“What makes MY TITANIA more than a Superyacht is its magical crew.
The level of service you will receive is impeccable and we cater for all needs and requirements”

Jacques Heymann

Position: Captain

About Jacques

Jacques has been working professionally in yachting for the past 15 years. He is one of three brothers who crew in the superyacht industry. Growing up in the South African coastal town of George, Jacques childhood passion for fishing, surfing and sailing has greatly contributed to his love of the sea so it is not at all surprising that he chose a life less ordinary working onboard private yachts.

A natural leader, confident and professional, you will find Jacques’ extensive charter experience in the Mediterranean and Caribbean invaluable. In his spare time, Jacques enjoys paragliding, sailing and most other extreme watersports.

 

Languages –  English, Afrikaans

Previous Yachts – M/Y Turquoise 55m, M/Y Butterfly 38m, M/Y Sycara V 68m, M/Y Martha Ann 70m

Interests – Paragliding, Surfing, Sailing, Kite surfing.

Jacques Heymann

Captain

Nathan Wells

Position: Chief Officer

About Nathan

Nathan grew up in Perth, Western Australia. After high school, Nathan began working on Cray fishing boats which is where he first heard about the yachting industry. After a brief stint working in construction in the mines of Western Australia, Nathan decided to pursue a career in yachting. He now has over a decade’s experience and has travelled all over the world.

During his time off, Nathan can be found practising sunrise yoga, teaching surfing and walking through the rainforests of Bali which is where he calls home.

 

Languages English

Previous Yachts – M/Y Aviva 68m, M/Y Queen K 73m M/Y Sycara V 68m, M/Y Venus 31m, M/Y Sea Owl 62m

Interests – Surfing, wakeboarding, wine and travel

Nathan Wells

Chief Officer

Shaun Lauri

Position: Second Officer

About Shaun

Shaun started his maritime career over a decade ago when he worked as a commercial fisherman along the rugged coastline of his native country, South Africa. From sailing sub-Antarctic waters to dodging sharks off the southern tip of Africa, Shaun has real maritime experience you can depend on underneath that grin and easy-going attitude of his.

In more recent years Shaun has travelled the world on some of the most prestigious yachts. It is here that some 10 years of local cruising knowledge will help lead you and your friends from the most exotic dive spots in the Caribbean to the most romantic, happening hot spots along the Mediterranean coastline.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts – M/Y Oceana 55m

Interests – Long walks on the beach, watersports, any outdoor activity

Shaun Lauri

Second Officer

Kristian Coleman

Position: Bosun

About Kristian

Kristian was born in and raised on the South Coast of England.

Growing up near the ocean and having a sporting talent from a young age, Kristian went on to represent his senior school in various sports including athletics, soccer and swimming. He remains fitness orientated and is a keen runner, swimmer and is always on hand to help others reach their fitness goals.

Kristian spent his summers from childhood to his adult years at a family beach hut where his love for the ocean began. His vibrant and enthusiastic personality gave him instant success in sales after leaving senior school however it wasn’t long before the calling of the seas lead him to a career in yachting. Having completed over 60,000 miles at sea his experience and enthusiasm is sure to enhance your experience on Titania.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts –  M/Y Musashi 88m, M/Y Galaxy 56m and M/Y Faith  92m

Interests – Golf, Gym- weights, skiing, and Surfing.

Kristian Coleman

Bosun

Allen Metcalf

Position: Deckhand

About Allen

Allen was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa. After completing a degree in civil engineering at Stellenbosch University, Allen decided to take a gap year to travel around Europe visiting 12 European capitals. Wanting to push himself outside of his comfort zone and having a father with a Navy background and a twin brother in yachting, Allen decided to follow suit and joined the industry in 2016.

When Allen is not onboard, he can be found in the outdoors enjoying his favorite sports or exploring new European cities and culture.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts – M/Y Predator 73m

Interests – Rock climbing, trail running, snowboarding and diving.

Allen Metcalf

Deckhand

Devon Rautenbach

Position: Deckhand

About Devon

Devon was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he lived until the age of 8.  His family then moved to Zimbabwe, which is where Devon calls home.

Devon has always had a strong interest in sport and fitness leading him to study Sports Science at the University of Pretoria. Devon pursued his yachting career in 2016, joining Titania in September 2017.

