Tarkan 44, was born in Trabzon Turkey, and resides in Istanbul with his beautiful family, which he calls home.

Tarkan began his career after graduating from Ege University, studying Ocean Science and Marine Conservation, where he received a number of qualifications including Medical First Aid Training, Electronic Navigation Systems (ENS) and International safety Management Code Course.   He also completed some extra studies and received certificates in Marshall Officer and Diving, Mechanics Repair in Florida USA as well as studying the English language in London UK.

Tarkan holds licences for Chief Officer, Restricted Master, Yacht Master and Marshall Island Officer. He has extensive knowledge cruising around the Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Red Sea, Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

Tarkan has been working in the yachting industry since 1998 and has built up an impressive 18 years’ experience as a Captain on board yachts from 22m up to an impressive 55m.

Tarkan is a passionate, enthusiastic captain, who loves running yachts and showing people THE greatest time!

When not on board he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.




Abdullah 31, was born in Sinop Turkey and resides in Istanbul. Abdullah began his career after graduating from University, where he received a number of qualifications. He also completed some extra studies and received certificates in Engine room watch keeping, Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats, Personal Safety & Social Responsibility Training, Personal Survival Techniques Training and Advanced Fire Fighting Training.

He has been involved in engineering operations in shipyards and also as an engineer in technical workshops, services and factories.

Abdullah started working in marine engineering in 2010 and from there has built a number of experiences starting as an engineer. Last year, he qualified to chief engineer within the luxury charter yacht industry on board yachts from 45m up to an impressive 75m.
He has earned great experience from cruising around the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, Red Sea, Adriatic Sea and Mediterranean Sea. With his fantastic skills and qualifications Abdullah ensures his guests the most wonderful cruise time possible in a safe environment.

When not on board Abdullah enjoys all types of sports but particularly swimming and diving and spending time with his family and friends.

Abdullah ERSOY, Engineer



Onur 28 yo.  Onur followed his passion; being at sea, working as a captain on a parasailing boat; being involved in other various water sport activities such as diving, swimming and sailing. Having gained experience Onur was offered the opportunity to become First Mate on board motor yacht Orient Star taking care of up to 12 guests.

When not on board, Onur is socialising with friends, listening to all types of music and a keen participant and viewer of football.  He speaks fluent Turkish and English.


Onur is currently working to become a qualified captain.

Onur ERGÜN, First Mate



Aged 26, Uğur is an experienced Deckhand. Graduating from High School in Istanbul, Turkey Uğur began his career in 2010 in Marmaris, Turkey.  Having experience on both sailboats and charter yachts, he has worked his way up in the yachting industry and continues to gain experience on Orient Star Yacht.

Uğur looks forward to a long career in yachting. His hobbies include participating in outdoor activities such as walking, swimming and visiting places with historical interest. He speaks fluent Turkish and English.

Uğur YILDIZ, Deckhand

Mahmut İM


Mahmut 36, is a qualified chef and began his career at the early age of 14. After receiving training he gained qualifications in the food and beverage industry, he started working as a chef in a top class hotel in Istanbul and for the last 9 years he has been involved in the luxury yachting industry.

He has gained a wide range of culinary experience and knowledge in many different cultures and cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Italian, Spanish and Far Eastern.  Mahmut is committed to giving the very best service and food possible.

Mahmut is always exploring and creating new flavours and tastes, as well as being a keen participant in diving and walking.  He speaks fluent Turkish and English.

His ambition is that one day, be it anywhere in the world, he will have his own restaurant, and he strives to create an impressive menu covering numerous cuisines from all over the world.

Mahmut İM, Chef