Previously named Wild Thyme
|Number of Crew: 7||Languages: English, French, Italian, Croatian
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.
CHEF: Nicolas Taylor - British
This award-winning Chef started his career in the culinary world at Cordon Bleu cookery school in Johannesburg and since has worked in some amazing establishments to include luxury Chalets in Switzerland and Rick Stein’s famous Seafood Restaurant in Cornwall, UK.
Over the last 19 years Nick has had his full focus in the yachting industry working on both private and charter yachts cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean and USA. He has accomplished many goals during this time and satisfied the pallets of hundreds of discerning guests!
Nick is forever experimenting with new flavours using the local produce that surrounds him in each port. He loves to express his flare in his dishes and is competent with all kinds of dietary requirements.
Spending 5 successful years on the very busy charter yacht Wild Thyme including many corporate charters where he catered for up to 150 guests. Later moving to the private yacht Tanusha cooking for 20 crew and 12 guests.
Calm, tidy, efficient and organised are some of the words this vibrant chef uses to describe himself and when he isn’t on-board, he gets busy with yoga, Chingong and Tai-chi!
Languages: English, Afrikaans and basic French
Previous Yachts: MY Tanusha (65m), MY Wild Thyme (37m)
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: TBC
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)
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.