Amongst Devon’s inspiring achievements, he held the title as the under 19 and under 23 National Mountain Bike Champion of Zimbabwe. He was also selected for the under 19’s Zimbabwean National Triathlon Team, participating in the African Triathlon Championships. In the future, Devon would like to open a Gin bar in South Africa.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts   M/Y Infinite Shades 65m

Interests – Plays guitar, fitness, running, cycling, swimming, squash, golf and camping.

Devon Rautenbach

Deckhand

Nick Ruprecht

Position: Deckhand

About Nick

Nick was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After finishing school, he travelled around Australia and began working on pearling vessels, which is where he first heard about yachting. Coming from a landlocked country, Nick instantly fell in love with the sea. After travelling to China and South East Asia, he decided it was time to join the yachting industry and hasn’t looked back since.

During his time off, Nick plans on going Paragliding as well as Salmon fishing in Yemen, Scotland and Alaska.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts   M/Y Vivienne 38m, M/Y Oceana 55m

Interests – Playing the guitar, fly fishing, stargazing

Nick Ruprecht

Deckhand

Nicolas Bijl

Position: Deckhand

About Nicolas

Nic also grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. After spending a year coaching sports at a school in the UK, Nic returned to Cape Town where he completed a BCOM in Economics and Finance. However, he decided to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and join the yachting world.

Nic plans on progressing through the ranks in yachting while building a property portfolio.  During his free time, Nic enjoys travelling, playing any kind of sport and watching football as he is a massive Newcastle United fan (probably the only one in South Africa).

 

 Languages – English

 Previous Yachts –  Titania is Nick’s first yacht

 Interests – Watching and playing rugby, cricket, football, golf and watersports.

Nicolas Bijl

Deckhand

Kyle Rooke

Position: Chief Engineer

About Kyle

Kyle joined yachting in 2009, coming from a background of commercial boats and cruise liners. Kyle is an energetic and enthusiastic crew member, holding the title of the ‘Fastest Man Alive’ in the Titania Olympics. Kyle has cruised the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. He has also travelled to over 50 countries.

In his spare time, Kyle enjoys sports such as football, rugby and tennis. Kyle was born in Manchester, England but is not a Manchester United supporter.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts – M/Y Eclipse 167m, M/Y Baton Rouge 63m

Interests – Kyle enjoys watching football, reading, cooking, fine dining and travelling.

Kyle Rooke

Chief Engineer

James Bennett

Position: Second Engineer

About James

James, our only Canadian crew member onboard, joining us from Southampton, Ontario.

He has always had a keen interest in boats, and from a very young age has grown up around the water. Following in the path of his father, it was only a matter of time James would begin working in the marine industry.

James started his career on commercial boats but transitioned into the yacht industry ten years later. This change has brought him here to join M/Y Titania. In James’ spare time he enjoys heading to the local gym or out for a competitive sports game.

 

Languages– English

Previous Yachts – M/Y Laurentia 55m

Interests – All types of sports especially golf, hockey watersports and tennis.

James Bennett

Second Engineer

Herman du Plessis

Position: Chief Engineer

About Herman

Herman was born and raised a few kilometres from Cape Town.   The episode was largely blissful although he regrettably developed a fear for folding National Geographic charts.  It also involved sailing and that resulted in a chance arrival in Fort Lauderdale, joining the industry in 1998 and pursued the engineering route. Some people might say that suits his personality.

Recently back in the industry after satisfying entrepreneurial ambitions back in South Africa, he’s once more a pirate dressed in a jumpsuit.  He’s a competent cyclist, (the 2015 South African track cycling team sprint champion) and anecdotally holds the 2016 South African half marathon record for the Concept2 indoor rower.

 

Languages- English, Afrikaans, and some Spanish (from a long past Mexican love affair)

Previous Yachts- M/Y Secret 83m, M/Y Oasis 60m, M/Y Rasselas 62m, M/Y Rasselas 52m, M/Y Triumphant Lady 45m

Interests- staying out of trouble and learning how to be awesome!

Herman du Plessis

Chief Engineer

Matthew Fee

Position: Second Engineer

About Matthew

Matthew was born and raised in coastal South Shields, UK.

