Captain Matthew Hayes
Matthew is the skipper who will welcome you aboard Campai. Matthew grew up by the sea in Plymouth, England and has sailed all his life. His passion for all things nautical includes a love of fishing, snorkeling and diving. Matthew has also studied marine biology and oceanography at the university level and received a Masters degree in Marine Environmental Protection. In 1995, while working as a marine research scientist, Matthew made the decision to pursue sailing professionally and trained to become a certified commercially endorsed Yachtmaster. It is a decision that he has never once regretted.
Matthew has logged over 150,000 sea miles, chartering extensively in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the United States, completing several Atlantic crossings and cruising passages through the Panama Canal to the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Matthew has worked on both charter and racing yachts, has cruised in Greece and Turkey and raced in the ARC transatlantic, the Swan worlds in Sardinia, and the Antigua Sailing Week and Heineken Regatta in the Caribbean. He has captained Campai since 2007 and has proven himself to be not only a great sailor but an outstanding host
Your Chef aboard Campai will be Jade Rose Konst. Jade hails from the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, where she lives solo aboard a 38ft Junk Schooner. Next to sailing, Jade's passion is cooking. Her experience has taught her that starting with fresh, organic and local ingredients and preparing them with innovation and high standards create simply good food, at any level of dining. As a result of being raised in multicultural Vancouver, Asian and Indian styles fuse with European methods regularly in her dishes. Jade learned quickly working under many talented chefs and enjoys menu creation and aesthetic plating as well as food preparation.
Before joining Campai, Jade worked as a chef at two high-end boutique resorts in British Columbia, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and the Cable Cove Inn. Dietary concerns and allergies only give her reason to show her flexibility and to be more creative, and are in fact a welcome challenge.
As a Private Chef she has had the experience of sourcing local ingredients, budgeting her own food costs and suggesting wine pairings. When not in the galley, Jade enjoys the natural environment and whether it be sailing, surfing, hiking, horseback-riding or scuba diving, she is in her element outdoors.
On board, Matthew and Jade are ably supported by Haley Allen, an experienced yachting stewardess and sailor from Canada whose specific responsibility is to help ensure that all goes smoothly during the charter. Working for Matthew as a mate while under sail and assisting Jade in the galley and at the table are just some of the duties Haley is eagerly prepared to undertake for the pleasure and comfort of Campai's guests.
Together, Campai's crew of three is a team whose focus is to make charter guests happy and comfortable - whether by leaving them alone to seek out and enjoy their own privacy and serenity or by leading and participating in the unlimited fun and games available in our ocean paradise.