Patriot 1 Crew
Our crew are selected for the experience, unique skills and personable character. They are passionate about what they do and offer you friendly, professional service.
Ross Heginbotham, Master Patriot 1
Ross has either been in or on the water his whole career, originally starting as an exceptional water-ski performer at Sea World on the Gold Coast! His career has taken him from Indonesia to Europe to the Mediterranean and seen him own and operate his own 45ft yacht for 8 years, before returning home to Australia where he met his wife Akiko working in the Whitsundays. Ross has worked extensively along the East Coast of Australia and is now based in the Gold Coast and Brisbane area guiding Patriot 1 through the waterways.
Heather Aldridge, Stewardess
Heather has always had a love of the water after she started racing on a friend’s Hobie 16 called Mayhem. She has raced in China, Thailand, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. She fell into stewardessing after being asked in a tavern to join a vessel for an eight-day charter and hasn’t looked back. Heather brings 20 years of experience working on both private and charter yachts and has worked extensively through the Whitsundays on yachts and as a tour guide on helicopter and sea plane tours.
When Heather isn’t keeping Patriot 1 looking immaculate, she loves being in, on or above the water by spending her time diving, sailing or flying.