Jeff Dyess – Captain

Jeff grew up in Dallas, Texas where respect and southern hospitality were planted deep in his veins. Having worked with his father on commercial shrimp boats, and as a child, Jeff knew that he wanted a life entrenched in the ocean. So, after attending Texas A&M for marine biology he decided to change gears and become a Captain. Starting from the bottom, Jeff worked his way up to be a charter Captain by the age of 22, traveling throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean, East Coast United States and Bahamas.

Melinda Meaney – Chef

Melinda is a trained chef with a passion for cooking.  Her creative approach to food and presentation never fails to impress.  At age ten she had her first dinner party where friends enjoyed a meal prepared with thought and care.  Since then Melinda has found great satisfaction in cooking for people.

Ten years ago, she left her career at Microsoft Corporation to follow this passion.  She moved to Vancouver and enrolled in culinary school.  Food and travel go hand in hand, so with the desire to seek new techniques Melinda trained in several Michelin star restaurants in Northern California.  She has continued to pick up cooking classes in more remote destinations such as Kaui,  Koh Phanang and Montepulciano.

She hopes you join us on M/Y Magic for a tantalizing culinary experience!

Jason Yates – Engineer

Jason comes from Manchester in the North of England. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 as an engineer where he then spent 23 years serving on various ships from aircraft carriers to Type 23 frigates. After the Navy he switched careers to the yachting industry in 2015 to seek new challenges.

With his keen sense of humor and cheerful demeanor, Jason enjoys providing a first class service to the visiting guests. He has visited many countries in his 27 years working at sea yet continues to seek out new places and adventures along the way. His interests include travel, diving, live music and learning to play the guitar badly

Tamarin Isherwood – Chief Stewardess

Tamarin Isherwood is a proud South African from Johannesburg. Having studied Professional Makeup Design & Hair Styling and Photography, her artistic background and keen eye for detail comes through in her personality and service, ensuring that guests on board receive the highest quality of service and the trip of a lifetime whatever the weather.

She joined the yachting industry in 2015 and is always striving to progress within the industry to the best of her abilities. Her hobbies include diving, sport rock climbing, live music, painting and photography – in fact anything involving an artistic flare.

Elani Botes – First Officer

Elani grew up in northern Limpopo Province of South Africa. Situated only 60 miles west of the world renowned Kruger National Park, one of the epicenters of wild life in South Africa.

Her passion for sports, swimming and the outdoors, led to her decision to study for Sports Psychology and graduating with her bachelors degree.

She made her entry into yachting in 2010, and has since worked on both private and charter yachts, cruising Americas East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Beginning her career as a Stewardess, but finding her passion on the exterior and in the pilot house, she began dedicating her time to course work, and has cultivated a dream of one day becoming a Captain.

Elani’s ever present smile, dedication and professionalism, contributes to making her one of our favorite crew members.

Anna Endler – Second Stewardess

Anna was born and raised in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado where she spent her time in the great outdoors hiking, camping, and exploring. She has loved to travel ever since she can remember, and always knew she wanted to build a life and career around seeing the world.

After living abroad in Australia and working as a live- in Nanny, she moved from land to sea and found her passion in the yachting industry where her love for world travel and knack for entertaining combine. Anna takes pride in her creativity and detail oriented eye, and her ultimate goal is ensuring that her guests have the time of their lives while onboard!

Keegan Barnard – Deckhand

Growing up in a small town in South Africa, there wasn’t much to do other than go to the beach, which is where Keegan found his love for the sea. Then, his family moved to Dubai where he had the privilege of being able to travel to many different countries, which is where is where his love for traveling began. He has found that yachting met all his expectations and is making his dreams come true! He hopes to one day be able to be a Captain and looks forward to the road ahead of him, making that dream come true.