Captain James Ellwood: James had his first sail in 2015 in the sailing area of Hartlepool U.K. where his new found passion introduced him to the Regatta community of private boaters who he crewed with for fun, as a hobby. Once James had discovered his sailing passion, he decided to take a sabbatical break to hone his sailing and captain skills and soon became a certified YachtMaster. James intended to return to his job until he was (very easily) encouraged by his RYA course director to consider a position in Yacht Chartering and he has never looked back since! James has spent multiple seasons as Captain on Mediterranean located charter
James loves exploring new places, especially bay stops that he can anchor in. He has a great passion for free-diving too, and he is currently working towards becoming a certified scuba divemaster! Whilst on charter, James likes to capture great shots with his drone and he will definitely help, organise and take part in creating fun videos for his guests.
Chef Matea: Matea was born and raised in Split, Croatia. She spent most of her childhood with her grandparents on Brač island, where her grandpa had a small family boat. He often took her on adventures and sea shell diving, so she was around boats from a young age. Her grandma had a cookies and cakes shop, and she was her first mate in the kitchen ever since she could walk. That’s when her love of cooking flourished.
She graduated with an Economics degree, and has an Entrepreneurship undergrad degree and masters degree in Marketing. Matea first brought her culinary skills to the charter industry at the young age of 21 and soon discovered her passion and desire to cook up a storm for her guests! Seeing people enjoy her food is what makes Matea tick.
James and Matea strive to provide the best experience for their guests and they look forward to welcoming you aboard Celavie!