CAPTAIN – Brian Bennett, American
Brian is an accomplished Yacht Captain with more than 30 years of demonstrated success in the yachting industry. He has expertly managed private & charter yachts, encompassing over 280,000 nautical miles, a dozen trans-Atlantic crossings, 6 trans-Pacific crossings & over 250 successful charters. Command experience includes expert knowledge of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the South Pacific, the U.S. East Coast, and Great Lakes. Extensive Pacific cruising experience in Panama, Costa Rica, Cocos Island, Mexican Riviera, California and the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Polynesia, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Australia, Melanesia, and Micronesia.
FIRST OFFICER – Cade Pia, Australia
Cade hails from the Gold Coast of Australia and worked in the ski industry prior to yachting. He was a mountain guide on the slopes of Canada, Austria, and France. Also, while living in London, he was a tour operator arranging cultural events for classical music and opera throughout Europe. He holds his Yachtmaster Offshore, OOW, and Bachelor of Business & Tourism Management. He always aspires to be a key crew member in a professional yacht program. His favorite place he has traveled is still the Bahamas to this day. Even after 10 years of cruising there, the Bahamian waters still take his breath away. His interests include classic boat restoration, organic farming, and boat building.
CHIEF ENGINEER – Diego Barreiro, Spanish
Diego was born and raised in the northwestern port city of Coruna, Spain. After high school, he wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps who worked as a Chief Engineer on commercial fishing boats. He earned his master’s degree in Marine Engineering and began his career as a tender tech and refit engineer. After eight years in the yachting industry, he aspires to always maintain his engine rooms to the highest standard and be able to look back proudly on his work. One place he will never forget is the Philippines, especially Lake Taal, which is located within the island of Luzon, because of it’s beautiful crater lake that sat atop a volcano! His favorite place on earth is still his home in northern Spain for its beauty and people. In his off time, Diego enjoys reading, spearfishing, cycling, swimming, treasure hunting and socializing with others.
CHIEF STEWARDESS - Samantha Klepper, American
Samantha is a native of the Sunshine State, but has called Savannah, Georgia home since 2006. Ten days after graduation with her master's degree in Clinical Social Work she was enticed by her previous owners to join the luxury yachting world and has never looked back! What started as a celebratory summer adventure quickly grew into a passion the likes of which even she could not have anticipated. Samantha's background is in formal fine dining and her years in hospitality have helped instill in her a desire to maintain the highest standards of guest satisfaction at all times. She prides herself on providing each group of guests with a "wow factor" that will keep them talking for years to come. She holds certificates in Maritime Intermediate Interior, Interior Yacht Management, WSET Level II, Crowd & Crisis Management, 200hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and PADI Certified Free Diver. Her favorite places are Croatia and Ecuador for their breathtaking beauty and super kind people. In her off-time you can find Sam practicing yoga, involved in community outreach and social justice, exploring local sites and cultures, and partaking in experimental vino research...in that order.
HEAD CHEF (rotation)- Russell Draper, Sweden/Australia
Chef Russell hails from Melbourne, Australia. Prior to yachting, Russ was a chef in many "Three Hat" restaurants in Australia and London. He is classically trained and also has apprenticed under many notable chef around the world. He speaks English and Swedish fluently and lives primarily in Sweden with his family. He has been in yachting for 14 years and originally joined the industry because he loves to travel and experience new cultures as well as eat great food! His favorite place he's visited in Barbados. He fell in love with it and really enjoyed the island life. When he hangs up his yachting hat for good, Russ plans to open and organic bakery and micro-farm. In his off time, he enjoys keeping fit, practicing his music and photography, nurturing his spiritual awareness, and surrounding himself with good humans! A little known fact about Russ in that we was a House and Techno DJ for 20 years in both Melbourne and London! An even lesser-known fact-- his grandfather was eaten by a shark off the coast of Australia in 1919!
