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  • Experience: ideally 1 season
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How to hire the perfect superyacht crew

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Fed up with a revolving door of crew? BOAT shares the industry secrets for finding the right people for the right job...

"Think of how much effort you put into hiring a CEO to run your company. You’d do a pretty good job of finding out who the right person was, right?” asks Jenny Matthews, founder of yachting diversity taskforce She of the Sea, and holder of a Chief Mate 3000GT licence. “Hiring someone to look after your multi-million-pound yacht is the same – but for some reason, people don’t think about it in the same way.”

Whether that’s true or not, it’s certainly the case that many owners have their frustrations when it comes to staff. From all across the industry, there have been tales of questionable stewardess skills, overbearing captains, love triangles on board... the list goes on.

Fortunately, stories like this are the exception, rather than the rule. Many owners, in fact, find that their enthusiastic, hard-working and good-humoured crew makes a large part of their yachting experience. But of course, there is always the odd disappointment – a new recruit that mysteriously doesn’t seem to gel with the rest of the team or those who stay for just a season before moving on.

A well-balanced, happy crew on board, meanwhile, sets the tone for the whole yacht, and it pays to get it right financially, too. Aside from the comfort that comes with being around those who know you well, “about a third of the running cost of owning a yacht every year is avoidable damage”, states Matthews, so trusting your expensive pride and joy to those who know what they are doing can cut down on maintenance costs significantly.

The peace of mind from having a competent, slick crew shouldn’t be ignored, either. “All you have to do is read the accident reports and you’ll find that people drown, they get concussed, boats burn down,” notes Matthews. “Behind this glossy veneer, a yacht is an extremely hazardous environment.” Add to this the fact that each time you replace a crew member on board, you’ll spend around £4,000 on new uniforms, crew agency fees, training and more, and you will start to see why investing a little time and energy into getting it right the first time makes a lot of sense.

So without further ado then, here’s our 101 guide to hiring the right crew...

Should owners hire their own crew?

It’s fairly rare for owners to get directly involved in the recruitment process, with good reason. Roles on board are often highly specialised and need someone who knows the job intimately to act as a recruiter. If you’re a captain-turned-owner or have run your own vessel previously, you might want to try going it alone, but a better bet is to take a double-pronged approach using your captain and a large and well-established recruitment agency.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have a say throughout the process. “Think about what kind of experience you want on board,” advises Matthews. “Do you want family-style dining or silver service? Are you going to be at beach clubs 90 per cent of the time or going exploring? You need to really define what you want because that feeling when you’re on board is going to be incredibly important.”

If you’ve got a captain that’s been with you for some time, “they’re going to know you intimately – probably better than you think they do,” says Matthews, so take their guidance seriously.

How do I choose a crew agency?

Choosing the right crew agency is half the battle won, and you only have to look at the recent red tape brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic to see how using one can pay off. “Last year, recruitment was impossible,” says Lucy Medd, fleet crew manager and partner at Burgess, who has worked in the field for more than 30 years. “Getting crew from A to B involved a huge amount of work for many people, involving travel agents, embassies…” The issues remain in play today, with many Australian and New Zealander crew members returning home and choosing to stay there, leaving a gap in the yachting workforce that no other nationality has moved in to fill. Others who were laid off last year when owners scaled back to a skeleton crew have “found new jobs onshore and haven’t returned”, says Medd, so it’s certainly a challenging landscape in which to find good people.

With so many agencies around, it can be tempting to send the same job out to 20 or more companies, in the belief that the more feelers you have out there, the better chance you have of finding true talent. It’s a mistake, says Matthews. “When you do that the quality is going to go right down. People are just going to start firing CVs at you because they know 20 other agents are going for that one commission.” Daniel Küpfer, operations director at Ocean Independence and a former captain, agrees. “It’s turned into a first-come, first-served industry, where it’s obviously imperative to defeat the competition,” he says about the speed in which some agencies send through candidates. “It’s not a good development.”

One-person operations or newer agencies, which can be competitive in offering lower fees, can also seem like a preferable option, but in most cases, a long-standing organisation with multiple offices around the world is the better bet. Often, they’ll have staff who’ll have worked in the industry over decades, and a big black book of contacts that means they’re able to dig deep when it comes to checking out references.

“If they are the dedicated crewing division of an established brokerage or yacht management company, this should guarantee a level of professionalism,” advises Louise Caïlbourdin of The Crew Network in Antibes, which has three global office managers with more than 60 years of maritime experience between them. “For a further guarantee, check that a crewing agency follows maritime industry standards, that it is currently MLC 2006-compliant and has been externally audited by a serious entity such as DNV-GL.”

“My top three are Quay Crew in Antibes and Poole, YPI, and Erica Lay from El Crew Co,” advises Matthews. “These guys value competency over any other factors, and they’re the straight shooters.”

Job postings often receive thousands of applications, and they can’t all be taken at face value. “Do people lie on their CVs? Absolutely!” she laughs. “I once interviewed someone who claimed to have worked with a former colleague of mine. I said I’d get in touch with them and the interviewee looked panicked and suddenly said ‘Oh you can’t… he’s dead!’ Of course, I knew perfectly well that wasn’t the case.”

How else can I find good crew?

You shouldn’t be sceptical of dockwalkers, especially if they’re very young “green” crew. “We’re finding many green crew are getting their first jobs this way,” says Caïlbourdin, and Matthews agrees. “I think people will keep doing it until it becomes illegal; it’s a great opportunity,” she says. “What has changed is that 25 years or so ago, it was basically just backpackers turning up to get some more money. Now people are well dressed and ready to hit the ground running.”

Social media too might be a mixed blessing in terms of the volume of applications, but crew know that “they can get a job through a social media network, through someone else working on that boat, before the job even gets advertised on the market”, says Küpfer. And as for LinkedIn and other platforms? “Why not?” he asks. “It’s quantity but that doesn’t mean it’s not quality.  We also use a platform called Yotspot, which you shouldn’t ignore. Captains and crew members have direct access [to it], it’s easy to upload a vacancy and the fees are reasonable.”

What are some red flags when hiring crew?

While agencies should take on the initial admin of filtering through applications, checking references and running background checks on experience and qualifications, it’s not unreasonable for owners to want to get involved around the final interview stage. Aside from the obvious – turning up late, being sloppily dressed, rude or ill-prepared – there are plenty of potential warning signs when it comes to meeting candidates.

“If I ever interview a captain and he says he’s never had any crew issues, that’s absolutely not true,” says Medd. Bad-mouthing former superiors, yachts or owners is something that Caïlbourdin watches out for, while you should be wary of applicants that seem up for anything. “At the end of the interview, if someone says please put me forward if you have any other positions, that’s not really a good sign,” notes Esther Delamare, senior recruitment manager at Hill Robinson.

It can be hard to filter out candidates at entry-level with little experience, something that Matthews does via simple knowledge tests. “I ask them, ‘Can you do me a bowline?’ Or, ‘What are the ingredients for an old-fashioned?’” she says. “If they haven’t worked on yachts before I’d look at if they’ve had waiting jobs, shop jobs, jobs in pubs… things that are hard work where you’re on your feet all day,” adds Medd.

Basic levels of training might seem unimportant, but it’s useful to differentiate between those who have been inspired by Instagram and reality-TV shows like Below Deck, and those who are serious about a career – not least because these certificates show a significant financial commitment on their part.

Moving from yacht to yacht is more common today than 10 years ago, when a minimum three-year stint was normal, so multiple boats on a CV isn’t necessarily a bad sign. “I see CVs and I’m shocked – it’s very different to when I was working on yachts. But it’s just the way it is,” says Küpfer.

“The thoughts on longevity have changed a lot; people leave boats for very different reasons,” agrees Matthews. “Now a red flag is more likely to be someone who has stayed on a yacht for a number of years at the same level. If I see someone who’s been an entry-level deckhand for six years, I want to know why they haven’t progressed.”

