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Crew Life - Interviews & Insider Tips

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

Superyacht Chef Simon Furey

Posted: 28th Feb 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Sitting in a careers class in Coventry 25 years ago, little did Simon Furey realise that one day, he would make his name cooking on one of the most sumptuous private yachts. Read More

Q&A: Elise Ciappara

Posted: 20th Jan 2014

Written by: Elise Cappiara

Elise Ciappara joined yachting after a diverse career in finance and wedding planning. Now second stew on M/Y Titania, she tells OnboardOnline about the virtues of taking a risk to find a career you love. 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 onboard. Read More

Anders Pedersen

Posted: 27th Dec 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Chef Anders Pedersen from M/Y Altitude talks to OnboardOnline about his competition win in Antigua, and his belief that yacht chefs need to share their knowledge more. 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: Mel Thunderbolt

Posted: 14th Aug 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Engineer Mel Thunderbolt loves boats. Sailing them, working on them and fixing them (although she could happily do without the shore power cable system.) Join her as she describes her sheer love of yachting, a lucky escape from an... Read More

Q&A: Mike Wilson

Posted: 16th Jun 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Not everyone who grows up in South Florida ends up the better for it. But Mike Wilson seems to be one of the few to have bucked that trend by taking advantage of the most visible industry in the region. No – not sales in bright ne... Read More

Q&A: 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

Pascal Pellat-Finet

Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Captain Pascal Pellat-Finet grew up on the crystalline waters of southern France. It was in Toulon that he started sailing at age 8. His passion only grew with age.Racing became his life. It began in the familiar waters of the Med... Read More

Q&A: Adam Laithwaite

Posted: 15th Mar 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Adam Laithwaite had always sailed. And when his career as head of “arty farty marketing bollocks” ended prematurely, he had to decide what to do next.“ Thanks to my friend and a few pints of quietly disturbing local village cider ... Read More

Speaking with Pascal Goger, Captain of SY Douce France

Posted: 28th Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

As the master of S/Y Douce France, Pascal Goger has seen more than his share of the world’s most remote places. The 52-year-old captain has been with the 42m (138 ft) ketch sailing catamaran almost since it was built in 1998. To t... Read More

Q&A: Anni Riedel

Posted: 21st Feb 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Better known among her peers as "German Anni", this 15-year veteran of the superyacht industry got into it by accident. It started when Anni Riedel moved from Germany to the Caribbean, where she worked on land for a while. But the... Read More

Q&A: Brandon Matley

Posted: 7th Feb 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

The 25-year-old South Africa native left his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, in May of 2011 and moved to Antibes. After a lot of dockwalking, he eventually landed his current position: second engineer on M/Y Shooting Star. He... Read More


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