Operating in the West Mediterranean
Deck Seating at Night
Deck Seating at Night
View of Bow
Up the mast
Previous yachts: Blue Pearl, Liara, Green Dragon
Sail and work experience: Spent the 90s racing dinghies in Ireland, graduated to keel boats and into composite race boat construction. Worked on various high profile build projects from Mini Transats to Volvo Ocean Race. Over the past 12 years Superyachting has been the main source of income, beginning as Engineer on performance 30m new build in 2008 to Captain of the Wally Dark Shadow from 2012 to 2016 and now back again in 2020!
He speaks English, a little Italian and maybe a little less French. Over the last 25 years, he has clocked more than 100,000 nautical miles from the Irish sea to the Med and 8 Atlantic crossings as well as cruising the south Pacific sea around New Zealand.
Cruised Waters: Irish and Mediterranean Seas, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
He is responsible for navigation, safety, the overall running and financial management of the vessel, crew and guests. He ensures the safe and efficient operation of the yacht at all times, in¬cluding compliance with all safety procedures and regulations. He takes care of adhering to flag regula¬tions, port state and local laws and regulations, and manages the crew to ensure adherence to, and a full understanding of, the vessel’s policies. He provides daily leadership for the crew and encourages team¬work, individual growth and personal attention by delegating duties and supervising all crew tasks.
Licenses & Certificates: RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, Commercial Endorsement – GMDSS GOC (General Operator’s Certificate) – MCA AEC (Approved Engine Course) – STCW Training – STCW Proficiency in First Aid.
Education: St Andrews College, Dublin.
Hobbies: It’s obvious I enjoy the sea and sailing but also Windsurfing, Surfing and recently began Kitesurfing althuogh I already feel I could go Pro.
Music is an important part of my life also and I play guitar a lot these days as my drum kit is not so easy to travel with.
FIRST MATE PHILIPPA (PIPPA) HILDITCH, BRITISH, 43
Previous yachts: HEURKA, NGONI, DRUMBEAT, DAHLAK, ELENA to name a few.
Sail and work experience:
She speaks English. Philippa has sailed all her life, with strong seamanship skills and comes from a family that all sail, race yachts and high performacnce dinghies. Over the last 16 years, she has crossed the Atlantic more than twelve times, been through the Pannama Cannal to navigaited the Pacific, and raced in many international regattas around the world.
Cruised Waters: Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean.
Philippa has the expertise required to stand in for Captain in his absence, acting as second in command. She assists the Captain during navigation and participates in all on-deck operations, respecting guest’s activities. She has extensive knowledge of sailing yachts maintenance and is responsible for the running of deck equipment and machinery.
Licenses & Certificates: MCA MASTER 500GT CoC – STCW Training – GMDSS Radio Genral Operator Certificate – BSAC Sports Diver.
Education: Waldegrave School for Girls, London, UK, and Warsah Maritime Accadamy
Hobbies: Philippa enjoys all Watersport and the great outdoors. She has been hiking and climbing since her teens and has a Mountain Leader Award which she wants to build on.
CHEF ANNA ZAINI, ITALIAN +21
Previous yachts: UNFURLED, ENDEVOUR, SORCEROUS, LUPA, ATMOSTPHERE,
Sail and work experience: With 28 years in the luxury yachting industry, Anna has cheffed for all kinds of different people and is still as passionate as ever about food. She has always maintained the highest standard in presentation and the minister for the interior is happiest with guests on to keep her busy!
He speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French and a little German. Over the last 30 years, she has clocked more than 400,000 nautical miles with an impressive 33 transatlantic crossings.
Cruised Waters: Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Baltic Sea, USA East Coast, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
is in charge of the galley and is responsible of guests and crew meals, assuring a rich variety of food. She estimates food needs, reviews inventory assuring adequate supplies are available, sticking to budget and guests’ expectations. She carries out food service activities in order to have meals prepared at scheduled times and makes sure to comply with health regulations. Thanks to her creativity, she develops new recipes and ways of serving food in order to satisfy different guests’ wishes.
Licenses & Certificates: STCW Training – STCW Safety and Survival Training – Food Hygiene & Safety Certificate.
Education: Secondary School.
Hobbies: Motor bikes, knitting, restoring antique furniture and reading.
ENGINEER, ALESSIO VALCARENGHI, GERMAN AND ITALIAN 21
PREVIOUS YACHTS: Eleanora, Mariette, Kelpie
Sail and Work experience: Alessio grew up on and in the water and started working on yachts from a young age, he has a knowlegeble backround with diesel and petrol engines as well as lerning a lot in the past years how to properly operate a superyacht, he has done 1 atlantic crossing and about 30.000miles
He Speaks German, Italian, Spanish and English
Cruised Waters: Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and North Atlantic
Alessio is in charge of the maintaining the vessel in a fuctional aspect, making sure that the boat can perform at it highest levels, and is a keen and competent sailor who enjoys life above deck as well as below.
Licenses & Certificates: STCW training, RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, Commercial Endorsement, AEC, PB2, EDH, Padi rescue diver.
Education: Secondary School.
Hobbies: Diving, cars, watersports, bmx and airsoft
DARK SHADOW can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have 2 twin beds, shower and toilet. DARK SHADOW is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.