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LEGASEA exists for a single purpose- to see our industry at its best,

and to leave it better than we found it.

People are at the centre of everything we do.

We see a high-performance, innovative and sustainable yachting industry where passion, drive and competency are the factors that determine our future.

The LEGASEA community cultivates this vision by

  • Embracing cultures of inclusion, collaboration, high performance & innovation.

  • Cultivating a circular knowledge economy with all industry stakeholders united towards a common goal.

  • Using data to guide, implement, inform and communicate our global Social Impact and strategy.

  • Investing in a robust talent pipeline through programs that address recruitment, retention and progression. 

  • Supporting empowered stakeholders as they embed Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive practices, policies and cultures into the DNA of our industry, its organisations and its vessels.

Our Community Values

  • Collaboration - We believe are better together.

  • Innovation - We are not afraid to do things differently if it means doing them better.

  • Data led & Agile - We use data to guide, monitor and report our impact to ensure it is meaningful.

  • Transparency & Accountability - We share our wins, our challenges, and hold each other accountable.

  • Courage & Vulnerability - We are not afraid to acknowledge our shortcomings while continuously striving for growth.

LEGASEA is the evolution of a journey that originated with

She of the Sea in 2018.


Very much initially looking through a gender lens, the platform has organically developed to amplify Yachting's overall social impact.

She of the Sea continues to do what it does best, connecting, supporting and amplifying female deck and engineering crew and is now acting as an Industry Resource Group.

True to our impact strategy and theory of change, while being guided by our stakeholders and the global conversation, LEGASEA programs are currently focusing on 6 closely intertwined SDG's:

3.   Good Health and Well-being

5.   Gender Equality

8.   Decent Work & Economic Growth

9.   Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

10. Reduced Inequalities

11. Sustainable Cities & Communities


Cultivating a Truly data-driven and human-led Social impact platform

Sustainability is comprised of three central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an organisation or industry: Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, or ESG.


To be truly sustainable, an industry or organisation must acknowledge and address all three pillars, focusing on those areas most material to its stakeholders and overall business strategy. Focusing solely on one pillar does not make an organisation sustainable, a misconception becoming more prevalent in the yachting landscape.


With many focusing on the environmental impacts, LEGASEA stands as the Yachting industry’s collective Social Impact platform.

LEGASEA - Cultivating Yachtings Collective Social Impact 

The social impact of an organisation is the impact on the workforce as well as communities and supply chains. These impacts are a result of an action or inaction, an activity, project, programme or policy. This can look like:


  1. Community Impact

  2. Supply chain management

  3. Economic impact

  4. Industry engagement, collaboration and giving


  1. Diversity, Equity and inclusion

  2. Impact on workers

  3. Financial security of workers

  4. Health wellness and safety

  5. Career development

  6. Engagement and satisfaction



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Jenny Matthews

After realising her passion to create high-performance environments could be actioned on a much larger scale than on one vessel as a Captain, Jenny has dedicated herself to seeing a diverse and inclusive yachting industry since 2018.

2020 has seen her study Sustainability Leadership and Corporate responsibility through The London Business School and being appointed as the Chair of the Maritime UK Pledge and Charter Group.

This growth into the wider global conversation allows her to combine her intimate understanding of the Yachting world with the leading standards, practices and innovators in the sustainability landscape.

Natasha Ambrose

After achieving her Chief Mate 3000GT in 2017, Natasha's desire and passion to help others succeed saw her become Co-Founder of She of the Sea and Founder of LEGASEA. Natasha is a qualified Psychosynethis Leadership Coach and works with individuals and teams to support them in reaching their potential.

2020 saw the launch of the first  Yachting industry-wide mentorship programme, which has seen Natasha give back to an industry that gave so much to her, having been fortunate to have mentors throughout her career. 

Natasha is the creative mind behind the website design and marketing materials.



Drawn from both the sea and shore sides of the industry, our Advisory Board members have been selected for their expertise, experience and passion for our industry and diversity.


William Maclachlan 

Partner HFW Law


William is a partner in the London office of the international law firm HFW. As a transactional lawyer, he advises on a wide range of yacht related matters with a particular focus on design and intellectual property, construction, sale and purchase, ownership structures and VAT, charter, management, crew contracts and refit and repair projects. William also advises on physical and cyber security on board yachts and other developing issues. William spent 8 months seconded to a leading German yacht builder and is a trustee of the global seafarers charity, the Mission to Seafarers.


Vanessa Sanyauke 

Founder Girls Talk London


Vanessa Sanyauke is a diversity, inclusion & responsible business professional advising and working closely with FTSE 100 businesses on diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation. She is also the Founder of Girls Talk London, an award-winning agency that has connected thousands of women and girls in the UK with global brands and businesses in the S.T.E.M (Science, engineering, technology & math's) sector. In 2019, Vanessa was featured as one of 30 people changing the world in the London Business School Review.


Darragh O'Sullivan

Director DOS & Co

As outsourced trusted advisors to some of the world’s wealthiest families and entrepreneurs, my team and I assist with all of the legal, practical and operational elements of managing significant wealth. If it's urgent, important, or both, let us handle it. Execution is everything. Our passion lies in driving transparency, governance and efficiency in private family offices, eliminating waste and preserving wealth for future generations.


Shelley Dowie

Head of Yacht Management - Royale Oceanic


Shelley started in the superyacht industry in 1999 working from deckhand to captain in a career that spanned over 10 years at sea. Since coming ashore in 2010 she had worked for some of the leading Yacht Management Companies in the Industry in the role of DPA, CSO, Safety Manager and Head of Yacht Operations. With a passion for safety and leadership, Shelley is the Head of Yacht Management at Royale Oceanic Superyachts, her areas of industry expertise include all aspects of Safety & Security, Emergency Response and Statutory Flag and Class Legislation.

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Georgina Menheneott

Partner - Burgess 

Georgina works in regional business development for Burgess, focusing on strategy in developing markets worldwide and regional offices, with a substantial emphasis on our operations in Asia and Dubai. Georgina is also the Partner responsible for the Burgess CSR Programme. Joining Burgess in 2003, she first worked in charter (management and retail), completed a brief placement in operational management and then moved into the brokerage department in 2009 as a sales broker for the Burgess central agency fleet. More recently she took over the management of OceanStyle by Burgess and oversaw its full integration into the Burgess brand.

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Lisa Blackshaw

Master 3000gt 


Lisa is the Chief Officer on a prestigious 138m Superyacht. Coming from a commercial maritime background Lisa offers her wider insight and perspective. Lisa qualified in 2008 as OOW unlimited after completing a cadetship on a nuclear fuel transportation carrier. Lisa has a BSc Hons in Nautical science and also actively runs a climate change awareness page.


Dean Pilatti

Captain M/Y Arience


Captain of one of the industry's most prestigious charter yachts M/Y Arience, Dean has been in the yachting Industry for over twenty years, has travelled worldwide and gained huge experience in the yachting field as well as in human interaction. His personal approach onboard is infectious and he won the A Crew awards for Master 3000 Captain in 2019. Dean is committed to realising a diverse high performing industry regardless of gender.

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She of the Sea Annual Report

The starting point for change is to first understand where we currently are, click below to read the 2021 annual report, which includes the data gathered from our signatory organisations that signed the pledge.

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