Captain Name: Kathy Pennington
Captain Nationality: South African
Number of Crew: 6
Captain – KATHERINE PENNINGTON
A Captain for over a decade, Kathy’s career in Superyachts has taken her a long way from her original home in Cape Town, South Africa. Her most recent role was as Skipper on the 36 metre sailing ketch “Tiziana”, a well known Med-based charter yacht with a great reputation which cruised all over the Mediterranean during her time on board. Immensely proud to be amongst the few female superyacht captains, Kathy learned her trade at a very early age. Her father has been a huge influence in her life and his passion for sailing surrounded and inspired her formative years when they sailed together in Cape Town and on the Vaal dam in Johannesburg. Soon realizing sailing as her first love, Kathy sought to make it her chosen profession. Following the completion of her qualifications Kathy trained and worked as a full-time scuba diving instructor, gaining further valuable experience restoring boats and undertaking Yacht deliveries on her journey to achieving Captain status. Kathy and her dedicated hands-on team are delighted to welcome you on board Twilight, and together they will work hard to make your time on Twilight a truly unforgettable and wonderful experience.
Chef – JEAN MATTHEE
Born in South Africa, Twilight’s fun-loving Chef Jéan offers guests a contemporary take on Mediterranean cuisine, heavily influenced by his extensive travels around the world whilst retaining infusions of his South African roots. Prior to getting into Superyachts he worked in fine dining restaurants in both the UK and South Africa, and his most recent role was a four year period as sole yacht chef on the 40 metre motoryacht “Tanvas”. A keen traveller, in his spare time you are most likely to find Jean either behind the lens of a camera or with a fishing rod in hand, and if you are lucky enough to hook a big Tuna or Mahi Mahi during your holiday, then if you wish Jéan can certainly give you a crash course in landing, cleaning and cooking that beautiful fresh fish on the spot! Chef Jéan looks forward to guiding you through the best possible culinary experience while on board Twilight and is very happy to cater for any special diets or allergies.
Chief Stewardess – JESSICA WOLLCOTT
Jessica hails from rural Devon and spent her early years on the water onboard her Fathers Sigma 41 sailing boat, partaking in the Isle of Wight ’round the island race’ and Dartmouth regatta. Prior to joining the yachting industry Jessica worked for the South Western Ambulance service. This exposed her to various medical emergencies and has instilled in her a calm and clear-headed manner which serves her well as Chief Stewardess on board the busy Sailing Yacht Twilight.
She has also spent time working in an award-winning Michelin star restaurant which has finely honed her service skills and ever-growing wine knowledge.
In 2016 Jessica decided to combine her love for sailing and skill set to join the 59m Classic Gaff Rigged Schooner Germania Nova, cruising the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Southern America.
In her spare time Jessica loves to sail, ride horses, spend time with her dogs, snowboard and attends wine tasting events.
Second stewardess – REBECCA ROBERTSON
Rebecca grew up in a small town on the east coast of New Zealand.From a very young age Rebecca had a passion for animals and soon gained a love for horse riding and found herself owning and competing many different horses and ponies for the past 10 years.
If Rebecca wasn’t on the back of a horse, she would often be participating in one of the many sports she took up or at the local beach on a surf board or walking her dog.
With a few years of hospitality experience under her belt and the desire to travel, Rebecca decided she wanted to go down the path of yachting and before she knew it was on a plane heading to the other side of the world.
Rebecca is excited to be a part of the crew aboard twilight and is looking forward to seeing where this journey will take her.
Mate – LOUIS BELL
Louis heralds from a small coastal town on the east coast of Ireland, he began sailing at a young age on dinghies and has progressed through various categories of yachts. He has a commercially endorsed MCA/RYA ticket for up to 200gt, PB2, STCW and certificates in radar, diesel engine maintenance and yachtmaster theory. One of Louis’ favorite things to do during his annual leave is to work and sail on his own boat. He purchased her at the age of 21 in a dilapidated state and entering into a fairly extensive renovation project with his dad, and SY Saoirse sits on her mooring in Howth awaiting Louis’ next visit. It’s Louis’ daily task to ensure you and your guests have the best possible time whilst on board whether it be sailing, stand up paddle boarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkelling or just relaxing on deck, he will assist in whatever way possible.
Engineer – GONÇALO DOMINGUES
Gonçalo was born in South Africa to Portuguese parents. He spent most of his life growing up inland where he loved playing sports such as tennis, water polo and swimming. However he would relish holidays to the seaside and has always been fascinated with boats. After school Gonçalo studied Sport Management and entered the corporate race but he would find himself unsatisfied with the normal day-to-day life and felt a big void that just could not be fulfilled. His inspiration to work on yachts came about when a family friend would visit, telling tales of his life and adventures sailing around the world. Gonçalo would get a feeling of joy and passion upon hearing these tales and quickly decided to follow this feeling inside. Goncalo has worked on yachts for the past 5 years and has never looked back. His passion lies in the engine room where he is extremely fascinated with how boat systems work but he also loves being outside feeling the wind in the sails.