Hylton and Amy-- Crew on board through February 2023
After spending just a few minutes with Hylton and Amy you will pick up on their passion for the ocean. Growing up on the East Coast of South Africa meant their childhoods were both full of outdoor adventures, with family and friends, along the coastline. Hylton and Amy have spent the last 7 years together on the ocean running SCUBA trips, spearfishing trips, whale swimming trips, line fishing trips as well as term and adventure yacht charters. Three of these years were spent living in the remote islands of Tonga in the South Pacific, this has taught them a lot about enjoying and appreciating the simple things in life. What they enjoy most is sharing their passion for the ocean with others, those new to it and those who are already ocean souls like themselves.
Hylton has covered many miles in his sailing career which started off 10 years ago delivering sailing yachts from South Africa to various parts of the world. Hylton is a certified freediver, SCUBA dive master, in-water whale swim guide and RYA yacht master. The minute you meet Hylton you will catch on to his passion for spearfishing, fishing and freediving. His charisma and enthusiasm will make everyone feel at home onboard. He is an extremely competent Captain and in water guide and will be sure to share any knowledge about freediving and spearfishing to those who are interested.
Amy is a certified Rescue SCUBA diver, freediver, in-water whale swim guide and has her honors degree in Marine Biology. She is very confident in the water and will always be willing to take guests out to find some interesting creatures or critters to observe. She would love to share any knowledge to inquisitive minds, no matter how young or old. Her passion and bubbly personality make her an instant hit with guests. She has completed 2 Atlantic crossings and has thoroughly enjoyed living onboard sail boats for the last 4 years around the Caribbean.
Amy and Hylton both enjoy spending time in the galley. They have picked up recipes from the South Pacific, Indonesia, South Africa and the Caribbean that they will share with you during your stay. They love to create delicious meals that are sure to please the taste buds. One of their favourite parts of their lifestyle is being able to selectively catch what they cook and create fresh and delicious meals onboard or over a beach bonfire.
The crew cannot wait to have you onboard. There will be many stories told and laughs had, but most of all they cannot wait to share our beautiful oceans with you.
Matthew and Jennica-- Crew on board beginning March 2023
Matthew is from Birmingham, Michigan, a midwestern town with a rich history and high regard for family values. His family enjoyed frequent adventures together boating on Lake Loraine. Even as a young 5-year old, Matthew was eager to learn the ropes and everything there was to know about boating! Growing up, he was always active in a variety of sports; skiing, fishing, hunting, canoeing, rock climbing, American football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. He even held the State record for hurdles in the 8th grade. Matthew’s natural energy keeps him motivated to excel and drives him to seek out his greatest passions.
Similar in diversity to his sports interests, Matthew’s career path has lead him to develop unique, specialized skill sets required for each position. He was a whitewater raft guide for 6 years in Colorado, a waiter at The Grub Steak restaurant in Estes Park, Colorado, a professional bartender at multiple bars in Austin, Texas, a professional musician for 15 years in Colorado and Austin, owned a record label and recording studio called Stardust Drive in Austin, Texas and was involved in real estate development. Enjoying and thriving in each of these endeavors, he left this all behind to finally follow his dream and sail to the Caribbean.
Captain Matthew has now been sailing in the Exuma Cays for over twelve years and has become intimately familiar with some truly prime spots! His favorite place on earth to sail is the Bahamas, especially the Exumas, which showcases the clearest water in the world and every shade of Blue. Matthew is constantly mesmerized by the beauty, charmed by the friendliness of the locals and in awe of all the Exuma blue. His energy is contagious in that guests find themselves living by his motto, and discovering: “Another Best Day Ever!”
Jennica grew up in a little town called Salem, south of Stockholm, Sweden. She was the youngest of three girls, an accomplished horse show jumper, very eager to learn new things, and always a bit restless. She wanted to see the world, and she had a plan. Jennica worked almost day and night at her job with Autistic children to saving up money to go backpacking. Starting her solo journey India at the age of 20, her six month adventure turned into two years exploring the Himalayas, Rajasthan, and Goa.
Her next path lead her to Australia where she worked cowgirl on a ranch and some local eateries. While she loved horses, Jennica soon discovered a stronger pull towards a passion of cooking for others. She started taking cooking classes all over the world and even worked as a chef in India. Guests aboard Serendipity will have a rare culinary opportunity to sample a truly international menu. Among her most popular dishes, “Smorgastarta”, Jennica explains, “is a lunch that introduces guests to Swedish culture. It’s a big sandwich cake, decorated with beautiful colors and delicious meats and cheeses. People always want seconds.”
Finding herself in the beautiful Caribbean was a natural next step, where she loves to share her sense of adventure from exploring picturesque coves and snorkel spots, to creating an experience on every plate!