Captain Name: Jason Bacon
Captain Nationality: British
Number of Crew: 7
Captain: Jason Bacon
Previous Yachts: M/Y SMERALDA (253ft) Dubai and Worldwide itinerary, M/Y ONE OFF (201ft), M/Y One More Toy (157ft)
Jason started his life on the water at the age of 5 racing small sailing dinghies. After racing for a number of years he taught these skills at the Olympic sailing school in Wales. At the school, he passed his Master of Yachts unlimited and with such credentials was able to join the Americas Cup Yacht, Stars & Stripes. With a passion for travel working on super yachts seemed a natural progression. Since then he has worked on multiple yachts and has 17 years of experience in the industry.
As a captain, he oversees every aspect of the yacht’s operations ensuring safety at all times and a comfortable cruising experience. He is adept at crew relations, continually maintaining a strong team environment to create the most memorable and service-oriented experience for the guests.
Hobbies include: Free diving, wake boarding, sailing and kayaking
Jason would like to take this opportunity to welcome you aboard M/Y Far Niente and introduce you to the rest of the crew:
Mate: Mathew Joubert
Previous Yachts: M/Y Amanti, M/Y Rasa, M/Y Dona Lola
Mathew Joubert was born in Kimberly, South Africa and raised in the wine district of the Western Cape. He has been diving since I he was 12 years old and has always had a big passion for the ocean and the underwater world. He has worked in Mozambique as a Dive Instructor before deciding to join the yachting industry four years ago. He loves instructing and showing people how to enjoy all the fun things there are to do in and out of the water.
Hobbies: Sailing, hiking, spearfishing, and fitness
Chief Engineer: James Erswell
James was born in Durban on the East coast of South Africa. The city is blessed with good surf year-round and as such, grew up without the urge to venture inland with the exceptions for a game drive or trip to the mountains. After finishing High School he attended the University of Cape Town for four years and graduated with a bachelor of commerce with majors in mathematics, statistics and economics. Soon after being introduced to the yachting industry he took to the technical side of the engineering department and enjoyed learning a hands-on approach to technical solutions. He worked on two Feadships for two years each, namely M/Y BG Charade 50m and M/Y Minderella 60m. During which he obtained an MEOL from the MCA in the United Kingdom.
He enjoys surfing, just about all other exercises, chess and reading.
Chief Stewardess: Mary Joubert
Mary was born in Savannah, Georgia surrounded by the intercostal waterways of the Atlantic Ocean. Growing up in the southern low country she developed a passion for nature and a resolve to explore the world. After graduating with a Biology degree she worked in the equestrian industry before beginning her yachting career on a busy dual season charter yacht called Australis. After more than two years of cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asia she took a sabbatical from yachting to experience wild Africa. Her new job involved working for a company that ran luxury eco-lodges from the Bazaruto Archipelago of Mozambique to the banks of the Kalahari in Botswana, here she used the experience she had gained from yachting to provide a high level of hospitality offering silver service in some challenging bush environments. In 2017 Mary returned to yachting on Far Niente where she met her husband Matt, and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen eye for detail she quickly became Chief Stewardess and will cater to your every need and comfort, making an epic holiday with memories that last a lifetime.
Chef: Massimo Sica Sussini
Born in Florence, Italy Chef Massimo grew up around traditional Italian cuisine, this allowed him to learn baking and pastry skills at a very young age. In 1989 at the age of 15 he began his career in the restaurant industry. Since then he has held positions in several of the world’s top restaurants, working most recently for Sheikh Mohammad bin Salman at the Royal Palace of Saudi Arabia.
Massimo is no stranger to working on yachts, he has held the position of Head Chef on the 295ft Super Yacht Lauren L, the 247ft Boadicea and the 237ft Legend, catering to past Presidents, Royal family and several of the most prominent names in Hollywood & Corporate America.
As a culinary trained Chef with over 29 years of experience Chef Massimo is able to custom design menus taking into consideration the dietary requirements and specific tastes and needs of his guests.
Everything in his galley is carefully made from the most basic of ingredients making all pastry and bakery, ice-creams and fresh pasta in house. Even the nightly turn down Chocolates don’t escape his artisan hand with newly invented fillings formulated for each and every charter.
2nd Stewardess: Paige Riddle
Previous Yachts: M/Y Wild Duck, S/Y Aquijo, M/Y Usher
Paige is a native Texan. Nevertheless, her love for the water started at a young age as her family often spent their weekends at the lake waterskiing. In 2014 she graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with a Bachelor of Science Degree with Minors in Exercise Sports Science, Nutrition, & Spanish. During her college semester abroad in Sevilla, Spain she developed a strong passion for travel and eagerly returned to Texas to graduate and spent the following summer hosting sunset cruises on a catamaran in Ibiza, Spain. While in Balearic Islands she quickly made friends with “yachties” and was enlightened by the fulltime yachting lifestyle. Prior to joining Motor Yacht Far Niente Paige worked on a variety of charter and private yachts, cruised the East & West Coast of USA, Mexico, the Mediterranean. One of her favorite & most unique experiences having sailed on one of the world’s largest ketch sailing yachts while in the South Pacific (Aquijo 85m). She has also worked as a personal trainer at Equinox on South Beach, Miami and is passionate about healthy living. Paige’s dedication to excellent service, southern hospitality and keen attitude makes her a valuable asset to have onboard your trip!
Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, wakeboarding, skiing & traveling.
Deck/Stew: Lindsay Semino
Previous Yachts: M/V Aqua Cat, M/Y Vista Blue.
Lindsey was born and raised in Arizona. She previously worked as a trainer Jockey for a horse track but her love for the water convinced her to make a change into the maritime industry. She has been in the maritime industry ever since, 13 years now and counting. She gained much experience as a dockhand at a marina and from working at a boat & jet ski rental company. From there she decided to take her career further and worked onboard a dive boat while obtaining her captains license. With her passion of the ocean and determination to make every guest have a blast onboard, you are guaranteed to have a trip to remember onboard M/Y Far Niente!
Hobbies: Diving, kite surfing, wakeboarding, horseback riding, and traveling