About Boatbookings Yacht Charter
BOATBOOKINGS: The World's Leading Online Yacht Charter Broker Guiding You Around The World
The Boatbookings team is a group of highly-talented and passionate travel and yachting experts, with unrivalled knowledge and experience of the yachting industry. With a mix of backgrounds from yacht crew to tech start-up executives, and all keen travellers alike, we strive to deliver the highest levels of customer service and support to all our new and repeat clients.
Our global team of Charter Brokers visit all of the yacht shows worldwide, from the British Virgin Islands to Barcelona, to discover the top range of yachts available for the season. We have unparalleled knowledge of global superyachts, exclusive locations, and the best routes around the world!
At Boatbookings, we organise Luxury Crewed Yacht charter vacations, adventures and experiences on Motor Yachts, Sailing Boats, Catamarans and Gulets as well as static charters for corporate events almost anywhere around the world. Get in touch with any of the team below and we’ll get you out on the water!
Meet Our Expert Team
Capucine de Vallée | CEO
Capucine joined Boatbookings as CEO back in 2012 and has overseen the company go from strength-to-strength and the global team expand. She came to Boatbookings with formidable experience in global business, having had a successful career in FTSE-100 Media companies, Director roles at The Chemistry Club & The Climate Change Forum and several international banking jobs. She grew up in Long Island, NY before moving to London in her teens. She has a BA Hons Business Degree from the prestigious EBS (European Business School in London). Capucine has lived throughout the world from Singapore to Spain, Brazil to Poland and travelled extensively.
Capucine was promoted by the Board to Managing Director in July 2012. She promotes returning clients and looking after a first-timer charterer ensuring the team delivers charters with professionalism, customer satisfaction, operational excellence, and financial stability. She also manages many of the company's Partnerships, such as the exclusive American Express Centurion Cardholder Members and their worldwide charter requests. More on Linked In.
Capucine completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Superyacht Brokers' Course in February 2012.
Tom Virden | Founder
Tom is a seasoned executive in leisure, travel and technology business, and with a passion for yachting, he has sailed extensively in the BVI, Thailand, Turkey, and Mediterranean. As the original International Business Development Director at lastminute.com, he brings a wealth of knowledge of e-commerce best practices to Boatbookings. Having lived on the French Riviera for many years before returning to his home state of Colorado, he brings a love of world-travel to his business vision.
Tom formerly worked at Apple and Netscape which gave him an unparalleled understanding of how technology can be used to improve the customer experience and make chartering yachts accessible to all. Tom is a graduate of Stanford University and has written for the Harvard Business Review. He was previously a Director at FTSE 100 company Micro Focus but has now turned to invest in small companies focussing on climate change amongst other innovative ventures.
Isabelle Walton Masters | Finance and Operations Manager
Isabelle brings a wealth of experience in luxury 5-star hotel management to the Boatbookings team. She honed her skills at prestigious hotel companies including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Relais Châteaux. Isabelle has travelled extensively across Europe whilst working for one of the leading hotel consultant companies in London specializing in financial feasibility studies for new hotel projects before joining us in 2013.
She brings the very best in customer service, as well as the financial know-how to smoothly fulfil her duties. Isabelle loves the French Riviera and visits her colleagues on the coast at every opportunity!
Lambros Tsolakis | Charter Broker Director
Having been in the yachting industry for over 10 years, Lambros brings a wealth of experience to the Boatbookings team. He has a real passion for sailing and has spent many a summer taking part in races around the Med and exploring his beloved Greek Isles – all aboard his favourite sailing yachts. Lambros can often be found aboard the sleekest catamaran in his home-port of Athens.
As a member of several prestigious yachting associations, and with his corporate experience in global business and international relations, he personifies the Boatbookings mould of a skilled professional with a passion for all things yachting.
Lambros completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Superyacht Brokers' Course in February 2012.
Lambros has been a member of CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) since 2013. He is an active participant and since 2016 has sat on their Contracts Committee.
Lambros has also been a member of GYA (Greek Yachting Association) since 2014.
Ben Sutton | Charter Broker
A broker at Boatbookings for over six years, Ben continuously delivers unforgettable bespoke charters to all of his clients. Nicknamed the ‘Yacht Whisperer’ by his colleagues, he always knows the best yachts, with the best chefs, across the world. He frequently attends all the global yacht shows to and meets the crews onboard, to guarantee our clients the best options for charter.
Having travelled far and wide from Florida, to Mexico, to the Caribbean and extensively throughout the Mediterranean he can recommend only the best bars and beach clubs worldwide. Our resident ‘foodie’, he can always be relied on for a restaurant recommendation, no matter the continent. With his yachting industry knowledge and meticulous attention to detail, your itinerary will be planned to perfection with fantastic local highlights dotted throughout.
