After an international career in Marketing, Christel settled down in 2003 in the South of France. It was just the beginning of a great adventure in the world of yachting: firstly with the worldwide distribution of US sport boats, later with the sales and services for the Benelux clients of the Ferretti Group. Running her own company has always been on Christel’s mind, since her MBA studies in the area of Seattle, and it became a reality in 2012. Since then, she has been dedicating her hard work exclusively to support yacht owners, providing a tailored yacht management along with a professional charter organization. Her encounter with her business partner Yann Gaucher happened at the right time. Their skills are complimentary and they are both driven by upper customer satisfaction.
Niels Lensen grew up at the lakes of Loosdrecht in The Netherlands where he started sailing at the age of 5. Passionate with motor boats, he has been navigating with his family both in Holland and the South of France since then. His love for yachting led him to become a yacht broker in Holland and in 2002 Niels moved to the South of France and has been working as an international yacht broker, having worked with the exclusive Ferretti Group brands for 7 years together with Christel Pocachard which turned out to be a highly successful partnership as Christel and Niels both showed their commitment to service a large and demanding international clientèle, servicing and selling yachts from 15 - 40 metres in length. The Dutch roots of Niels Lensen also appeal to Dutch Shipyards who have been working with him in the South of France since many years, by re-joining Christel Pocachard, the Charter and yacht Management services of Naturally Yachting are now extended with Niels who will be taking the lead of the sales department.
For more than 30 years, Marc has been working in the luxury industry. At a very young age, he started his career as a Caddy Master at the Cannes-Mougins golf club for more than 20 years, working in parallel as a sales/charter broker for the business aviation industry. Curious to discover other areas, he joined the San Lorenzo group as a sales broker for 6 years and fell in love with the yachting world.
Determined and enthusiastic, he joined Naturally Yachting in March 2021 as a sales broker alongside Niels Lensen, with whom he forms a complementary duo. Marc is a passionate and dedicated to his work. He gives his most precious attention to his clients' requests.
Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in business and operational management from the Excelia Group business school in La Rochelle and a management license from the IAE in La Rochelle, Maël is currently doing a Master's degree in the Grande Ecole Program under an apprenticeship contract at Kedge Business School.
During his school career, he had the opportunity to accumulate several experiences in the field of Yachting/Brokerage in the South of France. Following this, he fell in love with this industry and he joined NATUR'ALLY YACHTING company in 2022 in the sales department. His dream of combining his passion for boating and sales came true.
Maël looks forward to working with you and will ensure that you have a great experience buying or selling your yacht.
Born in Lyon, Valerie has been working in the yachting industry since the late 1990s. Her debut in a custom tender production company for the major superyacht shipyards in Europe helped her to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the construction process. She then joined Spencer Ship Monaco where she was head of administration and international sales. Having a customer service oriented culture and ethical principles, Valerie developed excellent relationships with her worldwide professional and retail customers over the years.
She joined Naturally Yachting in April 2022 to provide knowledgable assistance to the existing sales and charter teams internally as well as passionate about travel, she loves above all to interact with people of different cultures.
Brigitte has been working as a PA in countries as diverse as the United States, France, Dubaï and Saudi Arabia. She is fluent in English, French and knowledgeable in Spanish and Italian.
Brigitte has a positive and proactive mindset, she is multicultural and open-minded thanks to her experience traveling and working all around the world. In her spare time she enjoys singing, playing music and painting.
Geoffrey opened his company a few years ago and has created his own and unique Champagne’s brand. Through the years, he has developed a huge and valuable business network leading him to work with clients from various industries.
Geoffrey has joined Naturally Yachting in January 2022 as a business developer, in order to enhanced the current partnership and communication.