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Life After Yachting Workshops with Caroline Rossy

Posted: 18th Aug 2016

Written by: Caroline Rossy

To help plan for your life after yachting, Caroline Rossy will be hosting workshops every Saturday in Antibes to help you to see where you are at in this 'new' life creation, whether it's still just an idea, or whether you already... Read More

PYA Supporting Today's Superyacht Crew: VIDEO

Posted: 22nd Jun 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

With so many people unaware of the enormous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in yachting, the PYA has released a video to explain some of the projects and initiatives it is currently involved with, and the benefits to... Read More

Could your STCW be Invalid on 1st January 2017?

Posted: 27th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Tiffany, Stewardess: “I heard something about STCW certificates needing to be updated by the first of January next year but I’m confused who this applies to and whether I need to do it - can you clarify? Read More

STCW Basic Safety Training Updates: Don’t get Caught Out!

Posted: 22nd Apr 2016

Written by: Lars Lippuner / Warsash Superyacht Academy

When the STCW Convention was conceived in 1978 and finally came into force in 1984 there was no requirement for mandatory safety training. This only changed with the 1995 Amendments coming into force in 2002. Read More

The Crew Coach: Hold out for a Couple's Job or go it Alone?

Posted: 20th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

My boyfriend and I are in Antibes looking for a couple’s job: he is a deckhand and I am a chef. We’ve been told by practically everyone that because we’re new in yachting we don’t have much hope of getting a job together, how can ... Read More

The Crew Coach: Who Needs a Food Hygiene Certificate?

Posted: 13th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The Crew Coach discusses which Food Hygiene Certificates crew will need as an entry-level stew, and whether it is compulsory for everyone, or just for chefs and stews. Read More

PYA to Endorse ACREW Workshops

Posted: 7th Apr 2016

Written by: Carey Secrett

The Professional Yachting Association has joined forces with ACREW to endorse the content of certain workshops on offer at their professional development events. Read More

Palma or Antibes? Pros and Cons for Crew Jobs

Posted: 30th Mar 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The old Antibes vs Palma debate has been going on for decades, but there are benefits to both, depending on what you’re looking for, your budget, and your personal preferences. Read More

PYA: Update on Training and Certification

Posted: 9th Mar 2016

Written by: PYA

When MSN 1858 came out to replace MSN 1802, there was an error made with the wording for required service to gain exemption from completing the Training Record Book for OOW 3000gt (Y) candidates. Read More

The Crew Coach Announces Superyacht Scholarship Winners | OnboardOnline

Posted: 2nd Mar 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Winners of the Superyacht Scholarship Competition, launched by Alison Rentoul, The Crew Coach, were announced in a live webinar today, 2 March. Read More

The Crew Coach: How Multitasking Makes Yacht Crew Less Productive

Posted: 25th Feb 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

While captains may find working on one job before moving onto the next, The Crew Coach explains why the natural way of doing things is actually better: at least in theory. Read More

The Crew Coach: Why Yacht Captains Need to Listen to Crew

Posted: 7th Jan 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

At the end of last year my first mate left because he said my inability to listen was doing his head in. The thing is I’m not really sure exactly what I’m doing wrong a lot of the time, or what to do about it. How do I learn to li... Read More

YPI Crew: Confidentiality and NDAs on Superyachts

Posted: 18th Dec 2015

Written by: Jason Scott

It’s easier than ever to broadcast our lives but it’s important to remember that some things should be kept confidential and out of our news feeds - especially when working on a luxury superyacht. Read More

The Crew Coach: Bridging the Generation Gap with Younger Crew

Posted: 2nd Dec 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

When longstanding crew resist changes to the system and culture brought about by new crew members, captains must find a way to bring harmony to this team of two halves. Read More

The Crew Coach: Publishing Public Photos of a Yacht

Posted: 25th Nov 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

It's extremely important for all yacht crew to use discretion with any photos taken of boats, particularly those that you or your friends work on, to avoid getting yourself or friends into trouble. Read More

