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2017 Newport Charter Show Best Chef and Most Fun Yacht
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Crew Profile

CAPTAIN Douglas Meier – Former U.S. Coast Guard

Doug’s love affair with the sea started at an early age while spending summers on Jersey shore with his family. This led him to the U.S. Coast Guard where he spent his time in Miami conducting drug enforcement and Search and Rescue operations. After five years, Doug moved in the private yacht sector and ran as mate/engineer on a very well-known 114 ft. charter yacht operating in the Caribbean basin and western north Atlantic.  At the age of 26 a chance meeting with the owner of a 106 ft. globetrotting yacht lead to Doug taking over as captain, and four years later he was back on the 114, this time as captain.  Over the past 25 years Doug has run some very popular charter with the latest one being the motor yacht Renaissance, Serving as build captain he over saw all the little details that make her a perfect charter boat.  We all have our favorites, and Doug says this one is his.   Doug was honored by winning five Antigua Charter Yacht show awards and four Boat International/US classic yacht awards, and his last award was at the 2017 Newport charter show for best charter crew at the “charter yacht hop event”

CHEF Ian Gabbe

Ian has been cooking for over 30 years, and been a chef for 25 years. He attended a three year apprentice program that was sponsored by the American Culinary Federation. He is relatively new to yachting, but has worked for several world renowned chefs. He grew up in Jacksonville FL, but recently moved back to FL after living in Seattle WA for the last ten years. He has entered and won multiple food competitions (including the 2017 Newport Charter Yacht show, which he took First place in) His hobbies include hiking, bicycling, and riding motorcycles. He also considers cooking a hobby in addition to a profession.

First Mate Amber Mickelic

Amber grew up in the beautiful panhandle of NW Florida in Panama City Beach where she found a love for the water and outdoors. Her hobbies include kayaking, cycling, yoga, surfing and enjoying the beach. She is a licensed massage therapist with a passion for travel and exploration. She has an extensive background in hospitality and her commitment and service to M/Y Renaissance guests is at the highest of standards. Her perfect day off would be at the beach under the sun catching waves.

Chief Stewarddess Ginny Polin

Ginny grew up in upstate New York and is now living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has been working at sea since she graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011. She started her career on cruise ships as a photographer and then moved her way into the yachting industry. She fully loves being on the water and exploring the world. She hopes to bring her many years of experience to make your vacation the best it can be.

Deckhand Mitchell Davison

Mitchell is from sunny Orlando FL where the outdoor life came easy to him. After studying pre med in school for several years, his passion for travel took him into the yachting field. After working on a sport fisherman vessel, he transitioned to M/Y Renaissance to get a higher standard of service under his belt.  He enjoys rock climbing, free diving, and mountaineering. When Mitchell isn’t working he likes to take cross country trips with his buddies.

Second Stewardess London Shaw

London is from Fenton MI where she grew up on Silver Lake doing many water sports. After several years of customer service as a barista with her family business, she decided to move to FL to start her career in yachting. Luckily enough she didn’t have to search long for her perfect vessel and joined the Renaissance crew. You can find London at the golf course or at the beach when she isn’t at work.