• Yacht Masters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 4)

    Posted: 9th July 2016 | Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

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    Retired mariner, Horatio Hardy, is on a mission to find his itinerant nieces whose parents have been kidnapped off north-east Africa. The story continues as H is employed as Mate of M/Y Caviare, under the command of Captain ‘Skippy’ Brewster...
  • Going Down With The Ship?

    Posted: 8th December 2015 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Welcome to the working life of a superyacht captain, a leadership role unlike any other. With anywhere between five and 50 employees and a legion of suppliers and contractors, running a superyacht is like being the CEO of a large, busy company.
  • Survey for Captains: Work Placements on Yachts

    Posted: 28th May 2015 | Written by: PYA

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    It is the intention of MYBA, GEPY, ItalianYachtMasters and the PYA to encourage young people to enter the yachting sector. This is a reaction to the predicted shortfall in the numbers of crew required to meet the industry's needs over the next decade (currently shown as 30,000).
  • Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 3)

    Posted: 18th May 2015 | Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

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    That Yacht Masters routinely refer to their 3000 tonne vessels as ‘boats’ is not unique – Admiral Lord Mountbatten habitually called aircraft carriers ‘boats’ but not without a hint of irony, not least because he knew the difference between a ship and a boat. Does it matter? Does it shape the mentality, the attitude and ultimately the way in which a vessel’s crew is managed and led? Horatio returns to his beloved oggin; with Skippy as his new boss might this be a marriage made in heaven, or a recipe for a disaster?
  • Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 2)

    Posted: 8th April 2015 | Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

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    Curious thing, fate; what is ‘meant to be will be’ pondered H; I don’t believe in fate, but even if I did what could I do about it? Such thoughts were forged from a lucky opportunity presented to Claude, a consequence of which led the ancient mariner to embark in wholly new territory: the superyacht. What did the old hand make of this extraordinary vessel without any apparent purpose, at least to him?
  • Continuous Professional Development for Yacht Captains

    Posted: 13th March 2015 | Written by: Ian Bone

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    A reasonable amount of information and discussion is beginning to emerge in the yachting media concerning the development of an unlimited yacht specific Masters certificate of competency.
  • Inspire to Lead

    Posted: 14th February 2015 | Written by: Simon Harvey

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    As yachts get ever larger and regulations increase, the role of a superyacht Captain, Officer, or HOD can seem less about the vessel and crew and more about admin and paperwork. These things are important, but don't let them rob you of your role or your purpose, or the reason you became a Captain in the first place.
  • Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 1)

    Posted: 12th February 2015 | Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

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    What can yachties teach crusty old Master Mariners? What can yachting learn from the wider shipping industry? Captain Horatio Hardy and Yachtmaster Skippy Brewster embark on a journey of discovery, from which both emerge wiser men. Episode One: Captain Horatio Hardy Arrives in Antibes...
  • Transatlantic Delivery - Are You Prepared?

    Posted: 18th December 2014 | Written by: Ted Street

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    The Med season has ended and it’s time to deliver your boat. These days in yachting that could be absolutely anywhere! Owners are keener than ever to head off the beaten path and explore new cruising grounds while the standard seasonal deliveries such as the Med or USA to the Caribbean remain as popular as ever.
  • Leadership at Sea - Closing Words on an Abused Topic

    Posted: 17th October 2014 | Written by: Shawn Engbrecht - CASS Global

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    If every article on Leadership in the Maritime world was represented by a toothpick, most of us would agree that we would require the services of a chain saw for a very long day to cut through all the dead wood out there.
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