Gerhard Veldsman CAPTAIN
Gerhard comes from Pretoria, South Africa. Originally having studied Economics at a Cape Town University, a trip to the USA, as a snowboard instructor, gave him an introduction to the yachting industry and he has made super yachts his life for the last 14 years, and he has been a Captain for 8 years. Gerhard holds a MCA 3000 tonne Master Unlimited license. He has completed a multitude of crossings and hopes to go further afield and sail the elusive Baltic region and North West Passage. He has also competed in many Regattas, his favorite being the Maxi Worlds in Sardinia. Gerhard enjoys sailing the Caribbean, especially the Southern Caribbean for its tranquility and remote beauty. When not on board Gerhard can be found at home with his wife and new baby daughter, Eden or kite surfing in a beautiful, remote part of the world, Brazil being a favorite.
Henry Bardsley FIRST MATE
Originally from a coastal county in England, sailing has always been an integral part of Henry’s life. Starting at
6 years old, he has sailed throughout school and every holiday, eventually ended up as an instructor for Sunsail sailing schools. Competitive by nature, he progressed into racing, competing on Lasers, 49’s and a J80. After completing a notable City & Guild’s boatbuilding course, he proceeded into a career in Super yachts, which he has been in for 9 years. Henry has been on board Seahawk for 1-½ years and was part of the build in Italy. He has cruised most of the Mediterranean, Caribbean and East Coast of America and has completed an impressive 11 Atlantic crossings. For fun, Henry loves Wakeboarding and Scuba Diving. He is a fun and lively member of the crew and can always be found smiling and laughing.
Charlie Vinten Bosun
Growing up in the South East of England, Charlie has always sailed, coming from a family that loved to sail together, it is Charlie’s utmost passion. So much so, he competed in racing in 420’s and Lasers at a club level, following which, he obtained his Yachtmaster Ocean at the young age of 19 and began his career on Super yachts. Channeling his love of the sea he enjoys all water sports, especially Scuba Diving. Accomplished in many facets of life, he even played chess at a national level in England, and will be happy to challenge you to a match! Charming and cheerful, Charlie is always happy member of the crew.
Ethan Toal Deckhand
Ethan is from the Midwest coast of Ireland, and has been on board Seahawk for just over a year. Ethan got into the industry after completing his first ever Atlantic crossing on a Swan 82 where he went from Falmouth, England to Falmouth, Antigua and he has been hooked ever since. Ethan loves a variety of sports, including Kayaking, Gaelic football and rugby and even obtained his level 2 Dodge ball-coaching qualification. Ethan is also a qualified lifeguard and seasoned triathlete. When not on the water or playing sports, he indulges his other passion of photography and has exhibited his works back home in Ireland. Ethan is referred to as “The Hawk” on board and is the boats well loved mascot.
Steve Collins Chief Engineer
Originally from London, Steve found his way onto yachts whilst on a round the world trip. Steve has been working on super yachts for 8 years, just under 2 of which have been on board Seahawk. Achieving an Engineering Degree, Steve permanently left the office life behind to take to the oceans. Starting on a Perini, he has worked on S/Y Is A Rose and S/Y Melek he has sailed extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Caribbean, and rates the Bahamas, as his favorite area to cruise due to is serene, laid back atmosphere. Steve has completed a noteworthy 9 Atlantic crossings and when not aboard he likes to race motorbikes, the Aprilia being his favorite bike to ride on the track.
Nick Shorter 2nd Engineer / ETO
Coming from the sailing capital of Auckland, New Zealand, Nick fell in love with sailing after his many years having fun racing on Hobie Cats. He obtained a Degree with Honors in Technology Engineering, and with this behind him followed his dreams and began his yachting career. Nick has many passions, music being one of them. He plays an impressive amount of instruments, including guitar, drums and the Ukulele. Nick is always found happily singing somewhere on board and is both approachable and fun loving.
Maria Yeomans Chief Stewardess
Maria grew up in the North of England and after traveling extensively for a year found her self-leaving a career of Media planning and buying behind to indulge in her adventurous spirit and join super yachts. She has advanced through the industry in her 5 years and has worked on some very prominent yachts, including M/Y Baton Rouge.
Maria has explored most places in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and optimistically finds the best in both worlds. The Caribbean for its laid back luxury and the Mediterranean for its glamour and culture. Adding to her credentials, Maria is an advanced Scuba Diver and loves to race in adventure races, showing her mettle in work and play. Maria is friendly and approachable and always strives to always achieve the highest levels of service for her guests.
Brigid Charlebois 2nd Stewardess
Born and raised on the St Lawrence River in Cornwall, Ontario Canada, Brigid has always made hospitality and guest service her forte. Leaving Canada behind to indulge her love of the sun and the sea, it was a natural progression into the Superyacht industry, where she has worked for 3 years now. Brigid has a multitude of talents and skills including being a certified Yoga instructor, after completing her training in Rishikesh, India. Should this be something you want to do on board, she would be happy to accommodate you. Calm and easy going, Brigid is a strong and positive member of the interior team.
Emma Ross Stewardess
Born on the east coast of South Africa, Emma has traveled extensively through Africa and is most proud of completing Kilimanjaro at the beginning of this year. In yachting for 6 years, she has sailed throughout the Pacific, Caribbean, Americas and Mediterranean. Also a keen diver, she has had the pleasure of Diving in the Galapagos, and rates it as one of the top diving spots in the world. Emma loves children, and has had plenty of practice looking after them with her 13 nieces and nephews! Friendly, happy and optimistic, Emma loves life on board yachts and is now placed to combine her two favorite things, traveling and the sea.
Amy McCormack Stewardess
Growing up in the UK, and following her experience of working at sea for 14 months on a cruise ship, Amy has developed a love for working at sea and a desire to pursue a career in the yachting industry. Her previous experience in hospitality and 1 season working on yachts has given her the skills and attributes to be a great stewardess. Amy wants to have a successful yachting career and eventually progress to become a chief stewardess. In her spare time she indulges her passions of photography and horse riding
Johanna D’Arcangelo Chef
Starting life in on Vancouver island, on the West coast of Canada, Johanna comes from both a sailing and culinary background. Living on sailboats in her formative years initiated her love of sailing. Leaving a career in the film industry behind, she traveled to Paris, France for 1 year to complement her Canadian qualifications and became classically trained Chef. Johanna has notably worked in L'Astrance, Paris (3 Michelin stars) and Spring, Paris (Le Fooding Top 10 Paris restaurants 2011). She has been working on Superyachts extensively for the last 10 years. Accomplished in Mediterranean, Thai, Sushi, Indian, Modern French and Seafood preparation, she is happy to cater for the health conscious through to those with a taste for Gastronomic Cuisine. Her favorite medium to work with is fresh, locally sourced organic ingredients.
Sample Menus and Crew Profile PDFs are available.