Meet the Crew

Dardanella's impressive Captain and crew are a hand selected team of the industries finest.  The extensive experience of the crew and their genuine enthusiasm and embodiment of the adventure lifestyle gives an exceptionally welcoming and authentic environment for even the most intrepid of journeys. 

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Piot Rachlewski

Captain

Born in Poland and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Piot grew up around the ocean andstarted sailing competitively at a young age. He has been committed professionally to yachting for the past 15 years, over this period he has worked on a wide variety of yachts,  ranging from small composite race boats to large superyachts and wooden classics. Yachting has taken Piot around the world a few times, through the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Pacific, North Sea, Indonesia and SE Asia.

Anouk Linschoten

Chief Stewardess

Anouk is from the Netherlands and started sailing when she was 10 years old. She spent most of her time around the water and has worked since a young age in hospitality. After her study in hospitality management she found a way to combine her two biggest passions and joined the yachting industry in 2014. Anouk is very happy, positive and friendly and she loves to take care of her guest and crew.

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CALVIN DENDY

First Mate

Born on a wine farm in a small village (Franschhoek), near the coast of South Africa, Calvin was raised around the ocean and in the African outdoors. Stemming from a fishing background he has been around boats from a very young age, committing to professional yachting since 2015. Calvin holds a Yacht-Master 200gt Captains license and is a PADI Dive- Master. Calvin thrives on the excitement of adventure.

MATTEO PERICCA 

Chef

Matteo is a cheerful, happy and caring Italian chef who grew up in the city of Naples. Matteo has been cooking with his family from a young age and naturally a passion for food was born. Since 2011 Matteo has been traveling extensively, working in restaurants and on super yachts. Today he is familiar with cuisines worldwide including; European, Central- and South American, Caribbean and the South-Pacific. Matteo speaks Italian, Spanish, French and English. 

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AYUMI ANZAI

Wellbeing Facilitator

Ayumi's extensive travels and trainings have enabled her to offer a broad range of experiences tailored to integrate and expand wellbeing knowledge and practices. Whether it's a simple daily program of yoga and massage or a fully lead wellbeing retreat Ayumi can enhance any itinerary. Through yoga, Pilates, massage and handcrafted workshops Ayumi thrives on making positive, personally tailored practises to optimise progress for people of any level, capability and interest. 

PAUL SHIPMAN

Deckhand

Paul grew up in Scotland surrounded by the ocean and naturally a passion for sailing runs through his family. Since 2011 Paul has based himself in New Zealand where he has been sailing and exploring the beautiful coastlines on his 65 year old sailing boat. His love of the ocean has recently taken him away from a career in the music industry and brought him to the exiting world of yachting

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MITCHELL TAPPE

Second Stewardess

Mitchell is a nature loving, adventure seeking, travel enthusiast. Growing up in Simons Town, South Africa, Mitchell has always been in love with nature and the ocean. She entered the hospitality industry straight after school and has been in Super Yachting since 2015. She has progressed rapidly through the ranks reaching a Chief Stew position on a 75-meter yacht by the age of 23. Mitchell has a very calm and gentle demeanour that draws people towards her, making them comfortable and at ease.