Cahptain & Chef
Mike and Leslie
- So. African
- RYA YACHT MASTER OFFSHORE
Gary was first introduced to Catamaran sailing and Scuba Diving on a trip to Madagascar in 1997 - on his brother-in-law, Mike Blamey of ExtaSea2
, yacht Coco d’Mer! The bug bit hard, and since then it was a slow progression to transition from the corporate hospitality industry to yachting full time. Having spent a few successful seasons in the Caribbean in the charter industry, post-Irma has seen Gary continue sailing and improving his skills on many ocean crossing and on all types of vessels. Now a Powerboat and Personal Water Craft Instructor, which complement his Dive Master certification, the theory of becoming a Yachtmaster Ocean is also complete. On the latest Atlantic crossing from Cape Town to Grenada (November ’21) Gary has submitted his sighting to RYA to officially become a Yachtmaster Ocean captain. His culinary skills from years of catering experience have not been forgotten and are put to great use in complementing the chef on board. This, together with exceptional Martini’s and Margherita’s, will make your vacation unforgettable!
Sanne Klippel was born and raised in Holland. She has travelled the world for the last 10 years, working with marine life, learning languages and cultures and growing as an individual. She has lived in Spain, Hungary, Australia, South Africa and the USA and traveled many more places as a volunteer or as traveler. Over time, being on a yacht has become her second nature and she still learns every day. In the year 2020 she sailed over 7000 nautical miles. During all these amazing adventures, she tries to develop herself as a skillful seafarer and is happy to be on the water every day - sailing, surfing, swimming or simply enjoying the ripples of the water. In the galley, she WOW’s her guest with culinary inspirations she has drawn on from her extensive travels. Her use of fresh produce translates wonderfully into her creations, and despite being a pescatarian, her healthy balanced, meals have omnivores coming back for more! When you are her guest, she strives to make sure you will have the best experience, and leave as her friend! Get ready to come aboard and live an unforgettable experience.
You will meet them as their guests and leave EXTASEA 2 as their friends.
***BABIES: ExtaSea is happy to have babies aboard!!
****CREW IS FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19****