CAPTAIN: Willem J.M. NIEUWELINK
Diploma: RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, MCA Commercially endorsed. PADI Dive Master
Language spoken: Dutch & English
Captain Willem hails from a small canal town in Holland where his family kept their sailboat tied to the dock at their home and has lived for sailing since he was a young boy. Later as a teenager Willem taught sailing in Greece, Mallorca and England as well as competed in dinghy racing on an international level where he collected multiple awards. As a fully qualified RYA Yacht Master Offshore, Captain Willem has an extensive list of credentials as a skipper with his well-rounded career in both the Charter & Private yacht industry.
Willem joins us from his last position which he held with the same owner & yacht for ten years. He oversaw the build of the vessel and eventually completed a circumnavigation while maintaining the owners request for the yacht to be kept up to 5-star standards. He has cultivated an extensive list of global networks which ensure exclusive connectivity no matter where Namaste ventures.
Willem is at his happiest when guests are perched happily in one of the many comfortable areas on deck while the boat sails effortlessly into the sunset. His calm nature and giddy knowledge of almost all types of yachts will elicit a true sense of happiness while onboard.
An outstanding sportsman on the water Willem looks forward to taking you waterskiing and wakeboarding or exploring the treasures under the sea as he is a certified PADI Dive Master.
Captain Willem is looking forward to this new adventure and with his natural humor and easy-going nature you are assured an unforgettable time. Willem creates specialized itineraries for each guest and will make you feel at ease afloat as he safely steers you to unique & exciting destinations on Yacht Namaste.
CHEF: Josefina Peters-Didier (Jo)
Nationality: Chile, New Zealand
STCW 2010 AND eng1
Food Safety and Hyginene Level 2
Ramen & Thai Cooking Courses, Palma - Masterclass Online - Super Yacht Chef Cookery, Palma - French Culinary School, Chile
PhD Marine Sciences, University of Auckland, 2010-2015
Languages: English & Spanish
Jo is from the south of Chile and has always loved the ocean. Marine biologist (PhD), rescue scuba diver and freediving instructor, she started working on yachts in New Zealand searching for the next big adventure.
Jo has sailed in the Pacific, all the way to the Arctic and can’t wait to set sail to the Caribbean.
From her mother, Jo inherited a big love for food and a natural talent for cooking. She has done multiple cooking courses in Palma de Mallorca at MyMuyBueno and the Galley Club cooking schools, and Ecole culinary school in Chile. Jo’s food is healthy and colorful, mixing South American influence with flavors from all over the world.
Other than cooking, Jo can usually be found underwater doing photography, spearfishing, or on the surface, playing the guitar
STEWARDESS: Georgia TOSEN
STCW95 - PADI Divemaster - ENG1
Emergency First Responder - RYA Competent Crew & Day skipper Theory
'Proper Cooking Skills - Intensive - Level 2 intermediate' at The Cookery School, London. - Food Hygiene Level 2
Georgia happily joins Namaste after years spent cooking and stewardessing on private and charter yachts. She hails from the UK and grew up in Southampton, England. As a child, Georgia swam competitively and went on to swim nationally and internationally - sparking her love for the water. This (mixed with a burning desire to travel) led her to start a yachting career.
Beginning as a flotilla hostess, Georgia travelled across Europe and the Caribbean before moving into private yachts – taking her into Central and western America. In 2018 she went on to obtain her PADI Divemaster certificate in the Philippines, specializing in deep diving, oxygen providing, enriched air (nitox), Thresher shark behavior and identification as well as peak performance buoyancy.
Georgia’s passion for yachting has been emboldened by her travels, happy demeanour, passion to be in and on the water, eagerness to keep busy and a love for hosting and meeting new people. She looks forward to to everything Namaste and their world cruising itinerary and cannot wait to welcome you onboard and embark on this new adventure.
FIRST MATE: Joey COMPTON
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
Joey got his start in yachting over 10 years ago, tempted into sailing off the docks of a popular Caribbean destination, Antigua, where he was born and still calls home.
With dual-citizenship and having spent most of his adolescence in his other home, New Zealand, Joey has that Kiwi-charm that always keeps those around him in good spirits.
Since his first Atlantic crossing many years ago, he has logged over 65,000 sea miles and sailed in many of the most scenic ports of the Mediterranean, Caribbean and East Coast USA.
Joey holds a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean ticket as well as a host of other yachting certificates.
Between perfecting sail trim, ensuring a fun and safe water sports experience, and keeping things running smoothly in the engine room, Joey always maintains a very hand on approach.
He is a true team player and takes pride in great service and seeing that guests are always happy when onboard.