A cursory look at any applicant’s social media accounts is also a wise check, and can help gauge maturity and whether they’re likely to be a good fit for the rest of the boat. Should owners these days accept that their crew are likely to post on social media about the yacht and the destinations that you travel to? “No – owner’s boat, owner’s rules,” says Matthews.

How long does it take to hire a crew?

It’s possible to put together a whole yacht crew from scratch in a very short amount of time, but it’s far from ideal. You might be lucky and find good people who have left yachts that have been sold, or the stars might align and their contracts happen to be coming to an end as the seasons change, but in general “very high-level crew often have very good jobs with proper notice periods in place”, says Matthews. “If you want to essentially poach them, you should be wary about the ethics of asking them to leave a post before they can – when I’ve been in that position, it’s made me uncomfortable; it’s not the best start to a new role.”

On the flipside, good crew know their worth, and aren’t likely to be on the market for long. “If you see someone who fits the culture, has the right qualifications and gave a good interview, make them an offer and make it good,” says Matthews. “They’re not going to be hanging around.”

Which crew members are hardest to hire?

“Really good chefs are always hard to come by,” says Medd. “They’re quite flighty by nature.” On charters, certainly, chefs can get a rough ride,  and of course whether a chef is good or not can often come down to your own personal taste.

Engineers, too, are in short supply, but as a general rule of thumb they move around far less. “Engineers never leave – once they fall in love with a boat that’s it and they’re there forever,” laughs Medd. Female engineers and captains are also rarer, while the number of experienced female interior crew out there means that candidates can afford to be picky about the jobs they take. “Often it’s a case of, do they [crew] really want the job?” says Delamare, rather than the other way round.

Interior staff in particular often work for no more than a few years in the industry, but if you’re keen on a really long-term crew, looking at those who’ve previously worked on commercial boats can be productive. “Especially engineers or people who’ve worked in oil and gas – there are  a lot of them coming into the industry,” says Delamare, “and unlike green 19-year-olds, they’ve got plenty of experience.”

When it comes to finding a charter captain, “charisma and a repeat client base” is the secret ingredient, according to Caïlbourdin.

How can I keep crew happy?

In a nutshell: pay them fairly, treat them with respect and offer them competitive leave and time off for training. In general, owners tend to place more emphasis on salary than perhaps they should. Of course, “money is still right up there”, says Medd, and “if someone’s been on your boat for three years and they’ve not got a pay rise, they’re going to be looking around”, observes Matthews. Experienced, motivated staff, however, are more likely to be impressed by a calm, supportive working environment and the opportunity to move up the career ladder than an extra £1,000. “Very high salaries can actually be counterproductive,” says Küpfer. “We had a boat recently where people were overpaid and it meant they were staying put on a yacht that they didn’t like, rather than moving on. It wasn’t the best atmosphere.”

Allowing staff a healthy amount of shore leave prevents burnout. “There’s only so much time people can spend on board before they actually have to leave,” notes Matthews, while time off for training is all too often neglected. “Every single good crew member I know has had to leave a vessel because they weren’t even allowed a week off to do a course to further their career.”

This is why, when hiring department heads, someone who can act as a mentor and encourage crew development is key – if talent don’t feel supported and can’t rise up through the ranks, they’ll often leave to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Should I psychometrically test my crew?

It might sound sinister, but psychometric testing is becoming more and more common, “especially on the larger boats”, reveals Matthews. Many who’ve engaged with it seem to find it yields erratic results. “I tested one captain once, and I said, ‘I’m never doing this again,’” says Medd. “The results were absolutely crazy. I think there’s got to be a lot more input to get the right output.” Nevertheless, it’s likely something that will be relied on more heavily in years to come, as tests become more sophisticated.

What if a member of crew just isn’t working out?

Sometimes, no matter how much effort you put into finding the right person, things still don’t seem to click. “It’s very easy to just hoof someone off,” says Medd, “but you need to find out what the problems are and if you can train people up or improve the situation somehow.” On larger boats, even good captains and managers can be far removed from problems happening further down the chain. Replacing crew members is costly, and can often be avoided with the right approach. Nevertheless, sometimes things don’t work out for reasons beyond your control, “in which case, both parties just have to walk away”, says Medd.

“The crew atmosphere is contagious and bringing happy, fulfilled and passionate energy to everything from cocktail parties to beach barbecues is a surefire way to ensure that owners can experience their vessel at its full potential,” says Matthews. “At the end of the day, it’s people that can make or break the experience.”

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Work on a Yacht Guide

Have you ever dreamt of sailing the open seas, exploring exotic destinations and living a life of luxury? Working on a yacht might just be the perfect career path for you. We take you through the steps of how to get a job on a yacht, provide useful tips and advice, answer frequently asked questions, and explain why UKSA is your best choice to start your yachting career .

How to Get into Yachting

If you’re passionate about the ocean and have a desire to work on a yacht, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you enter the yachting industry:

Step 1: Research and Gain Knowledge

Begin by familiarising yourself with the yachting industry. Learn about the different types of yachts, the roles available on board, and the lifestyle associated with working on a yacht. Read books, articles, and blogs written by experienced yachties to gain insights into the industry.

Step 2: Obtain the Necessary Qualifications

To work on a yacht, certain qualifications and certifications are required. The most essential certification is the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) certificate, which includes basic safety training. Additionally, specialised courses such as yacht crew training, deckhand training, or culinary training can significantly enhance your chances of securing a job on a yacht.

Step 3: Gain Practical Experience

Building practical experience is crucial to increasing your employability in the yachting industry. Consider volunteering or interning at local marinas, yacht clubs, or boat shows to gain hands-on experience and learn more about the day-to-day operations on a yacht.

Step 4: Create a Yachting CV

Craft a professional and tailored CV specifically for yachting positions. Highlight any relevant experience, qualifications, certifications, and skills that showcase your suitability for a yacht job. Pay attention to details such as including a professional headshot, references, and a concise summary of your skills and abilities.

Step 5: Network within the Yachting Community

Networking plays a vital role in securing a job on a yacht. Attend industry events, join online forums and social media groups dedicated to yachting, and connect with experienced yachties and crew agencies. Networking can open doors to job opportunities and valuable connections within the yachting community.

Step 6: Apply for Yacht Jobs

Utilize online job platforms, crew agencies, and yacht-specific websites to search and apply for yacht jobs. Tailor your applications to each position, highlighting relevant skills and experience. Be persistent and proactive in your job search, as the competition can be fierce in the yachting industry.

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Becoming a Yachtie Tips

To increase your chances of success in the yachting industry, here are some helpful tips to consider:

Tip 1: Be Flexible and Adaptable

Working on a yacht requires flexibility and adaptability. Yachts operate in different locations, and schedules can change at short notice. Be prepared to adjust your plans and accommodate the needs of the yacht and its guests.

Tip 2: Develop Excellent Communication Skills

Effective communication is essential when working on a yacht. You will interact with crew members from diverse backgrounds and guests with varying expectations. Polished communication skills, both verbal and written, will contribute to a harmonious working environment.

Tip 3: Maintain a Professional Attitude

Working on a yacht demands professionalism at all times. Show respect to your colleagues, guests, and the yacht itself. Demonstrate a strong work ethic, integrity, and a positive attitude. Being professional and reliable will enhance your reputation within the industry.

Tip 4: Embrace Continuous Learning

Yachting is a dynamic industry that requires continuous learning and skill development. Stay updated with the latest industry trends, regulations, and safety protocols. Pursue further certifications or training programs to broaden your skill set and increase your employability.

Tip 5: Build a Strong Work Ethic

Yacht work can be demanding, requiring long hours and physical exertion. Develop a strong work ethic, be willing to go the extra mile, and demonstrate a proactive approach to your duties. A strong work ethic will set you apart from the competition and contribute to your success in the industry.

Working on a Yacht FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about working on a yacht:

Q: What qualifications do you need to work on a yacht?

A: The necessary qualifications vary depending on the role you aspire to fill. The STCW certification is a minimum requirement for all yacht crew members. Additional qualifications such as deckhand training, culinary courses, or engineering certifications may be necessary for specific roles.

