Previously named Wild Thyme
CREW PROFILES

TitleNameNationBornLicenses
CaptainDavid Burke Irish 0
ChefTBC 0
Number of Crew: 7Languages: English, French, Italian, Croatian

Crew Profiles:
CAPTAIN: David Burke - Irish
Joined Summer 2015
Born and raised on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland, David has long nurtured a passion for the sea and began yachting as a career at 20 while still in University. David has experience sailing the Caribbean and North America and has extensive knowledge of the Mediterranean. After working his way up the ladder with his maritime education in England and France, David has worked on various vessels including MY Sweet Doll (46m), MY Thunder B (48m,) and MY Sea Jewel (52m) during 9 years where he joined as first mate and was then promoted to Captain.
David is very happy to have joined the Aura team and continues to maintain their fantastic charter reputation. David lives in the South of France with his wife and two children, he loves to spend time with them as well as follow his passion for many sports.
Languages: English, conversational French

FIRST MATE: Luka Sunjic – Italian
Joined Spring 2016
Italian born Luka joined AURA for the 2016 Mediterranean season, he has been on and off yachts for the past 5 years. Luka has hands on experience of being a deckhand and engineer and has also spent time being a shore based engineer still within the yachting industry. A passionate interest in engineering, maintenance procedures and product knowledge makes Luka a great First Mate. When not busy on board Luka enjoys physical activity and most sports.
Previous yachts: M/Y Sofico (43m), M/Y Crazy Me (50m), M/Y Satine (35m)
Languages: Italian, English and Croatian.

CHIEF ENGINEER: Russell Nunns - British
Joined Spring 2018
British born former HGV driver, Russell has been working in the yachting industry as anengineer since 2013. His career so far, has seen him working on a variety of vessels and he has worked hard to obtain the Y3 CoC certification. Joining Aura in May 2018 Russell looks forward to being an integral part of the crew and when not in the engine room he is a keen motorcyclist who loves paragliding and a multitude of sports
Previous Vessels: 2nd engineer MY Seanna (64m), sole engineer MY Nauta (33m), 2nd engineer MY Lady Kathryn (61m)
Languages: English

CHEF: TBC

CHIEF STEWARDESS: Kathleen Van Eeden – South African
Joined Spring 2018
Kathleen hails from Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa and is a trained dancer and yoga teacher. It was her love for travel and desire to explore that attracted her to the yachting industry and in 2012 she landed her first job as sole stewardess on the busy charter yacht M/Y Happy Hour (32m) before moving quickly onto M/Y Siram (54m).
Kathleen’s prior experience in high end hospitality installed in her an efficient manner, creative thinking and professionalism – all skills that she mirrors today.
In her spare time, Kathleen is unable to resist her love for sport and she is at her happiest when she is involved in any kind of sporting activity.
Languages: English, Africaans

2ND STEWARDESS: Chanel Breedt - South African
Joined Spring 2018
Chanel is a trained hair stylist from South Africa, and she stumbled across the yachting industry in 2017 and immediately realised that her vibrant, energetic and professional
manner was a perfect match for the role as stewardess. So far, her yachting experience has seen her work in busy dynamic positions on board yachts to include M/Y Sunrays (88m) M/Y Global (75m) and S/Y Huitaine (31m) and she now joins Aura ready to take on any challenge that comes her way. In her spare time Chanel enjoys a whole host of activities such as snorkelling, surfing, riding motorcycles, sightseeing and hiking.
Languages: English, Africaans

DECKHAND: Damon Smith – South African
Joined Spring 2016
Damon is a qualified aircraft and helicopter mechanic and has worked in the aviation industry for the past 5 years, he has now decided to make yachting his career choice.
Although AURA was Damon’s first permanent job in yachting he has grown up with a sailing background as his family have always owned boats in South Africa.
Hobbies include: Motor cross, wakeboarding, fishing and skate boarding.
Languages: English




David Burke
Captain