CAPTAIN, Vangelis from Greece, Age 52
Also known as Baloo, Vangelis was born in the town of Piraeus in Athens. He holds a License Hellenic Merchant Maritime (Skipper A’Class) and has worked on various Sailing Yachts around the world.
Captain Vangelis has vast knowledge of the Eastern Mediterranean and knows the waters very well. He has also undertaken an Atlantic crossing from Spain to Miami and he has extensive experience in racing sail at offshore and Olympic Class boats since a very young age, winning medals in various classes.
In his spare time, Captain Baloo enjoys relaxing with his Wife and two Children.
CHIEF ENGINEER, Matthew Lenehan from New Zealand, Age 33
Matthew holds his Engineer License, Yacht master offshore 200T, STCW95, RYA Competent Crew, Powerboat Level 2 and has a Bachelor of Business Degree.
Matthew entered the industry in 2009 and he has worked on various yachts around the world. Matthew has cruised the Baltic, England, Scotland, Caribbean, East and West Mediterranean. He joined S/Y Baracuda in 2012 and is a valuable member of the team.
When he is not working, Matthew can be found either on the mountains snowboarding or in the sea playing with all types of water toys.
CHIEF OFFICER, George Mastandreou from Greece, Age 34
With many years of experience sailing the Aegean Sea, as well as the Western Mediterranean and beyond, George joined S/Y Baracuda at the end of 2015 and has proven to be a capable deck crew member. He has vast knowledge of deck repairs and maintenance as well as expertise in navigating.
George has many interests outside of yachting including cycling, skiing and watersports. George is also a fan of Formula 1 and is a whiz kid with computers.
CHEF, Rene from the Philippines, Age 40
Rene was born in the Philippines where he attended Culinary Schooling. His passion for food has taken him around the world cooking from fine dining restaurants, Resorts, Hotels, Private Residences and now, yachts. Rene has won various International Yacht Chef Cooking Competitions. He has a flair for Asian cuisine but since living in Greece for eighteen years, has cultural understanding for Mediterranean gourmet cooking. Rene is always enthusiastic to please and goes above and beyond for his Guests and Clients.
BOSUN, Manos Boutris from Greece, Age 26
Manos joined the superyacht industry at age 21 and joined S/Y Baracuda in 2017. Manos discovered his love of sailing whilst sailing for the Greek National team resulting in many achievements from the young age of 10. In his spare time Manos enjoys keeping active with watersports and snowboarding. You will also find him on the beach enjoying some quiet time.
DECKHAND/ENGINER, Raemon Devlin from Ireland, Age 43
Looking to tick off his workplace bucket list, Raemon joined S/Y Baracuda in 2015 as a very valuable crew member, to fulfill his passion for boats and the sea. Carpenter by trade, this nomad has worked around the world in various jobs and careers, making friends al ong the way. His heart placed him in Greece, where he is content spending time with his wife and bringing up his family.As a singer, song writer by hobby, you can find Raemon jamming with his band in venues around Athens.
CHIEF STEWARDESS, Kyrie Watson from England, Age 26
Kyrie has worked in various luxurious restaurants and caterings in England before joining the yachting industry in 2012. Kyrie worked on large yachts around the world before making the change to sailing on S/Y Baracuda. She is always willing to lend a hand on deck when needed.
Kyrie is a dynamic, well-presented individual with a meticulous eye for detail and professional approach to her work. She is hard working, reliable and enthusiastic.
Kyrie won the Best Tablescaping Award in Category A' Platinum of the “Chef Competition” during the 4th Mediterranean Yacht Show 2017 in Nafplion, Greece.
In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, travelling and loves being sociable.
2ND STEWARDESS, Damilaya Latfullina from NZ, Age 26
Before joining the yachting industry in 2015, Dami worked as a legal secretary before realizing her love for travel. Previously working on large Motor Yachts, Dami then joined Baracuda in 2017. She is a hardworking, well presented individual who will strive in the industry. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, socializing with friends and enjoying a book on the beach.
3rd STEWARDESS, Kari Wilson from England, Age 27
As a fully qualified, trained, Toni and Guy Hair Dresser, Kari was looking for a change of scenery when she joined S/Y Baracuda in November 2015. Running very successful Salons around Spain and Gibraltar, Kari is excited to adapt her skill set to the yachting industry. Kari is an enthusiastic and positive individual with an adventuress streak. She is always smiling and will endeavor to exceed client’s expectations. Kari enjoys going to the gym, music and socializing with friends and family.