Matt Abbiss

Managing Director

Matt is diYachting’s Managing Director. He’ll be there from the start of the 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 certificate. He has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles in over 30 years of sailing. During this time Matt has skippered 12 ARC transatlantics, 5 Fastnet races and hasten trophies at over 30 prestigious regattas. Aside from being a professional sailor Matt also has a degree in Law and in a previous life 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 working with the owners and crews organising calendars and charters and also answering charter enquiries and putting together the perfect cruising holiday for you. Lizzie has sailed since a young age, having grown up by the sea in Southend in Essex, she has sailed over 150,000 nautical miles and has worked together with Matt for 18 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.

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.

Freya Lee-Jones

Yacht Management Co-Ordinator

Freya joined the company in March 2018 and is responsible for the majority of the administration behind Yacht Management. Freya deals with yacht registration, crew administration, marinas and port bookings, liaising with owners and our accounts team. Freya keeps the office a well oiled machine. Freya was a P.A. for thirteen people before joining us, so is well-equipped to handle the variation in her tasks.

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, she took time out to have a family and we are slowly winning her round to returning to work on a more permanent basis.

MiMi The Frenchie

Morale Manager

Not just an office dog, Matt & Lizzie’s French Bulldog, Mimi is the one that keeps everyone smiling when the days are long. She welcomes all delivery drivers and barks at you when in the kitchen as that’s where her treats are kept!

Nikki Hackett

Accounts Administrator

Nikki joined us autumn 2019 and has quickly thrown herself into our multi-currency business and clients accounts. Having a background in customer services and accounts, she is quickly becoming a valued member of the team.

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