We are able-bodied seamen aboard Kelpie, well trained and extensively experienced. The crew is part of a drug consortium, complying to random testing anywhere in the world, and safety drills are conducted constantly to ensure seamless reaction among all crew members.
Shannon Carleton is Kelpie’s skipper, having operated and lived on boats most of her life. She learned the art of traditional sailing on the 1929 gaff-rigged schooner Harvey Gamage, sailing 1,900 miles from Dominica to Greenport as a student with Ocean Classroom in 2001. Having sailed as first mate for the last 8 years aboard her former charter catamaran, Shannon has returned to her sailing roots with the acquisition of Kelpie – formally Kelpie of Falmouth – a traditional, gaff-rigged Harvey Gamage schooner. Shannon holds a 100-ton USCG masters license for Inspected vessels on international voyages, having extensive training in fire-fighting, life-saving, crowd control, and crisis management by U.S. Coast Guard certified schools.
Jodi Topping has sailed beside Shannon for 18 years, having met as shipmates aboard the Harvey Gamage. She assumes the important role as first mate aboard Kelpie and chief stewardess during the charter season, and is deeply adored by our guests.
Therese Mørken has the uncanny ability to orchestrate behind the scenes, allowing for perfect execution in charter operations. During downtime, she can usually be found sailing across the Atlantic to meet the Kelpie crew at an island in the French Caribbean.
Xavier Merat is Kelpie‘s own style guru. With his exceptional attention to detail, Xavier curates and oversees all matters relating to style and aesthetics, ensuring Kelpie is always well-maintained and looking her best. Originally from France and tri-lingual, you can think of Xavier as Kelpie‘s foreign ambassador. When he is not aboard Kelpie, Xavier can be found in his Hamptons-based salon or in the depths of the Amazon jungle. He is also an avid adventurer, and passionate sports fishing aficionado.
Alasdair Purves, a descendent of sailing legend Charlie Barr, has been aboard Kelpie for 2 years as her crew in the Mediterranean regatta circuit. Being a classic schooner enthusiast, and knowing Kelpie inside and out, he has very naturally assumed the role as the captain’s right arm and mentor in all things Kelpie.
Once we’ve cast off, our primary focus is on sailing, where seamless communication among the crew assures both the safety of all, and allows for gracious attention to our guests.