Meet the Zingara Crew
CAPTAIN – LEE ADAMS
Lee’s interest in the Maritime Industry was installed in him from the earliest age possible, owing to his grandfather being Admiral Tom Hardiman of the Port Elizabeth Navy. While at a young age he took part in bay racing and lending a hand at the local yacht club. His passion for sailing grew and after school and much thought, Lee took to the oceans on a recreational professional side as opposed to the Navy. He joined a crew and raced across the Atlantic, where he took part in regattas in Antigua and St Maarten. In the USA he was able to establish himself as a valuable crew member aboard a classic Schooner that circumnavigated the globe, and after completing his maritime studies he was fortunate to take over as skipper and gained more experience in the engineering department. Lee
is an active and enthusiastic person, he enjoys all water sports. The experiences he has gained through his travels along with a jovial personality creates a pleasant atmosphere which is enough to make any guest aboard feel right at home, ready to relax and enjoy themselves.]
Chef – Tyler Dawson
Tyler Dawson started working in kitchens at age 14 until he finished university where upon he left full time kitchen employment for more formal work. In 2006 he decided on a change of lifestyle and returned to the kitchen eventually moving back to the BVI and opening his own bakery, full service café, catering service and boat provisioning service. The bakery also supplies supermarkets, hotels and restaurants. Tyler has worked in award winning restaurants in South Africa, Marriot Autograph Hotels and catered at the Presidential level. Trained and worked under two of South Africa’s top chefs, ran initiation programs for Charter Chef’s and recently completed two seasons on a private charter catamaran.
Tyler is a trained chef, artisanal baker and is the owner of Family Food and Bakery on the island of Tortola.
In 2017, Zingara welcomed Tyler on board to take over the reigns in the galley, growing up in Tortola has given Tyler the knowledge and expertise with the use of local fresh ingredients and produce. Additionally he is an avid spear fisherman and loves nothing more than catching fresh fish and lobsters to prepare for guests on board.
With Tyler’s friendly, outgoing personality and great sense of humor, you are certain to feel right at home on board
Andres & Camille (Dive Instructors, Deck & Interior)
Andres is from Costa Rica. He grew up by the ocean in the Guanacaste region in the Northern pacific side of the country and started surfing at a young age. It’s when he started diving that he decided that his career would be linked to the ocean, its marine environment and its wildlife.
Through his past experiences in one of the biggest 5 star resorts of Costa Rica, Andres has learned how to offer high standards of hospitality that he hopes to put to good use in the service industry. Guiding and instructing diving have led him to follow his dreams of working by the ocean and his goal is to one day become a captain and run his own boat. Always with a smile on his face and a charming accent, he will be always be happy to share with you his love for the ocean and watersport activities.
Originally from France, Camille grew up in Rome, Italy. From a very young age she has been a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast. Although she lived in Rome, her weekends were mostly spent on horseback, hiking in the mountains or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. After studying in England and France, she moved to the US Virgin islands to work in marine conservation for a year. There, she discovered scuba diving and fell in love with the underwater world and decided that she would pursue a life by the ocean. She had the privilege to work alongside committed conservationists that opened her eyes to the beauty of the aquatic world and she gained valuable knowledge about the importance of healthy oceans that she will happily share with you. In the future she hopes to continue her efforts in ocean conservation. Her experience in the service industry comes from previous jobs working as a lodge manager and horseback safari guide in Kenya as well as being a dive instructor in Costa Rica.
Andrés and Camille met while working as dive instructors in Costa Rica. Their common passion, motivations and interests grew into a strong relationship and they decided to chase their ocean dreams together. Their combined experience and enthusiasm for outdoor and water-sport activities and the pleasure they have in sharing this with others make them a great team aboard Zingara. Andrés speaks fluent Spanish and English while Camille is fully trilingual in English, French, and Italian and can speak some Spanish as well. They are thrilled to be working on Zingara, to gain more experience in the service industry and to make guests enjoy life on the ocean as much as they do.