CAPTAIN: Sylvain BRUNET
Nationality: Malian / French
Diploma: STCW95 / RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean sail commercially endorsed.
ENG 1 Medical
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor,
AEC1, AEC2 - ENG 1 Medical
Language spoken: Fluent French, English, Spanish
Sylvain is originally from Mali, but he was raised in France and has visited more than thirty countries.
After his last crossing of the Sahara, Sylvain decided to transition from land to sea.
For almost 10 years, he has been sailing and diving throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, China, and Mediterranean seas as well as the Gulf of Siam with only one desire: “To explore the biggest desert of all―the sea.”
Sylvain is an experienced captain with an easygoing nature and a warm personality.
In addition to being a sailor and a diving instructor, Sylvain is also a musician, an artist, and a passionate traveler. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.
CHEF – Michal MAYMON
STCW 95 – ENG1
MCA Ship's cook certificate
MCA Food and hygiene level 3
Languages: Fluent English, French, Hebrew
Chef Michal has worked on board yachts in the Caribbean, East and West Mediterranean, Greece, and Israel. She specializes in a variety of cuisines, including Mediterranean, Asian, French, Caribbean, kosher, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.
In fact, she was the gold medal winner in the Mediterranean Yacht Show Chefs' Competition 2022.
Along with her impressive professional experience, she is dedicated to utilizing her many skills to meet Namaste’s guests’ highest expectations.
Chef Michal is Israeli and speaks English, French, and Hebrew.
STEWARDESS: Courtney ROUX
Nationality: South African
STCW & PDSD / Powerboat2 / B1B2
Food Hyginee & Safety 2
Courtney grew up in a small coastal town in South Africa, where her love for nature began at an early age. Her diverse professional background includes not only yacht experience, but also hospitality, lodge management, and working on a small organic farm.
Over her five years in the yachting industry, Courtney has cruised Cȏte dʹAzur, Italy, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the East Coast of the United States. She has worked aboard yachts as M/Y Solaris, S/Y Corto Maltese, M/Y Tommy Belle.
One of Courtney’s greatest joys is meeting people and connecting with individuals from all walks of life. She lives the Kahlil Gibran quote, “Work is love made visible.” Hospitality runs in her blood, and her passion for her work is evident to all of Namaste’s guests. Her welcoming and adaptable personality, close attention to detail, creativity, and keen observation skills help everyone aboard feel relaxed and comfortable. She is also a skilled bartender who looks forward to complementing guests’ days with tasty cocktails served with a friendly smile.
In her free time, Courtney enjoys snorkeling, traveling, horseback riding, hiking, reading, cooking, soapmaking, and leatherworking.
FIRST MATE: Glenn WARD
MCA ENG1, MCA STCW 95
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance / VHF Operators licence
Dinghy/Keelboat/Multihull Instructor, Windsurf Instructor,
PADI Open Water Diver
Glenn began his career as a multi qualified watersports instructor pursuing his childhood love for windsurfing, kayaking and dinghy sailing.
After teaching at a high wind resort in Egypt he started working on yachts.
After many deliveries and charters on luxury yachts, he has thousands of miles under his belt.
Glenn is also a PADI Rescue Diver and loves exploring the reefs with photography equipment.
With a degree in media and his drone pilot’s license Glenn is always happy to help guests capture special moments during their time onboard Namaste.