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Q&A: Guy Waddilove

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Guy Waddilove is Co-Founder and Company Director of 8 Yachts. Based in Sydney, Guy has been involved with superyachts for over 20 years as Captain, yacht manager and owner's representative on builds.

How did you get into the yachting industry?

I was teaching watersports/sailing seasonally and was crewing on some small boat deliveries between times.

After one of these deliveries the captain asked me if I wanted to do some work for him on a 60ft boat in Palma – which at the time (early ‘90s) was a significant size. I took the job which introduced me to Palma and the emerging superyacht industry. 

Is it how you expected it to be?

When I joined I had no expectations because I had no knowledge of the industry so everything was exciting!

What is the single biggest issue affecting yachting at the moment?

Lack of longevity and commitment from crew

What keeps you awake at night?

Possums scratching on the roof

What would you change if you could?

I think we would all like to go back to ‘the good ol’ days’ pre GFC when the industry was booming, having said that the downturn did do a good job of cleaning out some of the players in the market that were maybe there for short term profit rather than long term stability.

What could you not do without?

Coffee and exercise

Guy catching fish

What is your favourite yacht?

Aesthetically it is hard to go past a classic sailing yacht but, having run one, the impracticality for me outweighs the beauty. The boats that I have been heavily involved with recently; Bliss and Escapade have to take top spot for me.

What’s your favourite port?

I think Bonifacio is the most spectacular port visually

What was your greatest experience on a boat?

Pacific crossings on sailing yachts with endless days of fully powered up reaching and fish aplenty

What was your worst experience on a boat?

Toss-up between sinking (not under my command) and fire. There have been many experiences along the way which have seemed particularly bad or even intolerable, but with time their significance fades and as long as you get out unscathed you just carry on.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on a yacht?

The banter amongst the race crew on Bliss

Racing on Bliss

Which nationalities tend to be the best bosses?

Politically Correct Answer: There’s good and bad amongst all nationalities

The best charter guests?

As above, but we all know Americans are great tippers!

What does the future for yachting look like?

More expensive because of a) the increases in regulations and b) the increase in size of yachts

This may possibly mean that some existing owners have a change of heart and decide to give up on superyachting, but I think that there will still be new money coming into the industry.

I think that it will also result in an increase in the demand for support services as captains and owners realize that the burden of maintaining compliance is better handled by someone ashore leaving the captain to run his yacht.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

I’m still here

Which three objects would you take to your desert island?

Laptop, VSAT and food

What is your favorite book or film about the sea?

The Last Grain Race – Eric Newby

What will you be doing in five years?

More of the same – but even better

What is your motto?

Always check your oil and never eat anything bigger than your head

Twitter: @waddiloveguy @8yachts

*Image credit: Jeff Brown

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