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CAPTAIN

Mark Phelps
Mark Phelps is New Zealand born and was brought up on Great Barrier Island where the family home was only accessible by sea, consequently he spent his youth "messing around in boats", he has devoted his life to the marine industry first working in New Zealand as a boat-builder for 9 years before beginning his yachting career in 99. Since then Mark has cruised extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Caribbean, East and West coasts of the U.S and the South Pacific aboard a variety of yachts from Performance Catamarans to Classic sailing yachts. Mark is of an easy going, friendly nature yet runs his yacht to the highest of industry standards. Mark joined Nephele in November 2009.


CHEF

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Justin Eichblatt is a New Zealander from Auckland – the City of Sails. He is a professionally trained chef who has travelled extensively and worked in top restaurants in New Zealand and Germany for 18 years, he has cooked aboard large motor yachts for 3 years. Justin is experienced with cuisines from all corners of the globe and will happily indulge any of your dining wishes. Alternatively, leave it to him to create a dining experience that you will never forget. Justin has been sailing and boating recreationally his whole life and has a passion for the sea. He joined Nephele in January 2014.


MATE/ENGINEER

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Chris Knight was born in New Zealand and raised in an active boating family; his passion for boats began at an early age and has continued to be central in both work and leisure. Since qualifying as a boat builder where he was highly involved in all aspects of building including engineering, he´s moved into the yachting sector. He has crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on various sailboats and worked aboard the prestigious Motor Yacht Bystander, mother ship to the J class yacht Velsheda. Chris restored his own yacht in New Zealand and enjoys his holidays cruising and racing in his home waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Chris joined Nephele in December 2009.


STEWARDESS

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Charlotte Kalms was born in Sweden where she spent the summers of her youth cruising in the family sailing boat. Later she entered the hotel, tourism and airline industry. After working in high end hotels in Stockholm and flying for one of the bigger charter companies Charlotte decided on a life abroad travelling the world. She worked for the world's largest tour operator for several years which allowed her to fulfill her desire for worldwide travel before being ultimately led to Palma de Mallorca. In Mallorca she discovered the opportunity to combine her love of the sea with her years of experience in the service industry. Charlotte started in the yachting industry aboard motor yachts before realizing that sailing was the path for her, taking the position aboard Nephele in the spring of 2013.


STEW/DECK, NANNY

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Nadine Seidel is German born where she was involved in rescue swimming and training until her family moved to New Zealand where she further developed her passion for the outdoors, sailing and water-sports. She gained a bachelor in hotel management and worked in luxury resorts and hotels both in Australia and New Zealand before completing a graduate diploma in teaching, specialising in early childhood education. She has worked as a nanny and as head teacher in leading early childhood services in New Zealand before returning to Europe to combine her passion for travel and adventure with outstanding service and her love for children. Nadine joined Nephele in January 2014.