In the Service and Hospitality Industry since 1989


…a huge task which Izzy handled with ease, total professionalism… she led her team from the front by application in both teaching and demonstrating her skills and experience of advanced, high level housekeeping, coupled with tenacity, truthfulness, truly hard work and a really good sense of loyalty…
Captain Roy Cooper

To the stewardess, Izzy, we love you! You always smile and care. God bless you! Beautiful tables! You are so special, thank you for all you do…
Bob and Rae, Yacht Guests

To the Absinthe Crew: We had such an enjoyable time – the ship is beautiful – but, the crew made the entire trip memorable… Thanks so much for taking extra time and care with us. Thank you so much for the great service and the laughs.
Jerry and Patty, Yacht Guests

What a great time – ship perfect, hospitality, food and service extraordinary!
Gayle, Yacht Guest

The table decorations were a true art and a compliment to the meals!
Bill and Gerri, Yacht Guests

The crew was exceptional and more helpful in every way – way beyond expectation!! SERVICE beyond the call of duty!
Dick Sabers, Yacht Guest

She is extremely organized, her work ethic is tremendous and her attitude through it all has been even keeled and punctuated with smiles and laughter…
Captain Rob Correa

The owners and guests remarked repeatedly about her excellent work… during her time on board, she executed her duties in a first class manner…
Captain Mark Pearson

My expectations of Isobel went far beyond the average Stewardess’ responsibilities… Captain Ian Shaw

Any responsibilities given to Isobel were always carried out with the utmost enthusiasm, initiative and creativity, and her sense of humour is a true asset… Captain Todd Likins

Izzy is professional, hard working, punctual and conscientious… much of our success can be attributed to her friendly nature, diligence and professionalism…
Captain John Fitz-Patrick

Found the boat and crew exceptional. The floating palace was divine! Out of this world! Fleschens, Yacht Guests

We have spent a faultless few days on board. Fantastic, professional crew and service! Inspace Limited, Yacht Guests

I could see from an early stage that she was a highly organized and motivated person… As a Captain, I would like to recommend her to any one who is looking for a serious and well grounded person to head an interior department…
Captain Roy Adams

Isobel completely re-organized the management of the interior, formulating work schedules, inventories, and producing an overall interior instruction manual…
Captain Bruce Handyside

The girls were so delightful. Izzy’s table displays were amazing and another highlight of each day. She clearly ran the interior with the same style and grace that Bruce captains M.Y. JO. We were so well looked after and felt so spoiled. From the incredible, fragrant flower arrangements…, to the immaculate rooms that were always pristine and freshly done… Tom F., Yacht Guest

She has a natural ability to act as a leader, professional or otherwise… Ms Odendaal was a trustworthy and loyal worker… Mr J. Pienaar


  • Bachelors of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • NAUI Scuba Diver, Openwater II, Mossel Bay, South Africa
  • American Red Cross, Adult CPR, Miami, USA
  • American Red Cross, Standard First Aid, Miami, USA
  • EGP French Wine Course, Cannes, France
  • American Yacht Institute Floral Arranging Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • American Yacht Institute Silver Service Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • IYT Personal Survival Techniques Course (STCW 95), Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • IYT Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW 95), Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • IYT Elementary First Aid (STCW 95), Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • Maritime Technical Institute Basic Fire Fighting (STCW 95), Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • MAP Industries Advanced Marine Fire Fighting (STCW 95), Durban, South Africa
  • Freedom Yachting Medical First Aid (STCW 95), Antibes, France
  • Freedom Yachting Medical Care Aboard Ship (STCW 95), Antibes, France
  • International Ship and Port Facility Security Course (ISPS), Rotterdam, Holland
  • International Safety Management Course (ISM), Rotterdam, Holland
  • PYT Advanced Sea Survival (STCW 95), Durban, South Africa
  • Quickbooks Course, New York, USA
  • Stellenbosch University Course in Wine Evaluation, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Cape Town University Guest House Management Course, Cape Town, South Africa
  • South African Wine Course Level 1, Cape Wine Academy, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Certificate in Wine Level 2, Cape Wine Academy, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET UK), Level 2, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Professional Yachting Association Corporate Member, Antibes, France


Captain Bruce Handyside (Captain)
+39 340 8913 130

Captain Roy Adams (Captain)
+33 (0)6 63 26 9786

Steve Curtis (Chief Engineer and Project Manager)
+42 366 301 4925

Wilma van Rijn (Project Manager at Royal Van Lent)
+31 252 547 123

Captain Roy Cooper (Captain)
+1 415 794 2199

Captain John Fitz-Patrick (Captain)
+33 (0)6 24 43 6554

Captain Mark Pearson (Retired Captain)
+1 562 673 3402

Captain Ian Shaw (Captain)
+1 305 450 3589

Mr & Mrs Bob & Renee Stein (Former Employers)
+1 310 454 7095

Other references available on request