DAVID MARKS Captain
Growing up in the beautiful town of Marblehead, Mass. David started his love of the oceans at a very young age while living aboard his grandfathers yachts. Summer and school vacations he would spend all his time aboard learning all that he could which evolved into his career on the oceans. David spent close to twenty-years on the high seas engaging in the commercial fishing industry from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland to the Warm Waters of the Caribbean. In 1995 he made a career move from commercial fishing to the private yacht industry where he has traveled to all ports of call from the cool waters of the Northeast to the warm waters of the Bahamas and Caribbean. David has been married for thirty-one years and has three beautiful children whom have all followed in his footsteps. His hobbies include anything to do with the water, family time with his wife and children, playing with his two dogs, and most of all just sitting back and chilling around their backyard pool.
TARA PORCELLA Chef
Tara was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Just a short ride outside of New York City. Being part of a large Italian family, Taras love for food began at an early age. Her fondest memories revolve around family gatherings in the kitchen and around the dining table. Learning the art of cooking with love from her Grandmother, family of Chefs and other self-taught relatives paved the way for her career in food. She has held every position in the restaurant industry, learning all aspects of hospitality and food service before moving to South Florida and making the transition onto yachts.Tara enjoys traveling the world and experiencing all of what the world has to offer, immersing herself in culture and sampling the local fare. Nothing makes her happier than a good glass of wine, laughing with fantastic company, and watching the sunset over the horizon.around that big table of food! Taras love of great food, family and friends make for a delicious vacation experience on WILDFLOUR that you will not soon forget.
Mandie Lategan - Stewardess
Mandie grew up with 3 sisters on a farm on the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa. Being part of a family involved in African Safaris and Tourism since a very young age, she has cultivated a strong affinity towards nature and the outdoors. After high school, she finished her bachelors degree in Tourism Management, as well as attaining certificates in photography and diving.Her entry into yachting was in 2010. She has enjoyed her time on both private and charter vessels and has worked in the Bahamas, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, aboard motor yachts. Her sense of humor, passion for nature and professionalism, make her a delightful and affable crewmember aboard M/Y Wildflour.
MICHAEL SANDS Engineer
Michael Sands grew up on the shores of Cape Cod, developing a passion for boating and fishing from a very young age. A seasoned captain with more than 20 years of inshore and offshore experience, Mike has traveled the entire Eastern Seaboard including the Bahamas, Bermuda and the US/British Virgin Islands. Additionally, Mike is experienced in professional tournament fishing. He is skilled in fly fishing, bone fishing and free diving and enjoys sharing this knowledge with others. Mike is dedicated to building strong relationships with owners, families, guests and crew members in order to provide safe, fun and positive experiences on the water. Mike resides in Pompano Beach, Florida, with his wife of 11 years and their young son. In his free time, he enjoys playing ice hockey, traveling and spending time with his family especially at the beach! Having a hands on Dad helped to develop mechanical skills to keep our boats, motorcycles, and cars in top working condition. Mike has taken these skills along with continuous schooling and applied them to the marine industry.
NICK MATTIOLI- 2ND ENGINEER/MATE
Nick was born in New Jersey and at the age of 9, moved to Deerfield Beach, FL where he still lives today. Having lived his entire life, merely a few minutes walk to the beach, Nick developed a passion for everything that involves the ocean. After graduating Cardinal Gibbons High School, he found it evident that attending college or getting a desk job wasnt for him. After some direction from friend, captain David Marks, Nick decided to attend Tech School for engineering. After completing his studies, the coupling of engineering and his love of the water, a career in yachting seemed a logical direction to move towards. Nick has ever since, been in the boating industry and has enjoyed traveling to many and remote locations around the world. His hobbies include fishing, diving, boating but mainly surfing. He is happy to form part of the Wildflour crew and hopes to see you out on the water.
JONATHAN PULASKI Mate
John was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida where he grew up on the waters of the intercostal waterway. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Graphics Design and a Minor in Communications. He is a certified rescue diver, loves wake boarding, surfing, fishing all water related sports. Just a quick click of your fingers and hes in the water ready to goJons keen eye for detail and his awesome personality not only keep the boat shining brightly, but also help to keep guest well entertained. Jonathan has been in the yachting industry for 3 years prior to joining the WILDFLOUR and he is very happy with his change. The guest owners and crew all are so happy that Jon has joined Steffo and he is a huge asset to making all the guest feel comfortable, relaxed and happy.
JOSEPF TUI Mate
A life on the water is nothing new to Joseph. Growing up and spending most of his youth on the islands of Yasawa, located in the western part of Fiji, his first boating experience as a child was in his grandfathers canoe. He owned his first canoe at 10 years old and has been sailing ever since. This love of the ocean was cultivated throughout his adolescence and Joseph is now an avid sailor, fisherman, surfer and diver. He spent most of his 20s working as a dive master, water sports instructor and freelancing on private yachts through Fiji. His break into the yachting world came when a big boat client asked him to remain on board full-time as his personal dive guide. Joseph has since traveled around the world and has settled in South Florida where he joined WILDFLOUR. His knowledge and love of the ocean combined with his laid back, friendly demeanor and awesome sense of humor guarantee a memorable experience for every guest. Joseph loves fishing, diving, surfing, music, sports and above all, food. If hes not on deck or in the water, then he is most likely in the galley annoying the chef.