ROTATIONAL CAPTAIN | Tom Hood | British
Tom has been sailing professionally since leaving University in 2000. He has
sailed around the UK and France on small yachts from an early age. Tom has
completed a full world circumnavigation under sail and has sailed in places
far and wide such as Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean as well as extensive
sailing throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Tom is also
a very adept with all things engineering, AV and IT. Tom has an easy going
leadership style with 20+ years of professional yachting experience, including
10 years as Captain Tom aims for the best in any situation and to ensure
a great experience for you and your guests
ROTATIONAL CAPTAIN | Stephen Bull | Antiguan
Stephen is an enthusiastic individual with a respect and affection for the sea.
After graduating with a Diploma in Yacht Management, he moved to building
yachts whilst competing in sailing events home and abroad. His introduction
to the Superyacht world occurred when he moved to Antigua to work
for a local carpentry shop, which served the industry in refit and repair. After
meeting the people of such a dynamic and diverse industry, he decided to
join his first yacht some 16 years ago. Stephen feels very fortunate to work
with fantastic individuals and teams and looks forward to continuing this for
many years to come.
CHIEF OFFICER | Kylie Potgieter | South African
Kylie was born and raised in South Africa. Growing up in and near the water,
she became an avid fisher as well as a surfing instructor and competition
judge for 7 years. After sailing around Cape Town as a teenager she decided
to join yachting and make a career of it. She enjoys an adventure and is always
looking for new things to do on her time off. After many enjoyable years
being in the industry she looks forward to being able to share the experience
BOSUN | Kyle Winters| South African
Kyle is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and he has spent the last
five years working on yachts in the Mediterranean, US and Caribbean. He is
a qualified individual with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. His key values
for work are dedication and enthusiasm to learn more. He is a humble person
with a great sense of humor and enjoys a social/team environment whilst
creating bonds with people. He loves fishing, both fresh and ocean fishing,
the exhilaration of hooking a fish and being able to land it creates a sense
of achievement. As well as sharing in the moment with others and creating
bonds. He hopes you enjoy your stay on Amica Mea
DECKHAND | Marcus Massyn | South African
Marcus is an Afrikaans South African. He is a fun-loving individual that loves
outdoor activities like fishing and scuba diving. He loves cracking a joke
every now and then, but when it’s time to work, he puts in his best efforts
always. His family comes from the hospitality industry, and he has personally
been working in hospitality for four years. He hopes you enjoy your time on
DECKHAND | JAKUB ZAJICEK | Czech
Jakub was born in the Czech Republic in a small spa city. From a young age,
he did a lot of sports, from freshwater fishing, mountain biking, and athletics
to tennis. Jakub is very active, energetic, and always keen on any adventure.
He also finds joy in traveling, photography, fitness, and hiking. If something
involves adrenalin, you’ll find him there. Growing up in a hospitality environment
taught him a good work ethic, and he started working at fifteen years
old. At nineteen, he moved to Australia to learn English and gain experience
in the world, where he fell in love with surfing and travel culture. Jakub is
thrilled to have discovered the yachting industry and he is ready to provide
his best services and to help make unforgettable memories for you.
CHIEF STEWARDESS | Ana D Stafford | Serbian
Ana was born and grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. As an active child, she participated
in many sports and activities, including drawing, playing harp, acting in
theater, and competing in athletics for her country. She also has shown a big
passion for martial arts and owning a black belt in Ninjutsu. Ana has a love
for traveling and exploring new places and cultures, which helped open for
her a door into the yacht industry, where she has developed many different
skills as a stewardess. She’s been trained by EBS and MSI butler school from
England, and has spent 8 years in the industry. Ana enjoys learning languages,
and speaks English, Italian, basic Japanese and Russian, and Serbian. She is
certificated Tetha Healing therapist, and in her free time she loves to paint,
read, spend time in nature, doing yoga, hiking, photography and many other
activities. She is very excited and happy to provide great service, and together
with her team to give you the best vacation.
SECOND STEWARDESS | Joy Shapely | South African
Joy was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Deciding to follow her passion for
travel and being near the ocean, she started yachting as her way to see the
world. Travel definitely runs in the family as her uncle and two brothers are
also in the yachting industry. While traveling she has developed many new
interests and skills and improved her creativity. Supporting a healthy lifestyle
she enjoys yoga, skating, solo travel and meeting new people.
THIRD STEWARDESS | Elizabeth Dunkley | New Zealand
Elizabeth is originally from England and set off on her world adventures in
2010. With her jobs ranging from working with horses as a tour guide in New
Zealand, administration at a gold mine in Australia and a guest coordinator
at a heli skiing lodge in Canada. She joined the yachting industry to progress
her skills and knowledge within the luxury sector, and to keep travelling to
see the world from a different perspective.
FOURTH STEWARDESS | Maisy Bennett | UK
Maisy was born in Brighton, East Sussex but moved to Falmouth, Cornwall
with her family when she was a young child. Maisy has always been ‘high energy’,
and enjoyed competing in gymnastics and dance as a child. Maisy studied
the Elite Sports Academy program at college and then went on to train
as a Personal Trainer at St Michaels Resort, Falmouth. Falmouth Harbour is a
very busy port, with many vessels sailing in and out year-round. Maisy always
dreamed of joining a yacht, so she could see the world and is so pleased to
be living her dream. Maisy loves interesting dining experiences and she also
loves to cook and entertain. Most evenings with Maisy will involve singing,
dancing, good food and a delicious cocktail.
CHIEF ENGINEER | James Bourne | British
James started his engineering career studying motor mechanics at school.
After leaving school he continued to study mechanical engineering, working
for a major accident repair company and became a fully qualified diesel
fitter. After completing his apprenticeship, James worked as an engineer on
the inland waterways of Europe for 8yrs. He then returned to study Marine
Engineering and has been serving as Chief Engineer on Yachts for 20yrs.
When James is not working, he is building race bikes that he races for fun.
He also loves kite surfing, travelling and being at home with family.
CHEF | Dave Talling | Canadian
Chef Dave is an experienced, creative, and passionate chef with over 23
years’ experience. He became a Red Seal Chef in 2002 and trained under
French Chef Pierre Koffel, in Victoria B.C Canada where he was born.
After learning the tricks of the trade, he took his experience and love for
food to work in several different countries including Bermuda, Fiji, and Australia
before making the move into yachting. Dave has been a chef aboard
yachts for the past 11 years. As a yacht chef, Dave has traveled around the
globe, docking in 22 countries, while creating stunning meals each day for
owners and charterers. Dave’s love for the ocean has carried on throughout
life, little did he know he had been raised with an “ocean to table” cooking
style that has influenced his career. When not in the kitchen, he loves deepsea
fishing, fly fishing and salmon fishing, and will spend all his free time doing
so. His world travels have only fed his passion for both fishing and food.
An avid traveler, with the ability to make the most of every situation, Dave’s
passion of wildlife photography enables him to take advantage of the many
sites he has seen in the 34 countries he has visited throughout his career.
There are limited things that fit in a traveling chef’s backpack, in Dave’s you
will simply find a camera, fishing gear, laptop, a Chef jacket and his flip flops.
He looks forward to sharing his passion for cooking with you!