Captain Giovanni Damiani
Gio grew up in the huge city of London and at 11 years old immersed himself into the world of sailing. Ever since then his thirst for adventure and the strong pull to the ocean has never stopped.
After graduating in 2012, with a degree in Marine Biology and working as a marine wildlife observer on oil exploration ships around the world, Gio bought his first sailboat, a 50ft monohull - Gulfstar. For four years he sailed around the Caribbean, starting an expedition business - Project Moana. Gio created and filmed documentaries about people and the sea that were published by National Geographic.
A massive adrenaline junkie, with years on the water Gio became a proficient kite surfer, an avid surfer, spearfisherman, scuba diver and windsurfer. He even took to the skies and paraglides a lot during his down time. Since 2002, he worked as a windsurf and sailing instructor for almost 10 years sharing his knowledge of the wind and the ocean. Gio is also a certified PADI scuba instructor. In 2018, his desire to progress in the yachting world grew bigger and he sold his boat to work as a captain on various luxury catamarans cruising around the Caribbean, Central America and French Polynesia. Returning to the Caribbean Gio likes to share with guests the joys of active vacations in this aqueous archipelago.
Chef Jayde Couzyn
Multi-skilled, Jayde Couzyn has 30,000 nautical miles in her seagoing history. This includes 3 trans-Atlantic crossings since 2013. Buoyed by her can do attitude, her career has spanned a 48ft catamaran to a 160ft monohull and others in between.
Despite having her RYA Masters Offshore ticket – a great asset aboard any yacht, as the Chef aboard Tellstar her passion for cooking is a living example of doing what you love. Her other loves are hiking, diving (PADI advanced) and other watersports along with blog writing.
Deckhand Sam Chia
Born and raised on the island of Singapore, Sam first fell in love with the ocean by becoming a PADI divemaster at the age of sixteen, working at dive centres in some of the worlds’ most exotic dive destinations such as the Maldives, Malaysia and Indonesia. At seventeen he moved into yachting, which took him through the Phillippines, Micronesia and across the Pacific to Hawaii and French Polynesia.
Now twenty three, Sam already has a wealth of experience on both big motor and sailing charter yachts. An expert at both line and spearfishing, he is currently learning to kitesurf and is an avid photographer/videographer. With his award-winning laugh, Sam is there to guide our guests on their ocean adventure while capturing digital memories along the way for them to take home to share with loved ones.
Originally from Belgium, Anais grew up on the ocean loving island of Tahiti in the South Pacific. She graduated with a Masters in Economics and Business she spent most of her twenties managing several businesses’ (including hospitality and retail) while kitesurfing and scuba diving in her free time. After stepping out to spend a year cruising French Polynesia on a private sailboat with her partner, she decided to transition into the professional yachting industry full time working on a range of superyachts and catamarans.
With an attentive easy-going nature oriented toward great customer service, Anais combines her previous experience to explore the Caribbean as our rock star stewardess on Tellstar, creating a first class environment for our guests to relax and enjoy.