Pete is from the UK, born and raised in a seaside town at the mouth of the River Thames in South East England. Growing up next to the sea, he soon developed a passion for water activities and became particularly proficient in kayaking. He went on to teach canoeing in France, leading groups and instructors on the River Ardeche. and an expedition kayaking from Switzerland to England, crossing one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. On returning to England he relocated to an outdoor pursuits centre on the South coast where he built his foundation of knowledge, skills and qualifications within the water sports industry, placing him as Principal of an RYA Powerboat and Sailing school.
A highly experienced and qualified Captain, Pete sails into his 3rd season on board Kings Ransom. He has sailed extensively throughout Europe & the Mediterranean, North America and the Caribbean, including skippering his own yacht from the UK to the British Virgin Islands. For the past six 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 the creation of your own specialised itinerary, Pete will make you feel at ease afloat, as he safely steers you through the beauties of Kings Ransom’s cruising grounds.
NIKI PAYNE - CHEF
Niki is from the UK and grew up in East Anglia, home to some of the finest beaches in Britain. Growing up on a farm, she developed a passion for the outdoors and her adventurous spirit led her to travel and work throughout Europe, USA and the Caribbean. Whilst studying for her Bachelor in Education, Niki thrived in the position of Entertainments Officer organizing all major balls, graduation ceremonies and social functions for the student calendar. After graduating with Honors in Physical Education and English, she moved to the South East Coast to start a teaching career which saw her hold a variety of notable positions within the profession. Her sailing life started with dinghies and her love for the purity of the sport soon led to the purchase of a small cruiser, which, a number of years later, turned into a 43 foot sailing yacht called home.
Niki’s endless passion for food has been encouraged by her experiences travelling and her love of entertaining. Since settling in the British Virgin Islands in 2007, she has proven herself as a successful chef aboard several yachts and steps into her 3rd season aboard the Luxurious Kings Ransom. Niki’s 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 onboard to a feast fit for kings!
DANIEL ASMUS - FIRST MATE
From a young age Daniel was involved in water sports and roller hockey. At the age of 16 he was the youngest player to ever represent his country in an International Hockey Tournament. There after he circumnavigated the globe with his family and developed his passion for sailing the 7 seas. He completed his Yacht Master in 2011 and started his yachting career with an Atlantic crossing to the Bahamas. Daniel thoroughly enjoys his work and all kinds of water sports. He is always enthusiastic and willing to share his skills with guests on board ensuring everyone a fantastic time onboard.
MARTINA WALLA -STEWARDESS
Martina was born and raised in the land of the brave “Namibia”. Her loving and caring personality motivated her to care for peoples well being from an early age. She completed a three-year beauty therapist course where she practiced facials, manicures & pedicures as well as a variety of massages. After meeting Daniel in 2009 her passion for sailing, water sports and discovering the world began. Their adventure started with an Atlantic crossing in 2011, ever since they’ve been sailing the seas. Martina dearly enjoys taking care of guests, their needs and their comfort.
On board Kings Ransom, the crew provides a stellar service and will cater to your every need to ensure that you have a holiday of a lifetime. They are enthusiasts, who enjoy everything life has to offer. You will find them friendly, positive and vibrant. Their love for life and adventure is contagious.
Pete, Niki, Daniel and Martina warmly welcome you on board Kings Ransom, to create memories to treasure forever.