RELENTLESS CREW PROFILES
Mike Mullen- CAPTAIN
Before joining RELENTLESS, Michael was the longtime captain for the Hollywood celebrity, Merv Griffin, and during his time running a trio of yachts belonging to Mr. Griffin, he spent time cruising on both US and Canadian East and West coasts, as well as most Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern ports. Prior to that he sailed a 174' motor yacht across the Pacific and worked in Malaysia and Singapore, traveling extensively in the South Pacific.
Growing up in England, and needing some income to fund his passion for climbing in the North West Highland of Scotland, his maritime career began as a lobster fisherman in the Hebrides and West Coast of Scotland. He then went ton to work on oil rigs during the North Sea boom and then oil rig anchor handling supply boats all over the world, quickly working his way up to become the youngest captain in the Zapata fleet at the time.
Somewhere along the way climbing gave way to sailing, and he has owned his own 35' sailing yacht, and has captained and worked on yachts up to 300 feet. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and seamanship to his position on RELENTLESS. Nowadays most of his time is spent in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, where he puts his experience to great advantage in finding the best anchorages, harbors, (and hopefully sometimes fish!) for this charter guests.
Kirk Thomas - FIRST MATE
Kirk grew up the renowned seaport of Durban, South Africa, He has always had a love for the ocean and spent every waking minute on the water when he could. He loves visiting new places, keeping fit and body building and is proficient in all kinds of water sports.
In his fourth year of yachting, Kirk believes he has found his niche in life and is busy studying to advance his career in the yachting industry. He is always willing to lend a hand and enjoys chauffeuring guests around in the Intrepid tender.
Steve Van Loggerenberg - CHEF
Steve is from the Gold Coast of Australia and has been a professional chef for over 20 years, the past 12 years as Executive Chef onboard motor yachts. Steve has experience in 5star hotels, Michelin star restaurants, and has had formal training under a European Master Chef and the Culinary School in Queensland. He has won many awards for his cuisine in yacht charter competitions. He specializes in Mediterranean, Asian, French, American and Fusion cuisine, but is comfortable cooking any style or dish. Steve pays great attention to the detail and finer points of his trade, utilizing the freshest produce available from specialized purveyors and local markets. Steve will be happy to tailor his cuisine to suit your tastes, diet or restrictions, just ask!
Currently Steve is based in South Florida and enjoys spending time with his family, Scuba diving, keeping fit and watching his favorite rugby and soccer teams play!
Christine Drake (Bugsy) - CHIEF STEWARDESS
Hailoing from Durban, South Africa, Christine has 4 years of experience in the yachting industry. She was attracted to the business as a result of her love for the ocean and working in the hospitality industry. She worked her way up the ladder to the position as Chief Stewardess and has since been working on both private and charter yachts. She has worked in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and has done two Atlantic crossings. In her spare time, she has a passion for photography and enjoys
trail running, cycling and anything adventurous, including a season on the most recent Bravo TV series of Below Deck Mediterranean. So, if she looks familiar, that is where you will recognize her from1
PF Lyndon - ENGINEER
PF has roots both in the UK and New Zealand and comes form a background in aviation, having served in the Royal Air Force as an Avionics technician and engineer. He has been in the yachting industry for a number of years now, and has spent time on some prestigious yachts both in the US and Mediterranean. He now spends most of his time looking after two or three Florida yachts on a a part time basis and being available for trips as necessary. PJ is very proud of his workplace and encourages guests to come on a tour of the Engine Room at any time!
Simone Seckington - STEWARDESS
Simone grew up in the southeast of England and spent time living in both Spain and Italy. She first became a stewardess in the Mediterranean and later obtained a BA Honors Degree in Communications and Audio- Visual Production at London's Guildhall University, and followed that with Music Production and Sound Engineering. Once she moved to Florida she again became involved with yachts and continues to work freelance for many prestigious yachts. Simone gains valuable inspiration through her travels and meeting new people. Currently writing a book in her spare time, Simone's other interests include running, boxing, gymnastics, Thai kick-boxing, swimming, cooking, music and tennis.
She is a huge animal lover.
Samantha Gardiner - STEWARDESS
Samantha was born in South Africa and raised in Zimbabwe with her family. For the past few years she has been spreading her wings, traveling the world. Samantha has a very keen interest in the ocean having spent the six months on Andros Island, Bahamas volunteering for a marine conservation project, where she discovered her love for scuba diving and managed to complete her PADI Dive Master qualification, just one step away from being an instructor. Samantha went on to join the world of yachting in 2015, starting her career on the French Riviera, going on to cruise both the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas for the past 2 years.
Kyle Hadwen - BOSUN
Kyle is from Port Elizabeth, a small city off the southeast coast of South Africa, close to the famous surfing town, Jeffrey's Bay. Completing High School in 2008, he embarked on a backpack travel adventure through Australia, where he knew this is what he enjoys!
Returning to South Africa, he decided to further study in the field of Sales and Marketing and also part time work in the hospitality business around Cape Town. He was made aware of a career in the yachting and found it a perfect combination fo satisfying his desire to travel, his love for the ocean and learning interesting new nautical skills. Since joining the industry, he has travelled the States, Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and Canada. He holds his 200 ton Yacht Masters license as well.
He has a passion for fitness and enjoys all water sports activities, playing guitar and anything adventurous!
Matt Couch - DECKHAND
Matt is another young South African, from Durban. After high school, Matt moved to Cape Town to work in a 5-star, Italian restaurant where he learnt the many different skills you need to work in the high end service industry. Matt has an Uncle in the yachting industry, who has encouraged Matt that there are many opportunities to grow and learn while working, it was only natural that he decided to pursue a career working on yachts. It has become his new-found passion, teaching hime about life, travel, time management and becoming a responsible young man on his own journey through the world. In a short time, he has already traveled the States, Caribbean and loves the Bahamas.
He hopes to eventually become a Yacht Engineer, and has already obtained some of the beginning licenses for that. Matt enjoys going to the gym, riding motor bikes, fishing and socializing with friends when his is not on board.