Ian was born in Ft.Lauderdale and raised in St.Martin. At the age of 6, his parents moved to St. Martin where they set up a boatyard, and his father started the SNSM (Société Nationale de Sauvatage en Mer / French Sea Rescue). This is the world in which he spent his youth and gained a keen interest in the marine industry.
It was therefore natural for him to evolve into the yachting environment and by working in the family business from the age of 16, he developed integral skills from his father. Following this, Ian went to Marina Fort Louis as Dock Crew and eventually promoted to Dock Master. Driven by a desire to always outdo himself, he became a technician with a Caribbean pyrotechnic company, after which he embarked into the yachting world. Ian received his qualifications to become an official Deckhand on M/Y Te Manu a 160 ft MY as mate / Engineer after which he joined Lady Sharon Gale as relief captain, a 111 feet Motor yacht.
He loves all sorts of water sports and activities from free diving, fishing, windsurf, Kite surf, wakeboard, jet ski, volleyball and more. He has a passion for the marine life and sea nature of every kind. Ian enjoys meeting new people and sharing his knowledge of the sea and all that it encompasses, thus the reason for the becoming a luxury charter captain.
Chef: Rico Haring
Nationality: South Africa/Swiss
Rico was born in South Africa in 1981, where his dad (who was Swiss German) and his mom were running the Wilderness Hotel. As you can imagine, he has been in and around the hospitality industry literally before he could walk. He started to develop and sharpen his senses for the culinary art at a very young age, that for him is where his journey full of flavour and taste began.
Rico moved to Switzerland when he was 5 years old, where he lived for 15 years. Shortly after receiving his diploma from the culinary institute Lausanne, he decided it was time to expand and start his career as a qualified chef. Rico followed his passion for food around the whole world, working in many European countries as well as, Brazil, Tokyo and Australia to name just a few. He was driven by this untameable hunger and constant need to discover new flavours and spices within different cultures. Once Rico discovered the yachting industry, there was no looking back, he eventually found himself working on mega yachts in the Caribbean. He has resided on the Caribbean island of St-Martin for 12 years, where he is happily married.
Rico is happy to share his knowledge and passion for the culinary arts with his guests should they wish to ask for him it not only about being a chef and preparing meals, it’s way more than that. It’s a lifestyle, taking the best of what Mother Earth provides him with, in all its beauty, adding his knowledge, passion heart and soul and creating exceptional cuisine. Ask Rico “what is your profession”? He will say: “I am a food artist”.
Chief Stewardess: Diane Rocheleau
Diane is a dynamic 57 year old Canadian and was born close to Montreal in Quebec. She has lived alongside the St.Lawrence River and cruised on it from a young age. Diane started sailing on the Champlain Lake and other lakes in Quebec as well as the St.Lawrence River over 25 years ago.
After a professional career in the banking world and marketing sector, she decided to come back to her real passion, the Ocean. 14 years ago, she decided to cross from Quebec to the Caribbean onboard a 42' sloop, where her new life began. Her constant desire to move forward and to discover new horizons brought her to the luxury yacht industry. Diane prides herself on having very high standards, she has worked as stewardess and head stewardess on some notable yachts within the luxury charter industry, allowing her to gain an outstanding understanding of the profession. Diane is sure to pamper to your every need making your stay very pleasant and memorable. You will be charmed by her smile and unique, positive personality. With over 40,000 nautical miles under her belt, Diane is a true compliment to the crew of Tender To.
Previous yachts include Bonavista - 65ft catamaran, Douce France - 138' catamaran, Lady Barbaretta, - 105 ' catamaran, Chrysalis T - 77' sloop, Parsifal II - 111' sloop, Allures - 100ft catamaran, Maita'i and Nahema IV, Northern Lights - 120-foot motor yacht.