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 - Philip

Philip

FIRST OFFICER
Nationality: British

Before making his mark on the world of yachting, Phil left the UK in his teens to pursue an 8-year career as a SCUBA Divemaster, Instructor and Dive Boat Captain, taking him to destinations such as Egypt, Fiji and all over the Caribbean.

After being employed as a local area dive guide on several prestigious superyachts, he decided to make the transition to a career in yachting and has since enjoyed showing guests new and adventurous experiences above and below the water.

Phil now calls the small town of Durango in Colorado, home, where he enjoys riding adventure motorcycles throughout the American West and Canada as well as exploring the mountains skiing, hiking and backpacking. Outside of work, Phil can be found combining the wilderness with eco and depth psychology in various programs as well as facilitating and mentoring teenage and men’s groups such as the Boys to Men and Mankind Project.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Dream, M/Y Loretta Anne, M/Y Marco Polo, M/Y Stellar, M/Y Serendipity II

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 OFFICER
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

Deckhand - Laura

Laura

DECKHAND
Nationality: British

Laura grew up in the North of England but was lucky enough to travel a lot from a young age and spent a lot of time hopping between the UK, Cyprus and Abu Dhabi. She moved to Cyprus after finishing her studies, where she assisted with powerboat and jet rentals, teaching watersports and doing safety boat operations.

She also started diving a few years ago and has achieved her rescue certification and aims to become a diving instructor in the future. Her love of the water led her to the yachting industry. In her spare time you can find Laura at the beach, at an ice cream stall or diving!

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 – Adam

Adam

SECOND ENGINEER
Nationality: British

Adam was born and raised in the South East of England. Having always had a passion in anything engineering, he completed a marine engineering cadetship. Adam has since sailed and travelled all over the world with the marine industry being the driving force.

Having a love for all things outdoors he has previously worked as an outdoor instructor and has a passion for travel, hiking, cycling and riding motorbikes.

Previous Yachts: M/Y Chopi Chopi

Grade: Second Engineer Unlimited

Head Chef – Elizabeth

Elizabeth

HEAD 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.

Sous Chef – Marieke

Marieke

SOUS CHEF
Nationality: British/Dutch

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

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 Michelle

Michelle

CHIEF STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

Michelle grew up in the rural countryside of Cambridgeshire but after completing a degree in English Literature at The University Of York, decided her heart was really in Yorkshire and has lived there ever since.

Michelle has always had an addiction to learning, which has meant she has tried her hand at many weird and wonderful vocations over the years. However, when she discovered yachting back in 2011, she finally knew that combining her love of travel with her passion for delivering great hospitality was the right path for her. Despite taking a few years out of the industry to run her own holiday let business, she was inevitably drawn back to a life at sea.

Outside of yachting, Michelle is currently training to be a volunteer for the Disaster Relief Charity, Shelterbox, where she will eventually be flown to remote parts of the world to give emergency aid to those in need.

In her down time, you can find Michelle dog-sitting for friends, trying to play the saxophone or sipping a beautiful wine somewhere fabulous!

Previous Yachts: M/Y Just B, M/Y Elandess

Second Stewardess - Emily

Emily

SECOND 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

Third Stewardess - Alex

Alex

THIRD STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

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. She competed at the famous World Highland Dancing Championships at the Cowal Games in Dunoon for over 10 years as well as many European Championships around the world and performed in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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 and last year decided 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.

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

Stewardess – Ellie

Ellie

STEWARDESS
Nationality: British

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.