Total crew complement: 16 -18 (non-smoking crew) | Rendezvous diving only
Languages aboard: English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Dutch and Afrikaans.
<Sycara V is not offered for charter to US residents while in US waters.>
CAPTAIN | STEWART FONTAINE | AMERICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Martha Ann, Bacarella, Mia Elise, Lazy Z, Maupiti, Sensation
WORK EXPERIENCE: A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Stewart attended Indiana University and worked in the business world for the next decade in Indianapolis and New Orleans. He got his first taste of chartering on a BVI sailing charter and never looked back. Upon returning home, Stewart enrolled in the required seamanship courses and launched into his newly found avocation full time, first as a dive instructor, then engineer, and soon moved up the ranks to his first captain’s job. He has captained charter and private yachts worldwide over the course of his 25+ year career (for many years as a team with his wife, Sonya). Stewart's seagoing adventures fill a virtual pirate’s treasure chest of entertaining stories. His unparalleled, worldwide experience will impress even the most well-traveled clientele.
WATERS CRUISED: New England, Bahamas/Cayman Islands/Caribbean, East/West Mediterranean, Central America, Panama to the Pacific NW / Alaska, Australia to Tahiti, Galapagos Islands, Micronesia
JOB DESCRIPTION: As master of the vessel, Stewart’s primary focus is the safety of the guests and crew. His myriad duties range from navigation to accounting, planning and managing charters, to the overall management of the yacht and crew. Delegation of responsibilities is essential. The heads of the various departments – Galley, Interior, Deck and Engineering, work in concert with Stewart to ensure each and every cruise is a relaxing and rewarding experience. He encourages a service-oriented daily work ethic among the crew while maintaining just the right tone of formal or casual ambiance aboard as desired by the guests.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: United States Coast Guard: Master-Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels of not more than 3000 Gross Tons, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, Endorsement/Management of Cayman Islands Ships, Ship's Security Officer, Professional Assoc. of Dive Instructors: Open Water Scuba Instructor
EDUCATION: Indiana University
LANGUAGES: Basic French
HOBBIES: When not on the water, you will find Stewart and Sonya (recently retired from her life at sea) enjoying their home in the Turks & Caicos Islands busy with scuba diving, underwater photography and quiet strolls on the beach, or at their mountain hide-away in Breckenridge, Colorado, enjoying snow skiing, bicycling and wildlife photography.
FIRST OFFICER | STEPHAN NIENHAUS | SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Archimedes, Barbie, Lightning, Deniki
WORK EXPERIENCE: Stephan grew up in a small German town along the arid coastline of Namibia. His enthusiasm for the ocean started at the age of 18 when he moved to Cape Town, South Africa to work in a dive shop. Shore diving in 11˚C water and sailing around Cape Peninsula became a regular activity. In between all the fun, Stephan completed his schooling; after graduation he worked as the manager of a safari lodge. Two years later, Stephan's desire to work on the water spurred him to take on “the big blue” and sail to warmer waters. With many years of sailing and working on large yachts worldwide, Stephan joined SYCARA V. Enjoy an exotic cocktail while Stephan and his dedicated deck team plan your perfect beach day, water sports activities or excursion ashore.
CRUISED: Caribbean, East Coast USA/Canada, East/ West Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Red Sea, Malaysia & Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, South America/Patagonia/Cape Horn, Argentina
JOB DESCRIPTION: In addition to overall management of the Deck Department, Stephan also serves as the Ship’s Safety, Security and Medical Officer
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: MCA Chief Mate 3000 GT, Medical Person in Charge, Ship's Safety Officer, Ship's Security Officer, NAUI - Rescue Scuba Diver, STCW 95
EDUCATION: Diploma in Advanced International Hotel Management
HOBBIES: Water sports, scuba, sailing, hiking and the great outdoors, photography, guitar
HEAD CHEF | LAURENT LUTTRINGER | FRENCH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Ti’a Moana, Lady Anne P.B., Aquarius
WORK EXPERIENCE: Laurent comes from Alsace, a famous food and wine area in France, where he grew up with the smell of the fresh local food and views of vineyards. Laurent's passion for food developed when he was a youngster watching and helping his two grandmothers bake cakes, tarts and bread. After earning his culinary degree, Laurent traveled extensively and worked in restaurants in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and French Polynesia before joining the yachting industry. Laurent makes every meal an outstanding culinary experience. He carefully selects fresh, locally sourced organic produce.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for provisioning and menu planning for guest and crew meals, management of galley safety standards, inventory, etc.
