Captain Name: Cuan Odendaal
Captain Nationality: South African
Number of Crew: 7
CAPTAIN – Cuan Odendaal
Cuan is from Cape Town, South Africa and holds a Diploma in Tourism and Tour operations. He began his career as a Marine Logistics Supervisor in East Africa which originally equipped him with the skill set to lead yachting programs off the beaten path. In the past 10 years he has crewed on various private and charter yachts ranging from 120-160ft. Upon becoming a Master, he has chartered and cruised South East Asia the Pacific, the Bahamas, New England and the US. Cuan takes pride in his work and is always willing to lend a hand wherever necessary. Leading by example as a captain, yet learning at the same time; he is able to offer his knowledge and enthusiasm to crew and guests alike. “Safety and effective communication are the keys to a successful charter program”. Cuan is hands on, hardworking and strives for longevity from crew and securing repeat charters. Always upbeat, he enjoys leading a winning team and has assembled a group of professional, fun, and well coordinated individuals that will surprise and entertain guests at every turn. Cuan spends his of his free time kite boarding, free diving, surfing and fishing.
FIRST MATE – James Speed
Coming from a farming background, James is used to hard work with little sleep. James is a young south African who knows the value of teamwork yet having the self-discipline to get things done on his own in an efficient and timely manner. After completing high school, James joined a sailing vessel on delivery from Durban, South Africa to Fort Lauderdale. He skippered many day sails from Dania beach to Miami until an opportunity became available to work on a bigger charter yacht in the Mediterranean. As a deckhand, James quickly learned how to drive tenders, operate Jet skis and all water toys while assisting with engineering and mechanical projects on board. James enjoys helping in the engine room which brings fond memories of fixing motorbikes and cars back home. After a few seasons in the Med he became first mate on a private yacht based in Moscow and Germany for the winter. James is constantly learning new skills and readjusts himself easily to work hard and shows the guests a memorable time on board .James uses his youth and enthusiasm to grow both personally and professionally by being flexible and optimistic at all times. Hobbies include canoeing, trail running, mountain biking, surfing, all kinds of water sports and anything adventurous.
ENGINEER -Raiarii (Rai) Chin Ah You
Rai is French and obtained a Degree in Mathematics and Informatics at the University of French Polynesia. He joined the industry as a deckhand and has cruised the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific and United states on large yachts including M/Y Legacy and Helios 3.
‘Rai’ is a young, qualified engineer and also helps out on deck and anywhere else he can. He is a hands-on crew member with positive energy and a can-do attitude! Rai is very organized and meticulous in his engine room, has great knowledge and interest in AV and IT systems which helps with providing the technical guidance needed for the yacht as well as the guest experience. Rai is a certified rescue diver and enjoys driving the tender, going fishing with the guests and participating in all kinds of water sports. You will always see him with a smile and ready to help ensuring that all guests have lasting memories from their charter on board Antares.
CHIEF STEWARDESS – Sierra Storm
Sierra’s goal is to provide guests with an outstanding level of service and always with a welcoming smile. Sierra is a certified Yoga teacher, advanced mixologist, licensed Esthetician and ex owner of her own cold pressed juice company. After completing school and various courses for her chosen career path; Sierra started out as a team leader for a cleaning company, but soon her creative side plunged her into opening her own juice company. After two successful years as a business owner, she started in yachting industry which meshed with her love for traveling and hospitality. In 2015 she joined a yacht as junior stewardess and gained experience and knowledge in people skills, determination and a positive attitude. Sierra has worked on private jets and busy charter yachts, including M/Y Sweet Escape. Sierra is passionate about what she does, attentive in tune with the finer details to ensure that guests are comfortable, and happy. Sierra is optimistic and energetic and bring a positive and welcoming vibe to Antares She enjoys hiking, yoga and various water sports in her free time.
SECOND STEWARDESS -Karly Dowsett
Growing up on the Gold Coast, Australia, Karly has always had a love for saltwater and the seaside. She has an outgoing, fun personality with a zest for life. After moving overseas when she was 18 to experience life in London, she went on to join the yachting industry to chase her passion for ocean. She is passionate about her job, loves to meet new people and is grateful for the adventures it brings. She is a professional and loves providing top notch service for her guests. Karly has always enjoyed the outdoors and loves to lead a healthy active lifestyle. She is genuinely excited to have joined the professional team onboard. She is looking forward to providing an unforgettable experience for any guest that comes onboard Antares.
DECKHAND -Scotty Nethersole
Scotty is originally from Zimbabwe and he grew up on his family farm in Lake Kariba. At an early age Scotty loved the water and was an avid fisherman. As soon as he could begin working he began leading fishing trips and working with all kinds of water sports. This lead him into the love of Scuba diving and he worked at one of the most prestigious dive companies in South Africa. At only twenty years of age, this young man is a certified dive instructor with more than 500+ dives under his belt. He has certified dive groups of up to 11 people and can arrange for this on board Antares as well. Scotty truly enjoys every dive as if it is the first time in the underwater world and looks forward to introducing guests on board Antares to this as well. In addition to his love of the water, Scotty has also always been into all kinds of sports and was an international field hockey player for Zimbabwe. Scotty loves the outdoors and is friendly by nature, adventurous and always smiling.
CHEF -Trevor Steyn
Trevor is from a small seaside town in the Western Cape of South Africa. He developed his love for cooking at a young age, spending time around the ocean gathering fresh mussels, oysters and abalone while catching fish. Upon completion of his schooling, Trevor bought a one-way ticket to the UK. Here be began working as a dishwasher at Franc’s Restaurant in Manchester. After proving himself as a talented, eager young man, he was quickly promoted to junior sous chef. He then enrolled in the City & Guilds NVQ 3- year Professional Cookery diploma. While working at the restaurant and studying after hours, in his third year of classes he also began teaching first year classes at the school. Trevor graduated with honors, inspired to have his culinary career lead him to his next pot. Fast forward 17 years; Trevor gained experience in top restaurants, resorts in Europe and South Africa, including Gordon Ramsay London, Birkenhead House (top 101 hotels in the world), and then owned a successful restaurant for seven years in South Africa. Then onto a new adventure; yachting. Although Trevor has only been in yachting for a few years, his extensive land-based experience has given him the tools to easily translate to the needs and workings of the yacht lifestyle. Trevor likes to focus on fresh, light and seasonal food. He is inspired by the produce that he finds at local markets and puts together varied, interesting and scrumptious menus. He is French trained, but with his travels and experiences he has experimented, learned and mastered a wide variety of cuisines and cooking styles including Asian, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Vegetarian and American. Trevor is able to adapt to specific needs and likes of guests, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, low-calorie, low-carb/LCHF, sugar-free and dairy-free meals. His aim is to absolutely delight and exceed expectations, which he has earned his excellent reputation for. When Trevor is not cooking, he spends his free time fishing, hiking, kayaking and entertaining friends.