Operating in the Caribbean and the Other Areas
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.
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
Languages: English, Italian and French. Conversational Spanish.
Sean was born and raised in Rome, to Irish parents. He attended an International School in Rome where his love for languages was encouraged and thus is fluent in English, Italian and French. Having grown up in an International environment, Sean can relate to many different cultures and feels at home engaging with all.
Upon finishing school, Sean went to university in England at Sussex University, to read International Relations and French, which included spending a year abroad in Bordeaux at one of the top Political Science universities.
Sean is also a very keen sportsman and musician having competed in various competitions for Tennis in both Italy and Ireland at regional level and has performed in various groups at school and University playing percussion and drums.
Sean’s experience on board stems from his sailing background as a teenager sailing lasers and catamarans on a lake outside Rome. Sean has worked on some of the most prestigious yachts in the world, from the three masted Schooner Adix to the record breaking Windrose of Amsterdam. He has also chartered extensively throughout the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
Sean forms strong working relationships with others, taking initiative when necessary and does all he can to ensure a job is done well. He has a great deal of positive energy and firmly believes in embracing life to the fullest making the most of every opportunity.
Danielle was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. After spending hours of her childhood watching her grandmother in the kitchen, she decided to complete a 3 year Grande Diploma at Silwood School of Cookery. During her second and third year, a part of her training involved practical work at a number of restaurants around Cape Town, spending one year as a chef at The Test Kitchen.
Danielle’s passion in the culinary industry is creating menus and recipe development. This led her to a position as food assistant and product developer for Luke Dale-Roberts for 18 months. She then continued to assist with the set-up of two new restaurants in Cape Town which consisted of menu creation, kitchen design, staff training and sourcing suppliers.
The urge to work and travel set in, which led her to work on the yachts. Working on yachts has created an amazing platform for Danielle to enjoy her love for the ocean, travel and creating tailored dining experiences for the guests on board.
When Danielle is not in the kitchen she is practicing yoga or spending time outdoors, looking for the perfect beach spot or mountain hikes.
Willem J.M. Nieuwelink
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