Hi, I'm Don
- My professional career began in St. Maarten in the year 2000 on board the 1987 America’s Cup 12 Meters, as part of the race crew. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to have served as crew on some of the world's finest sailing and motor yachts.
Starting as a deckhand and working my way to chief officer and relief captain has given me insight into all aspects of yacht life including the challenges faced by both employers and employees. I believe that, by far, the most important element in yachting is the human one and aim to assist both crew and employers with YOA's unique approach to recruiting.
In addition to my YOA agency duites, I currently run our deckhand training program in Cape Town where I am based, and am enjoying sharing my skills with to the next generation of super yacht crew. It is heartening to hear positive feedback from students and the yachts they are employed on and we will continue to make YOA more than just a crew agency.