The Crew


We are able-bodied seamen aboard Heron, well trained and extensively experienced. Confident in our boat and respectful of the sea, we are more comfortable weaving our way throughout the water traffic of New York Harbor or facing a squall 1000 miles offshore, than driving a car or crossing the street.

Captain and first mate of Heron hold licenses exceeding the required. While a mate is not required a license at all, she holds a 100 ton Masters license for Inspected Vessels internationally, while the captain holds a 200 ton of the same class. Heron is a 32 ton vessel.

Cameron McLellan has been Heron’s skipper for 8 years. Gentleman of all background gather around him at the helm while he regales them with stories of his 37 years of commercial fishing in Alaska and the Gulf of Maine. He is rough around the edges enough to exude seaworthiness, but humble enough to eliminate any possible feeling of intimidation.

Shannon McLellan is the heart and soul of Heron Yacht Charters, in operations and hospitality. The first and continuous contact for our patrons, Shannon is professional and congenial, warm and engaging…not over-stepping in either direction. She is empathetic, self-aware and extremely competent in all arenas of business operations.
“Shannon’s unabashed sweetness and the gracious way she handles all guests on Heron can at times over shadow the fact that she’s clearly a knowledgeable captain, hardworking hands-on crew member and the mastermind of all that is Heron Yacht Charters.” — Ellen Dioguardi, Sag Harbor Express

Shannon collaborates with each client to facilitate their vision, ensuring that each charter is unique. Onboard, she is hostess and first mate, executing the plan to ensure that the client is the entertainer of the season, not her.

Dylan Renkens is chief steward. He has worked in the finest homes is NYC for the last 20+ years, and is fondly recognized by the majority of our clients. He brings a level of sophistication and class to the service that is invaluable.

Jodi Topping is one of our original crewmembers. Originally Shannon’s shipmate on a passage from Dominica to New York in 2001, Jodi has served as fellow sailor and steward aboard Heron on and off for the last 7 years. Her warmth and fondness of both sailing and hospitality are palpable.

Last, but certainly not least, is Andy. Unnoticed by most guests, she is the small dog laying quietly in her bed next to the mast behind the captain. She has trained with us in Coast Guard procedures, and even alerts the captain should a guest approach a “Crew Only” sign to a restricted area (yes, this is true).