CAPTAIN | RYAN BUTTERWICK | American
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Carpe Diem II
WORK EXPERIENCE: Ryan was raised in the mountains of Colorado. He moved to the Cayman Islands in the early 90’s and spent a year as a SCUBA instructor before leaving to work and travel extensively around the globe. Ryan has been employed as captain for the owner of CARPE DIEM for 14 years. He is always delighted to share his passion for the sea and warmly welcomes you aboard the CARPE DIEM.
WATERS CRUISED: US East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean
JOB DESCRIPTION: The captain oversees every aspect of the yacht's operations ensuring safety at all times and a comfortable cruising experience. Adept at crew relations, he continually maintains a strong team environment. Additionally, the captain is the yacht's PR manager, always eager to assist you in every way and to ensure the best yacht vacation possible.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: 1600/3000gt ITC USCG Master's License, PADI SCUBA Instructor
HOBBIES: Bow hunting, golfing, fishing, sailing and diving
FIRST OFFICER| JARRED DU PREEZ | South African
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Zenji, Vicky
WORK EXPERIENCE: Jarred was born in Johannesburg where he grew up on a farm. He was always drawn to the ocean, so when he learned about the yachting industry from a friend, he decided to pursue a career on the water. Jarred has been aboard CARPE DIEM for over 4 years.
WATERS CRUISED: North Atlantic, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean, North Pacific,
Panama Canal, 8 Atlantic crossings
JOB DESCRIPTION: Assists the captain with administration and safety duties, arranges and supervises safety drills. Responsible for all deck operations, water sports and tenders. The First Officer possesses boat handling, watch keeping and navigational skills and is capable of stepping in for the captain in his absence.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Yachtmaster Offshore 200gt, Officer of the Watch, RYA PWC Instructor
HOBBIES: Motorcycle/car enthusiast, wake boarding, snorkeling, paddle boarding and reading
CHEF | JESSE PLUMB | Australian
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Solemar, Aurora B, Lady Lara, Blind Date, Katya, Gattopardo VI, Ellix Too, Jade Mary
WORK EXPERIENCE: Jesse's specialties include modern fusion, Asian, French, Italian, Latin and global cuisines. He has extensive restaurant experience in his native country as well as recent positions in the UK working for some of the top Michelin star restaurants in the world.
"I enjoy working on busy yachts with high demands where guests challenge my creativity and allow me to show the full spectrum of my abilities."
WATERS CRUISED: US East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean, Cuba, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, Tunisia, Australia
JOB DESCRIPTION: Menu design, provisioning and food preparation for guests and crew. Food budgeting, stock control, management of galley safety and hygiene standards, etc.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Certification Level 3 / Hospitality & Commercial Cookery, Drysdale Institute / Tasmania; Food Safety and Hygiene Supervisor
HOBBIES: Viticulture, soccer, fishing, sailing, kayaking, golf, tennis, mixology, music, hiking, billiards, portrait and landscape artist
CHIEF STEWARDESS | MELISSA CARROLL | American
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Argyll, Ostar, Dream, Usher
WORK EXPERIENCE: Melissa was born in Boston and later moved to Miami.
During university, she played competitive soccer and still enjoys both playing and watching her favorite sport. In 2007, Melissa left her land based job to pursue a career in yachting which allows her to use her varied skills to help plan your adventure.
WATERS CRUISED: East/West Coasts US, Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Mediterranean
JOB DESCRIPTION: The chief stewardess offers the highest standards in all aspects of the interior and service including organizing the interior staff roster for table service, cabin cleaning, meals and bartending. She orchestrates all guest outings and activities as required and also assists with the accounts.
EDUCATION: B.A. / Economics and Legal Studies / University of Miami
LICENSES: Yachtmaster Offshore 200gt, Medical Person in Charge
HOBBIES: Soccer, running, cycling, cooking, traveling, fashion and graphic design
2ND STEWARDESS |ELLIS WALTERS | American
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Sea Le Vie, Big Eagle
WORK EXPERIENCE: Ellis was born in Indianapolis. She was a spring board and platform diver for 16 years which is where she fell in love with the water. During university, Ellis was selected for a study abroad exchange program in Antibes, France. This experience introduced her to the yachting lifestyle as a career. She admired the idea of traveling and working at the same time. Now 3 years later, combining the activities that interest her most, Ellis still greatly enjoys her yachting career.
WATERS CRUISED: East Coast USA, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean including 3 Atlantic crossings
JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for maintaining the highest standard of interior, table presentation, flower arrangements, laundry and housekeeping, service and bartending.
