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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

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

Ulf Sydbeck, Riviera Yacht Support

Posted: 10th Sep 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Ulf Sydbeck talks to OnboardOnline about how his yachting career led him to create Riviera Yacht Support, and how eventual burnout resulted in a better workplace and a better life. Read More

Q&A: Bianca Meyjes

Posted: 11th Aug 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Bianca Meyjes tells us about the challenges of having guinea pigs on board a yacht and meeting the love of her life at the rubbish bins. Read More

Fabio Ermetto: Chairman of Fraser's Yachtique Division

Posted: 31st Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

OnboardOnline caught up with Fabio Ermetto of Fraser Yachts on board one of the jewels in their charter crown, the stylish M/Y Latitude, which occupies a special place in his heart. Read More

Jacqui Lockhart

Posted: 21st Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

OnboardOnline caught up with Jacqui as she outlined ambitious plans for the future of the MYBA Charter Show, including a possible change of venue. Read More

Superyacht Super-Chefs: Meet Phil Colicchio

Posted: 18th Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

In the last decade, the term “Super-Chef” has come to define a galaxy of creative thinkers who have attached their names to everything from hotel restaurants to beach resorts. Read More

Anna Nina: Putting Sailing on the Map in Albania

Posted: 3rd Jul 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

In the Albania of Anna Nina's youth, there was no sailing culture to speak of and an oppressive Socialist dictatorship in power. Thirty years on, Anna Nina is putting Albanian sailing on the map. Read More

Yann Joannon, Director of Les Voiles d'Antibes

Posted: 2nd Jun 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

The Voiles d'Antibes has grown from a conversation between race crew in 1995 to one of the most-loved regattas on the classic circuit, thanks to locals like Voiles Director Yann Joannon. OnboardOnline caught up with him to talk ... Read More

Andrew Roch, Shore Solutions

Posted: 2nd May 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

Ever worked on a boat that rations out toothpaste or measures loo roll usage? Andrew Roch of Shore Solutions sits down with OnboardOnline to discuss provisioning challenges, crew budgets and how the industry has changed. Read More

Terry Gilmore, Abacus & March

Posted: 1st May 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Etiquette is an old fashioned word that still counts for a huge amount in the service industry. Just ask Terry Gilmore, a former chief steward, house manager and PA for four decades who has worked on some of the world’s most luxur... Read More

Anthony Bay on High-End Tourism

Posted: 20th Apr 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

In the case of Anthony Bay, getting to the top of the elite travel industry wasn’t a matter of determination triumphing over adversity, rather 'How to get ahead without really meaning to.' Read More

Fiona Maureso

Posted: 20th Mar 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

Fiona Maureso has seen the yachting industry evolve drastically over the course of her 25-year career. Everything has become bigger and faster and increasingly operates online. Read More

Q&A: Nicky Andre

Posted: 21st Feb 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Nicky Andre from Hemisphere Crew Solutions talks about joining the industry, meeting Richard Branson, and the challenge of creating a bespoke crew headhunting agency. Read More


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