Posted: 10th April 2013 | Written by: OnboardOnline
She may be small in stature, but that hasn’t stopped Erica Lay from doing some very big things. Only recently, Lay launched her own international yacht crew agency – the Erica Lay Crew Company – in Palma de Mallorca. But like so many, she got into the industry “purely by accident.” What started out as a "year out” working as a dive instructor in The Bahamas with a shark wrangler, turned into “a fairly grown-up job” eight years later – which seems to have come as a surprise to her as much as anyone.
Posted: 27th March 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 Mediterranean where he was involved in the construction of the first Maxi in the Med, S/Y Halisara, and learned from the likes of Dennis Conner and Gary Jobson, to of America’s most celebrated competitive sailors, with five America’s Cup wins between them. And then it took him around the world.
Posted: 15th March 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what to do next.“ Thanks to my friend and a few pints of quietly disturbing local village cider (which eventually got withdrawn because of its remarkable potency), I awoke one morning,” he says, “to find I had spent a large amount of money to train as a Master of Yachts with a well known British sailing company that didn’t start with ‘U.K.’”
Posted: 28th February 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 this day, it is one of the largest sailing catamarans on the water, and blisteringly fast – sailing at up to 18 knots in the right conditions.
Posted: 21st February 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 then one day, a friend who did sunset trips out of Antigua needed a stewardess – and she's been a well respected chief stew ever since.
Posted: 12th February 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
After witnessing the effects of fossil-fuel dependency on the environment firsthand, the 40-year-old Swiss founder of PlanetSolar, Raphaël Domjan, set off on what would become an eight-year mission to show what could be done with renewable energy. His goal: Circumnavigate the globe on a solar-powered yacht. He spoke with OnboardOnline recently about the expedition and what he hopes will come of the accomplishment.
Posted: 7th February 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 recently took some time to answer our questions, revealing a preference for Hemingway, Tom Petty and Germans.
Posted: 1st February 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
Four years ago, Capt. Patrick Marchesseau found himself surrounded by a group of Somali pirates pointing assault rifles at him and his crew aboard the 88m (288 ft) French cruiser M/V Le Ponant. The ship had been en route from the Seychelles to the Mediterranean when two skiffs loaded with pirates pulled up broadside with different plans. It was 4 April 2008, and it would be just over a week before the crew and Marchesseau were released. The captain spoke with OnboardOnline about his experience with Somali pirates, the unexpected fame that came with it, and how his life has changed since.
Posted: 7th January 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
In a distinguished career, Bob Haywood, the man behind Oceans Beyond Piracy, has focused much of his attention on getting government out of the way. His belief in the potential for better global governance led indirectly to the creation, in 2009, of the Oceans Beyond Piracy program, in which he advocated for greater collaboration between governments and non-government players in the maritime industry. OnboardOnline recently sat down for lunch with Mr. Haywood to discuss piracy, global governance and even the prospect of world peace.