Q: How much do you get paid to work on a yacht?

A: Salaries in the yachting industry can vary greatly depending on factors such as the size of the yacht, the level of experience, and the role you hold. Entry-level positions typically start around $2,000 to $3,000 per month, while senior positions and specialized roles can earn significantly higher salaries.

Q: Can I work on a yacht with no experience?

A: While having prior experience in the maritime industry or hospitality can be advantageous, it is possible to get yacht jobs with no experience. Entry-level positions such as deckhand or stewardess roles are often available for individuals willing to learn and work their way up.

Q: What is the best age to work on a yacht?

A: There is no specific age requirement to work on a yacht. Yachts employ individuals of various ages, and it’s more about one’s skills, qualifications, and ability to meet the demands of the job. As long as you meet the necessary requirements and possess the desired skills, age is not a limiting factor.

Why UKSA is Your Best Choice to Start Working on a Yacht

If you’re looking for the best way to kickstart your yachting career, UKSA should be your top choice. As a renowned training centre for the maritime industry, UKSA offers comprehensive courses and training programs tailored to the needs of aspiring yachties. With experienced instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, and a strong network within the yachting community, UKSA provides the perfect platform to launch your career on a yacht.

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Frequently asked questions, what is the difference between a private and a charter yacht.

A private yacht belongs to an individual who will use the yacht with his friends and family. A charter yacht also has an owner but in addition it will be rented out to third parties for a determined amount of time.

Charter yachts follow the principles of the Maritime and Labour Convention 2006 . You can read the MLC 2006 convention on our website in any of the 4 official languages.

What are the working hours on board a yacht?

The MLC (maritime and labour convention) 2006 stipulates the limits on hours of work or rest shall be as follows:

Maximum hours of work shall not exceed:

14 hours in any 24 hour period

72 hours in any seven day period

Minimum hours of rest shall not be less then:

10 hours in any 24 hour period

77 hours in any seven day period

However, during a busy season you should expect to have to work unusual and long hours if required as yachts operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How much does yacht crew earn?

Many elements need to be taken into consideration with regard to yacht crew salaries and not just the size of the yacht. The type of yacht (motor or sail), its usage (private, charter or both) and its cruising schedule will influence the salary offered. Additionally, key elements of the candidate’s profile must also be reviewed, what is their previous experience, how long have they been in a particular role, have they recently acquired a new qualification, and do they have a specialised skill set that will influence the salary negotiation?

For a more detailed salary breakdown have a look at our latest Yacht Crew Salary Report which collates salary information from thousands of crew and provides transparency to the yachting industry. The report comprehensively outlines the average salary range for each yacht crew position, from Deckhands to Captains, benchmarking industry standards and providing a point of reference for employers and crew alike.

I have tattoos — will this affect me getting a job?

Some yachts have a grooming and appearance code and a policy of “no visible tattoos” — this means nothing visible when wearing a crew uniform (polo shirt and shorts or skirt). It is best to discuss this with your recruiter who will advise you on which yachts this might be a problem.

Who pays for the documents that I need to be able to travel to join a yacht?

The standard A1.4 Recruitment and Placement, paragraph 5 of the MLC 2006 states that (b) no fees or other charges are to be borne directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the seafarer other than the cost of the seafarer obtaining a national statutory medical certificate such as an ENG1, the national seafarer’s book and a passport, not including the cost of visas, which shall be borne with the shipowner.

Can I find work with my partner?

While couple’s positions do exist, they are not very common so we always recommend focusing on finding single positions. Be sure to tell your recruiter that you are ideally looking for a couple’s positions so they can put you forward for it if one should come up. But remember that these are not as common so don’t risk missing out on some great positions you could find if you open yourself up to single positions.

Also, note that couple’s positions are generally offered on more senior levels.

I am a newcomer, what personal belongings should I take with me on board?

Crew cabins are small and you will be sharing with one person of the same sex. Space is at a premium so best to travel light. You will be provided with crew uniforms, crew shoes and all toiletries so all you will need are a few civilian clothes for your off time. Laundry is taken care of by the stewardesses. Products such as the Kindle are great for yacht crew. Gone are the days of bulky books taking up valuable space!

Will I live on board the yacht the whole time?

Generally speaking, as long as you are employed by the yacht, you will live on board it. Depending on the yacht, it's program, and your position, you might have the option to live off the yacht and come on board during the work hours.

How will I get food while working on board a yacht?

All the food will be provided for you onboard and meals will be cooked by the yacht Chef.

What should I be wearing for interviews?

Look around you and look at what employed yacht crew wear during the day and copy that style. This will position you one step ahead of your competition. There are a few uniform shops in Antibes where you can buy everything you need. Generally speaking the professional yacht crew attire is a polo shirt or a shirt, white, blue or beige and plain shorts, skirts (not too short in length) or pants with boating shoes. Dangly and ornate jewellery is not appropriate.

Do I need to speak other languages apart from English? Do I for instance need to speak French to look for work in Antibes?

The quick answer is no; English is the language of the seas and the working language on board yachts. Of course, being able to speak other languages is a bonus and can make life easier and enhance your experience. It can also help dealing with some guests on board the yacht and with local suppliers. Antibes and the South of France is the heart of the Mediterranean yachting industry and most suppliers who are serious players in the yachting industry will speak English.

There is a very large English-speaking community in the South of France, many yacht crew and captains live here with their families.

I am a newcomer to the industry: How long will it take until I get a job?

Breaking into the yachting industry can be challenging. Some people find work within a few of days or couple of weeks, while others will need more time.

The best way to break into the industry is to make sure you have done your research. Find out about the yachting seasons and best times to look for work, get your certificates and CV in order and register with reputable crew agencies, reach out to friends you may have in the industry, or ring an agency or training school for advice.

Always have a positive mindset, it can sometimes get a little discouraging to some junior crew when they see their friends or housemates getting daywork etc. and they aren’t. But never give up. This industry is about perseverance, hard work and determination.

How long are contracts for?

It all depends; some yacht crew jobs are seasonal jobs, typically these contracts run from April to end of September for the Mediterranean season and from October to March for the Caribbean season. Seasonal jobs are most of the time for junior stewardesses and deckhands. Some yachts below 40 meters with only a one season program may also only hire a chef for that period.

Generally speaking captains, officers, engineers, senior interior crew are employed on a permanent long term contract.

Please note, commercial yachts also known as charter yachts will provide you with a SEA (seafarers employment agreement) which is the correct term replacing the word  “contract”. Commercial yachts should give you the opportunity to examine and seek advice on the agreement before signing and joining the yacht. For further information about SEA refer to the MLC 2006 Title 2 Regulation 2.1 Seafarer’s employment agreements. Private yachts are not required to issue a SEA.

Where will the yacht travel?

Essentially, the yacht will travel wherever the owners want it to go. Some yachts might have established programs and cruising grounds that they tend to stick to year after year but that is always open to change.

Generally speaking, the yacht will have the area they cruise during the season and then a port they will spend time in the off-season to maintain the yacht during the period it’s not used. Some yachts also do dual-season, which means they might spend the summer cruising the Mediterranean and winter in the Caribbean.

Is there a minimum age to work on yachts?

Yes, there is. The minimum age is 16. No person below the minimum age shall be employed. Also, night work under the age of 18 is prohibited. “Night” shall cover a period of at least nine hours starting no later then Midnight and ending no earlier then 5am. This is in accordance to the MLC 2006 Standard A1.1 Minimum age. Please note that you can start the online registration procedure with YPI CREW before the age of 18, but we will wait until you turn 18 years old to place you on a yacht.

Is YPI CREW listed on the French national register of seafarer recruitment and placement services?

Yes, YPI CREW is listed on the French national register of seafarer recruitment and placement services under number GM1/50. The list can be consulted here .

How many holiday days am I entitled to?

The minimum is 2.5 calendar days per month of employment. On medium to larger yachts, however, it is a common practice for senior crew to work on rotations.

