Operating in the Caribbean
CAPTAIN: Willem J.M. NIEUWELINK
Language spoken: Dutch & English
Diploma: RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, MCA Commercially endorsed. PADI Dive Master.
Captain Willem hails from a small canal town in Holland where his family kept their sailboat tied to the dock at their home and has lived for sailing since he was a young boy. Later as a teenager Willem taught sailing in Greece, Mallorca and England as well as competed in dinghy racing on an international level where he collected multiple awards. As a fully qualified RYA Yacht Master Offshore, Captain Willem has an extensive list of credentials as a skipper with his well-rounded career in both the Charter & Private yacht industry.
Willem joins us from his last position which he held with the same owner & yacht for ten years. He oversaw the build of the vessel and eventually completed a circumnavigation while maintaining the owners request for the yacht to be kept up to 5-star standards. He has cultivated an extensive list of global networks which ensure exclusive connectivity no matter where Namaste ventures.
Willem is at his happiest when guests are perched happily in one of the many comfortable areas on deck while the boat sails effortlessly into the sunset. His calm nature and giddy knowledge of almost all types of yachts will elicit a true sense of happiness while onboard.
An outstanding sportsman on the water Willem looks forward to taking you waterskiing and wakeboarding or exploring the treasures under the sea as he is a certified PADI Dive Master.
Captain Willem is looking forward to this new adventure and with his natural humor and easy-going nature you are assured an unforgettable time. Willem creates specialized itineraries for each guest and will make you feel at ease afloat as he safely steers you to unique & exciting destinations on Yacht Namaste.
STCW95 - PADI Divemaster - ENG1
Emergency First Responder - RYA Competent Crew & Day skipper Theory
'Proper Cooking Skills - Intensive - Level 2 intermediate' at The Cookery School, London. - Food Hygiene Level 2
Georgia happily joins Namaste after years spent cooking and stewardessing on private and charter yachts. She hails from the UK and grew up in Southampton, England. As a child, Georgia swam competitively and went on to swim nationally and internationally - sparking her love for the water. This (mixed with a burning desire to travel) led her to start a yachting career.
Beginning as a flotilla hostess, Georgia travelled across Europe and the Caribbean before moving into private yachts – taking her into Central and western America. In 2018 she went on to obtain her PADI Divemaster certificate in the Philippines, specializing in deep diving, oxygen providing, enriched air (nitox), Thresher shark behavior and identification as well as peak performance buoyancy.
Georgia’s passion for yachting has been emboldened by her travels, happy demeanour, passion to be in and on the water, eagerness to keep busy and a love for hosting and meeting new people. She looks forward to to everything Namaste and their world cruising itinerary and cannot wait to welcome you onboard and embark on this new adventure.
FIRST MATE: Joey COMPTON
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
Joey got his start in yachting over 10 years ago, tempted into sailing off the docks of a popular Caribbean destination, Antigua, where he was born and still calls home.
With dual-citizenship and having spent most of his adolescence in his other home, New Zealand, Joey has that Kiwi-charm that always keeps those around him in good spirits.
Since his first Atlantic crossing many years ago, he has logged over 65,000 sea miles and sailed in many of the most scenic ports of the Mediterranean, Caribbean and East Coast USA.
Joey holds a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean ticket as well as a host of other yachting certificates.
Between perfecting sail trim, ensuring a fun and safe water sports experience, and keeping things running smoothly in the engine room, Joey always maintains a very hand on approach.
He is a true team player and takes pride in great service and seeing that guests are always happy when onboard.
CHEF: Josefina Peters-Didier (Jo)
Nationality: Chile, New Zealand
STCW 2010 AND eng1
Food Safety and Hyginene Level 2
Ramen & Thai Cooking Courses, Palma - Masterclass Online - Super Yacht Chef Cookery, Palma - French Culinary School, Chile
PhD Marine Sciences, University of Auckland, 2010-2015
Languages: English & Spanish
Jo is from the south of Chile and has always loved the ocean. Marine biologist (PhD), rescue scuba diver and freediving instructor, she started working on yachts in New Zealand searching for the next big adventure.
Jo has sailed in the Pacific, all the way to the Arctic and can’t wait to set sail to the Caribbean.
From her mother, Jo inherited a big love for food and a natural talent for cooking. She has done multiple cooking courses in Palma de Mallorca at MyMuyBueno and the Galley Club cooking schools, and Ecole culinary school in Chile. Jo’s food is healthy and colorful, mixing South American influence with flavors from all over the world.
Other than cooking, Jo can usually be found underwater doing photography, spearfishing, or on the surface, playing the guitar.
