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Jennifer Abercrombie

Jennifer Abercrombie is the founder of Blue Cruise Yacht Charters.
A native of Derbyshire, England, she took her baccalaureate in computer sciences and 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 an appreciation for the needs and wishes of both holiday-goers and the charter yacht community as well as experience in facilities and financial management. She also acquired a proficiency in the Turkish language and experience working with both Turkish nationals and others from different parts of the world. The knowledge and experience of Turkey, culture, cuisine, and holiday-goers that she acquired, together with her love of sailing and people, enabled Mrs. Abercrombie in 1997 to establish
Blue Cruise Yacht Charters, an agency dedicated to meeting the needs of yacht charterers.
She now resides in Derby, England, with her husband and their two children.

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Gordon Abercrombie

Gordon Abercrombie has since 1997 been the general manager of Blue Cruise Yacht Charters.
He spent much of his youth in Annapolis, Maryland, in Ankara, Turkey, and in Plymouth, England. In Plymouth he served in the Royal Navy Sea Cadets and was assigned to HMS Golden Hind. Returning to Annapolis he obtained a bachelor's degree in Naval Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, thereafter serving on destroyers with the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets, frequently visiting Greece and Turkey. Following 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 his own cutter-rigged yacht and set sail for the eastern Mediterranean where the yacht has remained since arrival in 1983. From 1975 through 1997 Mr. Abercrombie 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. During the off-season Mr. Abercrombie resides in Derby with his wife and their children, but during the sailing season may usually be found in Gocek, Turkey.

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William Abercrombie

Born at Marmaris, Turkey, in 1997, William Abercrombie is employed by Blue Cruise Yacht Charters as a gofor and jack-of-all-trades. He is principally engaged in delivery of yachts under power, hauling on halyards of yachts under sail, and the heaving of mooring lines on yachts arriving. Fluent in Turkish, he also knows a few Greek phrases appropriate in tavernas, strums a guitar idly, and engages in most other pursuits haphazardly. He is nevertheless a valuable member of the Blue Cruise team.

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Sian Abercrombie

Born at Marmaris, Turkey, in 1998, Sian Abercrombie is employed by Blue Cruise Yacht Charters as a figurehead and to grace the decks of unemployed Blue Cruise charter yachts. At such times she is principally engaged in ignoring all but her holiday. Proficient in Turkish, she knows a few Greek phrases, plays the piano well, and spends a lot of time day-dreaming. She is even so
a valuable member of the Blue Cruise team.

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escutcheon otherwise dominated by three dolphins on a blue field. He was in the same year awarded the Croix d'Or des Chevaliers de la Religion for uncommonly valorous conduct in service to the Order. In most years such service had been in conjunction with an assignment to intercept Ottoman corsairs or Ottoman merchantmen, usually armed or convoyed or both, along one of the wind-influenced tracks depicted above. In November 1603 Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, himself a former corsair, dispatched Vincheguerre aboard the grandmaster's personal corsair galleon Saint Louis in company with Vincheguerre's urca and a third vessel on a mission to intercept 1604's annual caravan transporting Egyptian tribute and Silk Road merchandise from Alexandria to Constantinople. Vincheguerre did so, severing from the convoy and capturing several richly-laden vessels which he returned with skeleton crews to Malta. Later dispersed by storm in the vicinity of Kythera, his own urca fell victim to three English pirates. Vincheguerre's Saint Louis found her together with the pirates at the Aegean island of Milos. Negotiations to no avail, Vincheguerre took the Saint Louis at night under sail into the harbor with shoals right and left. A furious engagement ensued during which the largest of the pirate vessels was sent to the bottom and the other two captured. Ten days later off the Aegean islands of Skiathos and Skopelos his expanded squadron took eleven Ottoman grain carrying vessels en route to the Ottoman fleet victualling depot at Volos and with them in tow returned to a thankful island perennially short of food. Following birth of his third son Jacques II at Malta in 1598, Jacques de Vincheguerre returned to Marseille where he became commander of the city's harbor fortress of Saint Jean and an officer in the naval army of King Henry IV commanding oared galleys. For six months he also became a gentleman of the king's household at Versailles. Following the death of Henry IV, Chevalier de Vincheguerre was selected in 1616 by the regency government of Louis XIII and the city of Marseille for an armed embassy to Tunis. The parties nominally at peace, the French were seeking an end to piratical raids on French shipping from Tunisian ports by English and Dutch pirates, including the John Ward of lyric fame, Sampson Denball, and, before his murder by the Dey of Tunis, Simon Danseker. Following five months of protracted negotiations accompanied by threat Tunis committed to cease harboring belligerents licensed or unlicensed, to cease attacking French ships, and to end seizure of their cargoes and capture of their crews. It was further agreed that all French slaves at Tunis and all Turkish slaves at Marseille were to be liberated. While negotiating the Tunis protocol Vincheguerre's seven-ship flotilla carrying 1,500 marines took Sailing French Atlanticnumerous prizes outside of Tunis and along the nearby coast of Algeria, some of them English pirates, all of them brigands without nation-state letters of marque. Those captured were sold at Livorno, ships and crews. Promoted to lieutenant-general of France's naval army early in Cardinal Richelieu's reform of the French Navy, Jacques de Vincheguerre lost his life during the inconclusive 1622 Battle of Saint-Martin-de-Re (depicted at right) between French Royalists and French Huguenots. He had lived to see his only daughter Bradamante wed and was succeeded in most positions and at court by his eldest son Alexandre. His second son Philandre became a Hospitaller. Like most warriors, even warrior-diplomats, Jacque de Vincheguerre's legacy at best demonstrates the futility of a zero-sum game. For every winner at war there is a loser at war. He was both. A sailing holiday at the crossroads of history designed by Blue Cruise Yacht Charters with guest input. A charter yacht sailing holiday cruising the Turquoise Coast of Turkey. A Blue Cruise. A honeymoon in Greece. Or a honeymoon in Turkey. A charter sailing yacht in Greece cruising among Greek islands of the Aegean Sea. Island hopping. Greek island hopping. Or a crewed charter sailing yacht to sail the southwest coast of Turkey. A honeymoon or holiday in Greece or Turkey. A honeymoon or holiday aboard a proper sailing yacht chartered in Greece. Or a honeymoon or holiday aboard a proper yacht chartered in Turkey. Charter your yacht from Blue Cruise Yacht Charters, an agency dedicated to client service. Sail the Greek Aegean. Sail the Turkish Aegean. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at bcycharter@aol.com or phone us at +90-533-230-5781.