Sweet Escape’s exceptional Captain and Crew will ensure your charter experience exceeds expectations.

The Crew

Captain Steven French and his Crew possess the experience and skills to curate a luxurious adventure aboard Sweet Escape, ensuring your safety, comfort, and enjoyment throughout the journey, making every moment truly remarkable.

Steve French

Steven aka “Frenchie” grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. He spent most of his late teenage years playing professional rugby for the Natal Sharks in Durban and enjoying water sports with family and friends. Steven has a deep passion for hospitality and turned his focus to the yachting industry in 2007, where he started his career on a large superyacht, 235 Kogo in the Mediterranean. Steven spent eight years on this vessel and traveled the world while systematically working his way up to Chief Officer. Steven has also worked onboard 269 Alpha Nero, 153 Daybreak, 126 T-Zero, and more. Captain Steve has been running Sweet Escape’s successful busy program since 2020, always making sure our guests have the best experience while ensuring the safety of everyone onboard. Steve is extremely passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, and never fails to fit in a workout and a power-packed smoothie even on a busy day!

Calvin Demont

Growing up in Durban, on the east coast of South Africa, surrounded by lakes and ocean, Calvin became passionate about sailing, diving, and fishing from a very young age. When it came to pursuing a career, unsurprisingly, he decided on yachting where he could enjoy his greatest passions every day! Calvin started his yachting career in 2018 on smaller sailing yachts where he gained a lot of experience before he moved on to bigger motor yachts. Cal has worked on busy private and charter yachts including 236 Azteca, 146 Gladiator, and others. With his previous charter experience, great personality, and a lovely sense of humor (his words), Calvin is sure to make your experience onboard very memorable!

Christiaan Olivier

Born and bred in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, Christiaan’s love for the ocean came at a young age, spending most of his life surfing, diving, and sailing in the cold water. After graduating with an honors degree in Accounting, his heart was still with the ocean. Christiaan then set sail from Cape Town to the US to pursue a career in yachting. He was drawn to engineering and now holds an MCA Y3 Chief Engineer certification along with 15 years of experience in the industry.

JG Huisamen

Johannes Gideon Huisamen (“JG”) comes from the northern part of Pretoria, South Africa. JG spent his younger years modeling for brands back home, and he also worked in his father’s business as a salesman. Despite growing up inland all his life, JG always loved the ocean. With a little help from a friend, he decided to pack his bags and enter the world of yachting. JG initially spent about 6 months working as a temporary crew member on Sweet Escape. However, his hard work, determination, positive attitude, and cheerful disposition allowed him to secure a full-time role on Sweet Escape, making his dream come true! He has been a vital crew member for almost two years now. JG cannot wait to welcome you all on board and make sure everyone has the time of their lives on Sweet Escape!