THE CAPTAIN

The Captain, Maestro, and Keeper of STARFIRE…Captain Carl has mastered the art of orchestrating the perfect holiday.  Not only is he a man of many navigational talents who can sail you to the moon and back, he is also constantly motivating and leading his illustrious Crew so that the inner workings of the vessel remain unseen or heard by STARFIRE’s esteemed Guests.

To accomplish such a feat and to provide “effortless service”,  Captain Carl has meticulously picked the members of his crew, finding them at every corner of the sea.

Meet Captain Carl and STARFIRE’s Crew:

Captain, Carl Thomas Sputh (American, Age 41)

Carl was born in Indianapolis , Indiana in 1974. He has one brother, Ryan, who is a 200 Ton Captain. His father, Ted, is also a Sea Captain; one family, three men of the sea, and over 550,000 nautical miles of combined experience.

STARFIRE’s Captain spent a portion of his childhood on Water Island in the United States Virgin Islands, alternating with time spent in Indianapolis, Indiana. His recreational life was focused on water sports. He is a competitive, water and jet skier, a certified water ski instructor, and a certified rescue scuba diver. Captain Carl’s other interests include all types of snow sports and flying helicopters. In 2004, he completed the hours for his private helicopter license — a hobby that gives him as much joy as driving yachts.

After graduating from North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1993, he went to work in the yachting industry and became the Captain of a mega yacht at the age of 22. Three mega yachts later, Carl became the Captain of the prestigious M/Y STARFIRE . Captain Carl holds a 1600 Ton United States’ Coast Guard License with a 3000 Ton British License. He is certified in Advanced Radar, Shipboard Fire Fighting, and STCW trained. He also completed a six month Emergency Medical Technician course, which gives him the knowledge to handle a variety of ship health emergencies. His medical expertise expanded with a MedAire Advanced Medical Certification.

Captain Carl was the individual winner as “Best Captain of a Mega Yacht in 2001” at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. This accolade was given for his ability to be a “can do” positive leader.

STARFIRE ’s Captain takes special pride in imparting his knowledge and love of the sea. In an effort to share his passion with others, he set up “The Captain Carl Sputh Seafaring Scholarship” at his Indianapolis high school alma mater, North Central. Each year, five fortunate students are sponsored to attend a sailing school course aboard the restored A.J. Meerwald Tall Ship in South New Jersey’s Delaware Bay. The scholarship recipients receive full tuition, all travel expenses – paid, $100 – a – day spending money — and this year, even foul weather gear donated by the outdoor sportswear company, Patagonia. Captain Carl enjoys the possibility that the experience may introduce some of these students to an entirely new career path they might not otherwise have discovered (in landlocked Indiana that is!).

Captain Carl’s motto for yachting is that “ there are no problems…only solutions , ” and he governs himself and his crew accordingly.

THE DECK CREW

You, as a Guest, might notice them climbing the mast to change the courtesy flag, polishing the stainless handrails to a blinding gleam, or assisting the Captain with moving the vessel… ultimately, the mission of STARFIRE’s Deck Crew is to provide you with safe passage from port to port in total comfort throughout your stay.

The Deck Crew can also be counted on for some fun in the sun. They will facilitate your entertainment with jet skis, wakeboards, kayaks, ski bobs, STARFIRE’s Hinckley tender or a cocktail on a secluded beach. They are the keepers of the hidden island gems… the secret beach hideouts.

First Officer, Richard Fuher (American, Age 41)

Richard grew up in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and alas, his position as 1 st Officer on M/Y STARFIRE is not exactly typical of someone who grew up surrounded by snow – peaked mountains and 3 million acres of national forests! An avid snow skier since youth, Richard’s all – around love of the outdoors ultimately led him to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1991.

Richard spent his undergraduate years at the Merchant Marine Academy not only gaining his knowledge of marine engineering and navigation, but also participating as a Varsity member and Fleet Captain of the Offshore Sailing Team. He still enjoys racing sailboats in his leisure time; and yet, since his departure from the Academy, he has applied his skills & knowledge to a variety of professional marine positions on sailing and motor yachts.

After logging 130,000 nautical miles in deck and engine cadet positions on unlimited tonnage cargo ships, Richard eventually found his way to the yachting industry in 1996. He has since worked on many high – profile sailing and motor yachts, not only in First Mate and Engineer positions, but also as a Captain. With a U.S.C.G 1600 – Ton Upon Oceans Master ticket under his belt, Rich’s sailing experiences have taken him all over the world. From South America to Alaska, Egypt to Singapore, Turkey to Norway, and throughout the Caribbean and Eastern shores of the U.S., Richard has certainly made the most of his career at sea.

