Captain’s Nationality:British Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Captain: Jason Bacon | UK
Previous Yachts: M/Y SMERALDA (253ft) Dubai and Worldwide itinerary, M/Y ONE OFF (201ft), M/Y One More Toy (157ft)
Jason started his life on the water at the age of 5 racing small sailing dinghies. After racing for a number of years he taught these skills at the Olympic sailing school in Wales. At the school, he passed his Master of Yachts unlimited and with such credentials was able to join the Americas Cup Yacht, Stars & Stripes. With a passion for travel working on super yachts seemed a natural progression. Since then he has worked on multiple yachts and has 17 years of experience in the industry.
As a captain, he oversees every aspect of the yachts operations ensuring safety at all times and a comfortable cruising experience. He is adept at crew relations, continually maintaining a strong team environment to create the most memorable and service-oriented experience for the guests.
Hobbies include: Free diving, wake boarding, sailing and kayaking
Jason would like to take this opportunity to welcome you aboard M/Y Far Niente and introduce you to the rest of the crew:
First Mate: Brad Eichbauer | South Africa
Previous Yachts: M/Y Mine Games, M/Y Lucky Lady, M/Y My Seanna, M/Y M3
Brad grew up on the East coast of South Africa in Durban where at the age of 11 he discovered his passion for water sports and fishing. He went onto owning his own boats and jet skis by the time he finished school. He spent many weekends taking his friends and family out on the water, whether it was bass fishing, wakeboarding, jet skiing or even deepsea fishing. With his experiences as a skipper for his friends he realized his passion for guest satisfaction and hospitality. After 6 years of being a foreman for a manufacturing company he decided that two days a week was not enough time spent on the water. He was on the verge of starting his own fishing charter company before deciding to redirect his aim towards the yachting industry. In 2016 Brad started his maritime journey with captaincy on the horizon.
Chef: Massimo Sica Sussini | Italy (Rotation)
Previous Yachts: M/Y Baraka 58m ,M/Y Suerte72m,M/Y Stella Maris 72 m
Born in Florence, Italy Chef Massimo grew up around traditional Italian cuisine, this allowed him to learn baking and pastry skills at a very young age. In 1989 at the age of 15 he began his career in the restaurant industry. Since then he has held positions in several of the worlds top restaurants, working most recently for Sheikh Mohammad bin Salman at the Royal Palace of Saudi Arabia.
Massimo is no stranger to working on yachts, he has held the position of Head Chef on the 295ft Super Yacht Lauren L, the 247ft Boadicea and the 237ft Legend, catering to past Presidents, Royal family and several of the most prominent names in Hollywood & Corporate America. As a culinary trained Chef with over 29 years of experience Chef Massimo is able to custom design menus taking into consideration the dietary requirements and specific tastes and needs of his guests. Everything in his galley is carefully made from the most basic of ingredients making all pastry and bakery, ice-creams and fresh pasta in house. Even the nightly turn down Chocolates dont escape his artisan hand with newly invented fillings formulated for each and every charter.
Chef: Giovanni Bruno | Italy (Rotation)
Giovanni is from Mondovì small town in the middle of Piedmont Italy.
He has maintained a passion for food since young age of 16 at which point he began his 5 years worth of schooling to become a culinary trained Chef. He worked in both 5 star hotels and Michelin awarded restaurants before joining the yachting industry as Head Chef on some of the worlds grandest yachts. With now 9 years in the yachting industry, he has catered to VIPs of many different nationalities and is able to satisfy the palate of all on board with a huge repertoire of delicious recipes and a variety of world cuisines. With a Strong knowledge of Mediterranean, Middle East and Asian cuisine plus the skills for intricate pastry and specialist breads, theres no requests that shall go unanswered.
Hobbies: Diving, Fishing, and reading
Chief Stewardess: Chantal De Bruin | USA
Previous Yachts: M/Y Broadwater and M/Y M3
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Chantal started her life in the corporate industry straight out of school. With extensive admin experience and a drive for success she eventually started working as a sales executive for Jaguar Land Rover, before finally succumbing to her love of the sea. Having been raised on the coast she has a natural wanderlust and after travelling all over the world for pleasure she finally settled into the yachting industry. Her journey began in December 2016 as a junior stewardess and she has since continued to grow and flourish into her Chief stewardess position. When she is not giving the best service possible, Chantal loves to be adventurous, explore new places and enjoy her time outdoors.
Hobbies: Traveling & exploring hidden gems, Fitness, fishing & being outdoors
2nd Stewardess: Danielle Acierno | USA
Previous Yachts: S/Y Knickerbocker, M/Y Mimi, and M/Y Eccentric
Danielle grew up on the south shore of Long Island, NY where she spent summers boating, crabbing and clamming on the Great South Bay. While attending Stony Brook University pursuing her degree in English, she began working at Sailors Haven Marina on Fire Island. It is there that she fell in love with the boating industry and knew that working in and around boats is where she belonged. She spent the next six years working at different marinas from Fire Island to Montauk. Upon graduating college Danielle spent a year traveling through Latin and South America. She spent six months teaching English as a Second Language in Costa Rica and had the privilege of traveling to Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Bolivia. Her zest for travel and her prior boating experience made joining the yachting industry a perfect fit. Danielle joined the yachting industry in 2018 and has gained experience on both motor and sailing yachts. Her easy-going attitude combined with her passion for service will put you at ease and ensure you have a wonderful experience!
Hobbies: Reading, water-sports, Yoga, running & traveling.
Deck/Stew: Lindsay Semino | USA
Previous Yachts: M/V Aqua Cat, M/Y Vista Blue.
Lindsey was born and raised in Arizona. She previously worked as a trainer Jockey for a horse track but her love for the water convinced her to make a change into the maritime industry. She has been in the maritime industry ever since, 13 years now and counting. She gained much experience as a dockhand at a marina and from working at a boat & jet ski rental company. From there she decided to take her career further and worked onboard a dive boat while obtaining her captains license. With her passion of the ocean and determination to make every guest have a blast onboard, you are guaranteed to have a trip to remember onboard M/Y Far Niente!
Hobbies: Diving, kite surfing, wakeboarding, horseback riding, and traveling
Chief Engineer: Josh Proctor | USA
Previous Yachts: M/Y Rhino, M/Y Mia Elise, M/Y Exit Strategy
Josh grew up in Sarasota, Florida where he developed a passion for boating at an early age. He began sailing dinghies as soon as he could, joining the Opti national team at eleven and continuing to race and coach before his beginning his yachting career. Josh is an avid fisherman and also enjoys traveling, diving, spearfishing, and other watersports. From repairing and maintaining his own boats and a fleet of coach boats, he developed an interest in all things mechanical which led him to pursue engineering. He has been in the yachting industry for 8 years in a variety of engineering roles earning his Y4 license with the MCA in 2019.
Hobbies: Sailing, Fishing, Diving