Crew

Graeme J Brown

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

Alastair Smal

Alastair

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

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 their 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

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

Dylan Mangan

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

Rebecca Thoirs

Rebecca

BOSUN
Nationality: British

Becca was born and raised in Fife, Scotland before moving to Cambodia at the age of 17 to work for a year. She then returned to Scotland and studied international relations at Edinburgh University.

She decided to have some fun after that and did a few ski seasons in Switzerland and New Zealand before moving to the Cayman Islands to work at a dive resort in 2014. Becca lived there for two years on an island one mile wide and 10 miles long, spending her days kitesurfing and diving before moving to Fort Lauderdale to pursue her yachting career.

Traveling has always been a passion and Becca has been all over the South Pacific, Galapagos, and the Caribbean as well as spending few seasons in the Mediterranean. Her favorite place was getting to dive in the Chagos Islands for a month with 20 scientists onboard the yacht!

Previous Yachts: MY Amanti, MY vava 2, MY Aquarius

Grade: Master of Yachts 200GT

Alex Rancic

ALEX

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, and after graduation, he worked in sales for a year before realizing 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 realized 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

Troy Campbell

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 been in the industry for 2 years. 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: MY Amanti, MY vava 2, MY Aquarius

Grade:

James Spilsbury

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 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

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: SV Chief 9000 KW

Dave Kilduff

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.

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: MEC 3 Unlimited

Stephen McCrohan

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 BLUE SKY, M/Y BACARELLA

Grade: SV Chief 3000 KW

Nicole Solik

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, M/Y Teresa

Leo Hendra

Leo

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

Elizabeth (Libby) Whitfield

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 traveling to the South of France and events catering in London.

Combining her love of the outdoors and adventure and a passion for food Libby decided that a career in Yachting would be a great next step.

Libby is a keen sports woman, running half and ultra marathons, skiing and playing for her country in Hockey and Athletics.

Sarah Bartholomew

Sarah

CHIEF 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

CHIEF 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, with wine, gin and creative cocktails being one of her many passions. 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

Kirstin Lindsay

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 traveling 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 utilize 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

Emily DeSouza

Emily

THIRD STEWARDESS
Nationality: Portuguese

Emily was born in Kenya and spent her childhood holidays down by the coast near Mombasa. She 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 Meribel, France enhancing her love for hospitality and travel before returning to her yachting career.

Emily has over 2 years experience working on yachts and here she will bring her eye for detail and passion for hospitality to the high seas.

Previous Yachts: MY Mustique, MY Highlander

Ottilie Jamieson

OttiliE

SPA/STEWARDESS
Nationality: Britsh

Ottilie, known as ‘Oats’ from a young age, was born in Walton-On-Thames and currently lives in the beautiful village of Dunsfold in the Surrey Hills.

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, she also enjoys countryside walks when home with her Labradoodle Basil. 

Previous Yachts: M/Y Rahal

Natalie Dunn

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: M/Y Imagine