LANGUAGES: English and German
HOBBIES: Skiing, tennis, soccer, movies, painting, music, spending good times with people that you love
SOUS CHEF | SEBASTIAN STEVENS | BRITISH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Rising Sun, Paloma, C2
WORK EXPERIENCE: Sebastian is from Peterborough. He began working in some of London’s top-notch hotels and restaurants as a teenager and eventually rose to positions at The Grove and Claridge’s, both five-star properties in the London area. He also has experience working with celebrity Chef, Raymond Blanc. Sebastian embarked on his yachting career 3 years ago and is keen to enhance his international cuisine repertoire by working alongside chefs of different nationalities. The crew of SYCARA V have quickly noticed his ability in the galley and all are very excited to have Sebastian aboard.
WATERS CRUISED: Atlantic, Mediterranean
JOB DESCRIPTION: Cooking for the crew and assisting the Head Chef with guest meals.
HOBBIES: Football and reading
CHIEF STEWARDESS | MARINE BEAUCAMPS | FRENCH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Jaycee III, Axioma
WORK EXPERIENCE: Marine is from the city of Lille in the north of France. At the age of 15, she embarked on an epic 2.5 year voyage with her family on a 38 ft sailing yacht and created her fondest memories. While studying languages in Antibes, she decided to embark on a career traveling at sea by joining the yachting industry. Marine is SYCARA V's wine aficionado and takes a serious interest in expanding her knowledge base. In conjunction with the Chef, Marine ensures that the pairings of wine with food enhance your gastronomic experience. Marine is dedicated to making your time aboard SYCARA V the best holiday of your life.
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Caribbean/Bahamas, USA, Canada
JOB DESCRIPTION: In charge of the Interior Department, guest service and event planning.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Powerboat Level II, STCW 95
EDUCATION: FAC LEA
LANGUAGES: Italian, Spanish
HOBBIES: Reading, water sports, running, biking, fine wines, traveling, spending time with family
SECOND STEWARDESS | EMMA BURTON | BRITISH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Arkley, Addiction, S/Y Panthalassa, Drizzle
WORK EXPERIENCE: Born and raised in London, Emma spent her youth playing and competing in a range of sports from springboard diving to horse riding. Her love for the water led her to work as a lifeguard for almost 6 years; she is also a qualified water aerobics instructor and swim teacher. Emma completed university with her final paper published in an educational journal. She has traveled across the globe enjoying and discovering new places and cultures. In 2011 she embarked on her career in yachting.
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean, Adriatic
JOB DESCRIPTION: Supports the Chief Stewardess with guest service and housekeeping duties.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Water Aerobics Level 2, ASA Level 1, STCW 95
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise, BSc Sports Conditioning and Coaching
HOBBIES: Water sports, horse riding, fitness, massage, reading, food and wine
STEWARDESS | MEGAN RADEMEYER | SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Tania T
WORK EXPERIENCE: Megan was born in Cape Town and was raised near the Constantia wine valley where her interest in hospitality began. Along with participating in various school sports, Megan took a fancy to cooking and baking and was eager to learn from a young age. After high school, she enrolled in an International Hotel Management School where she excelled in all aspects of hospitality, graduating top of her class in 2014. She enjoyed working on a wine farm for three years but was quick to catch the travel bug and moved to Bath, England. Megan soon joined the yachting industry, which fed her desire to travel and pursue a career in hospitality.