How do I know the Yachting industry is for me?

The yachting industry is very rewarding, but it is not for everyone. Once you start working onboard, you sign up not just for the job, but also for the unique lifestyle which comes with it. As an entry-level crew member you will be expected to work very hard, be a dedicated team player, the common goal being to ensure the guests have the best holiday. 

You need be able to live in tight spaces with other crew members and have little privacy and time on your own. Plus, you must be totally service-oriented to ensure that each guest is happy. 

If you have what it takes to lead such a lifestyle 24-7 and perform well at a yachting job, then the sky is the limit and you will be able to have a long and successful career afloat in a field of your choice.

Can my family contact me through YPI CREW if they cannot reach me on the yacht you have placed me on?

In case of emergency, if your family is not able to reach you on the yacht through regular means of communication (telephone and email), your family can email us or call us. 

We will forward the email onto you and follow up with a call to make sure the email has reached you. If we have received a phone call for you from your family with an urgent message, we will email you and also follow up with a phone call.

 Should we have placed you on yacht through a yacht management company, we will also contact the yacht management company and forward the message. 

Your family can reach us on [email protected] and +33 4 92 90 46 10 during office hours. The email address [email protected] is monitored outside office hours and the mobile number to reach us outside office hours, for emergencies is +33 6 12 04 65 08. This is the number of Laurence Lewis, the President of YPI CREW. 

Please note that the above should only be used in case of emergency, if your family have failed to contact you directly. It is your responsibility to ensure that your family has your up-to-date email and telephone numbers on board the yacht you work on and YPI CREW will not be held responsible for failed or delayed communication. YPI CREW will not charge you for the above.

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Are you looking to change your career and work on a Yacht? Jobs at sea such as deckhand, stewardess or a chef are extremely rewarding and our specialist recruiting team at Viking Crew can help you with some essential tips to make your dream career come true.

Creating your Yachting CV

Your CV is your selling tool. It is the first impression the Captain/Management company will have of you and you will need it to make an impact in such a competitive industry.

• Ensure you include a smart, professional head and shoulders photograph • Double check all contact details are up to date, including a professional email address • Include all relevant work experience, starting with your most recent • Keep an easy to read layout • Include all relevant Qualifications • Include all relevant hobbies and interests including watersports, team sports etc • Provide up to date contact information for x 2 verbal references  • Keep CV to a maximum of 2 pages. Make it concise and ensure it sells  YOU  to the potential employer!

Our  yacht placement team  are always on hand to assist with enhancing your CV and chances of gaining a suitable role within the industry. 

What Training/Certification will I require prior to joining the industry?

To start work in the yachting industry, the main certificates requested by the vessel or management company are usually:

• STCW Basic Training  - The aim of the course is to give seafarers the essential education and training in Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid and Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities, with an additional Proficiency in Security Awareness • ENG1 or Equivalent Seafarer Medical- This can be completed at any MCA approved doctors' surgery .

We also receive many requests for:

• Proficiency in Designated Security Duties • Powerboat level II

Any additional relevant courses that could benefit yourself or the yacht. These could include, but not limited to: 

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• VHF Radio • RYA Radar • RYA Competent Crew • RYA Tender Operator • PWC Personal Watercraft Profiency • PWC Personal Watercraft Instructor Course

• Food and Hygiene level II • Silver Service Certification • Floristry Training • Mixology/Barista Training • Wine Knowledge • GUEST Approved Stewardess

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Dock Walking

Yachting is a competitive industry to break into. There are large numbers of crew who are keen to gain their first experiences in the industry. Most entry-level crew gain their first experiences by Dock Walking. This is essentially, travelling to “yachting hubs” such as South of France or Palma and walking the dock. This will involve approaching and speaking with the crew (where possible) with the aim of securing some day work or even a permanent position. 

How shall I prepare for my yacht Interview?

Yacht interviews will usually be held face to face if nearby the vessel or more commonly, by telephone or video call. We recommend:

• Be on time • Impeccable presentation • Be prepared, try to do some research, where available • Show commitment to the boat • Ensure you get across ALL relevant experience for the role that you are interviewing for but show willingness to learn and expand your knowledge and experience • Listen to the interviewer • Treat all interviews, including virtual, as if they are face to face • Always stay professional • Have any questions prepared prior to   interview. 

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Yacht Crew Jobs: How To Get Hired + Work On A Superyacht

August 7, 2020 4:50 pm

Interested in working on a yacht denison’s lead crew coordinator jill maderia details what aspiring crew professionals need to know before their first job..

Looking for a job that allows you to travel the world? Working as a crew on a superyacht may be a dream for many. Yacht crew are held to the highest standards of professionalism, catering to superyacht owners and guests to create the ultimate yachting experience. Whether you’re interested in becoming a deckhand, stewardess, or chef, we’ll break down how to enter the yachting industry and provide tips on how to prepare for your first yacht crew job.

Q: What courses do I need to complete before working on a yacht?

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A: Crew must have the basic safety course called STCW. If they are working on a charter yacht, they will also need the ENG1 (medical clearance). While STCW is the basic course needed, addition courses might set you apart, as it shows commitment to a career on yachts.

For example: The Power Boat class is important to have if you are deckhand, but having this and learning how to drive a tender, would benefit anyone that works on a yacht.

Any extra courses such as hospitably, silver service, mixology are a plus and will help crew better market themselves for opportunities.

Q: After completing my courses, how do I get a job on a yacht?

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A: You must have a great CV. Create a portfolio of your work. If you are a Chef or stew, have photos of your food, table settings, flower arrangements. I have had a deckhand show “before and after” projects such as teak work on deck too. Our crew website can create an album of your work.

Plus, showcase your skills. While qualifications are required, your skills that you have might be the reason you get that dream job. Many boats, especially charter yachts, seek out crew with additional skills, whether it be a stew with cooking or childcare experience, or a deckhand that is also a drone operator or photographer.

Q: Do I want to work on a private yacht or a charter yacht?

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A: There are benefits to both. There is a difference, as charter boats you will have a combination of owner vs. charter guests. In addition, crew often like the benefit of the additional gratuity at the end of a charter, which can be a range of 15-20%.

Q: What is the interview process like for yacht crew?

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Presentation is key: Both with your CV, and in your interview. Your first impression is important, so dress the part as much as you can. Keep in mind, many interviews are via FaceTime or Zoom. Treat virtual interviews the same as you would in-person, show up on time and be professional.

Q: How can networking help my crew career?

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Go to crew events, or consider crew housing. You never know where your next job may come from. Maintain relationships with crew agents, other crew members, and industry professionals. It important to be out and meeting people in person or even virtually on Zoom.

Q: Any other tips that will help in landing a yacht crew career?

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  • 1) Research: Read industry publications. This is especially important for those who have never worked in the hospitality industry. In addition to taking your courses, conduct your own research.
  • 2) Crew Housing: When crew stay at a crew house, they have the benefit of networking with other crew. They may even find jobs from crew mates and share ideas and tips in the industry. There are a variety of crew typically, from green to experienced and they all have a story to tell or some wisdom to share.
  • 3) Daywork: Sometimes daywork can lead to long term opportunities. While daywork is temporary, crew may not realize that daywork can lead to the Captain or department head interviewing you and seeing how you might fit in with a boat full time.
  • 4) Checking in: Check in with your agents. The better your crew agent knows you, the easier it is for them to properly match you to a boat. Keep your crew agent informed on if you’re still looking for work.

Ready to start your career in crew? Contact Lead Crew Coordinator Jill Maderia , or explore all the options Denison Yachting offers in our crew division.

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Crewing on a sailboat is an exhilarating experience that allows you to harness the power of the wind and navigate the open waters. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a beginner looking to learn the ropes, understanding the fundamentals of crewing on a sailboat is essential for a successful voyage.

In this article, we will explore the different aspects of crewing on a sailboat, including the types of sailboats, roles, and responsibilities of crew members, essential skills and qualities, safety procedures, knot tying, sail trim, rigging, and navigation. By the end of this article, you will have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to be a valuable crew member on a sailboat adventure.