He began his maritime career shortly after leaving school working in the merchant navy and cruise ships which is where he first heard about yachting. Feeling that yachting would be the next challenging step in his career, he made the transition in 2016. Over his maritime career, Matthew has travelled to every continent excluding Antarctica.

During Matthew’s rotation at home, he enjoys spending most of his time with his baby boy. His hobbies include Brazilian jujitsu, football (he is a huge Newcastle fan), and has many hidden talents including playing the drums and guitar and baking delicious treats for the crew.

 

Languages– English

Previous Yachts- M/Y Cyan 48m, M/Y Serene 134m

Interests- Football, Brazilian jiujitsu, rugby & boxing.

Matthew Fee

Second Engineer

Nik Harding

Position: Third Engineer

About Nik

Of our Titania crew, Nik has had one of the more exotic upbringings growing up in Malawi, Africa. Once completing high school, he moved to the UK attaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Nik began his apprenticeship with the company Spirit Yachts, involved in building classic wooden style sailing vessels, working there for a total of 6 years. It was during this time he met colleagues who were involved in the super yachting industry.

After hearing about their experiences Nik decided to move on and look for a new position where he could extend his knowledge and skills while enjoying the lifestyle yachting presents. Nik is keen into watersports, enjoying these activities during his free time.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts – Spirit Yacht, UK

Interests – Swimming, spear fishing, scuba diving, surfing and wakeboarding.

Nik Harding

Third Engineer

Stephanie Durkan

Position: Purser | Chief Stewardess

About Stephanie

Stephanie grew up in Sussex in the beautiful English countryside which is where she completed a degree in Events Management. Stephanie’s father is also in the yachting industry and after a trip to see him in the Caribbean, she secured her first job on a yacht. Over the last seven years, Stephanie has gained extensive experience of the industry on multiple prestigious yachts.

In her free time, Stephanie loves making cocktails and exploring new restaurants in different countries. She also enjoys horse riding, swimming and walks in the countryside.

 

Languages English

Previous Yachts – M/Y Eclipse 163m, M/Y Drizzle 72m, M/Y Lady Kathryn V 61m, S/Y Mirabella V 75m, M/Y Skat 71m

Interests – Show Jumping, Fitness & Travelling

Stephanie Durkan

Purser | Chief Stewardess

Bethany Donaldson

Position: Head of Service

About Bethany

Beth joins Titania from Tauranga, New Zealand. Her career in hospitality started at a very young age, managing restaurants and brewing coffee at the local cafes near her home. Beth’s natural kiwi adventurist side and interest to travel sent her off around the globe. It wasn’t long before she discovered the yachting industry. With her experience and skill sets, stewardessing became the next evolution in her career.

During the winter periods, Beth has been heading to the mountain town of Vail, Colorado to perfect her other favorite pastime, skiing.

 

Languages – English

Previous Yachts – M/Y Freedom 70m, M/Y Atlantic Goose, M/Y Luna 115m

Interests – Skiing, fitness, exploring new cultures and cuisines.

Bethany Donaldson

Head of Service

Natalie Dixon

Position: Head of Housekeeping

About Natalie

Natalie was born and raised in the UK. Just being able to walk, Natalie put on her dancing shoes, and at just 2 years old took up ballet and tap dancing. She continued to enjoy the performing arts and during her teenage years, Natalie was part of a girl band called ‘Fusion’.

After leaving school Natalie realised her love for beauty therapy and became a nail technician. Looking for adventure and a warmer climate, Natalie moved to Cape Town where she studied Health and Skincare. She loved it so much she resided there for 5 years.  Her friends already part of the yachting community, inspired her to join the industry. This enabled her to travel and explore even more parts of the world.

 

Language– English

Previous Yachts– Titania is Natalie’s 1st yacht and has now been onboard almost 2 years

Interests- Beauty therapy, fashion, travel and photography

Natalie Dixon

Head of Housekeeping

Paris Ellis

Position: Stewardess

About Paris

Paris grew up on the south coast of England. Driven by inspiration from her mother she was lead to the study of art and fashion where she has developed an eye for detail and a flair that she brings into everyday life on the yacht.

Her experience on some of the world’s leading yachts has made her key to our team making your stay on Titania the best and most hospitable.

