Captain Name: Sam Jeffs
Captain Nationality: British
Number of Crew: 5
CAPTAIN: Sam Jeffs – British
Having grown up by the sea it was always Sam’s desire to build a career around boats. At the age of 16 Sam joined the Lifeboat Service in the UK shortly followed by Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth where he started his training to become a Navy Warfare Officer.
After serving time on several aircraft carriers and destroyers, Sam began specialist training to become a Nuclear Submarine Navigation Officer. After a 10- year rewarding career with the Royal Navy Sam made the move over to the yachting industry.
Working through the yachting industry at a fast pace, Sam has held several Captain positions along with working as a yacht master instructor training new crew to the industry.
One of Sam’s biggest achievements was successfully gaining his MCA Master 3000GT certificate.
In 2017 Sam joined the M/Y LA VIE and had a very successful charter season based in Palma. When the season finished Sam undertook a busy yard refit period on the120’ Palmer Johnson M/Y Ascari successfully managing the projects through to completion, he then went straight into a 2 month busy charter period in Southern Spain and the Balearics.
When not working, you can find Sam on a mountain top snowboarding, jumping out of planes skydiving.
CHEF: Rico Haring – South African/Swiss
Joined Spring 2019
Rico has been in and around the hospitality industry literally before he could walk! He grew up in South Africa, born to parents (Mother – South African, Father – Swiss German) who were running the Wilderness Hotel, so he started to develop and sharpen his senses for the culinary arts at a very young age. He claims that it was right there where his “journey” packed full of flavour and taste began.
Rico moved to Switzerland when he was 5 years old, he lived there for the next 15 years. Shortly after receiving his diploma from the Culinary Institute Lausanne, he decided it was time to expand and start his career as a qualified chef. Rico followed his passion for food around the world, working in many European countries to include, Brazil, Tokyo and Australia to name just a few. He was driven by this untameable hunger and constant need to discover new flavours and spices within different cultures. Once Rico discovered the yachting industry, there was no looking back, and before long, he found himself working on mega yachts in the Caribbean. He has resided on the Caribbean island of St. Martin for 12 years, where he is happily married.
Rico loves to share his knowledge and passion for the culinary arts and for him it is not only about being a chef and preparing meals, it’s also about the lifestyle, taking the best of what Mother Earth provides in each season and in each area of the globe. He takes the spirt of all that, adds his knowledge, passion, heart and soul and creates exceptional cuisine.
Ask Rico “what is your profession?” – He will answer “I am a food artist”.
When Rico is not surrounded by pots, pans and exotic ingredients, he enjoys creating jewellery with leather, crystal & stones, as well as diving surfing, kiteboarding and hiking!
Previous Yachts: M/Y Tender (27m), M/Y Good Year (30m). M/Y Lady Sharon Gale (33m)
STEWARDESS: Katrina (Katie) Pretorius – South African
Joined Spring 2019
Back in South Africa, as a child, Katies’ grandfather would tell her fascinating sagas from the sea and his life as a chief engineer in the merchant navy. This inspired her to follow her heart to the sea, so after gaining a few years valuable experience in high-end hospitality establishments on land, Katie prepared herself for a new challenge with a professional, fun, and competitive work environment, and joined her first yacht in 2016 M/Y Balista.
A natural, quick learner she picked up a plethora of skills over the months and applied herself to several courses to include, cigar handling, silver service, bartending & mixology and luxury wardrobe maintenance. This together with her positive attitude and “go-getter” mindset saw Katie move swiftly though the ranks to become a valuable asset on board.
Katie likes to keep busy in her spare time and some of her hobbies include water sports-scuba diving, cycling, languages, music, travel, social events, exploration of cultures, history and the arts, and the occasional sky dive!
Previous Yachts: M/Y Forever One (55m), M/Y Z (65M)
ENGINEER: Tamoy Cohen-Morrison – Jamaican
Joined Spring 2019
Tamoy hails from Jamaica where she studied at the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Kingston and made a start as a Cadet. After learning the basics, she worked on Tugs and Commercial vessels accruing considerable experience on different equipment and systems.
Her enthusiasm and passion led her to yachting where her skill set corresponds perfectly with her training and she is looking forward to an exciting season ahead on Elysium.
Languages: English, basic Spanish
DECKHAND: Max Coles – British
Joined Spring 2019
Describing himself as hardworking, enthusiastic, energetic, outgoing, pro-active, practical, intelligent, fit, a strong team player, Max has joined Elysium for his second year in yachting.
Max has a positive attitude, and his natural sense of responsibility and “drama-free” attitude help his ability to be a quick learner.
Attending Noss Marine Academy at The South Devon College, he completed a BTEC Level Diploma in ‘Marine Technologies’ and aspires to progress in the industry.
Super active and sportif, Max’s interests and hobbies include rugby, skiing, wakeboarding, kite-surfing, dinghy sailing, & scuba diving.
Previous Yacht: S/Y Bayesian (56M Perini Navi)