Posted: 6th June 2019 | Written by: Commander Sean O'Reilly
As a ship’s master accrues wisdom and experience at sea, sliding down the proverbial banister of life, there are few rigid questions and even fewer rigid answers. It’s arguably more art than science, for captaincy is surely as much judgement as it is knowledge; maybe more. What am I on about, you ask? Stick with me...
Posted: 14th March 2019 | Written by: Justin Chisholm
American yachtsman Terry Hutchinson is no stranger to success at the highest level in the sport of yacht racing. He has racked up countless world championship titles during his career and has played senior roles in four America’s Cup challenges. No wonder then that he's in it to win it as skipper of the American Magic team.
Posted: 1st November 2018 | Written by: Sarah Forge
“Why do all modern yachts have to be fat, white and plastic?” asked the founders of Spirit Yachts. Their beautiful sailing yachts, including Gaia and Flight of Ufford, handcrafted out of wood, prove that this needn't be the case. We spoke to MD Nigel Stuart about how a starring role in Casino Royale raised Spirit Yachts' profile and why the industry needs to consider more environmentally friendly ways of disposing of boats at the end of their life.
Posted: 3rd August 2018 | Written by: Nick Moloney
Nick Moloney, one of the world’s most respected Ocean Sailors, is all too familiar with sleep deprivation on the front line of extreme sailing. While offshore racers are well trained in maintaining their physical fitness, the effects of sleep deprivation on health and performance are often underestimated. Here Nick shares some insights and lessons from his time out on the beautiful but unforgiving oceans.
Posted: 2nd August 2018 | Written by: Laura Beard
It is undeniable. Hurricanes and natural disasters are getting more frequent - and more violent - with every season. Spending time in Dominica and Martinique, we have learnt that mangroves and coral reefs are nature's flood defences, offering protection against tidal surges, tsunamis and damage linked to hurricanes and tropical storms. As these events, exacerbated by climate change, become more deadly, it seems clear that we should be protecting and encouraging these natural barriers.
Posted: 17th February 2018 | Written by: Captain Rod Hatch
The only item anybody buys in the hope they are throwing their money away is insurance, regardless of the asset or the risk. In the case of a large yacht, it’s natural to assume that the owner's insurance would cover all eventualities, but what does this mean for the yacht's crew? It's worth knowing to what extent you are covered by the owner's insurance so you can decide for yourself whether you need additional personal cover.
Posted: 25th January 2018 | Written by: Mark Upton
How many people start out in the superyacht industry thinking they will do it forever? Since yachting has never been conducive to having a home life and family the answer is very few. But a job aboard has a habit of turning into a career and many people don't think about what they'll do afterwards or how they'll fund a life ashore until they're already planning their escape.
Posted: 21st December 2017 | Written by: Sarah Laty
There are many grey areas in the yachting industry, but perhaps none as perpetually frustrating as visas, particularly the B1B2 sought by non-US yacht crew voyaging Stateside. Here, Sarah Laty demystifies the process with tips for getting you through every stage, from the application to full compliance.
Posted: 20th December 2017 | Written by: Commander Sean O'Reilly
I’m not a regular listener of BBC Radio 2 but my attention was grabbed recently by a chatty news item on the release of six British former Servicemen who have just been liberated after being banged up for 30 months, in what was presumably a very nasty Indian prison. I was also struck by the relevance of this case to the Captains of large yachts.
Posted: 6th November 2017 | Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke
Virtual Reality (VR) isn't a new concept, but the yachting industry is awakening to the shift in the digital landscape and looking beyond predictable sales and marketing campaigns.
The days of miniature scale yacht models in brokerage offices, print brochures, fly-over videos or renderings with PDFs are changing and VR is leading the way.