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CAPTAIN: Alexander HAILWAX
Yacht-master offshore - STCW 95 – PADI Divemaster
Languages: English, German
Alex was born in Namibia, Africa, where he spent his early years developing a love for nature; both ocean and desert life became engraved in his character. He spent many weekends exploring the Atlantic coastline on foot and became an avid fisherman by the time he was five-years-old.
The next step was to head out onto the ocean and he was fortunate enough to have a family who encouraged him to get his Hobby Cat and Laser sailing licenses before he’d even finished primary school. He completed these courses while experiencing the waters off the East coast of Africa, the Indian Ocean.
He moved to South Africa for his high school and university years where he found a passion for diving in his free time. He never faltered on his love for sailing though and enjoyed family sailing trips all over the world. By the time he left school, he’d sailed a few more seas - the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Mediterranean.
When he finished up at the University of Stellenbosch (where he learnt a lot about wine, naturally), he headed to sailing school in Cape Town and eventually made his way up to France where his yachting adventures took him on an epic journey through the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic and finally onto Brazil.
Once Alex had completed his Yacht-master, he permanently moved into the yachting industry where he worked his way up the ranks eventually making it to Captain at the age of 23. He spent 3 years moving between the Caribbean and Mediterranean seasons and
completed his Divemaster in Panama in 2016.
Alex loves cooking and is known as the “Braai (BBQ) Master” where his skills range from Argentinian tenderloin to hand-caught lobster. His German sense of humor (no laughing matter), sailing experience and humble nature all lend a hand towards a great Captain whose crew and guests alike will tell you that a trip with Alex is “absolutely the best”.
CHEF: Marcelle LIRON
RYA Powerboat level 2 – PADI rescue Diver – STCW 95
Yacht Cookery Course – Food Hygiene level 2
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the last thing Marcelle ever saw herself doing was actually getting to live the dream and sail the world.
She started dancing at the age of three and immediately developed into a confident stage-presence who is always the life of the party. Hosting and entertaining come naturally to Marcelle; a look through her guest testimonials will show a mature, organized Chef and Hostess who is also able to initiate a karaoke sing-off or create an unforgettable atmosphere at an impromptu Caribbean beach party.
Marcelle’s love affair with food began early and she often reminisces about learning tricks and family secrets from her mother, an influence which is clearly visible in her repertoire.
She takes pride in not only delivering spectacular meals with interesting and varied “flavor-bombs” but also creating a special twist on every day dishes. She has been in the yachting industry for over 4 years and has made her way around the world making sure to pick up flavor combinations and recipes along the way. Tasting the influences from all over the globe, you’d think she ate her way through each of the 35+countries she has visited.
After spending time learning from an ex-yacht chef in Palma de Mallorca last year, Marcelle decided to head to Germany to learn a bit about the Bavarian cuisine. She worked in the kitchen of a reputable hotel in Munich where she was taught a variety of cooking, preparation and time management skills and gained invaluable experience.
Having spent the major part of the last 4 years extensively sailing the Caribbean Sea, she has developed an avid love for the ocean; scuba diving and snorkeling are some of Marcelle’s favorite past times and she loves taking her guests on unforgettable reef tours to discovery some of the ocean’s animal life.
DECK-STEW: Caitlin LANGEVELD
STCW 95, PDSP, Powerboat Level 2
Languages: English, Afrikaans
Caitlin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to Pretoria to complete a Political Science Degree at TUKS University. As a student, she worked at two 5-star restaurants in the area, gaining service and hospitality confidence as well as completing a Cocktail Making and Sommeliers course.
Once she had graduated, the pull of adventure began tugging at her sleeve and before long she was on her way to Palma de Mallorca to start her yachting career.
Caitlin spent summer 2018 onboard a 132ft state-of-the-art sailing sailing yacht where she worked as a sole stewardess and deckhand.
This position allowed her to gain experience in many roles including housekeeping, line handling and service.
She was fortunate enough to sail the waters of Mallorca, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece where she familiarised herself with the areas, cultures and locals.
In November 2018, Caitlin set off on a trip of a lifetime: she joined a 62ft catamaran in Portugal before sailing across to the Canary Islands and eventually across the Atlantic before digging her feet into the soft sands of Antigua in December. Here she joined Christina Too and wowed at the Antigua Charter Boat Show, placing third in the Designer Water contest.
Caitlin has recently achieved a lifelong dream - she summited Kilimanjaro! Climbing this Tanzanian icon has taught her of a resilience she didn’t know she had and has re-energised her for the upcoming adventures on Christina Too!