Captain Name: Mark Jones
Captain Nationality: Welsh
Number of Crew: 12
MARK JONES | CAPTAIN (ROTATIONAL) | BRITISH
From Wales in the United Kingdom, Mark has been a keen sailor since the age of 7. Having been a member of the Royal National Life Boat Institute for 3 years, he gained experience in boat handling and working under pressure. Mark has worked his way up in the yachting industry since 2007, crewing on large 252ft, 200ft and 180ft yachts, acquiring much private and charter experience. He has gathered vast yacht location berth and anchorage knowledge, including, but not limited to the Black Sea, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Adriatic Sea. Mark completed his MCA 3000gt Master license in 2016. He has been a part of the BROADWATER program since 2014 and this is his third vessel with the owner. He loves all things pertaining to the sea and will ensure that your time spent partaking in seafaring activities is thoroughly entertaining and safe. When Mark isn’t overseeing your flawless experience, you can find him at home in North Carolina with his wife, daughter and son.
BEN POLLON | CAPTAIN (ROTATIONAL) | AMERICAN
Ben grew up in the Turks and Caicos Islands and has been around the water his entire life. At a young age his family lived on a sailboat and after going shore based they continued to be avid boaters. When he eventually left the islands he immersed himself in the South Florida marine industry and took over his father’s yacht repair business in Fort Lauderdale. He then made the move to professional yachting over 11 years ago and found it to be the perfect combination of his skill set and passion for the ocean. Ben has commanded vessels of varying sizes and has a plethora of charter and navigational experience including the Cocos Islands, the Galapagos, the Marquesas Islands, Polynesia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Ben has cruised over 130,000NM and has completed 12 Atlantic crossings and 3 Pacific crossings. He always enjoys exploring new destinations and showing guests something they haven’t before seen or experienced. He is thrilled to join the BROADWATER team and provide your clients with the charter of a lifetime.
LANCE HEARTLEY | FIRST OFFICER (ROTATIONAL) | SOUTH AFRICAN
Lance grew up between a cattle ranch in Zimbabwe and a quiet suburb in Johannesburg. Most of his enthusiasm for the ocean started at the age of 12 when he sailed the Greek Islands for 2 weeks in 1999. After finishing his degree in Finance and Accounting in the States, Lance decided to put off becoming office bound and work to save the money to start a career in yachting instead, by managing the flagship store of South Africans version of Abercrombie & Fitch. After 15months he had reached his goal and set off for the South of France to find his dream job. Lance has his MCA Chief Mate 3000gt license and working towards his Master 3000gt license. With over 6 and half years of sailing and working on large yachts worldwide, Lance joined Broadwater. Enjoy an exotic cocktail while Lance and his dedicated deck team plans your perfect day on the water, water sports activities or excursions ashore.
ROBERT DEMPSTER | FIRST OFFICER (ROTATIONAL) | BRITISH
Rob was born in Southampton, U.K. but grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Soon after Rob was born in Southampton, U.K. but grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Soon after finishing primary school in Sydney, his family moved to Singapore. Rob’s parents have always enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle by traveling the world. Rob graduated from St. Luke’s Grammar School in 2007, and spent the next three years working at Virgin Active Health Club in Sales & Operations Management. He completed a two year traineeship at the Superyacht Crew Academy in Sydney gaining both Australian (AMSA) and MCA Maritime Qualifications. He also managed the company’s Sailing Yacht Charter side of the business. While completing a gap year backpacking around the world, Rob visited some friends in Cannes, France where he discovered yachting, and joined the industry in 2012. He loves the challenge of delivering exceptional service all and doing water sport activities with the guests. Rob has a contagious, cheeky smile and will be the first one to get you amped to do activities!
SCOTT BUTLER | CHIEF ENGINEER (ROTATIONAL) | SOUTH AFRICAN
Scott is from Durban, South Africa. He worked as a diesel mechanic for Caterpillar in South Africa and then began working on an oil rig before joining his first yacht at the age of 21. He started in the industry as a deckhand prior to transitioning into his true passion of engineering. His favorite part of his job is the challenges he is presented with and subsequently finding solutions for them. Scott recently purchased an equestrian farm in South Africa and he enjoys spending his time away there as well as free diving and spear fishing.
THEO SMIT | CHIEF ENGINEER (ROTATIONAL) | SOUTH AFRICAN
Theo was born and raised surrounded by the breathtaking natural scenery that is Cape Town, South Africa. His strong love for the outdoors landed him a position as an adventure tour guide throughout the whole of Africa, showing tourists everything from the Namib Desert to Zambia’s Victoria Falls. In 2009 Theo embarked on a new adventure on the sea and his engineering and travel skills married happily with his transition to the world of yachting. Theo has been trained by a number of the best engineers the industry has to offer and recently achieved his Chief Engineer (Y3) License. When he isn’t working (which is rare!) you can find him exploring the outdoors, hiking, watching sports and spending time with his family in South Africa.
WILL SMITH | SECOND ENGINEER | BRITISH
Will was born and raised on a dairy farm in the South West of England. Much of his childhood and summer holidays were spent
working on the family farm, and is where his foundation and interests in all things mechanical were born. After school will pursued
his interests in engineering which landed him a sought after apprenticeship with the prestigious plane manufacturer, Airbus. After
completing his three year apprenticeship with Airbus, Will decided it was time for a break from work, and undertook his greatest
challenge to date. In 2010 Will and his friend broke a world record by becoming the youngest pair to row the Atlantic Ocean in a
race that spanned 80 days at sea. It’s from this experience that Will found out about yachting. He spent the last three years studying
Marine engineering, at the renowned Warsash Maritime Academy in England, and is now loving his new life in Yachting.