Richard obviously has a passion for sailing…but his talents don’t stop there. He is also a PADI – certified diver, and he shoots rifles, pistols, and shotguns competitively. His time off ship is spent with his wife Jemma & daughter Aniya , either in their native New Zealand or on the family ranch in Nevada, minding their Longhorn cattle.

First Officer, Paul Duncan (Canadian, Age 35)

Paul grew up in Toronto, Canada, on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario. Through high school Paul was both a lifeguard and a swimming instructor. At this time, he worked at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, which lead him to his career in the yachting industry.

At the age of 20, Paul headed south to the Caribbean. His first stop was Grand Cayman, where he worked on sailing catamarans. After that he moved on to St. Maarten racing retired America’s Cup boats.

From the age of 23 Paul has worked his way up in the yachting industry, working on both sailboats and motor yachts, and has travelled extensively all over the world. Paul now holds a Master 3000 ton license and has been on Starfire for four years. His hobbies include surfing and sailing, as well as collecting rare maps and synoptic charts. He is also a dedicated runner, having recently completed two Marathons.

Bosun, Marcus Bay (Fijian, Age 33)

Marcus comes to us from Lami Town, Fiji. He grew up in a house on the water in the Bay of Islands with his three brothers and many friends whom he spent time sailing, surfing, diving, fishing and kayaking with. He attended school at the International School in Suma, Fiji, completing his IB Diploma and afterwards attended the University of the South Pacific studying Management and Tourism. At the age of 21, he moved to Australia and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree.

Marcus has traveled the South Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Fiji Islands extensively by boat. His father operated a live aboard Dive Boat in Fiji as well as owning a Long Line tuna boat. So traveling the sea by boat has always been a part of his life.

He has completed courses such as his STCW, Certified 3 Transport and Logistics and Deep Sea Recompression Chamber Operator and wants to add more courses to his list when possible. Marcus has always been associated with the sea and boats and has a good feeling that this is the path he was meant to go down!

Deckhand, Nicholas Lawson (Australian, Age 24)

Nick has recently joined the yachting industry after his curiosity was sparked due to a surf trip where he sailed from Mexico to Peru. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Nick has a bachelor degree in Social Science. Once graduating from University, Nick travelled to one of the biggest slums in Africa where he helped build a school for disabled people . He both trained the students and educated the surrounding communities about issues on disability.

His other passions include surfing, travelling, and taking on new challenges.

Deckhand, Wesley Adendorff (South African, Age 22)

Wesley comes to Starfire from Bloemfontein, South Africa. After graduating from High School, Wesley completed his Yachtmaster Offshore and his AEC, preparing him well for diving straight into the yachting industry! Wesley loves surfing and fishing, as well as motor cross, sky diving and long boarding. He looks forward to a long career in yachting and dreams to one day live on an island.

THE INTERIOR CREW

While onboard STARFIRE, you might perceive a hint of magic … your bed is always perfectly made, your clothes are always put away and your glasses are always in reach. Flowers and chocolate decorate your bed at night, a glass of champagne magically appears in your hand before dinner and your favorite song suddenly resonates throughout the sundeck.

What appears to be magic is the result of great collaboration between the members of STARFIRE’s spot-on team of Stewardesses.  It is their pleasure to accomplish the impossible on your STARFIRE holiday!

Chief Stewardess, Rachel Bryan (American, Age 36)

Rachel hails from the land locked, mountainous state of Vermont. After spending her youth playing basketball, Rachel received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Vermont where she played Division I basketball for four years. Rachel graduated earning her degree in English and spent the next several years living in Australia and working in the restaurant industry.

After hearing about the yachting industry through several friends throughout her travels, Rachel moved to Florida in 2007 to pursue a career as a stewardess. She enjoys traveling, food and wine, and everything tropical.

Stewardess, Mandy Ruangrit (Australian, Age 29)

Mandy was raised in the island state of Tasmania, Australia. Her family originates from Bangkok, Thailand where her love of traveling was first instilled.

Mandy has spent over 10 years working in the hospitality industry running many restaurants and cafés. She has a passion for coffee, having worked as a barista for 6 years and was trained in one of the best coffee roasting warehouses in Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Science, she joined yachting after hearing about it through friends and has never looked back. Mandy has worked extensively in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, East Coast USA and West Coast Mexico. She enjoys traveling, reading, good food, great wine & yoga

Stewardess/Masseuse, Joanna Korytko (Polish, Age 27)

Joanna joins the STARFIRE team from a small town in Poland , 20 kilometers from the Ukrainian boarder. At 18 she moved to London where she attended the University of London and received a degree in BA Management. During this time in London, Joanna also worked in corporate hospitality. Some of her other employment endeavors include working at a high end hotel on the beautiful Isle of Skye in Scotland, and as a paralegal in London. After hearing of the yachting industry, Joanna went to France to extend her interest in traveling and the service industry. She eventually went back to London to study massage and has since graduated in Level 3 Massage Therapy, among other courses in the field of massage and beauty therapy. Joanna loves horse back riding as she spent ten years training in dressage and show jumping. Her other interests include water sports, nature and animals, photography and the beauty industry.

