John and Sharon, known by their friends as Joc and Shaz, take great pleasure in welcoming you aboard “Ipharra”. A down under couple; Joc is from Auckland, New Zealand and Shaz from Perth, Western Australia; both world renowned water sport cities and America’s Cup holders. Together, for over 20 years they have pursued their love of outdoor sports, both on and off the water, with enthusiasm for traveling and meeting people.
Joc, with a sense of humor for all occasions, traveled Australia playing rugby until he arrived in Perth and met Shaz, a State Rep field hockey player. After both attending university in Perth, they moved to New Zealand in 1991 where their passion for sailing and a life on the water went wild. Starting in Auckland with careers in Accounting (for Joc) and Strategic Planning (for Shaz), they decided to leave the corporate world behind, for cruising New Zealand and the South Pacific. Here they developed a love for snorkeling and diving in remote locations.
Both qualified ocean Captains; Joc has a 200T Captain’s license and Shaz a NZ Bluewater Yachtmaster. They moved to the Caribbean in 2003 to embark on yet another new adventure in this “up over” part of the world, travelling throughout the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. They have experienced some of the best of life on and under the water. They have raced yachts, owned and operated their own yacht charter business, and have worked on luxury power and sail vessels throughout the world in amazing places, including working at 2 America’s Cup events, and exotic destinations such as Cuba, Norway and French Polynesia. Some of their favourite cruising destinations in the Mediterranean include Corsica, the Almafi coast, Sicily, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece.
Cruising with Joc and Shaz is relaxed and fun. They work together as a team, sharing the stories and experiences from their travels, each adding their own talents to make your time aboard special. Joc, a certified Padi Instructor is eager to share his knowledge of the sea and his enthusiasm for scuba diving as well as all watersports, with his guests. Joc’s skills and qualifications are impressive; and well complimented by the fabulous culinary delights created by Shaz. An accomplished chef, Shaz uses local ingredients to masterfully create an international menu reflecting their travels throughout the world, including a gourmet cooking course in the Loire Valley, France. She has a passion for creating mouthwatering, beautiful and healthy meals; a feast for your senses.
They would love to welcome you on board to share the exciting and special secrets of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Come join them for a fun-filled, first–class luxury adventure aboard "Ipharra"!!
Heidi grew up by the water, living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for most of her life. She has grown up as a volunteer lifesaver and was also competitive swimmer from age ten. Her active lifestyle included many water sports from paddle boarding, jet skiing, surfing, kayaking as well as representative netball and volleyball.
Heidi has studied and worked as an Advertising Executive and Event Manager but her passion for hospitality and being on the water saw her say goodbye to the corporate world for a new career in the yachting industry. Having worked in the hospitality industry in Australia for several years, she has gained a lot of experience to help guide her career further.
Heidi loves to travel and has explored many areas of the world. Always seen with a smile on her face, she is ready to share the “Ipharra” adventure with you.