SAILING TURKEY AND GREECE
What follows are profiles of crew members hosting guests aboard the 44'
cutter-rigged charter yacht T.G. Ellyson sailing Greece and Turkey. To visit the TGE's home page
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Honeymoon Route or Alexander's Path, click here. To review guest
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Gordon Ellyson Abercrombie Gordon Abercrombie was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He spent much of his youth in Annapolis, Maryland, in Plymouth, England, and in Ankara, Turkey. In Plymouth he served in the Royal Navy Sea Cadets and was assigned to HMS Golden Hind. Returning to Annapolis he obtained a degree in naval science at the U.S. Naval Academy. For five years from graduation he served on destroyers with the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets, frequently visiting Greece and Turkey. Following subsequent tours of duty in Viet Nam, in Washington, D.C., and with the Pacific Fleet, Lieutenant Commander Abercrombie resigned his commission and entered the investment banking business where he eventually rose to positions in senior management. Leaving investment banking in 1981, he purchased the T.G. Ellyson and set sail for the eastern Mediterranean where the TGE has remained since arrival in 1983, principally sailing Greece and Turkey. In 1985 Mr. Abercrombie became Chairman of the Board of Daley Securities in Cleveland, Ohio, a position held through 1994. From 1975 through 1997 he was a member of the Board of Directors of E Capital Corporation and from 1988 through 1997 of Wedbush Capital Corporation, both in Los Angeles where he also served on the Audit Committee of Wedbush Morgan Securities. The author of two manuscripts concerning a fictional sailor, Mr. Abercrombie resides with his wife and their two children William and Sian in Derby, England.
Jennifer Abercrombie Jennifer Abercrombie was born in Derbyshire, England, in 1966. After taking her baccalaureate in computer sciences, she obtained employment in the Aero-Engine Manufacturing Division of Rolls-Royce PLC, eventually becoming a Systems Project Leader. She first began exploring Greece and Turkey in 1988 and relocated to the latter country in 1994. In 1995 she took employment as co-manager of marina facilities at the Club Marina in Gocek. There she obtained proficiency in facilities management as well as an appreciation for the needs and wishes of both the charter yacht community and holiday-goers. She also acquired a fluency with the Turkish language and experience working with both Turkish nationals and others from different parts of the world. Her knowledge of Turkey and experience with its culture, cuisine, and holiday-goers, together with her love of sailing and people, help Mrs. Abercrombie provide TGE guests the support they need while on board, coming, and going.
Ayca Ciftcibasi Twenty-eight years of age, Ayca (Aycha) Ciftcibasi was raised in Antalya, Turkey, studying at Antalya Anatolian High School. During high school she spent one year as a student in Russia. Later a student at Marmara University in Istanbul, she studied Political and Administrative Sciences in French. She has visited Hungary and Switzerland as an exchange student and the United States working at odd jobs. In Turkey she has worked for several NGOs, sung for a band which competed at the 2000 Balkan Youth Festival, and worked at ancient Olympos. She is fluent in English, Russian, and French and able to converse in Spanish and German. Ayca loves to cook and produces a fine Turkish cuisine.
Wilma De Haan Wilma De Haan was born in Zaandam, The Netherlands, in 1958, soon moving to Haarlem. She studied languages first at the University of Amsterdam and later at the University of Vienna. Wilma has resided in Turkey for the past twenty-five years. Prior to signing on as TGE crew, Wilma operated her own restaurant in Gocek and later co-managed with Jennifer Abercrombie the Club Marina restaurant, again in Gocek. She is part owner of a business chartering yachts sailing in both Turkey and Greece. She also owns her own sloop-rigged sailboat. Wilma is fluent in six languages including English, French, German, Greek, and Turkish, and is a wonderful cook.
