Charter Yacht Northern Lights Crew

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Length: 40.24m  (132'0"ft) / Guests: 10 / Built: 2000

Northern Lights Crew

Northern Lights crew 7 Crew Members

  • Harry Molenaar
    South African
    Captain
    Born in South Africa to Dutch parents, Harry began sailing when he was 12, learning the ropes on small boats built by his shipwright father. He raced 14-foot Paper Tiger catamarans and Finn-class dinghies, and competed in many provincial and national championships around South Africa. While serving in the South African Navy as a communications technician on strike craft, he was active in one-design keelboat racing all along the coast. During his subsequent apprenticeship in Telecommunications and Electronics, Harry took a six-month leave of absence before gaining his National Diploma to help with a wintertime delivery of a classic Rhodes 77 ketch from Singapore to San Diego via Hong Kong and Japan. The crossing from Japan to San Diego took 47 days, during which this native of the southern hemisphere first saw snow it blanketed the decks for a dozen days. Enthralled by his first offshore experience, Harry soon gained his Yacht Masters license and signed on as captain of yachts cruising in the Indian Ocean. He later sailed to Europe via the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, and since then his postings have taken him from one end of the Mediterranean Sea to the other; across the Atlantic Ocean; along the entire length of the US East and West coasts; to the Bahamas, Cuba, and Central America; and throughout the Caribbean Sea. He has also cruised the southern Pacific Ocean to Australia. Prior to joining Northern Lights, Harry served as captain of a variety of notable vessels, including a classic Alden schooner, an ocean-going tug converted to a yacht, a Chinese junk, and several prominent large motor yachts. In addition to his love of yachting, Harry has a deep interest in wildlife, and he is qualified as a National Park Ranger with Environment Australia. He also enjoys carpentry and fishing, and continues to race sailboats when time allows. Harrys hospitable nature and wide knowledge of the worlds best cruising grounds make him ideally suited to be not only your captain, but also your host and guide during your cruise. It will be his personal pleasure to welcome you on board Northern Lights.
  • Johannes Swanepoel
    South African
    Engineer
    Johannes is from Cape Town, down in sunny South-Africa. There he joined the S.A. Navy straight after school to pursue a career as a marine mechanical engineer where he received training on the aspects of running a vessel’s machinery and systems. After qualifying, he started to earn his salt’s worth on the SAS Drakensberg, a 482’ support vessel. Amongst other journeys, he motored up the East coast of Africa to Mumbial and Cochin, India as well as De La Reunion and the Seychelles. Further diplomatic and support missions offered him the opportunity to motor along the West Coast of Africa to St. Helena Island. It was his military background that set his high standard of workmanship. In search of further adventure, Johannes left the South African shores visiting Australia and England shortly there after. In London, he found his way back onto boats chartering on the River Thames. Soon, he moved over to the Caribbean to broaden his horizons into the Mega Yacht Industry. Based in St. Maarten he realized the beauty of the Windward Islands and enjoyed sailing and fishing as past times. From that time, he has been involved in the motor yacht charter industry and travelled around the Caribbean, Bahamas and Greek Islands as a yacht engineer. With solid engineering experience, Johannes will ensure your comfort on board the Motor Yacht Northern Lights.

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