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Anton du Toit

Anton du Toit

Owner
Anton has over thirty years of practical sailing and racing experience in various locations around the world. He grew up on boats, spending thirteen years cruising around the world with his family in their Sparkman Stephens Tartan 46 ft. sloop. From a young age he started designing boats and his yearning to learn more about boat design and architecture led him to study all available design material. Anton was especially inspired by the renowned yacht designers Sparkman & Stephens, Phil Rhodes, John Alden and Herreshoff. On returning to South Africa in 1990 he worked at prominent South African yacht designer Angelo Lavranos & Associates and at world-class yacht building facility Southern Wind Shipyard. He decided to go on his own in 2000, and with the business growing steadily, he now has a team of designers.
Charmaine du Toit

Charmaine du Toit

Anton's partner
She gave up her nursing career to join DTYD when her interest in the business became more than just a hobby. Having lived at the sea all her life, Charmaine is no stranger to boats. She also completed a Rio-Cape Town delivery with Anton in 1993. Charmaine is responsible for all interior design work and manages the administrative side of the business.
Johan Huisamen

Johan Huisamen

Designer
Johan joined the DTYD team in September 2015. After working in the motor industry for eight years, he decided to pursue his passion for drafting , which started in High School, by doing a part time drafting course at Academy IDT in Cape Town. Johan developed an interest in yacht design as it combines his love for problem solving, drafting, water sports and anything with an engine!

Sean van Rensburg

Designer
Sean started sailing from an early age and now competes at the top end of the fleet in various classes in both dinghy and keel-boat sailing. He was awarded South African provincial colours in sailing. After completing his schooling, Sean obtained his Yacht Master Skippers Certificate and became a RYA and SAS sail and power instructor. He went on to complete his degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the oil and gas industry for three years. Sean joined Du Toit Yacht Design in February 2017 in order to combine his passion and interest for sailing and engineering.

Sam Krenski

Designer
From the whistle of air around supersonic jets to the utterly complex, dynamic mess of air and water around the flying hulls of America’s Cup, Sam has always been fascinated by movement. A keen sportswoman, Sam tried sailing and the bug bit. Completing a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Wits University, Sam diverged from aircraft and rockets to devote her final design project to multi-hull wake theory. Combining her love of both the science as well as the art of design, Sam joined Du Toit Yacht Design in November 2019.
Kristy Venter

Kristy Venter

Designer
Kristy has been fascinated by yachts and the intricate design therein for quite some time. Her love for yacht design flourished when she visited Two Oceans Marine with DTYD in the third year of her Interior Design degree at Nelson Mandela University. After this visit, Kristy decided to have a deeper look into yacht design by including a yacht as a secondary design space as part of her final year design proposal project. Upon completing her degree, Kristy pursued a career in teaching for almost two years before starting yacht design for Du Toit Yachy Design at the beginning of November 2019. Kristy is passionate about design and loves challenges in which she can express her creativity.
Stefano Marcia

Stefano Marcia

Designer
For Stefano, sailing has been a passion from a noticeably young age. Most notably, he spent two years sailing at the very top end of one design Laser sailing in South Africa and qualified for the Rio Olympic Games. After the Rio Olympics, Stef spend two years working for a mining company in quality control and project management – but the mining industry was not his passion and so he moved on to managing and coaching the South African Youth World’s programme and team while studying mechanical drafting before joining DTYD. Working for Du Toit Yacht design, Stef is in his element, combining the work he loves to do with his passion for yachts and sailing!

Neil Jacobs

Designer
Neil joined Du Toit Yacht Design in 2020. Neil studied multidisciplinary draughting and 3D modelling at Academy IDT in Cape Town. Before getting into yacht design, Neil worked in the Automation industry, working on PLCs and HMI interfaces at Gibson Tech for two years. Neil then joined Robertson and Caine for three years, where he was involved in the systems design for the Leopard 53 Power Catamaran and the Leopard 42. Neil is passionate about the expertise and craftsmanship that his work at Du Toit Yacht Design exposed him to He loves the complexity of yacht design and finding the best compromise between performance and comfort. Neil’s hobbies are Street Trials and surfing.

Caity van den Berg

Designer
Caity completed her BSc degree in Interior Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2020. She gained great architectural experience on freelance private architectural projects, including a 7-bedroomed farmhouse, a wedding venue, and a range of apartments. Caity is passionate about marrying aesthetics and functionality and problem-solving, so she grabbed the opportunity to do this every day when the position at Du Toit Yacht Design arose, joining the team in 2021. For Caity, human centered design is of utmost importance, and nothing gives her more satisfaction than transforming clients’ dreams into reality and creating livable spaces which are pleasant to be in. Caity loves the outdoors - hiking, running, cycling and being in the sun. Human connection is what makes life wonderful for Caity.

Tiffany-Lee Wardle

Designer
Tiffany-Lee grew up on the water and on boats with her father, getting her powerboat Skipper’s Certificate when she was sixteen. After school, she completed a BSc degree in Interior Architecture at the University of Pretoria. She then gained valuable working experience in Johannesburg, working for two reputable architecture forms, drawing plans, and handling architectural calculations, elevations, and detail. In 2021, Tiffany-Lee moved to Cape Town where she could be close to the sea and blue water yachting and joined Du Toit Yacht Design. She is in her element, combining her love of the water and boats with her love of design. When she is not designing yacht interiors, Tiffany-Lee can be found on the water or in nature – wakeboarding, surfing SUPing, hiking or camping. She plays hockey and squash and loves reading, photography, dancing, drawing, and writing.

Warwick Strutt

Designer
Warwick started sailing before he could walk, with his parents taking him with them as a baby, and was sailing on his own by the age of 12. Warwick studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. After his studies, Warwick pursued work involving his passion for sailing and boats, joining Sparcraft Masts, managing their anodizing plant, and learning design skills. Warwick then joined Du Toit Yacht Design in 2022, where he gets to merge his love of sailing and his love of engineering. He enjoys the challenge and constant learning that yacht design provides.
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