Crew

Graeme J Brown

Graeme J. Brown

CAPTAIN
Nationality: New Zealand

Originally from New Zealand but now living in England, Captain Graeme has over 28 years’ experience in the marine industry. He has captained a range of vessels from High Speed ferries to Tugs, moving up the ranks to navigating 80+metre motor yachts. In the many years of super yachting, Graeme has travelled extensively throughout the world giving him the expertise and ability to create a unique experience for our guests.

His early years were spent on the family farm, growing up amongst the rugged and secluded terrain of New Zealand’s South Island. He is sporty, having been a tennis coach, water ski instructor and being an avid recreational diver/qualified rescue diver. Crew are often attracted to his infectious and adventurous nature, being one of the first to encourage crew to explore and expand their knowledge when docking into a new port.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Amphitrite, M/Y Vajoliroja, M/Y Simson S (Lone Ranger), M/Y Izanami, M/Y Sarita Si, M/Y Odalisque

Grade: MCA 3000GT Master of Yachts, New Zealand 500T Offshore Masters Captain’s License

Alastair Smal

Alastair Smal

CAPTAIN
Nationality: South African

Captain Alastair has been involved in the yachting industry for 22 years. Having a Master Mariner as a father inspired Alastair to follow a similar path, working his way up from apprentice boat builder, delivery skipper, to Captain on Super Yachts. His extensive career has taken him all over the globe including the Mediterranean, Asia, Central & South America, USA, Canada, the Pacific and the greater Caribbean and Bahamas.

He grew up in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa and found an early love of the ocean spending many weekends sailing, surfing and swimming.

Captain Alastair is extremely adventurous and is a certified skydiver as well as becoming a Rescue Diver. He also enjoys surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, watching rugby and of course spending time with his wife and two children. You can hear his infectious hearty laugh a mile away and his joyful energy is appreciated amongst the crew.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Amphitrite, M/Y Vajoliroja, M/Y Ocean Mercury, M/Y Double Haven, M/Y Ambrosia 3, M/Y Sarita Si

Grade: MCA 3000GT Master of Yachts

Dayne Goldenbogen

Dayne Goldenbogen

FIRST OFFICER
Nationality: South African

First Mate Dayne grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Passionate about water sports, he soon made it into the 1st team surfing squad at school and proudly swam for his province. On matriculating, Dayne studied photography, after which he moved to London for 2 years to explore the corporate world.

He got his first taste of yachting starting out as a deckhand and worked his way up to second officer of a 1000-ton vessel cruising the Mediterranean. He joined Loretta Ann as 1st Officer in 2014 and made the long trip from New Zealand to the USA via the Pacific Ocean and the Panama Canal.

Having his photography background allows him to shoot some incredible videos and edit them into short movies for owners and charter guests alike capturing there special memories.

When time permits, Dayne’s other interests include rock climbing, scuba diving, kite surfing and photography. He also enjoys fishing, skiing and any other water sports.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Amphitrite, M/Y Vajoliroja, M/Y Loretta Ann, M/Y Adora

Grade: MCA 3000GT Chief Mate

Daniel Baker

Daniel Baker

FIRST OFFICER
Nationality: New Zealand

Born in Majestic Queenstown, New Zealand, First Officer Daniel known as ‘Danny’ to the crew had a very active childhood spending most of his days outdoors in the beautiful countryside. He began his career in the maritime industry in 2008 as a deckhand and has since been committed to progressing within his field.

He has cruised extensively around the Eastern and Western Mediterranean for the last 9 years gathering plenty of experience. Since joining Calypso in 2016 his travels have broadened to even more exciting locations such as Alaska, Belize & Costa Rica. His positivity is infectious and makes him an extremely popular crew member.

When Daniel isn’t working he enjoys quality time with his family and other activities such as skiing, snorkelling, playing rugby and documenting his travels through his camera.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Istros, M/Y Gloria Teresa

Grade: MCA 3000GT Chief Mate

Lucy Paice

Lucy Paice

SECOND OFFICER
Nationality: British

Born and raised in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, Lucy started sailing at the age of 6. Over the years she got on to the racing circuit and eventually progressed to the Welsh National squad.

With a passion for travel she took time out before university and decided to do volunteering in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, after here she backpacked around Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii & Canada, finally making it home 9 months later to start her Water sports Management degree.

With no idea what to do after university she went to Mexico to volunteer again in a diving conservation and became a Dive Master. Continuing on to teach sailing in Sydney, Australia and eventually discovered yachting in 2012.

