Ulf Schabacker ~ Captain
Ulf was born and raised in East Germany, before he moved to Munich where he studied Hotel/Catering Management and continued with Sport and Tourism Management. His love for the water started in his early years when he spent all summers at the German beaches, where he also got his first introduction in to sailing. After spending several years working in hotel and restaurant management in the German based 5 star Hotels Maritim, Arabella Munich and the well-known Relais Chateaux Hambleton Hall in Rutland Waters, England, his urge of exploring the seas led him to a maritime academy in England. He started delivering sail boats from anywhere in Europe until he got hired as a mate on his first Motor Yacht. Within one year he was offered his first position as captain. Over the course of his 15 years experience in the industry, Ulf has overseen 5 new build projects, several extensive refits and captained private and charter yachts in the most popular and also less known areas of the oceans.
As the master, Ulfs primary focus is to ensure the safety of the guests, crew and the vessel. His duties range from navigation to accounting, planning and managing charters to the overall management of the yacht and the crew. He encourages all departments to work as a team to ensure that each charter will be a rewarding experience. He is operating KEMOSABE with the right balance between a formal and a casual ambiance which is desired by all guests.
Wayne Gallo ~ Chef
Wayne grew up in Durban, South Africa, where he first
began his culinary journey in the restaurant industry,
working his way up and eventually running restaurants
around the globe. Wayne has British and Italian ancestral
roots which drew him to move to the UK in the early 90s.
Having spent a lot of time traveling the world, food has
always been a priority and a passion for him. Yachting
was the perfect way to combine his two loves, traveling
and food. Wayne joined the high seas in 2009 and hasn't
looked back since.
Creativity is a speciality of Waynes and he is happy to
conjure up anything your palate desires and cater to
specific dietary requirements. With his mixed culture background you will find a fusion cuisine
combining local ingredients with exotic flavors. From hors doeuvres to a formal dinner to a
midnight snack, his culinary delights will tantalize even the most discerning taste buds.
In his free time he enjoys water sports, finding new surf hot spots and diving.
Tash Downing ~Chief Stewardess
Tash was born and raised in New Zealand, originally from
Wellington but grew up in Auckland. Tash has always
been very active and loves her sports wether it be wake
boarding on the ocean or hiking through the mountains.
Through all of her sporting career she decided to study
massage therapy. After 2 years of study she gained her
Diploma in Health Science and Sports Massage. Post
study, Tash was nannying, waitressing and working in a
physiotherapy clinic, she decided she needed a change
and travel was the answer. What better way to travel then
to join the big, beautiful super yacht industry. She now
has over 5 years experience working onboard large super
yachts and continues to thrive at her job by living out her
dream of traveling, being on the ocean and putting her
many years of experience in the hospitality industry to good use.
It is my duty and my pleasure to ensure that you have the utmost enjoyable experience on board
Motor Yacht Kemosabe.
Lauren Botha~ 2nd Stewardess
With British and Zimbabwean family ties, Lauren has
always felt that her heart is in more than one place and
since leaving home at the tender age of 18 she has been on
the move ever since. She has worked in 5 star hotels in
London, luxury Safari lodges in Africa and has worked on
super yachts from Asia to the Mediterranean for over 4
years now. In her spare time she travels, cooks and loves
to listen to live music of all genres.
Rolf Peinke~ Engineer
Hi my name is Rolf!
I hail from the sunny shores of Durban, South Africa. Ive
been working on engines since I was just a wee pup, being
handed this skill from my father and my fathers father. I
entered the maritime industry over 10 years ago and to this
day I wake up with a smile on my face being able to
combine my passion for travel, engines and watersports.
When Im not twisting spanners you will find me on the race
track in full leathers smashing lap records on Superbikes.
Kyle~ Chief Mate
Kyle was born and raised in South Africa and has a
passion for motorsports, fishing and rugby. His love of
the outdoors and the ocean has driven him to pursue a
career in the maritime industry, starting out as a deckhand
five years ago, gaining vast knowledge and experience
and working his way up through the ranks to be where he
his today. He has worked on board private and charter
yachts for over five years, prior to going yachting Kyle
was running five star private lodges in Mozambique. He
is currently working towards his OOW unlimited and
wants to progress further to his Master 3000.
Tyron Pretorius- Deckhand
I was born in the city of Nelspruit, South Africa and
moved to a small farm town. It is in this place that my
passion for the outdoors sparked. I was always out
playing sports, camping and cycling. Before I discovered
my passion for sailing the seas, I spent 3 years as a junior
craftsman. I am glad I realized sooner rather than later as
I can now focus on making your stay as adventurous and
as fun as possible.