Education/Certifications: Yachtmaster Offshore 200t, RYA/MCA yacht master offshore (Commercial Endorsement), GSK (OOW), Nav and Radar (OOW), ENS and ARPA (OOW), PSCRB, GMDS, Advanced Fire Fighting, Designated Security Duties, PSSR, PST, Elementary First Aid, SAMSA Rescue Coxswain; all courses completed for ENG 1 OOW and 350t license (Expected in 2020)
Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans
Captain Clifford Marlow was born in George, South Africa and is the youngest of four kids. His father was an avid fisherman, so Clifford was introduced to shoreside fishing and deep sea fishing from a young age. He finished school in 1988 and then joined the South African Army for two years, becoming an Officer. At the age of 16, he joined the National Sea Rescue Institute, a volunteer organization that performs search and rescue operations along the South African coast. Captain Clifford spent 26 years with them and was a regional leader when he left the organization, training new crew and coxswains at a local and national level. Around the same time, he started sailing and doing some deliveries which introduced him to the world of yachting.
He started his yachting career as a Mate on a 100-foot Hargrave and became captain of the sister ship six months later. For four years, he captained trips 40 weeks per year through the Bahamas and the Caribbean. In his last position, he was on a new San Lorenzo yacht that started in the Bahamas and then moved to the Mediterranean. As Captain of UNBRIDLED, his goal is to ensure his guests have a wonderful yet safe voyage.
When not at sea, Captain Clifford enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors, camping, and touring remote places via 4x4 or motorbike. Once he retires from yachting, he plans to run a small, self-sufficient farm.
His favorite places to visit are the Bahamas for their beautifully colored waters and abundant sea life, as well as the rugged, unspoiled beauty of South Africa’s coastline.
CHEF: Julian Brown
Education/Certifications: HND Hotel Restaurant Management; Degree (2:1 Honours) Hotel Management – New Hampshire Colleges USA 1998 – 1990; Food Hygiene Level 2; 2 AA Rosettes Achieved as Head Chef; STCW 95; Proficiency of Security Awareness; ENG 1 MCA
Languages Spoken: English
Julian Brown is an acclaimed chef with several accomplishments in his field, including 2 AA Rosettes and a Bib Gourmand from Michelin. A seasoned professional within the hospitality industry, he started as a kitchen porter and worked his way up to general management. Throughout his career, he has opened, developed and managed three new restaurants and bars, achieving financial success and national press recognition in Britain. He was also invited by the Georgian government to provide training in Service Excellence for their National Tourism Administration in Tblisi’s premier hotels.
In 2016, he embarked on the next phase of his career as part of the yachting industry, and brings his comprehensive knowledge of kitchens, restaurants and bars to his work as chef on UNBRIDLED. His culinary skills range through a wide variety of cuisines, including Modern British, French, Italian, Asiatic and Latin American. He is also skilled in preparing dishes for vegetarian, vegan, Banting, Paleo and Atkins diets.
When not working as a chef, he channels his passion for food into dinner parties at home with friends where he tries new recipes and ingredients. He loves walking and taking in the fresh air, whether he’s exploring the streets and hidden treasures of a city or venturing along the side of a small mountain. More recently, he has discovered a love for cycling, exploring the towpaths of Birmingham’s canals and the beaches surrounding the lochs of Shetland. Running, collecting art, music and reading are some of his other pastimes.
CHIEF STEWARDESS: Katie Kisch
Languages Spoken: English
Katie was born and raised in the Midwest, right outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. Living in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, Katie spent a great deal of time on the water growing up, fishing and tubing with friends and family every summer, and ice fishing and skating every winter. She graduated from the University of North Dakota where she studied Psychology & Biology, and developed an extremely strong travel bug. Katie’s passion for travel and enthusiasm for working with people drew her to the yachting industry. From a very young age she has been drawn to anything and everything that allowed her to be creative. Her keen eye for design, strong attention to detail, and fresh perspective allow her to create personalized, one of a kind experiences for guests on board Unbridled. She is organized and thoughtful and always looking to be one step ahead in predicting guests wants and needs. Katie is a former nanny/au pair with over 10 years of experience working with children in various cities throughout the USA as well as living with a family in a small village in the Netherlands. She enjoys coming up with fun activities and special experiences for guests of all ages. Some day Katie hopes to own her own wedding/event planning business where she can highlight her strong organizational skills, innovative instincts, and unique style. In her spare time, Katie loves to travel, she has ventured all across Europe, SE Asia and the Caribbean, as well as a few trips to the Middle East and South America – and her list of places she wants to visit never stops growing. She is passionate about exploring local cultures, especially through food and art, getting creative through photography and watercolor painting, but her favorite pastime of them all is going for runs and adventures with her big, fluffy golden retriever, Finn.
DECKHAND/STEWARDESS: Emerald Epke
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish
Growing up in Newport, Rhode Island led Emerald to a lifelong passion of being in, on, and around the ocean. Sailing competitively in high school and college, she also enjoys
surfing, flyboarding, paddle boarding, yoga and cooking for her family and friends. She has Bachelor’s degrees in both International Relations and French Language and hopes to earn her Captains license when she has acquired enough sea time. She has lived in Australia, France, Costa Rica and has been to 43 of the 50 U.S. states. (Eight of which were during her cross-country bicycle trip at age 15!) Her passion for traveling and being active led her to the yachting industry and she hopes to someday retire from the industry to start her own charter boat business.
FIRST MATE/ DIVE INSTRUCTOR: Jason Holt
Languages Spoken: English
Jason has ample yachting experience, loves being on the water and sharing his passion for yachting with the guests.Born in South Africa, Jason Holt has spent his life on or in the water. Jason began his career as a commercial diver, working as a manager on Necker Island of the BVI and with a salvage and towing company. He learned about hydraulic and pneumatic machinery, underwater cutting and welding, damn wall repairs, and search and recovery. He even worked as a head diver for diamond exploration in Angola for many years. This time underwater boosted his passion to work above water on luxury charter yachts.
Jason has earned many qualifications in his career. He is a Dive Master and Commercial Diver Class II and looks forward to taking clients out scuba diving in the best areas as well as some secret locations for seeing amazing underwater life. He is a Master of Yachts 200 tons in addition to being qualified in O.O.W. all modules complete and ECDIS (electronic Chart Display and Information System). Having taken engineering courses at Rolls Royce Kamewa in water jets propulsion at Kristinehamn Swedenin as well as MAN diesel engineering courses in Houston, Texas, he is qualified for managing yachting systems and handling any emergencies that may arise.
For leisure, Jason enjoys fishing, water sports, and kite surfing. He can teach clients how to use many of the water sporting equipment on board, as well as offering some tips to experienced charter guests. Passengers who wish to go deep sea fishing will love having Jason aboard. He knows some of the best fishing spots, almost guaranteeing a delicious fresh-cooked dinner by the yacht chef. With eight years of yachting experience under his belt, Jason has a proven record of reliability, knowledge, and hard work.