Melissa Goring was born in Surrey, England, in 1975. As a student in Surrey she competed in running, biking, and swimming triathlons. Obtaining a Sports and Recreation Diploma, she is accomplished at Swedish and sports rehabilitation massage and is a qualified nutrition, personal training, swimming, and fitness instructor. Melissa has spent much of her working life abroad as a sports councilor at two summer camps in the United States, as a ski instructor at Les Gets in the Porte du Soleil area of France, and for four years as the recreation manager at the Towers Rotana Hotel in Dubai. A sometime resident of Yalikavak on the Bodrum Peninsula where she studies Turkish and hones her sailing skills, she otherwise resides in Surrey.
Christina Lenahan A Greek-American native of Marietta, Georgia, Christina Lenahan is a 30 year-old graduate of the University of Georgia where she was a Dean's List student majoring in Graphic Design. Among under-graduate accomplishments she is a two-time AAU Junior Olympic Gold Medalist in weightlifting. An off-season resident of New York City, Christina is personable, an eager sailor, and a fine cook. She can also take matters into her own hands.
Adi Maimon Adi Maimon was raised on a kibbutz in Israel. Completing her national service in the Israeli Air Force, Adi became a kindergarten teacher before obtaining her bachelors degree in marine science from Michmoret Nautical School. She is a qualified yacht skipper and has an advanced open water diving certificate. She is also a master of vegetarian cuisine. When not crewing aboard the TGE Adi may be found studying environmental science, in the summer at Tilos, in the winter at post-graduate school.
Isabelle Outin Isabelle Outin was born in France in 1959. After studying languages at university she lectured at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for one year, then moved to Britain where she taught both at university and secondary levels for fifteen years. She has now returned to France where she teaches at the secondary level in Paris. Over the past fifteen years she has regularly visited Turkey during school break. She enjoys the country and its culture as well as sailing in both Greece and Turkey. Isabelle speaks French, English, and German, and is a wonderful cook.
Sarah Paterson Born in Yorkshire in 1965 and schooled in Somerset, Sarah has since lived in many countries. Following a period of working in the financial heart of London she managed a one-year sabbatical and sailed across the Atlantic from England to the Caribbean. Life there proved so good that one year turned into five. Now back in the UK she sails regularly both on her own small yacht and crewing for others. When not sailing she runs her own submarine art gallery - www.SubArt.net.
Brigitte-Anne Pelletier Brigitte Pelletier was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1961. Later living in Algeria, Trinidad, and Mexico, she returned to Montreal to pursue a degree in Women's Studies at Concordia University, subsequently working as a screen actress. Fluent in English, French, and Spanish, she is nearly-so in Turkish. Brigitte's passion for sailing was inherited from her father and grandfather, both sea captains, while her charm and easy manner come naturally. She is accomplished in the galley.
Beverley Schwarz Beverley Schwarz is a resident of Gocek, Turkey, and a native of Cape Town, South Africa. Thirty-odd years of age, Beverley has previously crewed a 28-meter classic schooner and a 34-meter Jongert in the western Mediterranean as well as a 44-meter motor yacht in Gocek. In addition to sailing proficiency she has an open-water diving certificate and considerable haute cuisine experience. Her own sloop-rigged yacht was a 2002 Gocek Regatta winner. Beverley speaks English, Afrikaans, and Turkish.
Sinead Walker Sinead Walker is an energetic and enthusiastic young Australian. A 30-year old native of New South Wales who took her baccalaureate in Nursing and Health Science at the University of Sydney, Sinead has passed her extracurricular life as a remedial massage therapist, working with children, and backpacking around the globe. She is currently studying Naval Science and is a master of the TGE galley.
Saime Yildirim Saime Yildirim is a long-time resident of Gocek and an alternate TGE crew member, substituting for others when needed. A boutique shop owner specializing in Turkish curios, she is active in the community's organization and promotion of child and charitable events. Saime is Turkish, is fluent in English, likes to troll off the TGE's stern, and is a wonderful cook.
This page last updated on 12/22/2012
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