The Crew Coach: How Writing Better Job Ads will Find Better Crew

Posted: 28th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Considering we demand professional candidates that are well suited to our yacht’s individual culture and demands, it’s not surprising we sometimes fail to find the right candidates when our descriptions are so vague. Read More

The Crew Coach: When to Keep Interviewing or Wait for an Offer

Posted: 21st Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

When it comes to job offers, everything can change in an instant. The job may evaporate, the captain might choose someone else, or the yacht might decide to delay the hiring decision, so it's wise to keep looking right up until th... Read More

The Crew Coach: How to Leave a Boat on Good Terms

Posted: 6th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

There are a numnber of ways in which you can minimise the fallout when resigning from a yacht job, and it’s important to start with why captains often react so badly to crew quitting. Read More

Minutes from the PYA Sea Changes Forum for Engineering and Deck

Posted: 2nd Oct 2015

Written by: PYA

Minutes of the Sea Changes Forum for Engineering and Deck, held in the IHO offices during the Monaco Yacht Show on Thursday 24/9/15. Read More

Warsash Superyacht Academy Training Update

Posted: 28th Sep 2015

Written by: Warsash Superyacht Academy

With the debate about the new STCW updating requirements heating up ahead of the enforcement date of 1 January 2017, Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA), part of Southampton Solent University, explained at Monaco Yacht Show why these... Read More

The Crew Coach: Can you Learn to be a Leader?

Posted: 24th Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

I know from first hand experience that leadership skills can be learnt – as I had to learn everything I know about leadership myself, having not shown a lot of great ‘natural’ talent in this area when I first found myself thrust i... Read More

Superyacht Sector Calls for New Approach to Crew Recruitment

Posted: 21st Sep 2015

Written by: Faststream

The growing requirement to source yacht crew from outside the superyacht sector has led to a call for a more sophisticated approach to recruitment from managers and owners' representatives. Read More

The Crew Coach: Crew Behaving Badly

Posted: 2nd Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

When one captain was faced with the issue of two of his crew going out and bringing some girls back to the boat, he was faced with the dilemma of the most effective way to punish them without it negatively effecting anyone else on... Read More

Yacht Crew - Help the Industry by Taking this Survey

Posted: 20th Aug 2015

Written by: Katarina Polijak

Calling all yacht crew! Please help our industry to grow and shine by taking this brief survey aimed at improving working and living conditions and delivering a memorable charter experience. Read More

The Crew Coach: The Nasty or Nice Dilemmas of a New Leader

Posted: 17th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

t’s not easy being a new HOD, especially in yachting where you also live and socialise with your team members, but it is possible to get people to want to do what you want them to without resorting to threats or nasty tactics. Read More

The Crew Coach: What do do when you Acquire a 'Frenemy' On Board

Posted: 6th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Moving up through your yachting career needs to be done strategically. This doesn’t mean you need to sell out and trample on people as you climb the rungs, but it does mean you need to be savvy about how things work. Read More

The Crew Coach: Why it’s Good Sometimes to not Fit In On Board

Posted: 30th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Smart captains try to shape a balanced onboard culture with their hiring strategy. A calm presence is probably what the yacht needed, and you’re here to provide it. So, let’s ‘rebrand’ you from shy and quiet, to calm and balancing Read More

Sign a Petition to 'Keep Warsash in Warsash'

Posted: 29th Jul 2015

Written by: PYA

Following proposals to transfer some of the activities of Warsash Maritime Academy to Southampton Solent University’s city centre site, the PYA feels this would immediately lead to permanent dilution of the value of the Warsash br... Read More

The Crew Coach: Is your Department Working Hardest?

Posted: 22nd Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The ‘my department works harder than your department’ line is as old as the yachting industry itself.  And sometimes it’s even true: there are many yachts where mid season the stews are working when the deck crew or engineers aren... Read More

The Crew Coach: Charter Tips, to Declare or not?

Posted: 16th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul - The Crew Coach

There is nothing more important to a well-functioning crew than trust. The crew have to trust each other, and money issues can really get in the way of this. For the sake of a thousand euro, is it worth your crew suspecting you of... Read More


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