Rocco is a highly skilled and competent yacht captain with an extensive maritime career that spans over 25 years. He holds a prestigious MCA Ocean Master 200t certificate and his vast experience includes sailing throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean as well as 12 successful Atlantic crossings. Very versatile in his nature, Rocco is adept at handling a variety of situations, from the simple to the most challenging ones. He is also very eager and committed to a high standard of excellence, putting in every effort to ensure that each moment spent on board is flawless and meets his guests’ greatest expectations. Passionate about the sport of sailing, Rocco has participated in a number of regattas and takes great delight in sharing thrilling stories of his journeys at sea. Moreover, he is an avid lover of water sports and has been trained as a certified Advanced PADI Diver and Rescue Diver, sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing instructor. Proud to be at the helm of ABOVE, Captain Rocco looks forward to welcoming guests for an unforgettable sailing experience.
First Mate: Stefano Di Francia
Nationality : Italian
Languages : Italian, Spanish, English and Portuguese.
A highly skilled and passionate seafarer, Stefano has over 10 years of experience in running sailing catamarans and mono hulls in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and crossing the Atlantic ocean.
He takes great pleasure in creating customized itineraries, entertaining guests and maintaining the boat to high standards. Keen on diving and water sports, he actively participates in planning guests’ activities to make sure that their stay on board ABOVE is the one to remember.
Chef: Aushi Walalam
Nationality : Italian- Venezuelan
Languages : Spanish, Italian, English.
Aushi is a talented professional Chef with a broad culinary repertoire and more than 20 years of work experience in restaurants and on luxury charter yachts. She never stops pursuing perfection and has successfully completed dozens of professional courses in Italian cuisine, wok style cooking, fish and seafood cookery and vegetarian cuisine. Her other achievements include degree in pedagogy and visual arts.
Having learnt secrets of authentic Italian cuisine from great Italian chefs, Aushi loves treating guests to classic Italian appetizers, entrées and desserts. Her Italian pasta, pizza, lasagna, focaccia, frittata, ciabatta, panna cotta, tiramisu and many other culinary creations are absolutely delicious. But holiday weight gain should not be of much concern, thanks to a wide range of water sports activities and water toys available on board ABOVE guests can fully enjoy their vacations.
Aushi prides herself on being a great team player and loves to create happy and truly memorable vacations.
Deckhand: Afonso Gonçalves
Nationality : Portuguese
Languages : Spanish, Portuguese, English.
Afonso is a dedicated deckhand focused on providing the best service to the guests. He started his maritime career 3 years ago and already proved himself as a reliable crew member.
Passionate about sports, especially sailing and surfing, Afonso is always happy to assist with any water sports activities. His outgoing personality and professional approach will make guests feel comfortable and cared for each day of their stay on board ABOVE.
Stewardess: Diana Carballo
Nationality : Spanish
Languages : Spanish, English, French and Italian.
With an extensive background in the hospitality and entertainment industry, Diana shines as an exceptional stewardess. Her charming character and good communication skills make guests feel at home. On top of that Diana is an experienced kids animator, professional dancer and adventurous soul, children absolutely love her.
She is a trustworthy person, who has proved to work effectively and efficiently, showing great responsibility and willingness to assist, when needed.
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• Engines: 2 x John Deere 280 HP
• Generator: 27KVA