Askari Crew

Claud and Askari have been inseparable for over fifteen years, first as chief engineer and now as captain. Askari has relied on Claud to maintain her entire complement of machinery, running gear and deck equipment.

A South African, Claud has an easy, humorous nature and enjoys speaking to Askari guests from around the world. One of Claud’s unique attributes is his ability to include each guest in the excitement Askari offers each day. You will often find him passing the fishing line off to a thrilled guest to land a marlin or a tuna capturing the moment of what it is like to feel the landing of a big catch in open ocean.

Clipping someone into kite boarding gear for their first time or patrolling the decks listening to Askari’s engineering spaces hum, you will find Claud is always ready with a smile, a laugh and a “let’s go for it!” attitude. Claud holds a 500 Ton commercial & MCA 200 Ton Unlimited Captain's license as well as a PADI Dive Master rating.

However, Claud’s most valuable assets cannot be captured on paper. He is one of the rare crew members who make the time to take you under his wing and include you in the incredible adventures of daily life here aboard Askari.


 

After many years in the professional side of hotel management in Europe, Emma came to Tahiti on a one way ticket to work at the famous Pearl Resort chain. Luckily, Emma found her way to Askari after several land based years in hotel management in the Societies, Tuamotu and the Marquesas.

All of Emma’s prior experience and travel background make her a valuable asset and a pleasure to have onboard. You will often find Emma with her delightful French accent pointing out a special feature of an island coastline while underway.

Her genuineness, attention to details and caring nature will enhance your stay. Emma also is a terrific cook and takes her turn in the galley alongside our talented chef. Her keen interest in food and service are an unbeatable combination for Askari guests.


 

 

Asher Kora

Asher was born in Aotearoa (New Zealand). After graduating with a Bachelor of Science, he went traveling around the globe before settling down in Moorea.

After an introduction to yachting, Asher has completed his PADI open water, STCW and is working on his Yacht master ticket to get further into the industry.

He is passionate about surfing, water sports but also land based activities especially hiking and tree climbing. His positive and friendly attitude will make you feel right at home while onboard.


 

Hoani is from the Island of Moorea and brings a Tahitian influence to Askari's multitalented crew with an extensive knowledge of service.

Hoani loves her culture and from a young age was shown how to weave baskets and hats from coconut fronds, as well as making bouquets with local flowers. She is also part of a dance group that performs every night in a resort in Moorea as well as being a fire dancer. Being very sportive, she practices boxing and Brazilian Jujitsu. She will often be on the water, surfing, wakeboarding, kite surfing or spearfishing. She loves to travel and discover different cultures around the world.

Reserved but not shy, Hoani will make sure that all the guest details are taken care of in the interior department and her caring nature creates a warm ambiance aboard for guest and crew alike.

 

Tuomo is a temporary crew member in Askari's strong relief crew network and brings more Scandinavian force to Askari with an extensive knowledge of French Polynesia, especially the underwater territory!

After he left his home in Finland, Tuomo worked around the world in the diving industry which included more than a year on a live aboard boat in the Tuamotu Atolls and Society Islands! Tuomo is an experienced Dive Instructor and just as happy underwater as above!
Tuomo then continued his travels for a further 4 years in the private yachting industry cruising all over the Pacific. During this time he continued to gain qualifications and completed his OOW 3000 GT certificate.
Tuomo's efforts in, out and under the water will guarantee good times for your Askari get away trip!!


 

 

Aubrey is the magician behind the scenes that makes sure everything from the hot engine room mechanics to the cold air-conditioning electrics is running smoothly and safely.

He is quiet by nature, but if you ask him a question, you will find an eclectic wealth of knowledge. Whether your query is of things nautical or simply who the artist on the radio is, he's usually got the answer.

And if he doesn't, he has a ready smile with the shrug he gives you instead. Aubrey has sailed the Pacific Ocean four times and spent years touring the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. Besides sailing, he has earned his STCW 95, his Advanced Engineers Cert and is a PADI Open Water Diver.


 

Artur Hayrapetyan - Chef de CuisineArtur considers himself incredibly fortunate to be able to work in a field in which there are no shortages of inspiration for him. Traveling the globe, directly experiencing a huge variety local produce as well as eating out in some of the most fascinating places around the world, has heightened his senses.

Artur was born in Armenia, where he was exposed to an eclectic culinary environment from very early on in his life. At age 18 he started his culinary journey across Europe which led him to many different countries and in 2001 received formal culinary training at L’Ecole Le Cordon Blue in Paris, France. After completing his degree in 2003, he moved to Spain and took his highly-developed palate and cooking skills along with him on a new adventure.

After joining the professional yachting industry in 2006, Artur was enchanted by the prospects of being a chef at sea and by having constantly changing produce to work with, as well as new flavors from around the world. In 2012, he became the Head Chef on a privately owned luxury expedition yacht. Artur is now based in Tahiti, the paradise island of his dreams, where he continues his career as a private chef and enjoys diving, paddle boarding and photography