Namaste is offering 3 double cabins including a Master as below :
On the forward portside, the MASTER CABIN with one bed: 1820 mm (beam) x 2000 mm (length) & leather sofa, Separated heads & steamshower
Aft portside, the first DOUBLE CABIN with bed 1635 mm (beam) x 2000 mm (length) and separated heads & shower
Aft starboard, the second DOUBLE CABIN with bed: 1635 mm (beam) x 2000 mm (length) and separated heads & shower
All of them equipped with hair dryer, plugs 1 for the shaver + 1 for the vanity (110v & 220), Rj45 & 4 X USB
Also with private A/C control, TV sets, DVD readers, BOSE minisoundlink,Wi-fi and blue tooth
Crew quarters: 1 cabin located on the forward starboard with hull and the cabin mid-portside
Charter on November 12 – 17, 2019 in Saint Martin area / American couple
Dear Willo, Sean, Georgia and Adrienne
What a truly magical si days ! We arrived tired, hungry and in a desperate need of true break and boy did you deliver !
It was true magic being a part of Namaste for these 6 days. The sailing, sun, care you all took for us magic potions that Georgia created and divine desserts (and everything else) that Adrienne whipped up for us were what the doctor ordered. We can’t wait to return !
All our best, C & T
2 days charter on November in Bermuda / 4 guests
Dear Willo, Sean, Georgia and Adrian,
Thank you for making this a dream vacation for us ! Each of you put so much care into everything. You did to make this such a special family trip. You planned so much for us and yet every day felt so relaxed. Four days felt like two weeks away !
Thank you for somehows anticipating every vacation wish what we had. From seabob adventures to snorkeling and seing tortles, tender rides to see ship wrecks, kayacking, exploring, afternoon cocktails in the jacuzzi and ever a movie right on the fly bridge complete with popcorn ! How we had room for popcorn. I don’t know because Adrian’s insanely good food had us all but licking our plates at every meal. It was though she knows the exact fantasy meals to put in front of us. And all the super special treats from homemade pastries, bread to out of this world desserts.
We honestly have never tasted such delicious food clearly prepared with love.
Georgia your way of taking care of our every need without us ever seing you do itw as magical. We would turn around and where would be a tray of beautiful and delicious afternoon drinks or we would go back to our room to change and poof beds were made. I don’t know how youd id think so quickly.
Sean your expert tender driving made what anyone lese would have turned back from onto an adventure what ended with amazing snorekling in turquoise waters. What you do always pulling out all the toys and taking the girls for the tube ride of their lives. Not to mention seabobs adventures we will talk about forever.
Willo, you make Namaste a family and a fantasy world wrapped into one ! Surprising us with pumpkins and acarving contest was one of the weetest memories we will have from the trip. With Georgia’s Halloween decoration and delicious desserts the last night was the best halloween party any of us will ever have been to.
Thank you all for making such a special trip.
And thanks so much to just be able to spend time with all of you but you did everything possible to make this a trip of a life for us all.
Love you guys ! Thank you !!!
B, T, A, E
Charter February 2-9, 2019 in the Virgin Islands / American group of 8
To the crew of NAMASTE a beautiful ship and a great group.Willo "captain" for always answering my questions and for his knowledge.
Sean for always having a smile and helping hand and also answering my questions.
Flora for her smile an each every wonderful meal!
To all: an experience of a lifetime in the BVI's onboard the NAMASTE. Our every wish come true due to the crew of Willo, Sean and Flora. We tank you for your patience with there two inexperienced explorers.We are leaving with such wonderful memories of delicious foo (thank you Flora) and disco dancing. Much appreciated.
M & P
Willo, Sean and Flora,
We are so grateful for the spectacular experience you gave us aboard this week. It was an honor to share the journey with you on this first voyage in her latest incarnation. Thank you for the incredible locations you found for us to explore, the thought fulness you put into disgining each of our days, and your impecable attention to all our needs.
We really enjoyed getting to know each of you and seing you in your element. as masterful sailors, gracious hosts, knowledgeable guides and - Flora - one impressively talented accommodating chef!
You gave us the perfect blend of relaxation and diversion, deploying every bell and whistle from Namaste's hidden compartments to keep us entertained. We loved the sabobs, snorkeling, tubing, waterskiing, paddleboardingand many lazy hours on the trampolines, soaking up sun.
Thnak you for your infinite patience and for being so flexible and attentive, so every member of our group felt considered.
We wish you the best in your voyages to come and hope our paths cross again.
We couldn't have asked for a finer crew or vessel.
Yours E, B, F, W.
To my NAMASTE crew,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me feel special each and lovely day. This is a week that will forever be in my memories! Captain Willo you are a patient leader, Sean you are a gracious host, and Flora the perfect chef.
You are welcome anytime in California. Fair winds!
P & B