Captain - Blake Sellers
Born in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he lived on the Intracoastal Waterway, Blake’s dream was always to become a yacht captain. He spent time on his family’s runabout boats, wakeboard boats, and jet skis learning how everything operated. He was always on the water every chance he got and would wakeboard, kneeboard, tube, water ski, wake surf, and jet ski together with his two older brothers. Starting out as a mate for TowBoatUS he started in the yachting industry delivering vessels in order to gain his Sea Time and Captain’s License. Blake worked his way up from a 54ft Motor yacht, to a 76ft Lazzara, to a 124’ Trinity, and now to the 114ft Hargrave Brandi Wine.
Captain Blake currently holds his 200 Ton USCG Masters Near Coastal/500 Ton ITC, STCW trained, and Auxiliary Towing Endorsement. He looks forward to having you aboard Brandi Wine where you will be greeted with one of the best crews in the industry ensuring you a safe and wonderful vacation. Captain Blake’s motto for the yachting industry is “always chase your dreams, because if you can dream it, you can do it”
Deck hand - Simon Abeger
Simon was born on a small French island called Reunion Island, known for the best surfing in the world. He grew up fishing and surfing at the age of 5 and has always had an interest to work on a yachts. when Simon was 10 he moved to Australia with his family for two years. At the age of 12 he moved to Stuart Florida where he still lives to this day and loves to surf, fish, spearfish. He has completed a successful season in the Bahamas on Brandi wine and is very excited for our upcoming guests.
Mate - Matthew Edwards
Matt was born and raised in Virginia Beach. From there he grew up on boats and was always in the water. When he wasn’t in the water he was playing football. After High school he realized his passion was for the open ocean and pursued a career on yachts. He was a deckhand for 2 years on a private yacht where he traveled up and down US Atlantic coast from Rhode Island to Grand Bahama. Soon after he discovered the action packed adventures of charter yachts. He’s completed one season on Brandi Wine and is looking forward to many more.
Chef - Jocelyne Mackay
Native to Southern California Chef Jocelyne is incredibly experienced and vastly diverse. As a world traveler she has experienced and learned many cuisines through an education of nutrition and culinary school, as well as having a seasoned career in the restaurants, estates and yachts. She comes from a family of culinary passionate people as well. Fond memories of her past spring from shopping at local farmers markets and cooking with her grandparents. She looks forward to creating your ultimate culinary experience during your stay.
Stewardess - Bethany Conrad
Born and raised on the Great Lakes in Northern Michigan boating every summer. After college I started yachting on the deck side and freelancing as a stewardess. I have traveled New England, Costa Rica, Caribbean, Panama Canal & Saint Lawrence Seaway several times. Soon after I got my captains license and I went on to run commercial ferries in the Straits of Mackinac and Research Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Now I’m back in the charter world exploring the Bahamas on Brandi Wine and loving every day!