s/y Marie - star of the sea



S/Y Marie Crew Profiles

Captain Wes Cooper - sy Marie
Wes Cooper

Captain Wes Cooper hails from New Zealand. His career in yachting has been a natural evolution.  He spent his youth participating in competitive dinghy sailing while he trained as a shipwright. He obtained his Master Shipwright Certificate after completing a full apprenticeship in Auckland. He then went down to the South Island to pursue his other passion—skiing. Eventually, after several back-to-back winters between the US and NZ, he decided to hang up his snow boots and over a period of six years, created a boat building business in Wanaka, NZ. At age 29 he flew to the other side of the world to pursue a career on the ocean.

For the last ten years, he has been aboard sailing yachts and has enjoyed over 150,000 miles spent blue water cruising in different parts of the world. He spent six years captaining a 38-meter ketch in the Fjords of Norway and Scotland's outer islands and then spent a couple of years navigating in Captain Cook’s wake through French Polynesia, Fiji and the Pacific. From then on the yachts got steadily bigger, culminating in his being First Officer and Sail Master aboard the world’s second largest privately owned Triple Masted Gaff Rigged Schooner, the 90-meter S/Y Athena. Now, as skipper of S/Y Marie, Wes has found his perfect yacht--and the perfect fit for his passions.

Spare time is a rare commodity for a Captain but when he does get the chance, Wes loves any opportunity to refresh his Commercial Helicopter Pilot's license and get up in the sky!

Wes is looking forward to welcoming future guests onboard Marie, providing them with a safe, yet exhilarating cruise wherever their fancy takes them.

Chad Theiken - sy Marie
Chad Theiken
(sharing rotational captain's position)


Captain Chad Thieken has been at the helm of some of the world’s finest sailing yachts for almost 20 years, and is thrilled to be joining Marie. From the academic to the applied, professional to past-time, yachting has always been his true course.

A graduate of Texas A&M Maritime Academy, Chad sailed on the Inter-Collegiate team, designed and built an International 14’ skiff, developed new techniques in the composites industry and completed a wooden boat apprenticeship.

Since then he’s sailed 165,000 nautical miles, with 9 transtlantics and 2 pacific crossings, on sailing yachts Hanuman, Ranger, Ethereal, Windcrest, Athena, Hyperion, Independence and Marie. Chad skippered the maiden voyage of the J-class Hanuman across the Atlantic in 2009 and in 2010 he and his wife, Kristi, welcomed their daughter Blake into the world.

Recently, he’s been relief captain and race crew, sold beautiful, luxury daysailers for Maine based Morris Yachts and studied naval architecture. He enjoys spending time with his family on Mount Desert Island, Maine, home to Acadia National Park where he races International One Designs competitively and is the current 2nd place North American Champion.

Jeff Rust - engineer sy Marie
Christopher Boogers
(sharing rotational engineer's position)


Born and raised in Queensland, Australia, Chris spent a lot of his youth at the beach. Surfing from a young age, this is still a hobby he loves along with other water board sports.

Apart from the sea, Chris is also passionate about Volkswagen Combi Vans. To date, he has owned and restored three of these old beauties. His most recent accomplishment is a 1976 ‘pop top’ model, in which he and Jasmin toured the East Coast of Australia for four months.

Chris completed his Plumbing and Gas fitting apprenticeship before moving to the UK. He lived in Edinburgh and worked in this field until he heard about snowboarding and the French Alps. Working as a site manager suited his hands- on skills. Chris spent two seasons working in the Alps. Not content to stay in one place, Chris looked to broaden his travel prospects by starting in the super yacht industry as a deckhand—toolbox in hand.

It wasn’t long before he took the engineering route and worked his way up to Chief Engineer. Chris has worked on numerous high-end sailing yachts, and is looking forward to sailing and racing on SY Marie.

Rotational Engineer - Tom Dawson
Tom Dawson
(sharing rotational engineer's position)

Born in Windsor UK, Tom grew up in Arles in the South of France, he keeps us very confused as to which is his mother land… Depending on him watching rugby or eating cheese!

Tom went to sports University with Sailing as his main option and after doing an exchange program in Granada, Spain the bug for travelling never let him go back. He has been working on Yachts for over 12 years, starting as an instructor he then skippered a small sailing boat across the Atlantic at the age of 21. This long trip made him switch to engineering as he didn’t like being at sea without knowing how to fix things, and he’s not too bad at it.

Tom met his wife on his last vessel and they have a little boy who has been to five different countries before the age of two. Tom and Chris used to work together on a large Sailing Yacht and now work on rotation on Marie. He spends his time off with his family renovating a house in his “home” town in the South of France.

