Captain Michael O’Donovan (Rotation)
Michael O’ Donovan is the proud captain of the Nirvana. Born in Ireland in 1991, he is an architecture graduate from the Waterfold Institute of Technology but has since propelled into the yachting industry—with already 6 years of experience and an IYT-200 limited certificate, the most internationally accredited and trusted standard of excellence in yacht training. He has completed additional courses from RYA (level-2 powerboat handler), the STCW (safety training) and the level 2 food-safety-at-sea training. Michael’s sense of responsibility and diligence are some of the skills that set apart such a well-educated and enthusiastic captain. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, hiking and various sports such as golf and soccer.
Captain Joseph Simpson (Rotation)
Joe, who was born in 1987, is a talented engineer and a passionate sailor. “My life has been dominated by my passion for working on boats for the better part of 20 years.” His credentials include RYA power boat level 2, an MCA engineering course, and the MCA Yachtmaster Offshore. Apart from consistently gaining yachting industry experience, he has also had a variety of positions during his career, including those in hotels, villa remodeling, and boat restorations. He has experience in front-facing positions as a manager of Boats Ibiza, a captain of RIB trips in Ibiza, a coordinator of watersports, and in tasks requiring him to serve meals and mix drinks. His engineering abilities are of a high caliber; he has had positions requiring such abilities, such as running a fleet of six catamaran boats. He has commanded ships in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, particularly in the southern regions of France, Corsica, and Sardinia. He is a superb team player and has a lot of enthusiasm. All the qualifications to provide a wonderful charter experience. Joseph is ebullient, diligent, and conscientious. Along with excellent Spanish, he also has some working knowledge of French and Italian.
Chef – Head of Interior Vaya Bairaba
Vaya graduated from the Economic University of Piraeus in Greece with a degree in economic sciences. After working for ten years in finance and asset management, she made the decision to follow her passion for food and gastronomy. At Chef d’Oeuvre, Vaya earned a professional cooking degree in 2011. In 2012, she advanced and received a certificate in “Public Health and Foods Microbiology – HACCP” from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She then proceeded to hone her abilities while working as a Head Chef and a freelancer in restaurants. After taking the leap out on to the sea, she spent nine years as a sole chef aboard crewed sailing yachts in Greece, Turkey, and Italy. Vaya is creative and passionate about what she does. Every meal is meticulously prepared by her utilizing local, fresh ingredients to create dishes of the highest quality. She was selected to be a member of the team of “Nirvana” because she is fully aware of the significance of her role in the guest experience. Vaya speaks good Spanish and French as well as fluent English. She holds a certificate in sea safety and firefighting, is a PADI-certified diver, and is knowledgeable in first aid.
Stewardess/Deckhand Iris Markozani
Iris, born in 1991, comes from the popular island of Santorini. As a result, she developed a great love for the sea and through the years she has participated in various water sports and sailing. She has WSPC, Wine and Spirit Education Trust-level 2 training, as well as studies in hotel and tourism. She graduated from the National Theater of Greece. Her interest and curiosity for food and taste led her initially to work in the F&B industry where she worked as a cook, sommelier and head waitress in well-known restaurants in Athens. For the past 5 years she has been a hostess/cook in sailing yachts based in Santorini where she has gathered a wealth of experience. Iris is enthusiastic with high communications skills as a result of working for several years in the hospitality and the yachting industry and is motivated by challenge and responsibility in order to achieve the best possible result. Iris is a Japanese ju-jitsu European and Greek champion and speaks fluent English and learning German.
Chief Mate Jacob Babinski
Jacob, who was born in 1997, grew up in Greece and is a passionate sailor who loves the sea. Having finished the two years of skipper training, he graduated from the vocational training institute. His first job in the tourism industry was as a water ski and wakeboard instructor at the EverEden Beach Resort. Since then, he has had positions as a deckhand on sailing tours on catamarans as well as a day boat captain on rib boats in Santorini. His previous 2-year position on the 100ft sailing yacht Thirtynine was similar to the one on NIRVANA: captain of a 37′ Axopar and deckhand on the main boat. Jacob is constantly eager to pick up new skills and enjoys being a part of a highly effective, competitive team. He has worked for owners that demanded meticulous attention to detail. In addition to enjoying winter sports, he also enjoys water activities like wakeboarding and water skiing. He speaks fluent English.
Adult W Skis
Stand Up Paddle
Underway & At Anchor
Yacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Axopar 37XC, Brabus Line Chase Boat
Master cabin with King Size Bed, Walk-in Closet and en-suite facilities
VIP cabin with King Size Bed and en-suite facilities
Two Twin Cabins with en-suite facilities