LANGUAGES: basic Spanish and French
EDUCATION:B.A./Mass Communication & International Relations / University of Utah
HOBBIES: Platform and springboard diving, scuba diving, paddle boarding, gym, outdoor activities and photography
STEWARDESS | HANNAH HULL | New Zealander
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Madame Gu
WORK EXPERIENCE: Hannah was born in Auckland. She was brought up in a yachting family in Kerikeri, a small town near the top of the North Island. Before working in yachting, Hannah was an international flight attendant for 4 years for a top Australian airline.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for assisting in guest service as well as maintaining the cleanliness of the yacht. This includes general housekeeping, laundry service, setting tables and arranging flowers.
WATERS CRUISED: South Pacific, Java Sea, Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Barista, Food/Hygiene
HOBBIES: Watersports, traveling, art, painting, cinema
STEWARDESS | NICOLA "NIKKI" CAWOOD | South African
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Sea Falcon, Carpe Diem II, Cherish II
WORK EXPERIENCE: Nicky is from Curry's Post. She grew up on a farm and was taught from an early age to love the land. She started yachting at the age of 22 and has been keen ever since. Nikki loves travel and the sea and has a high expectations for herself when it comes to her work ethic.
WATERS CRUISED: East Coast USA, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean
JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for assisting in guest service as well as maintaining the cleanliness of the yacht. This includes general housekeeping, laundry service, table settings and arranging flowers.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Bartending, Barista, Food/Hygiene, Intermediate wine course
LANGUAGES: Afrikaans, Zulu
EDUCATION: B.A. / Humanities / Wykeham Collegiate, St. Anne's Diocesan College, Stellenbosch University; Post graduate / Marketing , Red & Yellow School of Marketing
HOBBIES: Polo-crosse, running, photography, hiking, spinning, wine and food tastings
CHIEF ENGINEER | JOSHUA PAINE | New Zealander
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Felix, Step One, Ad-Vantage, Patriot 1
WORK EXPERIENCE: Josh is from Raglan, a small beach town on the west coast of New Zealand. He has worked on private and charter yachts, cruise ships and a variety of vessels in the offshore oil and gas industry from 7th generation drill ships to sub sea construction vessels.
WATERS CRUISED: South Pacific, North Pacific, Caribbean Sea, Sea of Japan, Yellow Sea, East / South China Seas, Banda Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Coral Sea, Great Australian Bight, Timor Sea, Java Sea. Tasman Ocean, Gulf of Alaska and Mediterranean
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: COC Marine Engineer Class 2 Commercial Unlimited, Diploma in Marine Engineering, DP (Dynamic Positioning) Electrical Maintenance Certificate, BOSIET (Basic Offshore and Survival), HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training), Advanced Medical First Aid, Health and Safety Representaive for Transocean, Certificate in Advanced Firefighting and Damage Control
HOBBIES: Surfing, fishing, spearfishing, kite surfing and sailing
2ND ENGINEER | THIBAUD "TIBO" LEBLANC | French
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Hercules I, I’Austral (expedition cruise ship), Gaselys (gas carrier)
WORK EXPERIENCE: Tibo is originally from Verny, France. He graduated from the Merchant Navy school in France earning a dual engineering and deck unlimited license. He went on to be an officer on watch in charge of fresh water production. He loved the sea and traveling and next decided to work on expedition cruise ships. Tibo finally decided to transfer his skills to yachting and has excelled in his position aboard CARPE DIEM.
WATERS CRUISED: Antarctica, Pacific Ocean, Red Sea, North and Baltic Seas, Mediterranean Sea, US East Coast, Atlantic Ocean
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Unlimited OOW Bridge & Engine Room, Certified Sailing Instructor
HOBBIES: Windsurfing, wakeboarding, sailing, fishing, traveling
BOSUN | FRED SELLERS | South African
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Madsummer, Unbridled
WORK EXPERIENCE: Fred was born in London and moved to South Africa at the age of 3. He grew up around various parts of South Africa with a majority of years spent in Cape Town. Fred studied marketing and brand management, and worked as a social media strategist at a digital advertising agency. His interest in yachting was sparked through his love for sailing around the Cape Town area. Fred has been working in yachting for over a year.
WATERS CRUISED: East Coast USA, Bahamas, Caribbean, Pacific, 1 Atlantic crossing, Panama Canal
JOB DESCRIPTION: In charge of continual upkeep of the yacht's exterior in top condition with daily preventive maintenance and detailing. Assists with water sport activities for guests.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Yachtmaster Offshore 200gt
EDUCATION: B.A. / Marketing and Management / AAA School of Advertising, Cape Town
HOBBIES: Surfing, trail running, cross training, paddle boarding, reading
DECKHAND | DIAAN PAPENFUS | South African
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Varuna
WORK EXPERIENCE: Diaan was born in Rustenburg, South Africa and grew up in a nearby small farm town where he developed his love for the outdoors. Diaan previously worked on a 1944 U-boat chaser that was used in the Canadian Military.
WATERS CRUISED: Caribbean, North Atlantic
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Yacht Rating
HOBBIES: Skateboarding, weightlifting, running, setting up the perfect braai (grilled meats)