The ship is crewed by 9 professional sea staff, who rotate with another crew member sailing in the same position throughout the year to ensure there is always someone fulfilling their role onboard – and that our crew get appropriate downtime between rotas! Occasionally we will sail with relief crew, who cover any gaps in the rota and like to sail with us around their existing jobs, or who no longer work full time for us but just can’t keep away. In addition to the professional crew each voyage is supported by several wonderful volunteers – but these may change each trip so we aren’t able to list them all here!

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Simon Catterson, Captain

Everything which does – or occasionally doesn’t – happen onboard comes under the Captain’s purview, so all the daily operational matters, looking after everyone onboard, future planning, port visits and events, docking, maintenance and legislative requirements etc – but all with the assistance of the whole JST team both at sea and ashore. 

The best thing about working at the JST are the range of people we meet and the range of places we go. Watching folk develop over time is always amazing and to play a small part in facilitating that makes me feel very lucky to be in this job.

When I’m not at work I’m recovering…

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Darren Naggs, Relief Captain

I am one of the relief Captains of Tenacious, and I have the best job in the world, well I think so anyway…..I’m responsible for the safety of the ship and all aboard, but the job is made much easier because I work with such a fantastic team, both onboard and ashore.

The best thing about working at the charity is getting to sail a wonderful ship like Tenacious and sharing that pleasure with all those who sail with us, shared experiences being one of the many things that make the JST so special in my opinion.

When I’m not working I’m on my bike, in the cinema, or in the pie shop next door to my home.

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Fliss Green, Chief Mate

As well as watch keeping on the 4-8 watch, I work with the Captain to plan each day and the voyage overall. Crew who sail with us often have different expectations and ideas of life onboard so every day and each voyage are never the same. I also prepare the crew list for the voyages by allocating people to watches and bunks.

The best thing about working at the charity is the opportunity to meet new people and catch up with familiar faces. Each person I have met and sailed with has helped shape how I work as a member of the Crew whilst sailing around the globe; by learning about them, their lives and the impact JST can have.

When I’m not at work I’m…on leave. 

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Ben Ransom, Chief Mate

Coming soon… he’s probably gone aloft again!

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Johannes (Janice) Schoneveld, Second Mate

As Second Mate, I’m in charge of passage planning and holding the midday-4pm and midnight-4am watches. I look after parts of our Life Saving Appliances (important kit like life jackets and life buoys) and keep all publications (such as tide, radio signals, all navigational publications) up to date.

The best thing about working at the JST is the engagement with people from so many different walks of life – we hear so many fascinating stories that put life into perspective. I also like to fix things and love the problem solving aspects of sailing.

When I’m not working you’ll find me getting outdoors, driving, fishing, walking in the hills and mountains and travelling as much as possible.

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Charlotte Cook, Second Mate

Coming soon…

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Tom, Third Mate

As the 3rd officer I keep the 8-12 watches as well as being responsible for maintaining the ship’s two boats and the fire fighting equipment. I also spend quite a bit of time on deck, helping with sail evolutions, or aloft helping with our climbs.

The best part of the job by far is the variety it brings. Every day is different, whether it’s due to the sea, wind, or the people on board.

When I’m not on Tenacious I can usually be found hiking through the wilderness or or catching up with friends over one of a multitude of geeky hobbies.

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Fiona Breen, Bosun

Coming soon… again she is probably aloft somewhere!

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Stu Palmer, Bosun

Coming soon… what is it with these deckies?!

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Ian McColm, Cook

I cook three meals per day plus cake and bread for everyone on board. I’m responsible for purchasing food, managing hygiene and providing uplifting tunes in the Galley! I’ve also been known to wrestle fenders, pull string climb masts and help with other ship movements when required. With help from an amazing array of volunteers and members of the voyage crew it is a full shift, but very rewarding and interesting.

The best thing about working at the JST is that I get to meet, sail and work with so many lovely people from all walks of life. I get to hear many amazing stories and become part of this particular chapter of their “Book of Life.” Also I get to visit many amazing places around the world whilst still being in the “Office”.

When I’m not at work I’m cooking for private diners as a freelance Chef , teaching cookery skills and away from the kitchen, spending time with my family. I’ve also been spotted trekking up Scottish hills and appearing on the odd TV/Radio quiz programme!

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Micah Hendrickx, Cook

I am the Cook – making sure that everyone on board is fed and watered throughout the day.

The best thing about working at the JST is not knowing what’s going to happen – going into port one day, being at sea, the weather. The unpredictability of it – no day is ever the same.

When I’m not at work I’m spending time with friends.

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Marco Michelagnoli, Chief Engineer

Coming soon… we just need to extract him from the Engine Room!

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Will Kay, Chief Engineer

As the chief engineer, Will is allergic to sunlight so will normally be found hiding in the engine room or at the very least, the shaded side of the deck. He, along with the second engineer, is responsible for maintaining all the machinery on the ship. This covers engines, generators, and the all important water system that allows him to have his weekly shower.

In his spare time, Will can be found in the untamed wilderness of Scottish pubs, or at home playing with his toy trains.

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Paul (Mr Chipps) Cole, Second Engineer

My job is to maintain and look after the machinery on board and keep it running, and that covers anything and everything  – pumps, propulsions, generation, hydraulics, ship systems, hotel services and lots more.   

The best thing about working at JST is hard to quantify – I’ve worked for the JST since 1996 and I’m still here, so that’s a good sign! It’s satisfying watching people come out of themselves – they may come up the gangway feeling nervous, but you often see a different person leaving after their experience with us. I also like not knowing what’s going to happen next – whether it’s the work itself or even the weather. Everyday is different. 

When I’m not at work I’m spending time in my man cave. I’m forever building, fixing and making things such as tables, chairs PA speaker systems – you could say I’m a sound engineering geek. I also have a young daughter so there’s lots of family time too.

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Alan Williamson, Medical Purser

My role is to provide immediate medical care and other health and welfare needs to all crew onboard. I’m also responsible – with the assistance of the Crew – for the maintenance and organisation of the domestic duties needed to keep the ship in a clean and healthy state below decks.

The best thing about working at the charity is meeting a hugely varied group of people joining for a voyage and, through the magic of the ship and the sea, watching them grow into a close knit crew. 

Sailing the seven seas is pretty good too. When I’m not at work I’m traveling and trying to go sailing.

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Vicky, Medical Purser

I am Vicky, one of the Medical Pursers and to me this is a dream job. In my long career as an Occupational Health Nurse I have never had such a diverse job description!

The Medical Purser is accountable to the Master for the medical care of the Voyage Crew and the Permanent Crew. I have certain security duties and I am part of the emergency teams. I am also responsible for all medication, medical equipment and stores on board, for the cleanliness below decks and for the laundry.

With the First Mate we make up the watches so that they are balanced out with different levels of sailing experience, gender, age and physical abilities. We also allocate “buddies” to people who need help with the everyday activities on the ship.

I assist the Chief mate in ensuring that we keep to the daily routine and if the cook needs help I can also give him or her a hand.

I run the ship’s bar and shop and I also supervise the use of the fenders during habour operations.

The best part of the job for me is its diversity: one minute I’m making the toast for breakfast and the next I’m tending to someone who is unwell or putting out the fenders. The travelling is wonderful but best of all is seeing the transformation of the voyage crew as they gain in confidence and capability as they cope with being completely out of their comfort zone and also the team spirit which developpes on each and every voyage.

On my time off I go back to Switzerland where I live and spend time with my family ( I have 2 grown up daughters) and friends. Some skiing in winter and walking in Summer.

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