Crew

Meet our crew: 11 passionate professionals that make your stay unforgettable and make you feel at home on board of Seven Sins.

Seven Sins complies with the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations for charter vessels, (MCA code) a guarantee for the safety of her guests.

Discover the crew:

Xavier Penez - Captain

France

Having a worldwide navigational experience (Yachting and Navy) and sailed on vessels up to 265 m, he takes pride in every aspect of his position and goes the extra mile to work with guests and crew to create lasting memories.
Xavier cruised in the French Polynesia in Summer 2016 with the former Seven Sins Heesen and did two Pacific crossings with the boat.
With over 15 years in the yachting, and worked on famous charter yachts like Dream Seeker and Independent of London, Xavier will welcome you on board Motor Yacht Seven Sins and make you feel like home.

Sen Manikku - FIRST MATE

Sri Lanka

Sen is 34 years old and was born in Sri Lanka. He grew up with an immense fascination for ships and boats of all shapes and sizes, dedicated his whole life to learning as much as he possibly could about the ocean and the vessels which call it home.
Sen spent many years on ships, completing various qualifications, travelled around the world 3 times with 15 Atlantic crossings and 10 Panama channel crossings. Ultimately, he completed his Maritime science degree in order to become an Officer.
Sen enjoys working on yachts because of their beautiful destinations and high standards and looks forward to offering you the best possible time on board Seven Sins.

Nevada Smith - Bosun

Sri Lanka

I have been working in the yachting industry since 2006 started my career as a Deckhand and went up to be Lead Deckhand, Bosun. I am a hard-working respectful reliable friendly team player with in mind to step up. I also love water sports, fishing, diving and to travel the world. I have completed the Power Water Craft Instructor course to allow guests the use of jet skis on board Seven Sins.

Since I joined the yachting industry in 2006, I have been employed on several famous charter yachts as well as private.

Paul Barreto - Deckhand

Philippines

Paul was born in The Philippines in 1995. He just started recently as our 2nd Deckhand. He developed his yachting skills during his previous embarkations, when he started 3 years ago.
Paul always smiles and enjoys the yachting life. He is a very respectful crew member and works really hard to maintain the boat in her pristine condition.
He is working his way to become an officer someday.

Jerick Valenzuela - DECKHAND

Philippines

Jeric joined Seven Sins after having worked on private yacht for one year as deckhand. He also finished the course (HRM) hospitality and restaurant management in Philippines.

He obtained his STCW certificate trainings and made his way into the yachting industry.

He is motivated, hardworking, willing to learn good and adapt to new situation. Jeric has a great sense of responsibility as he will always be there to assist whenever needed.

Yoel Herrera - Chief Engineer - Rotation

Panama

After Yoel graduated from La Escuela Nautica de Panama with a degree in Nautical Engineering, he served on board the missionary ship Logos II for just over a year.
Yoel continued his career at sea on board passenger ships and casino ships, but he prefers working on motor yachts. After spending nine years on M/Y MEDUSE, Yoel is pleased to join SEVEN SINS.
Yoel loves sports and enjoys travelling, discovering new countries and cultures, playing video games, and good movies. Yoel is living with his wife in Panama City.

Ivor Zezelic - Chief Engineer - Rotation

Croatia

Chief engineer Ivor Zezelic is born in town Rijeka north city on Adriatic coast in Croatia. After he graduate his marine engineering school and college he joined the merchant marine on Tankers vessels to do apprentice engineer period.
After completing his apprentice period Ivor passed his exam for engineer and continued to work on many different types of vessel such Tankers, LPG, LNG offshore sector etc.
In 2012, Ch. Engineer Ivor joined Yachting Industry where he is continuing to build his career.
Ivor hobbies and passion are driving motorcycle on race track, Basketball and jet-ski freestyle ride. Ivor is Croatian national champion in jet-ski freestyle class in 2011.
Ivor is living in Palma de Mallorca and during his time at home in Palma, he always keeps himself busy with repairing old time motorbike.

KAREL DESMET - CHIEF STEWARD

Belgium

Karel was born in Belgium where his parents have a catering business. He graduated after 4 years of culinary school and decided to find his luck at sea.
After 8 years working as Maître D on 2 Seabourn Ships and Restaurant Manager in the Queens Grill on the Queen Mary 2, Karel joined Seven Sins.
He stayed on board for 4 ½ years and then took a short break, working for a private family in Belgium. He is now back on board Seven Sins to continue his career on Super Yachts.
Karel enjoys all water sports and has a passion for good food and great wines.

Nel VERSTAETE - 1st Stewardess

Belgium

Nel was born in Belgium. After 3 years of training she graduated as a qualified nurse. In 1999 she entered the Cruise Line industry.  She enjoyed fulfilling her roll as Assistant Housekeeper on Seabourn Spirit and the Queen Mary 2. During those years she trained and coached stewardesses in providing 5 star plus service. In 2005 she joined M/Y Seven Sins and stayed for 4 ½ years and she really enjoyed looking after the guests onboard. After a 2 ½ years break, working for a private family in Belgium, she decided to return to yachting.

She loves flowers and enjoys looking after children, dining and food is a passion as well as  good wines and reading a good book.

Larrissa James - Stewardess

Antigua & Barbudas

Julie Backiel - Stewardess

Lowie VANDEPUTTE - Chef

Belgium

Lowie is a Belgian Chef who, from a young age, developed a passion for food.

He started working as sous-Chef by the age of eighteen and fourteen months later was Chef de Partie at the Michelin Star restaurant La Duree.

Lowie likes to cook and treat people with tasty food and making them happy is a real satisfaction.

Very motivated in everything he does, Lowie likes to free his mind at the gym or to run his bike.