The crew

Matching the beauty, strength and swiftness of the Grayhound we have an international crew of dedicated and experienced sailors, eager to make your voyage a memory for a lifetime. Not only will you as Voyage Crew learn to sail, handle and maintain a privateer lugger from 1776 you will do so in a safe and most welcoming manner. Every year we take on five full time crew; a skipper, a cook, two watchleaders and a deckhand. We carefully select our team for each voyage to ensure we have the right crew to provide an amazing experience. Both for our guests and ourselves.

Crew season 2021


Owner and watchleader

Wille has been sailing all his life and has been the driving force behind countless enormous projects. Wille is a circus artist, rigger, producer and writer. There is not much he cannot fix with his stubbornness and a bent screwdriver


Owner, deckhand and guide

Oskar is a puppeteer and a performer. Oskar is also a playwright and a published writer. On his travels he gathers new stories about strange sea creatures, forgotten myths and magical artifacts.



Guillaume is one of our Skippers. He is a Grayhound veteran, and have a lot of love for the ship. Since he wasn’t very comfortable with job interviews, but had all the necessary diplomas, we hired him and hoped for the best.  



Elias is one of our Skippers An experienced sailor with a Capitaine 500 Validé.. He was on a three year round-the-world sail when the Grayhound saved him from Corona boredom and made him skipper on the Grayhound.



Noémie is one of our Cooks. She is specialized in vegetarian cooking. The kind of cook that can serve up home made burgers with newly baked bread followed by a fantastic tiramisu after almost two weeks at sea. 



Nick is one of our Watchleaders. He has spent his entire life on the sea. Being a descendant of the Ilses of Wight he is actually the only British citizen on this UK flagged ship.



Ewan is one of our Watchleaders and a veteran onboard the Grayhound. He is an experienced and devoted sailor who is willing to go anywhere in the world. As long as you tell him you’re going to Cap Verde. 



Constanze is one of our Deckhands and a skilled and enthusiast rigger. So far we haven’t found anything that could dampen her good mood. Except from making her wear shoes. 

Jonne Walstra


Jonne is one of our Deckhands who has sailed some of the most respected tall ships in the business. She has a background as an elite sprinter, a skill she rarely uses when it’s time to get out of her bunk at night watches. 

Voyage Crew

The other important part of the crew is YOU!

Grayhound has berths for up to 12 guest crew and full training will be given. No experience is needed but if you are an experienced sailor and want to learn more about lugger sailing, ocean passage making or traditional seamanship and maintainence then you have come to the best place.

“The humor, kindness, patience, understanding differences, acceptance and caring was really something rare to experience. This is really important, since in critical moments you need to know that everyone will do as instructed, no guessing, no improvising – follow the order given. All done with kindness and gentleness and respect.” – Christian Wilse

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