CAPTAIN - GRANT HEUNIS, SOUTH AFRICAN
Grant grew up in East London, South Africa and joins the Elysian family from a well-known and successful charter yacht - M/Y Passion. Having spent 12 years onboard his previous yacht, he is excited to join the team and venture into new waters bringing with him a world of experience from running such a busy charter yacht.
Grant began his career as a deckhand giving him an invaluable understanding of each position onboard. He has held his MCA Master 3000 Ton License since 2012 when he took over as full-time Captain. Having acted as a relief Captain for some time already, this was an easy transition for Grant and has since exceeded all expectations in the role.
Grant has extensive cruising experience in the Caribbean, Bahamas, East Coast of the USA, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean waters. Adding to his skill set he is a PADI rescue diver and a RYA Jet Ski Instructor. A keen sportsman, having competed at the provincial level in water polo and surfing in South Africa, he enjoys the outdoors, keeping fit and hiking.
A combination of qualifications and experience from these various backgrounds ensures a well-developed sense of safety and security while at the same time guaranteeing a fun-filled vacation onboard.
Grant's strong emphasis on planning, organization, and training ensures an impeccable vessel, and that a professional and motivated crew is on hand to pamper you all through your time onboard with us.
CHIEF OFFICER - DUDLEY SALT, SOUTH AFRICAN
Dudley grew up with his twin brother on a hunting farm in Namibia and takes any opportunity to return home and spend time with his family.
Dudley has recently gained his MCA Master Yachts Unlimited 3000 Ton License and has 10 years of experience in the private yachting industry; 5 of which have been as a Chief Officer on some of the most elite yachts on the water including M/Y Satori, which won Best Interior and Exterior in the 50m category at the 2012 World Super Yacht Awards. With so much experience, Mr. Dudley Salt is indeed a well- seasoned officer.
Some of Dudley's most memorable experiences include cruising through the Corinth Canal, a 4-mile long canal that is less than 70 ft wide. He was privileged to have the unique experience of wakeboarding behind the yacht from time to time. Some of his other hobbies include golfing with friends, fishing, and hunting.
SECOND OFFICER - IAN MACALISTER, SOUTH AFRICAN
Ian grew up in the surfing suburb of Muizenberg, Cape Town and has always had his sights set for a life on the ocean.
A self-confessed fitness fanatic he has represented both South Africa and the United Kingdom in Water Polo. He is an experienced lifeguard having spent 4 years manning the beaches in his hometown and we are more than happy to put those skills to good use onboard Elysian.
Ian has worked hard to recently gain his Officer of the Watch and is diligently working towards his Chief Mate ticket. Should you wish to make use of the many water activities we have to offer Ian can be found out on deck at any time.
BOSUN - NICHOLAS CHAPLIN, SOUTH AFRICAN
Nic's yachting career started as a hobby, sailing around South Africa on a 40ft sailboat for a year. It wasn't until his friends told him about getting into the industry full time that he started looking for a permanent position as a deckhand. Prior to all this, Nic studied at the University of Stellenbosch where he gained his degree in Finance and Honors in Strategic Management.
Nic has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe, and America where he has visited over 20 states. He has sailed all around the Caribbean and won the 3rd place in the St. Barths Bucket sailing competition. Nic loves being outdoors keeping active with fishing, hunting, diving, cycling and of course sailing.
HEAD CHEF - TYRONE POWER, AUSTRALIAN
After 15 years working in Restaurants and Event Catering Tyrone discovered the Yachting Industry by complete accident after a ski trip with friends landed him in Antibes; one of the major yachting hubs in the Mediterranean. 12 years later he still has the huge passion for the industry and takes great joy in mastering different culinary skills for guests and crew alike.
Having worked onboard some of the busiest charter yachts in the industry such as Lazy Z, Senses and Naia we are very fortunate to have both his expertise and his positive energy to share our days (and our appetites) with. During his time on Lazy Z Tyrone won two prestigious yachting awards at the Antigua 2012 Boat Show taking out the title of ‘Concurs De Chef' and the ‘Caribbean Coffee Roaster' Competitions.
