CLAIRE Crew Profiles
* SHARED CAPTAIN'S POSITION
Captain Marcio Jaspan | Brazilian
With 20 years of experience as a yacht captain and engineer, Captain Marcio operates CLAIRE with the utmost safety and care for those on board. Having only worked aboard 5 yachts in his career span, he is a dedicated and loyal professional. Speaking 3 languages, Captain Marcio is highly cultured, and has traveled the world extensively while on charter, and privately as well. He leads a strong team of dedicated crew, and creates a truly familial environment for all those on board. As a dive master, he thoroughly enjoys the water, and oftentimes instructs charter guests on how to get the best out of a diving excursion. A dedicated family man, Captain Marcio lives with his wife and young daughter in Florida, when he is not on charter.
Captain Kevin Hart | British
Kevin has been surrounded by the sea all his life having grown up on a small Island off the east coast of England and living on the east coast of Australia, plus the west coast of South Africa during his long career at sea. Kevin has worked at sea since he was 16 on an array of different types of ocean-going vessels from small cargo ships to cruise ships, working his way up from a deck cadet to a Master Mariner with over 25 years’ experience in navigating the world’s oceans. The past 11 years Kevin has been serving on various luxury yachts 45 to 60m in size, 10 years as captain cruising and chartering the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Safety is always priority along with providing guests on CLAIRE with an unforgettable experience to take home with them. Captain Hart now resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with his beautiful wife, and two young children. He has a passion for traveling the globe and loves water sports, scuba diving, and snowboarding when and where he can.
Chief Officer Karl Vanlint | British
Karl grew up in Hertfordshire, U.K. Being a landlocked part of the country, the extent of his time on the water in his early life extended to family holidays to Cornwall in the southwest of England. He completed a degree in Computer Games Design yet quickly decided that sitting in front of a computer all day wasn't for him. As soon as he graduated he instead started to pursue his new career and ambition; working on yachts! His seven years in the industry has seen him work throughout the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, and Europe. He has spent much time in Italy, where he picked up some of the language. His favorite cruising destination, however, would have to be the Norwegian fjords. In 2013/2014 he spent a year at maritime college in order to become a Deck Officer. Karl runs the deck department and works closely with Dario and Mike to ensure that the guests of CLAIRE have the most enjoyable and safe experience possible.
Chef Steven Mills | South African
Steve is a Grand Diploma qualified chef, who studied at South Africa’s prestigious Cordon Bleu “Silwood Kitchens” in Cape Town for 3 years. All fields of cooking and establishments that he has been affiliated with since his career began have been of the highest standards, recognized by “Relais and Chateau” and groups of equal, if not higher reputation. Steve chose to specialize his skills towards being a private chef and yachting seemed the perfect stage to hone his career and passion. Yachting has secured Steven’s knowledge of the world’s different cuisines and requirements, thus has pushed his career to Head Chef on 50m + vessels. Steve is a dedicated seafarer and crew member, with a love for the ocean and a passion for the high-end service our owners and guests deserve. Being a keen fisherman and a boat owner, all aspects of safety, knowledge of the ocean, weather and tender driving fall under my natural grasp.
Chief Stewardess Ximena Music | Costa Rica
Originally from beautiful Costa Rica, but now an American Citizen, Ximena moved to Florida 12 years ago to pursue a career in yachting after working at “Los Suenos Marina” office in Mexico. She joined her 1st yacht the day after arriving in Florida and has worked on various size luxury yachts these past 12 years working all the up to Chief Stewardess position. Ximena says she has loved being a yacht stewardess from day one and is very passionate about her work, plus providing 1st class service. She is a real people’s person and always there to help, plus very cheerful. She enjoys going to the gym to keep fit, cooking, driving her cars and spending time with her favorite niece.
Bosun Mike Hill | South African
Michael grew up in Knysna, South Africa. He has have spent his life on the water and has been sailing since he was 12 years old. When Mike was at school, he worked at Knysna yacht club teaching sailing and canoeing. He finished school in 2006 and has been gaining sailing qualifications & experience ever since. When he was 16 he started racing competitively and put together his own team for the J22 Nationals. He has competed in a few Laser nationals and provincials races. Mike says that sailing and working on the ocean is his true passion. Mike is a very outgoing and friendly person who enjoys meeting new people and can get along with everyone. He is a good host and has lots of experience with different cultures sailing the world. Mike enjoys wakeboarding, skiing, surfing, and having some fun on a jet ski.
Chief Engineer Andre Caixeta | Brazilian American
Andre grew up in Brazil and served with the Brazilian Navy, plus Governors Body Guard before he moved to the United States 19 years ago. Living here in Florida, he started working on luxury yachts and various dive charter boats, after being invited on a diving trip to the Bahamas. Andre's passion for Scuba diving lead him to manage Dive Shops and work on Diving vessels, but over the past 7 years, he has concentrated more on Marine Engineering which lead him to gain Engineers Licence allowing him to work on large professionally run motor yachts. In his time away from yachts Andre spends time with his family in Florida and still enjoys his scuba diving with sharks, a little skydiving, hiking, plus cycling.
Second Stewardess Charlotte Moore | Irish
Charlotte grew up in a small village in the Irish countryside. She went to university in Dublin to study and gained her degree in History and Political Science. During this period Charlotte also worked part-time waitressing and hostess in a number of reputable establishments around Dublin. The day after she graduated, Charlotte got on a plane to Florida and soon after started her yachting career as a Stewardess / Deckhand on a motor yacht cruising around the Eastern Caribbean Islands. Charlotte has traveled as much as possible between her studies and work career, skiing in the Alps to Diving in Bahamas and Thailand where she gained her Dive Instructors license.
In her spare time, she loves water sports as well as reading and the arts.
Deckhand Dario Ferguson | Bahamian
Coming from the chain of islands known for its sun, sand, and sea... yes, the Bahamas! That’s where Dario grew up spending all his summers snorkeling, spearfishing, and exploring on a dingy. Dario always had a passion for the water and as a child would fantasize about the super yachts as they passed by. He said to himself that one day he would be the captain of a superyacht and is now on that journey. That’s how he became a part of the yachting world and he loves every minute of it! With four years’ experience at a five- star luxury resort and a friendly personality, he ensures a premium service aboard CLAIRE.