Previously named Katya
|1st Officer||Jesse Clinton
|Number of Crew: 9||Languages: |
Whitney Reiter, USA
A native Floridian, born and raised in Miami, Whitney truly has an affinity to the water. During his older teenage years, he got into commercial fishing and spear fishing, then headed off to the University of Florida. He followed his passion by ultimately obtaining his Captain's license in 1999 and has since run private and charter motor yachts up to 204'. His favorite cruising grounds are Mexico and the Bahamas. Whitney will show any and every guest the best time fishing, whether it be deep sea, fly fishing... you name it! He is a proud father of 3 and in his spare time, if not on his boat fishing, you will likely find him playing tennis, tying his own flies, or free diving. Along with being health conscious, Whitney enjoys entertaining, showing his water knowledge, playing pranks on people, and is always up for an adventure.
Jesse Clinton ,USA
Jesse is originally from Savannah, Georgia. He fell in love with boating at a young age and spent his childhood sailing the east coast with his family. He learned how to sail at an early age affording him a keen understanding of the ocean. By the age of 10, he knew his life long dream was to be a captain. When he was a teenager, he sailed the tall ship circuit and eventually taught sailing to young adults. At age 18, he earned his captain’s license with plans of making yachting his career. Jesse has spent the past several years crewing aboard sailing yachts & busy charter motor yachts. His calm demeanor and being a natural on the ocean makes him the perfect crew member. He enjoys all water sports, especially wakeboarding, surfing, and paddleboarding. He is also very creative and likes a good challenge.
Adam Mercer, USA
Originally from Rhode Island, Adam developed a love for the ocean at a very young age. He spent his summers fishing, boating and working at local marinas in his hometown of Barrington. Upon graduating with a focus on Mechanical Engineering, he made the decision to move to Florida. Shortly after discovering the yachting industry, Adam found that his technical background, formal education, and hands on marine experience could be utilized aboard a yacht. He now holds a 100 Ton Master Captains license as well as an Engineering license through the U.S. Coast Guard. Adam’s primary concern is the guests' and crew's safety, while ensuring the vessel is maintained to a high standard. Adam’s positive outlook and calm demeanor are just some of the characteristics that add to Avalon's amazing crew. When he is off the vessel, Adam enjoys fishing, spearfishing, mountain biking, or working on his own boat. He soon has plans to fully restore a 1980 sport-fishing boat.
Kevin Eastman, USA
Born in Honolulu on a Military base, Kevin spent the early years of his life in the Pacific. He lived on Midway Island and later moved to Virginia. Kevin fell in love with cooking at a young age spending time with his Grandma. She passed down to him both her knowledge and way around the kitchen. After studying emergency medicine, he attended Johnson & Wales University in Norfolk, Virginia where he received his Culinary Degree. Kevin has cooked across the country at a variety of restaurants, resorts, and country clubs as sous and executive chef. His favorite locations include Sun Valley, ID, Bald Head Island, NC, & Virginia Beach. While working at the Clevelander Hotel in Miami Beach, he happened to drive by the Miami Boat Show and got the "salt fever". Shortly after that he started working on yachts as a chef and hasn’t left yachting since! When Kevin isn’t creating tantalizing flavors for your palette, you can find him parachuting, riding his motorcycle or doing crossfit. Feel free to stop by the Galley and see Kevin in action.
Maggie Delozier, USA
Maggie was born and raised in the beautiful state of Vermont. When she was 9, she moved with her family to the warmer climate of California. She has fond memories of growing up and taking road trips across the states. These family adventures unleashed a passion for travelling. Before yachting, Maggie worked as a waitress at a 5 star restaurant in California. It was there that Maggie learned the fine art of service and quickly became a natural. In 2011, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to start a career in yachting. Since then, she has been crew onboard a sailing yacht & 2 busy charter motor yachts. She has enjoyed her time cruising the Bahamas, Caribbean and New England and is excited to continue her journey on “Avalon”. When Maggie isn’t sailing the blue waters, she enjoys the outdoors, tennis, fitness, and, her favorite, baking.
Petey Paulsen, USA
Petey was born in Brooklyn, NY. Despite growing up in the concrete jungle, he found sanity taking to the ocean. Spending most of his youth commercial and charter fishing, he made the transition into the yachting industry in late 2009. From there he has worked his way up from deck to master, running small yachts from Maine down to the Caribbean. Petey's love for the ocean and expanding his education has brought him to Avalon. His high energy and positive personality will put a smile on anyone's face. In his free time, Petey enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing, diving and surfing.
Madison Stalker, USA
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Madison grew up boating on the Great Lakes. In May of 2016, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Advertising and P.R. Her unwavering yearn for adventure coupled with a strong background in the service industry lead her to yachting. The day after graduation, she bought a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale and never looked back. Always bubbly and full of wit and energy, she aims to ensure you have the time of your life on "Avalon". Madison enjoys most water sports, her favorite being wakeboarding. When she is not on the water, you'll most likely find her watching a hockey game.
Kerrigan Mason, USA
Raised in the sunshine state and growing up in the seaside town of Stuart, Kerrigan has always had a love for the water. Throughout high school, she excelled in water sports. She later attended Indian River State College earning a degree in Hospitality. She often dreamed of traveling which lead to her searching for a job that would combine her two passions, travel and hospitality; yachting was the perfect fit. Shortly after graduating, she started her career in the yachting industry and joined her first boat in December 2016. She gained experience working as a solo stew on a Viking Sportfishing boat and a 105 ft. charter yacht cruising the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, and the Caribbean Islands. Staying active, painting, cooking, traveling to new places are a few things Kerrigan enjoys doing in her free time.
Inge Janse van Rensburg, South Africa
Inge was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. From an early age, she was drawn to an active lifestyle, playing hockey and dancing ballet. After high school, she attended London School of Fashion and graduated with a degree in fashion design. She went on to work as a designer for various fashion houses in South Africa and then as a business analyst for a software development company. It was there that she realized the corporate world was not for her. She began traveling extensively in Africa when her desire to continue her travels and meet new people led her to the world of yachting. Inge has always sought after new adventures. She enjoys art, sports, reading and the outdoors.