First Officer, Daniel St. Denis
Nationality – Canadian
Dan was born in Canada near the Great Lakes and as such, spent much of his childhood on the water. The incident of 9/11 inspired Dan to begin training and started his professional career as a firefighter, before the urge came to explore the world and joined the yachting community in 2007. Starting in the Caribbean, Dan would spend the next nine years at sea travelling the islands, New England, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, northern Europe, East Coast Canada, and even his hometown. Dan has been part of Captain Jesse’s team on M/Y Starship and Netyanya 8 over the years, so we are happy to have the crew back together again.
Dan has spent the past two years working at a maritime academy, training the next generation of yachtsmen and women in navigation and safety in order to get their OOW licenses. Although he is at sea, the keen sense of his fire training still remains, and will always be at the forefront of safety onboard. In his free time Dan can be found spending time with his wife, family, camping, snowboarding and traveling to off-the-beaten-path locations.
Chief Engineer, Quintin James
Nationality – South African
Quintin’s love for engineering was evident at young age and has always been fascinated with how the wheel turns. As a young boy growing up he spent his time in the garage learning the fundamentals from his father and by an early age could see what the future held. A three-week trip to Fort Lauderdale in 2004 introduced Quintin to the yachting industry and he has been hooked ever since. In the years to come he returned to the US and in 2010 he made the transition from a land based engineer to yacht crew and hasn’t looked back.
In his spare time Quintin loves nothing more than spending quality time with his family and friends. His interests include extreme sports, Crossfit and enjoying everything this great world has to offer.
Chief Engineer, Scott Day
Nationality – New Zealand
Scott was born in Auckland, New Zealand, where he spent his early childhoods on boats of all sizes developing his love for the water. His engineering knowledge grew extensively as he had built his own race cars from a very young age. Once he left school he began building super yachts for Alloy Yachts where he completed a Marine systems engineering apprenticeship, he then decided to make the transition to a yacht engineer and has been sailing the seas ever since.
He has a strong passion for the water and anything involved with it, should this be diving, fishing, wakeboarding.
Chief Stewardess, Mary Hensman
Nationality – Zimbawaen
Mary originally comes from a small farm in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe where weekends were spent on the farm camping, skiing on their dam, playing polo and spending time with their elephant. On completing her degree, a Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhodes University in South Africa, she wanted to explore the hospitality industry and spent a year in Kenya following the wildebeest migration on horseback after which she got her maritime qualifications.
Since then Mary has worked on various private/charter yachts in the Mediterranean, Maldives and the Caribbean, showing she is enthusiastic about furthering her knowledge and skills in the hospitality industry. Mary would like to one-day return to Africa and have a lodge of her own offering retreats to a similar 5 star standard, following her passion for conservation and wildlife protection.
Chef, Lee Marshall
Nationality – British
Lee hails from Bristol, UK. The foodie capital of the south-west. A consummate professional with a great understanding of food in all elements. With a 25+ year background in the hospitality sector Lee will reward you with his well oiled repertoire and create authentic dishes from around the world including his infamous Yorkshire pudding with roast rib of beef. Having applied his trade in 4 and 5 star hotels Lee has a solid commercial background with all the necessary food safety training. In Lee’s yachting career he has been part of Captain Jesse’s team on a number of yachts over the years, a few of which are M/Y Starship, M/Y Netanya 8 and M/Y Trust fund.
Lee is at ease creating great punchy, healthy and at times wholesome food, and presenting it as buffet style, he enjoys dealing with fish and loves the markets of the Mediterranean.
A family man at heart and a passion for the ocean, Lee enjoys getting out on his other passion motorcycles and his bicycle.
Lee will gladly create any of your popular dishes. Lee looks forward to wowing you with his culinary delights.
Bosun, Gareth Andrews
Nationality – South Africa
Gareth has always known travel, spending time growing up all over Southern Africa. He was born in Cape Town and shortly after moved up the coast towards Durban where he learned to surf and became a lifeguard. All his life he has been a water baby, competing in swimming and water polo at a provincial level as well as enjoying canoeing, wakeboarding, free diving and scuba diving. He also enjoy extreme sports such as snowboarding and worked in Austria as a park shaper, building and testing features. He finished high school in Johannesburg and studied Bachelor of Accounting Science at the University of Witwatersrand. His passion lies in scuba diving and photography, he spent 2 months in the Philippines diving on a daily basis and playing with his camera underwater. He also loves travel photography and content creating and he recently started a content creating company in South Africa called Old Soul Films. He holds a Divemaster certification along with PWC Instructors and Master 200T unlimited. His interest in life on the sea comes from stories told by both his grandfather and uncle who both served in the navy, his uncle who has spent 25 years in the yachting industry.