Crew

Chef’s Corner: In the Galley with Luke Owen

Posted: 16th Sep 2019

Written by: Luke Owen

With 20 years' experience as a chef on board superyachts, English-born Luke Owen has seen it all. From his all-time heroes to the ingredients he can't live without, we talk to the Sole Chef about his experiences in the kitchen and... Read More

Work Smarter, Not Faster: Time Management Tips

Posted: 9th Sep 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

How do those people who seem able to fit twice as much into the day as you do, or make the time to do the things you only dream of having time for, do it? If you want to manage your time more effectively, here are a few ideas to h... Read More

Managing the War of Words Onboard

Posted: 4th Sep 2019

Written by: Sara Ballinger

We’ve worked with a number of teams with issues from their past which still hang in the air, never to be spoken about. Then there are the conversations no one wants to have, and the obvious truths that are being avoided. Read More

Mindfulness Trends in the Workplace

Posted: 4th Sep 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

In today’s industry, high crew turnover is increasingly becoming a problem. Largely a result of burnout or interpersonal conflict among crew, it’s necessary that heads of departments are better equipped in implementing strategies ... Read More

Managing Your Mental Health Onboard

Posted: 29th Aug 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

The mental health of seafarers is a hot topic and, with greater understanding of its impact
in the workplace, the superyacht industry is taking stock. With one in four people struggling with poor mental health at some point in t... Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Conclusion)

Posted: 24th Aug 2019

Written by: Horatio Hardy - aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

The story concludes with more than a sting... Captain Horatio Hardy is on a mission to find his lost triplet nieces whose parents have been kidnapped by marauding pirates in the Gulf of Socotra. His search leads him to the Cote d'... Read More

Nautilus Commercial Yacht Service Record Book

Posted: 11th Aug 2019

Written by: Nautilus International

A major attraction of Nautilus membership for yacht crew is the Nautilus International Commercial Yacht Service Record Book. If you're new to Nautilus – or new to the superyacht industry – here's how it works. Read More

Nautical Novelist - Captain William Gilbert

Posted: 11th Aug 2019

Written by: Sarah Robinson

Superyacht captain William Gilbert has long maintained a parallel career as a maritime author. Sarah Robinson meets a writer who delves into his Merchant Navy past and yachting present to create memoirs and novels with the ring of... Read More

Earning After Yachting

Posted: 6th Aug 2019

Written by: Jodie Clarke

So you dream of shorebased life with a dog or three, with weekends off, entertaining friends in your back garden and enjoying life. But adjusting to land life has many challenges, beginning with feeling shell-shocked at how much t... Read More

Superyacht Hospitality Training - The Full 360 Degrees

Posted: 1st Aug 2019

Written by: Karen Hockney

When it comes to providing the ultimate in superyacht hospitality, technical knowledge and leadership skills are of course essential, but motivation is just as crucial. To this end, Luxury Hospitality have developed a full circle ... Read More

Crew Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Posted: 23rd Jul 2019

Written by: Colette Flowerdew-Kincaid

Crew hiring can be a messy business; there’s nothing worse than setting out on a long cruise with the owner or charter guests, only to realise that your new recruit may not be as good as you thought they were. Lauren Cotton, found... Read More

Getting Onboard with Millennials

Posted: 21st Jul 2019

Written by: Julia Matheson

Tho exactly are we referring to when we talk about millennials? On board they are probably the majority of your crew, so if you’re struggling to understand what makes this new Generation Y tick, it’s time to find out. Read More

How Team Talk Shapes Onboard Culture

Posted: 21st Jul 2019

Written by: Sara Ballinger

It's human nature to seek out people like us; we want to find our tribe. But this can’t happen if we only talk about our jobs, especially with superyacht crew who live and work together in such an intimate environment. Read More

The Hot Seat in Maritime Simulation for Yacht Crew

Posted: 20th Jul 2019

Written by: Jenny Mathews

Technology is being developed and implemented into nearly all aspects of everyday life, offering new and improved ways of doing just about anything. One could argue whether this is a positive or negative direction, but one thing c... Read More

Life After Yachting

Posted: 20th Jul 2019

Written by: Jodie Clarke

This article was inspired by a post in the Facebook Group, Palma Yacht Crew, that asked: “How do you know when you’ve had enough? And what do you plan on doing once back on land (aside from getting a dog, obviously)?” At the time... Read More

