Main Office Address
The Boat House, 7 Crouchmans Yard, Poyners Lane, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS3 9TS
Ken grew up near the water in New England and began sailing at a young age. Now, as an experienced charter yacht captain, Ken holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master’s license plus a Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Ocean license, and is a PADI Divemaster. He has sailed extensively through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, New England, and North and South Pacific Oceans, including numerous trans-Atlantic and Pacific passages.
Ken also has substantial history in the Ocean Engineering and Oceanographic Research communities, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduate studies in Ocean Engineering.
Rounding out the talented international crew of AURELIUS is Satu Rantula, from Finland. Satu has excelled in the hospitality industry both ashore and afloat, especially in the areas of food and beverage, housekeeping, and bartending. She has specialty training in silver service as well as food safety and hygiene. Satu is also qualified as a PADI Rescue Diver, tender driver (Power Boat Level 2) and has worked on sailing and motor yachts in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, US East Coast, and Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and China. With her cheerful and friendly personality, Satu ensures that all aboard AURELIUS are attended to with the highest standards of service, and maintains the same impeccable quality in performing the quotidian interior tasks aboard AURELIUS.
Chef Spencer Wright has over three decades of culinary experience and nearly twenty of those years have been aboard luxury yachts. He has been the executive chef of The Dove restaurant in the British Virgin Islands and executive chef of Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina. Spencer’s cuisine has been in Caribbean Travel and Life and Gourmet magazine. He has an artistic approach to food and an eye for detail. Playful, surprising and unconventional flavor combinations are a hallmark of his and all dietary preferences can be graciously accommodated. Chef Spencer is at home on the ocean and looks forward to entertaining you.