HEAD CHEF (rotation) – Jose Antonio Sosa, Venezuelan
Jose is originally from Venezuela but now calls Miami, Florida home. He has been cooking since he was 13 years old. He earned his culinary degree in 2001 and began teaching as a professor at the same university. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and a sprinkling of German. He specializes in menus from all different cultures and makes everything from scratch. He is also very talented with vegan and gluten-free creations. His passions outside of creating world-class cuisine are all things music related and sampling a good wine in whatever beautiful country he is working. His favorite place he’s been changes frequently as each destination has its own unique gifts to give. Although he has been blessed to cook alongside many Michelin-star chefs, the most important influence in his career has been his grandmother, who taught him that cooking is an act of love. She is the biggest reason he is still passionate today.
SECOND STEWARDESS - Shanelle Horn-Lucas, Canadian
Nelle is from Toronto, Canada with her parents’ roots tracing back to Jamaica and Scotland. She earned her B.A. degree in Sports Marketing before teaching English for five years in Palma de Mallorca. It was in the beautiful Balearic Islands that she originally discovered yachting. Her friendly personality and love of service was a perfect match for this unique industry. Nelle’s favorite places she’s ever visited are French Polynesia and the Galapagos Islands due to their marine preservation efforts and super friendly people. After yachting she plans to own her own real estate business and continue her volunteer work in underdeveloped countries. In her off times she enjoys beach volleyball, dancing, cooking, visiting vineyards, playing ukulele, jogging and kickboxing. A little-known fact about Nelle is that she was runway model beginning at age 11 in the Eaton’s Catalogue up to age 22 in NY’s Fame Fashion Week!
STEWARDESS - Paige Van Vurren, South African
Paige Van Vuuren hails from Durban, South Africa and visited the US for the first time this January! She has been in the yachting industry for six years and was inspired to join in the hopes of expanding upon her previous hospitality background from back home. She has been in the service industry since the age of 16! Paige’s favorite place she’s ever visited is Cappadocia, Turkey as she said it is the only place that exceeded photo expectations and the people and landscapes were both so incredible. Her long-term goal is to own a boutique bed & breakfast in Sri Lanka one day. In her off time, Paige enjoys surfing, cooking, photography, developing new skills and exploring.
BOSUN - Christy "CC" Card, South African
Christy grew up in Durban, South Africa. Prior to yachting, she worked at a large accounting firm and was a part-time au pair. Her brother is a yacht engineer and was the one who initially introduced her to the industry five years ago. She is a qualified rescue diver and is three modules away from completing her Officer of the Watch. Her long-term goal is to work her way up to Captain and be a good example for females on deck. Christy’s favorite places she’s visited is Sri Lanka because of the incredible culture of surfing, enjoying life, respecting the environment, and living sustainably. Croatia is a close second because of the untouched beauty and isolated islands to explore as well as super friendly people. Christy prides herself on giving the guests the best experience possible while onboard! In her off time, she enjoys wakeboarding, jet surfing, surfing, golfing, playing guitar and being outdoors. A little-known fact about Christy is that she swam competitively for S.A. and played provincial hockey!
SECOND ENGINEER/DECKHAND - Lara Li Allasia, American
Lara Li Allasia was born in New York City to a Chinese mother and Italian father. She has called many beautiful places home such as England, Italy, Mexico, Greece, and Germany! She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and conversational in French. She had a varied background prior to yachting but the most notable job of late was opening a successful dive shop in Mexico that received Trip Advisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” two years in a row! She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Leeds UK in International Communication/Minor in Asian Pacific Studies. Lara also holds her BAWLA Certified Trainer, AEC 1 & 2, and Medical Person in Charge. Her long-term goal is to continue in the Engineering Department and learn as much as she can! In her off time, she enjoys photography, paddleboarding, Latin series on Netflix, reading, eating, baking, cooking, snorkeling, hiking, travel and adventure!
DECKHAND - Logan Clarke, South African
Logan is from Botswana, South Africa and is fluent in Afrikaans and English. Prior to yachting he was a professional mountain biker, surfer, and lifeguard! He has always dreamed of working on a boat and was able to make his dream a reality just two years ago. He hit the jackpot with his first job being on a very busy, dual-season 55M charter boat! He learned so much while he was with that program and is looking forward to creating many adventurous memories with the guests of MY Remember When! His long-term goal is to be successful with a wife and kids and to have a happy family! His favorite places he’s traveled are San Diego and the west coast of Mexico because the waves were so perfect. In his off time, Logan enjoys fishing, surfing, motorbikes, diving, cycling and video gaming.