Pete has worked in the watersports industry for over 20 years and in that time has gained many qualifications and considerable experience; including RYA/MCA Commercial Offshore Yachtmaster, RYA Powerboat, Windsurfing and Senior Sailing Instructor, experienced BCU canoe and kayak coach, and PADI Open Water Diver.
He regularly skippers corporate regattas on the south coast of England and has completed many Atlantic crossings.
For the past five years he has proven himself as a successful
and capable Captain within the charter yacht industry, developing a fond following of
satisfied guests. With his natural humor and personable, easy going nature you are assured
an unforgettable time aboard Kings Ransom. From the 'champagne sailing' to sun soaked
cocktails, Pete will make you feel at ease afloat, as he safely steers you through the
beauties of Kings Ransom's Caribbean cruising grounds.
Niki holds a RIPH Level 2 Award in Catering Food Safety, is STCW 95 sea safety trained, is a PADI Open Water Diver, and has a Bachelor degree in Education. Over 10 years sailing experience including four years in charter, and extended cruising in Europe and the Caribbean.
Niki is passionate about her guests' culinary experience aboard and takes care to tailor food and wine menus to their preferences. She enjoys cooking with the freshest ingredients, incorporating local produce, where available, to create a variety of flavorsome, wholesome dishes that complement a sailing experience in the Caribbean.
Niki's sample menu reflects her
careful use of fresh, local produce creating dishes full of flavor and skillfully served from
the galley of Kings Ransom. Passionate about your culinary experience afloat, she invites
you to a feast fit for kings!
We consider ourselves to be a very capable, thoughtful and flexible team who work hard to ensure you experience the vacation of a lifetime. From delicious dining and 'champagne' sailing, to the personal snorkeling tours and mixing Captain's cocktails, we are passionate about each and every aspect of our charter service. We feel privileged to spend each day in paradise, and take great care and pride in sharing 'natures little secrets' with you all, aboard the luxurious King's Ransom.
1st Mate & Dive Master:
Carl Coetzee started to follow his dreams as a freelance photographer for a local South African extreme sports magazine. Shortly after completing the Scuba Diving Open Water course his passion for photography followed him into the water. After a year of diving in the Cayman Islands every day he returned to South Africa to qualify as a Master Scuba Trainer. CJ subsequently joined a team of underwater filmmakers in Mozambique, and was fortunate enough to spend 6 months working on an educational documentary about over-fishing and the Shark Fin industry in Mozambique waters.
After completing Coastal Skippers course in Cape Town he left the Africa to work in the yachting industry in the Mediterranean, following which he ran a diving center in the South Pacific.
CJ continues to travel the world whist following his passion, his work now published in African Geographic, BBC, Scientific journals, multiple diving books and magazines.
Hostess & Masseuse:
Kim van Eyk, also hailing from South Africa. Fueled by adrenalin sports, Kim enjoys sailing, scuba diving and sky diving. After graduating Kim decided to travel, working as a Dive Instructor in Mozambique, and later in the beautiful Pacific Islands where she lived in and amongst rainforest, volcanoes and waterfalls.
Before jet setting she completed her RYA Coastal Skippers from Cape Town, which started her career in the yachting industry and has gained valuable experience working as stewardess on high-end luxury motor yachts. A trained massage therapist, Kim can relax and ease all your tensions with a Swedish massage.
King's Ransom sails with a full compliment of four crew members.
We had a great time and really enjoyed Niki and Pete. I'd even say they were the best crew we have had so far. We felt welcomed from the minute we stepped on board and they served us good food all week. I especially liked the grilled meats and the fresh baking - and Leigh Anne, my wife, got a great selection of vegetarian dishes all week. I'd recommend Niki and Pete to anyone!