Meet the crew
Marcus is the Skipper onboard. He is in charge of the overall safety and well being of the ship. Marcus is a RYA qualified Yacht Master offshore and offshore Medic. Marcus has been living , sailing and skippering boats for nearly all his adult life. He is a talented woodworker, fabricator and mechanic too. Marcus built the Grayhound with a team of shipwrights so he knows every inch of her. He has skippered her for over 70, ooo miles and sailed with over 500 guest crew. Marcus loves above all introducing more people to sailing, the cargo voyages are going really well and add a new challenge to sailing the boat. Marcus also coaches students at Plymouth University Maritime Science course on their annual field trip aboard Grayhound.
“We felt absolute safety with you in charge, no mean feat with us rabble aboard, you seemed completely relaxed with oldies and youngsters alike, introducing us to the basic skills of sailing Grayhound (2-6 heave!), the canons, the gig rowing, the night sail, Scavenger Diving Service and the beautiful beaches and islands of the Scillies. Not to mention your endless enthusiasm for another sailing tale (or interesting tale on any subject) and tolerance in answering the never ending stream of questions from us and watching us do it wrong…. again, whilst clearly simply having huge fun sailing your boat. It was a joy to share your passion for your ‘home’ and the sea.”
Freya Pomeroy-Rowden is the cook aboard and runs the admin side of the business. She and Marcus know working on board as a couple can be challenging and believe that the skipper and cook roles can have a very harmonious working relationship. Freya aged thirty five is a competent sailor in her own right, she has now sailed around the North Atlantic Ocean twice and is a qualified RYA Ocean Yachtmaster and Radio operator. She has previously worked for Trinity Sailing Trust crewing as Mate and Cook on their three traditional vessels.
Freya says ” we already cook with Free Range eggs and meat from the butchers and i source local, seasonal veg. There will be the usual mixture of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.” Freya is also very interested in attempting to run a business that treads as lightly on the earth’s resources as possible, especially reducing single use plastic. At the beginning and ends of the season Freya will be replaced by another excellent cook as she is ashore doing the school run.
Malachi Pomeroy-Rowden is the youngest member of crew. Malachi was born in the summer of 2011, his due date was on race day at Looe Luggers Regatta, with the safety boats ready to take a very pregnant Freya ashore Malachi held on and was born a week later in Plymouth. Since his arrival he has mainly being surrounded by shipwrights and machinery We as his parents are very much looking forward to showing him the world afloat and sharing our travels with him. He has a lovely temperament and we hope you will enjoy his company. He is very used to being around lots of people and fitting in with things. He has a beautiful cabin on board, Grayhound is very much his home and where he feels safe. Malachi will join us for the high summer months only this year as he is now in school.
The watch leaders, deckhands and relief cooks
Grayhound would not be so special if we didn’t take enormous care in who we choose to crew for us. We want our crew to be exceptional, to be role models to be inspiring and they always are ! Every year we take on three full time crew, two deckhands and a watch leader. Virginia and Matthew Davis are brilliant relief cooks when Freya is not onboard. The crew are training onboard too, learning how to work in the industry gain core skills and learn navigation. We see Grayhound as a great learning platform to generate real and skilled seafarers in the industry.
Below from left to right Georgie -Deckhand, Jasper – Watchleader, Pierre Emmanuel – Watch leader , Matthew – Cook and Virginia – Cook