C A P T A I N | Eben Swart
C H E F | James Temple
M A T E | Alexandra Duggan
Captain Eben Swart
I started my Sailing career very late in life, about 8 years ago, but it has really become my passion. I was working in Corporate Logistics in South Africa and was sent to Cape Town to look at a boat that was prepared for delivery to France. From the moment I stepped on board ( a new build 40ft Cat) I knew I was in love. I resigned the next morning, and by the end of that month started my sailing course. After 4 months I took over the sailing academy that I did my courses at and became the operations manager. I then did my Powerboat and Jet ski instructors courses. Another 5 months later I sent my CV for a position in Turkey on a 60ft Cat immediately got the position, and have never looked back . From there I have sailed around Turkey and 70% of the Greek Islands, and then to the BVI to open a new base. In the BVI I chartered and sailed up and down the island chain between Trinidad and the BVI. I am very excited to join the team on Seahome for my next adventure and grow my new passion for diving.
RYA Yacht master commercial endorsement
RYA Power boat level 2 Instructor
RYA PWC Instructor
RYA VHF SRC
PADI Rescue diver
PADI Dive Master
SAS Day Skipper Sail and Power
SAMSA VHF SRC
Chef James Temple
James is 33 years old and was born and raised in the Sussex countryside of the United Kingdom. He has been a Chef for over 17 years and has travelled and worked in many countries around the world, including high-end restaurants in the UK; private residences in Portugal, Spain and London; ski chalets in the Alps; and of course on yachts all around the Caribbean, Mediterranean, United Kingdom, and even Dubai.
This broad range of experience has gained him a strong repertoire in many different types of cuisine and has received him excellent feedback from happy guests from all over the world, some of which include A-list celebrities, royalty, and international athletes. Although he enjoys every style of cooking, his favourites include fine dining and desserts.
When James isn’t busy cooking up a storm, he enjoys partaking in an array of activities, some of his favourites being snowboarding, kitesurfing, skateboarding, keeping fit, and trying different foods from around the world, especially in Michelin Starred restaurants.
Before recently joining Seahome, he has spent the past 3.5 years working on superyachts as Sole/Head Chef. During this time he also had the pleasure of meeting and working alongside Alexandra, which soon led to a happy and loving relationship between the pair, still going strong today. Together they make an unbeatable team, and never fail to deliver seamless and top-knotch service to their guests.
First Mate and Stewardess Alexandra, 21, was born in the mountains of Idaho, USA. She was raised in an adventurous family, and starting from a young age, has spent the majority of her life traveling and living abroad. She has visited over 40 countries in her lifetime and even spent several years of her childhood living on a sailing catamaran in Spain with her 3 sisters and parents. This is where she originally fell in love with the sea, developed a passion for sailing, and learned to speak Spanish. At 18 years old, after working and studying on land for a while, she dropped everything, and decided to join the yachting industry and keep travelling the world. On her very first yacht, she met James and fell in love with his cooking, and him of course, and has been traveling and working by his side ever since.
Having spent the past 3 years working on superyachts she was finally ready to get back to her sailing roots and jumped at the opportunity of joining the Seahome family with James.
Alexandra has a kind and easygoing personality, with a splash of charm and good humor, and always strives to deliver exceptional hospitality and strong connections with her guests. She has a fine eye for detail, and always ensures that those around her are well taken care of, with smiles on their faces and glasses never empty. She enjoys showing off her creativity in the form of decorative tablescapes, delicious cocktails, and in thoughtful treats.
Alexandra has a passion for life and enjoys a variety of activities in her spare time, including professional photography, snowboarding, yoga & fitness, rock climbing, scuba diving, and any other water/adventure sports she can get her hands on. She also comes from a musical background, and if given the opportunity, she might even entertain you and your guests with her beautiful singing and guitar on a calm night under the stars.