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Caribbean
JOB DESCRIPTION: Supports the Chief Stewardess with guest service and housekeeping duties
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Powerboat Level ll, STCW 95
EDUCATION: Honours degree / International Hotel management
HOBBIES: Cooking and baking, fine wines, swimming
STEWARDESS | LAUREN RYBURN | NEW ZEALANDER
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Sunrays, Qing
WORK EXPERIENCE: Lauren grew up in the small town of Te Awamutu, New Zealand where she trained and qualified as a masseuse/beauty therapist. She started her career working in a beauty clinic in NZ before fulfilling her childhood ambition of moving across the world to London. Lauren traveled around world and most of Europe experiencing different cultures and broadening her massage skills and techniques. Eight years later, she decided to enter the yachting industry where she can combine an excitement for travel and adventure with her career. Lauren has a great passion for Reiki and natural healing methods.
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Atlantic, Pacific
JOB DESCRIPTION: Supports the Chief Stewardess with guest service and housekeeping.
EDUCATION: International diplomas in Massage/Beauty and spa therapies, First level degree in Reiki Usui method of natural healing
LICENCES/CERTIFICATES: CIDESCO, CIBTAC & ITEC International diplomas in Massage/ Beauty and Spa therapies, STCW 95
HOBBIES: Massage / natural healing, photography, tennis, swimming, travel, art
STEWARDESS | ANTONIA "TONI" DE WET| SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Ludy
WORK EXPERIENCE: Antonia grew up in the coastal town of Mossel Bay, South Africa, where her love for the outdoors, water sports and ocean conservation sparked. Packing a bag and jetting away from home is no daunting task for Toni since, from a young age, she was enrolled in boarding school. She brings a warm friendliness to SYCARA V, always willing to go the extra mile, never failing to make those around her feel welcome and ensuring a great time is had by all. Antonia joined the yachting industry immediately after school where she hopes to combine her love for the ocean and passion for hospitality.
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Atlantic
JOB DESCRIPTION: Supports the Chief Stewardess with guest service and housekeeping duties.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: STCW 95, ENG1, Powerboat level II, PADI Open Water Diver
HOBBIES: Paddle boarding, yoga, running, hiking, travel, photography, ocean conservation, reading, diving
STEWARDESS | MARTINA BJÖRK | SWEDISH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Le Grand Bleu, ARI, Lady M II, Positive Carry
WORK EXPERIENCE: Martina grew up on a small Island in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago. At a young age she started managing the cafés on ferryboats, which later took her aboard larger vessels with Stena Line ferry cruises in Scandinavia. At a well-known Scandinavian porcelain company, called "iittala", Martina was recognized for her eye for detail and management skills; she worked her way up from salesperson to store manager and merchandiser. She was drawn back to the sea and started her career in yachting in 2011. She enjoys each day and looks forward to new adventures. Martina has a passion for what she does and will be happy to make your stay as relaxing and memorable as possible.
WATERS CRUISED: South Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, Baltic and Mediterranean
JOB DESCRIPTION: Support the Chief Stewardess with guest service and housekeeping duties.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Powerboat Level II, Security awareness, Food Safety level 2, Padi Open water diving licence.
LANGUAGES: English and Swedish
HOBBIES: Theatre, traveling, cooking, skiing, sailing, exercise, horse riding and music.
SECOND OFFICER | SEAN "BLACKY" BLACK | AUSTRALIAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Vita, Silver Lining, Pure One, Solemar
WORK EXPERIENCE: Sean, aka “Blacky,” was born and bred for a life at sea growing up in Surfers Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast, the country's #1 one tourist destination. Sailing, diving, surfing, jet skiing and Surf Life Saving were just a few of the excuses to get out of his daily household chores. From the age of 18, Sean has followed his passion for adventure, traveling to over 72 countries. Whether getting your heart pumping on a waverunner, or taking you for a relaxing sunset cruise in the tender, Sean works to ensure your experience aboard SYCARA V is truly unforgettable.
