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.
Jeremy King, Captain
Growing up sailing on New York’s Hudson River, Jeremy has cultivated a lifelong passion for the sea, amassing extensive charter experience throughout New England and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Eros, Jeremy captained private yacht tours based out of Narragansett Bay and Manhattan. Jeremy now calls Newport, RI his home, but feels equally at home navigating the blue waters of the Caribbean where his familiarity enables him to find remote anchorages off the beaten path. He holds his 200 Ton USCG captain’s license and is a PADI Advanced Diver. All of our Eros guests, from children to seasoned sailors alike, find themselves welcomed with open arms knowing their safety and comfort are his highest priority.
Wilson Willkom, First Mate/Engineer/Bosun
A native of the Philippines, Wilson's work as a biotech research technician brought him to the US in 1999. An avid sailor who enjoys mountain climbing in his spare time, Wilson has sailed extensively in California, Mexico and the Caribbean as both crew member and skipper. Wilson has been a loyal member of Eros’ crew since 2012, serving as second-in-command overseeing the crew. A consummate professional whose love for Eros matches his passion for sailing, Wilson takes great pride in her care and upkeep. Dedicated to pleasing guests and captain alike, he is beloved for his cheerful and welcoming disposition.
Ashley King, Chef
A resident of St. John, USVI by way of Salt Lake City, Ashley’s culinary background and sailing experience make her a perfect addition to the Eros crew. A professionally trained chef with a natural flair for entertaining and presentation, Ashley delights in preparing flavorful, memorable meals that draw influences from around the world. Her firsthand experience in organic gardening and farm-to-table cuisine inspire creations born of the freshest local ingredients.
Ashley holds her USCG 50T Masters License, and has sailed extensively throughout South America, the Caribbean & New England on a wide range of crafts serving as stewardess, deckhand, first-mate and chef. In her spare time, Ashley loves to paint, and holds her Yoga Teaching Certification.
John Billings-Clark, Deckhand
A native of the Chicago suburbs, John discovered his love for sailing years ago while cruising the Caribbean aboard a small catamaran. An accomplished Eagle Scout, John brings unmatched competence and diligence to his work, and is always up for a challenge. In addition to maintaining Eros’ superb condition and ensuring our guests’ comfort, John is in charge of Eros’ many toys and activities on board. Whether you wish to gunkhole on a paddleboard, kayak to shore, or use the towable tubes, wakeboards, water skis and more, John will make sure everything is prepped and ready for a fun, safe time.
Kelly Parker, Steward/Deckhand
Originally from North Carolina, Kelly has lived throughout the US, Caribbean, and Europe. Kelly’s eclectic background makes him a perfect fit for the Eros team and our guests who hail from around the world. With extensive experience in yachting, hotel and restaurant service, fitness, carpentry and construction, Kelly is a natural when it comes to assisting our guests with courteous professionalism, efficiency, and of course, a huge smile. In addition to boating, Kelly is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist of over 20 years, a certified massage therapist, and a Kundalini Yoga teacher.
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.