Captain: Greg Bugenhagen
Greg Bugenhagen grew up on the east coast of the United States in Virginia and
North Carolina. Since childhood, his family enjoyed boating and water sports that
cultivated Greg’s passion for yachting and life on the water.
After high school, Greg pursued a career in the marine industry. Beginning as a
mate, he then achieved his captain’s license and has worked as a professional
private yacht captain for 18 years serving his clients in the United States, Bahamas,
Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.
Greg currently holds a United States Coast Guard 500 ton license with multiple
certifications including Advanced Firefighting and PADI Open Water. Additionally,
he has extensive knowledge and a love for offshore fishing.
Greg believes in the importance of a strong and efficient work ethic having worked
in nearly every facet of a successful yacht program including both exterior and
interior operations. Excellent communication is his primary focus to foster an
onboard experience of the highest quality in hospitality, service and entertainment
that results in an enjoyable experience for the yacht owners, crew and guests.
Mate: Trevor Morton
I was born and raised on the coast of South Carolina by a southern family that instilled the true “Southern Hospitality” mentality in me from a young age. My family means the world to me. I went to College for Civil Engineering but I realized my love for adventure and the water would never allow me to enjoy that life. Luckily for me when I was 20 years old I found a career in Yachting and it was love at first sight. My extensive experience in the service industry and love for entertaining made it an easy transition. I’ve been very blessed with the experiences I’ve gained in this Industry including the 48 countries I’ve been able to explore. In the last 4 years of my 10-year career I’ve really focused on moving forward in my career and becoming a Captain. I currently have a 100ton USCG license and will be upgrading to a 200 ton within the next 3 months. A few hobbies of mine include surfing, free diving, spear fishing, golfing, hiking, exploring new cultures, and putting a smile on the face of others.
Stewardess: Nadine Meyer
I grew up in Eastern Long Island, New York. My family owns a horse farm so I grew up riding every day and loving the farm life. I would love bringing the horses to the beach! Growing up in Long Island I couldn’t get enough of the water. Kayaking, fishing, boating, sailing, surfing, and just soaking up the sun on the beach. I love my hometown. Always working in restaurants serving and bartending on the water in the Hamptons, where all the motor yachts would dock taught me about a whole different industry. I love yachting! I love showing people a great time and giving them service that keeps a huge smile on their face. My goal while your family and friends are onboard is to make sure you have the vacation of a lifetime! Don’t feel shy to ask me anything. I am here to help in whatever you want and need. I am looking forward to meeting everyone.
Chef: J. Blevins
Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, J. has an extensive background in the hotel, catering & restaurant industry. His training includes various hotel including Hyatt, Loews, Sycamore Mineral Springs and running a successful family- owned catering business. Before joining Gale Winds, J. had been working in the fine dining and upscale casual dining industry as chef since 1995.
Holding three degrees in professional cooking, baking and business management from Baltimore International Culinary College, J.'s passion for food has taken him from hotels in Maryland to mineral springs resorts in California and special dietary needs for professional athletes training in Florida.
J.'s polished and memorable repertoire reflects his broad knowledge of a variety of cuisines including Asian, "American bistro," Californian, and French fusion. His cooking is always creative, and he uses only the freshest ingredients available ashore.
From his experience with multiple aspects of food grew his ability to fulfill special requests with ease and pleasure, ensuring that guests are always more than delighted with their dining experiences aboard Gale Winds.