Your Eros charter crew includes our Captain, Chef, First Mate, Steward, and Deckhand. All crewmembers are licensed full-time professionals, certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Their love for sailing is matched by their steadfast commitment to your safety and comfort.
Justin Bernhart, Captain
Justin cultivated his love for sailing on lake Austin, Ohio where he grew up. When he finished high school he joined the US Coast Guard where he served as a Boatswains Mate and coxswain on search and rescue and law enforcement missions. After the Coast Guard Justin attended a wooden boat building school in Washington state which led him to a career in tall ships. While sailing with Justin you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Justin holds a 500 ton oceans USCG captains license. In his free time Justin enjoys spending time on his own boats and in the Mountains, skiing, treking and camping.
Lauren Moran Bowes, Chef/ Stewardess
Lauren Moran Bowes’ journey to SY Eros is grounded in years of culinary exploration while sailing over 40,000 sea miles. Her relentless thirst for knowledge, and passion for experiencing other cultures and cooking techniques, has brought her past the usual locales. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Culinary Arts with Honors from New England Culinary Institute with Specializations in Wine and Beverage and Minor in HRM Chef Lauren gained foundations with Braeburn in the Greenwich Village, NYC. As Head Chef of then Relais & Chateaux in Mendocino Country, CA – Harbor House Inn, then onto vast amounts of catering throughout Napa, Sonoma, and Vermont she landed her first yachting job with SY Avalon.
Having worked as Chef for many dynamic, world-traveling, charter/expedition yachts where she has become a remote provisioning specialist including; Marshall Islands, Tonga, Bahamas and vast amounts of the Caribbean.
As a United States born, classically trained Chef, with a cuisine base of Classical French and New American/Low-Fat California casual “Farm to Table Fine Dining” she regularly integrates Japanese, Asian Fusion, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Tex-Mex, and Roast Dinners into menu planning, along with your preferences and suggestions.
Lauren looks forward to pushing the boundaries of your dining experience onboard Sailing Vessel Eros.
Erik Samuels, First Mate/Engineer/Bosun
Erik grew up on the picturesque East End of Long Island, NY. He spent his younger years passing on his love of sailing and racing as a sailing instructor and race coach in both New York and California. He went on to represent the University of Southern California in regattas all over the country, while completing his studies in International Business. He holds a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore License and PADI Open Water Diver Certificate among several other certifications.
Aimee O'Neil, Deck Hand/Stewardess
Aimee grew up on the local waters of New England. From an early age she developed a deep love for the ocean. With past experiences in surf instruction, surf rescue, this surfer gone sailor is at home on the water. Her sailing experience began as a child on her father’s boat and working as a deckhand aboard 12 Meter “Heritage”. Her interests also include free diving and astrology. During your time aboard Eros, Aimee will make you feel right at home. Her years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries and knowledge on deck allow her to deliver a 5-star experience no matter what. She is ecstatic to serve on Eros where she combines all of her passions in one place.
Sailing a large classic like Eros is pure joy for veteran and novice sailors alike. Under a warm, tropical breeze, she heels gently and accelerates to ten knots or more, easily keeping pace with lighter and newer yachts. Guests can hoist sails, grind winches, take the wheel, or sit back and watch the crew at their positions; all once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Experienced sailors are welcome to charter Eros for one of the several classic yacht regattas she participates in during the year.
Safety on Board
The safety of our guests is our highest priority. All crewmembers are trained in CPR, and Eros is stocked with adult and child-size life jackets as well as a complete medical first aid kit. On board satellite phone and Wi-Fi internet keep us in contact with the mainland, and our sailing routes mean we are never far from medical facilities if needed.