Polar Star has been designed for extensive cruising in bother northern and southern hemispheres. Espen Oeino gave her a very traditional appearance and she is built to the highest technical standards. Six levels provide unparalleled interior and exterior deck space. She Sleeps 12 in 6 ensuite Staterooms, the guest Staterooms are on the main deck rather than below decks. The Owners Area with stateroom, den and his and hers bathroom has its own deck and enjoys panoramic views forward and on both sides, through huge windows. A Spa Pool on the owner's deck aft holds 10. Capacious Outdoor Decks aft, forward and on the Sundeck provide ample seating for Open Air Dining or lounging and there are numerous day heads and showers in addition to those in the staterooms. Polar star is equipped throughout with the latest in entertainment features. A select source movie and music selection is available throughout the accommodations. Mastercraft tender for towing (specially designed for water skiing and wake boarding), 4 x water skis, 2 x wake boards, knee board, 1x 6 man towing banana, doughnut towing, 3 x Seabobs 3 different colors, Molecule(towing) 2 x waverunners Honda, stand-up jetski Kawasaki, 8 sets of scuba gear, 12 sets of snorkeling gear various sizes. Polar Star has undergone a major refit in 2011. Hard copy brochures are available.
DECK & SYSTEMS
POLAR STAR Crew Profile
Captain: Maxx Ainsworth
Captain Maxx started commercial fishing when he was 14 years old in Australia and continued for 12 years in this industry. He worked the 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle when he was offered the Chief Officers position on a Japanese yacht for the BBC Challenge after the cup in 1987. Maxx has been in the charter industry for 23 years now and some of his commands include Aussie Rules and Solemar, both extremely busy private/charter yachts. He joined the yacht Polar Star as captain in June 2010 and is striving to keep her as an accomplished charter yacht in her own right. He has over 370,000 nautical miles under his belt, including 2¾ world voyages. He has worked in Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Alaska, Mediterranean, Saudi Arabia, Caribbean and Australia.
Chief Officer: André Rutishauser
André grew up along the shores of the South African coastline. After graduating with a degree in Marketing and Advertising in 1994, he set sail from South Africa to the Caribbean. André has worked on various boats over the years and has cruised extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on luxury vessels. His love for the sea and the outdoors inspired him to obtain his Masters 3000GT Captain’s license in 2007. Along with his warm and inviting personality it is his natural ability for the job that makes André such a valuable member of the Polar Star team.
Senior Chief Engineer: Travis Ludbrook
Travis comes to Polar Star with a vast wealth of knowledge gathered over the past sixteen years in his technical engineering career. Six of these years Travis has been operating as Chief Engineer on board luxury motor yachts. It is his expertise in over twenty critical systems involved with the core of a mega yacht that makes Travis’s role on Polar Star such an important one. You can be sure to have safe and smooth sailing when Travis is on board! A good time for Travis would include surfing one of the many beautiful coastal breaks at home in Western Australia.
Second Engineer: Johannes Swanepoel
Johannes began his seafaring career as a mechanical engineer in the South African Navy. The seven years spent working allowed Johannes to travel across the world through Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Change of career has taken Johannes into the luxury motor yacht industry where his mechanical experience on naval vessels has transferred smoothly. Interests include playing the guitar, rugby, diving and of course travel.
Executive Chef: Jason McDonald
Jason is a highly experienced and acclaimed chef with over 25 years experience. His extensive career ranges from restaurant owner in New Orleans to the Executive Chef of the Mayfair Hotel in the groovy area of Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. Amongst the myriad of outstanding achievement during his career Jason has also been able to fulfil a lifelong dream of opening an exciting new restaurant in his home town of Cottlesloe, Western Australia. Being such a naturally adventurous spirit, Jason then embarked on what would become a 10 year odyssey working on luxury motor yachts. A perfect fit for Polar Star Jason looks to provide a world class culinary experience for all of his guests.
Chief Stewardess: Taryn Darier
Taryn grew up in sunny South Africa where a childhood filled with sports and all things athletic instilled in her a very strong drive for success and precision. Qualities that are paramount for running a smooth and professional interior team. Taryn comes to Polar Star with already a strong three years as Chief Stewardess on board one of the top charter yachts in the industry. It is intuitive for Taryn to strive for nothing but the highest level of 5 star service and beyond. Your experiences on board Polar Star will be nothing short of magical if Taryn has anything to do about it.
Sous Chef: Brenda Pommells
Brenda is originally from Belize where she worked aboard dive boats before joining the yachting industry seven years ago. It was family that brought Brenda to cooking when a job opportunity with her sister opened the door for Brenda’s love of food to become her new career path. Brenda has traveled throughout the US, Bahamas, Caribbean and Mediterranean, gathering a broad range of culinary knowledge along the way. This knowledge was further enhanced through her studies at the New School of Culinary Arts in New York. A member of the Polar Star team for almost four years now, Brenda is most certainly a part of this vessel’s heart and soul.
Second Stewardess: Kicki Svarén
Kicki is another of our bi lingual crew members hailing from Sweden where she worked in the hospitality industry for a number of years. After studying Business Economics and Marketing, Kicki decided it was time for adventure and set off to travel through New Zealand, Asia and finally Australia where she decided to settle for two years. Kicki’s career in yachting began as a sole stewardess on a 100’ sailing yacht and due to her vibrant and charming personality it is not surprising that Kicki has been a member of a very successful charter vessel to receive two ‘Best Crew’ Awards in 2008. In her spare time, Kicki enjoys listening to music and reading a good book in the sun.
