CAPTAIN | Brendan Rooney
Brendan Hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Duquesne University with a BS in business administration, he decided to make the move to a much warmer climate, where he could pursue a career in yachting. He began his journey 23 years ago and has completed transatlantic crossings, traveled from the Caribbean to Alaska, and cruised the eastern seaboard. He takes great pride in his role as Captain and strives to always remain firm in purpose. Brendan’s goal is to make each trip the memory of a lifetime!
CAPTAIN | Stephen Bull
Stephen is an enthusiastic individual with respect and affection for the sea. After graduating with a Diploma in Yacht Management, he moved to building yachts whilst competing in sailing events home and abroad. His introduction to the Superyacht world occurred when he moved to Antigua to work for a local carpentry shop, which served the industry in refit and repair. After meeting the people of such a dynamic and diverse industry, he decided to join his first yacht some 16 years ago. Stephen feels very fortunate to work with fantastic individuals and teams and looks forward to continuing this for many years to come.
CHEF | Dave Talling
Chef Dave is an experienced, creative, and passionate chef with over 23 years of experience. He became a Red Seal Chef in 2002 and trained under French Chef Pierre Koffel, in Victoria B.C Canada where he was born. After learning the tricks of the trade, he took his experience and love for food to work in 4 different countries including Bermuda, Fiji, and Australia before making the move into yachting. Dave has been a chef aboard yachts for the past 11 years. As a yacht chef, Dave has traveled around the globe docking in 22 countries, while creating stunning meals each day for Owners, charter guests, and their friends and family.
Growing up on the West Coast of Canada was key to his success in specializing in seafood. One can truly appreciate the delicacy of fresh seafood when you have spent your childhood digging clams on the beach and hauling crab traps from the dock with your Dad. Dave’s love for the ocean has carried on throughout his life. Little did he know he had been raised with an “ocean to table” cooking style that has influenced his career. When not in the kitchen, he loves deep-sea fishing, fly fishing and salmon fishing and will spend all his free time doing so. His world travels have only fed his passion for both fishing and food. An avid traveler, with the ability to make the most of every situation, Dave’s passion for wildlife photography enables him to take advantage of the many sites he has seen in the 34 countries he has visited throughout his career. There are limited things that fit in a traveling chef’s backpack, in Dave’s you will simply find a camera, fishing gear, laptop, a chef’s jacket, and his flip-flops. He looks forward to sharing his passion for cooking with you!
BOSUN | Oliver Johnson
Oliver is from England. During his youth he was a keen sportsman, participating in both rugby and football teams in his local area, competing for club and school. During his spare time, he enjoyed mountain biking and exploring local areas. He subsequently stopped competing and participating in land-based sports due to acquiring his first job on a Motor Yacht. He attended boat-building school a year after joining the yachting industry. While away training for boat building, he became a narrowboat restorer in an English shipyard to develop his skill further. He then rejoined yachting and became more involved in water sporting activities, visiting many locations as the guest chaperone. He is currently studying for his OOW qualifications.
CHIEF OFFICER | Kylie Potgieter
Kylie was born and raised in South Africa. Growing up in and near the water, she became an avid fisher as well as a surfing instructor and competition judge for 7 years. After sailing around Cape Town as a teenager she decided to join yachting and make a career of it. She enjoys adventure and is always looking for new things to do on her time off. After many enjoyable years being in the industry, she looks forward to being able to share the experience with others.
BOSUN | Marcel Villiers
Marcel was born in Free State, South Africa, where the corn grows tall and the ocean is nowhere to be seen. He has always had a love for the ocean and is an avid fisherman. Marcel is very precise and always wants to provide the best for the guests and people around him. Marcel loves watersports, exploring and aims to spend most of his time in and on the water. He looks forward to bringing that passion on Amica Mea.
CHIEF STEWARDESS | Milli Dapcevic
Mili was raised in the city of Belgrade in the heart of Serbia. Growing up she excelled in volleyball and after high school, she studied in Milan, where she completed a degree in Italian Language Studies. Her love for the sea led her to pursue a career in the yachting industry. Mili has worked on a variety of vessels during her seven years in yachting and on private jets during the winter seasons. She aims to provide guests with a unique and memorable experience during their time onboard. In Mili’s free time she enjoys traveling to various parts of the world, immersing herself in different cultures, and loves exploring the hidden world beneath the sea through scuba diving. You will always find her with a warm smile on her face and with a positive attitude.
SECOND STEWARDESS | Ana Blagojevic
Ana was born and grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. As a very active kid, she was involved in many sports and activities, including drawing, playing the harp, acting in theater, and competing in athletics. She is passionate about martial arts and holds a black belt in Ninjutsu. She went to high school for graphic design as well as studied to become a maritime navigator. After high school, she attended the academy of fine arts studying painting. Art is her biggest passion. Her love for traveling made it possible for her to get into Yachting. During her 7 years of experience, she has worked on a variety of yachts. She’s been trained by EBS and MSI butler schools in England. She enjoys learning new languages, and she speaks English, Italian, and a little bit of Russian and Japanese. She is a certificated Theta healing therapist, masseuse, hairdresser, and manicurist. In her free time, she likes to paint, read and spend time outdoors.
SECOND STEWARDESS | Katy Hannan
Katy grew up in Southern California near the ocean where she spent time sailing and surfing. When Katy was 8 years old, she started racing sailboats, a passion she follows to this day. After graduation, Katy followed her love for the water to the East Coast where she started working as a stewardess in 2018. Katy has outstanding energy, a love of adventure, and a contagious smile.
THIRD STEWARDESS | Michelle Cronje
Michelle is from Pretoria, South Africa. She studied to be a teacher and has a huge passion for children. Her love for the sea comes from a young age when she used to go fishing with her dad. She loves to travel and go on new adventures. In her time off she enjoys tennis, fishing, watersports, and boxing. She loves to work with people and is looking forward to providing all guests with a fun and memorable experience on Amica Mea.
DECKHAND | Aubrey Purschke
Aubrey was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Her deep love for the ocean has been passed from her father who raised her on the water from a very young age.
Because she spent half of her childhood living on boats, yachting was a natural career choice. She is passionate about traveling, meeting new people, and stepping outside her comfort zone. An active individual who is always up for an adventure, enjoys diving, skiing, camping, and exploring new places in her free time. She hopes to continue learning and gaining experience in the yachting industry for years to come and someday fulfill her dream of becoming a captain.
DECKHAND | Jarryd Spargo
Jarryd is from the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, and grew up on the water and around the beach. After having spent several years in the corporate world, Jarryd decided to pursue a career in yachting in order to align his passions and interests with his career.
ENGINEER | Ben Mayo
Ben was born and raised on the sunny shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington Vermont. After moving to Alaska and fishing in the commercial fishing industry, his hook was set for life on the sea. As well as working on yachts and fishing vessels, he has also worked on oil rig supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Ben has over 10 years as a marine engineer and holds a USCG 3000kw chief engineer license.