Gaston Lees-Buckley

Gaston Lees-Buckley Sales Broker

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Gaston Lees-Buckley Sales Broker

Gaston's career in yachting started during his early teen years, working as a crew member on some of the most iconic motor and sailing yachts, alongside many professionals considered some of the best in the industry at the time including, the 74m Blohm & Voss MY “ECO”, the 57m and 43m Feadships MY “CALIXE” and “KAHALANI”, the 50m Benetti MY “Lionheart”, the 36m Abeking & Rasmussen SY “GLOBANA” and the 28.4m Green Marine SY “STEALTH”.

Gaston obtained his offshore Yachtmasters license at the age of eighteen and immediately set up a summer business on the French Riviera transporting numerous high profile individuals/celebrities (from yachts and hotels) on his Monte-Carlo 300 offshore power boat (which he still has) between Monaco and St Tropez. Gaston mirrored this business model in the winter months on the island of St Barths, operating out of the Eden Roc Hotel.

Age twenty, whilst schooling for an offshore license, Gaston was offered a place on the 93m Kusch MY “TATOOSH” (at the time one of the largest motor yachts afloat) to immediately set sail around the world on a “once in a lifetime journey”. He packed his bags and sailed over 30,000nm in just under two years. This involved extensive cruising in the Mediterranean, crossing the Atlantic (Caribbean seas, USA East coast) and Pacific oceans (Galapagos, Costa Rica, Cocos, USA West Coast, Tonga, Australia and New Zealand), transiting through the Panama Canal, passages up and down the Mississippi river to New Orleans, and attending the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland (as part of the One World Challenge).  

With plans to begin a family, Gaston returned to Antibes and began as a trainee broker at CNI alongside his father in June 2003.

Gaston considers himself extremely fortunate to have joined the company when he did and to have learned the ropes alongside his father; who has been (and still is) involved with some truly notable and amazing people (both industry professionals and clients) and enabled Gaston to follow several superb new build projects at shipyards such as Feadship, Fincantieri, Benetti, Riva, Sanlorenzo and Perini Navi, with boats ranging from a custom 9m Riva yacht tender to a 140m by Fincantieri.

Gaston is most pleased to share experiences, his knowledge and spend quality time with people who also have this passion for yachting.

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