Before we delve into the details, let’s start with an introduction to crewing on a sailboat. We will then discuss the different types of sailboats, such as monohulls and catamarans, and the distinct features and characteristics of each. Understanding the type of sailboat you will be crewing on is crucial for mastering the specific skills required on board.

Next, we will outline the various roles and responsibilities of crew members. From the skipper who leads the crew to the helm , trimmer , bow crew , mast crew , and navigator , each position plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation and maneuvering of the sailboat.

To be an effective crew member, certain skills and qualities are essential. We will discuss the importance of sailing knowledge and experience, teamwork and communication, physical fitness, and problem-solving skills. These attributes will contribute to a harmonious and efficient crew dynamic.

Safety is of utmost importance while at sea. We will cover the basic safety equipment that should be on board, man overboard drills for emergency situations, first aid and emergency response, as well as weather awareness and preparedness.

Knot tying and line handling skills are essential for sailboat crew members. We will introduce you to some essential knots like the bowline knot , clove hitch , and cleat hitch , as well as teach you how to properly coil and tie lines.

Understanding sail trim and rigging is another crucial aspect of crewing on a sailboat. We will explore how to control sail shape, adjust halyards and sheets, and tune the rigging to optimize performance and efficiency.

We will touch upon navigation and chart reading, including basic nautical charts, compass usage, and dead reckoning. These skills will enable you to navigate your course with confidence and precision.

By the end of this article, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to enjoy the adventure of crewing on a sailboat. So, let’s set sail and embark on this exciting journey together.

Key takeaway:

  • Crewing on a sailboat requires teamwork and communication: Successful crew members must possess strong teamwork and communication skills to effectively work together on a sailboat.
  • Safety is paramount: Being aware of basic safety procedures, emergency response, and weather conditions is essential for maintaining a safe environment while crewing on a sailboat.
  • Knowledge of sail trim and rigging is crucial: Understanding how to control sail shape, adjust halyards and sheets, and tune the rigging is key to optimizing performance and efficiency on a sailboat.

Types of Sailboats

When it comes to hitting the waves, understanding the different types of sailboats is key . In this section, we’ll uncover two distinct categories: monohulls and catamarans . Get ready to dive into the thrilling world of sailboat crewing as we explore the characteristics and unique features of each type. So whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a curious novice, let’s embark on a voyage of discovery and unravel the wonders of these magnificent vessels.

1. Monohulls

Monohulls, also known as sailboats with a single hull, are highly stable vessels that are capable of handling rough seas. This characteristic is what makes them immensely popular for both offshore cruising and racing activities. Monohulls come in a range of sizes, spanning from small day-sailers to colossal ocean-going yachts. The ingenious design of monohulls enables easy maneuverability and enhanced ability to sail close to the wind. For added stability, monohulls are equipped with a keel beneath the hull.

These sailboats are furnished with a variety of sails suited for diverse sailing conditions and speeds. These include the main sail, genoa, jib, and spinnaker. In order to effectively handle the sails, navigation, and steering of the boat, a crew is required. In terms of interior space, monohulls boast a comfortable and spacious layout, ideal for lengthier voyages. Their versatility is another commendable aspect as they can be utilized for day trips as well as extended cruising.

2. Catamarans

Catamarans, with their wide beam and twin hulls, are well-known for their stability and spaciousness. These characteristics make them a comfortable choice for individuals prone to seasickness .

Not only that, catamarans are generally faster than monohulls due to the reduced drag provided by their twin hulls.

When it comes to space, catamarans offer larger cabins, lounges, and deck areas, ensuring ample living and storage space.

Their shallow draft enables them to access shallow anchorages and explore areas that are out of reach for monohulls.

Choosing between a catamaran and a monohull depends on personal preferences and sailing goals.

If stability, spaciousness, and comfort are top priorities, a catamaran may be the ideal choice.

On the other hand, if speed, agility, and the ability to point higher into the wind are prioritized, a monohull may be more suitable.

Roles and Responsibilities of Crew Members

Sailing the seas is a beautiful adventure, but it takes a well-coordinated crew to navigate the unpredictable waters. In this section, we’ll dive into the essential roles and responsibilities of each crew member on a sailboat. From the knowledgeable skipper to the skilled helm , the meticulous trimmer to the agile bow and mast crew, and the sharp-eyed navigator , each position plays a vital role in ensuring a smooth and successful voyage. So, grab your life jacket and let’s set sail into the world of crewing on a sailboat.

The role of a skipper on a sailboat is crucial for the overall operation and safety of the crew and vessel. The skipper, also known as the boat captain, is responsible for making navigational decisions, ensuring the boat is operated safely and efficiently, and overseeing the activities of the crew.

One of the key responsibilities of a skipper is making navigational decisions based on their strong knowledge of seamanship and navigation. They must have excellent leadership and decision-making skills to set the course and determine sail configurations. Additionally, effective communication and teamwork abilities are essential in managing and coordinating the crew.

The skipper also plays a vital role in ensuring safety protocols are followed and has the problem-solving skills and ability to handle emergencies. They monitor weather conditions and adjust plans accordingly, relying on their strong understanding of meteorology and weather patterns.

For aspiring skippers, it is recommended to continuously learn and improve their sailing skills and knowledge. Participating in races or joining sailing clubs can provide valuable experience and opportunities to refine their leadership abilities. It is also important to stay up-to-date with advancements in technology and equipment to enhance their proficiency in managing the boat and crew.

Remember, becoming an effective skipper takes time and experience. Embrace a lifelong learning mindset and commit to ongoing growth and development to excel in this important role on a sailboat.

The helm is responsible for steering and controlling the direction of a sailboat. To effectively helm a sailboat, follow these steps:

1. Take your position at the helm and familiarize yourself with the steering mechanism.

2. Maintain a steady grip on the tiller or wheel and balance your stance.

3. Monitor the wind direction and adjust the sails accordingly for optimal performance.

4. Coordinate maneuvers and navigate obstacles by communicating with the skipper and crew.

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To enhance your helm skills, practice regularly in different weather conditions and on various sailboats. Seek feedback from experienced sailors and learn from their insights. Remember, mastering the helm requires sailing knowledge, adaptability, and sharp decision-making skills. Enjoy the adventure of crewing on a sailboat and embrace the learning opportunities it offers.

The trimmer is an essential role on a sailboat. Their primary responsibility is to adjust the sails for optimal performance and efficiency. They achieve this by changing the sail position based on the wind direction and speed. Collaborating closely with the helm, the trimmer ensures the sails are adjusted according to the boat’s course and desired speed. Clear communication between the trimmer and helm is crucial for making quick adjustments.

In addition, the trimmer continuously monitors the sail performance and makes necessary adjustments to maintain optimal speed and efficiency. They also assist in tuning the rigging by adjusting the tension of the mast, shrouds, and stays. This helps improve the sail shape and overall performance of the boat.

During sail changes, the trimmer plays a vital role in hoisting, lowering, and adjusting new sails efficiently. Their expertise in sail trim allows them to minimize any loss of speed or performance during these transitions.

The trimmer needs to have a deep understanding of wind shifts and the ability to anticipate changes in wind direction. This skill allows them to make proactive adjustments to maintain optimal sail trim.

The trimmer is crucial in maximizing sailboat performance. Their expertise in sail trim and ability to quickly adapt to changing conditions are essential for success on the water.

4. Bow Crew

The Bow Crew , also known as the Bow Crew , plays a crucial role in the smooth operation and navigation of a sailboat. This team has a set of key responsibilities and tasks, including the following:

1. Setting and handling the anchor: As part of their duties, the Bow Crew prepares and deploys the anchor when the sailboat reaches its intended anchorage. It is essential that they know how to properly set and secure the anchor to keep the boat in place.

2. Managing the bow line: Another important task for the Bow Crew is handling the bow line, which is used for mooring the boat or securing it to a dock. To accomplish this safely and securely, they need to possess the necessary skills in knot tying and line handling.

