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
Nationality: South African
Captain Alastair has been involved in the yachting industry for 24 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 around the globe and has cruising experience in the Mediterranean, Asia, Central & South America, USA, Canada, the Pacific, Norway and its arctic circle, The North Sea 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 a Rescue Scuba Diver. He also enjoys motorbike riding, 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
Nationality: New Zealand
Born in Majestic Queenstown, New Zealand, Chief Officer Danny had a very active childhood spending most of his days outdoors in the beautiful ‘Kiwi’ countryside. He began his Maritime career in 2008 as a deckhand and has progressed through the deck department to Chief Officer He cruised extensively around the Eastern and Western Mediterranean for 9 years before joining Calypso gathering invaluable experience and of course amazing memories. Danny joined Calypso in 2016, and since then his travels and experience have broadened to even more exciting and remote locations such as Alaska, Belize, USA, Canada, Maldives, Thailand, French Polynesia and Fiji)…. His positivity is infectious which makes him an extremely popular member of the crew. When Danny isn’t working he enjoys quality time with his young 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
Guy grew up in Dorset on England’s Southern Coast. Due to his father being in the Royal Navy, boats were always a part of his early life. In his younger days, Guy worked for a water sports company on the local beach of Sandbanks and progressed on to work for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as a Beach Lifeguard. It was here that he was trained to a high standard to operate Inshore Rescue Boats and Rescue Water Craft.
From sailing toppers and lasers while in the Scouts, to working and sailing large sailing super yachts, Guy has been fortunate to have been able to sail all around the world. He was lucky enough to have spent several years sailing around the central and western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, visiting a large number of countries and islands along the way.
Guy has recently started a family with his wife back home in England and spends his free time travelling, playing with the BBQ, paddleboarding on the river and exploring the local countryside.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Arbema, M/Y Mirabella V, M/Y Erica XII, M/Y Virginian
Grade: MCA 3000GT Master of Yachts
Nationality: New Zealand/ British
Mike is a passionate sailor at heart and enjoys taking on the range of challenges the marine world offers!
Born in the UK to Kiwi and South African parents, Mike moved to New Zealand at a young age and calls the small South Pacific nation home. Exploring the outdoors inspired him to gain a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and work in a number of roles where he could share his passion for adventure with others.
Chasing his own personal dreams led Mike to work on historic racing yachts and eventually a full transition into the yachting industry. Happiest when exploring new horizons, meeting new people and learning new skills makes working onboard M/Y Calypso a natural fit.
Previous Yachts: S/Y Rock and Roll, S/Y Phryne, S/Y Badis, M/S Hortense
Grade: MCA 3000GT
Growing up on a wildlife reserve in a small village in the South of Zimbabwe, Sean has a natural taste and love for the outdoors.
Having represented Zimbabwe in swimming, water polo and rugby at an early age, he was always a true fitness enthusiast. He naturally qualified as a Personal Trainer and worked in gyms in England before deciding to move to Australia. It was here Sean fell in love with the ocean and found a passion for diving. now also holding his Divemaster’s qualification.
Sean loves staying active, in his free time you will either find him free-diving, rock climbing, fishing or catching some rays in the sun.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Gazella II, M/Y Lili
Grade: Yachtmaster 200gt, Personal Trainer
Dawid was born in the snowy mountains of Southern Poland. When he was nine he moved to England and then later on in his life moved to Cyprus, where he still lives now.
Dawid has a passion for all things food, having been around his parents restaurant when he was growing up, he is often found in the galley providing a helping hand wherever is needed. His passion for restaurants and food led to him gaining a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management in a Greek Culinary School. Here he fell in love with the Mediterranean climate and spent majority of his time when he wasn’t working, snorkelling, diving and hiking all around the beautiful island. After his studies, he moved back to England and ran a pub for a few years.
Dawid has now been in the yachting industry for 3 years and has had the opportunity to fulfil his passion for learning about new cultures, foods and languages in some incredible places!
Previous Yachts: M/Y Deniki, M/Y Atlantic Goose, M/Y Seven Sins
Grade: Yachtmaster 200gt
Growing up on the south coast of England in Dorset, Woody has been privileged enough to have spent a great amount of time in the water, fueling his passion for all things related to water sports, including, wind surfing, water skiing rowing and paddle boarding. From being a member of his local lifesaving club, Woody has gained his Board and Tube rescue qualifications.
