Pierre Travers Tauss

Chairman & CEO

Pierre has been involved in the marine industry since 1990 with the setting up of Strand Marine as importers of yachts, yachting equipment and accessories. His involvement was further expanded with the setting up, in 2006, of Esprit Yachting who are the exclusive representatives of Azimut|Benetti Yachts and Williams tenders. Born in 1958, and an engineer by profession, he ensures that his business offers the best possible customer care support.


Niki Travers Tauss

Managing Director

With a background in Marketing and New Media, Niki has a passion for yachts which together with the already existing family interests in boating translated into the founding of Esprit Yachting in 2006. The company has since represented the world-leading yacht manufacturers – Azimut|Benetti Group, Nautor's Swan and Williams Performance Tenders.

Today Niki is the Managing Director of Esprit Yachting and runs a fully-fledged yacht support company offering Yacht Sales, Management, Charter and Maltese Flag yacht ownership structures. More recently Niki has been project lead for the Marina di Valletta - a state of the art,  250+ berth yacht marina which started operating at the start of the 2017 season. 

Niki is an external consultant for product development at Azimut Yachts and a Board member of the Yachting Services section at the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Matthew Travers Tauss

Finance & Administration

Matthew is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the company and is key to the management and finance operation of both Esprit Yachting and Strand Marine.

Matthew is also a keen yacht enthusiast. 


Christopher Bugeja

Service Manager 

Christopher is presently working as Service Manager and has over thirty five years of experience in the Maritime industry having worked both on pleasure boats and commercial vessels. Christopher has also built a wealth of experience in  Maritime Management.



Sammy Zammit

Williams Service Centre Engineer 

Sammy has been working with the team since 2010 and is in charge of the Service offering relate to Williams Jet Tenders as well as undertaking electrical and mechanical repairs as well as overhauling of Webber engines.  

In his free time Sammy enjoys restoring classic cars.


Luke Spiteri

Guardiennage & Yacht Care Operations 

Luke joined to team to bring with him over nine years of experience working in various roles in a number of marinas. Over the last few years he has gained further experience in the marina operations with a strong focus on providing excellent customer service.  

Luke has a Yacht Master qualification and has recorded over 6000 sea miles recorded.

Boating is Luke’s passion so he keeps spending more time in a marine environment. 


Maria Vella-Galea

Marketing & Public Relations

Maria  is responsible for the Marketing and Public Relations.

Maria has built significant experience through working with well established and reputable organisations in a number of sectors - telecommunications, aviation, non-profit organisations, sports management and financial services to mention a few. 

Though having a busy schedule, Maria is a keen triathlete and equestrienne with show jumping being her favourite discipline. 


Peter valentino

Nautor's Swan Sales & Customer Care

Peter  has sailed and been in contact with the sea and wind since a very tender age. 

For a few years Peter coached Malta's National Sailing Team. In the year 2001, Peter obtained International Judge status, a position he currently holds.  Through this and to date he officiated at around 250 events in 28 Nations, three of which were the prestigious Olympic Games. Peter's involvement in the Olympic Games consisted of coaching at the 2000 Games in Sydney, volunteering in the International Technical Officers' department in Athens in 2004 and more recently formed part of the International Jury at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.  

In 2013, Peter was honoured with the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (Medla for Service to the Republic) in recognition of his contribution towards the development of sailing in Malta. 


alexandra vella

yacht charter and brokerage


Alexandra has been in the yachting industry for the past ten years working actively in different roles and gaining substantial experience in the process.  Alexandra currently takes care of charters and the organisation of the various events the company hosts throughout the year. Alexandra also acts as Personal Assistant to the Director.  

With a great passion for the industry, Alexandra looks forward to further strengthening her experience as well as contributing further in the field.