|Number of Crew: 4||Languages: English|
Richie Burnett – Captain – New Zealand
Richie’s marine career started in the early 80’s and he has never looked back. In the late 90’s he was approached by a private yacht and spent the following 16 years dedicated to captaining the motor yacht vessel, wherever the owner and friends desired. His role was that of captain, however without hesitation, Richie was happy to act as engineer amongst other roles, to ensure the smooth running of the yacht. 2016 saw new opportunities as Richie captained a number of notable yachts in the South Pacific. Ideally placed for ANNABEL II, Richie has been in command of the yachts sister-ship since October 2017 in New Zealand, also with the same owner, he exceeds expectations and is a welcome addition to crew. Richie is undoubtedly devoted to the marine industry and charter hospitality, he looks forward to welcoming guests aboard ANNABEL II for a memorable charter, cruising the stunning Adriatic.
Kerry Comi – Stewardess - Australian
Kerry comes from a long history in hospitality commencing many years ago as an airline stewardess with an Australian carrier which led onto a position in Italy with Air Italia. Kerry has worked as a tour guide throughout Europe managing and co-coordinating up to 55 guests at one time. Kerry then took on the role of Food & Beverage Manager at a large Australian resort before opening ‘Primo E Secondo’ – a fine dining Italian restaurant with her husband Robi in Noosa, Australia. Kerry and Robi successfully ran their restaurant for 8 years before they received an offer to good to refuse and sold the business as a successful ongoing concern.
In 2008 Kerry worked on DEBRA ONE, a 74ft Ferretti as sole stewardess and cook. This was a very demanding role but nothing Kerry couldn’t handle, Kerry was one of the first crew ever onboard ANNABEL II when she was first launched in 2009. She has since worked aboard both private and charter yachts, cruising globally, ranging up to 32 meters. Kelly has now returned to Annabel II and the owner is delighted to have her back.
Kerry holds her STCW95, a recreational motor boat licence, senior first aid, silver service skills, wine service, bar skills a good eye for detail and the ability to work under pressure. Kerry is a non-smoker and when she is not enjoying good food and good company, she enjoys horse riding, gym, swimming, reading and learning about new destinations and people. Kerry speaks English fluently and conversational Italian.
Robi Comi – Chef – Italian/Australian
Robi is a fully qualified chef who was born and trained in Italy. He has a huge range of experience in restaurants and on yachts. Robi has owned and operated fine dining Italian restaurants in Milan and Noosa, Australia (with his wife Kerry). Their restaurant ‘Primo E Secondo’ was awarded winner of the Italian ‘Golden Fork’ Award.
Whilst Robi is capable of preparing a wide range of cuisines including Asian and Japanese, his specialty is modern and classic Italian. Robi’s food is not only tasty but nutritious and he is happy to provide nutritional consultancy for guests and crew. He’s also excellent at working to budgets to maximize your APA dollars!
Robi has previously worked on M/Y COHETE 28m and as relief chef on S/Y RAPUTURE 32m and M/Y NEVER ENOUGH, in 2009 he joined ANNABEL II. Over the past few years, he has sailed aboard both private and crewed yachts, he is a welcome return to ANNABEL II. Robi is a non-smoker and holds a STCW95, a recreational motor boat licence. Robi is extremely active and loves outdoor pursuits including horse riding, motor biking, fitness, surfing, scuba diving, snow skiing and parachuting! Robi is fluent in Italian and speaks good conversational English.
Tristan Wilson – First Mate / Engineer – South African
Tristan joins Annabel II as first mate and engineer, hailing from South Africa’s Cape Town, he has always had a passion for the sea and therefore naturally has chosen the yachting industry. Having worked on some notable yachts such as the 55m Step One, Highland London and Nassima to name a few, he brings with him a good and complete understanding of luxury charters. Tristan is a motivated individual, always willing to gain further knowledge within in the industry and beyond. With his easy going, yet professional personality, he is happy to pitch in assisting the captain and crew where he is needed, in addition to his role aboard. In his spare time, he stays active with water sports and fitness.