CAPTAIN | Chris Seago (South African)
A 47-year-old KwaZulu-Natal born and raised adrenaline junkie, who spent his high school years building a 32ft sailboat with his family and set sail to greater horizons after soon after. He went from island hopping in the Caribbean, Bahamas and South Atlantic to settling in Fort Lauderdale. Chris joined the yachting industry in late 1993 where he met his wife of 17 years; still happily married and in love. Chris got out of yachting for 6 years to raise a family and moved to Canada where he flipped houses. He has since moved back with his family and has resided in Fort Lauderdale for the past 8 years. When Chris is not at home spending time with his wife, 2 kids, 2 cats and a dog – you’ll most certainly find him kite-boarding, cycling or dirt bike riding. Chris joined M/Y Como in April 2017 in France, and remained aboard with the current Owners who renamed the yacht M/Y ODYSSEA.
ROTATIONAL CAPTAIN | Brett Lubben (Australian)
Growing up on the water in Sydney, Australia, Brett’s childhood days were made up of every kind of water activity. Starting with sailing dinghy racing at age 6, eventually competing nationally in 4 dinghy classes. As an adult, he has participated in offshore yacht racing, powerboat racing, worldwide ocean cruising and sport fishing for over 20 years. Prior to making the transition to yachting, Brett gained a Business degree and worked in a number of professional occupations including, building his own event management business. As a yachtsman, Brett has sailed every ocean and navigated around the world on a 12-metre sail boat. Brett has travelled to over one hundred countries. In his free time, he enjoys diving, mountain biking, yoga, cooking and reading. He brings enthusiasm and professionalism to the yachts he commands and makes it his highest priority to ensure every guest leaves his yacht with a big smile and unforgettable memories. Brett joined ODYSSEA in June 2020 and is excited for what lays ahead.
HEAD CHEF | George Cavendish (British)
31-year-old, George was born in London, UK and when he was 10 his family moved to Italy where his father worked for a yacht building company. It was there where his interest and passion for cooking and food started. After finishing his education in England, he moved to London to start working as a chef, where for years, he worked in various restaurants and high-end establishments, and eventually he opened his own small place out in the countryside of Shropshire doing farm-to-table style dining, using only local and seasonal harvests to produce an ever-changing menu. After having 12 years of cooking experience in restaurants and private catering, he decided for a change of environment. George joined the yachting industry in 2018 where ODYSSEA gave him the chance to explore the world by sea and to get local produce from around him and the generous amount of fish caught by the guests.
ENGINEER | Rowan Domleo (South African)
Rowan, a 32 year-old, born on a farm in the Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Rowan and his older brother have always been two peas in a pod and enjoyed activities such as fishing, spear fishing, martial arts or anything that gets the heart rate up and going. He also has a 5-year-old twin half brother and sister. Growing up on a farm, Rowan learned how to fix things from a young age and so it was a natural career path to join the world of engineering. Rowan joined the yachting industry in 2010 and has been aboard ODYSSEA since August 2019. Whenever Rowan isn’t having a Coca Cola, you’ll find him enjoying fixing things that other people break.
ROTATIONAL ENGINEER | Erik Aubry (Canadian)
The 37-year-old Canadian engineer, born and raised in Trois Rivières. Erik studied mechanical engineering in Québec and worked in the field for a few years. However it wasn't long before the travel bug got hold of him, urging him to leave land behind and take on the big blue seas. Joining the yachting industry in 2009, Erik worked his way up to chief engineer, while running his own yacht repair company for over 3 years. He strives to provide the smoothest of sailing to every boat he works on. Erik joined ODYSSEA May 2020, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Erik is a lover of ice hockey and quite the coffee-aficionado.
FIRST OFFICER | Hayden Laubscher (South African)
Hayden is a 27-year-old from Johannesburg, South Africa. He grew up fishing, cycling, and pretty much doing any sport he could get his hands on. As time went on golf and fishing soon became his favorites, but it doesn't stop him from having a friendly game of football or touch-rugby whenever the opportunity arises. After school he followed in his father and brother’s footsteps and studied Accounting. A craving for the outdoors always had him staring out the window. Living his dream of working outdoors, Hayden has
enjoyed every minute of his yachting career, and always pushes himself to learn more and give all guests the best possible experience. Hayden joined ODYSSEA in May 2018 and has loved every minute since.
BOSUN | Laurie Meintjies (South African)
Laurie is a 24-year-old South African. He grew up in Somerset West and has always had a strong drive to perform and keep active. Laurie has a great passion for life and has traveled to Indonesia, Fiji, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, Costa Rica, Palma, Malta, Brazil, St Helena and is excited to discover new countries while he progresses in his career. He was introduced to yachting by a friend in the industry and immediately went full throttle making his way across the archipelago of the world. His interest and hobbies consist of playing piano, trading forex, living on the ocean, calisthenics and watersports. Laurie loves anything that raises his adrenaline and is always ready to get involved in a new, exciting adventure. He is eager to use his skills learnt over the past 2 years in yachting to bring enjoyment to all.
DECKHAND | Derron Nicholls (South African)
Derron is a 24-year-old from Johannesburg, South Africa. He grew up on the sports field playing rugby and running athletics. When he wasn't playing sports he either had a skateboard or camera in his hand practicing videography and photography. After school Derron went on to study a business course and got a degree in marketing. However, his true passion has was the ocean, through Derron's studies - the idea of working on a yacht interested him. Derron joined ODYSSEA in January 2020 and has started his
CHIEF STEW | Haley de Jager (South African)
26-year-old Hayley is from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she completed her Honours degree in Psychology. She worked in a Centre for Autism for 2 years and spent a lot of time volunteering at a Crisis Call Centre and a Community Youth Development Organization, before her transition to becoming a stewardess. Hayley started her yachting career in April 2018 in the beautiful city of Antibes and joined M/Y ODYSSEA in September 2018. Like many of the crew aboard, Hayley loves being active and chose to lead a healthy lifestyle filled with yoga, outdoor explorations, and workouts at the gym. Hayley has a passion for animals and loves every moment spent with a furry friend. She developed a great love for travel and the ocean while on family vacations which were mostly oriented around scuba diving and learning about new cultures.
SECOND STEW | Chelsea Spicer (New Zelander)
Chelsea is a 24 year old Kiwi. She grew up on New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf and its treasured islands. Chelsea has been surrounded by the ocean all her life, so could not resist a career on the ocean, making yachting very appealing. So at the young age of 18 she set off to start her yachting career. This has seen her work in some of the most picturesque parts of the world like The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Caribbean Islands, The Mediterranean, and of course New Zealand and the Pacific. Chelseas ever growing passion for travel has led her to fall in love with the flavours of food, wine and art from all over the world. When she’s not wandering through art galleries or checking out local restaurants you’ll find she also loves diving, snorkeling, photography and yoga. Chelsea joined Odyssea in October 2020 and is eager to express her creativity while providing exceptional service with a Kiwi charm.
THIRD STEW | Julia Peters (American)
Julia is a 23 year old American from Mississippi. Julia is new to the industry but has extensive service experience and truly loves providing top class service to guests. She went to the University of Mississippi where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing with a minor in French. With a passion for service and travel, she decided to start a new adventure and move to Florida where she started working on ODYSSEA in October 2020. She loves learning new skills and trying things she has never experienced before. Julia can't wait to start her new career and give the guests an unbelievable experience.