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Photographer Katie Jane Howson

Posted: 8th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Working on yachts can be a feast for the eyes, rich pickings for the observer with an artistic bent in a hotbed of sharp design, remote locations, the colours, the light and the people. For stewardess Katie Jane Howson it all star... Read More

Interview: Daniel Ziriakus, COO Northrop & Johnson

Posted: 25th Jun 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

Daniel Ziriakus is not someone you forget in a hurry. As well as his physical stature, you cannot fail to notice his energy and drive; this is a man on a mission. Following a rapid ascent, Daniel is now Chief Operating Officer at ... Read More

Mastering Cape Epic!

Posted: 13th Apr 2016

Written by: Bianca Ljungberg

Chief officer Arvid Ljungberg and his team mate Markus Jokinen recently completed their first Cape Epic, a gruelling eight-day mountain bike stage race which takes place in the Western Cape, South Africa. Coined as one of the toug... Read More

Robert Goodwill MP Speaks at London Boat Show

Posted: 14th Jan 2016

Written by: Robert Goodwill MP

Speaking at the London Boat Show yesterday, Robert Goodwill MP praised the UK's expertise in the design and build of superyachts, sailing yachts and motor boats, confirming "The government is clear that growth in these industries... Read More

Interview: Terry Gilmore, Abacus & March

Posted: 13th Nov 2015

Written by: OnboardOnline

With growing demand for on board training in the interior department, we caught up with Terry Gilmore to find out what's involved and how it compares with training ashore. Founder of Abacus & March recruitment, and The Interior Tr... Read More

Olympian James Cracknell: Fitter, Stronger

Posted: 13th Oct 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

If there’s anyone qualified to talk about how to smash the glass ceiling in achieving your own personal goals, it has to be James Cracknell. The Olympic rower knows what it takes to be the best having won gold at the Sydney and At... Read More

Interview: Stuart Biesel, MTSI

Posted: 28th Sep 2015

Written by: OnboardOnline

Stuart Biesel is the director of MTSI, Megayacht Technical Services International, a regulatory consultancy and statutory management company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. He talks to OnboardOnline about his company and h... Read More

Ian Walker on What it Takes to Win the Volvo Ocean Race

Posted: 17th Aug 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Two times Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker has a simple formula for the winning streak he has been on of late. Of course, the training counts but it’s all about the right food and, even more importantly, the right kit. Read More

Interview: Louise Sydbeck, Master of Wine

Posted: 22nd Jul 2015

Written by: Riviera Wine

Louise Sydbeck is the founder of Riviera Wine based in Antibes in the south of France. Speaking to OnboardOnline, Louise talks about her early childhood ambitions and the journey that led to becoming the world's 100th female Maste... Read More

Interview: Jonathan Beckett, Burgess Yachts

Posted: 7th Jul 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Look around at the world’s leading yacht brokers and you would be hard pressed to find one with as colourful and interesting a story as Jonathan Beckett. Burgess’s CEO and charismatic frontman has weathered many a storm over the l... Read More

Dr Simone Laubscher: The Super Elixir

Posted: 2nd Jun 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

When Dr Simone Laubscher, a down to earth Aussie mother of three, first arrived in London 15 years ago, she was struck by the lack of choice for a nutritious lunch on the run. Read More

Q&A: Captain Ken Kreisler

Posted: 25th May 2015

Written by: Ken Kreisler

Captain Ken Kreisler is a veteran marine journalist and has been part of the boating industry for over 25 years. Based in the US, Ken contributes features and a monthly 'Stateside Update' for OnboardOnline and is currently working... Read More

Interview: Captain Paul Bickley

Posted: 5th May 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Like any captain with 20 years of yachting under his belt, Paul Bickley has seen enormous change in the yachting industry since the start of his career. Read More

Puerto Rico: New Superyacht Hub

Posted: 17th Apr 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Think of Puerto Rico and what springs to mind? A sunny paradise of shimmering whitewashed Caribbean beaches backed by verdant countryside, delicious rum punches, the odd little fishing boat bobbing on the horizon perhaps? Read More

Interview: Els Zijlstra & Jeroen van Oostveen

Posted: 6th Apr 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Working as an architect in Holland, there was one little mystery puzzling Els Zijlstra. Why was there no central organisation pairing up creative professionals like herself with manufacturers of the most advanced materials availab... Read More

