Operating in South East Asia / Indian Ocean and the South Pacific
Aerial view of Toys
Juan Koegelenberg – Captain / General Manager, South Africa
Our illustrious leader started his working career in 1987 when he joined the South African Military Services where he qualified as an Officer and Instructor at the Meganized Leaders Wing. Shortly after he left the Military he moved from Johannesburge to Cape Town where he enrolled in a Commercial Diving program and thereafter worked for three consecutive years as an offshore commercial diver.
After ending his diving career in 1993 he joined the yachting industry and today his 20years of experience stand him in good stead by taking his first command as Captain in 1999 aboard a 114ft “Mamosa” and as build Captain of the 164ft yacht “JeMaSa” built at Hakvoort Shipyard in Holland. JeMaSa was also owned by the same owners as SuRi, and thereafter Juan is the longest standing crewmember with the owners approaching 9 years of employment.
He has endless enthusiasm for SuRi, its operation and he enjoys working as a team and exploring out of the way and adventurous cruising destinations.
As Captain Juan has logged over 250,000 Nautical Miles and has completed two circumnavigation trips around the globe. With this global cruising experience he also understands how to make yachting fun for the guests and the crew alike. With this in mind Juan has a very good reputation for longevity amongst his crew. We can therefore state that he is well seasoned and an exceptional seaman. Once aboard you will find Juan very polite, friendly, flexible to guest demands and competent in what he does.
Andrew Deas – Chief Engineer, Australia
A native Australian, Andrew worked for many years as a dive instructor on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. He has extensive experience with yachts and previously worked as a Captain. Andrew is Chief Engineer on Motor Yacht SuRi and joined in 2008. He has a Chief Engineer MCA Y2 certification and Australian Class 4 Masters certification. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys hang gliding, hiking and snorkeling. Andrew is happily married and lives with his beautiful wife in New Zealand.
Norman Ramsay – Chief Engineer, New Zealand
A native Kiwi; Norman has been a sailing and racing fanatic his whole life. He started his super yacht career in 1999 and since then has been traveling the ocean as a Chief Engineer. He previously worked for Super Yacht Drumbeg, Super Yacht Nelson, Motor Yacht Aquila, Motor Yacht Lady Georgina, and Motor Yacht Whitestar. Norman is Chief Engineer aboard Motor Yacht SuRi joining in 2010. He has an MCA Y3 Certification, Trade Certificate in Automotive Engineering, Advanced Fire Fighting, Advanced First Aid, and Yacht Master Offshore. Norman enjoys sailing, yacht racing, fishing, diving, watersports, snowboarding, golf, squash, and is a Qualified Personal Fitness Trainer. He also enjoys nuclear physics, algebra, molecular chemistry, and genetic science. Norman is happily married and lives with his beautiful wife and adorable daughter, Dana Rose, in New Zealand.
Dion Ryan – 2nd Engineer, New Zealand
Dion is a native Kiwi from Auckland, New Zealand. His prior experience includes four years of boat building apprenticeship at Alloy Yachts International; two years of structural steel fabrication at Gold Coast in Australia; and three years as Boat Building Supervisor at Cobra Boats & Marine Engineering in Nadi, Fiji. He has over 10 years of experience in the yachting industry and is currently Motor Yacht SuRi’s 2nd Engineer joining in 2010. He has an NZQA Aluminum boat building Level 4 certificate, Approved Engine Course, Maritime Coastguard Authority of U.K., and PADI diver. In his spare time, he enjoys skateboarding, wakeboarding, diving, and surfing.
Siliveno Tuitavua 'Tui' – Bosun, Fiji
Tui has over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry. He has 10 years of experience as Captain of game fishing charters, parasailing guide, and several other watersport activities. Tui is currently the Bosun on Motor Yacht SuRi and joined in 2008. He has Fijian Class Five Masters certification, PADI certified dive instructor, and rescue diver. He is experienced in game fishing and spear diving. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, plays rugby, volleyball, and boxing. Tui grew up in Yasawa Islands in Fiji; beautiful islands famous for movies such as Blue Lagoon and Castaway.
Tyson Von Bonde – Deckhand, South Africa
Since the age of 15, Tyson has been representing South Africa in professional game fishing. Over those years his entire family have gained South African honors and represented their country in consecutive game fishing nationals worldwide, he also holds two world records. Before working on mega yachts, Tyson was a commercial diver, captain of Cape Town’s leading game fishing charter company and his family’s commercial tuna vessel. Tyson joined SuRi as the diver master in January 2013. He is also responsible for the overall operation of the dive shop on board SuRi and the maintenance of the deluxe vintage ‘Woodacres’ Speedster.
Jason Morris – Deckhand, New Zealand
Jason grew up on a cattle farm near the ocean in Whangarei, New Zealand. Before working on mega yachts, Jason was a commercial fisherman for over five years. He is an avid surfer, enjoys diving and drop line fishing. Off the water, Jason enjoys hunting. He is currently Motor Yacht SuRi’s Deckhand and joined in 2009. Jason has a New Zealand Commercial Launch Master certification and is PADI Diver certified.
