Crew

The Art of Wine Tasting

Posted: 10th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

To the average wine consumer, the quirks of professional wine tasting may seem unnecessary, if not downright silly. Assessing legs, shade and rim, aroma, structure, length, sniffing and spitting can seem frivolous. However, a litt... Read More

Is the Criminalisation of Shipmasters an Occupational Hazard?

Posted: 8th Nov 2018

Written by: Nautilus Int. - Andrew Linington

It has become so common for shipmasters to be arrested as criminals following an incident that this is starting to deter seafarers from rising through the ranks. Andrew Linington reports from a Nautilus industry symposium set up t... Read More

Managing the Paperwork in the Event of an Accident Onboard

Posted: 7th Nov 2018

Written by: Dave Clarke

What do you tell the judge when it all goes pear-shaped? In the unfortunate event that an accident happens onboard your yacht, as captain or head of department you'll have to demonstrate a good safety culture and responsible recor... Read More

Captain Glen McDonnell - Motor Yacht Vava

Posted: 30th Oct 2018

Written by: Sarah Forge

From humble beginnings in Oxley Creek to the inside track of Formula One and the America's Cup, Captain Glen McDonnell has seen it all. His first job was on 50 foot steel-hull motorsailer but a love of adventure and serendipity al... Read More

How to Set up a Successful Yachting Business

Posted: 25th Sep 2018

Written by: Josh Richardson

Have you spotted a gap in the market serving the global superyacht industry? Do you dream of starting your own business? Josh Richardson of Superyacht Tenders and Toys and Shipyard Supply Co. offers his insights on how to succeed ... Read More

Implementing PMS Solutions for Yachts in Build is the New Norm

Posted: 21st Sep 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde - Seahub

New builds are a chance to improve on the way things have been done in the past and give owners and build engineers the opportunity to fulfil their wildest design and engineering dreams. The deployment of planned maintenance syste... Read More

The Human Face of Seven Star Hospitality

Posted: 25th Jul 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

Back in April during the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona, the 70m motor yacht JOY won the Table Decor category of the Superyacht Chefs’ Competition with a tablescape that captured the essence of Seven Star Hospitality. So what did ... Read More

Six Unusual Culinary Courses for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 19th Jun 2018

Written by: Chrissie McClatchie

In the yachting industry every aspect of service must be impeccable with the utmost commitment to excellence. The galley is no different and superyacht chefs go above and beyond to become the best they can be, often pursuing unusu... Read More

Wellbeing at Work: Seafarer Happiness Index Results

Posted: 17th Apr 2018

Written by: Nautilus Int. - Andrew Linington

The Mission to Seafarers has launched its report on the findings of the Seafarer Happiness Index survey, which collates feedback on 10 key areas of life at sea, including mental and physical health, diet, rest, workloads, connecti... Read More

The World's Most Expensive Rosé: Château d'Esclans

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Château d'Esclans is a beautiful estate in the Var, it covers 260 ha of which 47 are planted with vines. The owner is Sacha Lichine, former owner of Château Prieurie Lichine in Margaux, Bordeaux. Sacha's philosophy is to make the ... Read More

Vintage Variations

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Louise Sydbeck of Riviera Wine recognises that there is a lot of media hype, and commercial significance, around certain vintages. She guides us through the sometimes baffling question of vintage, explaining why it is important an... Read More

Luxury Hopitality Begins Behind the Scenes

Posted: 3rd Apr 2018

Written by: Nienke Oort

A lot of emphasis is put on delivering immaculate service on board, but impeccable housekeeping is just as important.“The importance of housekeeping is really underestimated”, says Renata of the Luxury Hospitality Academy. “It’s a... Read More

Female Experts in the Engine Room

Posted: 20th Mar 2018

Written by: Holland Yachting Group

Despite making the right noises, it can seem that the yachting industry is desperately slow to change: in British shipping just 1% of engineer officers are women, for example. But perhaps the pertinent question is whether the work... Read More

The Meaning of True Leadership

Posted: 11th Mar 2018

Written by: Peter Vogel, Luxury Hospitality Management

Here is a fact about leadership that no one really wants to talk about: It’s a lot bigger than just yourself. Sure, leadership can bring bigger paychecks and more notoriety in most cases, but that’s not even close to defining what... Read More

Chef Sean Ballington - MY Odessa

Posted: 11th Mar 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

The 50m motor yacht ODESSA is available to charter in the Mediterranean this summer, with an amazing crew ready to lavish 7-Star service upon discerning charter guests. One of ODESSA's key attractions is Chef Sean Ballington who g... Read More