Yachting has taken her around the world including Asia, Russia, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. With all this experience and Lucy’s warm personality, any dive with Lucy will be relaxing yet fun filled.

During her spare time Lucy like to go diving, hiking and is attempting to visit every country in the world by the time she’s 80.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Elysium, M/Y Coca Bean, M/Y Addiction, M/Y C2

Grade: OOW 3000 GT

David Freer

David Freer

BOSUN
Nationality: New Zealand

David’s first introduction to the Maritime industry was aboard a 43m Trawler which was based around the Cook Strait, New Zealand. He went on to become carpenter by trade however was drawn back to the ocean with hopes of pursuing his passion of travelling. David joined MY Calypso in 2016 during its refit in Holland and quickly climbed his way up from Deckhand to Bosun. He is very enthusiastic about yachting and hopes to build a career in the industry

Born and raised in New Zealand, he grew up in Christchurch, spending most his days outside, playing rugby and cricket with his friends and family. Dave will make you laugh with his sharp wit and is always a great help in the interior when any carpentry skills are needed. He has a great passion for old war movies and is an avid rugby and cricket fan.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Calypso

Grade: Master of Yachts 200GT

Andrew Pillari

Andrew Pillari

DECKHAND
Nationality: America

Andrew grew up between South Florida and California, where he spent much of his time on the water. Whilst working at an office for the summer, Andrew realised that the corporate world didn’t excite him. He longed for something less structured and wanted to travel more. This led him to find a job on board a yacht. After completing several courses he soon found himself on his first boat. MY Calypso is one of the biggest yachts he has worked on so far.

He is an enthusiast for distance running, completing a run around the coastal roads of Tahiti. Besides travelling the world and seeing new countries, Andrew loves fishing, scuba diving, playing and watching rugby and skydiving.

Previous Yachts: M/Y La Pellegrina, M/Y Paradise, M/Y Divas Del Mar

Grade: MCA 3000GT Chief Mate, Master of Yachts 200 Ton Limited

Alex Rancic

ALEX RANCIC

DECKHAND
Nationality: British

Alex is originally from the Solomon Islands and through this he has a sense of connection and passion for the ocean. He is an avid diver and has his Dive Master qualification. During childhood, he lived in a variety different countries with his family including, Bahrain Brunei, Thailand, Malawi and Angola. Thus, he has had a taste of travel from a young age and is eager for more. Alex also attended University where he studied Sports Business Management After graduation he worked in sales for a year before realising he missed the magic of the ocean. Whilst working as a dive guide for a Super Yacht that came to The Solomon Islands he quickly realised that that was the career path he wanted to take.

Alex also enjoys participating in all sports and has taken up running while he has been on board. His goal is to complete a marathon under four hours by the end of the year. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new places and cultural experiences whilst also keeping fit.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Lady Candy, M/Y Siran

Language(s) Spoken: English and Pijin

 

James Spilsbury

James Spilsbury

CHIEF ENGINEER
Nationality: South Africa

Growing up near a large fresh water lake in Cape Town, South Africa, spurred his interest for sailing and water sports and offered him the chance to compete in regattas around South Africa, as well as offshore racing. From a young age, James was raised participating in a lot of activities; one such taught him the art of building aeroplanes. This led him to complete his pilot license and purchase a plane, which he flies whenever he is back home.

James’ easy-going nature and kindness makes him a likeable crewmember. If his engineering background, sailing and flying skills aren’t enough, James also holds his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate and enjoys diving whenever there is a chance and when time permits he is mountain biking, trail running or swimming.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Sylvia, M/Y Mirabella 3, M/Y Pereus, M/Y Iri, M/Y Amphitrite

Grade: Y2 Chief Engineer License

Lee Waldman

Lee Waldman

CHIEF ENGINEER
Nationality: British

Joining the industry in 2004 Chief Engineer Lee has gained 15 years’ experience in Yachting. Working on a wide range of vessels from 144 GRT to 1,226 GRT including motor yachts and large sailing yachts. Lee completed 9 transatlantic crossings as well as cruising the Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Baltic Seas.