GJORGI MITEV | CHEF | MACEDONIAN
Chef Gjorji was born and raised in Macedonia where his passion for all things food began. He studied Food Science and Technology and apprenticed in some of Macedonia’s finest hotels after which he opened his own restaurant at the young age of 20 years old. Gjorgi then moved to St.Maarten where he met his wife and had a baby. During this time in St. Maarten, after being exposed to the industry in this yachting town and having a Brother who was already working on yachts, Chef Gjorgi began his career as a yacht chef.
During his 8 year yachting career, he has continuously explored various cuisines while working alongside some amazing chefs in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Chef Gjorgi has served elite clientele both on land and on luxury sailing and motor yachts. He looks forward to stimulating guest’s palate with cuisine from all over the world and wowing lunch and dinner tables alike. To see more of his work, look up Gjorgi on Instagram, @chef_gjorgi.
REBECCA KEARL | CHIEF STEWARDESS (ROTATIONAL) | AMERICAN
Rebecca was born and raised in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder and spent four years after university living and working in Argentina. Rebecca interned at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires in the Press and Events Department, as well as carried out a number of Personal Assistant roles during her time with the State Department. She moved back to the US five years ago to pursue a career in private service and attended Butler School in Denver with the intention of going into estate management, however, she was intrigued by the yachting industry and decided to try her hand at private service by sea. This is her tenth season in the industry and Rebecca’s outgoing personality, passion for service and love of travel keeps her enthusiasm for her job in full bloom. Rebecca is committed to exceeding guests’ expectations while enjoying all of the unique experiences, opportunities and challenges that the yachting industry has to offer. Her hobbies include learning languages, exercising, yoga, skateboarding, basketball and real estate.
LEIGH-ANNE CAWOOD | CHIEF STEWARDESS (ROTATIONAL) | SOUTH AFRICAN
Leigh-Anne is from Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her Honors degree at University in Hospitality & Event Management where she gained a thorough knowledge of customer service, management, housekeeping and laundry skills which prepared her well for her venture in yachting. She has been with Broadwater from the very beginning and has worked her way to Chief Stewardess. Prior to yachting, Leigh-Anne was employed with a leading luxury tour operating company and during her time there her desire for travel and work increased immensely, hence securing her desire to set out for the USA and secure a position on a motor yacht as a Stewardess. Leigh-Anne loves to hike, travel and has a great love for the outdoors.
GAYLAINE QUACH | THIRD STEWRDESS | CANADIAN
Gaylaine, was born and raised in the metropolitan city of Toronto, Canada. At an early age, she discovered her love of travel as her large family would take road trips every summer; her highlight being Highway 101, touring down the West Coast of the USA. Having a love for the outdoors, Gaylaine enjoys skiing, kayaking and hiking. She is bilingual, speaking English and Cantonese. She worked as a lifeguard throughout high school and studied, Psychology and Anthropology in university. Longing for a change of scenery, Gaylaine moved to Antigua in 2013, where she attended medical school. Enticed by the surrounding waters and variety of yachts anchored in English Harbor, she decided to transition into the yachting industry where she has been able to explore more of the world.
HEAVENLY FRADY | THIRD STEWARDESS | AMERICAN
Heavenly grew up in a small beach town on the central coast of California, giving her an innate love for all things oceanic at a very young age. Prior to joining the yachting industry, she traveled Europe volunteering at refugee camps and dedicating all of her time and energy in the service of others. Heav is full of life, enthusiastic, has a positive outlook and is adamant about creating an unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to have the Broadwater experience.
GISELLE ZEPEDA SAYBE | FORTH STEWARDESS | HONDURAN
Giselle was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras where she worked in Business Administration. Giselle then moved on and completed an internship at Disney World, after which Giselle decided to join the Disney Cruise Line and took the needed courses to apply for the job. However during that time she learned about yachting and decided to switch her path and give Yachting her best effort and has not looked back since. Giselle enjoys learning all aspects of the interior and what it takes to have it run efficiently. Gisselle enjoys traveling, reading and scuba diving.
GARETH SUCKLING | BOSUN | SOUTH AFRICAN
Gareth is originally from Durban, South Africa, though he grew up in Maryland from the age of 8 years old. He pursued general studies in college for two years and upon finishing school he transitioned into a role in his father’s carpentry business, though he had truly started learning the trade long before college and hence massed over 10 years of carpentry experience before following his love of the water onto his first job on a yacht with team Broadwater. To say that Gareth is excited to be here is an understatement. In his down-time you will find him playing soccer, surfing and fishing.
SAM MCGETTIGAN | DECKHAND | NEW ZEALANDER
Sam was born and raised in Napier on the East Coast of New Zealand. Sam grew up playing a lot of sports, predominantly rugby and surfing. He studied for 4 years at Victoria University and came out with Bachelor of Tourism Management and A Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Marketing. Soon after Sam decided to join yachting and has been in the yachting industry for almost 4years and has enjoyed every minute of it and looks forward to welcoming guests onboard Broadwater. Sam loves all things outdoors and on the ocean. His favorite hobbies include surfing, traveling, playing the guitar, hiking, diving and fishing.
JEANOT BOUTRY | DECKHAND | SOUTH AFRICAN
Growing up in the luscious city of Cape Town, near the water’s edge, the sea has always been a part of Jeanot’s life. Spending hours doing water sports and helping out at the family hotel, Jeanot developed a love for hospitality and of meeting people from all walks of life. Having two brothers in the Yachting Industry, Jeanot realized that he could pursue his love for the ocean in an exciting new career. Having worked on a number of reputable motor yachts, Jeanot has been fortunate enough to travel to some of the world’s most amazing destinations. Jeanot looks forward to furthering his career in Yachting and is an aspiring Captain and Yachtsman.