Captain: Albert Rodriguez
Captain Albert is a well-known and knowledgeable captain with an extensive cruising
experience onboard various vessels, these include, luxury yachts, sport fishers, sailing
catamarans as well as passenger ferries.
Puerto Rico, San Juan is where Captain Albert originated from, practically born on the
water. He spent his childhood on board his fathers fishing boats cruising the waters of
Caribbean from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico to the Virgin, Windward and
In 1998 Captain Albert obtained his Master 50 Ton license and during the day he ran
sport fishing and catamaran charters and by night he captained 200 passenger ferries.
Once he obtained his 200 ton license, he began work as a delivery captain delivering new
yachts from U.S shipyards to their owners in the Caribbean and Central America.
Through this experience it allowed Captain Albert to expand his cruising repertoire to
include the Eastern Seaboard, Florida's West Coast, The Bahamas, Mexico, Panama and
Captain Albert obtained his 3000 ton license and then found a home in the yachting
industry on a 85 foot yacht as a captain and throughout the 11 years following that he ran
a great number of private and charter yachts, including the 120 foot custom Hargrave
yacht La Vida and the 141 foot Trinity Big City. He now proudly captains the 164 foot
Trinity, Amarula Sun.
First Mate: Mark Rossouw
Mark grew up on the east coast of South African in Durban with the warm waters
of the Indian Ocean. There his love for the sea was born.
Before Yachting he worked in the Civil Engineering industry for 6 years but the
dust just wasn't as good as the Ocean and here he chased the summer and entered the
world of yachting. His yachting experience starts from the East coast of the US and into
the Bahamas for lengthy time and then onto the Mediterranean.
Mark loves to keep active, grew up surfing, he enjoys any extreme sports,
Kite surfing, dirt biking and diving a few of his favourites.
He is a laugh and can be entertaining around people.
Engineer: Dewaid Ferreira
Growing up in a small harbour town Knysna in the heart of the garden route in
South Africa, he was basically living on the water, fishing, diving, and enjoying
water sports. That's when he then started to grown a love for the sea.
For a career he was robotic technician, building and programming robots in the
automotive industry. After he spent two years with his company he looked to take
his vast skill set to the ocean and found his calling as a yacht engineer.
Dewald never looked back again and has enjoyed his last 7 years sailing to
some unique places all over the world
Chief Stewardess: Michelle Riherd
Michelle Riherd sails as Chief Stewardess aboard MN Amarula Sun. After growing up in Michigan, Michelle travelled to Key West during a Spring Break in college, and her life changed forever. It was in Key West that she was first introduced to yachting, and she has been happily working on yachts for eighteen years.
Michelle loves the constant change of scenery, meeting new people and hearing the interesting life stories of all of the colourful characters she has met through travelling.
Always up for the next big adventure, her yachting career has taken her from British
Columbia to the Bahamas, and she counts St. Maarten and Dominica among her favourite destinations. She has homes in both Fort Lauderdale and Sweden and, when she is not at sea, she enjoys playing squash, mountain biking, home projects, or simply surrounding herself with her favourite people. just sitting around a campfire.
Michelle is excited to start yet another adventure aboard MlY Amarula Sun. Her friendly personality, finely-tuned service skills and attention to detail will delight Amarula's guests and make their charter experience truly unforgettable.