He was born in Kent, England but traded the United Kingdom for Canada, with its numerous lakes and picturesque hikes. Nevertheless, he is still very English at heart. When not at sea Lee enjoys exploring the world by motorbike, hiking and camping.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Flying Fish, S/Y Antara, M/Y Yalla, M/Y Halycyon, M/Y Amphitrite

Grade: Y2 Chief Engineer License, SV Chief 9000 KW

Dave Kilduff

David Kilduff

SECOND ENGINEER
Nationality: New Zealand

David was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, where he was exposed to boating and the ocean from a young age.

He started his Marine Engineering career at a super yacht building company, Alloy Yachts. Here he gained his level 5 Marine Systems Engineering qualifications, which led him to decide on jumping into the operational side of yachting and went on to complete his studies as a MEC3 Engineer. After obtaining his Engineering degree he joined the super yacht industry on M/Y Oasis. He has travelled around the Mediterranean, West Coast of the USA and Caribbean.

In his spare time he enjoys water sports, diving, fishing or generally relaxing by the water.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Oasis, M/Y iDynasty, M/Y Calypso

Grade: Y2 Chief Engineer License, MEC 3 Unlimited

Matt Weighman

Matt Weighman

SECOND ENGINEER
Nationality: British

Matt grew up in Leicestershire, England but now calls rural Aberdeenshire home. He has had a keen interest in engineering from a young age which led to him studying for a degree in Marine Engineering at university. Once his studies were completed he obtained his MCA Engineering Officer of the Watch license and embarked on a career aboard commercial cargo ships followed by a number of years on vessels supporting the offshore drilling industry.

Taking a break from the ocean in 2013 Matt took some time to experience shore based life working for the American Bureau of Shipping as a Classification Surveyor before life at sea came calling again and he returned to the engine room, this time in the superyacht industry.

In his spare time Matt loves anything which gets him into the great outdoors. He has a passion for ultra-distance running having completed events such as the Marathon des Sables and the Yukon Artic Ultra and is also a keen rock climber, mountain biker and skier.

Previous Yachts: M/Y ALBATROSS

Grade: Y2 Chief Engineer License, OOW Engineering

Leo Hendra

Leo Hendra

HEAD CHEF
Nationality: British

Leo was born in Southampton but grew up in London. He lives and breathes food and has done so from an early age. Deciding on getting a taste of the hospitality industry, he got a job in some of the best restaurant and hotel kitchens and worked his way up the ranks in the UK.

Leo worked for the 5 red star Limewood Hotel, which during his time there won the Relais Chateaux. Pollen Street Social Mayfair is one of the many top London restaurants Leo had the good fortune of working for, working alongside world-class chefs like Angela Hartnett.

It is no surprise then, that Leo was headhunted to work on board a private yacht and the owners private houses soon after. This gave him a taste of the yachting industry and he soon wanted to experience more, deciding on pursuing the yachting world full time, working on a range of motor yachts since.

Leo is so passionate about food that he even talks about it in his sleep, or so his cabin mates tell us. Blaring his tunes and doing a shimmy through the kitchen, he makes cooking look like fun and easy for those of us who do not share the same talents.

In his spare time Leo enjoys boxing, running and keeping fit. He also loves to travel and read about new foods and cultures, experiencing local cuisines and keeping up with modern food trends.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Virginian, M/Y 2 Ladies, M/Y Astrid Conroy

Ellie Katzler

Ellie Katzler

SOUS CHEF
Nationality: British

Ellie originates from Guildford, the UK. At 13 years old she moved to Provence, France where her passion for food accelerated and she had the realisation that she could make a career from this.

Studying at Tante Marie Culinary Academy she received a Cordon Blue Diploma and went on to work as a pastry chef in London for three years. From Chalet chef in Meribel, France; to Chef de Partie in the Royal household for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. She has taken the knowledge and skills acquired and followed her heart in the pursuit of adventure and travel, leading her into Yachting where she has flourished.

Outside of her travel and cooking Ellie loves diving and has her PADI advanced open water, also skiing and listening to a variety of music.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Martha Ann, M/Y Siren

Other Language(s): French and conversational Spanish.

Sarah Bartholomew

Sarah Bartholomew

CHIEF ROTATIONAL STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

Sarah was born and raised in the English countryside where she explored the local Sussex vineyards, and went to the coast to sail with her Uncle. She always had an eye for service and the outdoors and her first job was teaching children to ride at her local stables.

After saving up from waitressing at a private golf club she then travelled the world before coming across the yachting industry. Sarah joined her first boat in the Mediterranean and got hooked, and then spent the next 4 years on a range of private and charter boats.