Using SWOT to Direct Your Next Move

Posted: 19th Jul 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Feedback, whether personal or professional, is something we often shy away from for fear of receiving negative information, but it's vital for self development and helping us to reach our full potential. One simple but effective t... Read More

Perspectives on Onboard Culture in Yachting

Posted: 9th Jul 2019

Written by: OnboardOnline

Culture is one of the great intangibles all around us. When it’s good it’s great; when it’s bad it can negatively impact service, productivity, happiness and even health. Working on a superyacht is a prime example, a microcosm whe... Read More

Mental Health Handbook from The Crew Coach

Posted: 23rd Jun 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Recently, the Life is for Living event took place in Palma, an event championed by yacht crew and local business owners to raise awareness of mental health in the yachting industry. To share this information more widely, I've comp... Read More

Calls for Crew Wellbeing to be Enshrined in Law

Posted: 13th Jun 2019

Written by: Helen Kelly - Nautilus Int.

As shocking statistics on seafarer suicides and depression are published, calls are growing for crew wellbeing to be linked with ship safety and included in international regulations. Meanwhile, shipowners are being urged to impro... Read More

Stew Tips: Taking Care of Yourself During the Charter Season

Posted: 7th Jun 2019

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Isobel Odendaal knows how difficult it is to switch off and relax on charter, but as an ex-chief stewardess she has some insider tips on how to take care of yourself and restore your energy reserves so you can give your all to the... Read More

Stew Tips: Wellbeing Ahead of the Charter Season

Posted: 6th Jun 2019

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

During a busy yacht charter season, long hours, stressful conditions and demanding guests can take their toll on our physical and emotional health. We sometimes forget that we have to first take care of ourselves before we can ser... Read More

Experts: Be Careful who you Listen to

Posted: 29th May 2019

Written by: Jodie Clarke

Plenty of people are eager to offer their expert advice, but how much do they really know? Ultimately we’re only as good as the education we’ve received along the way, but too often that knowledge comes from third parties who aren... Read More

Superyacht Crew Are Signing Up to Nautilus International in Record Numbers

Posted: 28th May 2019

Written by: Gary Crossing - Nautilus Int.

With its MCA-accredited Service Record Book and a strong history of winning employment cases, Nautilus is attracting a growing number of members in the superyacht sector. Gary Crossing looks at what the Union has to offer and meet... Read More

Preparing your Crew Team for the Season

Posted: 14th May 2019

Written by: Sara Ballinger

Training, qualifications and experience – these are the things we look for when hiring great crew, but what about their ability to work as a team? This is always seen as a ‘nice to have’ when in fact it’s crucial to the whole oper... Read More

How Crew Can Avoid Burnout

Posted: 7th May 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Unfortunately, burnout is a term often associated with the yachting industry, says Karine Rayson from The Crew Coach. She hopes that if crew are more aware of the warning signs we can help ourselves and each other take preventativ... Read More

Women in Maritime Leadership

Posted: 30th Apr 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

In 2018, Maritime UK established a Women in Maritime Taskforce to identify practical steps to increase the number of women working in the maritime sector, specifically in senior roles. It also addresses the knock on effect on shor... Read More

Improve the Gender Balance to Improve Crew Retention

Posted: 16th Apr 2019

Written by: Nautilus International

Nautilus contributed to a top-level meeting last month to develop a ‘roadmap’ for improving seafarer recruitment and retention practices across the global shipping industry. Delegates agreed that there should be a ‘creative approa... Read More

Why Listening Gives You the Leading Edge

Posted: 28th Mar 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Do we truly know what it is to listen? Great leaders are great listeners and The Crew Coach, Karine Rayson, explains why. Whether you are in a leadership role or not, if you find yourself doing more talking than listening this art... Read More

Training the Future Leaders of the Maritime Industry

Posted: 28th Mar 2019

Written by: Lars Lippuner

When it opens its doors in June 2019, the new ship and port simulation centre at Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering will be the largest and most sophisticated maritime simulation centre in the UK, making hundreds o... Read More

Crew Welfare at the Heart of Yachting

Posted: 28th Feb 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

In December last year, ISWAN revealed disappointing findings from a study into crew welfare in the superyacht industry. A shoreside organisation revealing similar findings would be under investigation by a raft of governing bodies... Read More

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