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Captain

Jason Bacon | Great Britain

Previous Yachts: M/Y Smeralda (253ft) Dubai and Worldwide Itinerary, M/Y One Off (201ft) and M/Y One More Toy (157ft)

Jason started his life on the water at the age of 5 racing small sailing dinghies. After racing for a number of years he taught these skills at the Olympic sailing school in Wales. At the school, he passed his Master of Yachts unlimited and with such credentials was able to join the America’s Cup Yacht, Stars & Stripes. With a passion for travel working on super yachts seemed a natural progression. Since then he has worked on multiple yachts and has 17 years of experience in the industry. 

As a captain, he oversees every aspect of the yacht’s operations ensuring safety at all times and a comfortable cruising experience. He is adept at crew relations, continually maintaining a strong team environment to create the most memorable and service oriented experience for the guests.

Jason would like to take this opportunity to welcome you aboard M/Y Far Niente and introduce you to the rest of the crew...

Hobbies: Free diving, Wakeboarding, Sailing and Kayaking


First Mate

Johan Wessels | South Africa

Previous Yachts: M/Y Lady Joy, M/Y Kamalaya and M/Y Domani

Born and raised in Durban, South Africa. As a child he had a passion for the ocean and started surfing and bodyboarding at a young age.  After spending four years as a professional golfer, Johan decided it was time for a change. He became a Dive Master in 2012 and joined the Yachting Industry. After seven years in the industry, he has traveled the seas from the East Coast United States and Canada, the Bahamas and Caribbean, to the Mediterranean. As First Mate, Johan’s expertise and sense of adventure will ensure you have a great time and are always taken care of onboard M/Y Far Niente.

Hobbies: Scuba Diving, Running, Rugby and Traveling the World


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CHEF

Simon Brown | Australia

Previous Yachts: S/Y Irelanda, M/Y Rahil

Simon is from Melbourne, Australia. He has been working as a chef for over 20 years in some of Australia’s premiere restaurant’s and his cooking covers a broad range of cuisines, with a strong focus on client satisfaction. While not from a yachting background he has worked in the industry for a number of years on both sail and motor yachts and has developed a real passion for the sea.

Hobbies: Diving, Mountain Biking and Reading


CHIEF STEWARDESS

Tracy Chandler | United States

Previous Yachts: M/Y Dreams, M/Y Lady Bee and M/Y BW

Tracy was born and raised in sunny Miami, FL on a 42` sailboat.  She spent most of her childhood in the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas. The sea is where she feels most at home, so naturally a career in yachting called her name. Since she joined her first vessel in 2013, she has been cruising the waters of the Bahamas, Caribbean, and New England; giving her guests great memories and the best experience along the way! She strives to make guests happy by providing the best quality service and is eager to assist in every way to ensure the best vacation possible on board M/Y Far Niente!

Whenever possible, you’ll catch her looking through the lens of her camera, capturing the beauty in the surrounding that yachting provides.

Hobbies: Photography, Hiking, Yoga, Snorkeling and Exploring New Places


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Second STEWARDESS

Tessa Haggard | South Africa

Previous Yachts: M/Y Martha-Ann and M/Y Rarity

Tessa was born and raised in a small agricultural town of Skerkstroom, in the heart of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Tessa’s desire to explore the world and experience different cultures lead her to pursue a yachting career in 2015, joining M/Y Martha Ann and has never looked back! Tessa’s journey continues around the globe on M/Y Far Niente. Tessa has a great sense of adventure and loves to explore the great outdoors, whether it be going for a walk around town or diving in the ocean. Tessa has a desire to continually strive for the highest standards of guest care. She takes great pride in working to ensure your vacation aboard M/Y Far Niente is an experience of a lifetime!

Hobbies: Horseback Riding, Hiking, Painting and Watersports


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DECK / Stew

Lindsey Semino | United States

Previous Yachts: M/V Aqua Cat and M/Y Vista Blue

Lindsey was born and raised in Arizona. She previously worked as a Trainer Jockey for a horse track but her love for the water convinced her to make a change into the Maritime Industry. She has been in the industry ever since, 13 years now and counting. She gained extensive experience as a Dockhand at a marina and from working at a boat and jet ski rental company. From there, she decided to take her career further and worked onboard a dive boat while obtaining her Captain’s license. With her passion for the ocean and determination to ensure every guest has a blast onboard, you are guaranteed to have a trip to remember onboard M/Y Far Niente!

Hobbies: Diving, Kite Surfing, Wakeboarding, Horseback Riding and Traveling


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CHIEF ENGINEER

Troy Shumaker | United States

Previous Yachts: M/Y Dreams. M/Y Lady Bee and M/Y BW

Troy was born in Richmond, Virginia, but spent most of his childhood in San Francisco, California “The Golden City”. Living by the San Francisco Bay, Troy has always been interested in boats, especially fixing them. At a very young age he started to purchase, refit, and flip small boats for a profit. Ever since then he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the marine industry. After high school he went to a Marine Technician School and shortly after graduating he secured his first position onboard a yacht. Since then he has sailed extensively in the Bahamas, Caribbean, and New England and went on to obtain his US Coast Guard Designated Duty Engineer 1000 Unlimited license. As Chief Engineer onboard M/Y Far Niente, Troy performs daily operations and maintenance for the safety of the vessel and smooth operations. 

Hobbies: Drone Filming and Photography, Refitting Vehicles, Hiking and Exploring New Places