Meet Our Team. Your Experts.
WE LIVE AND BREATHE SAILING
That’s why you can trust us to tailor-make the most unique and fulfilling sailing vacation experience. From our crew Jaco and Simóne who have dedicated their lives to ocean living, to our owners Ed and Kacy, who have sailed over 1000 days as a family, we relish the opportunity to share our expertise.
Friendly, knowledgeable, and trustworthy, each of us can speak from first-hand experience. With a deep connection to sailing and an innate understanding of luxury travel, we’ll work our Tru North magic to create your perfect trip.
THE TRU WAY TO VACATION
We believe in offering choice with ease and are here to guide you every step of the way.
We design experiences to indulge in relaxation and local adventure, all with the comforts of home.
We believe that making lasting memories and having unique stories to take home is the greatest gift we can offer.
Born in Namibia and having grown up in a small coastal fishing town called Velddrif in South Africa, the ocean is his second home. He is an avid fisherman whose spearfishing game is as strong as his free diving, sense of humor, and captain's cocktails.
Jaco is an accomplished man of the seas having worked his way up the ladder from Cadet to Chief Mate Unlimited on different vessels ranging from chemical tankers to mining vessels, circling the globe at least four times until he entered the yachting industry in Monaco as Mate and Master. Be sure to ask him about his most daring adventures when you meet and let him know if you want to experience sailing hands-on - he is your perfect guide to hoist the sails.
Ask Jaco About
Claim to Fame
Spotting Sea Creatures Before Anyone Else
Favorite Place I’ve Travelled
Fictional Character I Most Relate To
Bond, James Bond
Your Chef & First Mate
Simóne was born in South Africa and split her time between England and a small surf town in South Africa, Jeffrey’s Bay, where she learned that life along
the coast is where her heart and soul were meant to be.
As your chef, Simóne will delight you with local favorites and inspire you with unique dishes from her travels. As a passionate underwater photographer, she will be one of your guides to help capture beautiful
memories as you share stories over meals and play games at the dining table.
Ask Simóne About
Claim to Fame
Margot Robbie Lookalike
Bucket List Travel Spot
Ouma’s Sunday Dinner
A Tru Love Story
Jaco and Simóne fell in love with sailing, and then with each other, having married along the way in their travels. Their passion for the ocean and preservation of marine life inspired them to become Scuba Divemasters and they would love to guide you through some of the most exclusive dive locations during your vacation.
Your Deckhand & Steward
Hein is an experienced sailor, Divemaster, and renowned mixologist from Langebaan, South Africa.
As your deckhand and steward, Hein will create countless ocean adventures that will become lifetime memories for you and your family whether that be learning to free dive, spear fish, or surf on our new eFoil carbon boards. He can’t wait to regale you with his stories, and hear about your ocean dreams, as he crafts you the most delicious cocktails each day.
Ask Hein About
Favorite Captain's Cocktail
Bucket List Travel Spot
Saint Helena Island
A Pirate Looks at Forty - Jimmy Buffett
ED AND KACY
With a combined 75 years in the hospitality industry, we know first-hand the importance of customization and relaxation when planning a luxury vacation.
We’ve traveled the world and wanted to experience a vacation from a different perspective while retaining lots of choice – sailing hooked us. Our family fell in love with the ease, adventure, and stories that were a part of every trip.
For us, sailing went from being a vacation to a lifestyle – our son is now a captain! With Tru North, we want to be your guides so that you can bring friends, family, and co-workers to experience barefoot luxury vacationing and get hooked too.