January 2018 Update
CAPTAIN: Mark Stout (Scottish, 43 years old)
Mark was born in the beautiful country Scotland and from there he starts his nautical joinery. Mark started his nautical career as a commercial fisherman in the North Sea where he worked his way up to become Captain. He holds three different types of Captains licenses for different areas in the maritime industry. Mark has been at sea for more than 20 years and has over 500,000 nautical miles under his belt. He has taken luxury yachts all over and takes great pleasure in putting together detailed cruising itineraries for guests who like to experience the best in travel, food, culture and adventure. Mark’s experience will guarantee that your cruise aboard Burkut will be an unforgettable journey.
Licenses: MCA - Master (Yachts) 3000GT,
Hobbies: Football, Skiing, Cars and visiting new places.
Waters cruised: Mediterranean, Caribbean, North Sea, Black Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas, East Coast – USA, New Zealand, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea.
CHIEF STEWARDESS: TBC
SECOND STEWARDESS: Caitlin Killassy (South African, 28 years old)
Caitlin has a wonderful big smile with a gentle approachable attitude. Before Caitlin joined the yachting industry, she has a passion for beautiful things, which led her to becoming a very creative make-up artist for six years working in films and with models. With this amazing talent Caitlin decided to show the world, which got her onto the stunning MY BURKUT.
Qualifications: Makeup degree which can offer an extra attribute to our charter guest in our spa.
Hobbies: Painting, Drawing, Sowing, Hiking, Anything Creative
Waters cruised: Mediterranean and Caribbean
JUNIOR STEWARDESS/CREW CHEF: Ivana Vulic (Croatian, 26 years old)
In 2016, Ivana finished college and earned a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship in Culture and Tourism. Since high school Hospitality and Tourism have been her field of study and she has been working on various job positions in this sector (from Maid and Waitress to Head of reception). Now she is working in the yachting industry where she has a chance to develop her skills in foreign languages of which she is fluent in English, German and Italian and has a basic knowledge of Russian, Spanish and Bulgarian. She also likes working with people and all the challenges that kind of job brings. Her last employment was as a solo stew on a private yacht. A position that included service, housekeeping and occasional babysitting.
Hobbies: spending her free time with her friends and family, outdoor activities, traveling and reading, especially foreign books.
Waters cruised: Mediterranean and Caribbean
CHIEF OFFICER: Damien Peterson (South African, 34 years old)
Damien’s driven personality has brought him 9 years in the yachting industry, within the 9 years he has become a qualified Chief Officer and is also working towards becoming a captain hopefully in the near future. Damien has cruised all over the world, he has seen the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific extensively. His background is from sailing in Cape Town, so his love for the sea runs deep. Damien has loved his time on yachts and is looking forward to many more exciting years ahead.
Licenses: MCA - Chief Mate (3,000gt)
Hobbies: Water Sports, Trail running, Camping, Photography
Waters cruised: Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Pacific
SECOND OFFICER: Ivan Ivanac (Croatian, 26 years old)
After coming from the merchant navy, Ivan found his way to MY Burkut. He joined us in spring after a 9 month spell on a 60m private yacht. And is looking forward to a busy charter season.
Although Ivan is relatively new to the Yachting industry he is a quick learner and well-mannered around guests like the rest of Burkut crew.
Licenses: Officer of the Watch (Unlimited), Personal Watercraft Instructor
Waters cruised: Chinese coast, Pacific, North & South America, Mediterranean and Caribbean
Hobbies: Mountain climbing, swimming, reading and learning new languages.
BOSUN: Kelton Gianni (British, 22 years old)
Kelton was originally born in South Africa and moved to London when he was 2 years old, at 14 he attended college to study car and bike mechanics. At 18 he decided to join his brothers in the Yachting industry. Since then Kelton has worked on M/Y Rising Sun and is working hard to achieve his goal of getting all his qualifications needed to become an officer.
Hobbies: Football, Rugby, Scuba Diving, Traveling
Waters cruised: Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, Miami, Cuba.
DECKHAND: Paget Berry (British)
CHIEF ENGINEER 1: Jorge Ruiz Garcia (Spanish, 42 years old)
Jorge has been in the yachting industry since 2001 and has a previous background in tankers. He is qualifies as an Unlimited Chief Engineer. He Likes things done properly and enjoys being at work. Jorge is an easy going and social person always happy to give the best of himself to achieve professional and personal goals.
Waters cruised: Atlantic Ocean – North to South and East to West, Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean, Black and Red seas.
CHIEF ENGINEER 2: Georgi Georgiev Kostadinov (Bulgarian)
SECOND ENGINEER: Olivier Revel (French, 27 years old)
From a young age Olivier has always had a love for engineering. Deciding to follow his passion he joined the Merchant navy in Saint Malo for 2 years which lead him to find a job on sailing boats as a deck/engineer before becoming an engineer on a Corsica Passenger ship for 3 seasons. Olivier then joined the yachting industry last year and plans to carry on in yachting while furthering his studies to obtain his Chief engineer ticket.
Hobbies: Running, Diving, Hiking
Waters cruised: Mediterranean