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Great to meet you, this is the first blog from the sailing yacht Necker Belle, the most recent addition to the Virgin Limited Edition collection of properties.
My names Jono and I am the Captain. I've been with Necker Belle since she was picked up at market, back when I was First Mate. I was lucky enough to sail her from Necker Island to Australia, and have been in Australia with her these past three years. Prior to sailing, I was a graphic designer and managed to complete my Masters of Virtual Communications before I set sail on a totally different lifestyle.
On the subject of setting sail, I've got a couple of people that I'd like to introduce.
My Engineer George: George is a gentle giant that knows more about marine engineering than most could ever dream. George is a jack-of-all-trades (literally, he's completed three trades) yet after a serious motorcycle accident, he studied Marine Engineering and has proved himself to be simply irreplaceable! You'll never see George without a smile on his face and that's generally because he's doing what he loves.
My Chief Stewardess Suzanne: Suzanne will greet you with a warm smile when you arrive and she'll look after whatever you need, before you need it. Suzanne's had a varied career, working as a political advisor and sports marketer before she took to hospitality as a GO at Club Med and ran a ski chalet in Austria. Suzanne comes from a family of sailors so her coming on board has been a smooth transition.
The rest of my crew are yet to be recruited, but I'm working hard to ensure we get the best possible team together to make your Necker Belle experience what it should be.
I'm looking forward to welcoming you into our world every week, so be sure to check in and see what's happening, it's going to be a very exciting year!
All the best
Welcome aboard from the SY Necker Belle crew!
Necker Belle: How she came to be
What's in a name?
A Major Milestone
She's moving out!
We're on the water!
Stepping the mast
She’s now officially Necker Belle!
The Sail Trials