Crew

Captain Graeme

Graeme

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

Captain Alastair

Alastair

CAPTAIN
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, wake boarding, 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

First Officer - Dayne

Dayne

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

First Officer – Daniel

Daniel

FIRST OFFICER
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

Second Officer – Dylan

Dylan

SECOND MATE
Nationality: Irish/South African

Dylan grew up on the East coast of South Africa in a coastal city called Durban. He has an unbridled passion for all things aquatic and spends most of his free time surfing, diving, free diving and riding motocross motorcycles. Hes also been known to pump some iron and works out regularly.

After many years as a scuba instructor he made a natural transition into the yachting industry as he yearned to see the world and the creatures that lived beneath its oceans.

Dylan spent over 3 years on his first vessel and has been progressing his career ever since. He is passionate about his work and strives for excellence at all times.

Previous Yachts: M.Y Explorer, M.Y Big Fish

Grade: Officer Of the Watch 3000gt, Master Scuba Diving Instructor

Bosun - Alex

ALEX

BOSUN
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
Grade: Master of Yacht 200GT

Deckhand - Troy

Troy

DECKHAND
Nationality: New Zealand

Troy was born and raised in Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island. He developed his passion and adventure for an outside lifestyle from an early age, spending his time playing on the beaches and lakes of his hometown, mastering many sports but in particular waterskiing.

After finishing school Troy packed up his bags and left New Zealand. Seeking new experiences on the other side of the world he travelled around the United States and the Mediterranean where he discovered the Maritime industry. His love for the water and enthusiasm for excellence made yachting a perfect fit and he has now completed his first year in yachting. He enjoys keeping fit and active and after work you will find him playing rugby, baseball, or being towed behind a boat on his waterskis. Troy’s knowledge for all things water sports will help you discover and develop your skills while onboard Calypso.

Previous Yachts: M/Y T6, M/Y Lady Lara

Chief Engineer – James

James

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 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

Chief Engineer – Lee

Lee

CHIEF ENGINEER
Nationality: British

Joining the industry in 2004 Chief Engineer Lee has gained 18 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 more ocean crossings than can be counted without having to take his shoes & socks off, as well as cruising the Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Baltic Seas.

He was born in Kent, England but traded the United Kingdom for traveling the world either whilst at work or in his off time with his partner and pup.

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

Grade: SV Chief 9,000 KW 3,000 GT

Second Engineer – David

David

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.

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

Second Engineer – Stephen

Stephen

SECOND ENGINEER
Nationality: British

Originally from the south of England, Stephen grew up in Hong Kong from a very young age and lived there for 20 years. During this time, he learnt a lot about the local culture and is sometimes considered more Chinese than English.

Having had an engineering upbringing and being raised on a motor yacht he decided Marine Engineering would be a good fit as a career and entered the superyacht industry. After gaining 6 years of experience around Asia and the Mediterranean on vessels from 499 – 1,052GRT he is keen to keep exploring.

Having been around the water so much he enjoys wakeboarding and exploring the underwater world. Keeping in fashion with extreme sports, downhill biking and rock climbing have helped him explore the off the beaten track areas of the world increasing the curiosity to keep exploring.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Nyneve, M/Y Blue Sky, M/Y Bacarella

Grade: SV Chief 3000 KW

Head Chef – Nicole

Nicole

HEAD CHEF
Nationality: Canadian

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

Sous Chef – Elizabeth

Elizabeth

SOUS CHEF
Nationality: British

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 it into a career.

She trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine Diploma 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.

Combining her love for the outdoors and adventure and a passion for food Libby decided that a career in Yachting would be a great next step. In her spare time she loves relaxing in the sun with a novel and catching up with her friends and family.

