the Team

Southern Wind has a unique claim: it is one of the few yards to have remained in stable and continuous. Ownership and management for a quarter of a century

Yachting World, June 2016


Many key positions within the company are held by experienced personnel with excellent reputation in the shipbuilding industry. As a company proudly located in Cape Town, SWS is also renowned for the cultural diversity of its workforce with many employees hailing from different provinces of South Africa. SWS is committed to supporting its workers in their professional development through an inclusive and progressive culture that encourages education and fair wages.

Willy Persico

Willy Persico




Paul Dumbell

Classification and Planning

Daniele De Donno

Technical coordinator – Interiors

Niki Jennings

Interiors designer

Francesco Monti

Technical coordinator – Electronics

James Cannell

Technical coordinator – Deck and Hardware

Hilton van Ginkel

Technical coordinator – Systems

Matteo Gallamini

Technical coordinator – Mast, rigging and hardware

Stefania Losapio

Quality Control


Yann Dabbadie

Projects and design manager

Simon French

Drawing Office Manager – Interiors


Isacco Piroddi

Production Manager

Marc Huntley

Carpentry Department Manager

Stefan Falcon

Lamination Department Manager

Derrick Hodgkinson

Systems and assembly Department Manager


Dale Mc Tavish

Accounting Manager

Michael Bridgens

Supply Chain and IT Manager