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Darren Naggs, Captain

I am one of the 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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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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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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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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Bethany Jupp, Bosun

As the Bosun onboard I (with a brilliant team of Bosun’s mates), look after the rig, sails, paint and varnish work. As well as this we do a lot of running around setting sails, dropping anchors, driving boats and climbing.

The best thing about working at the charity is the people that we get to meet. Every voyage brings a whole new bunch of people to talk to and get to know their stories. Its very difficult to have a bad day surrounded by the incredible people we sail with every single day (especially in the Caribbean…).

When I’m not working I’m at home spending time with my younger brothers and sisters (all four of them). Desperately trying to get them onto a Day Sail so that they can experience the complete brilliance of sailing on a tall ship! If I’m not at home with the littles then I’m probably out sailing, rock climbing, walking, running or sat having a nice pint in some little cozy pub somewhere.

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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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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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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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Fiona Breen, Bosun

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Marco Michelagnoli, Chief Engineer

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Dierdre Duffy, Second Engineer

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Will Kay, Second Engineer

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