Captain “Cami” is originally from France and Italy, Camille has been an ocean lover and nature enthusiast from a very young age. She grew up in Italy where her weekends were mostly spent horseback riding, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, sailing on lakes with her dad and skiing in the mountains.
After studying Business and Management in England and France, she moved to the Caribbean to work in marine conservation. There, she discovered scuba diving and started sailing more regularly. She fell in love with the ocean, which led her to pursue a life at sea in the yachting industry.
Over the past four years on Zingara, Camille has learned a great deal about boat handling, sailing, the good running of the vessel, and the industry as a whole. Her background as a lodge manager and horseback safari guide in Kenya, as well as a dive instructor in Costa Rica forms a solid foundation for the high-level service she provides today. Camille knows the BVIs and the Southern Caribbean inside out, which allows her to choose the best possible itinerary and easily adapt to the guests’ preferences.
She is a very energetic Captain and is always exited to share her love for the ocean with guests. She’ll happily take them on adventures – whether it be underwater, above water or on land. She always looks forward to giving the guests the best possible experience.
Chef Katie Harrison
Katie’s love for yachting started in her early teens where she spent family holidays sailing the Ionian in Greece.
Her sailing career began as a hostess for Sunsail in Lefkas, then moving across to seek new challenges in the windy Saronic Gulf and Cyclades. From there she moved to the company’s flagship location in the BVI, during her downtime between seasons she studied at Culinary school in Devon and on the Isle of Wight, developing and refining her love for cookery.
Katie began cheffing professionally in 2016 for The Moorings in the Caribbean where she found a love for the culture and flavors of the Caribbean. She has been working in the Caribbean ever since, spending her downtime diving, hiking and exploring all the BVI has to offer.
After a fantastic summer working onboard Superyachts Katie is now on Zingara and so excited to share her culinary creations with her guests.
Whatever your requests or requirements she is more than happy to tailor her menu exclusively for her guests every need, using only the freshest and most vibrant local ingredients Katie’s dishes will guarantee to wow.
Hailing from Limpopo in South Africa, Francois comes from a small farming town in the Afrikaans area of the country. He grew up close to the nature and breathtaking wildlife of the area, and has carried his love of the outdoors throughout his life.
Francois began his maritime career working as a commercial diver, flown out to the BVI to assist in the mass clean up and yacht salvage in the wake of Hurricane Irma. As a qualified class 2 Commercial Bell Diver he is more than comfortable below sea level, and has recently transferred his skills to qualify as a Scuba Diving Instructor, ensuring all guests are in more than safe and experienced hands.
One of his proudest achievements is his involvement with a non-profit charity in the BVI creating artificial reefs and interactive dive sites including the sunken wreck of the ‘Willy T’ and ’Sharkplano’, he has unwaivered local knowledge of the sites and will ensure to show you the very best spots.
Being an incredibly calm and collected member onboard Zingara, Francois will always be at your service with a smile and will make sure his guests feel well attended to and give them their own tailored trip of a lifetime.
Born and raised across the globe, Alexandra rapidly developed her passion for adventure, as a young girl. She became a certified diver at the age of 12 and since that day, has fallen in love with the sheer beauty of underwater world. Alexandra became a dive professional on Komodo island, Indonesia, where she gained extensive experience guiding and teaching in challenging dive sites with intense currents and conditions, but surrounded by the amazing reef and sea life that the Indian Ocean has to offer.
Other than her fishy friends, one of the main pleasures of Alexandra’s work are her customers. She is a real people’s person and takes great pleasure in looking after her guests alongside showing them all the wanders our world has to offer.
If its diving in crystal clear waters or sipping on a wonderfully made cocktail, Alexandra is at your service to assist and ensure your dream vacation is exactly that . . . . . the dream, may you depart Zingara with many happy memories and a longing to return.
Till next time . . . . .