Captain • Jason Halvorsen • United States
Captain Jason developed a passion for travel at a very young age. Before he started kindergarten Jason had visited over 30 of the US states with his parents. The family settled in Fort Lauderdale when he turned 5which is where another interest developed, one for the sea, which lead him to the maritime industry. Jason was working on yachts by 16, and earned his first Captain’s license at 19. Jason began his career on commercial charter and sightseeing boats, and by 21 was the 1st Mate/2nd Captain of a 500-passengercommercial boat in New York City.
During his young and busy career Jason owned a yacht management company, has been captain on private and charter yachts, commercial towing, and has also been a salvage master where he narrowly avoided the local alligators while spending 45 days as master salvage diver in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
In his time off the water Jason enjoys traveling with his wife, and continues traveling throughout the US and Europe as often as his busy schedule allows. At home in the US Jason enjoys customizing and restoring old cars and motor cycles (he has built 2 custom Harleys and is currently restoring a 1976 Ford F100) but his biggest passion of all is food: cooking, eating,dining in restaurants and learning new culinary techniques.
Jason’s diverse experiences and interests inside and out of the yachting industry makes him a friendly, versatile, and dynamic Captain of M/Y Camarina Royale. Captain Jason aspires to give all guests on board an exceptional experience, so please feel free to let him know any way he can make your vacation onboard Camarina Royale truly unforgettable or just to have a good old chat… another of Captain Jason’s hobbies and one he’s rather good at!
Jason has recently had a new addition to his family. So when Jason is not taking charge at sea he is spending every free moment with his wife and his newborn baby girl Leah.
Engineer • Jeremy Collister • New Zealand
Our Engineer Jeremy grew up in the South Pacific city of Auckland, New Zealand. Sailing has always been a huge part ofhis life, starting with racing small dinghys up to olympic classes and onto larger racing yachts. His passion for the water did not stop there, windsurfing was a great hobby until kitesurfing was discovered a few years ago and now consumes nearly all of his spare time. Jeremy has a long history with anything mechanical, from studying engineering courses at university in New Zealand to working in Motorsport in Australia and usually having a project car of his own to tinker on. Combining his passion for the sea and his engineering knowledge led him to a career aboard luxury yachts. Jeremy has travelled extensively through most corners of the world whether it be chasing the wind in his own time, working aboard various yachts globally or meeting with friends and family in different locations.
Chef • Noah French• United States
Noah was born and raised in south Florida and spent his youth by the sea. From a very young age he was accompanying his father on fishing trips and exploring the Caribbean. Noah was introduced to the yachting industry at age nineteen, in March of 1997, on a 78ft Hatteras named Alicia Dawn. The owner (who captained the boat himself) and his wife were planning an around-the-world cruise and so they modified the boat, stretching it to add the fuel capacity needed for such a trip. Young and excited tot ravel the world Noah signed on as deckhand. After traveling to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the BVI’s, they headed for Bermuda, then took on fuel for the crossing to the Azores. From Horta they sailed to Gibraltar, Tangier, and into the Med to Mallorca and then Barcelona. Whilst there Noah backpacked throughout Europe, until finally slowing down in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Noah began washing dishes in a fine dining restaurant, and whilst working among talented chefs it was there that he had his calling. After many months Noah finally convinced the Chef to train him and after thirteen months of intense culinary training, he has never looked back. Over the past fifteen years Noah has worked in the restaurant industry in the United States, working his way from Line Cook, to Sous Chef, to Executive Chef in high end establishments. Locally here in Fort Lauderdale Noah has been the executive chef at The Grateful Palate, The Casablanca Cafe and also worked with Jose Andres at the Bazaar in Miami Beach. Combining traditional dishes with new concepts is what Noah is passionate about, and his Caribbean and Floridian influences are strongly reflected in his cooking today through the fresh and simple local ingredients that he sources. Drawing upon his many years of experience as a fine dining Chef, Noah has returned to yachting and strives to bring to our guests an exciting and memorable culinary experience they will not soon forget.
Mate • Jake Keller• United States
Jake grew up and completed his education in sunny Stuart, Florida. It was a natural progression joining the yachting industry with a youth spent on the water, in the water, and generally as close to the water as possible.
Jake has been working on yachts for over 7 years now and has travelled extensively along the eastern seaboard, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas. Certified in SCUBA diving, Jake loves exploring below the water line as much as above, and is always looking for new wrecks and reefs. Back on shore Jake is training his new rescue puppy Archer, and loves heading to the beach with his girlfriend and beagle as often as possible. Jake’s easy going and friendly personality makes him the perfect crew member for lazy days in the sun and sand (he has also been known to make a decent cocktail!) so grab your swim suit and our first mate Jake, and be sure to head to the beach during your stay!
Chief Stewardess • Ester Van Kippersluis • Holland
Dutch, loves to beat sea and work with people. Having started in the hospitality industry duringher teenage years, she has gained a variety of experience. Ester has spent 7years working in the yachting industry as a stewardess, on private as well ascharter yachts. She also managed a bar in the Caribbean and loves to whip youup an exciting cocktail. She has an infectious drive and likes to ‘get the jobdone’, combined with the assurance that guests are provided with comfortableand personalized service. Ester enjoys shopping, sports & photography andloves traveling. During her time ashore she likes to explore new destinationsand look for sights and ideas to take back to Camarina Royale.
Deck/stew • Cortney Sollows • USA
Cortney grew up in a small fishing town on the coast of Massachusetts called Barnstable. Having grown up here, Cortney found a real passion for being on the water. This lifestyle is what eventually led her to a career of working on luxury motor yachts. Cortney worked this summer season to begin her yachting career on a 108’ Broward called Double Down touring New England as a stewardess. This past spring she graduated from Plymouth State University with a bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Physiology. Cortney began playing ice hockey at the age of 5 alongside her three siblings. Due to her love for the game she played all the way through University. In her spare time she loves to be on the water doing many various water sports, and go up North to the mountains for snowboarding trips with her family.