3. Assisting with docking maneuvers: During the docking process, the Bow Crew provides assistance with line handling and ensuring that the boat remains a safe distance from the dock to avoid any damage. Effective communication with other crew members is crucial for a smooth and secure docking process.

4. Keeping a lookout: A primary responsibility of the Bow Crew is to keep a vigilant watch for any potential obstacles or hazards in the water, including other boats, buoys, or rocks. Their role is to promptly alert the rest of the crew to ensure safe navigation.

5. Handling sails and line adjustments: As part of their tasks, the Bow Crew assists with handling and adjusting sails, particularly during tacking or gybing. It is important for them to be familiar with the proper techniques for hoisting, lowering, and reefing sails.

Being a member of the Bow Crew requires a keen attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Safety and efficiency are of paramount importance in the performance of these duties.

5. Mast Crew

The role of the mast crew is vital in ensuring the smooth operation and maneuverability of a sailboat. The mast crew plays a significant role in handling and maintaining the sails to optimize the performance of the boat. They are responsible for various tasks, including hoisting and lowering sails as directed by the skipper or helm, ensuring proper alignment and integrity.

The crew members also trim and adjust the sails to achieve the desired sail shape and maximize speed and efficiency using control lines such as halyards, sheets, and reefing lines. They proficiently assist in reefing , reducing the sail’s size during strong winds. The mast crew is responsible for inspecting and maintaining sail-related equipment, promptly fixing any issues that arise. Effective communication between the crew members, helm, and trimmers is crucial to ensuring coordination between sail adjustments and boat maneuvers.

To be a successful mast crew member, it is essential to have a good understanding of sail trim , excellent teamwork, communication skills, physical fitness, and problem-solving abilities. Safety should always be a priority, and crew members should be knowledgeable about safety procedures, weather conditions, and emergency response protocols.

To excel in this role, it is recommended to practice tying essential knots such as the bowline , clove hitch , and cleat hitch . Understanding navigation charts, using a compass, and mastering dead reckoning will greatly enhance your skills. Embrace the challenges and rewards of being a vital part of the mast crew and enjoy the adventure of crewing on a sailboat.

6. Navigator

The role of a navigator on a sailboat is crucial for the safe and accurate navigation of the vessel. The navigator is responsible for incorporating their expertise in chart reading, navigation instruments, and situational awareness to guide the boat to its destination. Collaborating with other crew members, the navigator ensures that informed decisions are made based on the current conditions and the planned route. By efficiently using nautical charts and considering factors such as wind direction, current, and obstacles, the navigator plots the best course. They also read and interpret charts, understanding symbols, depth contours, and other information to locate the boat’s position and plan the route. Navigational instruments like compasses, GPS devices, and depth sounders are utilized by the navigator to accurately determine the boat’s heading, speed, and position. The navigator practices dead reckoning , estimating the vessel’s position based on the previous known position, course, speed, and time elapsed. It is important for the navigator to maintain situational awareness , remaining alert to detect any changes in conditions, hazards, or approaching vessels. Ultimately, a skilled navigator plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of the crew and the boat, making the journey a success.

Essential Skills and Qualities for Crew Members

Ready to set sail? In this section, we’ll delve into the essential skills and qualities that make a great crew member on a sailboat. From sailing knowledge and experience to teamwork and communication skills , physical fitness , and problem-solving abilities , we’ll uncover what it takes to be an invaluable part of a sailing team. So grab your life jacket, because we’re about to embark on an exciting journey through the seas of crewing on a sailboat!

1. Sailing Knowledge and Experience

When it comes to sailing, having a strong foundation of sailing knowledge and experience is crucial for crew members. Here are some important points to consider:

1. Take sailing courses: Sailing courses provide valuable knowledge and hands-on experience. Courses like the American Sailing Association’s Basic Keelboat or Royal Yachting Association’s Competent Crew can teach fundamental skills and build confidence.

2. Join crewing opportunities: Enhance your sailing experience by actively seeking crewing opportunities. Connect with experienced sailors through local sailing clubs or associations. Offer your services as a volunteer crew for regattas or offshore races to gain practical experience.

3. Practice on different sailboats: Expand your sailing knowledge by familiarizing yourself with various types of sailboats, such as monohulls and catamarans. Each type has unique characteristics and requires different handling techniques.

4. Learn sail trim: Understanding sail trim is essential for optimizing a sailboat’s performance. Make sure to familiarize yourself with concepts like wind angle, sail shape, and adjusting halyards and sheets for proper sail tension.

5. Navigate using charts: Develop the necessary skills to navigate using basic nautical charts. Learn how to interpret symbols, depth soundings, and landmarks to plot a course and ensure safe passage.

6. Gain experience in different sailing conditions: Improve your proficiency by actively practicing sailing in various weather conditions and sea states. This will allow you to handle different situations with ease.

By continuously learning and gaining hands-on experience, crew members can significantly improve their sailing knowledge and skills, ultimately resulting in safer and more enjoyable sailing experiences.

2. Teamwork and Communication

Teamwork and communication are crucial for a successful sailing experience. It is important to consider several key aspects:

Clear communication: Use concise language to effectively convey information and instructions among crew members. This includes using proper nautical terms and hand signals while on the water.

Active listening: Actively listen to each other and the skipper to ensure a clear understanding of tasks, directions, and safety procedures.

Collaboration: Working together as a team is vital for smooth sailing. Support each other, share responsibilities, and coordinate tasks to maintain the boat’s performance.

Trust and respect: Trust and respect each other’s abilities and decisions to create a cohesive crew. Value each person’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.

Problem-solving: When faced with challenges or unexpected situations, maintain a calm and proactive approach. Collaborate to find solutions and make quick decisions when necessary.

Adaptability: Sailing conditions can change rapidly. Be adaptable to adjust strategies and actions accordingly. Being flexible and open to change is crucial for successful teamwork.

Efficient coordination: Coordinate movements and actions to maximize efficiency and prevent accidents or mishaps. Synchronize maneuvers, handle equipment together, and maintain good balance and stability.

By prioritizing teamwork and communication, a sailboat crew can operate smoothly and enjoy a safe and rewarding sailing experience.

3. Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is important for crew members on a sailboat. Here are the key factors to consider:

  • Endurance : Crew members need good cardiovascular fitness to endure long hours of physical activity on the boat, like hiking out or grinding winches.
  • Strength : Strength is crucial for tasks like hoisting sails and maneuvering equipment. Upper body and core strength are particularly important.
  • Flexibility : Flexibility helps crew members perform maneuvers effortlessly, like moving around the boat, adjusting sails, and maintaining balance.
  • Balance : Good balance is essential to prevent falls and injuries on a moving sailboat. Crew members should practice exercises that improve stability and coordination.
  • Agility : Sailboats require quick and agile movements, especially during maneuvers or when responding to changing wind conditions. Agility training helps crew members react swiftly and efficiently.

Maintaining physical fitness is vital for the safety of crew members and the overall performance of the sailboat. Regular exercise, including cardiovascular workouts, strength training, stretching, and balance exercises, can improve physical fitness and enhance sailing abilities.

In the Volvo Ocean Race, physical fitness played a crucial role in the success of the teams. The sailors endured extreme weather and long hours of physical exertion. Teams prioritized fitness training tailored to sailing’s demanding nature. This focus not only improved performance on the boat but also reduced the risk of injuries and contributed to overall well-being. The dedication to physical fitness exemplified the importance of being in top form as a crew member on a sailboat.

