• PYA Guest Awareness Programme

    Posted: 13th February 2015 | Written by: Karen Hockney

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    What will it take for yachting to see that interior training is commercially viable? If the reaction from the first PYA GUEST Awareness Workshop held earlier this week is anything to go by, the industry is slowly but surely waking up to the fact that everyone benefits from a professionally trained interior crew.
  • Vanquish with Vinegar!

    Posted: 13th February 2015 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    Keeping within the spirit of natural cleaning products that I have been discussing over the past few columns, it would be almost irresponsible of me not to dedicate an entire column to the most magic natural cleaner of all – good old white spirit vinegar.
  • Laundry Disasters and Stain Removal

    Posted: 4th December 2014 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    As promised in our previous article in September, this month, we are focusing on undoing some of those laundry horrors that many of you have had to deal with.
  • Be My GUEST: Why Interior Courses are Vital

    Posted: 9th November 2014 | Written by: Jo Morgan

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    Like many others, I thought that interior training courses were unnecessary money-spinners, after all, we all managed fine without these courses before, didn’t we? Well I’m not sure that most of us did, not at the beginning of our yachting careers anyway, and this applies regardless if we came from strong hospitality backgrounds or not.
  • Is Technology Killing Hospitality?

    Posted: 31st October 2014 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    When I was in yachting – back in the day – my laptop weighed more than my aeroplane luggage allowance, a cell phone was something you kept in your cabin all season and needed dusting off at the end of the summer, we still used to buy phone cards to call home (from a pay phone 2 miles away), and a tweet was a sound the odd bird made in port.
  • 4 Essential Cocktails in 5 Easy Steps

    Posted: 10th October 2014 | Written by: Lauren Williams

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    We've got four cocktails that cover all the taste bases. If you learn to make them well, you'll pleasantly surprise your guests every time. (And the crew probably won't mind being your guinea pigs.)
  • PYA Table Setting Competition: Monaco Glam

    Posted: 9th October 2014 | Written by: Lauren Williams

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    This year at Monaco Yacht Show the PYA held their first ever table setting competition. OnboardOnline were invited to cover the event, following the judges on their journey through various interpretations of the theme ‘Monaco Glam’.
  • Stew Disasters!

    Posted: 22nd September 2014 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    Steward/esses work in an environment where a 'disaster' is something that people on land might discount as merely a little accident, but for yacht crew, could spell the end of their job.
  • When Would You Walk?

    Posted: 27th August 2014 | Written by: Bianca Meyjes

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    I stood on the dock in the baking summer heat, with my bags next to me and nowhere to go. I'd never jumped ship before that day, and had never thought I would.
  • Yacht Uniform: Are You the Right Fit?

    Posted: 12th August 2014 | Written by: Lauren Williams

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    Most of us have encountered it. Sitting in a guest cabin, watching the chief stew pulling out the uniform from under the bed, only to find that the size you requested doesn't fit.
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