After completing his A-Levels, he went on to achieve his Yachtmaster Offshore, which enhanced his passion for the ocean and led him to join the yachting industry soon after. In his spare time, Woody loves running and family walks along the beautiful coast of Dorset. If Woody is not by the ocean, you will most likely find him skiing in the mountains.
Grade: Yachtmaster Offshore
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 he tries to fly often. 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. James loves spending his free time being a dad and husband to his family at home.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Sylvia, M/Y Mirabella 3, M/Y Pereus, M/Y Iri, M/Y Amphitrite
Grade: Y1 Chief Engineer License
Hugh is from Aberdeen, Scotland and joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16. He trained as an Artificer Apprentice and studied Marine Engineering with the University of Portsmouth. He then went on to serve onboard nuclear submarines as a marine engineer.
Hugh left the Navy in 2010 and has worked on various yachts up to 90 metres in length (300ft) since. Besides the Mediterranean and Caribbean, yachting has enabled him to visit other fantastic destinations such as Tahiti, Palau, Galapagos and Cocos Islands as well as spending several years in Asia.
In his spare time, Hugh enjoys taking care of family as well as off road motorcycle riding, listening to and playing music, and is currently completing his MSc in Engineering and Management.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Callisto, M/Y Ice, M/Y Yalla
Grade: Y1 Chief Engineer Licence
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 completed a 5-year apprenticeship to become trade qualified as a Marine Systems Engineer. This ultimately led him to his decision to move 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. Yachting has taken David all around the world from the Mediterranean to Thailand, the East and West coasts of America and Canada to the Arctic Circle in Iceland and Norway. He enjoys being on the move and the challenges that engineering has to offer.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling, water sports, diving, fishing or generally relaxing by the water.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Oasis, M/Y iDynasty
Grade: MEC 3 Unlimited
Shane grew up in the mountains and valleys of Wales, always making the most of what the countryside had to offer. He has now swapped out the Valleys for the South West coast and now lives in Southampton.
After leaving school, Shane completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship in the heavy steel industry and worked as a mechanical engineer before making the jump to go to sea. His career at sea began in the merchant Navy where he completed a 3-year officer cadet programme and became an engineering Officer of the Watch, sailing on the biggest ships in the world and venturing to every corner of the globe. He then, crossed into the yachting industry and has not looked back!
Shane loves the outdoors and his hobbies include fishing, camping, mountain biking. His goal is to travel the world and make amazing memories with his partner.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Perle Noire, M/Y Starfire
Grade: Degree in Marine Engineering, EOOW Unlimited, SV 2nd Engineer
Originating from Kitchener, Ontario, Nicole loves food and her passion is noticeable in her dishes. She graduated at Cordon Bleu in Paris, which gave her a strong foundation in the French art and technique of cooking. Upon completing her Grande Diploma in Pastry and Cuisine, Nicole secured internships at 3 Michelin starred Le Meurice followed by Le Pre Catalan. She then travelled back home to the Relais and Chateaux, Langdon Hall before her love of travel pulled her into yachting. From Vegan to gluten-free, Italian to Japanese she has a passion and perfection for all that she does. She is self-assured and knows what she wants, producing dishes that are of quality and high standard. In addition, Nicole spoils us, adapting to crew preferences with no complaints, even if it may change every so often. Her hobbies include running, biking and swimming and her aim is to create a fresh and unforgettable experience with the best produce available..
Previous Yachts: M/Y Amphitrite, M/Y Lotus, M/Y Bluebird, M/Y Gloria Teresa
Having grown up on a farm in Essex, Libby gained a passion for the food industry and a love of the outdoors. After living in London for 4 years she decided to follow her passion and turn cooking into her career.
She trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine and graduated with a distinction. Libby has gained experience in every aspect the food industry could offer; working on the television show Saturday Kitchen, Home Economist at Taste of London and working with well renowned celebrity chefs at the Big Feastival. She has also been a private chef for households travelling to the South of France and events catering in London. .
After working hard in the yachting industry and developing her skills, knowledge and understanding of food she became a Head Chef. Her drive and passion for cooking only increased with a newfound obsession with Sourdough and bread and so she decided to take the leap and start a business back home called Nomadough.
Sally’s culinary life started at the best college in London, Westminster Kingsway. After 3 years of study, she landed her first professional job at 1 Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay restaurant at Claridge’s. After being handpicked as a team of 8, Sally was sent to Versailles in Paris to set up and open Gordon Ramsay au Trianon where in the first year won 3 Michelin stars.