Ben completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Advanced Course in February 2015.
Ben has been a member of the IYBA (International Yacht Brokers Association) since October 2014 and an active member of CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) since 2016. Follow Ben's Blogroll and learn about itinerary insights and yachting updates to make your 2020 charter extra special.
Cordelia Oakes-Ash | Charter Broker
Cordelia, nicknamed Cordy, was first introduced to the yachting industry when she worked on 60-meter yachts as a Chief Stewardess for over 8 years. Her time aboard gave her invaluable insight into the inner-workings of charter yachts and also the opportunity to travel the world, most extensively in the Med across Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the French Riviera.
Cordy has been a broker at Boatbookings since 2012 and has spent many years planning and coordinating every detail of the Cannes and Monaco conferences and events. Look no further than Cordy for your upcoming charter at Cannes Lions, the Cannes Film Festival or the Monaco Grand Prix. Have a look at where Cordy went this summer for some vacation inspiration.
Cordy completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Advanced Course in February 2015.
Cordy is an active participant in the ECPY (European Committee for Professional Yachting) meetings and shows.
Rob Bilney | Charter Broker
Rob comes to Boatbookings with many years of global travel under his belt, having explored the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Asia extensively. His love for adventure inspired him to take a Lagoon catamaran expedition around the Windward Islands from St Lucia, snorkelling the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Mexico and Whale watching in South Africa.
Rob has a passion for food and wine; he is an avid cook and loves to pair the perfect drink to your gourmet extravaganza onboard. Rob's attention to detail, organisation skills and love for discovering new places means he will arrange your best charter to date.
Rob completed the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) Superyacht Brokers' Course in February 2018.
Rob is an active participant in the ECPY (European Committee for Professional Yachting) meetings and shows.
Geraldine Berry | Charter Broker
Geraldine joins Boatbookings with over 12 years experience in the yachting industry. Having worked as a Chief Stewardess for over 5 years aboard several yachts cruising the Med, Caribbean and South-East Asia, she is truly a citizen of the world!
This, combined with significant charter experience and knowledge to show for her adventures; she maintains a true and genuine understanding of the yachting industry spirit. Geraldine has extensive yachting knowledge of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Tahiti, the Maldives, and other Indian Ocean hotspots and heads Boatbookings' Asia/South Pacific region and is the go-to for all things Asian yachting.
Alice Preece | Charter Broker
Alice has been passionate about yachts and the yachting community from an early age. She has over 15 years of sailing experience and thrives on competing in sailing Regattas. Her favourite is the Antigua Sailing Week, but you can also find her at the Voiles de St Tropez.
Alice graduated from Newcastle University with a Joint Honours Degree in French and Business and then joined Boatbookings to combine her yachting passion with attentive client service, gourmet food and travel.
Having worked in the luxury property sales industry on the French Riviera, Alice has what it takes to deliver the highest standards possible on a yacht charter. Aside from sailing, she loves scuba diving, octopus and spending time in the Yorkshire countryside. An avid traveller, her previous offshore explorations range from island hopping in the Bahamas, Croatia and Greece, travelling around South East Asia and Japan to living and working at a dive school on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe! Alice knows the itineraries from an insiders perspective and can give personal insights into the hidden gems in every yachting itinerary.
Alice has attended boat shows in Cannes, Annapolis, ICE Croatia and Paris this year and will be attending global shows throughout 2020.
Alice Newnham | Sales and Marketing Executive
Alice has two loves in life, the outdoors and dance. She studied Ballet and Contemporary dance at the esteemed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She first started sailing off the South East Coast of England with her Dad on an old wooden yacht. Although her love remains with wooden sailing yachts, her love for cold sailing did not! She became a sun chaser and decided to start sailing in the Mediterranean. After various bareboat holidays in Greece and Turkey, she completed a flotilla season in the Southern Ionian, Greece, read her 7-day itinerary here! Along with the crew on her lead yacht, she looked after 9 sailing boats showing guests the best anchorages and bars the Ionian had to offer!
Alice obtained her Skipper qualifications on the South coast of England, along with a Power Boat Level 2 and VHF. After completion of her skipper qualifications, she made her way into the Boatbookings office!
Alice has recently attended Nice ECPY 2019, Cannes Yacht Show, and ICE International Expo.
Boatbookings and our brokers are proud members of the key Yachting Associations and Charter Industry Groups. Boatbookings is also a Yachtfolio subscriber and respected user of the MYBA Charter Agreement (The Worldwide Yachting Association).