Meet the Team

Candice Chivilo

Founder and Charter Specialist

Candice is a true charter expert. She loves the water and has chartered extensively. She has been in the charter industry since 2011 as an international charter broker. She has worked her way up from a top charter salesperson to US sales manager at the worlds largest charter company.


In 2019 she founded Seize the Day Yacht Charters to refocus her expertise and work one-on-one with clients to find the perfect charter yacht.
 
She has been a seminar speaker at boat shows in Miami and Chicago, hosting detailed lectures on Caribbean Cruising, BVI Yacht Charters, Mediterranean Cruising, and Luxury Crewed Yachts.

  
She can easily discuss the pros and cons of different sailing destinations all over the world and her passion for travel is clear to anyone she meets.

Caitlyn Ridgely

Charter Specialist

Caitlyn’s love for all things sailing and a lifetime of living on the coast made her a natural fit for charter brokering. 


Born in a small beach town, she found herself open to adventure and spent time living in Bermuda and St.Croix before moving back to Marblehead full time. She has been in the boating industry for over 20 years and spent time chartering down in the USVI during the colder months here in Massachusetts. She is no stranger to the stresses that come with booking a vacation and prioritizes the needs of each client as though they were her own family. A mom of 3, she knows the importance of looking at the needs of everyone attending to make the trip feel unique and special for all guests. 


With a genuine and contagious passion for the industry, Caitlyn’s attention to detail is sure to help you find the charter you’ve been looking for. 


Peter Smith

Charter Specialist

Peter is from Denver, Colorado but has years of experience traveling throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. Peter owns a home in Greece that he visits frequently, he loves exploring the Greek Islands and can discuss the pros and cons of different Greek charter itineraries and help match you with the right yacht for your group.

He brings a wealth of knowledge to not only the yacht booking process but also to all aspects of your vacation. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, including Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and more.

Peter loves the world of yachting and experienced his first yacht charter in 2011 and strongly believes there is no better way to vacation. Peter believes in helping you really experience a new culture by seeing that culture through locals' eyes, through the traditional food, wine, markets, festivals, sites and sounds. You can count on him to plan a trip that is at both adventurous and rejuvenating. Stimulating for the new experiences but relaxing because every detail is covered.

Liga Jurjeva

Operations Support

With over 10+ years in the yacht charter industry Liga has become a true sailing enthusiast and has chartered many yachts around the world. She is delivering a second to none aftersales service. She has gained invaluable experience with the world's most successful charter companies in Europe and USA and developed the framework for aftersales support that became fundamental to the industry.

Liga is now overseeing Operations in Seize the Day Yacht Charters. She is based in London, and manages the delivery of first class administrative and operations support across all engagements of SDYC. 

Courteous and efficient approach is at heart of Liga's work that will make your charter experience with us nothing but smooth sailing.