Chief Stewardess Paula

Paula

CHIEF STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

Paula was born and raised in East Lothian, Scotland. She started her yachting career in 2012 and since then has been hooked. Paula has been lucky enough to travel all over the Mediterranean, Caribbean, America, Norway, Iceland and more recently the Maldives, working onboard charter and private yachts. Paula loves running on the beach in her home town, North Berwick as well as hiking most recently was a trip up and very wet and windy Ben Nevis on a trip around Scotland. She loves to travel, trey new cuisine 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 and gin distilleries and vineyards. A self-confessed coffee addict she is usually found in a coffee shop on her off time enjoying independent roasteries around the world.

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

Chief Stewardess Charlotte

Charlotte

CHIEF STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

Charlotte grew up in the North Yorkshire Countryside competing horses from a young age. Prior to joining the yachting industry, Charlotte completed three ski seasons in Val D’Isere, running private chalets and will forever enjoy getting back to the mountains where possible.

In 2011 she made yachting her career and has since travelled extensively throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Although her career is above water Charlotte also enjoys scuba diving. With her PADI rescue ticket she spent 6 months in Madagascar assisting scientists with collecting ecological data on the reefs.

Trading horses for bikes, Charlotte is a keen cyclist who loves to be out on the road exploring new places (and new cake stops). When on shore she likes to run and has completed both marathon and half marathon distances. In her down time you’ll find Charlotte trail running or hiking the great outdoors with her energetic dog.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Ragnar, M/Y Anna I

Second Stewardess – Kirstin

Kirstin

SECOND STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

Kirstin was born and raised in Surrey in the UK. She has been in the yachting industry for over 5 years and loves being at sea and travelling to new destinations only accessible by boat.

Her twelve years playing Rugby at a high level has taught her the importance of team work and keeping fit. Combining this with her desire to travel for work she started her yachting career in 2015 and has never looked back! Kirstin is a qualified personal trainer and has recently completed her fitness nutrition specialist qualification, skills she plans to utilise for her career post- yachting.

In her spare time Kirstin enjoys reading, playing and watching sports, skiing and snowboarding, keeping fit and is always keen to try new activities.

Previous Yachts: MY Bash, MY Lady A, MY Sea Rhapsody, MY Romea

Third Stewardess - Emily

Emily

THIRD STEWARDESS
Nationality: Kenyan

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. Emily has been on Calypso for 2 years, and here she will bring her passion for hospitality and travel to the high seas. 

Previous Yachts: M/Y Mustique, M/Y Highlander

Spa/Stewardess – Ottilie

Ottilie

STEWARDESS / MASSEUSE
Nationality: Britsh

Ottilie, known as ‘Oats’ from a young age, currently lives in West Chinnock, Somerset. She chose a career in Beauty Therapy and once she finished her studies went on to work in numerous prestigious spas and salons.  Ottilie also worked for event companies to gain hospitality experience ranging from fine dining to social events.

In 2016 after a holiday to Port Symi in Greece, Ottilie discovered the yachting industry and decided to take her experience and knowledge to the next level and joined the maritime industry and since then has sailed around the Mediterranean where she looked after guests, always striving to provide a memorable and relaxing experience.  She has also lived in Melbourne where she studied floristry, followed by a year backpacking through South East Asia, the Philippines, Australia and Bali before returning to the industry.

In her spare time Ottilie loves keeping fit, drawing and painting as well as attending live music festivals whenever possible.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Rahal

Stewardess – Natalie

Natalie

STEWARDESS
Nationality: New Zealand

Natalie grew up in Eastbourne on the beautiful coast of New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. After High school she jetted off to Canada for two years where she worked at a summer camp taking care of children and did a ski season in the small town of Fernie, British Columbia.

When returning to NZ Natalie worked within the hospitality industry where she then came across and attended the prestigious Mahurangi Campus and got her certificate in Superyacht Crewing Level 3. Very active in her spare time she competed at a National level with gymnastics taking her to places like Hawaii.

Nat loves to travel, meet new people and expand her knowledge in the hospitality industry hence why yachting became her next adventure and she’s more than excited to see where it takes her!

Previous Yachts: MY Imagine