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JILL ZWAANS


Founder and Charter Director

     jillzwaans@yachtstory.com

   +32 478 35 07 63

Jill Zwaans is the proud founder of YACHT STORY with over 20 years of experience in the yacht charter business. The passion for yachting runs in her family as her grandfather, Jan Zwaans, built the first Carlo Riva yacht in 1973. In 1991, Jill’s father also bought his first sailing yacht on which she spent every holiday learning to sail. After collecting several sailing certificates, Jill became a sailing instructor herself. Today, she is still active in Snipe sailing and Superyacht regattas. Jill started her career as a charter assistant in Monaco for a reputable broker house and she hasn’t missed a Yacht Show since. She completed a Masters degree in Maritime Science and moved to Australia as the Sales & Marketing director for a shipyard, traveling frequently between Australia, North-America and Europe, facilitating luxury motor yacht sales. After spending a summer in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, working for the dealer of the shipyard, she shifted her focus to yacht charters. Jill continued developing her charter broking skills between the French Riviera and London. In 2010 she returned to Belgium with the strong ambition to set-up a charter business in the Benelux for yachts based worldwide. In 2021 she founded Yacht Story with the mission to guide you and shape your travel expectations into unique private yachting escapes to make memories at sea!

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AXEL JORIS


Charter Executive and CA

     charter@yachtstory.com

   +32 471 94 83 41

Axel's grandfather had owned a shipyard in Flanders, which meant that Axel started learning the fundamentals of boat building from a young age. As a passionate sailor he obtained all the certificates necessary allowing him to discover the best sailing holiday locations through his own experience. Axel completed a degree at the De Ruyter Maritime Institute in Vlissingen - Netherlands, which he followed up with a career as a marine officer. After several years aboard cruise vessels and yachts, he traded in the sea for land and joined the YACHT STORY team in Spring 2022. His on-board experience combined with yacht management skills made hiring him as Charter Executive and Central Agent (CA) an obvious decision.

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MANU DECEUNINCK


Sales broker and Yachting Consultant

     sales@yachtstory.com

   +32 495 51 54 59

Manu is a professional sales broker for luxury yachts with over 20 years of experience as a broker and dealer for popular brands in the Benelux. He is a true entrepreneur and founder of Yacht Consult. Manu has a great reputation for the sale of new and second-hand vessels, and is the preferred dealer for a range of popular shipyards such as Sunreef, Ferretti Yachts, Riva, CustomLine in the Benelux. With his background and experience in yacht sales negotiations he is your guide when selling or buying a vessel.

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KENNY HERMANS


Marketing Manager

     marketing@yachtstory.com

   +32 489 69 26 60

Kenny is our marketing wizard and the creative brain behind our communication and social media. With more than 10 years of experience in online marketing and graphic design, he knows how to turn every newsletter and social media post into a true work of art. He is also specialized in lead generation through online advertising and network building. Marketing is an important asset to our business so we will make sure to publish all our yachts with the best visibility and in an original presentation.

JILL ZWAANS


Founder and Charter Director

   jillzwaans@yachtstory.com

   +32 478 35 07 63

Jill Zwaans is the proud founder of YACHT STORY with over 20 years of experience in the yacht charter business. The passion for yachting runs in her family as her grandfather, Jan Zwaans, built the first Carlo Riva yacht in 1973. In 1991, Jill’s father also bought his first sailing yacht on which she spent every holiday learning to sail. After collecting several sailing certificates, Jill became a sailing instructor herself. Today, she is still active in Snipe sailing and Superyacht regattas. Jill started her career as a charter assistant in Monaco for a reputable broker house and she hasn’t missed a Yacht Show since. She completed a Masters degree in Maritime Science and moved to Australia as the Sales & Marketing director for a shipyard, traveling frequently between Australia, North-America and Europe, facilitating luxury motor yacht sales. After spending a summer in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, working for the dealer of the shipyard, she shifted her focus to yacht charters. Jill continued developing her charter broking skills between the French Riviera and London. In 2010 she returned to Belgium with the strong ambition to set-up a charter business in the Benelux for yachts based worldwide. In 2021 she founded Yacht Story with the mission to guide you and shape your travel expectations into unique private yachting escapes to make memories at sea!

AXEL JORIS


Charter Executive and CA

   charter@yachtstory.com

   +32 471 94 83 41

Axel's grandfather had owned a shipyard in Flanders, which meant that Axel started learning the fundamentals of boat building from a young age. As a passionate sailor he obtained all the certificates necessary allowing him to discover the best sailing holiday locations through his own experience. Axel completed a degree at the De Ruyter Maritime Institute in Vlissingen - Netherlands, which he followed up with a career as a marine officer. After several years aboard cruise vessels and yachts, he traded in the sea for land and joined the YACHT STORY team in Spring 2022. His on-board experience combined with yacht management skills made hiring him as Charter Executive and Central Agent (CA) an obvious decision.

MANU DECEUNINCK


Sales broker and Yachting Consultant

   sales@yachtstory.com

   +32 495 51 54 59

Manu is a professional sales broker for luxury yachts with over 20 years of experience as a broker and dealer for popular brands in the Benelux. He is a true entrepreneur and founder of Yacht Consult. Manu has a great reputation for the sale of new and second-hand vessels, and is the preferred dealer for a range of popular shipyards such as Sunreef, Ferretti Yachts, Riva, CustomLine in the Benelux. With his background and experience in yacht sales negotiations he is your guide when selling or buying a vessel.

KENNY HERMANS


Marketing Manager

   marketing@yachtstory.com

   +32 489 69 26 60

Kenny is our marketing wizard and the creative brain behind our communication and social media. With more than 10 years of experience in online marketing and graphic design, he knows how to turn every newsletter and social media post into a true work of art. He is also specialized in lead generation through online advertising and network building. Marketing is an important asset to our business so we will make sure to publish all our yachts with the best visibility and in an original presentation.

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2021-10-08   YACHT STORY

Your Guide to COVID-Proof Traveling on Yachts in the...


Forty per cent of people say COVID has made them feel too uncomfortable to travel. But countries are following strict COVID rules to prevent outbreaks.  With nearly two years of travel restrictions. Travellers want to book a holi....

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2022-02-14   YACHT STORY

Whiskey and Sailing: A Great Combination on the West...


Have you ever explored the magnificent coast of Scotland on a luxury yacht?  Click here for a dreamy eight-day sailing itinerary for cruising along the Scottish coast. Are you ready for a week filled with sailing, exploring and if you are a whi....

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2021-10-07   YACHT STORY

The Bahamas Pigs: How Did They Get There?


Have you heard the fascinating and mysterious story of the Bahamas pigs? These non-native animals inhabit a small island that lies south of Nassau. Nobody knows how they ended up on this sandy spit of land, but theories are plentiful. This arti....

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2022-03-22   YACHT STORY

Corsica and Sardinia, the Perfect Combination for Yo...


Looking for the perfect place for your yacht charter? Discover all the secrets that Southern Corsica and Northern Sardinia have to hold for your next summer charter.  Did you know that Sardinia welcomes over three million vi....