CLAIRE Crew Profiles
CAPTAIN KEVIN HART | UNITED KINGDOM
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.
CAPTAIN COLIN KEARNEY | IRELAND
Colin has been working professionally for the past 20 years with experience as captain and chief officer on such yachts as DOUBLE DOWN 65m Codecasa, CHOPI CHOPI 80m CRN, and MINE GAMES 50m Trinity. Starting from an early age while growing up in Ireland, he has had a passion for competitive sailing, windsurfing and fishing that has greatly contributed to his love of the sea. A natural leader, confident and professional, Colin’s extensive charter experience in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Bahamas is invaluable. In his spare time Colin enjoys sailing, photography and Kite surfing. Captain Colin has a big smile and a positive can-do attitude, delivering the most comfortable and pleasurable trips for the most demanding guests.
CHIEF OFFICER JON DEYOUNG | USA
Growing up in Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes, Jon has a natural love of the water. So, after earning his BA from Michigan State University, he pursued a career in the yachting industry. Having spent 20 years traveling the world he has worked on several 50-60 meter superyachts including Enterprise V, Princess Marla, Altitude, Lady Linda, and My Seanna. Jon strives to deliver a great charter, leaving the guests with great memories for years to come. He enjoys college sports, reading, golf and spending time at his lake house in Michigan.
CHEF STEPHANIE LEIGH SHERSHOW | USA
Chef Stephanie’s culinary emphasis is on healthy eating trends, raw food preparation, seafood, and specialty desserts. She honed her baking and dessert skills by working for celebrity chef Shannon Bard in Maine, and was the owner/executive chef of a yacht catering company in Maine. Her previous employment includes M/Y POLAR BEAR 80’ in the Pacific Northwest and M/Y LE MONTRACHET 130' in Florida and the Bahamas.
CHIEF ENGINEER ANDRE CAIXETA | BRAZIL / USA
Andre grow up in Brazil and served with the Brazilian Navy, plus Governors Body Guard before he moved to the United States 19 years ago. Living 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 seven years he has concentrated more on Marine Engineering which lead him to gaining and 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 sky diving, hiking, plus cycling.
CHIEF STEWARDESS CAI GAVIOLA PHILLIPPINES
Born and raised in the Philippines, graduated Hotel and Restaurant Management, and start the career at Mandarin Oriental Hotel right after College. Cai has an extensive Hospitality and Customer background from 2 Five Star Hotels and Super Mega Yachts she worked for. Cai has served for Elite Guest and Royal Family for both Private and Charter, Passenger Yachts, Motor Yachts and Sailing Yachts. She has sailed the Mediterranean, East and West Coast of America, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South East Asia. Cai loves travelling, studying, meeting new people and getting new life’s perspective. She is outgoing, cheerful, adventurous person and always ready to serve with big smile.
BOSUN DARIO FERGUSON | BAHAMAS
Coming from the chain of islands known for its sun, sand, and sea – the Bahamas – Dario grew up spending all his summers snorkeling, spearfishing, and exploring the ocean on a small boat. Having always had a passion for the water as a child, he would fantasize about the super yachts as they passed by, and said to himself that one day he too, would be a captain, and is now on that journey. Because of his history as a lifeguard and first-responder paramedic, Dario values safety, and it carries through aboard the yacht. With four years of experience at a five-star luxury resort, as well as 2 years as a deckhand, Dario has a friendly, outgoing personality, and ensures premium service aboard CLAIRE.
DECKHAND NOEL NERI | PHILIPPINES
Noel hails from the Philippines and has worked at sea for most of his life! He has worked all around the world on commercial ships before venturing into the world of superyachts. Back at home, he loves to fish and he has taken that love with him to the high seas. Despite his love for the water, Noel still manages to spend time doing what he loves in the Philippines - farming! He has a dragon fruit farm and breeds chickens. With an infectious smile and a warm personality, Noel is looking forward to helping you enjoy yourself to the fullest on the water.