Sweet Escape

The Crew

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MOTORYACHT SWEET ESCAPE MEET YOUR 5-STAR CREW

WITH COMPLETE FOCUS ON YOU, YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR FAMILY,
A LUXURY YACHT CHARTER IS THE MOST PERSONALIZED FORM OF VACATION ANYWHERE.

Sweet Escape’s specialized crew of 7–8 are solely dedicated to helping you enjoy the waterborne experiences of your dreams, at the pinnacle of luxury. Throughout your charter, the yacht’s captain and crew will work with you to perfect their service. The captain may join you in the morning to offer several itinerary options for the day, depending on what you feel like doing. The chef may join you after dinner to ask about any special requests for breakfast the next morning. The stewardesses will provide turn down service in your cabin at night, provide you with fresh towels throughout the day, and make sure you have everything you need—before you even know you need it. That’s the kind of top-shelf service you can expect on any Sweet Escape charter. And these are the world-class crewmembers who provide it. 

 

 
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Captain
Paul Garfield

Nationality: United Kingdom

Paul grew up in South Africa and began racing sailing dinghies (Optimists) at 5 years old, leading to yachts at 19. Master 3000GT, he has worked on various yachts, settling into the 40m range. Paul has captained 40m yachts for 8 years and has completed 14 Atlantic crossings. Paul loves water sports and swimming, he is a PADI dive master, jet ski instructor, and has recently taken up kite surfing.


 

 

First Mate
Andrew Park-Ross

Nationality: South Africa

Andrew grew up in Durban, South Africa before moving to Cape Town when he was 16. Andrew has a passion for sport, scuba diving and surfing. He has crossed the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans by boat, as well as completing an around the world passage. Andrew is working towards his goals of achieving his Masters License and ticking off all the places on his surfing bucket list.


 

 

Engineer
Sern Lagerwall

Nationality: South Africa

Sern hails from Durban, South Africa, where waterskiing, wakeboarding and fishing were some of his favourite pastimes. Sern has a passion for music and entertainment, having worked as a musician, events coordinator and cocktail flaring bartender for a mobile bar. At 29, Sern joined the yachting industry, he is currently progressing toward the Y4 engineering qualification.


 

 
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Chef
Thomas Rider

Nationality: United States

Chef Thomas Rider was born in Washington DC. At a very early age he gravitated toward the kitchen, and he never looked back. Thomas selects only the finest fresh ingredients to produce his mouthwatering delicacies. Having also had an affinity for water, Thomas set out to combine his two loves—cooking and boating. His first child was born in November.


 

 

Chief Stewardess
Tonia Bradford

Nationality: South Africa

From Cape Town, South Africa, Tonia enjoys cooking, water sports and gardening. With a background in restaurant management she found her passion in hospitality and worked in fine dining establishments before finding her niche in yachting. Tonia is fluent in English and Afrikaans and her favourite place to travel is Thailand.

 

 

Second STewardess
Charlotte Brough 

Nationality: New Zealand

Charlotte is our latest recruit. She brings with her a wealth of experience having worked on some of the largest yachts in the world for over five years. Hospitality runs in her family, owning and running luxury lodges in New Zealand. She has a degree in Hospitality and Tourism and won awards for mixology. She has honed skills working in some of Australia’s finest Bars and Restaurants.


 

 

Stewardess
Jade Williams 

Nationality: South Africa

Jade joins us from Cape Town, South Africa. With a passion for graphic design she has spent the past 2 years working in Public Relations for a fashion company in South Africa. Jade loves to travel and this led her to pursue a career in yachting. Outdoor activities are an important part of Jade’s life and she loves to hike, swim, cycle and partake in any activity on the water. 


 

 

Deckhand
Michael Marlow

Nationality: South Africa

Michael hails from George, South Africa. Michael discovered his passion for boats at an early age with camping and boating trips along South Africa’s Wild Coast and Garden Routes. He has spent a large period of his yachting career in the Bahamas and loves exploring this beautiful region. He holds a  Yachtmaster certificate. Michael has a keen interest in motorcycles and dreams of completing a trip through Africa.