Operating in the West Mediterranean
Mike is a highly experienced freelance yacht Captain and internationally renowned racing sailor. In the last five years he has raced or sailed on the following yachts : J Class Velsheda & Rainbow. Jethou, WinWin, Nomad, Aegir, Y3K, Varuna, Pace, Sea Wave, Nikata, Bandit, Andiamo, Stay Calm and Assuage. Previously have worked on other large yachts including Ultima lll, Ganesha and Ethereal.
Sail and work experience
Mike had a successful 18-year career in the Royal Navy (1981-99) as a Seaman Officer then Commando and Lynx helicopter pilot. During his Royal Navy career, he was selected to serve as an officer in the Royal Yacht Britannia. As a Commando and then Lynx pilot he logged over 2500 hours on helicopters. He did active service with Special Forces operating in conditions from the arctic to the desert, and had exacting sorties in Iraq, Norway, Bosnia, Croatia and Albania. He was Flight Commander at the Search and Rescue Flight at Portland, and also Conducted flying displays at international air shows representing the UK, which included flying a ‘loop’ in the Lynx helicopter. He completed his career with the Defence Intelligence Service in the rank of Lieutenant Commander in November 1999.
Since 1999 he has been a freelance skipper/navigator, including spending the last five winters in the Caribbean as a rotational captain. He has spent the two winters as captain of Andiamo (Gunfleet 58).
As part of a professional yacht race crew he has won World and European titles, and prestigious offshore races. His yachting achievements as navigator include: Fastnet Race x 17, Sydney to Hobart x 10, Trans-Atlantics x 24, British Admirals Cup team x 3, Tour de France a la Voile x 5, RORC C600 x 7, MSR x 8.
Mike also acts as a yachting consultant. He has worked closely with major race organisers, including the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.
As a sailor/coach/weather consultant he has worked with six Olympic gold medallists, RYA podium squad teams, America’s Cup and winning Volvo Ocean Race and Commodores Cup teams. He has worked in Rio, then last year at the pre-Olympics in Japan in preparation for the Olympic Games. He has been a weather router for high-profile single-handed sailors and rowers on successful world record attempts.
He is also co-author of ‘Winning Tides’ and have written articles for four yachting magazines. Occasional columnist for Yachting World. Speaker at yachting seminars and yacht clubs.
Mike has cruised extensively in Europe, Caribbean and the Pacific.
Education , Licenses & Certificates
• MCA Master Yacht 3000gt
•RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
Catering Work experience:
Over the past 12 years Alexandra has been a chef at various restaurants in Mexico, Belgium and Spain. She is also an entrepreneur, having opened her own tea room, ‘Taller de té’, in Mexico in 2012. She has also entered numerous cooking competitions, and was a semi-finalist in the VIII Contest of Cook of the Year Spain in 2019. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and also speaks French and Portuguese.
In charge of the galley and is responsible for all guests and crew meals, assuring a rich variety of food. Estimates food needs, reviews inventory assuring adequate supplies are available, sticking to budget and guests’ expectations. Carries out food service activities in order to have meals prepared at scheduled times and makes sure she complies with health regulations. Thanks to her/his creativity, she/he develops new recipes and ways of serving food in order to satisfy different guests’ wishes.
2008 – 2012: Bachelor’s degree of Gastronomy, Instituto Culinario de México
2014: Tea Mastery Certification Course, International Tea Masters Association
2015: Advanced training course in cooking techniques, Basque Culinary Center, Spain
FIRST MATE – Mitchell Web – New Zealander – 30
Over the last 7 years Mitchell has worked on on S/Y ESCAPADE, M/Y GATTOPARDO VI, M/Y BEYOND 64, S/Y SQUALL, M/Y PELORUS, S/Y HIGHLAND BREEZE.
Sail and work experience:
Mitchell has spent the last 6 years working in Suoer Yachts in New Zealand, UAE and the Mediterranean, and has recently completed his 5th Med Season. He has experience working as mate, leading deckhand, and captain.
Mediterranean, UAE, New Zealand
Mitchell has the expertise required to stand in for Captain in his absence, acting as second in command. He assists the Captain during navigation and participates in all on-deck operations, respecting guest’s activities. He has extensive knowledge of sailing yachts maintenance and is responsible for the running of deck equipment and machinery.
Licenses & Certificates:
Yacht Master Ocean Theory
RYA Yacht Master Offshore C/E
RYA Competent Crew Certificate
RYA Outboard Maintenance Certificate
RYA Diesel Maintenance Certificate
ENG-1 Medical Certificate
NZ Coastguard Boat Master Certificate
NZ Bar Managers Certificate
Helicopter Safety Awareness Certificate
Awlgrip Approved Yacht Coating Certificate
Fire Arms Safety Training Certificate
Wine Appreciation Certificate
HSI Food Safety Certificate
MCA Powerboat L2 Certificate
STCW Crowd Management Certificate
SRC_Marine Radio Short Range Course
Padi Open Water Diver