Stewardess, Nicole Du Randt (South African, Age 23)

Nicole stems from a small town called Hilton, located along the eastern coastline of South Africa.  Originally born and raised on a farm she prides herself on being down to earth, approachable and having a zest for life.  She is an avid learner with a passion to discover new things.  She graduated with a Bachelors degree majoring in Law and Anthropology from Rhodes University in South Africa, but her love for travel and diversity lead her to the yachting industry. The last two years in the industry have taken her sailing around the Mediterranean, the West Coast of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean.  She loves maintaining an active outdoor lifestyle and getting to spend time on the water.

Stewardess, Victoria Shevtsova (Ukrainian, Age 34)

Vika was born and raised in Kharkov, Ukraine. She spent years training as a ballerina and loves to dance. She spent many years working as a flight attendant, flying all over Europe and Russia. She is an avid traveler, rating India and Milan as her favorites. She transitioned to yachting from air travel for a change of pace and scenery. Her hobbies include dancing, snorkeling and art.

THE CULINARY CREW

While pondering the idea of chartering STARFIRE, you might dream of white beaches, turquoise clear waters, a luxurious cabin and sun-soaking relaxation and fun.  Yet, when you leave STARFIRE all you can think about is getting that oh-so-divine recipe from STARFIRE’s talented culinary Chefs, Stuart and Jesse!

 

Special requests are always met with rave reviews.  STARFIRE’s Chefs will only be satisfied if they fulfill all of your personal dietary dreams.

Chef, Stuart Chambers (Irish, Age 37)

Stuart hails from Cork, Ireland. Starting to cook at an early age, Stuart opened his first restaurant at the age of 18. Following a two year professional chef’s course, Stuart returned to college and completed a four year degree in business and finance.

After college, Stuart’s love of traveling and adventure brought him to work in up market ski chalets in Canada and France which in turn led him into the world of yachting.

Stuart has been in the yachting industry for seven years, working on sailing and motor yachts and as a personal chef for a famous Formula One driver.

His plans for the future are to remain in the yachting industry for a few more years before opening his own restaurant again. In his spare time Stuart enjoys sampling the local cuisine during his travels and loves to hike and snowboard.

Sous Chef, Jess Mang (American, Age 34)

Jesse comes from Denver Colorado where she grew up and also attended nearby University of Colorado at Boulder. There she studied International Affairs and upon completion of her degree heard about the yachting industry through a family friend who was involved in marina development.

Jesse has now been in yachting for nearly ten years. She began as a stewardess and has now moved on to the culinary part of yachting due to her passion for food. Jesse enjoys skiing, running, cooking and travel. She is also in the process of receiving her private pilot’s helicopter license.

THE ENGINEERING CREW

As you first step onboard STARFIRE, you will briefly meet Nick and Hewert, then you might only see them once more when you are just about to step off STARFIRE for the very last time. When you do, you might think to ask them where they have been for all this time… They will laugh and say “don’t mistake it, we have been around”.

STARFIRE is a technical wonder of mechanical, electrical and navigation systems.  Nick and Hewert maintain every system so that you, STARFIRE’s Guest, remain safe and comfortable.  They rotate in a 24 hour watch schedule to make sure that STARFIRE is always running at a level of peak performance.

Chief Engineer, Nick Edwards (New Zealander, Age 31)

Although born in South Africa, Nick spent most of his childhood growing up in Auckland, New Zealand. There he received his Bachelors of Engineering, and then moved on to work for Fisher and Paykel Healthcare designing and building manufacturing machinery.

Nick also worked in Ireland for Johnson and Johnson Healthcare, installing and commissioning production machinery. Needing a change and missing the sea , Nick transitioned to the yachting industry. His interests include fishing, photography and kite surfing .

Second Engineer, Hew Brown (New Zealander, Age 37)

Hewert comes from Christchurch, in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. After years of study and apprenticeships, Hew carries multiple trades in the engineering field.

Hew worked for Qantas Airlines in Sydney as an aircraft engineer and spent two years in the rugged outback of Western Australian mines as a diesel specialist. He then made a natural progression…air to land to sea. Hew enjoys cooking, music, fitness, nature and travel. He looks forward to a long career in the yachting industry.