Samantha Gemmell - stewardess sy Marie
Samantha Gemmell

Samantha was born in a small town on the East coast of New Zealand surrounded by the beautiful ocean and raw nature. Later moving to Auckland Sam found her passion for travel completing her degree in Tourism Management & Business. After working in various marketing roles in some of the top resorts in New Zealand, Australia and London Sam was drawn back to the ocean several years ago.

She recently completed her 10th Atlantic crossing! Sam’s love for meeting new people and exploring different cultures creates a welcoming atmosphere on board Marie, with her natural Kiwi wit and charisma winning everyone over.

She thrives on providing a high level of service and gains complete satisfaction knowing all her guests walk away after experiencing a luxurious, relaxing & rejuvenating break in her care.

Beth Treece - stewardess sy Marie
Beth Treece

Beth joins us from Nottingham in the Midlands of the UK. Having worked in yachting for over 4 years, her natural charm and enthusiasm instantly puts guests at ease. Beth has travelled extensively across South East Asia and Australasia, gaining her love for sailing in the Whitsunday Islands off Australia’s East Coast.

Having previously worked as a chef, as well as front of house, in various bars, deli’s and restaurants, Beth’s love of new food brings something extra to Marie’s stewardess team.

Before the call of the sea came, Beth studied dance at college and can be found practicing dance and yoga on the deck most mornings. You are welcome to join her for a class.

STEWARDESS - Jemma Harrison
Jemma Harrison

Growing up in rural Lincolnshire in England, Jemma embarked on her catering career at the tender age of 15 with a part time job at an award-winning local restaurant. She continued working in restaurants while at University and Graduate school. With a BS degree in Geology and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, she started out with career as a music journalist for the BBC.

The travel bug got to her, so she left the UK to work in high-end chalets in the French and Swiss Alps. Continuing to work in catering, Jemma travelled extensively around Europe, South East Asia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China and Australasia taking cookery lessons from locals wherever possible.

Jemma has been a professional yacht chef for the last 7 years working in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and India. Her food repertoire is extensive and she loves nothing more than mixing it up in the galley—experimenting and fusing different food styles. Jemma is at home preparing an elegant dinner for two or a feast for two thousand. 

Jemma’s other passions are music and snowboarding. While she cannot indulge her snowboarding craze onboard, one can often hear her singing in the galley. Also, in her spare time, Jemma runs a successful beanie and knitwear business. Starting off as a social enterprise, her entrepreneurial company employs 8 ‘grannies’ in addition to a factory to make hats. When the weather gets cold, you can often see the Marie crew kitted out in her lovely creations. 

Luke Grierson sy Marie
Luke Grierson

Born in Devon, England, Luke grew up close to the coast and spent many of his summer weekends fishing off his father's boats around the south coast. With the odd trip across the channel, Luke shortly fell in love with the idea of a life at sea.

Most of his early boating took place aboard small powerboats, so it would have seemed the logical choice would have been to choose the Motor Yacht life. Nonetheless, a chance day on a lake instigated his appreciation for sailing.

With a newfound love of sailing and a goal of working on a super yacht, Luke completed his yacht master certificate. Luke has gained valuable experience in his yachting career and so far, he hasn't looked back.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys playing golf and uses the traveling aspect of the career to try out as many courses as he can. A keen fisherman and new to diving, a lot of his free time is spent around the water enjoying all it has to offer.

Luke is very much looking forward to making your stay onboard as exciting and fun as it can be and hopes to see you soon. 


Bosun - Carolyn Vincent
Carolyn Vincent

Born 500 meters from the ocean in Rhode Island, Carolyn has been drawn to it from a young age. After being bitten by the sailing bug at 18, she spent her summers working on classic sailboats. She graduated from Brown University with a BA in International Relations in 2014 and decided to take to the waters on any boat with sails.

Having grown up with a French mother and German father, Carolyn has been traveling for as long as she can remember. Wanting to spend more time in the places she visited, Carolyn began to seek out work opportunities abroad. Her most recent experiences include conducting sociology research in India, teaching English in Mauritius, and working on sheep and cattle ranches in Australia.

Since 2014 she has combined her love of the sea and living abroad by working aboard sailing vessels on the northern shores of New Zealand and in the Caribbean, leading her to SY Marie. In her free time Carolyn loves hiking, diving and working with children. 

DECKHAND - Jacob Miller
Jacob Miller

Deckhand Jake is the youngest member of the Marie crew, but comes to us with substantial sailing experience as a former National Sailing Champion. Hailing from the Waikato in New Zealand, Jake has competed in many local and national regattas and most recently the Laser Radial World Championships.

Winning national races in both Laser and Hobie Catamarans, Jake is happy to coach guests and to set up mini regattas for everyone to enjoy whilst on board. A valuable member of our team, Jake also has hospitality experience and is on hand to make your charter one to remember.