FIRST OFFICER ǀ Nick Grey
Nick grew up in the beach side town of Tauranga on the East Coast of New Zealand where his love for the ocean began. Growing up Nick was an avid sportsman and represented his states in both soccer and swimming. Nick left New Zealand to work as a sailing instructor at Club Med which was just the start of his dream to travel the world. After traveling extensively, Nick worked as a Dive Instructor for 5 years which gave him the best if both worlds-ocean and travel. Nick has been in the yachting industry for 11 years spending seasons in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the East Coast of the US and the Bahamas. Nick currently holds his Chief Mate license and is working towards achieving his Masters license. Onboard, Nick is in charge of deck operations and safety and enjoys interacting with guests during their time onboard.
BOSUN ǀ Douglas Norden
Douglas (Doug) is a South African born sport enthusiast who grew up on the East Coast of South Africa in the city of Durban. He was raised in a loving family where morals and values were installed in him together with his love for all sports and the outdoors. He played many sports growing up, most notably golf and cricket, where he is a single figure handicap golfer and represented his province in indoor cricket. His love for sports led him to study towards a degree in Sports Science and ultimately achieve an Honors Degree in Biokinetics from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He has worked in a clinical setting as well as a gym setting, aiding athletes and sedentary individuals with their personal fitness and rehabilitation of injuries. His 4 year experience in the industry have added to his travel experiences as well as his relaxed interaction skills. A great sense of humor together with a good work ethic makes Douglas a great crew member to have on the team.
DECKHAND ǀ Petrus Smith
Petrus (Peaches) was brought up in a small town called Langebaan on the North Western coast of South Africa. He is a talented sailor having represented South Africa in the world championships and managed to place third overall. Having discovered a love for the ocean and the wind, he then pursued kiteboarding and became an instructor. After several years as an instructor he decided to take a new turn in his life and learn a new trade, the yachting industry.
DECKHAND ǀ Keagan Schiff
Keagan originates from the heart of South Africa. Having spent most of his years growing up in Johannesburg he found his passion whilst studying in the city of Cape Town. Living in the creative hub, he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Brand Communications through Vega University. During his time in Cape Town he furthered his studies by completing a Diploma in Event Management and Graphic Design. He gained hospitalities experience working as a personal assistant for an events and promotion company and also worked his magic as a bartender for high end functions at private events. He has always had a massive passion for the ocean and believed that it would be a great opportunity to purse this adventure through yachting. He has always had an active interest in all sports and was constantly involved in multiple team sports were he represented the province in both rugby and water polo at a young age. His hobbies include traveling, wake boarding, scuba diving, hiking and design. Keagan understands the value of team work and is always keen to learn something new.
CHIEF ENGINEER ǀ Lasse Kynde
Lasse is from a fishing town on the West Coast of Denmark. There he did a four year apprenticeship as a maritime service engineer/ship fitter at a ship yard. He gained valuable experience repairing and building steel hull fishing vessels, 400 meter container ships for Maersk and yachts for Royal Denship. Lasse has done several refits, surveys for Lloyds and ABS. This has enabled him to have extensive knowledge in all ship systems, stabilizer systems, electronics and electrical equipment as well as all related compliance and documentation. Having completed serval transatlantic crossings on various vessels, Lasse has proven to be a true ship engineer. He holds a very high work ethic, not settling for anything less than exceptional. He carries a positive and friendly demeanor.
SECOND ENGINEER ǀ Stephen Hogg
Stephen is a proud South African from a small town known as Kokstad. As a young boy Stephen always showed a great interest in machinery and how it worked. This led him to study and later qualify as an electrical Engineer. He joined the yachting industry 4 years ago and has been responsible for the upkeep of the vessel’s exterior, as well as assisting with the maintenance of onboard systems. He enjoys, fishing, cooking, free diving and traveling. Stephen has a contagious sense of humor and makes for a great contribution to the team’s morale.
THIRD ENGINEER ǀ Viktor Lysak
Viktor was born in a small shipbuilding city called Kherson in the Southern part of Ukraine. After school Viktor entered the Poltava Pedagogical University specializing in mathematics and computer science. After completing his degree, Viktor served in the Ukrainian army and later worked as a mechanic at the Kiev Academy of Water Transport. Viktor also has work experience in engine repair and mechanics. He considers himself fortunate to be able to do the work he loves on a daily basis. He prides himself in meticulous work and great attention to detail.
HEAD CHEF ǀ Daniel Van Zyl
Originally from South Africa, Daniel has a great passion for food, wine and all things related to culinary arts. He understands the science of food. His style is fresh and uncomplicated with a contemporary flavor palette which includes your international favorites, modern trends and healthy options that every foodie will enjoy. Daniel is not only an exceptional chef, he has extensive knowledge in all aspects of food, restaurants and budgeting. Daniel studied at Prue Leith Culinary Institute and is fortunate to have been personally trained by top institutes in France, Italy and New York over several years. Daniel started in the yachting industry in 2008 as a sole chef on a 27m before proceeding onto a 50m motor yacht as Head Chef. When Daniel is not in the galley he enjoys being out in nature, doing adventurous things and spending time with his family.
CHIEF STEWARDESS ǀ Sarah Pitchford
Originating from the City of Gold, Johannesburg South Africa, Sarah joined the yachting industry 8 years ago. Passionate about the ocean, her career move to the yachting industry was a natural fit. She studied Brand Building and Management at the Vega School of Leadership and is also a qualified lifeguard. Sarah is an absolute foodie and fitness fanatic at heart. In her free time you’ll find Sarah scuba diving, attending fitness and yoga classes or participating in various outdoor adventures. She also loves to cook, capture moments through photography and experiment through mixology. Sarah has a very positive outlook in everything she does and works hard to ensure that everything is done to the highest level. With an ability to communicate well with guests she is a great asset to have aboard. Everyone who visits Nita K II feels immediately at ease around her. Sarah looks forward to welcoming you onboard.
STEWARDESS ǀ Carey Cawood
From Cape Town, South Africa, Carey studied Graphic Design and worked in an advertising agency for numerous years prior to yachting. In 2017 she completed her very first ocean crossing experience, sailing from Cape Town to Malta in a Leopard 58ft Catamaran. The two month voyage not only introduced Carey to a whole new and wonderful world at sea, but it educated her on some of the ins and outs of being a skillful sailor. Sailing soon lead Carey into super yachts, which is where you will now find her eagerly roaming about. She is an artistic and creative soul, with a bubbly personality and great passion for both people and adventure. She is an avid photographer, an eternal optimist and will always (always) make a cup of tea with love.
STEWARDESS ǀ Jessica Hughes
Jessica is a proud Australian girl that grew up in the town of Ballarat and later moved to Melbourne for her University studies. During this time she gained much experience in the hospitality industry working in a number of bars, cafes and restaurants. Jessica also resided there while working as a qualified Physiotherapist and Yoga Teacher for the past 4 years. Wanting to travel more of the world chasing the sun and to broaden her professional and life experiences, Jessica pursued a career change within the Superyacht industry and hasn't looked back. So far Jessica's yachting experience has expanded across Australia, the Mediterranean and the USA/Caribbean where Jessica joined Nita K II. Jessica's fun-loving nature and infectious energy will undoubtedly add to your experience onboard. As a lover of all things health and fitness related, Jess loves to run, hit up the gym or practice yoga routinely. In her spare time you'll find Jess at the beach working on her tan and sipping a Pina Colada.