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Askari Crew Award

 

Meet Askari's Award Winning Crew !

Winner of Best Charter Crew 2016
(Category Yachts under 50m),
awarded by Fraser Yachts in Monaco

Claud Akers - Captain
Claud Akers - Captain

Claud and Askari have been inseparable for over fifteen years, first as chief engineer and now as captain. Askari has relied on Claud to maintain her entire complement of machinery, running gear and deck equipment.

A South African, Claud has an easy, humorous nature and enjoys speaking to Askari guests from around the world. One of Claud’s unique attributes is his ability to include each guest in the excitement Askari offers each day. You will often find him passing the fishing line off to a thrilled guest to land a marlin or a tuna capturing the moment of what it is like to feel the landing of a big catch in open ocean.

Clipping someone into kite boarding gear for their first time or patrolling the decks listening to Askari’s engineering spaces hum, you will find Claud is always ready with a smile, a laugh and a “let’s go for it!” attitude. Claud holds a 500 Ton commercial & MCA 200 Ton Unlimited Captain's license as well as a PADI Dive Master rating.

However, Claud’s most valuable assets cannot be captured on paper. He is one of the rare crew members who make the time to take you under his wing and include you in the incredible adventures of daily life here aboard Askari.

Asher Kora - First Officer
Asher Kora - First Officer

Our first officer Asher is from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Having lived in French Polynesia since 2006, he is now a dual-national, bilingual and has grown very familiar with the waters of Tahiti and her islands.

Since starting out in yachting, Asher has completed his Yachtmaster 200T and would like to continue his studies. His PADI Open Water ticket has allowed him to experience some of the best dive spots in the world.

He loves the outdoors and jumps at any chance to surf & swim or go hiking & camping. His positive and friendly attitude will make you feel right at home while onboard.

Joe Camuso - First officer
Joe Camuso - First officer

Joe is a long time crew member in Askari’s complement. Joe started his adventures at age 17, kayaking 1,400 miles from his family farm in Pennsylvania to Key West Florida.

He then spent the next 8 years sailing the world, spending extensive time in the Mediterranean, Pacific, Caribbean and New England, gaining a 200 ton US Coast Guard License. Joe then entered University and earned a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and Masters in Environmental Engineering.

After University, the sea called again and he moved his young family on board a classic 1956 Wooden Bahamian Ketch and spent the next 7 years sailing, home schooling and working in the Caribbean. Joe and family currently reside in New Zealand.

Joe loves Polynesian singing, music and dance and you can often find him following a local festival or cultural experience. He holds a PADI Advanced Open Water License is a passionate Kite surfer and renewable energy advocate. Joe’s refreshing attitude and optimistic nature will heighten your stay aboard Askari.

Emmanuelle Akers - Chief Stewardess / Purser
Emmanuelle Akers - Chief Stewardess / Purser

After many years in the professional side of hotel management in Europe, Emma came to Tahiti on a one way ticket to work for a famous Resort chain. Luckily, Emma found her way to Askari after several land based years in hotel management in the Societies, Tuamotu and the Marquesas.

All of Emma’s prior experience and travel background make her a valuable asset and a pleasure to have onboard. You will often find Emma with her delightful French accent pointing out a special feature of an island coastline while underway.

Her genuineness, attention to details and caring nature will enhance your stay. Emma also is a terrific cook and takes her turn in the galley alongside our talented chef. Her keen interest in food and service are an unbeatable combination for Askari guests.

James Maclurcan - Chief Engineer
James Maclurcan - Chief Engineer

 

Jim hails from Queensland and grew up on the east coast of Australia spending nearly every week end at on his family boat or racing his motorbikes. Jim is also an avid traveler and has over 30 countries under his belt. 

After working in the aviation industry as an aircraft engineer for 7 years, Jim decided to combine his love of travel and engineering by entering the yachting industry. Completing his Yachtmaster 200T and AEC before heading to the Mediterranean to work on charter yachts, he quickly became the unofficial engineer for the entire flotilla. 

Jim now knows the intricate inner-workings of the Askari engine room and can be of assistance in any role onboard. 

Jennel Tiller - Chef
Jennel Tiller - Chef

Growing up in the coastal southern town of Gloucester, Virginia and following in her father's footsteps as a chef, Jennel's natural affinity of the sea, sailing and food led her to a life of cooking on the open ocean.

Jennel has been a chef on private yachts and Estates around the world for over 20 years and has received formal culinary training at the Institute of Culinary Education in New Yok City receiving diplomas in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management. She feels fortunate to have found a career that enables her to combine her love of food and travel. When she isn't in the galley, you can find her spending time with her fur kid, Rosie, or going for a run, sail or a paddle.

Hoani Teihotu - Stewardess
Hoani Teihotu - Stewardess

Hoani is from the Island of Moorea and brings a Tahitian influence to Askari's multitalented crew with an extensive knowledge of service.

Hoani loves her culture and from a young age was shown how to weave baskets and hats from coconut fronds, as well as making bouquets with local flowers. She is also part of a dance group that performs every night in a resort in Moorea as well as being a fire dancer. Being very sportive, she practices boxing and Brazilian Jujitsu. She will often be on the water, surfing, wakeboarding, kite surfing or spearfishing. She loves to travel and discover different cultures around the world.

Reserved but not shy, Hoani will make sure that all the guest details are taken care of in the interior department and her caring nature creates a warm ambiance aboard for guest and crew alike.

Caitlin Murphy - Deckhand
Caitlin Murphy - Deckhand

Caitlin comes from Queensland, Australia. A café manager before joining the yachting industry, she is still a wizard with an espresso machine. Now having been won over by the sea, she has completed her Yachtmaster 200T offshore license and her PADI open water certifications. With these qualifications, Caitlin headed to the Mediterranean to skipper on charter yachts. This was effectively sailing, managing and catering yacht charters, single handedly.

She has managed to take her experience in the hospitality and yachting industries to slip seamlessly into our close-knit team  onboard Askari. Driven by a passion for travel and exploration, Caitlin is keen to show you French Polynesia by sea.