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Crew Life - Interviews & Insider Tips

Captain Glen McDonnell - Motor Yacht Vava

Posted: 30th Oct 2018

Written by: Sarah Forge

From humble beginnings in Oxley Creek to the inside track of Formula One and the America's Cup, Captain Glen McDonnell has seen it all. His first job was on 50 foot steel-hull motorsailer but a love of adventure and serendipity al... Read More

In the Galley with Superyacht Chef Sean Ballington

Posted: 11th Mar 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

The 50m motor yacht ODESSA is available to charter in the Mediterranean this summer, with an amazing crew ready to lavish 7-Star service upon discerning charter guests. One of ODESSA's key attractions is Chef Sean Ballington who g... Read More

Captain Cameron Lee on Developing EfficientSea

Posted: 18th Jan 2018

Written by: Sam Watson

Cameron Lee's game-changing EfficientSea App embodies the dictum that necessity is the mother of all invention. An experienced superyacht captain with over 85,000 sea miles under his belt, Lee was fed up with juggling paperwork an... Read More

Danny McGowan on the Role of Nautilus in Yachting

Posted: 17th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

For many seafarers, Nautilus International is an important ally during their maritime careers, while for many in the yachting industry it remains a bit of a mystery. There's also the view in some corners that superyacht employment... Read More

Caroline Rossy: A Life After Yachting

Posted: 2nd Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Caroline Rossy is one of those people who reminds you that everything in life is a choice, up to a point. An ex-stew, she knows a thing or two about the challenges of moving ashore and, recognizing a common problem, she put her ex... Read More

Interview: Superyacht Scholarship Winner James Benning

Posted: 28th May 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

James Benning was the winner of the Exterior Department in the Superyacht Scholarship Competition launched earlier this year by Alison Rentoul. Just a few months on and James has already landed his first job as Deckhand onboard 55... Read More

Interview: Superyacht Scholarship Winner - Zhara Bathe

Posted: 15th May 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Chosen from a total of 263 applicants from all over the world, Zhara Bathe was the Interior and Grand Prize winner of the Superyacht Scholarship Competition launched by Alison Rentoul, The Crew Coach. Just two months on and Zhara ... Read More

Interview: Superyacht Scholarship Winner - Trystan Irwin

Posted: 10th May 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

The four winners of the Superyacht Scholarship Competition, launched by Alison Rentoul, The Crew Coach, were announced in a live webinar in March, chosen from a total of 263 applicants from all over the world. We recently caught u... Read More

Interview: Abigail Doherty - Superyacht Engineer

Posted: 20th Apr 2016

Written by: Jason Scott

YPI Crew speaks to Abigail Doherty, a superyacht engineer, about her experience of gaining employment in the yachting industry. One of the most exciting things about the yachting industry is the sheer variety of yacht crew jobs an... Read More

Mastering Cape Epic!

Posted: 13th Apr 2016

Written by: Bianca Ljungberg

Chief officer Arvid Ljungberg and his team mate Markus Jokinen recently completed their first Cape Epic, a gruelling eight-day mountain bike stage race which takes place in the Western Cape, South Africa. Coined as one of the toug... Read More

Interview: Chief Steward, Stig Spiessens

Posted: 10th Mar 2016

Written by: Stig Spiessens

After working in luxury hospitality for eight years, a passion for the ultimate hospitality experience led Chief Steward Stig Spiessens to pursue a career in yachting. Having worked on motor yachts Tatoosh, Dilbar and Aquila (ex-C... Read More

Interview: Chief Stew Charlotte Morris

Posted: 16th Feb 2016

Written by: Charlotte Morris

Fresh from the five day Interior Management Course with Interior Yacht Services, Chief Stewardess Charlotte Morris talks about her passion for travel and adventure, building a dream team and the importance of continuous profession... Read More

Interview: Captain Kevin Paul

Posted: 12th Nov 2015

Written by: Rumble Romagnoli

Kevin Paul is the captain of sailing superyacht MOONBIRD. We were fortunate enough to meet up with him in Port Hercule during the Monaco Yacht Show in September to discuss racing, sailing through hurricanes and how he finds his id... Read More

In the Galley with Superyacht Chef Tim MacDonald

Posted: 16th Jul 2015

Written by: Ellie Barker, Penum

Chef Tim MacDonald is one of the mentors involved in the new Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program, which was set up to support and develop aspiring chefs on board. Speaking to Ellie Barker, he talks about his career and why he wanted t... Read More

In the Galley with Superyacht Chef Andrew Murphy

Posted: 15th Jun 2015

Written by: Penum Yachts

Chef Andrew Murphy is one of the mentors involved in the new Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program, which was set up to support and develop aspiring chefs on board. Speaking to Ellie Barker, he talks about his career as a chef. Read More

Interview: Mentor Chef Andrew Murphy

Posted: 15th Jun 2015

Written by: Penum Yachts

Chef Andrew Murphy is one of the mentors involved in the new Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program, which was set up to support and develop aspiring chefs on board. Speaking to Ellie Barker, he talks about his career as a chef. Read More

Superyacht Chef Stephen Jones

Posted: 8th Jun 2015

Written by: Ellie Barker

Chef Stephen Jones is one of the mentors involved in the new Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program, which was set up to support and develop aspiring chefs on board. Speaking to Ellie Barker, he talks about his career and overall experie... Read More

In the Galley with Superyacht Chef Stephen Jones

Posted: 27th May 2015

Written by: Penum

Chef Stephen Jones is one of the mentors involved in the new Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program, which was set up to support and develop aspiring superyacht chefs. Speaking to Ellie Barker, he talks about his career, what inspires hi... Read More

Q&A: Captain Ken Kreisler

Posted: 25th May 2015

Written by: Ken Kreisler

Captain Ken Kreisler is a veteran marine journalist and has been part of the boating industry for over 25 years. Based in the US, Ken contributes features and a monthly 'Stateside Update' for OnboardOnline and is currently working... Read More

Interview: Captain Paul Bickley

Posted: 5th May 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Like any captain with 20 years of yachting under his belt, Paul Bickley has seen enormous change in the yachting industry since the start of his career. Read More

Superyacht Chef Alix Verrips

Posted: 4th May 2015

Written by: Penum

Chef Alix Verrips is one of the mentors involved in the new Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program, which was set up to support and develop aspiring chefs on board. Speaking to Ellie Barker, she talks about her career as a chef and her ... Read More

Crew Accommodation in Antibes

Posted: 30th Mar 2015

Written by: Lauren Williams

With the yearly influx of new crew beginning to flood into Antibes, we wanted to give you the lowdown on all the crew houses available. The most well-known crew houses in Antibes include The Crew Grapevine, The Crewhouse, The Glam... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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