DECK & SYSTEMS
EXCELLENCE V Crew Profile
CAPTAIN RAY SHORE
Ray was born in Newport, Rhode Island where he began a yachting career on launches. He steadily continued his climb up the yachting ladder by serving as deck crew and mate on various yachts, eventually earning his 1600 Ton Oceans Master license. He has been with the EXCELLENCE program since 1989, playing a major role in the building of EXCELLENCE II, III, IV and V! Yachting has taken him to many parts of the world, with extensive time spent in the Mediterranean, New England, and the Caribbean. The immense knowledge and experience gained through these travels enables Ray to offer an array of possible itineraries as well as a pleasurable cruise. Ray is also a family man, with wife Maria, and their 4 wonderful children based in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
MATT ARTRIP – FIRST OFFICER
Having grown up in Southern Illinois, Matt always had a passion and desire to be closer to the water. After attending Winthrop University in South Carolina on a soccer and academic scholarship, Matt graduated in 2004 with his Bachelors in Business Administration degree, with a focus in Finance. Upon completing College, he jilted Graduate School and joined the M/Y EXCELLENCE III (188ft/57m) as a deckhand and has never looked back.
Matt now holds a United States Coast Guard 1600gt/3000grt Master's upon Oceans License and has cruised the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Alaska, British Columbia, US East and West Coast, Central America, Galapagos and French Polynesia upon various yachts.
His goal is to provide guests a pleasurable and unforgettable experience while on board EXCELLENCE V.
PHIL CURTIS – CHIEF ENGINEER
Phil resides from Brooklyn, New York. At a young age, he moved to Hawaii and spent five years sailing and working on the water where he developed a passion for the seafaring lifestyle. Shortly after returning to the main land, he decided to make a career in the maritime industry, and has now logged thousands of sea miles cruising the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean.
His background includes commercial operations on board container ships, fuel tankers, various motor yachts and multiple NATO missions in the Persian Gulf.
As a decorated sailor, Phil brings a high degree of professionalism, safety and service to the Excellence V program that will help ensure your time spent on board is enjoyed to the fullest.
PAULA BALLARD – CHIEF STEWARDESS
Paula comes from the seaside town of Goolwa, located in South Australia. Having grown up by the ocean and immersed in the Hospitality and Tourism industry, the logical progression was to attain a degree in International Hotel Management whilst working at the 5 star Hyatt Hotel in Adelaide. In May 2004 she decided to combine her passion for hospitality and traveling by joining M/Y Paraffin (197ft/60m Feadship). In 2005, Paula was asked to join the M/Y Fortunato (204ft/62m Feadship) team where she steadily rose the ranks to Chief Stewardess in an impressive 7 year tenure. A true professional, Paula maintains an immaculate interior and ensures the highest level of service is provided to guests onboard EXCELLENCE V. She has cruised the Mediterranean, Caribbean, US West Coast, and Pacific waters including Central America, Galapagos and French Polynesia.
PHIL TAYLOR – EXECUTIVE CHEF
British Phil was born and raised in Exeter, South West England. After completing a year of business school, he went on to study music in the picturesque seaside town of Brighton. Inspired by the local cuisine of Brighton, Phil decided to pursue his new found love for cooking and began a career in the hospitality industry. Phil spent five years in Michelin star and 3 Rosette kitchens such as "The Greyhound" gastropub, "Drakes" Surrey and "The Square" Mayfair London.
Phil's career took an unexpected turn once his brother landed a job on board EXCELLENCE III and informed him of the super yachting industry. Intrigued by the seafaring lifestyle and the new challenge that lied ahead, he packed his bags and headed to Ft. Lauderdale to begin a position on board the busy charter yacht PASSION as sous chef. He later joined the EXCELLENCE III as sous chef and most recently was the Executive Chef on board LADY JOY. Phil has now joined EXCELLENCE V as Executive Chef and like the rest of his fellow crew members, strives to provide the most exceptional cuisine and highest standard of professionalism in the industry.
In his spare time, Phil enjoys playing the guitar, reading, exercising and of course, cooking.
GRAHAM FISHER - BOSUN
Graham originates from the leafy town of Walton-on-Thames, just outside London, England. Having grown up in and around London and having the River Thames on his doorstep, he was exposed to a whole host of sports and water activities. Having studied and played sports around the world, he quickly gained a passion for travelling and was introduced to the yachting industry. With this new found passion and commitment for the sea, he decided to make yachting his career and has a tremendous amount of ambition and excitement for the future.
