Thaleia Lewis

I was born in London, England, raised mainly in Kent in South-East England but also lived for several
years as a child in Geneva, Switzerland, due to my father's job as a commercial ship broker. That is
where I learnt French and my passion for mountain sports began. I am the middle of three
daughters and shipping and seafaring run in the family. I was named after an oil tanker that my
father was working with when I was born (it could have been alot worse!) and I am very proud of the
fact that my uncle was an engineer in the Royal Navy, serving aboard several ships including the
famous HMS Belfast that can be seen next to Tower Bridge in London.
After leaving school, I gained a First Class Master's Degree with Honours in Mechanical Engineering
at Manchester University, England, and also spent a year of this course studying in Toulouse, France.
I am always keen to continue with my education. I worked up the ranks within yachting to gain my
yacht engineering qualifications and like to expand my knowledge by doing extra courses where
possible relating in particular to electrics and electronics. I enjoy travelling and seeing and
experiencing different countries and cultures and meeting new people. I have been very lucky to
travel extensively throughout my yachting career, having been on a world trip with one yacht and
travelling to exotic places such as the Galapagos Islands, as well as working with other yachts in
some off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Before coming to work on yachts eleven years ago, I lived in the French mountain resort of
Chamonix for ten years where I enjoyed skiing, climbing and mountain-biking amongst many other
sports. I love living the outdoor life surrounded by nature and wildlife.
I decided to start a career in the yachting industry as several of my friends worked on yachts, told
me all about it and suggested I give it a try. I packed up my belongings, left the mountains, headed
to the Mediterranean and I haven't stop travelling the world since then! I did not grow up sailing but
very much enjoy being at sea.

Hobbies and interests
Skiing, mountainbiking, climbing, trail-running, hiking, Muay Thai.
I enjoy listening to all types of music and playing the piano.
I like to read mountain novels (even though they always seem to end in disaster!) and I also enjoy
reading thrillers.
I am a keen gardener and I enjoy growing my own fruit and vegetables.