Captain Paul Bickley, Motor Yacht Latitude

Posted: 28th Jan 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

You don’t have to spend very long talking to Paul Bickley, captain of motor yacht Latitude, to grasp the fact that onboard mentoring and training, crew development and team spirit are where it’s at. Read More

Transatlantic Delivery - Are You Prepared?

Posted: 18th Dec 2014

Written by: Ted Street

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 sea... Read More

Interview: Captain Mark O'Connell

Posted: 17th Dec 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

As a member of the British Army's elite Parachute Regiment, Mark O’Connell followed an unusual and rather eventful path into yachting. Read More

Leadership at Sea - Closing Words on an Abused Topic

Posted: 17th Oct 2014

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht - CASS Global

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. Read More

Captain Andy Cully

Posted: 14th Oct 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Walking along the Esplanade du Bastion St Jaume as some of the Med’s finest examples of classic yachts nestle cheek by jowl at the Antibes Yacht Show, one of those that immediately catches the eye is S/Y Eilean. Read More

Q&A: Captain Nolan Ross, M/Y Serenity J

Posted: 9th Sep 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Like so many in yachting, Nolan Ross ran away from a desk job. 15 years later, he is captain of 55m motoryacht Serenity J. Read More

Haystacks and Beanbags: Where do all the sails go?

Posted: 21st Aug 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

Racing sails aren't cheap, only lasting three years at peak performance. So what happens to them after they're replaced? A new industry is reconditioning sailing history for a new life. Read More

Reckless Jetski /Tender Handling Crackdown

Posted: 18th Aug 2014

Written by: Camper & Nicholsons

Following a recent fatal jetski accident in Porquerolles near St Tropez, French authorities are cracking down on tender and jetski operation in the South of France. Read More

Thunderstorms on the Horizon

Posted: 8th Aug 2014

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

As the Mediterranean yachting season hits its peak, Captain Rod Hatch alerts us to some regulatory inspections, visa issues and possible dangers that yachts should be aware of. Read More

Hours of Rest Inspection Campaign

Posted: 7th Aug 2014

Written by: Paris MoU and Toyko MoU

An Inspection Campaign on STCW Hours of Rest will be carried out by Port State Control Officers between the 1st of September and the 30th of November 2014 in the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU regions. Read More

Classic Yachts: Dumping Money for Love

Posted: 4th Aug 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

If you love yachts, and I mean really love yachts, then you have to love classic yachts. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a motor yacht, a tender, or a sailing yacht; for sheer head-turning elegance there’s little to beat the classi... Read More

Six Ways to Help Your Crew Go Above and Beyond

Posted: 24th Jul 2014

Written by: The Crew Coach

As the summer warms up, the heat is on and you’ve been very busy with guests, by now your crew’s desire to go above and beyond the call of duty could be starting to wane. Read More

Communicating with Captains

Posted: 18th Jul 2014

Written by: Ian Bone

This article isn't about a watch-keeping function or whether there is a risk of a collision.It's about how you communicate as captain, which reveals much about your leadership style. Read More

The 'F' Word: Extreme Sailing in St Petersburg

Posted: 4th Jul 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

In St Petersburg last week, the River Neva and its historic backdrop of palaces and museums was plastered with triangular advertising billboards that you and I would identify as sails. Competition sailing is big business. Mark Tur... Read More

Do Your Crew Share Your Vision for Success?

Posted: 25th Jun 2014

Written by: Alison Rentoul

As a leader one of the most important skills you can master is the art of making your crew want to do what you want them to do. Not only do you not have time to personally crack the whip continuously or micromanage every single cr... Read More

The Vulnerable Captain: Making Better Hiring Decisions

Posted: 20th Jun 2014

Written by: Simon Harvey

Vulnerability is often seen as weakness, but is in fact a valuable building block in good leadership. If you challenge your hiring habits, you will have a better crew dynamic- and a happier owner. Read More

Q&A: Nat Lemieux, Shamrock V

Posted: 13th Jun 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Sailor Nat Lemieux speaks to OnboardOnline about the problem with motoryachts, the joy of free toothpaste and the paper-work heavy future of yachting. Read More

Cheeki Rafiki- Questions for the Future

Posted: 21st May 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

Whatever the outcome of the search for the Cheeki Rafiki crew, the sailing fraternity will need to take a long hard look at this incident to see whether lessons can be learned for the future. Read More

Yacht Captains Association Announces New Member Benefits

Posted: 14th May 2014

Written by: Yacht Captains Association

Non-profit association dedicated to professional yacht Captains initiates programs with respected travel, hospitality and financial management companies. Read More

Ilija Dimitrijevic, Captain of M/Y Ocean Paradise

Posted: 24th Apr 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Captain Ilija Dimitrijevic used to have what many people would consider the dream job…running two diving schools in the beautiful waters of Croatia and Montenegro. Read More

Captain Stephane Benfield, S/Y Altair

Posted: 23rd Apr 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Named after one of the galaxy’s brightest stars, Altair has long been considered the benchmark in restored pre-war classic sailing yachts. Read More

Captain Alex Tilleray, SY Manitou

Posted: 28th Mar 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

My first sighting of the legendary Manitou is inauspicious given her unique history. It’s a breezy February afternoon and the 62 ft performance yacht is moored at the old port in Cannes. Read More

Ships and Crew Rot in Port: The argument to go to sea

Posted: 15th Jan 2014

Written by: Ted Street

While much has been written about the need for adequate rest for crew, little has been written about what happens when boats and crew get the opposite: too much down-time. Read More

Two Ways to Cross the Atlantic

Posted: 14th Jan 2014

Written by: William Garnier

Author and skipper William Garner shares two dramatically different journeys across the Atlantic- the solitude and discomfort of a solo crossing versus the luxury and camaraderie of a charter yacht. Read More

Baby On Board: The Benbrooks

Posted: 3rd Jan 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

Carol Benbrook has spent much of her career redefining roles and expectations. As well as beng a female captain, she has broken convention by raising her children on board. Read More

5 Questions When Hiring a Yacht Electro-Technical Officer (ETO)

Posted: 31st Dec 2013

Written by: Great Circle Systems

Yachting technology specialist Great Circle Systems shares the first of its 5 most popular blogs of 2013. Read More

Bridging Communications

Posted: 25th Nov 2013

Written by: Simon Harvey

Today's superyachts come equipped with every modern piece of equipment to navigate the globe, however, one ingredient that needs constant upgrading is human command. Read More

Q&A: Joss Willner

Posted: 7th Nov 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Joss Willner, Captain of M/Y Baton Rouge, has come a long way since arriving in the South of France in 1983 after a teenage stint in the Merchant Navy. He's a pragmatist, described by friends as 'old school' and a safe pair of han... Read More

Mat Barker & The Blue Peter

Posted: 30th Sep 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Of all the crashes that Mat Barker saw in his past life as a derivatives trader, nothing prepared him for the day The Blue Peter snapped her mast. Read More

Q&A: Captain Mex

Posted: 21st May 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Mex has pretty much seen and done it all in yachting as well as the wider maritime industry. That’s why he’s known to most people simply as ‘Mex’. Over the years he’s served as a captain, a chief and sole engineer, a program manag... Read More


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