The Cap­tain

Cap­tain Wayne Foulis

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Age 35 Place of birth Dur­ban, South Africa Pre­vi­ous yachts Pure­one,de­javu,claire Cur­rent yacht Van­tage (right) and her fleet Num­ber of crew 9 on Van­tage, 20 to­tal

What was your first taste of the sea?

The hospi­tal I was born in is sit­u­ated on Dur­ban beach­front, and my fa­ther surfed and was a surf life­guard, so I have been im­mersed in the ocean since be­fore I can re­mem­ber.

Which des­ti­na­tions do you most look for­ward to vis­it­ing?

I am cur­rently liv­ing the dream, ex­plor­ing the South Pa­cific. I have al­ways wanted to get out to this part of the world and can­not wait to dis­cover the rest. We have based the fleet – Van­tage, our three-man sub­ma­rine Ad-van­tage, and our Van Dutch ten­der – in Tahiti, a world away from the usual su­pery­acht­ing hubs. The sea life here is awe­some in­clud­ing whales and sharks, so it’s handy to have the sub. There are plenty of is­lands to visit in the area and I am look­ing for­ward to pulling up in our slinky Palmer John­son in places like Bora Bora and Moorea. The div­ing here is in­cred­i­ble, and ap­par­ently the surf­ing is too, so there is never a dull mo­ment for guests or crew.

What are your favourite on­shore han­gouts?

It’s tough to say as I pre­fer to be on the water. I am prob­a­bly most at home in the gar­den.

What’s the one place in the world you’d like to cruise to that you haven’t al­ready?

The In­dian Ocean sounds great, and I would love to ex­plore there. Hav­ing a sup­port ves­sel as part of your com­mand gives you a real flex­i­bil­ity, as does an owner who is keen to ex­plore.

What are the big­gest changes you’ve seen in the in­dus­try?

The in­crease in reg­u­la­tion mak­ing it tougher for crew to get qual­i­fied, the introduction of Vsat, and the new so­cial me­dia gen­er­a­tion flood­ing the ju­nior ranks.

What do you like most about your cur­rent yacht?

I have a great owner who is ex­cited about the yacht, uses it to the full po­ten­tial, and is keen to ex­plore new places.

Which is your favourite on-board toy?

The sub­ma­rine is a def­i­nite a favourite amongst the guests. It’s a unique ex­pe­ri­ence drift­ing down into the depths of the ocean. It can be a bit eerie but there’s no bet­ter way to see ma­rine life up close. My per­sonal favourite is the Sub-wing – an un­der­wa­ter wing that you hold onto while it is slowly towed with a ten­der over the reef. You get a feel for how sea crea­tures glide ef­fort­lessly through the water. The wing gives you a form a bit like a manta ray so you can make some pretty grace­ful moves and you get a lot more up close and per­sonal with the sea life than you would with the sub.

What would you change about the su­pery­acht in­dus­try?

I wouldn’t change too much re­ally. It is an evolv­ing in­dus­try that adapts to the de­mands and reg­u­la­tions thrown at it.

What is the most cu­ri­ous re­quest you have had from a guest?

Once, while cruising Alaska, a char­ter guest re­quested a 12lb baby goat for din­ner.

What’s the worst weather you have en­coun­tered on board?

Four-me­tre con­fused seas off Fraser Is­land, Australia.

Who is the most ec­cen­tric/strangest/fun­ni­est crew mem­ber?

Barry the sub pi­lot.

Who was the most trou­ble­some crew mem­ber you ever worked with?

I once had an engi­neer, who on a night out with the crew, man­aged to get my en­tire crew put in jail the night be­fore a char­ter.

What’s the most stress­ful part of your job?


Any ad­vice for an as­pir­ing cap­tain?

Stay safe; consider ad­vice from ex­pe­ri­enced crew; and keep own­ers and guests en­joy­ing yacht­ing as it should be, and com­ing back for more.

Who would be your top 5 fan­tasy char­ter guests?

Jack Spar­row, Will Fer­rell, Jack Black and Bo­rat. The fifth would be Mor­gan Free­man, to nar­rate sub­ma­rine dives.

What’s the big­gest cock-up you’ve seen a cap­tain make?

Wear­ing Crocs on deck.

And yours?

Erm, Wear­ing Crocs on deck?

Van­tage, a 44.7-me­tre Palmer John­son built in 2010 (with a 2016 re­fit), char­ters for $192,500pw all year round through Ocean In­de­pen­dence. She’s ac­com­mo­dates 12 guests and nine crew and is spending this sum­mer and win­ter in French Poly­ne­sia, Fiji and the South Pa­cific. www.oceanin­de­pen­

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