Yacht Hyperion Crew


Captain - Daniel Rawlins

Daniel grew up on the coast of South Africa and got involved in sailing with the Royal Natal Yacht Club at the young age of eight. His career in Super Yachting started in 1998, when he quickly completed three transatlantic crossing and two busy charter seasons before taking a permanent captain’s position on S/Y Gitana a 120 foot Perini Navi in late 2000 where he stayed until late 2004. He then went on to complete two successful circumnavigations as Captain between 2004 and 2008, spending a great deal of time in the Pacific.

Daniel has a wealth of experience in a multitude of different cruising grounds; he joined Hyperion in 2010 and plans on a long future with us. He has a calm nature and easy-going personality, approachable and confident who follows the belief that the best way to lead is by example. 
In his social time he dabbles in Photography, surfing and does competitive Triathlons and road cycling.


First Mate - Nico Jacklein

Nico has been on board Hyperion since 2011 and was promoted to First Mate in 2013. Nico spent his childhood summers sailing in the Great Lakes region of Canada, progressively escalating from a position on the race team of the Burlington Sailing Club to Head Coach.  Nico has been promoted this year to first mate after completing his Officer of watch ticket.
Beyond Nicos’ enthusiasm for sailing in any capacity he tends towards the academic, having completed a degree specializing in Communications, Economics and International Trade. His various hobbies include travelling, skiing and kite surfing.



Chief Engineer - William Kirkman (Billy)

An experienced engineer, Billy joined as a valuable asset to our crew at the start of winter 2017. Billy acquired an affinity for engineering whilst working on motorcycles and cars in his native South Africa from a young age. A love of racing dirt motorcycles led Billy to work as a mechanic for the Ford off-road racing team, Billy is a true petrol head at heart. 

Billy has completed his Y3 Engineering qualifications and developed a wealth of experience on board both sailing and motor yachts over the past 10 years.

In his free time not spent in the furthest corners of the engine room Billy enjoys an outdoor adventurist life style, from hiking mountains to water sports and of course motorcycle riding when he can. 


Second Engineer – Julian Corliss

Julian grew up in Sydney, Australia where he studied and completed a 4-year electro-technological apprenticeship. Julian then moved to Western Australia where he worked for a private contractor on board naval submarines, specializing in military sonar electronics.

Julian has made the natural progression into yacht engineering where he brings his electrical knowledge to the very advanced Hyperion engine room and is keen to expand his knowledge in electronics and mechanics on yachts.

Julian is a very keen surfer, free diver and spear fisherman who loves to travel and experience new cultures and places.


Chef - Pippa Crowley

Although originally from the South East of England Pippa grew up sailing with her family in Greece’s Ionian Sea. Her lifelong love for sailing led her to pursue a career on board sailing yachts and she has been cooking on board classic sailing yachts, including the 1911 gaff-cutter ‘Mariquita’ and the new J Class ‘Topaz’, for the past 6 years.

Pippa brings with her a wealth of experience along with knowledge and skills from classes and courses in particular cuisines such as French and Japanese. Pippa’s cooking is inspired by the environment and atmosphere of a particular day: on warm summer days she’ll prepare refreshing summer dishes and on cooler fall and winter days she’ll prepare comforting, homely meals. She hand picks the best local and seasonal produce integrating traditional dishes to give you a fresh fusion of cuisines. 
Outside of the galley Pippa is an intrepid traveller and adventurer, having summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, and is an avid and talented kite surfer.



Deckhand – Joey Marcus

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa Joey recently joined the crew of Hyperion in September of 2017. As Joey was brought up on boats a maritime career was predetermined and Joey started his career on board a deep-sea fishing vessel based out of Cape Town.  The high seas and a desire to travel the world led Joey to Europe in search of a deckhand position on board a super yacht. Joey then travelled to the USA from Europe where he joined us here aboard Hyperion. 

Joey enjoys surfing and skateboarding and was First in the South African Gravity Association’s Downhill Skateboarding Championship in 2014. He looks forward to traveling to new places and expanding his sea experience and building a solid yachting career aboard Hyperion.


Chief Stewardess -  Zoë James

Zoe was born and brought up in Nairobi, Kenya and developed an affiliation with and passion for the ocean during long summer holidays spent on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. Whilst completing a Master’s degree in Environment and Development at Kings College London Zoe spent many weekends sailing with friends on England’s south coast, which is when and where she decided to combine her passion for the ocean and her new found love of sailing by embarking on a career in the super yacht industry. Zoe now has 6 years’ experience as a Sole/Chief Stewardess on board sailing yachts and has developed a keen interest in and vast knowledge of coastal locations around the world from the Mediterranean and the Caribbean to the US East Coast and the South Pacific. Please don’t hesitate to approach her for any kind of inquiry or service that you may like or need.


Second Stewardess –  Maria Oreamuno

Maria was born and brought up in Costa Rica where she spent many a school holiday enjoying all that Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Ocean coast has to offer. Maria left Costa Rica in 2010 to pursue her further education in the USA. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia with a BFA in Textile Design she moved to  Antigua, Guatemala to commence work with a US based fashion design company that collaborates with local artisans to market and sell their craft. Maria was inspired to pursue a career in the super yacht industry by the love of the ocean and the possibility of travel. She is very much looking forward to exploring new European and Caribbean countries with the crew of SY Hyperion and of discovering new cultures in particular with regards to design, textiles and crafts.