Alana holds a US 100 ton Captains ticket and is responsible for Bookings, Catering and Daily Operations.
She was born in Foster Rhode Island, and arrived in Newport for college, where she fell in love with the town.
After collage she became a teacher in Providence, but decided to give yachting a go after meeting Greg in Newport.
A few years and many miles later, she is the Organizer in the AYC family.
She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, eating and drinking.
Greg holds a US 100 ton and an International 200 ton Captains ticket and is responsible for skippering most of the Temma boat charters.
Greg was born in South Africa, where he started sailing as a teen on a dam. He immigrated to Australia in his late teens, and started sailing as a career after school and college.
He considers Newport Rhode Island home, with his wife and business partner Alana Markowitz.
Greg met Alana in Newport after sailing into town working in the superyacht industry.
Most business have great stories about how they got started, especially family run small business, the Antique Yacht Collection is no exception. Alana and Greg decided to start a day charter business in Newport after a few years in the superyacht industry, as a way of having something that was theirs and a town they could call home. It took a year to find the right boat, Temma. She was sitting in Annapolis, Maryland, owned by a couple who had bought her from a lady named Audrey. Audrey had named the boat after her mother, Temma; it’s a Hebrew name meaning Righteous. The old photograph here shows Temma, the woman our boat was named after.
It took a bit of convincing to get Alana to finally agree to fly down to Annapolis to see Temma, but once she stepped aboard her words were simple, “This is the one.”
Any married man will tell you that once you get green light like that you don’t dilly dally. The deal was done that day, condition to survey, and the following week we departed on a week-long trip aboard Temma to get her to her new home in, Newport Rhode Island.
We got lucky on every turn as we lay the rest of the foundations to the business, from dockage right down town with amazing landlords who truly understand the word “family business”, to the shipyard guys who offered advice, time, tools, labor and love. We have been blessed and try to take advantage of it every day by showing guests how amazing Newport and Narragansett Bay are.
We have managed to grow a great family business, with aspirations of having a whole fleet of classy and beautiful day charter boats making classic yachting accessible to everyone.