Captain - Elmar Blaauw – South Africa
Elmarwas born and raised in a small town in Namibia and after high school herelocated to South Africa to study a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. Atthe age of 26 Elmar decided to trade office life for a more adventurous career.Sixteen years later Elmar is now in his fourth year in command of Unbridled. Needlessto say, he holds a wealth of experience combined with his Masters 3000GTLicence. Throughout Elmar’s career he has sailed thousands of nauticalmiles, cruising areas such as the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific,Maldives, Thailand, Japan, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, the USA and CentralAmerica. Elmar could almost be mistaken for part of the furniture onUnbridled as he joined the boat during her build, overseeing the yachtscompletion before heading on her maiden voyage. Elmar has been sailing onUnbridled ever since and he is a very proud Captain of such a beautiful boatwith it’s lavish finishings.
Withan abundance of both private and charter experience, combined with a carefullyselected team that are professional and efficient, Elmar aims to give theguests of Unbridled an experience of a lifetime. In overseeing all departments,Elmar and his team will ensure that each guest receives luxurious pampering bythe interior team, fine dining and indulgence by 5-star chefs and endlessamounts of recreational water activities in the sun, provided by an energeticdeck team. Together with his crew, Elmar looks forward to welcoming you andyour guests on board M/Y Unbridled with the aim to make your stay a safe andmemorable journey
Chief Engineer – Nathan Smith – Canadian
Nathan grewup in Collingwood, Ontario, in Canada. Being a city well known for its sportingculture, Nathan spent his summers on the Great Lakes, waterskiing andwakeboarding, and his winters snowboarding in the mountains. After high school,Nathan completed a three-year intensive marine engineering course at GeorgianCollege in Ontario. This was followed by eight years as a marine engineer inthe merchant shipping industry, working aboard 700ft steam and motor shipsbuilt in the 60’s and 70’s. It was during a vacation in Cinque Terre, Italy,that Nathan discovered the yachting industry. It has been six years since hemade the switch from merchant shipping. Nathan has held the Chief Engineerposition on vessels up to 60 meters. After yachting, Nathan would like to starta business repairing marine engines. Until then, he looks forward to serving onUnbridled for many years to come. Nathantakes great pride in overseeing the Engineering department and ensuring theoperations and mechanics of Unbridled are serviced and running to pristinestandards.
2nd Engineer – Rolandas Alutis- Lithuanian
Rolandas was born in Rietavas, Lithuania. After completing aMasters degree in technical fleet maintenance at the Klaipeda University inLithuania, he opted to go into the merchant shipping industry. It was duringthis time that a friend of his needed an engineer on the private yacht he wasemployed on, so Rolandas decided to give it a go. The first two years of hisyachting career, before Unbridled, has been spent on a 122m new build. Rolandas’sinterests include basketball, fishing and travel, listing Brazil as hisfavourite destination. Rolandas looks forward to being apart of the engineering team on Unbridled, ensuring all systems and mechanicson board are maintained to the highest standards.
First Officer – Alex Berry – New Zealander
Alex was raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. His love for the oceanbegan at a young age, fostered by weekend sailing adventures off the coast ofthe South Island with his Father. After completing adegree in Finance and Information Systems, Alex worked as a Property FinanceAnalyst where he developed his fervor for property investment, before the callof the seven seas lured him into the world of yachting. Alex has adedication to learning and education, which recently culminated in himobtaining his Chief Mate 3000 ton license from the MCA. Some hobbies include MountainBiking, Hiking and Personal Fitness and Nutrition. He also holds an advancedcertification in Rock Climbing, and describes himself as an adventure seeker.Alex isalso a keen diver and has been lucky enough to indulge this passion the globeover. With his expansive interest in the outdoors, you can be assured therewill never be a dull moment. An extensive charter career has given Alex theright skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure you are able to enjoy allthe luxury, excitement and relaxation Unbridled has to offer.
Bosun – Tom McCarthy – British
Tom grew up in a small coastal town in the South Western UnitedKingdom. Having a long line of family members in the navy, he always knew hewould have a career at sea. Afterschool, Tom completed a diploma in marine construction, before moving toNewcastle, joining a company specializing in the building of dingies andsailing boats. After several years, Tom decided to join the yachting industry,spending his first four years on a 110m Lurssen motor yacht. Tom holds his OOW3000gt license, and hopes to continue working towards his Master ticketsomeday. Being a keen outdoorsman, Tom lists his most unique travel experiencesas hiking the Inca trail and spending a week in the Amazon Rainforest.
Deckhand – Andrew Maxfield – British
Andreworiginates from England and was lucky enough to be brought into a family ofsailors. His childhood was spent on the water either sailing, wake-boarding orkite-surfing and his highlight during his high-school years was running theSwansea Kite surf club in Wales for some time. His aim is to develop theseskills further and become a Kite surf instructor in the near future. Hispassion for the ocean was cemented throughout his University degree in MarineBiology and a career on the water was destined to be. It was Andrews’ sense ofadventure and excitement that led him to the super yacht industry and with over18 months experience now, he has already cruised a vast part of theMediterranean and an Atlantic crossing to Florida. Andrew has an extremelypositive outlook on life with an energetic and enthusiastic nature. He enjoysany challenge that is thrown his way and is a master at setting up the BeachBBQ for guests’ enjoyment. His vibrant character, confidence on the water andall-round awareness of the Marine environment will ensure your time onUnbridled is enjoyable, safe and a holiday to remember.