The Engineering Watchkeeper

Posted: 21st Feb 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde

The exact role of the engineering watchkeeper varies from vessel to vessel. A vessel's size, number of crew and weather are important factors, as are the expectations of the Chief Engineer or Captain. It can therefore be difficult... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 3

Posted: 22nd Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

How many of us have the best of intentions of going green? The fact is that making changes to our behaviour to benefit the environment can be difficult. That's why ex-chief stew and trainer Isobel Odendaal is here to help, with fo... Read More

Raise the Bar: Beverage Speciality Course

Posted: 18th Jan 2018

Written by: Nienke Oort

Absorbing the lingo and comfortably telling the difference between sweet and dry wines is a good place to start, but to really feel confident in making a recommendation and selecting food and wine pairings only professional traini... Read More

Captain Cameron Lee on Developing EfficientSea

Posted: 18th Jan 2018

Written by: Sam Watson

Cameron Lee's game-changing EfficientSea App embodies the dictum that necessity is the mother of all invention. An experienced superyacht captain with over 85,000 sea miles under his belt, Lee was fed up with juggling paperwork an... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 2

Posted: 16th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

In part 2 of our overview of ecological cleaning techniques, Isobel Odendaal sings the praises of vinegar and has tips for cutting chemicals and waste in the laundry. In addition to reducing harm to marine life and decreasing wate... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 1

Posted: 10th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Eco-friendly products are improving all the time, along with a growing readiness to consider alternatives to the plastics that pollute our oceans. Ex-Stewardess and interior trainer, Isobel Odendaal, shares her tips on using natur... Read More

Crew Survey Results: Hiring Youth Over Experience

Posted: 3rd Jan 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

The publication of an article by Alison Rentoul last November, 'Hiring Captains: Youth Over Experience', caught the crest of a wave and sparked widespread debate on social media. It's an emotive subject that continues to rage, so ... Read More

New Year, New You - The Power of Sankalpa

Posted: 2nd Jan 2018

Written by: Noona Ayres - Revitalize

As we enter a new year it’s the perfect time to take stock of those areas of our lives where we want to achieve greater balance. To do this we need a quiet, honest review of our current lifestyle but even then it's not easy to imp... Read More

What Interior Crew Want: The Crew Academy Survey

Posted: 21st Dec 2017

Written by: Elizabeth Dann

Building on the success of the GUEST Program, interior crew are increasingly seeking out more specialist courses to upskill and develop their careers. To get a better understanding
of the courses Steward/esses want, TCA recently ...
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Polish up Your Marble and Stone Care Skills!

Posted: 14th Dec 2017

Written by: Isobel Odendaal & Dawn Riordan

Marble and stone care experts Isobel Odendaal and Dawn Riordan leave no stone unturned in this comprehensive guide to looking after the expensive and beautiful materials in your yacht's interior, from bar tops and shower floors to... Read More

Hiring Captains - Youth over Experience?

Posted: 5th Nov 2017

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The debate around the relative merits of hiring young captains over more experienced captains continues to rage, and for many it really is a case of rage. It's a fact that many older captains are being passed over and, while pay i... Read More

Create Wow Moments as a Beverage Specialist

Posted: 30th Oct 2017

Written by: Nienke Oort

When can you call yourself a beverage specialist? When you have special knowledge about cocktails, wines, whiskeys, lager and teas? But in an environment where service of the highest level is expected, like on board a yacht, would... Read More

Captains & Senior Crew Ready to Develop Themselves

Posted: 15th Oct 2017

Written by: Nienke Oort

The yacht industry is growing. Not only are more ships being built, they are also growing in size. A 140-meter yacht is no longer an exception. However, the larger the ship, the more crew are needed onboard. Captains and senior cr... Read More

Luxury Hospitality & Asaro: Teaching crew to think outside the box

Posted: 3rd Oct 2017

Written by: Peter Vogel

Luxury Hospitality and Asaro are teaching yacht crew how to think outside the box in order to create bespoke events for owners and guests at the very highest level. It's a unique collaboration and at the start of the course it's i... Read More

Yachting Industry Raises the Bar Yet Again

Posted: 2nd Oct 2017

Written by: Diana van Kamp

The yachting industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. As we speak there are around 5,800 private yachts and this number is expected to grow to 6,100 by the year 2020. This means the demand for qualified crew... Read More

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