CAPTAIN – BLAINE WATSON
Captain Blaine Watson is the third member of his family to become a captain in the luxury yacht industry. He was born in South Africa where he lived in Cape Town until the age of twenty-one. Growing up on the beach, he quickly grew fond of the water; whether that was surfing, swimming or diving. In his late teens, he began to sail the beautiful bays of Cape Town while taking passengers out to experience the magnificent marine life and breathtaking landscapes of the area by sea. After getting a solid grounding in seamanship, Captain Watson decided to explore new horizons by joining his first luxury yacht in the Caribbean. During his 15 year maritime career, Blaine has served in the capacity of engineer, deck officer and captain. He is well versed in all aspects of yachting; from technical yacht maintenance to the challenges of navigation and management, Captain Watson enjoys it all. He derives a great sense of fulfillment from providing memorable experiences to his clients, and looks forward to ensuring that your adventure on board LADY S is truly amazing.
FIRST MATE – RUBEN OLIVIER
Ruben grew up on the East Coast of Southern Africa where his Love for the Ocean started at an early age. His Passion for Fishing soon led him to Explore the Underwater World by Diving. While working aboard a World Expedition Yacht with his Partner Arisna, he enjoyed World-Class Diving in many locations including The Solomon Islands and Great Barrier Reef. During his time aboard, he sailed from the West Coast of Canada crossing The Pacific to the East Coast of Australia, the North Island of New Zealand and Tahiti. Before joining the Yachting Industry, Ruben worked in Mozambique for a Private Security Company specializing in Anti-Piracy Operations. Ruben is a Passionate Surfer and Kite-Surfer. If its time on or under the water you are looking for, you are in good hands! Grab your gear and meet Ruben on the aft deck. He’s eager to show you some amazing water adventures.
DECKHAND – TAYLOR BOLAND
Raised in Ontario, Canada, Taylor was a Natural Fisherman and Hunter from a young age.
Yachting came Naturally to him as he spent most of his days on the water. Taylor became a Dive Master and Instructor and worked in many Locations around the World including Central America and throughout The Caribbean. He then Pursued his Dream in Yachting and Fell in Love with the Lifestyle. In his spare time, Taylor Keeps Active enjoying Deep Sea Fishing, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Surfing, Photography -including Underwater Photography and Fitness. Taylor is keen to share is love for Water Sports, Diving and Fishing with you.
CHEF – ADRIAN GONZALEZ
Adrian grew up in the holiday tourist town of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. As an adolescent, he became captivated by the Joys of Cooking when he received third place in a cooking contest. Adrian trained at the Swiss Institute of Culinary Arts and Hospitality in Puebla, Mexico. The Travel Bug found him working at High-End restaurants in France and the United States. In Miami, Adrian discovered the yachting world. One of his many Thrills as Yacht Chef is to Explore Marketplaces in Foreign Lands and Create Fascinating New Dishes for his guests. He is looking forward to Providing you with a Taste Sensation to Remember! Outside of yachting, Adrian spends time with his wife, two teen-age stepchildren and an energetic two-year-old son who keep him busy. He is an Avid Cyclist and Participates in Marathons with his Niece and Nephew whenever possible.
CHIEF STEWARDESS – ABBY SMITH
Abby is from the rolling hills and fields of Iowa in America’s Midwest. Growing up, she enjoyed sailing and watersports on the Great Lakes and other nearby lakes and rivers, which is where she developed her passion for boating. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a degree in Economics and Entrepreneurial Management, Abby moved to Southern California in order to spend more time near the water. It was there that she got on her first yacht as a deckhand. Since then she has diligently worked her way through the ranks learning everything she could about the different aspects of yachting. She has held leadership roles on both the interior and exterior of multiple yachts, chartered for some of the most discerning and wealthy individuals in the world, and has owned and operated her own private bartending and event company in Orange County, CA. With a passion for all things yachting and a background in event management and bartending, Abby is eager to show you the ultimate experience in hospitality and entertainment on board LADY S.
SECOND STEWARDESS – ARISNA MEYER
Arisna, born a Twin to her Sister, was raised in the Beautiful West Coast of South Africa. She has always been drawn to the Ocean and Nature and started her Yachting Career aboard a Sailing Yacht in The Mediterranean. Arisna has since traveled extensively from the West Coast of Canada crossing The Pacific to the East Coast of Australia, the North Island of New Zealand and Tahiti working aboard a World Expedition Yacht with her Partner, Ruben and her Twin Sister. She recently earned her Commercial Helicopter License & delights in spending time Flying, Diving, Kite-Surfing, Fishing and attending Sporting Events. Her Friendly Nature and Passion for Hospitality will help ensure your stay aboard the Lady S will Delightfully Enjoyable; she will help you Dive Right into Adventure.
THIRD STEWARDESS – RACHEL DENMAN
Rachael grew up on the West Coast of Canada in Vancouver Island. Her Love of Service started while working with the Island’s Premiere Catering Company. In 6 years, she went from folding napkins to Running Events for 500 Plus People. When the Travel Bug bit, she Backpacked through Thailand and later headed to Florida to Further her Adventures through Yachting. Rachel journeyed her first summer in Florida, Bahamas and Puerto Rico. A year later she sailed across the Pacific to Spain and worked aboard in France and Italy. When not Busy Pampering her Guests, Rachel loves to spend time Hiking, Traveling, Creating New Cocktails. Rachel is looking forward to Spoiling you with Service and Treating you to a Wonderful Vacation.
CHIEF ENGINEER – ALBERT GALYCHANIVSKY
Albert grew up in a land-locked part of The Ukraine, but always loved the water. As a young man, he competed all over Eastern Europe in the Olympic sport of Canoe/Kayak Sprint Racing. Though he dreamed of joining The Marines, he started his Career aboard 600-foot Fishing Vessels instead. Albert became a Junior Engineer and went on to study at the Nakhimov Naval Marine Academy. He worked as Engineer aboard Cargo and Container Vessels where he traveled most of the world’s bodies of water including The Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Mediterranean, and North, Baltic, Black and Red Seas. He extensively cruised Antarctica while working aboard a Passenger Ferry Boat. Later Albert became Engineer aboard the Discovery Channel’s Research Vessel, “The Odyssey Explorer”. He transitioned over to Superyachts 8 years ago after obtaining his Chief Engineer Unlimited/Y1 Certificate. Albert has over 22 years hands-on experience as Engineer. When not tending to yachts, Albert spends time with his Wife and Dogs, enjoys Playing Tennis, Solving Mechanical Problems and dabbling in Computer Software Analytics. He has a very Welcoming Personality and is looking forward to having you aboard.