Meet the Team @ OnboardOnline!



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                       Sam Watson: CEO & Editor:

Graduating in psychology, Sam has over 30 years experience in sales and marketing across a range of sectors and speaks fluent French. After working for a pioneering online charter brokerage, in 2013 Sam applied her digital marketing skills to the creation of, a unique content marketing platform for the yachting community worldwide.


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Sarah Laty: Contributing Editor 

Sarah grew up in Tennessee and studied in Boston and Paris before working as a contributing editor for a New York magazine. Moving to Antibes in 2008, she spent eight years working as a Crew Agent getting to know the yachting industry and its crew inside out. Also fluent in French, Sarah is managing editor and a regular writer for OnboardOnline, a happy place where her previous worlds come together.  

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Captain Rod Hatch: Contributing Editor

With over 45 years experience in commercial shipping and yachting, Rod is an ILO certified Trainer of MLC Inspectors, an MCA approved Maritime Auditor and Lead Auditor, ISM and ISO, and also provides training on the implementation of MLC 2006. Rod is a regular contributor to OnboardOnline and our encyclopedia on everything from captaincy to international laws of the sea.

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Karen Hockney: Contributing Editor

Karen is an experienced author and journalist writing for UK national newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, You Magazine and Hello. Based on the Cote d’Azur, Karen is a longstanding contributor to OnboardOnline covering travel and destinations and conducting interviews with industry players and leaders at the forefront of ocean conservation.

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Bianca Ljungberg: Contributing Editor

South African Bianca Ljungberg studied radio journalism before leaving her desk job for a more interesting life at sea. She now lives in the south of France where she teaches Pilates and writes features and opinion for OnboardOnline on a range of topics of interest to yacht crew worldwide. 


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Captain Ken Kreisler: Contributing Editor 

Ken graduated in fine arts before going to sea onboard commercial ships, deep sea fishing vessels and charter yachts. He specializes in technical writing and sea trials, and has worked as senior editor on a number of US boating magazines. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Ken is a regular contributor to OnboardOnline and our ears and eyes on all matters yachting Stateside.


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Dr Ben Wu: Programmer

Everyone needs their very own Dr Wu! With a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Ben is a specialist in internet applications and the development of complex intranet systems, creating dynamic content management systems, web based applications and managing  e-commerce. Ben is a first rate programmer and provides day to day tech support for the team across Bristol and Antibes.


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Catherine Bodley: Designer

With a degree in Professional Media and over 15 years experience in website design, Catherine specialises in the user interface and graphic design.


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Klaarwakker Producties: Videographers

Klaarwakker is a video production company based in Amsterdam. Pim and Dirk have extensive experience in the maritime sector and partnered with OnboardOnline in 2017 to develop our global marina series for the onboard infotainment systems, YachtEye and NAUTIQ, developed by Oculus Technologies.