Captain Name: Carlos LOPEZ
Captain Nationality: Spanish
Number of Crew: 3
CAPTAIN: Carlos LOPEZ
Diploma: Commercial Captain – STCW 95
Languages: Spanish – English
Carlos is Spanish and speaks Spanish and English.
He has always worked on boats, working on yachts from 50ft to 200ft, cruising the Caribbean and the Mediterranean as well as making transatlantic crossings. He started sailing professionally five years ago.
He knows the Balearic islands like the back of his hand, and will take guests to the most exclusive and hidden anchorages, show them hidden caves, trendy beaches and restaurants.
He has high safety discipline, and understands the importance of combining safe sailing with first class service on luxury charters. Guests will enjoy a wonderful time on this comfortable and luxurious catamaran.
Downtime for Carlos is likely to be spent in the water, as he loves underwater fishing.
CHEF – Laurent COUTANCIER
Diploma: FPII: Professional Kitchen school for 3 years, Versailles, France – STCW95.
Language spoken: French – English – Spanish
Laurent grew up in Versailles where he quickly discovered his passion for cooking, helped by his great grandmothers; one developing his savoury palate and the other his sweet palate!
At 17 he served an apprenticeship at the hotel school in Versailles, then worked for five years in Michelin starred restaurants: Auberge de la gentilhommière; Auberge des Bruyères; Auberge de la Poularde.
Loving travel, he worked in Marbella, Spain for 4 years, where he became a head chef in the five-star Don Miguel Hotel Restaurant. He then decided to move to Lanzarote where he lived for 23 years, working in starred restaurants. Laurence is now a well-travelled chef who loves his craft.
His taste for travel called him again and he decided to combine his profession with sailing. After working for two years on a 67’ catamaran and then a 74’ motor yacht, two transatlantic crossings, and the discovery of the Antilles and West Mediterranean, he has now joined FIREFLY.
HOSTESS: Maria JAEN MEDINILLA
Language spoken: Spanish – English
Maris is from the south of Spain and she is passionate about the ocean. She studied marine sciences and has travelled and worked around the world – usually near the sea and on it. It was in the Azores islands where she started to sail, worked in a whale-watching enterprise, and planned to sail around the world for a while.
Maris enjoys working on board, which makes her a great asset in front of house. She will gladly take care of guests’ needs and her kindness and professionalism ensure high standards aboard FIREFLY.