Clean cut and articulate, Graham is quintessentially British! Graham has gained a great deal of experience since his introduction into yachting, with previous yachts ranging from 22m, 40m, 60m, and his last yacht of two years, the 81m M/Y Air.
His favorite hobby is kite surfing, but he also has a creative side for the challenging art of black and white photography.
SEBASTIAN SPRINGER – SOUS CHEF
Sebastian hails from Koblenz, Germany, though he considers himself African at heart. His tenure in Deutschland was short, as he immigrated to South Africa before his first birthday eventually residing in Cape Town. His love for cooking began at a young age, which led to his first chef’s position at a local seaside restaurant. Ten years later, he still maintains a passion and desire towards the culinary arts.
After graduating from South Peninsula College with a Degree in Marketing and seeking a new challenge, Sebastian decided to enter the yachting industry landing his first job on board the M/Y Mustique (180ft/54m Trinity) where he spent 18 months cruising the Mediterranean. He joined M/Y EXCELLENCE V in November 2012 and has been a welcome addition to the team.
In Sebastian’s off time he enjoys surfing, golfing, swimming and anything outdoor related.
WYNAND BOTHA - SECOND ENGINEER
Born and raised along the laid back coastal town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa Wynand has always enjoyed the outdoor and adventure sport lifestyle. Initially wanting to work on surfing charter yachts after finishing school he opted to study first. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and further certificates in Projects Management and specific short course studies in Germany.
Having spent 5 years working in the Consulting, Design, Manufacturing & Research environment he decided to leave the Engineering field and follow his other passion and started a company specialising in High-end Architectural application and fitment. Due to economic un-stability he decided to close the company and re-joined the Engineering field, but this time in the Superyacht industry.
He has since worked onboard S/Y Mirabella III, M/Y Leila Lina, M/Y Casta Diva, M/Y Kogo and now recently joined the team on Excellence V. In his off-time or whenever he gets the time, he still enjoys mountain biking or catching a few waves at his favourite holiday spot back home, St. Francis Bay.
TALIA SKORGE – SECOND STEWARDESS
Talia was born and raised in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, she has been working in the yachting industry for the past 5 years and with that, she has traveled the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Far East quite extensively.
Prior to yachting Talia worked for a Film Production Company in Cape Town - where she assisted in all aspects of 'behind the scenes' Film Production.
Talia has a great love for the arts, reading, writing, surfing, diving, snowboarding, enjoying the outdoors and above all traveling the world in her free time.
CATHERINE FARESTAD - STEWARDESS
Catherine, better known as Ina, hails from the Southern coast of Sweden. After attending High School focused on music, she decided to take a year off from studies and become a nanny. After 6 months of being a nanny, she was introduced to the yachting industry by a family friend, and decided to give it a try. Her year off, turned into 2 years off as she found a love for the sea and the industry.
Eventually, Ina returned to her university studies and graduated in 2012 with a Masters Degree in Political Science from Lund University. Missing the seafaring lifestyle, she recently returned to the yachting industry and is excited to be a part of the Excellence V team in which she strives to provide an unforgettable experience for guests while on board!
Her dream is to one day open a resort in the Philippines. Her hobbies include traveling, meeting new people, acting, writing music and salsa dancing.
STEPHANIE TRESIDDER - STEWARDESS
Stephanie Tresidder resides from Duluth, Minnesota located on the Western tip of Lake Superior. Having grown up on one of the Great Lakes, her passion for everything aquatic was embedded at an early age. Upon learning of the yachting industry, she decided to pack up her twelve years of service and hospitality experience and sail the high seas.
Having crewed the last three years onboard various vessels, Stephanie has gained an incredible work ethic and life experiences while never looking back. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys paddle boarding, camping, skiing, biking, hiking and teaching fellow crew members the art of "speaking Minnesotan."
Along with the rest of the Excellence V crew, she has a passion to provide exceptional service to ensure your stay on board is a truly wonderful experience.
LOUISE KILDHAL - STEWARDESS
Louise was born and raised in a small village called Soervad, located in the Western part of Jutland in Denmark. After graduating High School, Louise decided it was time to travel abroad in search of new challenges. She heard about the yachting industry through friends and knew immediately she needed to be a part of it. Having previous work experience in the service industry, most notably through restaurants and cafes, obtaining a stewardess position was the perfect route for her.
