CAPTAIN | Stephen Burke | American
Stephen was born and raised in rural New South Wales, Australia. He was always one to be involved in various sports and learned how to sail small catamarans at the age of 10. Notably, he represented his home state in field hockey as a teenager. Immediately after graduating High School, he attended the University of Wollongong NSW, to study exercise science. He later received his Bachelor of Science degree and worked as a personal trainer, before the overwhelming urge to travel overseas grew. At 24, Stephen set forth on an adventure beginning in Europe. While the Balearic in islands of Spain, he discovered the once unknown life of yachting and completed his trans-Atlantic crossing on a 75' sloop in 1996. Shortly after that, he began working as a junior deckhand aboard 140'-170' motor yachts. Along the way, Stephen has been well mentored by prolific Captains in the industry and worked his way through the ranks steadily for over 21 years from Deckhand and Bosun to Deck Officer and Captain. His welcoming demeanor, enthusiasm for travel, and keen sense of leadership lend themselves perfectly to the role of captain.
CHIEF OFFICER | Sean Parr | South African
Coming from Cape Town, South Africa, Sean has always grown up around water, hence the appeal to pursue a life at sea. After leaving school, he spent a year and a half polishing up his management skills as a Yacht-Master Sailing Instructor around the challenging and exciting coastline of South Africa. He decided to leap into the Yachting industry and had the opportunity to work his way up to Chief Officer on yachts varying from 50-100m. He looks forward to sharing his love of the water and watersports with you while keeping deck operations running smoothly for your enjoyment.
CHIEF STEWARDESS | Loreta Dautaraite | Lithuania
Loreta or 'Lola' to some is our dynamic and outgoing Chief stewardess. Lola grew up in Lithuania, in a small town, but she is a girl with big ambition. She already speaks 4 languages and she will surely be able to speak your language for the duration of your trip! Having spent 12 years working on yachts, including the high-profile Alfa-Nero, Loreta is at the top of her game and will ensure that all guests have the holiday of a lifetime! When Lola is not working she loves to travel, eat well and stay fit. Even with her great talents in yoga, they can be a difficult combination to balance.......but it is one she does well! Loreta and her dream team are here to make sure you wear smiles from sunrise to sunset and that your trip on Oceanos is one that you'll never forget.
SECOND OFFICER | Martyna Chrosciak | Polish
Martyna was born and raised in a traditional polish house in the woods. To pursue her dream of traveling the world, she joined the Maritime Academy, where she graduated with a degree in maritime navigation. During her university career, she did an internship in SAR, emergency room procedures, and became a diver, which led to her specialization in maritime rescue. Since 2014 Martyna has gained experience on different types of commercial vessels and has finally settled in the yachting industry. In her free time, Martyna enjoys sports and music. She is always up for activities and adventures.
CHIEF ENGINEER (rotational) | Tashawna Allen | Jamaica
Tashawna Allen is a 34 years old Libran who was born and raised in the beautiful island of Jamaica. As a child growing up, she was fascinated with taking things apart and putting them back together to see how things work, hence, why I choose a career in Marine Engineering. Tash has worked on board commercial ships for approximately 5 years and has been yachting for approximately 5 years. Her vast experience and knowledge have paved the way for her role onboard MY OCEANOS. Tash is a lover of nature and different cultures. She aims to be very polite and welcoming.
STEWARDESS | Egle Korsakaite | Lithuania
Egle was born and raised in Lithuania. She left her home when she was 17 to start her career in the entertainment industry as a professional dancer and international model. She traveled the world, boasting more than 28 countries. After 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Egle needed a change. She moved on to pursue a career in the yachting industry. Over the last 5 years, she has worked on both private and charter motor yachts where she has developed her knowledge and experience. The most fulfilling part of the industry for her is the fact that it's a perfect combination of the ocean and her passion for travel.
HEAD CHEF | Ricardo De Zwaan
Chef Ricardo De Zwaan brings a blend of Columbian, Dutch, and Thai cultures to the table. Originally from Columbia, Chef Ricardo has called Thailand home for the last 17 years. From a young age, Ricardo has been passionate about becoming a chef. Today, Ricardo has spent over 31 years in the culinary arts, creating edible masterpieces. He describes his cooking style as colorful, fresh, and innovative. Combining three different cultures into one delicious palette is what really gives Ricardo's food that 'wow' factor. In his free time, Ricardo enjoys riding his bike, fine dining, and indulging in life's many wonders with his family and friends. Chef Ricardo would like to welcome all guests aboard motor yacht OCEANOS. Sit back, relax, and let Ricardo and his team provide the rest.
SECOND STEWARDESS | Lee Anne Farrell | South African
Lee Anne was born in a small town just outside of Johannesburg, always helping family & friends with gatherings and special events she, sure enough, discovered her love and passion for making people happy. She is experienced, certified & well trained in both charter and private yachts in Eastern USA and the Caribbean. Before joining the yachting industry, she was a wedding and events coordinator for many years in and around Cape Town but always wanted to expand her horizon. She is friendly, loyal, and can adapt to the guest’s specific needs and requirements. Dedicated to providing each and every guest the best experience onboard a luxury yacht.
STEWARDESS | Kelly Theunissen | South African
Kelly was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa. She has a passion for travel, hospitality, meeting new people, and learning about new cultures. When not at sea, Kelly loves reading, sewing, and cooking. As a stewardess, she is passionate about providing 5-star service and housekeeping for guests. She enjoys making the guests feel like they are at home along with having friendly banter with guests and crew. A fun fact about Kelly? She has an affinity for thrill and can be a real daredevil on a jet ski.
BOSUN | Dylan Mccann | South Africa
Growing up in Zambia and South Africa. Dylan joins the Oceanos team with 3 years of experience in the industry on vessels ranging from 50m - 145m. He is an avid lover of the ocean, extreme sports and being outdoors. His interests are crypto; real estate; sports and memes. He looks forward to welcoming you onboard and ensuring you have the ultimate yachting experience.
DECKHAND | Jean Maritz | South African
Jean comes from a very sports-orientated background when growing up in Durban, South Africa. He is a very avid fisherman and loves spending time in and around the water. When not at sea, Jean loves spending time on the golf course and staying active. As a deckhand onboard M/Y Oceanos he looks forward to giving you an experience onboard you will never forget through their range of water toys onboard.