Captain: Steven Foster
Previous Yachts: M/Y Kampai, M/Y Butterfly, M/Y Monaco, M/Y Gladiator, M/Y Excellence III, M/Y Excellence V
Biography: Steve is from Albany in the SW of Western Australia. He was born and raised on a farm before discovering his true passion lay on the world’s oceans. He began his education at a maritime college, which initiated an early career on fast ferries before discovering the exciting world of yachting. With more than 16 years as a professional in the industry you are in safe and capable hands. He has extensive experience in managing, operating and maintaining yachts to a high level on vessels up to 280ft. His goal is to ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable trip on Gladius.
Waters Cruised: USA East/West Coast, Western Mexico, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Pacific Islands, Indian Ocean Islands,
Hobbies: Golfing, Cycling, Fishing, Hiking and Property Investing
First Mate: Jon Dicks
Previous Yachts: M/Y Time For Us, M/Y Sovereign
Biography: Jon was born in the middle of South Africa, in a very cold and dry farm town called Bloemfontein, also known to be the capital of the Free State Province. After attending one of the top all boys schools in South Africa, his passion for soccer found him making his way to Cape Town to peruse a career as a junior pro soccer player. Playing soccer and taking time in studying Hotel Management, Jon also managed to make time for a special someone that he now proudly calls his wife. Jon and Judy are high school sweet hearts and got married last year December. Jon has been in the yachting industry for nearly 3 years and has been enjoying every moment. He loves water sports and the outdoor life. Always bringing a positive attitude to any situation makes him the ideal crew member for any boat.
Qualifications: STCW, Yacht master Offshore, Powerboat level2, Personal Water Craft license, Efficient Deckhand Certificate and a National Diploma for Hotel Management and Chef.
Waters Cruised: Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, New England, Caribbean and Bahamas
Hobbies: Soccer, Rugby, Music, Fitness, Camping, Fishing and Water sports.
Chief Stewardess: Judy-Mari le Riche
Previous Yachts: M/Y Lady Allison, M/Y Tsalta, M/Y Ronin, M/Y Sovereign
Biography: Judy was born in the Kalahari, she moved with her family to George at an early age and years later again to Bloemfontein in the heart of the Freestate, where she finished high school in an all-girls school. She then moved to Stellenbosch in the Western Cape to complete her studies for hotel management. It was in the Winelands of the Cape that Judy discovered her avid love for viticulture; she finished her studies after completing an internship at the prestigious Delaire Graff Estate. After working at a few wine farms she ended up back at DGR where she worked her way up to Maître d’ at the Delaire Graff Restaurant. Judy was introduced to Yachting through a friend who had already been part of the yachting industry and was convinced that with Judy’s desire for travel, relevant skills and passion for service she would make the perfect candidate to join a boat as young new Stewardess. Judy’s Quote to live by is “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough” With this in mind, Judy arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to join her first boat in September 2012.
Qualifications: STCW, International Diploma in Hotel Management, Stewardess Introduction Course SYSA, WSET Level 2 Wine Certificate, International Service and Butler Certificate, Flower Design and Care Course, Wine and Cocktails Introduction Course, Barista Level 2 Certificate and VPDSD.
Biography: Lauren was born is Michigan but moved to San Diego later in her adult life, the place she now calls home. She worked as a hairstylist for over 10 years in high end salons, specializing in bridal styling and corrective coloring. Whilst working for an Italian hair color company, she had the opportunity to produce hair shows and photo shoots, teach classes all over the country, and became a platform artist. All the while, her love for travel and the sea eventually brought her to Australia, where she first discovered her passion for scuba diving and working on boats. She became a Dive master in Oz and later a PADI Instructor in Honduras. Working as a dive instructor/ deckhand in the BVI’s made her realize she was ready to break into the yachting world. Lauren loves the ocean, all the creatures in it, water sports, traveling the world, and providing excellent care for guests on their holiday.
Chef: Reneé Dreyer
Previous Yachts: S/Y Aventura, M/Y Chosen One, M/Y Blind Date, M/Y Angiamo, M/Y Big Fish
Biography: Reneé is from Cape Town, South Africa. Her Education was within Public relations and she has also studied and gained a diploma in Culinary Arts. Reneé is a well-travelled individual spending a year in Thailand and two years in the Middle East. Prior to yachting Reneeé worked as an Air Hostess for Qatar Airways. Since then, starting in yachting in 2011, she has always been involved with the cooking aspect from cook/stew to Sous Chef and now Chef on Motor Yacht Gladius. “You only live once and if you live it right then once is enough” Reneé lives by and with her enthusiastic and upbeat personality, is always looking to the positive side of life.
Qualifications: BA Public Relations, Diploma Culinary Arts, Yoga Instructor.
Waters Cruised: Lower East Coast USA, New England, Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Australia & SE Asia.
Hobbies: Cooking, Travelling, Diving, snorkeling and hiking.
Engineer: Scott Davies
Previous Yachts: M/Y Solemar 203’
Biography: Scott our engineer, was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa, whereupon finding his aptitude for mechanics he relocated to the coastal city of Cape Town to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. This suited his love for watersports, where he partook in deep sea fishing, swimming, water polo and diving – which he then took to rescue diver level. Scott’s combination of training in engineering, and ocean experiences, then got him into the world of yachts and yacht engines. He recently completed an extensive Eastern and Western Mediterranean season visiting 14 countries. His hard work ethic, mechanical background, and love for things being in tip top working order - makes him passionate about learning the many aspects of yachting mechanics. Scott’s desire to travel and experience culture, while working in a methodical, technical field, makes him the perfect candidate to head up the M/Y Gladius engineering department.
Scott’s interests include outdoor activities, ocean sports in all forms and rugby.
Qualifications: BSc. Mechanical Engineering, AEC, STCW 95, PADI – Rescue Diver, PBL2.
Waters Cruised: Eastern & Western Mediterranean, South US East Coast, Cuba.
Hobbies: Scott’s interests include outdoor activities, ocean sports in all forms and rugby.