Stewardess: Kate Miller
Kate hails from a beautiful coastal town on the eastern shores of Australia. Surf life saving and any other activity drawing her to the beach was prime interest when growing up. Eager to study yet also to travel Kate completed a Psychology degree at home before heading off to explore Europe by working as an au pair in France and Switzerland for 2 years. Upon returning home Kate went back to University to complete a second degree this time in Education. A strong love for travelling has since pushed Kate in the direction of the luxury yachting industry with which she has found a new and exciting working life.
Stewardess: Jenna Hehir
Jenna was born in Melbourne, Australia, spending many summers along the Murray River amongst boats and jet skis. After a year working and snowboarding the slopes of Big White in Canada; Jenna decided to combine her love for water, travel and service by way of the super yacht industry. Aside from working Jenna enjoys water sports, surfing, snowboarding and exploring. Jenna is a qualified wakeboard/water sports instructor and loves teaching others how to safely enjoy this exciting lifestyle. This is one effervescent stewardess who you will always see with a smile on her face!
Stewardess: Viktoriya Bugayova
Born in Crimea, Ukraine, Viktoriya comes to us with a degree from the Odessa Marine College. Our only Russian speaking crewmember, Viktoryia brings a very individual element to Polar Star. Along with her previous experience on much larger charter yachts, it is Viktoryia’s dedication to her job and beautiful smile that makes her an absolute joy to have on board. When Viky is not busy working she loves to explore new places, listen to her favorite music and read only the most interesting and exciting novels.
Steward: Nilo Montesclaros
Originally from the Philippines, Nilo graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Cebu. Nilo has worked in the yachting industry since 1999 and has traveled extensively during this time. Nilo has been on board Polar Star for many seasons now and is a crucial element in ensuring all guests have a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
Second Officer: Chris Jordan
Growing up in the lush tropical parts of Northern Queensland, Australia provided Chris with the perfect backdrop in which to enjoy Sailing, Kite-Boarding, Scuba Diving, Fishing and many of his other hobbies. It was quite natural that given this aquatic lifestyle and a great thirst for travel and adventure that Chris’s next step would be to join the luxury yacht industry. Six years and many sailing/motor yachts later Chris has found himself a new home as Second Officer on Polar Star. Yet another energetic team player who is here to ensure your time on board is spent precisely how you desire.
Bosun: Colin Frazer
From the coastal line of the East coast Australia, Colin has worked his way to become Bosun on Polar Star. Working in the yachting industry his whole life, Colin started his apprenticeship as a shipwright. Boat building is Colin’s professional trade and he has spent many years working for his father in what is now Australia’s largest boat building company. Colin is a very active and fun person to have around with hobbies such as surfing, skate boarding, & wake boarding. Colin also has a very strong musical back ground, singing & playing guitar since a young age. With an enthusiastic and positive attitude you will find this young Aussie Bosun a delight to have on board.
Deckhand: Andrew Davis
This is one deckhand who certainly enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in Taupo, New Zealand gave Andy the opportunity to engage in many exciting activities such as skiing, kite surfing and wake boarding. Taking it to the next level, Andy has even worked as a ski instructor allowing many people to feel the joy of learning such a fun activity. After working for many years at home as an industrial electrician, Andy decided to take his trade and passion for adventure and join the luxury yachting industry. Make sure to get all the tips on your skiing technique and kite surfing skills while you have the chance!
Deckhand: Klee Sergeant
Upon hearing all the exciting travel opportunities that come with working on a luxury yacht, Klee left his home in Belgium and brought with him the knowledge and skills he acquired through his work as an industrial welder. Another of our multi-lingual crew members, Klee is fluent in Dutch, English and conversational French. It is his outgoing and adventurous spirit that finds Klee engaging in his passions of skiing, sailing, watersports and of course travelling.
Deckhand: Yiannis Kourounis
Yiannis is Polar Star’s newest crew member joining us as a fresh and enthusiastic deckhand. Yiannis is Greek/Australian and is yet another of our bilingual crew, fluent in both English and Greek. A lengthy career in personal training has taught Yiannis how to enjoy a fit and healthy lifestyle, and is also a driving force behind his interest in competitive fitness, running, bikram yoga and many water sports. It is his positive attitude and vibrant energy that will contribute to your stay on board Polar Star.
POLAR STAR Specifications
POLAR STAR Testimonials
POLAR STAR Specifications
|LENGTH||208ft (63.4m)||BEAM||42ft (12.8m)||DRAFT||12ft 0in (3.7m)|
|YEAR BUILT||2005||BUILDER||Lurssen||DESIGNER||Espen Oieno|
|GUESTS||12||CREW||Captain Maxx Ainsworth & Chef Jason McDonald + 13||REFIT||2011|
|SPEED||12kts / 14kts||STABILISERS||Stabilisers||FLAG||Cayman Islands|
|ENGINES||2x 3512 Caterpillar Diesels @ 1957hp each|
POLAR STAR Accommodations
POLAR STAR can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins. The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet. 5 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. POLAR STAR is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower.
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