About the Crew

Captain

Nicholas Veselica

Nick was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up sailing and power boating with his father in Lake Michigan and spent many summers in South Florida. Nick and his father rebuilt a sunken catamaran during his high school years then sailed the Bahamas during holidays for years. Nick moved to South Florida in 2009 permanently due to his love for the ocean. He graduated from Lynn University in 2012 with his Bachelors in Business Administration. During his time in school in worked on yachts as a mate and then as a captain. Nick has now been working on yachts for 10 years and has managed a successful Yacht Management company. He has also completed numerous yacht refits. Nick has a passion for project management and enjoys seeing the reaction of a happy client.

Education: Bachelor’s in Business Management, STCW, Advanced firefighting, 200 Ton USGC / 500 Ton IGT.

1st Mate

Bryan Meltcher

Bryan was born in Illinois and raised in California. He relocated to Florida for school in 2005 and fell in love with the ocean. He has spent most of his time in South Florida around boats. Bryan jumped into the industry because of all the traveling he has done on his friend’s boats and loves the idea of working. Before yachting Bryan worked in some high-end hotels so it has been a nice transition from one to another. Bryan does not see himself doing anything else and feels he has found his place. Bryan has now worked in the yachting world for 7 years. Education: Bachelor’s in Hospitality and Sports Management, STCW 95’, Powerboat level 2 inland/coastal planning, RYA Essential navigation and seamanship, Basic and Advanced firefighting.

Chef

Brittany Battistonni

Brittany is originally a southern California native with a love of traveling the world. She is a professionally trained chef with nearly 15 years of professional food service experience. She is also an avid naturalist and enjoys opening the minds of those around her by taking them foraging for local wild edibles in the areas she is on charter. Brittany is very passionate about food, the environment, critter watching, kayaking, paddle boarding, spear fishing, snorkeling, and other water sports. You can expect to enjoy exceptional locally caught food while chartering Sea Axis. Brittany is originally a southern California native with a love of traveling the world. Brittany has been exploring the world through yachting for 6 years now. She has sailed around the east coast of the US and the Caribbean for 4 years, cruised Alaska for 2 years and sailed across the Atlantic. Brittany has a love of adventure and a deep love for nature.

Chief Stewardess

Anabell Wilson

Anabell was born and raised in El Salvador. She moved to the USA in 2001. She has always had a love for the sea. Anabell is an extremely well-rounded individual who is fluent in English and Spanish. Anabell has been in the yachting industry since 2005 and has excelled through the ranks and worked on some very prestigious yachts, her passion lies in making sure every guest is catered too highest of standards. When Anabell has free time she enjoys doing CrossFit, yoga, and running.

Education: Silver Service, Flowers & Bartending (American Yacht Institute), STCW
(MPT), ABC Bartending

2nd Stewardess

Sam Tavano

 

Deckhand

Chris Wright

Chris was born in Texas where he spent his childhood time fishing and riding trails at the family ranch. He spent every weekend either at the ranch or on the lake, where wakeboarding and snorkeling were always his favorite activities. Being in Yachting for the past 3 years has shown him a new love; conch fritters, pink sand and true respect for mother nature. Chris spent his last charter season with Captain Nick on Charisma and is truly excited for his future in yachting and in the charter circuit with Sea Axis.

Engineer

Blackwood Samuels