Captain: Simon Whitehead
This is an all-star team led by Captain Simon Whitehead
Languages spoken comfortably by crew on board include English, French, Spanish, Italian, South African and Danish.
Captain Simon worked for the same owner from 1999 until 2007 and was responsible for his two yachts, including the 48m SY Georgia. Most recently he has captained two Perinis, 52m Baracuda and 45m Victoria (ex. Ohana). Simon’s cruising grounds have included the Pacific Islands, Alaska, East and West coasts of America, the Caribbean and Eastern and Western Mediterranean. Sailing is Simon’s life passion but when he is not on the yacht he also enjoys paragliding and diving.
Chief Officer: Salvador Aragao T.
Salvador has been sailing since a young age, cruising along the Portuguese and Spanish coasts on the family’s sailing and motor boats – always eager to find the next beautiful spot to explore. A keen interest in navigation and a passion for crossing the oceans made him search a professional life at sea nine years ago. Among others, after 3 years in the Naval School, Salvador spent some time skippering smaller yachts in the Mediterranean, was based in the Red Sea on 40-45m yachts, and sailed though Central America & along the US-East coast on a 59m Classic Schooner. Now the Pacific is on his wish list for future sailing grounds. Salvador is the Safety Officer on board who will assure you are well looked after.Salvador is a certified Rescue Diver and is his free time he enjoys going on dives or water skiing. On holidays, he can sometimes be found surfing the Portuguese coasts, sometimes skiing the Swiss mountains.
Chief Engineer: John Stier
With an advanced degree in philosophy and more certifications than you could shake a stick at, John embraces the many hats that a marine engineer must wear. He comes to Perseus^3 with a lifetime of sailing and engineering experience. He has been professionally engaged in Marine engineering for the last 7 years and has spent two years teaching marine engineering at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI.
An avid scuba diver with his Dive Master and a keen fisherman, John enjoys all forms of water sports. In his time off, John enjoys cooking and repairing antique motorcycles in his New Orleans fire station.
Having walked and biked across several continents, John is now saving money for a drive from London to Shanghai.
Second Engineer: Luke Morrell
Growing up in the seaside town of Poole, Luke spent his childhood on or around the water, whether it be helping his friends run a Wakeboarding School or just being at the local beach learning to surf and Paddleboard.
Luke’s first introduction to working within yachting was as an apprentice boat builder for Sunseeker international back in 2006. Since completing his apprenticeship Luke has progressed to working within the Super yacht industry on various Motor and sailing yachts. He has gained a wealth of knowledge of on board technical and mechanical systems. Luke’s true passion is engineering and he has recently completed his Yacht 4 Engineering qualifications.
In his Spare time Luke likes to follow the world of football he also has a love for wakeboarding and snowboarding. During your stay on board he will be only too happy to assist you in perfecting your own skills on the water.
Bosun: Ross Barnes
Growing up on the coast of South Africa, Ross developed his passion for the ocean at an early age. No stranger to traveling either, Ross’ family emigrated to Vancouver, Canada when he was 17. Since graduation he has traveled across several continents and sailed across many a sea.
Ross has experience on both small boats to vessels over 100m. He loves all aspects of working on the water but it’s the underwater adventures that really have him in his element. Ross is our resident Dive Instructor on board so if his guests are experienced divers or just about to get their feet wet, they’ll be in for a real treat.
And if there happens to be a helicopter lying around, guests shouldn’t hesitate to ask him for a joy ride – he’s also a qualified pilot!
Deckhand and Rig Master: Greg Schuler
Hailing from Norwich, England and with an amazing zest for life is our Rig Master Greg. Greg has been in yachting for the last 6 years and to date has logged over 80,000 miles sailing the ocean.
Since young, Greg loved a variety of sports, using his spare time to practice and perfect the ones he is passionate about. This, paired with his enthusiastic, positive and friendly demeanor, makes him the perfect water sports specialist. Whether his guests want to learn a new sport or improve on an old one whilst on board with us, Greg’s the man.
His favorite sports on board are wake boarding, kite surfing and paddle boarding, but the list of what he can teach, doesn’t end there. Greg is currently completing his Officer Of Watch qualification, which he hopes to achieve by early next year.
Chef: Lee Mason
Lee became interested in cooking at an early age, helping to prepare preserves with mother and prepare butchery with his father on his family's dairy farm in New Zealand. He started cooking in restaurants at age 17 and in 2000 he left his country for the first time for France to begin his yachting career.
His career has taken him all over the world, more recently a 7 year tenure as a private chef for a family in Moscow, Russia.
He enjoys showing off his skills and is passionate about using the best ingredients he can find to impress his diners.
Outside of cooking he is interested in mountain biking, cars, diving and traveling to new places.
Chief Stewardess: Nikki Smith
Growing up close to London and working within Education and Childcare Nikki one day decided to take some time out to travel and explore the world, that was 10 years ago! Australia was where she first worked on board an old maxi sailing yacht, from there the love of the ocean and travel has grown. Nikki has been working within the yacht industry for over 8 years on various sailing yachts. She has traveled to the South Pacific, South America and Antarctica as well as in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
Nikki is passionate about wine and will be only too happy to help you choose the perfect match to your meal each evening, also creating delicious mouth watering cocktails for you to enjoy. With her professional interior team she will ensure that your every need will be taken care of during your stay on board.
In her spare time Nikki loves to practice yoga, scuba diving, exploring new places and sampling the local food and wine in whichever country she happens to find herself.
Second Stewardess: Tauri-Lee Manthorpe
Born and raised by the sea in South Australia, Tauri was brought up with seafaring parents who loved adventure and travel. She tried to maintain a land based lifestyle achieving a degree in Multimedia Studies and working her way up the corporate ladder in Sydney, but decided it was the sea she dreamed of.
In 2008, Tauri packed her bags and flew herself to Italy where she joined her first yacht. She has been a stewardess on board vessels ranging from 23 meters to 115 meters and prides herself on catering to her guests every need.
Tauri is our in-house visual arts creator and each evening will create a visually stunning masterpiece to wow her guests. She is also a trained yoga instructor and Thai Massage Therapist who will help keep her guests in shape and relaxed throughout their stay.
Deckhand and Stewardess: Natalie Jarrold
Natalie’s life began on the water in South Africa, while her parents were cruising the world on their yacht, a 1904 classic gaff cutter named Lily Maid. With siblings born in, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Trinidad this truly is a Nomadic family! Growing up Natalie and her brothers were home schooled on board to allow the family to continue their sailing adventures. They arrived in the Caribbean when Natalie was four and her parents are still cruising those parts to this day. Spending her free time sailing about in dinghies, swimming off the boat and snorkeling, Natalie has probably spent more time in the ocean than on land!
After a 2 year stint in the UK studying Hospitality, Natalie knew for sure that a life at sea was the right choice for her. Having worked on super yachts since she was nineteen, Natalie has her Day Skipper, Powerboat Level 2 and intends to complete her Yachtmasters by the end of the year.
With her unique dual role on Perseus ^3, Natalie will ensure that her guests every needs are met, whether its making the guests their favorite cocktail or taking them wake boarding, guests can be assured they’ll have a trip to remember!