After travelling the Mediterranean she then crossed to the US and Caribbean where she did her first season as a Chief stewardess, bringing her own personality and love for service to the next level. Sarah is currently doing her Wine and Spirits Degree to further her skills. In her spare time Sarah enjoys yoga, traveling ,skiing and tasting the wines of the world to help her extend her knowledge.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Mustique, MY Halo, MY Amphitrite, MY Hermitage, MY 5G, MY Makarena

Paula Imrie

Paula Imrie

CHIEF ROTATIONAL STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

Paula was born and raised in a historical coastal East Lothian, on the East coast of Scotland. She started her yachting career in 2012 and has been lucky enough to travel all over the Mediterranean, Caribbean Islands, Florida and more recently Norway, working onboard charter boats.

Paula now resides in Devon, England, where she enjoys everything it has to offer, including surfing, cycling and keeping fit. Paula loves swimming and, in the past, has competed for the East of Scotland, as well as braving the North Sea to raise money for charities, such as the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), where her brother is a volunteer.

She loves to travel, and wine, gin and creative cocktails are her passion. Paula has completed her WSET level 2 wine course and would love to complete her level 3 course, as well as to tour more whisky distilleries, vineyards and gin distilleries.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Galaxy, M/Y Lionheart, M/Y Slipstream, M/Y Cloudbreak

Christina Breadmore

Christina Breadmore

SECOND STEWARDESS / MASSEUSE
Nationality: British

Christina, also known as Chrissie on board, is from the beautiful English county of Somerset and grew up surrounded by her family and friends. After completing her studies in a range of holistic and beauty treatment’s she has had numerous opportunities to develop her skills for the past 10years. From working in a Spa to becoming a Host/Masseuse in the French Alps.
She began yachting in 2015 and has been providing a high range of service and beauty treatments ensuring guests have an unforgettable and relaxing experience.

Aside from beauty and wellness Chrissie has always enjoyed travel and cultures which this industry has provided. She has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, the Equator and passed through the Panama Canal 3times.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Pelorus, M/Y Go

Cleo Cargill

Cleo Cargill

THIRD STEWARDESS
Nationality: New Zealand

Cleo was born and raised in the town of Lake Taupo, New Zealand. She attended New Zealand Broadcasting School where she completed a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications in Television and Radio.

This led Cleo to work as a Radio Promotions Coordinator in New Zealand. She soon moved on to become a Territory Sale Rep and Manager for Coca-Cola. Cleo first lived abroad in sunny San Diego, California whilst caring for 2 children as an Au Pair for two years.

Cleo’s passion for the water and love of travelling drew her into the yachting industry in 2015 and she has never looked back! She is bubbly and probably one of the happiest people on board. Cleo brings a light-hearted energy into the team, which is refreshing and much appreciated.

Having grown up by Lake Taupo, Cleo is no stranger to the water and has gained her certification as an advanced PADI diver. Her hobbies include snowboarding, scuba diving, travelling and all aspects of film and musicals.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Auspicious, M/Y Symphony

Shaye Cornall

Shaye Cornall

STEWARDESS
Nationality: New Zealand

Shaye was born in Auckland, raised in a small town further North of the island called Warkworth; lovely beachy town on the East side.

Looking to venture outside her comfort zones, Shaye attended at the prestigious Mahurangi Campus and got her certificate in Superyacht Crewing Level 3 which offers the highest level program in the country. This led to her booking a one way ticket to Europe in 2015 to begin her yachting career. She developed an enthusiasm for the lifestyle that has stayed strong and she hopes to continue.

With a flair for the creative Shaye loves fashion, drawing, crafting and is an avid photographer in her spare time. She has travelled Europe extensively seeing lots of live music keeping her passion for music alive.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Addiction, M/Y Astrid Conroy

Emily De Souza

Emily De Souza

STEWARDESS
Nationality: Portuguese

Emily was born in Kenya and spent her childhood holidays down by the coast near Mombasa. He loves being outside and keeping active and this continued when in 2006 she moved to Bahrain where her passion for the ocean and sports meant she spent her free weekends water skiing and on jet skis.

During her university studies, Emily was waitressing and a student ambassador. After graduating she took a job teaching children how to ride at her local stables, mixing her love for outdoors, sports and people. She spent the winter working as a Chalet Host in Maribel, France enhancing her love for hospitality and travel before returning to yachting this summer. This will be her second season working on yachts and here she will bring her eye for detail and passion for hospitality to the high seas.