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Sylvain HANSEN

Operations & Sales
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Operations and sales

Sylvain's first Atlantic crossing was at age 19, after which he worked on classic sailing yachts and motor yachts.

He gained his MCA Master 3000gt Licence at the age of 30, continuing as Chief Officer or Captain on various sized vessels. In 2011, after 22 years of cruising he decided to go shore based and was offered a job in a marine upholstery company. Over this time, he has learned the different aspects of the business from the commercial side to quotes and administration.

Sylvain enjoys hiking and mountaineering with his wife, climbing with his son, cycling and running.We warmly welcome Sylvain to our team where his experience across all facets of yachting will benefit our clients.

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About Ulf Sydbeck


CEO & Founder
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Ulf Sydbeck

CEO, Founder

Ulf came to the south of France in 1988. During his 12 years at sea he felt there was a big gap when it came to high quality shore support and service, hence the idea of RYS.

The yachting years gave Ulf an extensive contact network which today makes it possible to supply and organize anything a demanding charter client or owner might wish for. He has a strong focus on attention to detail and considers top quality service to be the corner stone of the company.

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About Campbell Cormack

Campbell CORMACK

Operations & Sales
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After graduating university in Scotland, Campbell moved to France to enter the yachting industry. He spent several years at sea on large motor yachts before he felt that a shore based position was more suitable for him, joining Riviera Yacht Support in 2001 to head up the sales division.

Campbell's enthusiasm and competence has had a great impact on our wine supply division where he is involved with the sales and the teaching of the WSET® wine courses. He achieved the WSET® Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits in 2017.

Apart from being one of the main pillar in our organisation, he is a skilled skier, a wine lover and really handsome in his kilt!

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About Emmanuelle HEMERY

Emmanuelle HEMERY

Manager Saint-Tropez
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MANAGER, Saint-Tropez

Emmanuelle has been running our Saint Tropez office since 2014, and previously worked at the Capitainerie of Saint Tropez for over a decade.

Her exceptional energy and talent is a valuable resource for all yachts needing help with anything Saint Tropez-related including berthing, all concierge matters such as VIP beach, restaurant and night club arrangements, limo and heli services, wine and provisioning, flowers, laundry and more.

After the manic Saint-Tropez summer, Emmanuelle finally has some down time during the winter months, when spending quality time with her family, skiing, and catching up on good books is the order of the day.

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About Maureen McMANUS

Maureen McMANUS

Crew Consultant
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Born and raised in Scotland, Maureen spent a decade working on yachts before finally basing herself in France.  She has been involved in crew placement, yacht charter brokerage and yacht agency work and her combined yachting knowledge with a sound understanding of today’s yacht industry means she is well placed to head up the Riviera Crew Recruitment Agency in Antibes.

If not ending up in yachting Maureen would have made a fortune baking cakes, the best ones around! She is a loving mother of two fabulous children and has made our wine a 'clock on Fridays start 4h30!

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About Louise Sydbeck


Master of Wine
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Louise Sydbeck MW

MASTER OF WINE - Founder Riviera Wine

Louise has more than 15 years of experience in the wine industry. After a sommelier program in Sweden she left for France to explore her passion for wine further. This took her to a wine university in the Rhone, a vineyard in Provence and finally to head up Riviera Wine.

In 2014 she became the 100th woman in the world to be awarded the prestigious Master of Wine qualification and is known in the industry for sharing her passion for wine and creating top wine selections onboard.

Outside working hours she will enjoy a stunning glass of wine, do yoga, read and loves the peace and quiet of family life at home.

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About Adrian Baba

Adrian BABA

Warehouse & Stock Manager
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Prior to joining us in 2012, Adrian had his own company installing electrical systems in cars, however the call of the French Riviera and the opportunities in the yachting industry have seen him establish himself here full-time.

Adrian's boundless energy and devotion to providing a quality and on-time service render him invaluable to the team. Although he works most of all of us he still manages to find some time for himself.

Adrian enjoys going to the gym, spending time with his lovely fiancé and visiting new cities and was lately very impressed by Dubai.

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About Frédérique MARTIN

Frédérique MARTIN

Office Manager
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Frédérique's background includes running a very successful hotel and restaurant in the French Alps for over 10 years, before she joined the yachting industry in Antibes in 2002.

She started working for Agence Combet, dealing with French administration regarding yachts and in 2006 she joined Riviera Yacht Support where her vast experience in the service industry, expertise in French administration and organisation skills are essential to the smooth running of the companies.

When she is not rescuing her english speaking colleagues from French bureaucracy she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to new and exciting destinations.

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Accounting & Administration
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Valerie is born in Bretagne but moved south 18 years ago. After several years of working with accounts and administration for a hotel chain she joined the RYS team in the spring of 2011 where she continues with similar tasks.

She is extremely thorough, efficient and positive which makes her a very important member of our team.

When she is not spending her time in the office she loves taking her daughter Lo-Ann to the theatre to decorate her new home.

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