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In the Galley with Yacht Chef Charli Witts

Posted: 12th Apr 2023

Written by: Kate Emery

This week, Kate Emery, founder of Amandine, catches up with British chef Charli Watts, to discuss her greatest inspirations, favourite dishes, all time food heroes and best galley hacks. Read More

Marco Tognon Wins the 2023 Superyacht Chef Competition in Monaco

Posted: 31st Mar 2023

Written by: Karen Hockney

Nine of the yachting industry’s most talented chefs pitted their skills against each other in the Superyacht Chef Competition at the Yacht Club de Monaco last week. Read More

In the Galley with Yacht Chef Alain Bijou

Posted: 20th Mar 2023

Written by: Kate Emery

Kate Emery, founder of Amandine Chefs, speaks to Chef Alain Bijou to discuss his personal culinary style, his must-have galley gadgets, and the inspiration behind the exquisite menus he creates on board. Read More

In the Galley With Yacht Chef Abdelkarim Mohamed

Posted: 15th Mar 2023

Written by: Kate Emery

Kate Emery, founder of Amandine International Chef Placement, speaks to chef Abdelkarim Mohamed to discuss his all-time food heroes, current challenges faced by the superyacht industry, and how he puts a unique spin on his dishes. Read More

In the Galley with Yacht Chef Bianca Jade Murphy

Posted: 13th Mar 2023

Written by: Kate Emery

Kate Emery, founder of Amandine International Chef Placement catches up with chef Bianca Jade Murphy to discuss her food heroes, the secrets of cooking exquisite food on board and the ingredients she couldn’t live without. Read More

Regina Petra Meyer: From Sailing Novice to Superyacht Crew

Posted: 1st Sep 2022

Written by: Regina Petra Meyer

There is no doubt that travel was my drug, at times a distraction, and my personal money pit. When others pursued higher education, took up lucrative careers and later began rearing offspring, I was either boarding or disembarking a plane. Read More

Captain Jonathan Copsey on Rising up the Superyacht Ranks

Posted: 6th Jul 2022

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Captain Jonathan Copsey talks us through his passion for sailing, his transition to captain, and what characteristics he thinks are required to make it all the way to the top. Read More

A Complete Guide to Looking After Pets on Board: Part 2

Posted: 27th May 2022

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Following on from part one of this article, Isobel Odendaal discusses tips and tricks for keeping pets happy and safe on board, including how to keep the yacht clean and poisonous plants to look out for. Read More

Taking Home Gold at MYBA with Chef Anders Pedersen

Posted: 27th May 2022

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Highlighting the exceptional culinary talent that owners and guests can enjoy on board, there’s no higher accolade than taking the stop spot at the MYBA Chef's Competition, and in this year’s 48m and over category that award went to Chef Anders Pederson. Read More

A Complete Guide to Looking After Pets on Board: Part 1

Posted: 25th May 2022

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

For hundreds of years, anything from parrots to cats to dogs to monkeys (and everything in between) have loyally travelled with their owners at sea, relieving their loneliness, protecting them and keeping them company. Read More

Diving Instructor Mellisa Altenburger on her Mission to Clean up the Oceans

Posted: 24th Jan 2022

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

While you might think Mellisa Altenburger’s love of the sea would have started from a young age, her fear of great whites meant that until she got her PADI Open Water Certification in 2014, she couldn’t even put her head underneath without having a panic attack. Read More

Ethical Yacht Wear Founder Lauren Wardley on the Importance of Giving Back

Posted: 12th Jan 2022

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Passionate about ocean conservation and sustainability, Lauren launched Ethical Yacht Wear back in 2019, supplying unique crew uniforms that are 100% sustainable, all while giving back and removing plastic out of our oceans at the same time. Read More

Top Tips for Yacht Stewards and Stewardesses with Isobel Odendaal

Posted: 5th Jan 2022

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

In the second part of our interview with Isobel Odendaal, the owner and director of Super Yachting South Africa talks us through her top tips for both green and established stews and stewardesses. Read More

Isobel Odendaal of Super Yachting South Africa on 25 Years in the Industry

Posted: 29th Dec 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Isobel Odendaal is celebrating 25 years in the superyacht industry this year, and on speaking to the owner and director of Super Yachting South Africa, it’s clear that she has relished each and every one of them. Read More

How Chief Officer Wesley Walton is Championing Sustainable Yachting

Posted: 3rd Dec 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Growing up in Johannesburg, Wesley Walton joined the superyacht industry seven years ago and is now a chief officer working on rotation on the 58m Illusion V. Here he tells us about his role as a SEA ambassador with Seastainable Yachting and what he hopes to achieve. Read More