At the age of 20, she moved back to the UK and took a slightly different direction and was employed as the private chef to Ron Dennis CBE. She soon realised how much more there was to learn and returned to work for Mark Sergeant, Gordons right-hand man. She first worked in The Swan at The Globe in Southbank then moved onto Rocksalt in Folkstone where she had risen to sous chef.
Wanting to travel, she discovered the French Alps, where Sally has enjoyed 3 Ski Seasons as a private chalet chef. In 2015, Sally joined her first yacht and has since worked on a range of yachts between 30-75 meters, both motor and sail. Being extremely passionate has been the key to Sally’s success and she continues to strive to learn new dishes and perfect her extensive repertoire.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Serendipity Blue, M/Y Diamond A, M/Y Ilona, M/Y Saint Nicolas, M/Y Clan VIII, M/Y Slipstream
Marieke was born to Dutch parents in the English countryside. During her time studying International Business at University, she spent four summers working as a chef on sailing yachts, chartering in the Adriatic. She then settled down to an office job in London, working in the wine industry, which led her to complete her WSET Level 3. However, the itch to travel and see more of the world led her to work a ski season in Val d’Isère, where she was reminded of her love of food and cooking and was intro-duced to her first connections in yachting. Marieke joined her first vessel in January 2021 as Crew Chef and has been enjoying life on the high seas ever since.
During her down time, Marieke is active and enjoys running and yoga. She regularly plans trips to ski, sail and experience new cultures and food in as many places as she can travel to.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Alfa Nero
Emily was born and raised in Kenya and spent most of her time exploring what Kenya had to offer. After finishing school, Emily moved to England to study Management and Human Resources at University.
After graduating in 2017, she took a job teaching children to ride at local stables, mixing her love for outdoors, sports and people, until she decided to take a step into a life at sea. She found her passion here and after her first season, took the opportunity to spend the winter working as a Chalet a host in Meribel, enhancing her love for hospitality and travel before returning to her yachting career where she has progressed in the industry.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Mustique, M/Y Highlander
Alex was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of three, she was taken to her first ever dance class and never looked back. She went on to become a champion Scottish Highland dancer competing and performing all over the world, regularly competing in the famous World Highland Dancing Championships at the Cowal Games in Dunoon.
Alex studied French and Spanish at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, spending a year abroad teaching English in Paris. After university Alex started flying around the world as a flight attendant for Virgin Atlantic before deciding to swap the skies for the seas and start a career in the yachting industry!
Alex lives a very active lifestyle and is extremely passionate about health and fitness. She works out regularly and enjoys boxing, yoga and running. Qualifying as a personal trainer was a way for her to combine her love of fitness with the rewards of helping others to reach their goals.Previous Yachts: M/Y Silver Dream
Qualifications: Level 3 Personal Training
Ellie, who was born in West Yorkshire, is a newcomer to the yachting world. Whilst studying Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, Ellie worked part-time in the hospitality industry, which sparked her interest in hospitality. She worked at a variety of events, including Michel Roux’s Restaurant at Cheltenham Racecourse and the hospitality suites at Aston Villa Football Club.
Her enthusiasm for the hospitality industry, combined with her passion for travel, led her to enter the yachting industry. Ellie appreciates a challenge, and in 2018, she ran the London Marathon, raising over £5,000 for charity with events such as a fashion show, a curry night, and countless bake sales.
Ellie spends her free time with her friends and family, and she is constantly eager to try new things.
Nationality: British/South African
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa with part of her childhood spent on the South Island of New Zealand, Bonnie has grown up surrounded by travel and adventure.
After completing her Marketing degree in 2018 she moved to Cornwall, UK and found herself beginning her Super yachting career in 2021.
She is social, positive and fun. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, snowboarding, horse riding, doing yoga and discovering new places and cultures.
Previous Yachts: M/Y Space, M/Y Parillion, M/Y Silver Fast
Lucy Was born and raised in Staffordshire, UK and is relatively new to the yachting world, but has always had a passion for travel and adventure.
Alongside years of working in the hospitality industry, she is also very creative. In 2019, Lucy completed a First Class Degree in Musical Theatre at The Hammond School. She decided to explore other creative passions and began working as a freelance school and nursery photographer.
In her free time, Lucy likes to spend time with friends, reading and going to the beach. Lucy is so excited to be part of yachting and can’t wait to see what the future holds!