Why we exist

The team at HopYacht combine a passion for sailing with a single-minded purpose, to create a better holiday sailing experience for everyone. This key principle has guided every facet of the HopYacht concept from the outset.


With the advantage of diverse business backgrounds, the HopYacht leadership team have added fresh thinking and practical ideas, to ensure that sailors and non sailors are able to happily co-exist onboard.

HopYacht Leadership

Paul Tomes

Paul Tomes

Sales and Design Management

Mary-Clare Tomes

Mary-Clare Tomes

Operations and Marketing 

John Blake

Strategy and Finance

Oliver Dawson

Build Partner
Composites Africa

Kris Jarzebowski


HopYacht Cape Town

Based in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has a well established yacht building industry and is home of the second largest catamaran builder in the world, producing the Leopard series catamarans, plus many other award winning designs.


Establishing HopYacht in Cape Town meant we have been able to draw on existing industry skills and expertise, plus a network of specialist suppliers already based in South Africa. We have a team of hand-picked professionals onboard and procure services and equipment from leading industry names.

Local Partners and suppliers with a well established pedigree

DuToit Yacht Design
North Sails
Southern Ropes