She joined her first vessel, M/Y Fortunato, in October 2011 and fell in love with the industry. When an open position presented itself on board Excellence V in January 2013, she jumped at the opportunity and has never looked back.
Her hobbies include exercising, running, playing and coaching soccer, handball, swimming and badminton.
ERIC SCHNEIDER - DECKHAND
Eric grew up in Central Florida, where his love for the water began. Always a strong swimmer, and growing up amongst fishing and boating with his family, a career in the maritime industry was destined.
He attended university at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Environment Science and a minor in Marine Biology. After graduating from Rollins College, Eric worked as a Marine Biologist for a marine engineering firm and became proficient in running survey and construction vessels.
Eric now holds a 150 ton Master Licence from the U.S. Coast Guard and a Yachtmaster with the MCA. He strives continually to provide guests with a wonderful experience during their time on board.
RUAN BOTHA – DECKHAND
Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Ruan moved to Boksburg at an early age where he spent most of his childhood. Being inland and hours from the water, he always knew a career closer to the ocean is what he wanted in life.
After completing school focusing on the Hotel Industry, he opened a catering company in his home town and operated a successful business for many years. Yearning for a new adventure and an opportunity to see the world, he landed a Deck/Engineer position in the yachting industry on board the M/Y Iroquois. He spent two years onboard Iroquois when an opportunity presented itself on board Excellence V.
Ruan has been with us for 6 months and strives to provide an unforgettable vacation for guests while onboard.
His hobbies include photography, traveling, sports and exercising.
JONATHAN WHALEN – DECKHAND
Jonathan hails from the small town of Rocky Hill in Connecticut. Growing up, he developed a passion for action sports including snowboarding and rock climbing. He also had a love for the water, which eventually led him to obtain a swim instructors position teaching children the basics at a local town pool.
After completing High School, Jonathan pursued a Bachelors Degree in Criminology at Central Connecticut State University. Throughout College, he worked at the local snowboard shop continuing his passion for the sport.
Upon graduation and yearning for a new adventure and opportunity to see the world, Jon pursued a Deckhand position on board the M/Y Excellence V where his goal is to ensure guests a wonderful and memorable experience.
EXCELLENCE V Specifications
EXCELLENCE V Testimonials
EXCELLENCE V Specifications
|LENGTH||196ft (60.0m)||BEAM||41ft (12.8m)||DRAFT||11ft 1in (3.4m)|
|YEAR BUILT||2012||BUILDER||Abeking & Rasmussen||DESIGNER||Abeking & Rasmussen|
|GUESTS||12||CREW||Captain Ray Shore & Chef Phil Taylor + 13||REFIT|
|SPEED||13kts / 16kts||STABILISERS||At Anchor (0 Speed)||FLAG||Marshall Islands|
|ENGINES||2x MTU 8V-2000M4A|
EXCELLENCE V Accommodations
Recently launched by Abeking & Rasmussen, this 7 stateroom marvel continues the tradition of superb performance and exceptional amenities demanded by her very experienced owner.
EXCELLENCE V has the volume and interior comfort of a 75 meter yacht in 60 meters of intimate perfection and still fits into smaller preferred marinas such as St. Barth’s. Her sweeping exterior lines complement the vastness of the striking interior by the renowned design team of Reymond Langton Design. Huge windows allow for ample natural light and fantastic views. The circular glass elevator is accessible to guests from all decks.
The expansive master suite encompasses the entire forward area of the upper deck with a large skylight overhead and 180 degree panoramic views from oversized windows. There is private access to the owner’s walk around terrace with Jacuzzi. An additional King stateroom is also located aft of the master suite.
Five en suite guest staterooms are located on the main deck forward of the foyer.
Amenities include a Gym, Cinema, and Beach Club on the lower deck; the Gym and Beach club each feature an island style terrace. The galley is below and all toys & tenders stowed in the garage – making her interior and exterior decks free for total guest enjoyment.
Dine alfresco on the bridge deck aft, or watch your favorite sport at the sports bar. A second large Jacuzzi is located on the sundeck for guest use and aft sun beds on both the sundeck and bridge deck levels. All decks have generous seating and ample awnings for shade.
A truly outstanding new yacht under the command of the capable command of veteran Captain Ray Shore and his professional team of 14 crew.
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