Meet the full time crew onboard Outta Touch!
Bill Hawes – Rotational Captain
Kobus Nieuwoudt – Rotational Captain
Ricky Velez – Chef
Jaco Joubert – Mate
Mackenzie Johnson – Stewardess
Rotational Captain – Bill Hawes
Son of a US Navy Chief born in Palo Alto, California. Moved to Maryland where I started Boy Scouts (making Star Scout) and got my sailing merit at 12 yrs. old, along with all the aquatic merit badges. I had a boat repair business in Jacksonville, FL. At 22yrs.old and jumped on a 57’ sailboat heading to the Virgin Island where I began yachting that Fall, running my 1st boat at 24yrs.old. Smart enough to hire Don, (43-year-old chef) and Rachel, my 42-year-old deck stew. The two of them helped me gain the experience that gave me legitimacy to chartering and the know how to run my own program.
Over the years, I have been on sailing yachts up to 156’ and M/Y up to 165’. I crossed the Pacific 3 times, visited Easter Island, Tonga, Fiji and the French Polynesian Island. I have sailed between New Zealand and Turkey having guests in many of these places, but I called the USVI home for 15 yrs. I love showing my guest the best the Virgin Island has to offer. I am bit of a history buff and love nature. Ready to share both with my guests both above and below the water.
Rotational Captain – Kobus Nieuwoudt
Kobus started his yachting career in 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa on sailing charters and experiences. In 2016, he worked on sailing catamaran charters in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and surrounding islands. He got into yachting because of his love for sailing and exploring new exotic locations. When asked what is his favorite location to which he has traveled, he says Bequia, an island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is one of his “most favorite places in the world.” Kobus is confident and passionate about his work and continuously strives to make each guest’s experience aboard a vessel memorable in every way.
Stewardess – Mackenzie Johnson
A true Floridian, born and raised. Before my career as a Stewardess, I was a Nurse Recruiter who always had a passion for traveling the world. I began my yachting career 3 years ago in Fort Lauderdale, FL. My fiancé and I have now been working together for the past 3 years, working on both Private, Charter boats and estates. The most gorgeous place I have traveled to is Grenada, just north of Venezuela, but I truly love all of the Caribbean and the breath-taking views. The easiest part of my job is getting along with the guests. I truly enjoy service and I will treat you with utmost respect onboard. My goal is to show you places you have yet to explore, while giving you the best experience. I have extensive wine knowledge and enjoy pairing Chef’s dishes with wine. I used to be a student athlete and played softball in college. Growing up I played almost every sport. I love the outdoors, exploring, snorkeling, and visiting new beaches!
Chef – Ricky Velez
Mexican American 3rd Generation Chef. I have been cooking professionally for 10+ years in 5 star restaurants, resorts, country clubs, French bakeries and super yachts. This experience has trained me to deliver top notch food in many international cuisines. Additionally, I am a very passionate chef who loves to cook classic and traditional dishes as trained by the best in the industry. Since I am part of the young generation of chefs who love to play with the boundaries of gastronomy and newest trends including fusions and molecular gastronomy. I enjoy science, working out and exploring new things.
His IG is @yachtchefricky
Mate – Jaco Joubert
Jaco started his yachting career in January 2021 because of his love and passion for boats–a passion he has had since childhood. His favorite location to which he has traveled is the Exumas, Bahamas, known for its crystal-clear waters and year-round pleasant weather. Because of his hospitality experience, Jaco is very good with guests and people in general; therefore, he strives to give them a charter trip that is truly memorable. His hobbies include fishing, water sports, and hunting, all activities to be enjoyed out in nature.