Clinton Roos – Deckhand, South Africa
Clinton grew up in South Africa and has over 12 years in the yachting industry. He had over a two year contract working for Motor Yacht SuRi as a boat builder and cabinet maker. He then joined SuRi as a deckhand in May 2012 to provide general maintenance and upkeep of SuRi and her tenders. Clinton has an NZQA certificate in composite and wooden boatbuilding marine cabinet making; SSI certificate in advanced open water diver specialty including stress rescue, search & recovery, night & limited visibility, deep & drift; and RYA day skipper certificate. Growing up in South Africa, he picked up a few other languages such as Afrikaans and Zulu. He now resides in New Zealand. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, diving, kite surfing, wakeboarding, fishing, sailing, and hiking.
Sandra Compain – Chief Stewardess, Fiji
A native of Fiji, Sandra spent over five years traveling the world as a flight attendant for Air Pacific. She joined Suri as a Stewardess in 2008 and was promoted to Chief Stewardess in 2011. She is certified in IYT Flora Design & Care, IYT Silver Service Certificate, IYT Food Service – Safety & Hygiene, New York Bartending & Mixology, New York Bartending Wine Service, and PADI Diver certified. Sandra’s dad is of French decent and her mum is a beautiful Fijian Muslim. Sandra was brought up on a dairy farm in a small town known as Nausori in Fiji and has seven sisters and four brothers. She enjoys photography, swimming, cooking, and baking in her spare time.
Rory Martin – 2nd Stewardess, Australia
Rory is an Aussie from Whitsundays and is 3rd Stewardess aboard Motor Yacht SuRi since May 2012. She ensures Motor Yacht SuRi is prepared and maintained to luxury yacht standards by providing first class service to all charter guests. Her exceptional skills and certificates include a degree in Business with Marketing major and Professional Super Yacht Hospitality Training for Interior Crew. Rory’s past experience includes Assistant Marketing Manager for a National Pharmacy Group and Resort Assistant Manager in Hamilton Island. Rory loves traveling, reading, photography, socializing with friends and family.
Betty Clair Compain – 3rd Stewardess, Fiji
Betty grew up in Fiji with seven sisters and four brothers for whom she loved cooking traditional Fijian meals taught by her mum, aunts, and nana. She is Motor Yacht SuRi’s 4th Stewardess joining on June 2012. Betty has over 10 years of experience as a proprietor of Kaicolo Kokkies Company specializing in an assortment of baked goods. She was also a flight attendant for Air Pacific. She has over 15 years of experience as an account clerk and office coordinator. Betty has a passion for giving back to her Fijian community and has organized Motor Yacht Suri’s generous donations to fund children school fees. She was a board member for Korovou Hospital in Fiji for four years. Betty loves to cook, bake, travel and spend quality time with her family. She has beautiful twin girls, Francin and Yasmin, and her handsome son, Bradley.
Rosemarie Mendoza-Balagtas- 4th Stewardess, Phillipines
Rose is the newest member aboard MY SuRi, joining as our 4th stew in March, 2013. Born and raised in the Phillipines, Rose graduated from University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism. This motivated her to want to see and travel the world, which is how she discovered and joined the yachting industry where her first yacht was M.Y Attessa (100m) in 2006.
Ever since then her career as a stewardess has taken her many places around the world working with 3 other motor yachts.
Rose enjoys watersports, hiking and singing and whenever she can loves to return home to spend time with her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
David Dawson - Chef, Australia
David trained under Michelin star rated Chefs at two of Australia's best restaurants circa; the Prince and Banc Restaurant in Sydney. He was invited to join the World of Residensea floating six stars resort on its maiden voyage around the world in a bid to be awarded the first Michelin star on water. After further training in Europe, he opened his own restaurant at the age of 24 in Zihuatanejo, Mexico which received high accolades from the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald and many other publications both within Mexico and abroad. David joined SuRi in June 2012 as Sous Chef.
Steve Zito – Aviation Pilot, United States of America
Steve's passions are flying helicopters and private planes. His talents are not only in flying; he also enjoys surfing, diving, and motor crossing. He is SuRi’s skilled under water photographer who is always up for a challenge. Steve is one of SuRi’s aviation pilots joining in 2008.
Dan Nickens – Aviation Pilot, United States of America
A life-long Floridian, Dan has been flying for more than 30 years. He grew up in Florida around water and boats. He has graduate degrees in marine geology, coastal & oceanographic engineering, and law from the University of Florida. After a professional career managing explosive, reactive, and radioactive wastes, he retired to fly seaplanes. He is a Commercial Pilot with more than 8500 flight hours, 4500 in seaplanes. He has been flying his favorite seaplane, the SuRi’s SeaRey, since 2010.