Sail and work experience
Having grown up in a sailing family, Andreas has been sailing and maintaining boats since childhood. Since deciding to make his passion his profession then he has spent 15 years licensed in the yachting industry. Andreas has experience as a captain/skipper throughout Europe and across the world. He has been involved in refits so has an understanding of the engineering and maintenance needs of IKIGAI. He speaks German, English and Spanish and has conversational Dutch. More recently he has joined up with his wife Laurien to form a seamless Captain/Hostess team and provide an unforgettable sailing experience.
As Captain the overall running of the vessel is Andreas’ responsibility; this includes the navigation, safety and experience of all onboard. He ensures that IKIGAI runs smoothly and efficiently whilst adhering to all the appropriate regulations.
Licenses & Certificates
• RYA/MCA Yacht Master Offshore Commercial Endorsement, RYA/MCA Short Range Certificate
• STCW95 Personal Safety & Social Responsibility Course, STCW95 Personal Survival Techniques Course, STCW95 Fire Prevention and Fighting Course, STCW95 Elementary First Aid Course
• Yachtmaster Licence (sail & power) for navigation areas 1&2 issued by Austrian Yachting Association (ÖSV)
• Padi Open Water Certificate
University of Vienna, Geography and Journalism
Chef / Hostess Dutch – 45
Sail and work experience
Laurien began work training and maintaining racehorses in England, she is a skilled rider however an injury meant that she has moved into the world of sailing. Beginning in France she soon graduated to transatlantic deliveries and charters as a Chef/Hostess before undertaking a three year
circumnavigation aboard S/Y Pegasus Blue. Since then she has picked up a wealth of charter experience in the Caribbean and elsewhere before teaming up with husband Andreas for eight years on charters around the world. Now they find themselves on IKIGAI. Laurien is fluent in English and Dutch and has conversational French.
As the Chef/Hostess Laurien is responsible for the crew and guest meals throughout the charter, ensuring that the food is enjoyable, the interior of the yacht is clean and serviceable and that all dietary requirements are met. She is a creative cook, varying her meals to provide variety and
according to the location of IKIGAI in order to have as much relevance as possible to the country being visited.