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Matt Abbiss |  

Director, Yacht Management

Matt, is in charge of all diYachting's management activities. He’ll be there from the start of your journey, guiding you along the way helping you get the most from your yacht. Matt is a qualified Captain with an RYA Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor ticket and has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles in over 30 years of sailing. He has skippered 12 ARC transatlantics, 5 Fastnet races and has won trophies at over 30 prestigious regattas over the years. Aside from being a professional sailor for 20 years Matt has a degree in Law and in a previous life has worked in Banking and Life Assurance. 

Lizzie Abbiss |  

Director, Yacht Charter

Lizzie, is in charge the charter side of the business and is responsible for marketing the yachts and making the bookings, Lizzie has sailed since a young age, having grown up by the sea in Southend in Essex, she has now sailed over 150,000 nautical miles and has worked together with Matt for 17 years. Before joining Matt and a life at sea Lizzie studied Tourism & Business at Bournemouth University and worked for several years for Camp America in their London office.

Becky Gilbert-Wood |  

General Manager

Becky is our General Manager in charge of all our office based Yacht Management, Crew Services and Marketing. Aside from being in charge of all our marketing Becky spends a lot of time speaking to crews looking for work and owners looking for crews, providing a selection of suitable candidates to the owners to pick for interview and handling all the stages of their recruitment and employment. Becky also oversees our office based yacht management department including yacht registration. Becky was based in Croatia for 2 years with Sunsail, working on the flotillas in the summer and ashore in the winters organising their trade shows, writing welcome packs and preparing for the upcoming seasons.

David Pate |  

Technical Services Manager

David is responsible for providing technical support to our fleet of managed yachts, making regular onsite visits to undertake and oversee works and ensure all maintenance and repair work is completed to satisfy our high standards.An MCA Ocean Yachtmaster and Yacht & Small Craft Surveyor, David has over 15 years of practical marine experience, this along with a wealth of local knowledge and contacts helps to keep all jobs as cost-effective as possible.David has gained his sailing experience on vessels up to 24m in Europe, USA and the Caribbean having worked as a captain and project manager for both live aboard and absentee owners. A real foodie, David used to run a Gastro pub at Hythe Marina.

Carly Quick Crockford |  

Accounts Administrator

Carly joined us mid 2017 and has quickly thrown herself into our multi-currency business and clients accounts, she also finds time for reconciling crew expenses and handles the finances for our fully managed yachts. Having started her accounts career in London she took time out to have a family and moved to Southend earlier this year.

Jamie Taylor |  

Parts and Products Co-ordinator

Jamie is our parts and products Co-ordinator and is responsible for the parts department. Liaising with our Technical Services Team and Yachts to supply any parts or equipment they require. Jamie comes from a background in purchasing having spent the lat few years in procurement for superyachts.

Louise Foster |  

Admin Assistant

Louise helps out when needed from flights and itineraries for the staff to resizing yacht photos for the website and yacht listings . Louise was a sea cadet as a teen and studied at university in Southampton so has always been surrounded by the sea. Her career started in the property development industry.

Mimi the Frenchie |  

Morale Manager

Mimi is the one that keeps us smiling when the days are long, she welcomes all delivery drivers and kindly empties the waste paper bins!

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diYachting is a British company with over 15 years experience in the yachting industry. Since being founded by Matt & Lizzie Abbiss in 2001, we have evolved to become a management and charter company of luxury yachts from 60 to 80ft. After many years spent working as crew on yachts of this size, we understand that these mini super yachts require more time than most owners can spare. With experience sailing on and managing yachts from all the major shipyards, our team are perfectly placed to assist owners and offer a complete range of services, to cover all of your yacht’s needs.

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