Scuba Instructor

Chef: Jaime Bayntun
After circumnavigating the globe on a catamaran of her own, Jaime decided not to return home to Canada, but to turn her love of the water into a career. She attended a well-respected Culinary School in the heart of Vancouver; a famous foodie destination with a massive range of world cuisines and creative influence. With Diploma in hand, this allowed her to continue her travels and adventures aboard yachts, with the focus on hospitality and fine cuisine. Her guests have always appreciated her eye for beautifully plated food, and her creative and delicious flavor profiles. Not to mention her ever-present and understandably huge smile.

Besides being a Chef, she is a certified Kite Instructor, Rescue Diver, and licensed 200 Ton Captain. She enjoys all-things watersports and culinary and is always looking to learn next-level tricks, both under a Kite and in the galley.

Licenses: Culinary Arts Diploma, Cordon Bleu Pastry Certification