Captain Maria Grazia Franco on Gender Equality in Yachting

Posted: 22nd Nov 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Captain Maria Grazia ‘MG’ Franco is a stellar example of how hard work, talent, experience and perseverance can get you to the top. “I’ve had moments during my career where being a woman has been a disadvantage,” she says. “I would not use any of them as an excuse not to succeed.” Read More

Why Superyacht Stewardess Gemma Harris Founded Seastainable Yachting

Posted: 18th Nov 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Chief stewardess Gemma Harris has spent seven years working on board both sailing and motor yachts, and during this time she has seen firsthand the impact of the superyacht industry on the marine environment which prompted her to do something about it Read More

A Guide to Russian Yacht Charter Guests

Posted: 12th Nov 2021

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

We have so many amazing discussions in our Facebook group, Yacht Stewardess and Steward Tips, on any given day. A frequent discussion is how to ensure that Russian guests have the best and most memorable trip possible. Read More

Ella Te Aho on the Thrills and Spills of Being a Female Bosun

Posted: 10th Sep 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

A chance meeting with friends in a bar when she left school at 18 paved the way for Ella Te Aho’s career in yachting, and ever since she left Australia for Antibes for her first season temping and day working, she hasn’t looked back. Read More

How Sport Prepared Bosun Stuart Richmond for a Career on Superyachts

Posted: 26th Aug 2021

Written by: Richard Hagan

If we were to throw a bunch of personality traits and interests into a big ol’ magician’s top hat and draw a few out at random, chances are we couldn’t build a profile as diverse as that of superyacht bosun Stuart Richmond. Read More

Deck/Stewardess Amelia Hudson on Starting out in the Yachting Industry

Posted: 16th Aug 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Travelling during her school holidays, weekends on the family boat and precious time spent wakeboarding with her brother are just three of the childhood experiences that planted the seed that Amelia Hudson’s dream future career may just lie in yachting. Read More

Yachts, Planes and Automobiles with Captain Nicholas Doyle

Posted: 13th Jul 2021

Written by: Richard Hagan

Captain Nicholas Doyle is a man of many talents. When he’s not behind the wheel of a luxury superyacht, he’s rebuilding classic sports cars or flying aeroplanes and helicopters. Here Nick gives an insight into the journey so far and shares his views on some hot industry topics. Read More

The Devil is in the Detail: Hartnack & Co.

Posted: 8th Jul 2021

Written by: Gemma Fottles

It’s no secret that quality and bespoke design are integral to the superyacht industry, and one company that prides itself on every detail of its trade is Hartnack & Co., a family-run business specialising in hand-crafted guest books, menus, portfolios and presentation boxes. Read More

Talking Flowers On Board with Superyacht Stewardess Sarah McNally

Posted: 10th Jun 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

After working in hospitality, Sarah McNally's leap into the role of stewardess was a natural fit. But it's also allowed her to find her creative side and she's now an accomplished florist. Here, she discusses the latest trends in superyacht flowers and her long term ambitions. Read More

Business Lessons from Trans-Ocean Crossings

Posted: 1st Jun 2021

Written by: Lance Mortlock & Tristan Mortlock

Trans-ocean crossings are serious business. They can be carefully prepared and a great experience, but they can also be an encounter that hits you broadside with no prior warning, leaving you scrambling for what to do next. Read More

Inside the Engine Room with Marine Engineer Mustafa Kara

Posted: 17th May 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

Marine Engineer Mustafa Kara describes himself as a citizen of the world with a voracious appetite for life and learning. Over Zoom we discuss his early years in Bodrum, how the commercial sector compares to yachting, and pays tribute to those who helped him along the way. Read More

Josh Nicholson on the Secrets to Becoming a Successful Bosun

Posted: 26th Apr 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

Working rotation on a 100m+ charter yacht, Josh Nicholson is an experienced bosun with his feet firmly on the ground. Currently based in Palma, we discussed the impact of the pandemic, the mood on the dock and the secret to a successful career in yachting. Read More

A Complete Guide to Caring for Flowers on Board Superyachts

Posted: 26th Apr 2021

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

While flowers play such huge part when it comes to creating the ambiance of a superyacht, with so much information to navigate, arranging the perfect display can be a challenge. Here we’ll discuss some expert ways to arrange and care for flowers and more. Read More

Flowers with Longevity – Blooms for Long Guest Trips

Posted: 26th Apr 2021

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

While colour and variety are of course important factors to take into consideration when perfecting the ideal flower arrangement on board, it’s also essential to consider how long your flowers will last. Read More

Cyber Security: AV/IT Advisory

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

Whoever has responsibility for a yacht’s AV/IT systems has two tasks. The first is to maintain the functioning of all units associated with entertainment and with communications/connectivity. The second is to detect and prevent malicious interference with such functioning.
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