Interview: Gabor Ivanacz

Posted: 23rd Mar 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney & Sam Watson

After several years of rising through the ranks in yachting crew, Gabor Ivanacz reached a crossroads in his life. Should he stay as interior crew having worked his way up to butler or follow his passion for food? Read More

Yacht Chef Duncan Biggs

Posted: 11th Mar 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

You don’t have to spend very long talking to Duncan Biggs to grasp the fact that mentoring and training, crew development and team spirit are where it’s at. His desire to promote these factors and make them industry benchmarks in ... Read More

Q&A: Mark Healy Fitness Management

Posted: 9th Mar 2015

Written by: OnboardOnline/Mark Healy

OnboardOnline catches up with Mark Healy, provider of elite health & fitness professionals to private residences and the superyacht industry. They are also an independent design & consultancy company creating health, fitness & spa... Read More

Q&A: Guy Waddilove

Posted: 1st Mar 2015

Written by: OnboardOnline/Guy Waddilove

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. Read More

Interview: Burma Boating

Posted: 18th Feb 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

As the world becomes smaller, solitude is hard to find and it’s a rare thing indeed to drop anchor in a beautiful bay safe in the knowledge that you are the only yacht within a 100 mile radius. That is the unique position veteran ... Read More

Interview: Mike Joyce, Hargrave Custom Yachts

Posted: 4th Feb 2015

Written by: Ken Kreisler

Before joining Hargrave Custom Yachts in 1977, Mike Joyce’s career in business started in New York City where he found his way into the music industry as a recording artist, record producer, and a founder of the music video indust... Read More

Q&A: Mike Horsley

Posted: 22nd Jan 2015

Written by: OnboardOnline

Mike Horsley is the Classic Yacht specialist at Edmiston & Company and has been a leading yacht broker in the classic yacht sector for over twenty years. Read More

Interview: Carla Demaria, President of Monte Carlo Yachts

Posted: 14th Jan 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Fresh from the success of her opening speech at METS 2014 in Amsterdam, Carla Demaria, President of Monte Carlo Yachts, has an irrepressible energy and optimism about her. It’s hardly surprising given that Carla is one of the few ... Read More

Interview: Gerhard Chemelli of SmartYacht

Posted: 13th Jan 2015

Written by: Kate Snesareva

We recently caught up with Gerhard Chemelli, the CEO of the leading yacht co-ownership company in the Mediterranean – SmartYacht. He told us more about his company’s concept and why yacht fractional ownership, a concept that has b... Read More

Interview: Will Jones

Posted: 2nd Jan 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

He’s best known as one half of the Breakfast Show on Riviera Radio but broadcasting is a relatively new career for Will Jones, who admits that his radio career came about quite accidentally. Read More

Interview: Elizabeth Jordan

Posted: 4th Dec 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Playing host to Sailing Week, the Superyacht Challenge and the Classic Yacht Regatta has earned Antigua a stellar reputation as an idyllic Caribbean hub for events and yachts of all sizes and budgets. Read More

John Wyborn, bluewater

Posted: 31st Oct 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

In 1991, the newly-founded bluewater was only the third crew agency in existence, and a Yachtmaster was the only piece of paper you needed. John Wyborn tells OnboardOnline how the industry has changed. Read More

Interview: Clare Hoar, Wild Group

Posted: 21st Oct 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Renovating a yacht is a prohibitively expensive business and for many years, the obvious method to choose was a paint job. Intricate, time consuming, fiddly and expensive, it was nevertheless the only way to guarantee a deep, even... Read More

Interview: Roger Towner, MCA

Posted: 22nd Sep 2014

Written by: Karen Hockeny

In his 18 years at the MCA, Roger Towner has managed to bridge the gap between ensuring exacting levels of safety and professionalism while keeping mostly onside with the grass roots of the industry. Read More

Q&A: Yotspot Crew Placement

Posted: 19th Sep 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Starting a business is always a challenge. But doing it while still working as crew on a superyacht is a whole new ball game. OnboardOnline recently caught up with Steve Crawford, founder of the crew agency,, to hear a... Read More


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