meet our crew
On board Kings Ransom, the crew provides a stellar service and will cater to your every need to ensure that you have a holiday of a lifetime.
They are enthusiasts, who enjoy everything life has to offer.
You will find them friendly, positive and vibrant. Their love for life and adventure is contagious.
Pete is from the UK, born and raised in a seaside town at the mouth of the River Thames in South East England. Growing up next to the sea, he soon developed a passion for water activities and became particularly proficient in kayaking. He went on to teach canoeing in France, leading groups and instructors on the River Ardeche. and an expedition kayaking from Switzerland to England, crossing one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. On returning to England he relocated to an outdoor pursuits centre on the South coast where he built his foundation of knowledge, skills and qualifications within the water sports industry, placing him as Principal of an RYA Powerboat and Sailing school.
A highly experienced and qualified Captain, Pete sails into his 6th season on board Kings Ransom. He has sailed extensively throughout Europe & the Mediterranean, North America and the Caribbean, including skippering his own yacht from the UK to the British Virgin Islands. For the past ten years he has proven himself as a successful and capable Captain within the charter yacht industry, developing a fond following of satisfied guests. With his natural humor and personable, easy going nature you are assured an unforgettable time aboard Kings Ransom. From the ‘champagne sailing’ to the creation of your own specialised itinerary, Pete will make you feel at ease afloat, as he safely steers you through the beauties of Kings Ransom’s cruising grounds.
Jonathan (Bentley), grew up in the coastal city of Durban in sunny South Africa. He showed interest in the sea from a young age through deep sea fishing and surfing during his holidays on the lakes or at the coast. Later on in life he developed his passion for boats and water sports and has vast experience in wake boarding and water skiing. He is always keen to take guests out in the new BRIG Navigator tender and help develop their water sports ability.
Bentleyattained his law degree from the University of Johannesburg and hopes to use this knowledge in maritime law later in his career. His interest in travel and love of exploring new places and meeting new people eventually led him to the yachting industry.
His career began on board motor yachts but he soon decided to broaden his repertoire and grow as a seafarer. Onboard Kings Ransom Bentley discovered that sailing was more his passion and is currently working to obtain his yacht master.
Bentley is an out-going crew member and his well natured and enthusiastic personality will make your charter with Kings Ransom unforgettable.
Niki is from the UK and grew up in East Anglia, home to some of the finest beaches in Britain. Growing up on a farm, she developed a passion for the outdoors and her adventurous spirit led her to travel and work throughout Europe, USA and the Caribbean. Whilst studying for her Bachelor in Education, Niki thrived in the position of Entertainments Officer organizing all major balls, graduation ceremonies and social functions for the student calendar. After graduating with Honors in Physical Education and English, she moved to the South East Coast to start a teaching career which saw her hold a variety of notable positions within the profession. Her sailing life started with dinghies and her love for the purity of the sport soon led to the purchase of a small cruiser, which, a number of years later, turned into a 43 foot sailing yacht called home.
Niki’s endless passion for food has been encouraged by her experiences travelling and her love of entertaining. Since settling in the British Virgin Islands in 2007, she has proven herself as a successful chef aboard several yachts and steps into her 6th season aboard the Luxurious Kings Ransom. Niki’s menu reflects her careful use of fresh, local produce creating dishes full of flavor and skillfully served from the galley of Kings Ransom. Passionate about your culinary experience afloat, she invites you onboard to a feast fit for kings!
Kate was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Every holiday Kate would go with her family to Durban where they would spend the summer at the beach and thus her passion for the ocean began.
Her previous bartending, waitressing and events coordination experience ensures all guests are well looked after throughout their time afloat. Kate also spent time as an au pair and is a natural with children and people alike. Her peaceful nature makes her a great addition to the Kings Ransom team.
Once graduating high school, Kate moved to Cape Town where her interest in yachting began. After obtaining her degree, Kate decided to start her new adventure into the yachting world. She obtained her certificates and moved overseas in 2016.
Since then, Kate has been working as a stewardess and is often complimented on her gracious hospitality. She is a calm and inviting person and loves to make sure her guests feel completely welcome and relaxed when on Kings Ransom.
Pete, Niki, jonathan & kate warmly welcome you on board Kings Ransom, to create memories to treasure forever.
Under the capable guidance of experienced Captain Peter Clapp, the crew of three, including talented chef, Niki Payne, renowned for her 5-star cuisine, are dedicated to exceeding guests' expectations. They specialise in tailoring charter itineraries to match guests' interests with the many fascinating anchorages and islands around the Mediterranean. Along with a great sense of freedom, you will enjoy luxurious surroundings, excellent service and wonderful food.