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.

Josh Henry - Bosun

UK

Joshua is only 27 years old and already has 10 years of experience on yachts of various sizes, such as 110m M/Y Dilbar, 70m M/Y Titan, and 62m M/Y Ocean Victory no name just a few.
Before starting his career in yachting, he worked for two and a half years with his family on a new hotel venture as part of the management team for bar & food services.
Joshua is a hardworking, reliable and multitasking team player.

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.

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.

Levi Pekelder - Chef

Netherlands

Levi Pekelder is a Dutch chef who grew up in Asia and the Netherlands. From a young age he developed a passion for food and meeting other cultures.
Levi started working in a two star Michelin restaurant "& Samhoud Places” with Moshik Roth in Amsterdam by the age of eighteen.
Ever since his career has succeeded and he still explores the highest Dutch gastronomic level. Leon Mazaraic (Chef "Podium onder de Dom” Utrecht) about Levi: 'His enthusiasm, diligence and passion is inspiring! He shows a tremendous commitment.'
Levi can take you on a fantastic tasteful journey, through innovation, creativity and passion. Focussing on the best local or seasonal products, delicate preparations and influences from international cuisines.