CAPTAIN | Troy Forshaw | New Zealand
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Mia Elise II, Z, Deniki, Plan B, Lightning, VVS1, Black Pearl,
Alfa Nero, The World Is Not Enough, Dynasty, Karima
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, West Coast of Africa, East Coast USA, Bahamas, Caribbean, Central / South America, Pacific, South Pacific, West Coast Australia, New Zealand, Red Sea
WORK EXPERIENCE: Troy has over 14 years in the maritime industry starting on dive vessels ranging from 35-75ft. He next progressed into the superyacht industry spending 3 years cruising worldwide. The last 9 years Troy has worked on charter and private yacht including the sistership, Mia Elise II (198 ft). He has a thorough understanding of the tailored luxury charter experience from planning to execution to successful completion.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Overall in charge of the vessel and guest and crew safety. Planning and execution of cruising itineraries and fulfillment of guest satisfaction aboard.
EDUCATION: Northland Polytechnics Trade School. Pre Trade Boat Building (alloy)
LICENSE/CERTIFICATES: New Zealand Maritime College OOW /Chief Officer / Master's, Master 3000 gt Cayman Island endorsement, Master 500gt (commercial), Ships ISPS Security Officer,
Padi Dive Master (Plus Advanced Nitrox)
HOBBIES: Boating, fishing, diving, wakeboarding, spearfishing, hunting, camping, fitness, hiking, movies and travel
FIRST OFFICER | Cornelius (Cory) De Necker | South Africa
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Match Point, Callista, Mag3, Bina, Gladiator, One More Toy
WATERS CRUISED: Bahamas, Caribbean, East Coast USA, Mediterranean
WORK EXPERIENCE: Cory's first yachting job was 5 years ago aboard a 161 ft motor yacht as a deckhand learning the trade. He has worked his way up the ranks while studying and learning from senior crew on both private and charter yachts. Now, as a senior crew member himself, Cory strives to pass on his knowledge to the MIA ELISE team. In the future, Cory plans to further his education and licenses to one day captain a vessel.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Safety Officer. Oversight of the proper maintenance of the exterior of vessel, tenders and watesport equipment. Complete required checks on all safety equipment and ensure training and drills are scheduled and completed. Ensuring that all guests have a safe and fun experience on board. In charge of all watersports activities and tender driving.
EDUCATION: SAMSA, PYT and ICT Yacht Training institutes
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Master of Yachts 200, OOW modules completed (pending MCA OOW <3,000 gt oral exam) Personal Watercraft Instructor
LANGUAGES: Dutch, Afrikaans
HOBBIES: Sports, watching and playing rugby, cricket, tennis and motor racing, gym/fitness, golf
CHIEF STEWARDESS | Judit Bara | Hungary
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Passion, Candyscape II, Mine Games, Rochade, Rockstar, Rock.It
WATERS CRUISED: Atlantic, Caribbean, US, Mediterranean
WORK EXPERIENCE: Judit spent six years in the yachting covering a wide range of different programs, including busy private and charter yachts and refits. She constantly exceeds the demands of guests from around the world, maintaining the highest standard of service. Prior to joining the the yachting industry, Judit spent 3 years in the tourism and hospitality industry.
JOB DESCRIPTION: In charge of the interior team providing excellent service to ensure the best experience for all guests aboard MIA ELISE.
EDUCATION: BSC Degree in Economics & Hotel Management / Budapest Business School
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Superyacht Operations Certificate, STCW
LANGUAGES: English, German, Spanish
HOBBIES: Cooking, photography, running, travel, watersports, yoga
2nd Stewardess | Emily Tillett | New Zealand
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Hermitage, Remember When, Bel Abri, Let It Be
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Caribbean, Eastern USA, Fiji
WORK EXPERIENCE: Emily has a strong background in customer service and massage therapy. From a young age she worked in hospitality, before moving to a client services and business development role within a technology-focused organization. She then worked as a massage therapist for 8 years, taking her skills to the high seas after 4 years.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Providing excellent service to guests ensuring an amazing experience is had by all, maintaining the interior of the vessel to the highest standard.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Diploma Therapeutic Massage and Remedial Therapies, Advanced Sports Massage Certificate, L2 Food Safety, FlightSafety Corp Cabin Attendant Certificate, WSET L2, First Aid L2, STCW10, Advanced Sports Massage Certificate, Certificate AromaScience (current)
EDUCATION: Diploma Therapeutic Massage and Remedial Therapies
LANGUAGES: Spanish, Portuguese, basic French
HOBBIES: Beach/water activities, nature, fitness, music, photography, dance, reading
3rd STEWARDESS | Kirsten Lee Denyer | South Africa
PREVIOUS YACHTS: VivieRae, Maverick, Rozanne
WATERS CRUISED: Bahamas, Caribbean, East Coast USA, South Africa
WORK EXPERIENCE: Prior to entering the yachting industry Kirsten worked in South Africa as a procurement consultant.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Interior cleanliness and exterior guest areas.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: STCW 95, IYT Stewardess Course, PADI
EDUCATION: BComm Financial Management/University of South Africa
HOBBIES: All water sports, diving, cooking, baking, horse riding, reading
CHIEF ENGINEER | Jay Crichton | New Zealand
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Rock.It, Rockstar, Rochade, Atmosphere, Alfa Nero, Istros
WATERS CRUISED: Atlantic, Caribbean, East Coast USA, Great Lakes, Mediterranean
WORK EXPERIENCE: Jay worked for 6 years as a qualified automotive engineer before joining the yachting industry over 10 years ago. He has worked an a engineer on yachts ranging in size from a 42 m telegraph-controlled classic motor yacht to a 82m high profile charter yacht. Jay possesses a well-adapted skill set that insures the highest engineering and safety standards.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for the engineering integrity of the yacht and all on board systems.
EDUCATION: N2 in Automotive Engineering
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: MCA Yachts Y3 Chief Engineer
HOBBIES: Food, photography, sports, travel and videography
BOSUN| Hylton John Timmerman | South Africa
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Sea Owl, Arianna, Lady J
WATERS CRUISED: Caribbean, Mediterranean, East Coast USA, Florida, Bahamas
WORK EXPERIENCE: Hylton has over 3 years' experience in the yachting industry and has gained in-depth knowledge in maintaining a yacht to a high standard.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Maintaining the exterior of the boat and water toys. Ensure a safe and fun time for guests on water sports equipment. Tender driving.
EDUCATION: Matriculated from Maritzburg College / 2010
LICENSE/CERTIFICATES: Master of Yachts 200t limited, PADI Open water, STCW basic training, Day Skipper-Sail
LANGUAGES: basic Afrikaans
HOBBIES: Music, reading, all outdoor activities, water sports, skateboarding
DECKHAND | Timothy Bure | South Africa
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Escape II, Virginian, Mia Elise II, S/Y Perseus,Irimari, Azteca II
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Southern California
WORK EXPERIENCE: Timothy has been in yachting since 2016 and has worked on a variety of busy yachts honing his skills.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Maintaining the exterior of the yacht. Tender driving and assisting with water sports for guests.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Social Sciences (UKZN, Pietermaritzburg)
LICENSE/CERTIFICATES: STCW, ENG1, Security awareness, PBL2, PWC, VHF radio, S.A.S day skipper, Cayman Islands discharge book, AEC (MCA approved)
LANGUAGES: basic Afrikaans
HOBBIES: Fishing, skiing, riding motorcycles, hunting