WATERS CRUISED: Bahamas/Caribbean, East Coast America, East & West Mediterranean, Central America
JOB DESCRIPTION: Supports the first officer in managing the Deck Department, assists guests in the safe, proper usage of water sports toys.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: MCA Officer of the Navigation Watch 3,000 GT, PWC Instructor, PADI Rescue Diver, STCW 95
EDUCATION: Diplomas in Business Management, International Sales/Economics
HOBBIES: Water sports, scuba diving, sky diving, rock climbing, travel
BOSUN | GRAHAM HOGG | BRITISH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: QM Of London, Pegasus V
WORK EXPERIENCE: Graham was brought up in a small town called Nairn on the north coast of Scotland. After a sailing trip around the west coast of Scotland, Graham decided to pursue a career in yachting. When not working on yachts, Graham is actively involved in a variety of sporting activities. At the tender age of 10, Graham became the youngest karate black-belt champion in Britain!
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Bahamas
JOB DESCRIPTION: Assisting with water sport activities and exterior maintenance.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Powerboat Level II, PWC Instructor, AEC, STCW 95
HOBBIES: Running, rugby, hill-walking, karate
DECKHAND| PETER HARDWICK | SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Sycara IV, Impulsive, Antarus
WORK EXPERIENCE: Peter is a country boy from Durban, South Africa.Raised on the Indian Ocean coastline, he was always found either surfing, free diving, sailing or fishing. The sea has always been his happy place, so finding a career that keeps him involved in that environment was purely a matter of when. Don't let his ginger hair fool you-he will usually be found outside in the sun involved in all water sport activities under the illusion that his freckles will join and he’ll finally get a tan!
WATERS CRUISED: Indian Ocean, Caribbean, Bahamas, East Coast USA/Canada, Mediterranean
LICENSES: PADI Open Water, STCW 95, Power Boat Level 11
HOBBIES: Diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, skiing, rugby
DECKHAND | AZDEIN AMBERGER-CHERGUI | NEW ZEALANDER
WORK EXPERIENCE: Azdein was born and raised in New Zealand and has a strong passion for the outdoors and traveling. Whether fishing with his grandfather or playing rugby with his mates, Azdein always enjoys any chance to get outside. From a young age Azdein was lucky enough to do a lot of traveling, fueling his desire for adventure. At age 12 he trekked 800km from the bottom of France and across the top of Spain!
WATERS CRUISED: Caribbean, Mediterranean
JOB DESCRIPTION: Maintenance of the exterior of the yacht.
LICENCES/CERTIFICATES: Power boat level II, STCW, Bar Managers Certificate
HOBBIES: Diving, sports, tramping, traveling
DECKHAND | JET VAN DER WALT | SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Apogee
WORK EXPERIENCE: Jet hails from the Winelands of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has always enjoyed the water, especially competitive swimming and water polo. Jet started kite surfing and diving as his passion for water sports increased. He decided to pursue a career where he's most comfortable-on the water and traveling.
WATERS CRUISED: Bahamas, Caribbean, Mediterranean, South East Coast USA
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Management, University of Stellenbosch
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Yachtmaster Offshore CoC, Advanced and Nitrox Diver, Personal Watercraft Instructor, STCW 95,
HOBBIES: Diving, backpacking, travel, kite surfing, backpacking, motorbiking, golf, water polo
CHIEF ENGINEER (Rotation) | GREG VENN | SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Lady Linda, Charade, Pegasus, Pangaea, Sea Owl (Burger and Feadship)
WORK EXPERIENCE: Born in Namibia, Chief Engineer Greg Venn grew up in South Africa from the age of 4. He left Johannesburg at 20 years old to start his worldwide travels and stumbled across the yachting industry. Having an aptitude and keen interest in all types of engineering, Greg found that yachting provided the opportunity to be involved in the multitude of complex systems aboard a superyacht. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Greg is meticulous in task completion and has an excellent work ethic. With his attention to detail and drive for perfection, Greg ensures that all engineering projects are completed to the highest standard. He brings a cool, calm and collected demeanour to his job; guests are assured of a safe and totally relaxing cruising experience.
