|Captain||John Van Der Straaten
|Number of Crew: 6||Languages: |
Captain - John Van Der Straaten (South African/Dutch)
Previous Yachts: S/Y Nostromo, S/Y Helios, S/Y Desirade, S/Y Nirvana
Work Experience: John grew up messing about on boats in Cape Town, South Africa, from an early age. In his 20s he worked for a time for a boat builder and studied computer systems programming and design, but his passion was sailing and he made it his career. He has 20 years of experience as captain in ocean passage making, racing, cruising and chartering.
Waters Cruised: The South African coast and Indian Ocean, Caribbean, US East coast, UK and Mediterranean.
Job description: As Captain on Axia, the safety of the yacht and everyone on board is John’s first priority. He plans your itinerary and manages all departments, ensuring that everything runs smoothly, and that your time on Axia is relaxing, fun, and above all, memorable.
Job related licenses & certificates: Master 500 ton unlimited
Hobbies : Sailing, hiking, travel, photography
First Mate - Brett Bennett (South African /British)
Previous Yachts: S/Y Mia Cara, S/Y Nostromo, S/Y Alexa of London, S/Y Zenith
Work Experience: Brett grew up sailing optimists, lasers and Hobie cats on a National level in South Africa and, after a stint in the UK Royal Marines and as a Medic, he returned to yachting and has been sailing professionally since 2012.
Waters cruised: The Baltic Sea, European waters, Mediterranean, Caribbean and South Africa.
Job description: Brett is in charge of all things deck, sails and rig, as well as the vessel’s tender and selection of water sports and toys. He has a great sense of humor and is your go-to person for all your activities and adventures on the water, his mission is to make sure you have as much fun as possible.
Job related licenses & certificates: Yachtmaster offshore, Advanced trauma and emergency healthcare
Hobbies: Sailing, cycling, watersports, shooting and fishing
Engineer - Brent Trollope (South African)
Previous Yachts: S/Y Twilight, S/Y Outeniqua, S/Y Leopard.
Work Experience: Brent grew up on the coast in South Africa sailing dinghies and keel boats and later became a sheet-metal and composite structural technician for commercial aircraft and high performance gliders before he moved on to larger sailing yachts.
Waters cruised: South African coastal waters, US East Coast, Caribbean, Mediterranean.
Job description: As engineer, Brent’s role is to service and maintain all of the yacht’s systems and machinery to ensure our lights stay on, our cabins are chilled, our showers are hot, the fridges and freezers are cold, we have enough water and fuel, and if that isn’t enough, he also helps out on deck with sailing and watersports.
Job related licenses & certificates: AEC Engineering
Hobbies: Sailing, Kite Boarding, Traveling, birdwatching, cycling, vintage vehicle restoration, archery, guitar, drumming.
Chef - Daniel Draper (Greek / British)
Previous Yachts: M/Y Tugatsu, M/Y Conquest
Work Experience: Daniel was born on the Ionian island of Zakynthos in Greece and grew up between Greece and England, so has characteristics from both cultures. Passionate about cooking from an early age, Daniel completed a 3-year diploma in cooking and has, over the last 5 years, gained a broad spectrum of experience in restaurants, including the Michelin starred L’autre Pied in London, ski chalets in Meribel and Morzine and, in the last year, on yachts.
Waters cruised: Mediterranean
Job description: Daniel strives to tantalize with healthy and tasty modern takes on classic Mediterranean, French and Asian cuisines, and is happy to cater to all your gastronomic requirements.
Job related licenses & certificates: Westminster Kingsway College Diploma in Culinary Arts, Food safety and Hygiene.
Hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, travel, snorkeling, cooking, ancient history.
Chief Stewardess - Zsofia Kiss-Horti (Hungary)
Previous Yachts: M/Y Nassima, M/Y Satine, M/Y Layzula, S/Y Axia, M/Y Blackfish
Work Experience: After many years as a dedicated member of the Hungarian national Karate team, and a strong academic background, with achievements such as physical education teacher, Zsofia’s hunger for travel and adventure got the better of her and she embarked on her world travels and, inevitably, working on yachts. She has now been in yachting over 6 years and brings her fun, happy, energetic ethos back to the Axia program after a year away on other adventures.
Waters cruised: A couple of Atlantic crossings, extensively in Mediterranean waters, and the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.
Job description: Zsofia works hard to maintain the interior looking pristine as well as managing events, including racing, dinners and leisure activities, in order to ensure all guests relax, feel at home and have a great time. She works closely with the chef to bring you the best dining experience. She is very approachable and will jump at the opportunity to help in any way or plan out your dream day.
Job related licenses & certificates: PADI Advanced Open Water, Food Safety & Hygiene level II.
Hobbies: Kite Surfing, wake boarding, yoga, gym.
2nd Stewardess - Sandra Klomp (Dutch)
Previous Yachts: MY Conquistador, SY Lambada
Work Experience: Sandra grew up in Holland and, from an early age, travelled with her parents around the world on diving and hiking adventures. Her travels have taken her to Asia, South America and New Zealand and, while working as a dive instructor in the Caribbean, she naturally moved into the yachting world and continues her adventures on board as part of the Axia team.
Waters cruised: Mediterranean and Caribbean
Job description: As right hand girl to Chief Stew, they work well together taking care of guests and crew, keeping the interior organized and sparkling, as well as lending a hand on deck during sailing.
Job related licenses & certificates: Powerboat Level 2, Food Safety and Hygiene, PADI Diving Instructor
Hobbies: Travel, scuba diving, hiking, kickboxing, gymnastics, acrobatics and and yoga