Hi I’m Ashton!
I grew up in Auckland and spent my childhood on the Auckland Harbour fishing and doing watersports. I have been in the yachting industry for over nine years now with countless miles under my belt. I have been fortunate to have been involved in worldwide programs leading to some of the most uninhabited yet spectacular places while still experiencing and gaining knowledge of the more commonly cruised areas. I have been an officer onboard yachts ranging from 46m – 97m and I’m currently Chief Officer onboard a 50m working towards Masters.
I now live in Central North Carolina, USA with my wife and 1 year old son. Adapting to life with kids and living away from the ocean has been a challenge but so rewarding at the same time.
I am excited to be a part of the YOA team to bring my knowledge and experiences of placing good crew in the right position. It can be challenging and time consuming to get the best outcome for both the hiring yacht and the crew member looking to be placed so I’m here to take all the hard work out of it for you to end up with a happy and long-lasting placement.