Captain - Robert Soper
Robert “Bob” resides in Stuart, Florida. He began a career in yachting after attending the Chapman School of Seamanship at the age of nineteen after hearing a rumor that mermaids are real. He has diligently been accruing sea service on board motor yachts since April 2005. Bob is experienced on motor yachts ranging from 97’ to 256’ in length and have acquired his first master license back in March 2009.
Due in part to his chosen career, Bob has been very fortunate to travel extensively over the years, both on and off the job. Some of those cruising areas include the Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas, Central America, North America (California to Mexico), and the Florida keys, as far north as Labrador, the Mediterranean Sea, from Spain to Turkey, New Zealand and Malaysia via Vanuatu and Palau. In spite of all his travel, Bob has yet to find Atlantis. His deep love and respect for the open sea truly resonates with his passion for surfing and mermaids (surfing with mermaids is still Bob's life goal).
Qualifications: USCG Master 3000 GT - USCG OOW Unlimited GT, GMDSS Operator, RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor, Semi-Professional Gelato Chef
Chef - Richard Parnell
Born and raised in Bath, South West of England, Chef Richard Parnell has an incredible 21-year culinary career. Beginning his illustrious profession at places like Babington House, excelling in his efforts at Gordon Ramsey's Three- Michelin - Star restaurant called, 'Restaurant Gordon Ramsey', as well as the acclaimed, 'Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel'. But his life took a turning point, the Chef has to leave Europe as his frustrations grew over a mistaken identity for the handsome Bruce Willis, happening on numerous occasions.
Inevitably, he joined the yachting industry and attained the Head Chef position aboard Tango for six years. While aboard this experience, he was mistaken, yet again, but this time for Ringo Starr's son, mostly due to his charming Southern English accent. He decided to ride that wave despite his low admiration for The Beatles, an easy way to ride out his micro-celebrity status, when you come to find out how much he actually hates the Die Hard film franchise.
Having served His Royal Highness King Abdullah of Jordan and Family (Queen Elizabeth using his as a spy) and as Head Chef to the iconic Huka lodge in New Zealand, this global culinary expertise has allowed him to transport your taste buds to all around the world. However, do not listen to his terrible opinions on movies.
First Mate - Jean De Villiers
Jean is a South African transplant who currently resides in New Zealand, the only country where sheep outnumber people 10 to 1, to which this is the reason Jean has become so passionate about “breaking from the mold”. Jean joined the yachting industry nine years ago upon hearing about the flat earth theory. Soon after his discovery, Jean had to find out more for himself
(results still not in). In his downtime, Jean enjoys drumming, guitar, martial arts and was trained by Bruce Lee (although not the one you’re thinking of).
Jean has sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island, and has successfully navigated the Bermuda Triangle in a boat bound by flex tape (as seen on tv). As the 1st mate onboard, Jean has a passion in helping to create unforgettable experiences for all of his guests, even if it means him wearing a sheep costume.
Chief Stewardess - Marie-Helene Cloutier
Marie Helene Cloutier (formerly “The Unicorn Queen”) was born in Alma, a small French-Canadian town north of Quebec City, ironically where unicorns were first sighted back in 1500 BC.
From a young age, she wanted to study abroad and explore the world, but couldn’t figure out if she wanted to go back to being a unicorn or stay human. She realized it’s perhaps best that she stay in her current form of being the world's shortest giant. She learned English and graduated from Business School, and she can speak intermediate Elf.
Having never flown in a plane, Marie-Helene was hired for six years as a flight attendant for Air Canada. She is a free spirit at heart, trading the skies for the seas. Since then, her yachting career has been a memorable chapter of her life, and still thinks she will retire a unicorn. Some of her hobbies include scuba diving, one legged rollerblading, reading in foreign languages and assuming her own story, and was once voted “most likely to appear on a reality tv show”.
Stewardess - Jody Bloemhof
Jody (also known as Ocean Eyes), was born in sunny South Africa, where she was gifted a faulty compass, and decided to take it to the seas to try and correct it. We might replace it one day. Ocean Eyes has been in the hotel/tourism industry for four years, and in three of those years, she was also a part-time Skittles organizer, allowing her to develop an incredible attention to detail. Working onboard yachts gave her the perfect opportunity to combine her love for the ocean, hospitality experience and Skittle skills. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, surfing and exploring the road less traveled, but never without her bottle of green Tabasco sauce. Jody will always go above and beyond to ensure guests have excellent service with a smile. Jody’s motto of “Your satisfaction is my top priority, so if you could do your best to act satisfied, then it would be greatly helpful” to ensuring satisfaction for all of her guests onboard.
Deckhand - Stuart Van Kuyeren
Born in South Africa, Stuart had always dreamed of living in a world where dolphins and humans live and work together in harmony. So after completing his bachelor's degree in marketing management and becoming a dolphin sonar technician, he decided to try his hand in the yachting industry. He traveled to many different cultures around the world (including, but not limited to Delphinus). After three years in the industry, Stuart still enjoys aspects of the job that combines his skills of speaking Klingon and his ability to play the harmonica with his left nose.
In his free time, Stuart enjoys free diving, spearfishing, coffee, weight training, exercising and anything that has to do with Bass Pro Shop (Disney a close second). After having eaten a 40oz burger, he now considers himself a semi-professional eater. Feel free to challenge him any time!Stuart’s life motto is “I love roller coasters, but the pirate ship ride completely terrifies me”.
Engineer - Khemraj Seepersaud
Khemraj Seepersaud, AKA Khem, AKA Grease Lighting, has been in the yachting industry since 2013. Thanks to his Guyanese upbringing, and to his beautiful Caribbean accent, it has afforded Khem a long and illustrious career as a telemarketer, picking up numerous awards along the way. He's turned down many radio station offers around the works in favor of VHF radio voice aboard yachts, proving time and again to be an asset - when having to deal with the Coast Guard on channel 16. In addition to keeping his engine room to the highest standard, you can often find Khem doing regular maintenance while blindfolded, claiming this practice is beneficial to him later in life when his eyesight begins to fade. Khem is adamant on becoming the longest serving engineering aboard a yacht. Despite having not seen any of the Grease films, he is still under the impression that his nickname "Grease Lighting" came from his striking resemblance to John Travolta (he says the hair is identical). Thereby, we kindly ask everyone to not burst his bubble, when actually, his nickname did originate from his incredible mechanical ability to fix anything in record- setting time.