My Robbie Bobby

Crew profile



Bob Nabal: Captain


With over 17 years seagoing experience including over 3 years as deck crew, 6 years as a sport fisher Captain and 10 years as a luxury yacht captain on large private and charter yachts, Captain Barend “Bob” has much valuable experience. Originally from South Africa and recently based in Cairns, Australia, he had the opportunity to cruise many parts of the world. This has given Bob a wide understanding of the yachting industry and a great network of contacts, which enables him to effectively meet the requirements of the guests. Captain Bob offers enthusiastic and dynamic understanding to the guests’ requirements to deliver, together with the crew, an unforgettable journey.

Luys-Elena Maftei: Chief Stewardess


Luys-Elena always had an extensive passion for traveling. Originally from Romania, she built her experience in hosting and service on the beautiful coast of Liguria, Italy. She then decided she wanted to keep on traveling and discovering the amazing seascapes of the Mediterranean. Since 2009, her dedication, dynamism and first– class service made her upgrade her position to Chief Stewardess. Real team worker, she is always keen to learn and excel in everything she does in order to give the best to the guests.

Dave Van Blarigan: Chief Engineer


Born in San Francisco, Dave grew up racing sailboats on the San Francisco Bay. He then moved to Los Angeles where he continued racing and opened his own “Yacht Service” business, performing all types of mechanical repairs and maintenance on motor and sailing yachts. He had the opportunity to deliver vessels throughout California and Mexico. Once he obtained the 100 Ton Commercial Captains License, he operated a variety of towing and salvage vessels, as well as private yachts for charter. Dave has been working as Engineer or captain in the Mediterranean since 2008 and is still passionate about cruising the sea and ensuring the safety on board.

James Branton: Chief Officer


Born in the UK, James gained over 2500 tidal sea miles in the Solent, English Channel, North and Irish Seas on various yachts ranging from 40ft- 65ft. He carried out numerous passages consisting of skippering, navigating, night watches, carrying out maintenance work and deck work. James is in the yachting industry since 2015, when he started as a skipper working in various vessels and sailing around different islands in Greece. In 2017 he worked on board a 104m yacht that was finishing a very big refit. Moreover, he runs at excellent standard the deck of a 31m motor yacht, also gaining valuable experience using all the instruments and navigational work. James obtained various marine qualifications including the AEC, RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper, RYA Radar, first aid and so on.

Luis Rojas: Chef


Originally from Mexico, Luis loves to cook different cuisines varying from local, fresh, seasonal, to high quality products putting his own spin and style on dishes. Luis has been based in Barcelona for the past 16 years, fully trained with both restaurant and yachting experience on board yachts up to 80m. Luis is not only passionate about food but also loves boats, sailing and doing sports. He is calm yet enthusiastic chef always ready to make his best to please his clients.

Michaela Frewen: Stewardess


Originally from South Africa, Michaela has many qualifications and makes sure to always maintain the yacht at high standard. She will make sure to satisfy the guests needs with great attention to details. She was trained to be a barista, serving meals and advising on wine pairing. Napkin folding and table settings are her favorite. She is a quick learner, flexible, adaptable, multi tasking and ready to solve problems in stressful situations. Michaela is always looking for new challenges and excited to be onboard ROBBIE BOBBY.

Tyler Echardt: Deckhand


Born in South Africa, Tyler’s experience includes washdowns, polishing, line works, general maintenance, handling electronic equipment/ sound system just to mention a few. Tyler is also very athletic and was in the past a personal trainer focusing on Tabata style training (mixture of high intensity cardio and strength training).