Tyrone loves the outdoors and takes any opportunity to explore having traveled extensively through Asia, The Middle East, North Africa and Europe with his high school sweetheart Elizabeth. After eloping in 2010 Lizzy and Tyrone have two beautiful young children aged 3 and 4 who are now settled in the UK while Dad continues to tackle the high seas.
SOUS CHEF - CHARLIE CHIN, CANADIAN
Charlie is from Vancouver, Canada and has joined the Elysian family after tenures onboard M/Y Romanza and M/Y Cherish. Prior to discovering the yachting industry three years ago he enjoyed a long career with Four Seasons and tantalized taste buds at some of Vancouver's trendiest restaurants.
Joining the yacht just days before its Atlantic crossing the crew made it to the other side with full bellies as we devoured his many different cuisines along the way. Rooted in the food of the Pacific North West and Asia, Charlie's true passion lies in the details of Mediterranean cuisine.
In his spare time, Charlie and his Husband love to search out Tokyo's finest ramen noodles, Catalonia's tastiest pintxo's and Portland's heaviest brews.
CHIEF STEWARDESS - JENNA MENTINK, NEW ZEALAND
Growing up in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, Jen has been brought up to make the most of any opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Her love for travel led to a career as a flight attendant in her early twenties. It is through this that she discovered the yachting industry 5 years ago. Working alongside Captain Mark Lacey she played an integral role in the launch of Delta's largest 50m Super Yacht, M/Y Arianna and takes great pride in providing exceptional guest service at all times.
Always up for a new challenge Jen is a qualified Bikram Yoga Teacher, holds her Medical Person in Charge and Medical Care at Sea Certificates as well as her Open Underwater Dive Certificate.
As your Chief Stewardess onboard M/Y Elysian Jen is dedicated to making your stay as relaxing and as enjoyable as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything that she can assist you with.
2ND STEWARDESS - AMY MCDONNELL, AUSTRALIAN
Growing up in Australia's sunniest city - Perth, Amy has always made the most of its outdoor lifestyle. Surrounded by world class beaches and home to an abundant array of marine life it is no surprise that Amy feels right at home on the ocean. Leaving a career in Finance behind to travel America, Amy discovered the yachting industry by accident during a visit to Fort Lauderdale.
Since joining the industry she has been lucky enough to cruise the Mediterranean, Caribbean and East Coast of America, taking every opportunity to explore the different cultures along the way. Documenting her travels through her love of photography Amy is always ready to discover new places with guests and crew alike.
With her infectious smile Amy is a fun and energetic member of the crew that is dedicated to providing exceptional guest service and is rumored to make the best Bloody Mary in town. Should there be anything at all that Amy can assist you with, please don't hesitate to ask.
3RD STEWARDESS - MONIQUE FIFIELD, AUSTRALIAN
Monique is from the tropical North East of Australia in Port Douglas but has been living on the sunshine coast for the past 10 years.
Since joining the industry two years ago Monique has traveled extensively throughout Europe where she fell in love with Portugal and made it her home for the past 3 summers. Having completed three Atlantic crossings in her short time in yachting Monique loves the excitement and challenges that the job has to offer.
With her bubbly personality and enthusiasm, she is a wonderful addition to our team!
JUNIOR STEWARDESS, CARA GROVE, SOUTH AFRICAN
Brand new to the yachting industry Elysian is Cara's very first experience onboard a Super Yacht. At 23 years of age, she is on her first solo adventure leaving her friends and family in South Africa as she takes on the industry.
Cara loves the ocean having worked at a dive center while studying that took ocean tours to marine protected areas. She is a qualified diver and holds her Rescue Dive Certificate.
With her sweet as pie accent and infectious smile, we are all delighted to welcome Cara to the Elysian family.
At all times if there is anything a member of your crew can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please do not hesitate to ask!
