The Crew

Crewing aboard Hjalmar Bjorge for 2018 will see Mark Henrys at the helm for the 23rd consecutive season. Assisting Mark will be his wife Anna White. Details of our crews and chefs will be published shortly. Hjalmar Bjorge will be alternatively skippered by Tim Wear. Tim will be aboard a Northern Light vessel for his 12th consecutive season. 
All Northern Light crew hold or are working toward STCW95 qualifications, further blog details on all our team follows;

Tim Wear started sailing at the tender age of seven and has over 31 years experience of sailing on the West coast of Scotland alone. Based on the Isle of Skye he has worked as a fisherman, yacht skipper and ran his own charter boat for seven years. Since 2004 he has been working in the Mediterranean but is returning to the West Coast because the sailing and anchorages are better. Well, that’s his view and he’s sticking to it! Tim has qualifications coming out of his ears and is a friendly guy who always appears calm and relaxed – ideal when the vagaries of Scotland’s ever-changing weather is dictating what you can and cannot do!!!

picture028Anna White is Mark’s wife, they have worked together aboard Hjalmar Bjorge for the last eight seasons. Having completed studies in climatology and oceanography, Anna is able to offer guests an insight into the oceanic and meteorological environment. When not working with Mark at sea she works as a consultant for Dryad Marine Intelligence a company offering specialist intelligence in the fight against international marine piracy, she also works as a French translator.


Steve Milne has also been sailing for 15 years, cruising around the Scillies andSteve Milne photo English Channel and was also a part time cruising instructor for 8 years on the South and west coast of England and Wales as well as several places in the Med.  He has been cooking for 7 years for private dinner parties, weddings, aboard Thames Barges, aboard yachts and in the Fire Station where he worked. He’s attended Ashburton Cookery School. Steve loves to explore new places, discover new foods and learn about food history.


Lynda FieldenLynda Fielden has been a keen sailor for over 40 years and lists the west coast of Scotland as her most favourite cruising area in terms of beauty, choice of anchorages and of course the people.

She has enjoyed 25 years as a company director in advertising and marketing roles,however with a BA degree in Catering Administration and now semi retired, has returned to her love of cooking.

For the past 7 years she has cooked afloat in a variety of locations including the Caribbean,the Mediterranean,Croatia and Scotland and also ashore on various estates throughout Scotland and France. A fitness enthusiast she holds an MSc in Physical Activity and Health and has recently completed her fourth marathon.She is currently learning to play the flute. And is on the fundraising committee of the Bangor branch of the RNLI, where she lives, and is a volunteer Watchleader with The Tall Ships Youth Trust.

She is happiest afloat and on the west coast where she keeps her Coribbee yacht and is generally found laughing or smiling as she cooks and most likely,being Irish, enjoying a chat.


Mark Brading will also be returning for another season as a relief chef. Mark has worked with Northern Light on virtually every vessel we’ve ever owned. Now living in Edinburgh with his wife Vimy, he writes in his spare time. A great character, Mark has a quirky sense of humour and quick wit. He is also astonishing in his ability to produce amazing food whatever the weather!


Craig Robinson has been associated with the Hjalmar Borge family for the lastCraig Robinson four years. On land he’s an experienced outdoor guide and is often found hanging off mountain faces in Scotland, Wales, Europe and NZ. Originally a Kiwi from NZ he has lived in Wales for the last 20yrs, he now travels extensively having just spent the UK winter in his homeland NZ, and the previous year throughout Europe particularly in Italy and Venice. Craig is has a relaxed character, always smiling come sunshine or stormy weather, extremely approachable no on-board requests are too much trouble.

Karen Aspen first came to life cooking on board boats when she was 20. She Karen Aspenwas initially hired to cook for a group cruising round the Inner Hebrides on a 60 foot schooner for a long weekend but ended up staying on the sail down to Portsmouth.She helped on the yacht’s refit and then crossed the Atlantic and cooked on board for the season in the Caribbean.

She spent her twenties cooking on yachts used by documentary and natural history film makers who were capturing images of cetaceans. This led to work as a whale guide on the Isle of Mull where she still lives.

Eszter with large fishEszter Domina is an ecologist with MSc working on the West Coast of Scotland as a wildlife tour guide and diving instructor for more than 2 years. She is also a keen sailor and deckhand. Her hobbies are photography, swimming, running and yoga. On sunny days she can be found on the top deck doing some exercise.



Now studying a marine degree in Bangor, Tiree Withers will once again join us on the occasion cruise during the summer. Tiree’s whacky humour and dexterous ability on deck will entertain all. She will also (hopefully) bring us some up to date scientific reflections!



Tom Bastable has a history of extensive sailing experience on the West Coast with the Ocean Youth Trust, on a variety of yachts, before moving to Uruguay to run sailing expeditions in Patagonia for the last 10 years.  He has a wealth of sailing qualifications.

Sarah Kirk has worked for us, on both Hjalmar Bjorge and Zuza over the past 5 sarah kirkyears.  Having been brought up on boats in her native New Zealand she has vast sailing experience and is now herself a fully qualified skipper.  She has proved her mettle in the galley too, having cooked aboard Zuza for us in previousl years.



We’ve had lots of lovely people working for us in previous years.

“Big John” Maughan, who occasionally has worked for us over the years is now happily married to Cathy and living in Croggan, Loch Spelve. We often see them both, when Hbj moors in Loch Spelve, they like to hop in their small boat and pop over to serenade Mark with his favourite tunes!!!! Unfortunately John is still working on the ‘dark side’ with Calmac. If you’re ever on the Tobermory – Kilhoan ferry you might see him at the wheel.

Also in the photo with Big John is Ylva Powlett, also now married and living close to Oban. Finally Lulu (Lindsay Wilson – now Warner) who last season married Mark, read more here;

Guests will be further delighted to hear that Lulu and Mark are now proud parents, daughter Hazel was born just after Xmas.

Our thanks to previous crew members, anybody missing please forgive me and send me a reminder!

Kirsty Campbell, Molly Scanlon, Heather MacNeil, Mark Powlett, Izzie Fletcher, Helen Ricketts, Alice Cooper, Trixi Julier, Gog Julier, Martha Julier, Rachel Owens, Kathryn Mackinnon, Graham Samways, Bex Allen.

What our customers say

Excellent company, friendly & helpful crew, lovely meals, exquisite scenery, marvellous sightings, I could go on...

Pam C, London


The correct Norwegian pronunciation for Hjalmar Bjørge is "YAL-MUH B'YOR-GAY" but we call the boat "HAL-MUH GEORGE"