AYCA in US Waters
Operating in the Bahamas and Florida
Kevin has been surrounded by the sea all his life having grown up on a small Island off the east coast of England and living on the east coast of Australia, plus the west coast of South Africa during his long career at sea. Kevin has worked at sea since he was 16 on an array of different types of ocean-going vessels from small cargo ships to cruise ships, working his way up from a deck cadet to a Master Mariner with over 25 years’ experience in navigating the world’s oceans. The past 11 years Kevin has been serving on various luxury yachts 45 to 60m in size, 10 years as captain cruising and chartering the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Safety is always priority along with providing guests on CLAIRE with an unforgettable experience to take home with them. Captain Hart now resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with his beautiful wife, and two young children. He has a passion for traveling the globe and loves water sports, scuba diving, and snowboarding when and where he can.
With nearly 10 years of experience on the water as a chief officer, Karl worked throughout the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, and Europe. Having spent much time in Italy, he picked up some of the language and can speak it conversationally. Karl’s flair for specialized activities aboard charters has won him tremendous popularity among guests, and he often inspires his fellow crew. Karl has both a commercial license and his MCA Unlimited certification, and currently runs the deck department to ensure that the guests of CLAIRE have the most enjoyable and safe experience possible.
After nearly a decade creating delectable dishes throughout Europe, Chef Andy traveled extensively around Asia, and developed a flair for its influence in his cuisine. The chef’s love of travel brought him to the galley of several notable superyachts, including PEGASO and LADY M, where he was a private and charter chef for 10 years. Prior to joining the crew of CLAIRE, Andy worked as private chef to a high ranking government official in North Africa. When not on board, Chef Andy lives in Bangkok with his wife and 2 children.
Andre grew up in Brazil and served with the Brazilian Navy, plus Governors Body Guard before he moved to the United States 19 years ago. Living here in Florida, he started working on luxury yachts and various dive charter boats, after being invited on a diving trip to the Bahamas. Andre's passion for Scuba diving lead him to manage Dive Shops and work on Diving vessels, but over the past 7 years, he has concentrated more on Marine Engineering which lead him to gain Engineers Licence allowing him to work on large professionally run motor yachts. In his time away from yachts Andre spends time with his family in Florida and still enjoys his scuba diving with sharks, a little sky diving, hiking, plus cycling.
Originally from beautiful Costa Rica, but now an American Citizen, Ximena moved to Florida 12 years ago to pursue a career in yachting after working at “Los Suenos Marina” office in Mexico. She joined her 1st yacht the day after arriving in Florida and has worked on various size luxury yachts these past 12 years working all the up to Chief Stewardess position. Ximena says she has loved being a yacht stewardess from day one and is very passionate about her work, plus providing 1st class service. She is a real people’s person and always there to help, plus very cheerful. She enjoys going to the gym to keep fit, cooking, driving her cars and spending time with her favorite niece.
Charlotte grew up in a small village in the Irish countryside. She went to university in Dublin to study and gained her degree in History and Political Science. During this period Charlotte also worked part-time waitressing and hostess in a number of reputable establishments around Dublin. The Day after she graduated, Charlotte got on a plane to Florida and soon after started her yachting career as a Stewardess / Deckhand on a motor yacht cruising around the Eastern Caribbean Islands. Charlotte has traveled as much as possible between her studies and work career, skiing in the Alps to Diving in Bahamas and Thailand where she gained her Dive Instructors license. In her spare time, she loves water sports as well as reading and the arts.
Coming from the chain of islands known for its sun, sand, and sea – the Bahamas – Dario grew up spending all his summers snorkeling, spear fishing, and exploring the ocean on a small boat. Having always had a passion for the water as a child, he would fantasize about the super yachts as they passed by, and said to himself that one day he too, would be a captain, and is now on that journey. Because of his history as a lifeguard and first-responder paramedic, Dario values safety, and it carries through aboard the yacht. With four years of experience at a five-star luxury resort, as well as 2 years as a deckhand, Dario has a friendly, outgoing personality, and ensures premium service aboard CLAIRE.
Michael grew up in Knysna, South Africa. He has have spent his life on the water and has been sailing since he was 12 years old. When Mike was at school, he worked at Knysna yacht club teaching sailing and canoeing. He finished school in 2006 and has been gaining sailing qualifications & experience ever since. When he was 16 he started racing competitively and put together his own team for the J22 Nationals. He has competed in a few Laser nationals and provincials races. Mike says that sailing and working on the ocean is his true passion. Mike is a very outgoing and friendly person who enjoys meeting new people and can get along with everyone. He is a good host and has lots of experience with different cultures sailing the world. Mike enjoys wakeboarding, skiing, surfing, and having some fun on a jet ski.
CLAIRE maintains all the comforts of a five-star resort—perfect for families and romantic getaways. Her outdoor main aft deck dining tables convert to one or two daybeds, allowing four different aft deck layouts, maximizing the lounging and dining options on this deck. A large-screen TV makes this area perfect for movie nights. Her sun deck is superior, and features a bar, BBQ grill, day head, huge Jacuzzi, huge sunpad, treadmill, and a large-screen TV.CLAIRE sleeps 11 guests in 5 staterooms. The owner's cabin is located forward (full width) on the main deck. There are 4 extra large guest staterooms. 3 are King cabins and the fourth guest cabin is a twin bedded cabin with a pullman.