Posted: 1st March 2017 | Written by: Captain Mark Russell
Marine wildlife has been a passion of mine for many years and when Sea Shepherd announced in early 2015 that they were building a new custom patrol vessel in Turkey, I wanted to get involved. Unfortunately the timing was off but later in October 2016 I was engaged to captain the delivery of 56m motor yacht Sam Simon from Italy to Mexico to support ongoing work to protect the few remaining Vaquita porpoises from extinction.
Posted: 27th December 2016 | Written by: Jenny Holt
With the ease and convenience of technology comes a new set of issues. Cyber attacks at sea have increased and it seems hackers can access pretty much anything. Another more sinister abuse of the internet is cyberbullying. It can happen to your kids and it can happen to you, and it can be very upsetting and extremely isolating. So what is cyberbullying and what can you do to stop it?
Posted: 10th October 2016 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal
With Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole currently wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, Bahamas and USA, and already having beaten down Haiti, I thought it appropriate in this month’s column, to discuss how yachties can become more socially responsible and have a look at what we can all do to give back to local communities, animal charities and organisations.
Posted: 8th October 2016 | Written by: Katie Jane Howson
This year for the first time I attended the Voiles de St Tropez on the press boat for OnboardOnline. Arriving at the Voiles Village the sense of expectation was palpable and with its infamous location and sailing prestige, synonymous with names such as Rolex, Rothschild, BMW and Club 55, I expected nothing less. 50,000+ visitors has to be for something special.
Posted: 16th August 2016 | Written by: Melanie Langley
In yachting, crew pregnancy is often a taboo subject, especially when it comes to medical insurance, and many crew members believe pregnancy cover doesn't exist or that it's very expensive. Following the hugely popular article by Bianca Ljungberg in June, Moore Stephens Crew Benefits responded with news of their Superyacht Crew Plan which includes pregnancy cover at no additional cost.
Posted: 3rd August 2016 | Written by: Danny McGowan
‘Bullying and harassment’ is an oft-used phrase, but do people really know what the difference is, and how to deal with it? Both take place in workplaces around the world but, according to Nautilus, the seafarers' union, being at sea, far away from home and in an enclosed environment, the experience can often feel more intense.
Posted: 9th June 2016 | Written by: Sam Watson
It’s not often in the supeyacht industry that we’re invited to say it as it is, far less so at an open session with the billing “Speak Your Mind”. That so many people showed at 9.30am on a Saturday was a sign of good things to come.
Posted: 4th June 2016 | Written by: Bianca Ljungberg
Pregnancy and motherhood are an exciting time. From the early weeks to birth, miraculous changes occur in a woman’s body and, while this is a significant journey, pregnancy on board is often a vulnerable and unvoiced time for many female crew. This article is a tribute to all the women who contributed and made their silent stories heard.
Posted: 1st June 2016 | Written by: Sam Watson
Usually when something exciting happens in yachting it concerns size or speed or technology. This time it’s about people, Italian people to be precise. The superyacht powerhouse of Viareggio in Tuscany has come together, with government support, to deliver a new initiative for the training and mentoring of cadets. It’s the first program of its kind and, for all the right reasons, it’s going to shake things up.
Posted: 3rd May 2016 | Written by: Robyn Santa Maria
We’ve all heard about, or experienced, discord amongst crew. The horror stories of crew members screaming at each other or falling out because of personal differences or miscommunication, or a combination of the two. Tensions can run high when you put a bunch of strong characters together in a confined space with no time off for weeks on end.