Your professional crew aboard catamaran ZINGARA
CAPTAIN LEE ADAMS
Lee's interest in the Maritime Industry was installed in him from the earliest age possible, owing to his grandfather being Admiral Tom Hardiman of the Port Elizabeth Navy.
While at a young age he took part in bay racing and lending a hand at the local yacht club. His passion for sailing grew and after school and much thought, Lee took to the oceans on a recreational professional side as opposed to the Navy.
He joined a crew and raced across the Atlantic, where he took part in regattas in Antigua and St Maarten. In the USA he was able to establish himself as a valuable crew member aboard a classic Schooner that circumnavigated the globe, and after completing his maritime studies he was fortunate to take over as skipper and gained more experience in the engineering department.
Lee is an active and enthusiastic person, he enjoys all water sports. The experiences he has gained through his travels along with a jovial personality creates a pleasant atmosphere which is enough to make any guest aboard feel right at home, ready to relax and enjoy themselves.
CHEF Ed Stacey
Ed’s first taste of sailing came at a young age, spending family holidays cruising the islands around Greece and Croatia. After university, Ed moved into publishing and in 2000 joined Yachting World magazine. During this time Ed discovered offshore racing, taking part in the 2001 Fastnet Race aboard Ecover, skippered by round-the-world yachtswoman Dee Caffari. Ed’s career eventually took him away from the marine industry and towards another great passion: food and cuisine. Ed’s culinary background includes one of the UK’s best and busiest gastropubs, a 2 AA rosette restaurant as well as a Michelin star kitchen. Most recently Ed has been running the Conference and Banqueting operations at one of the most prestigious hotels in Southeast England, planning and executing wedding banquets and other large scale feasts for up to 200 people.
Now, aboard Zingara, Ed’s love of the sea and passion for cooking are finally united and he is tremendously excited about sharing his experience in the form of mouthwatering dishes for Zingara’s guests. Whatever your tastes, preferences or dietary requirements, Ed strives to bring bags of flavour and balance to every dish using the freshest local ingredients.
Mate Camille Bedouin
Originally from France and Italy, Camille has been an ocean lover and nature enthusiast from a very young age.
She recently travelled to Plymouth in England to obtain her RYA certification, Yachtmaster Offshore, as she aims to become a captain and run her own boat in the coming years. She has learned a great deal about sailing, boat handling, engineering and the industry as a whole since joining Zingara over two years ago.
She grew up in Italy where her weekends were mostly spent horseback riding, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, sailing on lakes with her dad and skiing in the mountains. Whilst working in marine conservation in Saint Croix, she discovered scuba diving and started sailing more regularly. She fell in love with the ocean which led her to pursue a life at sea in the yachting industry. Her service experience also comes from previous positions as a lodge manager and horseback safari guide in Kenya, as well as being a dive instructor in Costa Rica.
She is a very energetic crew member and is always exited to share her love for the ocean with guests. She’ll happily take them on adventures - whether it be underwater, above water or on land. She always looks forward to giving the guests the best possible experience.
Alexandra - Stewardess:
Born and raised across the globe, Alexandra rapidly developed her passion for adventure, as a young girl. She became a certified diver at the age of 12 and since that day, has fallen in love with the sheer beauty of underwater world. Alexandra became a dive professional on Komodo island, Indonesia, where she gained extensive experience guiding and teaching in challenging dive sites with intense currents and conditions, but surrounded by the amazing reef and sea life that the Indian Ocean has to offer.
However, marine biology and ecosystem education is where her true passion lies. Alexandra has been involved with various coral conservation and rehabilitation projects worldwide. While based in Indonesia, she was responsible for the transplantation of fragmented coral to protected coral nurseries to encourage successful growth. She is a firm believer that we must protect our planet in order to enjoy our planet!
Other than her fishy friends, one of the main pleasures of Alexandra’s work are her customers. She is a real people’s person and takes great pleasure in looking after her guests alongside showing them all the wanders our world has to offer.
If its diving in crystal clear waters or sipping on a wonderfully made cocktail, Alexandra is at your service to assist and ensure your dream vacation is exactly that......the dream, may you depart Zingara with many happy memories and a longing to return.
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