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:

Mario Merl - Captain (Rotation)

Austria

Mario is originally from Austria and has recently settled on the coast of Brazil. He has over 18 years which he has spent as a professional Captain on yachts. Over these years, has gained substantial experience managing new builds and refits. Mario is an active Captain who leads by example, to ensure a perfectly maintained boat, which is ready to provide the highest standard of service. He is just as active in his spare time as he is on duty, often out trail running, mountain climbing and kitesurfing. Mario’s other passions are motorbikes and all aspects of yacht design and engineering.

Kristof Deflo - Chef (rotation)

Belgium

Kristof Deflo is a Belgian Chef who grew up near Brussels, from a young age he started working in several high end restaurants with Michelin star chefs. He also did catering for big events such as Tomorrowland Vip, Memorial Van Damme and many more.
Kristof owned a gault Millau – Michelin recommended restaurant in Belgium for several years which he quit unfortunately due to the covid pandemic, that’s when he decided to give the yachting industry a chance.
He is schooled in Belgian, French cuisine and passionate about Italian, with the knowledge of all cuisines inspired fresh local products.

Donat Simicic - Chief Engineer (Temp)

Croatia

Donat was born in Zadar, Croatia where he studied Maritime engineering at the High Nautical School and Maritime engineering University. He began his career in the Pacific on tuna fishing boats before beginning his yachting career in 2014. Before he joined Seven Sins he has been working  as engineer on yacht from 55 to 75 meters. From an early age he fell in love with the sea and ships. His main hobbies are fishing ,scuba diving and spending time with his family.

Robert Chapman - Captain (Rotation)

Ireland

Robert (Bobby) grew up in small seaside village in Ireland and has been around boats and the sea all his life. He comes from a family of seafarers and at the early age of 17 became one of Ireland’s youngest qualified deep sea mariners. With 15 years in the yachting industry, Robert is master 3000 GT qualified and on board Seven Sins since 2021, Robert is looking forward to take you on a discovery of the many beautiful bays, anchorages and towns of the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Robert enjoys, water sport, snowboarding and golf.

 

Brandon Andrews - First Officer

South Africa

Brandon has been onboard Seven Sins since the end of 2018. He was born and raised for most of his childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa. For the other few years being spent in Swaziland and Zambia. After graduating from high school, Brandon left home to join the yachting industry in 2015, he instantly loved every moment and decided to further his career in yachting. After completing his Officers qualification in 2020 he is now working towards his Captains’ license.  Brandon is a very calm character who will use his knowledge and experiences to ensure guests have a safe and relaxing time onboard. In his spare time, he loves to experience new cultures around him and is a fan of almost every sport.

Levi Pekelder - Chef (rotation)

Netherlands

Levi Pekelder (1993) is a Dutch chef who grew up in Asia and the Netherlands.

From a young age he developped 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. Eversince his career has succeeded and he still explores the highest Dutch gastronomic level. Leon Mazaraic (Chef "Podium onder de Dom” Utrecht) about Levi: 'His enthousiasm, diligence and passion is inspiring! He shows a tremendous commitment.' Levi is able to 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.

Anna Pawlowska - Chief stewardess

Poland

Anna was born in Poland and raised in a delightful suburb on the outskirts of Krakow, where she returns home each year. After graduating from college, Anna travelled to the UK to start a career in hospitality which included working at the world renown Hilton Hotel & Restaurant chain. In 2013 she took her career one step further and joined yachting whilst in Palma, Mallorca and has loved every minute since. Anna is extremely passionate about her job and has a charming personality which is certain to put a smile on any guests’ face. One of her favourite aspects of her job is travelling to new destinations. In her spare time, Anna loves to listen to music and read books.

Rhys Evans - Bosun - Water Sports Instructor

UK

Rhys is 26 years old and is from the UK where lives in Hampshire. 

Rhys has been yachting for 3 years cruising in the Mediterranean and Caribbean on both private and charter yachts. He grew up swimming competitively for Great Britain so loves to be in the water as much as he can. He has a passion for working in hospitality and as our Water Sports Instructor he will ensure guests have an incredible time both onboard and out on the water. Before yachting Rhys worked for Jaguar Land Rover as a sales executive where he discovered that he enjoyed providing high end service and working with prestigious cars.

Mia Roig - Stewardess

UK

Mia was born in Liverpool and now lives in Essex, in the South-East of London. Before joining the industry, she studied Beauty Therapy and worked in the promotions industry in Ibiza. Mia has been in the yachting industry since April 2017, and joined Seven Sins as a Stewardess in November 2021, bringing her exceptional experience in service and housekeeping. Mia is a positive, charismatic and professional crew member, who is always interested in ensuring each guest has a perfect vacation. In her time away from the boat Mia enjoys remaining fit and exploring new restaurants in different places. 

Lewis Brailsford - Deckhand

UK

Lewis is from the East Midlands, UK. He first started on a superyacht cadetship and has now been in the industry for the last 4 years, spending the last year on Seven Sins having joined in December 2021 as a Deckhand. Lewis has always been passionate about the ocean and has had the opportunity to cruise the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Middle East. Prior to yachting Lewis was a swim coach and lifeguard, now his interests include sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving and E-Foiling.

Alexa Spitzer - Stewardess

South Africa

Alexa was born in Johannesburg, South Africa however now currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Alexa has recently joined the industry and joined Seven Sins in her position on board as Stewardess. She is a hardworking individual who is always keen to learn more in order to provide every guest with an unforgettable time. She has many creative interests such as photography, film editing, making music and singing.

Nikola Pekic - Chief Engineer (Rotation)

Croatia

Nikola was born in Zadar, Croatia by the Adriatic Sea coast.

He grew up on a small island and since childhood spent most of his time on the sea and always dreamt of becoming a seaman.
After finishing Maritime high school, he started sailing on commercial vessels and worked there for five years and then joined the yacht industry in 2017.  
He has been working as a Second and then Chief Engineer on yachts from 30 to 55 meters.
In his free time Nikola is a big fan of photography, playing the guitar and especially of spending the time on a small fishing boat with his friends and family.