Deckhand –Fred Sellers- South African
Fred was born in London,England, but relocated with his family at the tender age of three to Cape Town,South Africa. Growing up near the ocean and having a sporting talent from ayoung age, Fred went on to represent his high school in various sports includingtennis, rugby and swimming. Fred remains fitness orientated by being a keenrunner and paddle boarder. Fred’s tertiary education includes a degree insocial media and advertising, as well as a certificate in mathematics tutoring.Working as a social media strategist in Cape Town, it wasn’t until a familyvacation on a little sail boat that his dreams of becoming a seafarer weresolidified. After crossing to the UnitedStates from South Africa in May 2014 on a catamaran, Fred managed to accumulatemore than 2000 nautical miles under his belt. Fred has been learning the ropeson various yachts around South Florida before joining Unbridled. With anenergetic, young spirit, determination to succeed and a keen will to please;Fred is sure to enhance every guest’s outdoor experience on Unbridle
HeadChef – Micail Swindells – British
Micail was born in Bath,England. At the age of five, his parents moved to Jamaica, where he spent hisearly childhood, before returning to Bath to complete his schooling. Micail began hisculinary training at the age of sixteen by starting catering college straightafter finishing school. Having completed his classical training and gaining his NationalVocational Qualifications he quickly moved straight into the industry at a TwoRosette classical French bistro. After two year’s honing his skillsit was Micail’s passion & drive for the latest flavors, creations, styles& techniques that took him to London, where he worked in some of the finestMichelin star restaurants such as Texture, Smith of Smithfield’s and Orrery,under some of the most innovative chefs in the UK. By the age of twenty-threeMicail’s repertoire & experience allowed him to progress to Head Chef atthe busy, high-class city brasserie ‘Devonshire Terrace’. Constantly wanting toimprove & develop, Micail would often venture into various restaurantsworking short term for chefs such a Gordon Ramsey, gaining valuable experience& inspiration. Within moments of meeting Micail it’s clear food is his passion. Adaptable to any specialrequirements, dietary or personal tastes, Micail’s presentation will have youexcited before you lift your fork. In addition, his combination of the freshestproduce & flavors will leave even the most discerning palate highlysatisfied.
Sous Chef –Neil Skene – South African
Neil had a traditional South Africanupbringing, having originally grown up on his parents’ farm near Durban, closeto the beach. He spent the majority of his childhood exploring the outdoorswith his horses or alternatively in the water, training to be the provincial representativeswimmer that he became to be at age 16. After attending the top AgriculturalCollege in South Africa, Neil then went on to study at one of the most eliteChef Schools ‘Christina Martin Food and Wine’ which he thoroughly enjoyed. Foodis truly Neil’s passion and work for him is love. As Neil’s brothers werealready in the yachting industry, it was only natural that Neil should followtheir footsteps and has since spent the past 5 years working on a number ofhigh profile sail and motor yachts in both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.Over this time, Neil has gained fantastic experience working with quality localproduce in every new location and his variety of cooking styles pay tribute to hisglobal experience. Neil is more than happy to cater for any special dietaryrequirements and looks forward to tempting your taste buds with nutritional andappetizing flavor
Chief Stewardess– Amber Briant – South African
Born in the beautiful seaside town ofPort Alfred in South Africa, Amber grew up on the coast, except for herUniversity years, which she spent in the inland city of Bloemfontein,completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Communications. Aftercompleting her studies, she went on to work as a journalist and print mediadesigner for 5 years, before joining a local radio station as a talk showpresenter. After a long overseas experience in Thailand and India, theallure of travel and the ocean led her to explore yachting as a career instead.Amber is happiest getting lost in foreign markets, soaking up foreign culturesand appreciating fine cuisine from around the globe. Beginning on an expeditionvessel on the West Coast of the USA in 2008, Amber has gone on to cruise manyparts of the world, and looks forward to continuing to visit new and excitingdestinations. Amber has won many accolades and awards within the luxury yachtindustry for her innovative and elegant table setting creations. Passionateabout creating and presenting beautiful interior spaces and dedicated to theart of service, she strives to create a unique once in a lifetime experiencefor every guest.
Stewardess –Sarah- Jane Sheard – South African
Sarahwas born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. After high school, shecompleted a degree in Commerce and Marketing, and later, a Post Graduate degreein Enterprise Management. Having a desire to travel and work abroad, Sarah dida ski season in Vail Colorado, followed by a three month marketing internshipin Hong Kong. More recently, Sarah taught English as a foreign language in HoChi Minh city, Vietnam. Having a brotherin the yachting industry for several years, Sarah was finally tempted enough togive it a try herself. Sarah considers herself an active, outgoing person, witha love for watersports and guest interaction. As a newcomer to the life at sea, Sarah looks forward to transferring herskills into creating a truly unique and beautiful experience for guests aboardUnbridled. Guests can rest assured Sarah will thrive on catering to their everyneed.
Stewardess – Louise Hatton – Australian
Born and raised on a smallfarm in New South Wales, Australia, Louise grew up with two older siblings, spendingmost of her time outdoors, whether it was swimming in the farm dam, or fishingwith her father. After attending highschool in Armidale, Australia, Louise went on to graduate from University witha degree in Sport Management. Having lived in London for a year working in theHospitality industry, Louise decided to combine her love for travel with herservice experience, and joined the world of yachting. During the past year,Louise has worked hard to improve her skill set, being employed on a new buildproject from the shipyard, through its maiden season, and feels she has adedication to pleasing guests and delivering five star quality service, makingher an asset to the interior team on Unbridled.