The Crew

Our Captain and crew have many years experience of luxury yacht charters, and have the skills and knowledge to make every charter an unforgettable experience.

Paul Clarke

Captain - Paul Clarke, Australia

Growing up in Australia and Bermuda Paul spent most of his youth on the water sailing competitively taking part in some of the biggest sailing regattas in the world.

In 2002 Paul joined the yachting industry as a Bosun on a 50m Perini Navi sailing yacht and decided yachting is where he wanted to be.

Working hard over the next few years Paul got his first captains position in 2007 and has been the captain on many different yachts from the 130’ Westport Redemption to the 155’ Perini Navi sailing yacht Helios.

When Paul isn’t at work he is still out on the water spearfishing and when the wind is blowing kite surfing.

Chief Engineer - Ross Clarke, England

Ross grew up in England, in a small town called Leighton buzzard. He soon realized, once he had finished his studies in mechanical engineering that there were better places in the world suited for him and it was then when he became a dive instructor in the south pacific.

From there he grew a love for boats and the ocean. Since then he has traveled to many different places around the world on yachts including the south pacific, Mediterranean, Africa & the USA.

Ross has recently been in school completing his Y1 engineering, which is a great accomplishment.

Ross Clarke
Phil Downing

Chef - Phil Downing, England

Chef Phil began his career in Shropshire, England. At the age of 12, he worked as a part-time dishwasher after school. By the time he was 15, he was hired as a Sous Chef of a two Rosette restaurant.

After training in England, Phil became a citizen of the world to explore different cultures and broaden his culinary knowledge and skills. After finally settling in Copenhagen Denmark, he was retained at the famous Café Victor, where he cooked for Royalty and celebrities daily. For two years, he worked as the Head Chef of a renowned Danish restaurant.

Eventually, while working in Denmark, he discovered the world of yachting and was on his way to his first yacht in Malta. Yachting has taken him all over the world. He has an immense passion for baking and desserts. He thrives to make every dining experience one to remember.

Sous Chef - Meghan Vung, USA

Meghan is from a small town in Kentucky. She has always had a passion for cooking since a young age which is what got her to move to England to pursue a career in the restaurant world.

She went to culinary school in London but then moved back to the USA where she has spent most of her time cooking in restaurants in Chicago. One of her favorites was working under an incredible chef at a place called Girl & Goat.

Megs is so excited to be leaving the restaurant world and starting her new career in yachting, she has always enjoyed traveling and moving around so felt this would be perfect for her. She loves the outdoors. Megs had such a bubbly personality and is always smiling.

Meghan Vung
Tyler Vorster

Bosun - Tyler Vorster, South Africa

Tyler is from a small beach town on the East coast… East coast of South Africa that is! Tyler grew up in East London, South Africa where he developed his love of the sea and all things encompassing. Tyler is a really keen body boarder who also loves to scuba dive, free dive, spear fish and anything that can take him on an adventure or lead to a good old story!

His greatest hobby is spear fishing and loves take guests to experience it with him.

Lead Deckhand - Daniel Weathersby, America

Daniel was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to the Bay Islands of Honduras to pursue a career as a SCUBA instructor. There, he developed a deep passion for the ocean.

After working dive boats for five years he wanted to move on to bigger and better things, and the Yachting industry was the next logical step. Because of his experience working in watersports and his 8 years working in the hospitality industry, Daniel is perfectly suited to meet any requirements the guests onboard Loon may have.

Daniel Weathersby
Matthew Waffle

Deckhand - Matthew Waffle, Kenya

Matt was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. He grew up playing rugby & fishing. At a very young age it was at home where his obsession of the ocean started. Growing up there, he was fortunate enough to learn a wide variety of water sports, and throughout the years his love grew more.

Fishing is a massive part of Matt’s culture, and he can’t wait to share it with you.

Deckhand / Videographer - Gareth Kaatze, South Africa

Gareth is a passionate waterman from South Africa. He grew up on the east coast, a beautiful beach town called Ballito. His passion for surfing and other ocean sports led him to surf videography.

While studying in Cape Town he worked at various film companies like WWF, monster, adidas, snap chat & my trees.

He is also very passionate about holistic health and yoga. With Gary’s photo & video skills you will have all the magical moments of your trip captured.

Gareth Kaatze
Maxine Robert

Chief Stewardess - Maxine Robert, South Africa

Originally hailing from Durban, Maxine joined the yachting industry in 2013 after completing her business and psychology degree at the university of Cape Town.

Max has been a chief stew for 6 years now, working on many well-known high-class charter yachts. She is a true water baby, she surfed professionally while in school, and is out kite surfing whenever the wind is pumping. She has also always had a love & passion for yoga, which led her to get her teacher training and is now a qualified yoga teacher.

With Max’s bubbly personality you are bound to have a wonderful time onboard M/Y Loon.

Second Stewardess - Catherine Lewis, South Africa

Catherine Lewis was born and raised in Durban, South Africa. She has always had a love for the ocean. From morning dips in the ocean, & fun water activities to long beach walks. From a young age she has always had a passion for creativity. She was a fashion model for 10 years, then went on to study fashion design. She has been in yachting for 5 years & still loves every aspect of it.

From all the travels, to eating delicious foods & meeting new people from all cultures and different parts of the world. She loves adventure, being active and anything outdoors.

Cathrine Lewis
Tayla Smith

Third Stewardess - Tayla Smith, South Africa

Tayla grew up in Umdloti a small coastal town in Durban. Her love for nature and the outdoors started from a young age, with endless hours riding bicycles, building tree houses & surfing in the warm Indian ocean.

Thanks to a very close family of avid ocean lovers she spent many holidays exploring a variety of beaches and safari destinations.

Tayla completed a bachelor’s degree in marketing & honors in education for learners with special needs. Her passion for nature lead her to Londolozi a private game reserve in South Africa.

Her passion for contributing to unforgettable guest experiences, combined with her passion for travel and the ocean lead her to pursue a career in the yachting industry.

Fourth Stewardess - Anna Schneiderova, Czechia republic

Coming from Czechia, the country where the world “bohemian” originated from, Anna is a true creative pursuing art throughout her lifestyle.

After completing her Master of Architecture degree at the university of Prague, she spent 3 years working for one of the top Czech design winning architecture firms. She then relocated to Cape town to fulfil her passion for traveling and it was there where she was introduced into the world of yachting.

Anna enjoys all outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, snowboarding and horse riding.

Anna Schneiderova