WATERS CRUISED: Bahamas, Caribbean, East Coast US / Canada, Mediterranean
JOB DESCRIPTION: In charge of the overall management of the Engineering Department, the operation and maintenance of all safety and critical equipment.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: MCA Y1 Chief Engineer, PADI Open Water Diver, STCW 95
HOBBIES: Rugby, motorsports, wake boarding, golf, kite boarding and diving
CHIEF ENGINEER (Rotation) | JAN POLS | DUTCH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Resilience, Invictus, The Mercy Boys, Titania, Capri, Caneli
WORK EXPERIENCE: Jan was born in the Netherlands and grew up with an interest in everything technical. After completing nautical college, he joined the Dutch Merchant Navy where he came across “white boats” and found that being an engineer on the yachts was a good career move. After 16 years on yachts he still enjoys his job and being a part of the team on SYCARA V.
WATERS CRUISED: East/West coast Atlantic, Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, North Sea, Baltic Sea
JOB DESCRIPTION: In charge of the overall management of the Engineering Department, the operation of all safety and critical equipment.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: MCA Chief Engineer Y1, Commercial Engineer Class II, YM Offshore
HOBBIES: Riding and restoring classic motorbikes, carpentry, reading
SECOND ENGINEER (Rotation) | CHARLES BOUTOILLE | FRENCH
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Ti Voglio Tanto Bene, S/Y Le Ponant, Azimut 120
WORK EXPERIENCE: Charles was born in Saint Malo, the famous privateering port in Brittany. He began his seafaring career at 18 working on various kinds of commercial vessels-small cruise ships, ferries and merchant ships. Charles's his last experience was on a boat cruising New Caledonia and the Vanuatu islands.
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Caribbean and French waters
JOB DESCRIPTION: Assists the Chief Engineer with the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the vessel's equipment.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Chief engineer Reg III/3 ticket
HOBBIES: Traveling in remote places, diving, hiking and spending time with friends
SECOND ENGINEER (Rotation) | CHRISTIAN BERCHON | SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Rebellious, Equilibrium, Ancora, Lady Sheridan, Sibelle
WORK EXPERIENCE: Christian was born in Durban, RSA and spent his life on the water in fishing competitions and enjoying water sports of all varieties. He immigrated to Houston, Texas for 3 years after which Christian returned to Cape Town to finish his studies. Upon completing a business management degree, he made the choice to follow his passion for the sea and start a career in the megayacht industry. Prior to joining the SYCARA V team, Christian worked as a deckhand for a season and next worked as a mate/engineer for 4 years.
WATERS CRUISED: Mediterranean, Indian, Caribbean and Atlantic
JOB DESCRIPTION: Assists the Chief Engineer with the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the vessel's equipment.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: Y3, CAT Manufactures Certificate, Yacht Master Offshore
HOBBIES: Traveling, good food, good music and anything with a motor and wheels
THIRD ENGINEER | STEPHEN EYSSEN | SOUTH AFRICAN
PREVIOUS YACHTS: S/Y Tenacious, Deep, Kaori
WORK EXPERIENCE: Stephen was born in the Cape Winelands and grew up in the small coastal town of Stillbay. He loves and respects the ocean, surfing and sailing from a young age. Stephen was schooled and apprenticed in boat building and elements of yachting design and gained valuable knowledge and skills working for well-known companies. After his studies Stephen started his yachting career, eventually going to sea as an engineer in the super yacht industry.
WATERS CRUISED: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, West Coast USA/Alaska/Canada, Indian Ocean/East Coast, South Africa
JOB DESCRIPTION: Assisting the Chief and Second Engineers with daily operations and maintenance.
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES: STCW 95, MCA AEC, Boat Building NQF4, Elements of yacht design, Powerboat II. Currently working toward Y4 engineering license.
HOBBIES: Surfing, sailing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, downhill skating, wine tasting, traveling and exploring