Crew Life

The Crew Coach Announces the Superyacht Scholarship 2017

Posted: 21st Dec 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Building on the success of the 2016 Superyacht Scholarship, The Crew Coach is delighted to announce that the 2017 edition is now open, giving four more young crew members the opportunity of a lifetime to develop their career in th... Read More

Christmas Roundup from Steward/ess Tips

Posted: 19th Dec 2016

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

As Christmas is fast approaching, this is one of the busiest times of the year for many yachts so we've put together some of our most popular Christmas ideas and suggestions from our Facebook group, Yacht Stewardess Tips. Read More

Cedric Seguela: Founder of Secrets de Cuisine

Posted: 18th Dec 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

As regulations in the yachting industry increase, no department is immune. Under MLC 2006, as of 7 August 2014, it is a requirement for all chefs/ cooks onboard charter yachts with 10 or more crew to have an MCA Ships Cook Certifi... Read More

Yacht Engineers Then & Now

Posted: 6th Dec 2016

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

Yachts engineers, the technical knowledge and qualifications required, have come a long way since the turn of the century. Back in the day, with little or no regulations, the term engineer was used loosely in the yachting communit... Read More

Raising the Bar in Superyacht Hospitality

Posted: 1st Dec 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

Over the years we’ve seen a shift from selling superyachts to selling the ultimate experience which, by definition, puts the spotlight on luxury hospitality. However, according to Peter Vogel of Luxury Hospitality Management, the ... Read More

Wine Tasting Terms - From Round to Steely

Posted: 10th Nov 2016

Written by: Jessica Evans

If you're a steward/ess choosing a selection of fine wines for your yacht it helps to understand the peculiar wine tasting terms on the label. Many are apt descriptions, but it's not always easy to imagine the taste of a wine on y... Read More

Rudi Keil: Crew Fitness Onboard & Ashore

Posted: 7th Nov 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

As an ex-professional rugby player, Rudi Keil, understands the connection between mind, body and spirit for performance and wellbeing. He's also passionate about good nutrition and set up B MOVED to offer an holistic approach to h... Read More

Alternative Route to OOW (Yachts under 3,000GT)

Posted: 3rd Nov 2016

Written by: Lars Lippuner

Since the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competency (CoC) is a command certificate for small craft, the RYA insists that at least half the qualifying 2,500 nautical miles have been acquired on a small vessel under 24m and... Read More

Warsash: Unlimited Officer Cadetship for Superyacht Crew

Posted: 28th Oct 2016

Written by: Lars Lippuner

Warsash Superyacht Academy has introduced a new officer cadet training program tailored specifically to the superyacht industry. Sponsored by The Trinity House Corporation, this program is the first of its kind to issue a UK MCA O... Read More

Cooking with Coconut Flour

Posted: 17th Oct 2016

Written by: Nadine Escudero

More and more people are discovering the many benefits and uses of coconuts. Aside from extra virgin coconut oil, there are many other great coconut products in the market and one of the must-haves in the galley is organic coconut... Read More

Big Green Eggs: The Ultimate in Outdoor Cooking!

Posted: 13th Oct 2016

Written by: Laurent Castel

The Big Green Egg stands alone as the single most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooker on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From appetizers to main courses and desserts, the Big Green... Read More

Debbie Blazy: Director of Recruitment, Camper & Nicholsons

Posted: 15th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Like many in the yachting industry, Debbie Blazy took a circuitous route to get here. However, after more than a decade at Camper & Nicholsons she's seen it all and is able to shine a light on the challenges and the triumphs in ya... Read More

Yacht Crew & Private Jets: Debbie Elliott of Tag Global

Posted: 14th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Private aircraft with fewer than 19 seats are not legally required to have trained cabin crew and many yacht crew, as well as nannies and bodyguards, find themselves working onboard their bosses’ private jet without any specific t... Read More