4. Problem-Solving Skills

Problem-solving skills are essential for crewing on a sailboat. Here are key points to consider:

  • Quick thinking: Crew members must think quickly and come up with solutions to unexpected challenges that may arise during a sail. This could include equipment malfunctions or changing weather conditions.
  • Resourcefulness: Being resourceful is crucial when problem-solving on a sailboat. Crew members need to make the most of limited resources, using their creativity to find solutions.
  • Clear communication: Effective communication is vital for problem-solving as it allows crew members to share information and ideas. It also helps avoid misunderstandings and ensures everyone is on the same page when addressing a problem.
  • Collaboration: Problem-solving on a sailboat often requires teamwork. Crew members must work together, listen to each other’s ideas, and contribute their expertise to find the best solution.
  • Adaptability: The ability to adapt and adjust plans is crucial when facing challenges on a sailboat. Crew members should be flexible and willing to change course if necessary, prioritizing the safety and well-being of the crew.

Fact: Cultivating problem-solving skills enhances a crew member’s proficiency and boosts the overall well-being and success of the sailing experience.

Safety and Emergency Procedures

When it comes to crewing on a sailboat, one aspect that cannot be overlooked is safety and emergency procedures . It’s crucial to have a solid understanding of how to handle any unforeseen situations that may arise. In this section, we will explore the key elements that contribute to a safe sailing experience . From basic safety equipment to man overboard drills , first aid and emergency response, and weather awareness and preparedness , we will cover everything you need to know to ensure a seamless and secure journey on the open waters .

1. Basic Safety Equipment

Basic safety equipment is crucial for sailboat crew members to guarantee the well-being and security of all on board. Here is a comprehensive list of necessary safety equipment:

  • Life jackets : Every crew member requires a properly fitting life jacket approved by the Coast Guard. These jackets provide buoyancy during emergencies.
  • Throwable flotation devices: An easily accessible flotation device, such as a lifebuoy or rescue ring, should be readily available for rescuing individuals who fall overboard.
  • Fire extinguisher : An easily accessible fire extinguisher that is properly maintained is vital in case of fires on the boat.
  • Flares : Flares are used for signaling for help during emergencies. Crew members should be knowledgeable about their usage and have them easily accessible.
  • First aid kit : It is essential to have a well-stocked first aid kit on board to treat minor injuries and provide initial care until professional medical assistance is available, if necessary.
  • Bilge pump : A bilge pump aids in removing water from the boat’s bilge, ensuring the vessel remains afloat and free from excess water.

Regular inspection and maintenance of all safety equipment is critical to ensuring proper functionality. It is also important for crew members to be familiar with the location and operation of these items in order to swiftly respond during emergencies.

2. Man Overboard Drills

Man Overboard Drills are critical for sailboat safety. These drills are essential to ensure that the crew is well-prepared and able to respond promptly and efficiently in the event that someone falls overboard. Here are the steps to follow when conducting man overboard drills:

  • Alert the crew by shouting “Man overboard!”
  • Indicate the person’s location by pointing at them in the water.
  • Mark the spot by activating the man overboard button on the boat’s navigation system.
  • Assign a crew member to maintain visual contact with the person in the water.
  • Position the boat in a close-hauled position to have the best sailing angle towards the individual.
  • Throw a flotation device towards the person in the water.
  • Assign a crew member to initiate the recovery process while wearing a safety harness and lifeline.
  • Approach the person in the water while maintaining a safe distance.
  • Use a boat hook or your hand to grab hold of the person’s life jacket or clothing.
  • Assist the person in getting back onto the boat using proper lifting and transfer techniques.

Remember, regular practice of man overboard drills improves the proficiency of the crew and ensures the safety of everyone on board. It’s also crucial to designate a specific crew member responsible for calling for outside assistance if necessary. Stay vigilant and be prepared for any emergencies while out at sea.

3. First Aid and Emergency Response

When it comes to sailing, being prepared for emergencies and knowing how to respond is crucial. Here are some important aspects to consider for first aid and emergency response :

1. Basic Safety Equipment: All crew members should know the location and proper use of safety equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and flares.

2. Man Overboard Drills: Knowing how to quickly perform a man overboard drill is crucial in case someone falls overboard. This involves maneuvering the boat, throwing out a lifebuoy or device to mark the spot, and executing a rescue plan.

3. First Aid and Emergency Response: Crew members should have a basic understanding of first aid techniques, including CPR and basic wound care. It is important to have a well-stocked first aid kit on board with essentials like bandages, antiseptic solutions, and pain relievers.

4. Weather Awareness and Preparedness: Monitoring changing weather conditions is crucial for safety. Crew members should understand the signs of impending storms and know how to respond appropriately, such as reefing the sails or seeking shelter.

True History Fact: During a sailing race in the Caribbean in 2014, a crew member suffered a severe leg laceration due to a shifting piece of equipment. The crew’s knowledge of first aid and emergency response allowed them to quickly control the bleeding and provide proper wound care until the injured crew member could receive medical attention at the nearest port.

4. Weather Awareness and Preparedness

Weather awareness and preparedness are vital for the safety of sailing. In order to ensure a safe journey, it is important to follow these steps:

  • Stay updated: It is essential to regularly check weather forecasts to stay informed about any changes or alerts.
  • Learn the signs: Familiarize yourself with visual cues that indicate different weather patterns, such as cloud formations or shifts in wind direction.
  • Understand wind patterns: Take the time to study wind maps and charts so that you can identify the prevailing winds in your sailing area. This knowledge will assist you in planning your course and anticipating any potential changes in wind speed and direction.
  • Monitor barometric pressure: Stay vigilant and keep track of any changes in barometric pressure, as they can serve as an indication of approaching storms or changes in weather conditions.
  • Be aware of storm systems: It is crucial to stay informed about the development and movement of storms, including tropical storms and hurricanes, as they may affect your chosen sailing route.
  • Prepare for adverse weather: Make sure to have the necessary gear on board, such as rain jackets, warm clothing, and safety harnesses, in order to protect yourself from inclement weather.
  • Develop an emergency plan: Create a procedure for handling extreme weather situations and ensure that all crew members are familiar with it.
  • Know your limits: It is important to understand the capabilities of your boat and the skill level of your crew. Avoid sailing in conditions that are beyond your comfort or experience level.
  • Seek shelter if necessary: In the event of severe weather, it is advisable to find a safe haven where you can anchor or take refuge until conditions improve.

Essential Knots and Line Handling

Mastering the art of knot tying and line handling is an essential skill for any crew member on a sailboat. In this section, we’ll dive into the world of essential knots and various techniques for handling lines. From the versatile bowline knot to the secure clove hitch and convenient cleat hitch , we’ll explore the key knots that every sailor should know. We’ll cover tips and tricks for properly tying and coiling lines, ensuring smooth and efficient sailing adventures. Get ready to become a knot-tying expert !

1. Bowline Knot

The bowline knot is a crucial knot for sailors, as it creates a strong loop at the end of a rope. To tie a bowline knot , follow these steps:

1. Start by making a small loop in the rope, ensuring that the end of the rope is on top.

2. Pass the end of the rope through the loop from underneath.

3. Next, bring the end of the rope around the standing part of the rope.

4. Pass the end of the rope back through the loop.

5. Tighten the knot by simultaneously pulling on the standing part of the rope and the end of the rope.

6. Once tightened, the bowline knot will securely hold, creating a loop that won’t slip.

During a sailing trip, a sudden storm caused a crew member to fall overboard. In response, the skipper immediately called for a man overboard drill, and the crew swiftly sprang into action. One skilled sailor promptly tied a bowline knot on a rescue line, ensuring a secure loop to pull the crew member back on board. The bowline knot proved its reliability as it held strong, resulting in a safe and successful rescue. It is crucial for sailors to know and practice essential knots like the bowline, especially in emergency situations at sea.

2. Clove Hitch

The Clove Hitch is a versatile knot used for various purposes on a sailboat. It is a reliable knot that can hold tension in two directions, making it useful for attaching fenders, securing sails, or creating anchor points. Tying a Clove Hitch is a quick and easy way to secure a line to a cleat or pole on a sailboat. Here are the steps to tie a Clove Hitch :

  • Make a loop with the rope.
  • Pass the end of the rope over the standing part.
  • Bring the end of the rope under the standing part and over the loop.
  • Pass the end of the rope under the standing part again.
  • Pull the end of the rope tight to secure the Clove Hitch .

