Desmond Greyling – Captain
Education/Certifications: City and Guilds Electronic Origination Degree in Graphic Design, PADI Master Scuba diver trainer, MCA – IYT Master of Yachts 200T Oceans
Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans
Desmond Greyling was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the country’s headquarters for shipping located on the South Coast. His father was a shipping and ports enthusiast, and on the weekends, Desmond would accompany him to the harbors to watch the commercial vessels load and offload their cargo. This is where his love for boats and the sea began. His family moved away from the coast to Johannesburg as he started high school, and his mom bribed him to get higher grades in his graduating year by sending him to a scuba diving class. After a career in graphic design and advertising, he left the world of offices, cubicles and traffic for a more relaxed life in Southern Thailand. He sailed lasers and mirrors as a kid on lakes growing up, but only started boating after leaving his career in graphic design in 2002. He was drawn to the yachting industry by the opportunity to travel and meet interesting people, and has worked on private yachts, charter vessels, dive liveaboards and sailing catamarans since 2004. His two favorite destinations are the Chamonix Vineyard and Resort in South Africa, and the Exumas in the Bahamas. In his spare time, you’ll find Damon free diving and scuba diving.
Meghen McCombe - Stew
Education: Single and Multi-Engine (Land and Sea with Instrument) Pilot’s License
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Meghen McCombe was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada to a Bahamian mother and Canadian father. Her family moved to the Bahamas when she was a toddler. Bouncing between Nassau, the Exumas and Eleuthera, she grew up sailing, free diving, scuba diving, conching, spear fishing and horseback riding. She was primarily raised in her family’s home on Norman’s Cay where her grandfather helped develop the infrastructure of the island. Megs has worked in the hospitality industry for as long as she can remember, which includes a day spa and salon, and a management role at a boutique hotel and restaurant in Exuma. In her twenties, she went to flight school in Florida. She has been boating since she was a toddler, and began her career in the yachting industry in 2008. Since then, she has worked on private and charter yachts, power boats, and America’s Cup sailboats. Megs is happiest when she’s near the ocean, and her favorite place in the world is Whales Tail on Norman’s Cay in the Exumas.
Justin Mornhinweg – Mate
Education/Certifications: 100 ton Master United States Merchant Mariner Credential; Master of Self Propelled Vessels not including Auxiliary Sail of less than 100 GRT upon Near Coastal Water; Endorsements include Assistance Towing, Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, Stewards Department (F.H.), and STCW; Merchant Mariner Courses with Maritime Professional Training; NAUI Dive Professional Training including Dive Master, Instructor, and First Aid Certifications.
Languages Spoken: English
Justin Mornhinweg’s path in the marine industry started when he became a scuba instructor in Louisville, Kentucky in 2015 which led to a position with a live-aboard charter company in Nassau, Bahamas in 2016. That role in the Bahamas further sparked his passion for yachting, and he embarked on his current career path toward becoming a Captain. With his strong work ethic and positive attitude, he has been completing his certifications over the past four years while also working as First Mate and Engineer on charter vessels. In his newest assignment, he joins the crew of M/Y EMRYS as Mate.
Joel Ehrlich - Chef
Education/Certifications: Bachelor of Science, Culinary Arts Johnson & Wales University
Languages Spoken: English
Chef Joel hails originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Joel has been a professional Chef for over twenty years, following his culinary passion. His first kitchen role was in Boca Raton, which quickly lead him all the way to acclaimed wine country restaurants, including Philippe Jeanty’s Michelin-starred Bistro Jeanty, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Napa Valley and award-winning Coqueta in San Francisco. He’s also brought his culinary skills and consulting skills to one of Fort Lauderdale’s most iconic restaurants Valentino Cucina Italiana and consulting for One Door East.
Now he is pleased to welcome you to his table aboard M/Y EMRYS during your next charter.