CAPTAIN: Pascal MINIAOU
Nationality : French, born in 1962
Language: French - fluent English.
Qualifications: Captain Class 4, MCA, Stcw95
Pascal worked as a sport shop manager for three years before deciding to crew on sail boats such as the 80’ Umatalu, the 75’ Serenité and the Swan 651 See Flo. During his five years of training, he sailed in the Mediterranean, the West Indies, Brazil and took part in several Atlantic crossings. He is now perfectly at home in the charter world on board large sailing yachts.
He also monitored the building of a 75’ sail boat, ‘Kermor’ and stepped on board as Captain for a round the world cruise which took him to all the seas and oceans of the world between 1993 and 2002.
Since then, he has sailed on various boats, such as the Swan 72’ Elysion Blue, the 130’ Globana M, the motor yacht Pegasus, the 82’ Falcon, and Sirius of Man, a Predateur 100, before embarking on Grand Bleu Vintage in February 2007.
In addition to his excellent seamanship and technical skills, Pascal loves water skiing and downhill skiing, he plays golf and enjoys natural history, astronomy and photography.
Quiet and cheerful, Pascal is an attentive and welcoming host. His extensive experience allows him to deal confidently with any situation.
FISRT MATE: Guillaume DROUET,
Nationality : French, born in 1994
Language: French - English fluent
Qualifications: Captain 200 - Medical 2
Guillaume comes from the French Riviera where he discovered his passion for the marine environment at a very young age.
He studied in different military establishments, which taught him discipline and determination.
Passionate about sliding sports, he has followed the waves from the East Coast to the West. During his travels, he extended his passion to fishing, underwater hunting, deep sea apnea diving and yachting.
Guillaume is recognized for his dedication to excellence and his eagerness to learn new techniques and get new skills. He has been part of Grand Bleu Vintage's crew since 2018.
CHEF : Cesar CORTIAL
Nationality : French, born in 1996
Languages : French, Fluent English
Qualifications : BTEC National Diploma (Hotel)
BTEC Higher National Diploma (Hotel & Catering)
Training in 2021 at Paul Bocuse School (France)
Born in Provence, passionate by food since he discovered the cuisine of his grand mother, he went straight away to culinary school in Nice. During this period, he got the chance to work with Michelin-starred chefs as Georges Blanc and Édouard Loubet. Those chefs had a big influence on his cuisine .
At the age of 18 years old, he left the south of France to go to London where he met a new food culture.
After 2 years in London, he decided to get closer to the nature and worked for the 2-star chef Simon Rogan, owner of a farm and a gastronomic restaurant.
He is in its second summer season onboard Grand Bleu Vintage.
"With all the things that I learned in the restaurants I worked in, I wanted to propose and serve my own cuisine. That why I chose a beautiful sailing yacht to offer the best of my French cuisine with a British twist."