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Senior Staff

Here at Ultimate Yachts, we have a small, dedicated team with expert knowledge of exploratory cruising and we pride ourselves on crafting bespoke private yacht charters that are perfectly tailored to our clients wishes.

Eddie Widnall

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

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Our founder Eddie has an extensive understanding of the yachting industry; from the intricacies of assembling the ideal crew to routes that truly enable intrepid travellers to explore beyond the shoreline. Born and raised near River Hamble, the heart of yachting country in the UK, Eddie worked as a diving instructor in the Maldives ahead of spending several years exploring remote islands on dive liveaboards as a cruise director in Indonesia. Before swapping city life for the water, Eddie co-owned a successful recruitment and head hunting firm in London, following ten years serving in the British Royal Navy.

Annie Biziou

MARKETING DIRECTOR

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Based in the UK but frequently found globe-trotting, Annie focuses on developing new partnerships, routes and itineraries, as well as regularly assisting with charter bookings. With experience at a number of London’s leading lifestyle PR agencies, Annie has specialised in luxury travel for over a decade, and her former clients range from top end tour operators to boutique hotels and private islands. Annie has lived in Australia, Italy and France, where she spent time working as a stewardess onboard a motor yacht cruising the Mediterranean. Annie is also a freelance journalist and writes features for magazines in the UK and internationally.

James Sidoti

INDONESIA OPERATIONS & CHARTER BROKER

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Originally from Sydney, Australia, James is now based in Bali, where he initially moved to finish studies in sales and marketing and get involved in local charity work. Having spent over three years working with the prestigious Alila Hotels group and managing one of the region’s most luxurious and experienced yachts, James has had the opportunity to travel Indonesia extensively, from Sumatra to West Papua. His in-depth knowledge of the islands, high service levels and yacht operations perfectly suits his passion for the ocean and water sports.

Yoann Martin

CHARTER MANAGER

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Martin is the latest recruit of the team and is in charge of the destination Myanmar, Born and raised in Provence, Martin started cruising the Med at a young age before taking part in a few regattas and eventually working as a yacht broker in Marseille. His life long passion for the sea and travelling brought him to SE Asia in 2012 where he managed a classic yacht for a few years, including sales and operations. He speaks French – his native tongue – and is fluent in English. Martin is based in North Borneo where he can go with his love for the tropical outdoors from ridges to reefs.

Alex Kuzmin-Gadaev

RUSSIA-BASED CHARTER BROKER

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Alex was born in Crimea, on the northern coast of the Black Sea, and growing up by the sea cultivated his deep routed passion for boats and the ocean. Having worked extensively for international yacht brokers in Moscow, Alex brings a wealth of knowledge from the international charter market to the table and speaks both Russian – his mother tongue – and fluent English. Alex focuses on assisting our Russian clients, and outside of the yachting world, Alex loves spending time with his family, travelling, snowboarding and surfing.

Mario Gonzalez

CHARTER BROKER

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Following a career in architecture, Mario moved to Indonesia nine years ago, and spent six years working as a cruise director, ship manager and dive instructor on one of the region’s most luxurious yachts. His keen expertise of tailored experiences in remote islands and his penchant for the ocean, diving, exploring and meditating gives Mario a distinct insight into the luxury travel industry. Mario firmly believes that luxury is as simple (and as complicated) as becoming owner of your time, and with it, making the most it of life’s unique experiences.

Emma Lowther

GUEST SERVICES

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Emma supports our sales team and ensures clients are thoroughly looked after ahead of their trips. Emma previously worked for a top end tour operator and has a love of Indonesia, stemmed from many a visit while her father worked there. Based in the Cotswolds with two children, Emma enjoys country living and a more settled way of life after living abroad during her childhood.

Rachel Horler

ACCOUNTING & GUEST SERVICES

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Rachel trained in travel & tourism and then worked in partnership marketing for many years supporting lifestyle & charity clients with fundraising campaigns. Rachel supports our sales team with accounting and guest services. She has a passion for travel and the outdoor life, enjoying cycling and running in the Hampshire countryside where she lives.

Rosie Redman

GUEST SERVICES

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Rosie works alongside Emma supporting the team with guest services and remains on hand from the time of booking right through to departure to ensure a seamless and memorable trip. Having worked in the travel industry for over ten years Rosie is passionate about delivering a first-class service for our clients. Rosie lives in Wiltshire, with her young family, and enjoys days out usually exploring the countryside, as well as holidaying in warmer climates.