Meet The Crew

Fairport was founded by Graeme Lord, who wanted to provide a fresh concept in yacht shore support, specializing in offering experienced, knowledgeable, and personable service to yacht owners, captains, and industry professionals.

Our team has the knowledge that comes from hands-on experience. Fairport is built on the philosophy that going the extra mile for our clients is part of each ordinary day.

The name Fairport hails from distinct seas and an era gone by. Graeme Lord’s great-grandfather was in command of the mighty sailing vessel that traveled the seven seas delivering goods from port to port.

His grandmother and her sister were raised aboard the vessel and have told tales of rounding Cape Horn only to encounter weather that required them to cut the masts down.

In his great grandmother’s words:
“The seas were running mountains high and it looked as if we might be enveloped at any minute.”

Fairport is rich in history. Now, it is Graeme’s turn to take command of Fairport.

Graeme Lord

Graeme Lord

In October 2011 Graeme Lord opened the doors to Fairport Yacht Support. Graeme was born and educated in Zimbabwe where he completed a four-year apprenticeship in Diesel and Petrol Mechanics with Ford UK, and was eventually transferred to Ford South Africa. After serving with the National Sea Rescue Institution of South Africa on the Cape…

President / Owner

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Angus MacKenzie

Angus MacKenzie

Angus was raised in the coastal town of Knysna, South Africa. It was here that he initially procured his love for the sea, spending many hours sailing at the local yacht club and scuba diving. Joining the National Sea Rescue Institute at an early age led Angus to attain the esteemed position of Rescue Coxswain.…

Technical Yacht Manager

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Aksel Huus

Aksel Huus

Capt. Aksel Huus has to date over 20 years of unparalleled experience in the field of maritime management. As an independent maritime management consultant, auditor, advisor and maritime inspector he has set his company “SafeShips Consulting” (SSC) in a strategic direction towards new standards of excellence; instrumental in meeting the highly demanding needs and requirements…

DPA & CSO

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Romy Barden

Romy Barden

Romy was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Mentor, Ohio. After graduating Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she worked for over 9 years as a Cash Manager for a mutual fund firm and an explosives company. While she always enjoyed traveling, she pursued it in earnest after seeing…

Yacht Account Manager

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Sandrine Metayer

Sandrine Metayer

Sandrine was born and raised in France. While growing up, she spent much time on the waters cruising on the family’s sailboat in the Mediterranean waters from France through Corsica. After schooling, she moved to Mykonos, Greece where she opened and ran a restaurant for a few years. She decided to come to the United…

Yacht Account Manager

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Amanda Furia

Amanda Furia

Though Amanda Furia was born in New Jersey, she moved to South Florida as a young child and therefore considers herself a true Florida native. After high school, Amanda studied Accounting at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL, but quickly returned to the yachting hub of the world, Fort Lauderdale, upon graduation. This accounting background…

Yacht Account Manager

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Whitney Diedericks

Whitney Diedericks

Whitney was born in Boston, Massachusetts and went to school at the University of New Hampshire graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she began a career in Advertising Sales and exploring the west coast for 5 years. Craving more…

Yacht Documents Manager

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Richard Young

Richard Young

Richard was born and raised on the south coast of England. Establishing an early love for sailing and all things connected to the sea, Richard joined the Royal Navy in 1980. Following graduation from both mechanical and electrical engineering schools, he served aboard state of the art gas turbine powered warships as an electrical-mechanical engineer.…

Yacht Technical Manager

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Maria Pierce

Maria Pierce

Growing up in South Florida, Maria loved water sports from a young age. At 24 she jumped at the opportunity to join a trans-Atlantic sailboat delivery that departed from Barcelona. Along the way she was able to explore Gibraltar, Madeira and Bermuda. With her new found love for sailing she did not hesitate when she…

Office Manager

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Cleo Thompson

Cleo Thompson

Cleo spent her childhood in the beautiful shore side community of the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. It was there that Cleo’s love of the water was born. She entered the tourism industry when she started working as a tour guide on New Zealand’s only Active Marine Volcano, White Island. Access to White Island was…

Compliance Coordinator

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Chad Brown

Chad Brown

Chad was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. There he attended UNC Charlotte where he earned a degree in finance with a concentration in accounting. In 2014 he decided to relocate to sunny Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the year-round beautiful weather and beaches. Chad was introduced to the marine industry through Liquid Yacht Wear.…

Yacht Accounts Manager

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Darren Sewell

Darren Sewell

Darren is originally from a small town in South Jersey where he was born and raised on the waters surrounding Atlantic City. In his free time, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, jet skiing, fishing, boating, and valuable family time. He started his marine industry journey when he was only 17 years old landing a position…

Compliance Coordinator

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Darla Skaf

Darla Skaf

Darla Skaf was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  At that time, her only nautical adventures included ‘Tuesday Night Sailing Races’ at Etobicoke Yacht Club aboard a Grampian 28 and watching the ‘Tall Ships Sail-Past’ in Toronto Harbour. Being an avid traveler, Darla stopped in Ft. Lauderdale to warm up, after trekking Annapurna in Nepal. …

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