A Captain for over a decade, Kathy’s career in Superyachts has taken her a long way from her original home in Cape Town, South Africa.
Her most recent role was as Skipper on the 36 metre sailing ketch “Tiziana”, a well known Med-based charter yacht with a great reputation which cruised all over the Mediterranean during her time on board.
Immensely proud to be amongst the few female superyacht captains, Kathy learned her trade at a very early age. Her father has been huge influence in her life and his passion for sailing surrounded and inspired her formative years when they sailed together in Cape Town and on the Vaal dam in Johannesburg.
Soon realizing sailing as her first love, Kathy sought to make it her chosen profession. Following the completion of her qualifications Kathy trained and worked as a full-time scuba diving instructor, gaining further valuable experience restoring boats and undertaking Yacht deliveries on her journey to achieving Captain status.
Kathy and her dedicated hands-on team are delighted to welcome you on board Twilight, and together they will work hard to make your time on Twilight a truly unforgettable and wonderful experience.
Gonçalo was born in South Africa to Portuguese parents. He spent most of his life growing up inland where he loved playing sports such as tennis, water polo and swimming. However he would relish holidays to the seaside and has always been fascinated with boats.
After school Gonçalo studied Sport Management and entered the corporate race but he would find himself unsatisfied with the normal day-to-day life and felt a big void that just could not be fulfilled.
His inspiration to work on yachts came about when a family friend would visit, telling tales of his life and adventures sailing around the world. Gonçalo would get a feeling of joy and passion upon hearing these tales and quickly decided to follow this feeling inside.
Goncalo has worked on yachts for the past 5 years and has never looked back. His passion lies in the engine room where he is extremely fascinated with how boat systems work but he also loves being outside feeling the wind in the sails.
Louis’ heralds from a small coastal town on the east coast of Ireland, he began sailing at a young age on dinghies and has progressed through various categories of sailboat.
He has a commercially endorsed MCA/RYA ticket for up to 200gt, PB2, STCW and certificates in radar, diesel engine maintenance and yachtmaster theory.
One of Louis’ favorite things to do during his annual leave is to work and sail on his own boat. He purchased her at the age of 21 in a dilapidated state and entering into a fairly extensive renovation project with his dad, and SY Saoirse sits on her mooring in Howth awaiting Louis’ next visit.
It’s Louis’ daily task to ensure you and your guests have the best possible time whilst on board whether it be sailing, stand up paddle boarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkelling or just relaxing on deck, he will assist in whatever way possible.
Twilight is undergoing an extended yard period and mini refit.
The core crew comprising Captain Kathy, relief Captain Lou and our Engineer Gonzo will personally be overseeing the works and ensuring Twilight will be ready for the Caribbean season.
We are looking forward to welcoming on board new crew, with a new Chef, Chief Stewardess, and Stewardess. These will be handpicked by Captain Kathy and the owners to ensure they meet with their stringent standards and provide you with the service you have enjoyed previously if not better.