Firat Gurelli – C A P T A I N
Sevda Arinc – C H E F
Alina Filimon – D E C K H A N D
Nika Novakovska – S T E W A R D E S S
Introducing Captain Firat, your experienced captain on board the luxury yacht “Papillon.” With a lifelong passion for sailing and over 8 years in the maritime industry, he is your reliable captain for an extraordinary voyage. As a charter captain, sailing instructor, and surveyor, Captain Firat places your safety and comfort above all else. He holds a diploma in yacht and small craft surveying, ensuring a seamless and secure sailing experience. Captain Firat’s interests extend beyond the sea, with a background in philosophy and literary theory, adding a layer of depth to your journey. Additionally, he is a certified divemaster, ready to guide you through the wonders both above and beneath the waves. When you embark on a charter aboard “Papillon,” you’re choosing a voyage marked by expertise and luxury. Captain Firat’s years of experience and diverse knowledge promise a professional and unforgettable adventure.
Meet Chef Sevda, the culinary talent aboard your luxury yacht. With years of sailing experience and five years in the maritime industry, Sevda brings a wealth of expertise to the galley of your charter vessel. Before embarking on her culinary journey, Sevda served as an ICU nurse, tending to the well-being of patients with unwavering care and precision. This background in healthcare reflects her commitment to safety and wellbeing, ensuring a comfortable and health-conscious dining experience. Sevda’s diverse skill set doesn’t end in the kitchen. As a certified yoga instructor, she understands the importance of balance and relaxation. Whether you’re savoring her exquisite creations or looking for a rejuvenating session, Sevda’s holistic approach to your journey sets her apart. With an extensive culinary resume that spans the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, and South Pacific, Chef Sevda is a true explorer of taste. She’s continuously honed her skills, mastering a variety of cuisines to delight your palate during your voyage. Embark on a culinary adventure with Chef Sevda, where her passion for exquisite cuisine, background in healthcare, and dedication to holistic well-being promise a gourmet experience like no other.
Hailing from Romania, Alina embarked on her sailing journey in 2019. Her sailing credentials span roles from a deckhand and stewardess/chef to first mate and even captain aboard yachts measuring 60 to 70 feet. She is a very driven and energetic person who loves her job. For her, the safety and security of the ship, alongside the welfare of the guests and crew, take precedence above all else. She is committed to ensuring that every guest departs with lasting memories, and strives for the smooth operation of all onboard activities. She is a team player and always ready to go the extra mile for any task required. She has navigated the waters of the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas, and is eager to inject her zest for new adventures into the Papillon experience. Beyond her sailing credentials, Alina is an avid fisher and scuba diver, ever eager to explore these passions with her guests.
Our stewardess Nika, a spirited and self-driven individual from Ireland, carries a profound background in hospitality. Her unwavering passion revolves around crafting extraordinary experiences, and she takes immense pride in ensuring guests enjoy a comfortable and relaxing environment. The instant she stepped onto a boat, Nika discovered her true calling.
Her commitment to the guest experience is paramount; Nika not only thrives on forging connections with people but also relishes the opportunity to exchange and weave stories. Beyond her hospitality prowess, she harbors a profound interest and knowledge in health, sustaining an active lifestyle. Ever ready to share her wellness insights. For Nika, it’s not just a job but a dedication to weaving genuine and lasting memories for those who embark on the Papillon journey alongside her.