sailing yacht that offers the comfort and facilities comparable to a motor yacht
in excess of 40 meters. Built in 1996 by Valdettaro Shipyard, Italy and designed
specifically for luxury charters. She is equipped with all the very latest
technology, from state-of-the-art sail handling to worldwide communications. She is the
perfect combination of power under sail and luxury, able to sail at 10-12 knots
with ease. A superb sailing yacht that offers the ultimate experience for the
most discerning sailors.
REE features copious amounts of deck space and the very large covered
cockpit seats 12 for al fresco dining in addition to lovely seating areas. —
REE’ offers a myriad of water sports options from skiing, wakeboarding and other
towable toys behind the 20′ ft Zodiac tender with 70 hp. Or enjoy sailing on
REEs Lasers, windsurf, snorkel, fish or rendezvous diving. Great layout for
both couples and families.
–2011 Refit amounts to approximately $2.5 million!!! Completely New Interior
including soft goods. New exterior paint, new sails …too many things to
mention here. —
— New updated brochure photos coming. —
The full-width owners stateroom aft has King-size walk-around bed and settee to both port and starboard. A very large ensuite with twin sinks and a walk-in shower. Large flat screen TV with surround sound system.
The four additional staterooms offer great flexibility as they can be configured with either a king-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Each stateroom has ensuite facilities and personal entertainment systems
20' Zodiac tender with 70hp outboard
2 x Lasers
2 x Kayaks
2 x Paddleboard
Snorkel Gear (Various)
Captain Laurance Ottley started sailing in his early teens, some would say a bit late for a Brit, progressing from dinghies to off shore cruising and racing in both modern and traditional vessels. After a career int he decorating trade he took up sailing professionally in 1996. For the next 6 years he was employed first as mate, then as captain, aboard the 30 meter traditional wooden sailing ship IRENE in the Caribbean charter trade.
From 2004 to 2006 Laurance was full-time captain aboard another period wooden sailing ship, Thames Sailing Barge Kitty, doing corporate charters with up to 46 passengers before moving into the superyacht sector. In 2008 he took command of the Hoek-designed 30 meter ketch APHRODITE cruising extensively in the Med and Caribbean with the owner and guests over a period of three years. 2012 presented the opportunity for Captain Ottley to return to IRENE on a voyage around the Atlantic with sail trainees and cargo as part of a sustainable transport initiative.
On land Laurance loves to be 'let loose in the galley'practicing skills he has learned from working with great charter chefs over the years. Cycling is another passion. He rides road, cyclo cross and mountain bikes and tours on two wheels. He once completed a 1,500km six week ride through Europe including the Swiss Alps and Pyrenees mountain ranges.
Having been on board SY REE since May 2013, Captain Ottley takes pride in his excellent crew management skills and maintaining the vessel she commands to the highest possible standards to ensure owners and guests experience the fullest enjoyment wherever they cruise.
Mate Ben Graham
Our well traveled and streetwise South African Mate is the consummate outdoor guy, when not sailing extensively he will be found hanging from a cliff face for fun or searching for that perfect barrel on his board in the surf. To keep his mind and body in shape for all this he’s a practitioner and teacher of Iyengar yoga, learned while travelling in India, and a great believer in a healthy diet, preferably supplied through permaculture which he has learned through a year long volunteering program in Israel.
Chief Stewardess Gabriella Russo
Born into a family restaurant business in her adopted city of Modena, (she’s Sicilian by birth) Gabriella has been serving bar and table, and learning first hand the secrets of the Italian kitchen from as early as she can remember. But her home town could not contain her irrepressible enthusiasm for living the fullest life possible and so, armed with her cooking and service skills and the work ethic of a family run business, she set sail to travel and work for extended periods in places as far away from home as Brazil and Australia. Adding another string to her bow in 2005, she qualified as a Kite Surf Instructor and thus began a teaching career in that sport. She is now inseparable from her board and kite and is to be found carving the waves whenever she has play time from her duties on Ree.
Lars hails from Texas but his family roots are Swedish. A lifelong sailor, he paid his way teaching sailing for seven years before gaining his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. On graduating Lars tried to settle down working for a test engineering company for a number of years until the call of sea lead him to acquiring his own yacht and embarking on a year long voyage with a revolving cast of volunteer crew he organized to help offset the bills. After this, career at sea was a logical and desirable step and yacht engineering the obvious way in. Lars is our technology geek and currently his new toy is a drone he will be using to capture our adventures along the way.
Akané’s cuisine is the meeting or the clash between the French terroir and Japanese artesian delicacy. Her French butcher father and Japanese mother influenced and shaped her taste buds in the heart of Burgundy. After studying art and architecture it is through her travels that Akané has discovered her culinary passion. Cooking became the perfect art to express her own creativity.
Akané has spent the last 10 years travelling the world gaining valuable, multi-national experience, enhancing her repertoire by meeting and learning from new chefs, experiencing new flavours, fragrancies, colours and textures. Akané has been a nomadic chef, constantly looking for new inspiration to develop her skill-set, with her knives always well packed in her backpack. She has been trained and nurtured by talented and starred chefs in Tokyo, London, New York, Paris and recently Lima. Her last stopover of 3 years in Iceland has led to a developed knowledge of Scandinavian new Nordic cuisine.
After a decade of devotion for cooking in restaurant, she has left kitchens and stoves to cook for luxurious adventure tourism company in Iceland. It is her first time on sea but she is ready to affirm her style and to share with us her knowledge and the treasures acquired from her travels.
Deck/Stewardess Melissa du Toit
27 year old South African Melissa is firmly an outdoor girl, a competitive horse rider from her youth she has more recently traded the turf for the surf by including scuba, Kitesurfing, and sailing amongst her passions. After graduating with a degree in History, politics and marketing nothing as mundane as settling down to an office job would do when the world was waiting to be explored. An easy learner, Mel has collected all the skills needed to find work along the way including high level service training, which combined with her naturally happy disposition and self-confidence makes her a real asset to the Ree team.