HEAD OF HOUSEKEEPING - LEL MUNRO, ENGLISH
Lel was born on the South Coast of England in a small seaside town called Exeter. Lel went to University in Oxford where she completed a degree in Publishing. After graduating she ventured into the city, making London her home for the next two and a half years working in Partnership Marketing.
In 2014 Lel was introduced to the yachting industry and has joined the Elysian Family after 18 months spent on an 80m yacht called Solange. Excited to be a part of the team we feel very lucky to have her lovely smile gracing our hallways as she ensures you never have to lift a finger in your guest cabin. A cheerful morning person Lel will be ready to assist you from the moment you wake up onboard M/Y Elysian.
CHIEF ENGINEER - ADRIAN COETSEE, SOUTH AFRICAN
In 1996 Adrian relocated from South Africa to the UK, where he found his new home on the South Coast of England. This is where he first discovered his love of the water and began racing sailboats. After a delivery from England to Antibes on a sailing yacht, he was introduced to the world of Super Yachts and his hobbies turned into a professional career on the water.
Adrian has worked on both private and charter yachts and brings with him 16 years of industry experience - the first 6 years on deck and the last decade as an Engineer.
When he moved to the U.K. Adrian started sailing as a hobby and loves anything involving being in and around the water. He enjoys water skiing and is currently learning to kite surf.
2ND ENGINEER - THALEIA LEWIS, FRENCH
Thaleia lived and worked at a famous mountain resort in the French Alps for 10 years before she heard about the yachting industry through some of her good friends. With the temptation of warmer weather, she left for Antibes and has been yachting ever since.
In her 8 years of traveling, she has had some incredible experiences from following whales to sitting out hurricanes in the Sea of Cortez. Thaleia has braved diving with sharks, manta rays, and sting rays as well as visiting the Galapagos Islands where she had the privilege of meeting ‘Lonesome George' - a 100-year-old giant tortoise, the last of his species and considered the rarest creature in the world in his time.
Thaleia studied at the University of Manchester, England, where she obtained her Master's Degree with Honors, in Mechanical Engineering. In her spare time, Thaleia enjoys cycling and meeting new people where ever she goes.
DECKHAND/3RD ENGINEER - ALEX EATON, AUSTRALIAN
Born and raised in Western Australia Alex has always had a great passion for the outdoors. Perth is a vibrant and energetic city that offers a truly unique experience with both expansive parklands and stunning beaches literally at your doorstep.
After leaving school Alex undertook an apprenticeship at a local Butcher and quickly progressed to Store Manager. After 11 years in the industry, and with the glistening view of the ocean in front of him, it was time to hang up the carving knife and travel the world.
Starting out in America, Alex was introduced to the yachting industry and soon discovered his passion for engineering. He has since taken every opportunity to gain hands-on experience and obtain his certificates in both Engineering and First Aid.
A friendly and approachable member of the crew please don't hesitate to ask if there is anything Alex can help you with.
DECKHAND - DANIEL MURRAY, SOUTH AFRICAN
Daniel has been in the yachting industry for a little ever a year having learned the ropes onboard Lady Leila before joining Elysian.
Growing up with the spectacular ocean views that South Africa has to offer Dan had never known that a career on the high seas was even possible. As a child, he spent many holiday's traveling with his family to places such as Thailand, Mauritius and much of Europe, opportunities he is extremely grateful for and which added to his desire to travel as an adult. While his two older brothers have settled into a life in South Africa Dan is carving his own path in the yachting industry and is excited continue his adventure with the Elysian Family.
DECKHAND - VERSTER VENTER, SOUTH AFRICAN
Officially the baby of the boat completing High School last year in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Verster, nicknamed "Fish", has since obtained his Yacht Master's Certificate and is keen to put it to good use. He is a determined deckhand who has worked hard to prove himself as a valued member of our team.
Verster has visited the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium and enjoys playing golf or fishing when he has the chance.