Life After Yachting - Workshops or Skype

Posted: 18th Aug 2016

Written by: Caroline Rossy

Plan now for your life after yachting! I will be hosting weekly workshops every Saturday at 2pm in Antibes, so I can really help you to see where you are at in this 'new' life creation, whether it's still just an idea, or whether ... Read More

Mozambique Yoga Retreat

Posted: 18th Aug 2016

Written by: Caroline Rossy

Need to recharge your battery? Have you been through an exhausting season and want some TLC... well come with us to Mozambique to recharge, relax, get healthy and have some fun! Samasthiti Yoga is organizing a yoga retreat in beau... 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

Help! My Guests are Seasick

Posted: 4th Aug 2016

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Many years ago a female guest walked on board and announced that she was going to be seasick the entire trip and that her children were forcing her to come along on this charter. I had the unfortunate experience an hour or so lat... 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

New Engineer Certification: All Vessels Under 3000GT

Posted: 30th Jul 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

For several years the yachting industry has suffered a shortage of qualified engineers. Another problem has been the lack of transferability of engineering qualifications across different sectors of the marine industry. Marine Inf... Read More

Females at Sea

Posted: 22nd Jul 2016

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

When I first went to sea (don't ask when), we used things like Loran C and sextants, women were on the odd ship here and there, but the British fleet didn't start to accept them for many years to come. Being transgender, I have se... Read More

Opinion: Wage Pressures in the Engine Room

Posted: 10th Jul 2016

Written by: Steve Wright

There seems to be some evidence that initial 2016 pay rates offered in commercial yachting are somewhat below the standard rates for the wider shipping industry. I would argue that the reasons behind this may potentially harm the ... Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 4)

Posted: 9th Jul 2016

Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

Retired mariner, Horatio Hardy, is on a mission to find his itinerant nieces whose parents have been kidnapped off north-east Africa. The story continues as H is employed as Mate of M/Y Caviare, under the command of Captain ‘Skip... Read More

When Your Dream Job Goes Wrong

Posted: 6th Jul 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Katie, Stewardess, 24: “I saved up for so long to come to Antibes and get a stewardess position, but now I have one I’m not enjoying it at all! It feels bad even admitting it - but I can’t bear the lack of freedom onboard and I... Read More

PYA and Worldchefs Certification for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 22nd Jun 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) recently signed a reciprocal agreement with WORLDCHEFS whereby each will recognise the other as an Associate Member of their respective organisations. PYA and WORLDCHEFS have agreed a re... Read More

PYA Supporting Today's Superyacht Crew: VIDEO

Posted: 22nd Jun 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) is an active organization dedicated to supporting and developing yacht crew worldwide. The 'voice of yacht crew' since 1991, many people are unaware of the enormous amount of work that g... Read More

Sea Bass Stocks are Critical

Posted: 21st Jun 2016

Written by: Laurent Castel

Sea Bass numbers are critical at the moment so the fishing quota for this year has been slashed in half and scientists are arguing that this should be reduced to a quarter. We are actively encouraging everyone to buy Sea Bass only... Read More

Girls on Deck in the Year of the Girl

Posted: 4th Jun 2016

Written by: Robyn Santa Maria

Luxury yachting is still an industry in which men tend to hold deck and engineering roles while women more usually work in the interior department as stewardesses. However, a ground shift for gender equality in yachting is gatheri... Read More

Girls on Deck: Female Exterior & Engineering Crew

Posted: 3rd Jun 2016

Written by: Robyn Santa Maria

Luxury yachting has long been an industry in which men have traditionally held deck and engineering roles while women have automatically filled stewardess and interior positions. However, thanks to passionate women – and men – who... 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

You Know You're a Superyacht Steward/ess When...

Posted: 21st May 2016

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

For this column, I'm stepping away from the educational side of Facebook group, Yacht Stewardess Tips, and I'm taking a light-hearted look at our ‘more serious’ personality (dis)orders and how these affect us each and every day, e... Read More

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