 

Languages– English

Previous Yachts– M/Y Sunrays 86m and M/Y Faith 92m

Interests- Travelling, exploring new places, cultures and cuisines.

Paris Ellis

Stewardess

Tracey de Jager

Position: Stewardess

About Tracey

Tracey was born in Zimbabwe and lived there until she was 13 when her family relocated to the UK. Tracey studied Law at Nottingham Trent University and worked in a law firm for 3 and a half years.

After deciding that the 9-5 life was not for her and wanting to travel more, meet new people and experience new cultures yachting seemed like the perfect calling.

 

Languages- English

Previous Yachts– M/Y White Rose of Drachs 65m

Interests– Travel, live music, running and red wine

Tracey de Jager

Stewardess

Tegan Beling

Position: Stewardess

About Tegan

Tegan comes from a small town on the south coast of South Africa called East London.  Tegan’s natural ability to relate to people and her outgoing personality lead her into the marketing and events industry where she worked for 3 years eventually running her own division of a company as editor of a monthly magazine.

However craving a new and exciting challenge, she left it all behind to start a career in yachting.

 

Languages- English, Afrikaans

Previous Yachts– M/Y iRock 34m, M/Y Albatross 72m

Interests– Fashion and beauty, water sports, cooking

Tegan Beling

Stewardess

Olivia Maiolo

Position: Beautician

About Olivia

Liv, grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia. After leaving school she went onto study Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales. Using her eye for detail, Liv realised her passion for beauty, converting her artistic talent into making up people. She went on to study a beauty diploma at the Australasian College Broadway whilst working in a variety of different salons. Eventually starting up her very own eyebrow/ eyelash technician business before joining the yachting industry.

Aside from being a wonderful beautician/ masseuse, Liv has a talent for music. She can play the clarinet and saxophone.

 

Languages– English, made up language called ‘Alibi’ she used to speak with her sister

Previous Yachts– Titania is Olivia’s 1st yacht

Interests- Beauty, going to the beach, dining, Bikram Yoga, socialising with friends, travelling.

Olivia Maiolo

Beautician

Nick Clark

Position: Head Chef

About Nick

Nick was born and raised in Torquay- South of Melbourne, Australia.

Originally Nick went to university to study nursing but realizing his love for cooking, Nick quickly changed career paths. He started working in local restaurants and began his studies to become a successful chef.

Nick left Australia and travelled for 8 months before ending his adventure in London. There he was based for 3 years, working in some of the most prestigious restaurants the UK has to offer.

In 2009, Nick made the transition to the yacht industry, combining his love for travel and international cuisine. Throughout his career, Nick has focused on integrating health and nutrition into his meals, using organic produce wherever possible.

In the future Nick would like to open his own business, providing guilt-free fast food for people leading busy lifestyles.

 

Languages- English and basic Spanish

Previous Yachts- M/Y Luna 115m, M/Y Amorazur 46m, M/Y Sunrays 85m, M/Y Maraya 55m

Interests- Jujitsu, Martial Arts, Photography, Horse riding, Surfing, Hunting and Nutrition.

Nick Clark

Head Chef

Rory Lalor

Position: Sous Chef

About Rory

Rory started cooking at home from a very young age, however officially started his Chef career in the year 2000 at the age 17 at a 4.5-star seaside resort facility.
Rory then worked in a range of restaurants including Fine Dining, Seafood, a Pizza shop, Middle Eastern Cuisine, a Gastro Pub, a Bar/ Grill, Hotels and even worked in a selection of restaurants in Thailand.
After a range of experiences, Rory then moved onto a Fine Dining 3 Hat restaurant (Australia’s equivalent to 2.5 Michelin stars), which was when he received a phone call from a friend offering him the job as 3rd Chef on the prestigious 115m M/Y Luna.

After building his culinary knowledge on M/Y Luna and previously working with M/Y Titania’s Head Chef, Nick. They are both now reunited and look forward to cooking for you here onboard.

When Rory has free time, he lives in a condo with his wife in central Thailand.

 

Nationality/Languages: Australian- English and Thai

Previous Yachts: M/Y Luna 115m

Interests: Basketball, Swimming, Muay Thai, Going to the Beach and the Movies, Making Sushi, and spending time with his wife.

Rory Lalor

Sous Chef