Practice tying the Clove Hitch to improve your knot-tying skills and ensure the safety and stability of your sailboat.

Fact: The Clove Hitch is named after the clove tree, known for its strength and durability in securing sailing knots.

3. Cleat Hitch

The cleat hitch is a practical knot for fastening a line to a cleat on a sailboat. Here are the steps to tie a cleat hitch:

1. First, take the line and pass it around the base of the cleat .

2. Next, cross the line over itself and bring it under the opposite horn of the cleat .

3. Then, loop the line over the top of the opposite horn of the cleat .

4. After that, wrap the line under the first loop, creating a figure-eight shape.

5. Now, pass the line under the second horn of the cleat .

6. Pull the line tightly to securely hold the cleat hitch in place.

Remember to always double-check that the cleat hitch is properly secured before relying on it to withstand tension. The cleat hitch is a reliable knot that can handle significant loads.

To improve your proficiency in tying the cleat hitch , make sure to practice it regularly. Get familiar with different sizes and types of cleats to be prepared for various situations while working on a sailboat.

4. Tying and Coiling Lines

When tying and coiling lines on a sailboat, it is important to follow these steps for a secure and efficient operation:

1. Begin by untwisting and freeing the line of any knots and tangles.

2. Next, wrap the line around a fixed object such as a cleat or winch at least two times. This will provide a secure anchor point .

3. To create a “ half hitch ,” form a loop with the line and pass the working end through it.

4. Pull the working end tight to securely fasten the half hitch .

5. Repeat the process of creating half hitches until the line is fully and securely fastened .

6. When it comes to coiling the line , hold the end in one hand and use your other hand to create loops.

7. Make sure to alternate the direction of each loop to create neatly coiled line .

8. To secure the end of the line , tuck the working end under one of the loops.

9. It is important to ensure that the coiled line is tidy and compact to prevent tangles and make it easier to handle.

Following these steps will ensure that your lines are properly tied and coiled , allowing for efficient and safe operation of the sailboat.

Understanding Sail Trim and Rigging

Get ready to set sail with an in-depth exploration of sail trim and rigging . We’ll uncover the secrets of controlling sail shape , fine-tuning halyards and sheets , and perfecting the rigging . Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just getting started, this section will equip you with the knowledge you need to navigate the waters with confidence . So hop on board and let’s dive into the fascinating world of sail trim and rigging !

1. Controlling Sail Shape

Controlling sail shape is crucial for maximizing performance and efficiency. Here are the steps to effectively control sail shape:

Adjust halyard tension: Increase tension to flatten the sail for faster and more efficient sailing. This reduces drag and improves the boat’s movement through the water.

Tweak sheet angle: Sheet angle affects sail shape. By trimming the sheets appropriately, you can achieve the desired shape. Easing the sheets creates a fuller shape for lighter winds, while trimming in flattens the sail for stronger winds.

Use cunningham or downhaul: These lines control tension along the sail’s luff. Adjusting them flattens the sail and controls its shape, especially in the lower section.

Consider vang or boom kicker: These help control the sail’s twist. Adjusting them controls the shape of the upper part of the sail and maintains efficient airflow.

Use mast bend: Fine-tune mast bend to adjust sail shape. This can be achieved by adjusting backstay tension or using a mast bend control system.

Monitor and adjust sail controls: Use telltales attached to the sail to gauge its efficiency. Smooth-flowing telltales indicate optimal sail shape. Make necessary adjustments if the telltales are not flowing smoothly.

Observe and react to changing wind conditions: Continuously adjust the sail shape based on prevailing wind conditions. Lighter winds require fuller sails, while stronger winds need flatter sails to reduce heeling and maintain control.

By using these techniques, sailors can maintain optimal sail shape, leading to increased speed, improved stability, and overall better performance on the water.

2. Adjusting Halyards and Sheets

Adjusting halyards and sheets is important for sailboat crew members. It optimizes sail performance by making changes to the positioning and tension of the halyards and sheets . Here are some key points to consider:

1. Understanding sail shape: Adjusting halyards and sheets controls sail shape, impacting speed and maneuverability.

2. Tensioning halyards : Proper tensioning shapes the sails and captures wind effectively.

3. Trimming sheets : By adjusting sheets , crew members can fine-tune sail angle and tightness.

4. Balancing tension: Maintaining a proper balance prevents stress on the sails and rigging, promoting smoother sailing and reducing the risk of damage.

5. Continual monitoring: Adjustments may be needed throughout the sail, depending on wind shifts and other factors. Crew members should be attentive for optimal sail performance.

Mastering the skill of adjusting halyards and sheets enhances the overall efficiency and performance of the sailboat, improving the sailing experience for everyone on board.

3. Tuning the Rigging

To tune the rigging on a sailboat, follow these steps:

1. Inspect the rigging for wear or damage—look for frayed cables or loose connections.

2. Measure the tension in the rigging using a tension gauge. The optimal tension is typically around 15-20% of the breaking strength.

3. Adjust the rigging by turning the turnbuckles clockwise if it is too loose. Use a wrench to do this.

4. If the rigging is too tight, loosen it by turning the turnbuckles counterclockwise. Be careful not to over-loosen to prevent excessive mast movement.

5. After making adjustments, re-measure the tension using the tension gauge. Continue adjusting until the desired tension is achieved.

6. Check the mast rake, which is the forward or backward inclination of the mast. You can change the mast rake by adjusting the mast step or forestay tension.

7. Lastly, check the alignment of the mast. It should be straight from top to bottom. If there is any misalignment, adjust the rigging as needed.

Following these steps will ensure that the rigging on your sailboat is properly tuned, which is crucial for optimal performance and safety on the water.

Navigation and Chart Reading

Embarking on a sailboat adventure requires mastering the art of navigation and chart reading. In this section, we’ll dive into the essential skills needed to navigate the vast waters. From understanding basic nautical charts to utilizing a compass and practicing dead reckoning, we’ll equip you with the knowledge to confidently sail the seas. So, grab your compass and get ready to set sail on a thrilling journey of exploration and discovery !

1. Basic Nautical Charts

When crewing on a sailboat, it is crucial to understand basic nautical charts. These charts provide detailed information about navigational aids, such as buoys, beacons, and lighthouses, which help sailors determine their position and navigate safely. They also indicate water depths using soundings and contour lines to prevent grounding. Nautical charts include landmarks and features such as shorelines, islands, rocks, and channels, which help sailors identify their location and plan routes. Familiarizing yourself with the symbols and abbreviations used in charts can help you understand the information more effectively. Paying attention to the chart’s scale and orientation is important for accurate interpretation of distances and directions. It is also crucial to regularly update charts for changes in water depth, landmarks, and navigational aids, using the most recent chart available for accuracy. By using basic nautical charts, crew members can navigate safely and effectively on a sailboat.

2. Using a Compass

When it comes to sailing, using a compass is essential for navigation. Here are the steps involved:

1. Hold the compass level and steady, away from magnetic interference.

2. Align the compass housing with the direction of travel arrow.

3. Read the degree markings on the compass housing to determine the bearing.

4. Rotate the compass housing until the red magnetic needle aligns with the orienting arrow.

5. Read the determined bearing from the degree markings on the compass housing.

6. Keep the compass level and steady while following your desired bearing.

7. Periodically check the compass to ensure you are staying on course.

Using a compass accurately helps navigate, even when landmarks or other aids are not visible. It is an essential tool for sailors to reach their destination safely and efficiently.

In the early years of sailing, compasses were not always reliable due to factors like iron on the ship or variations in the Earth’s magnetic field. Advancements in compass technology and understanding of magnetic forces have made modern compasses more accurate and dependable. Today, sailors can rely on compasses to guide them, providing them with direction and improving their sailing experience.

3. Dead Reckoning

When sailing, dead reckoning is a technique to estimate your current position based on previous known positions and the boat’s course and speed. Here’s how you can do dead reckoning:

1. Record the boat’s starting position, course, and speed.

2. Monitor the boat’s course and speed over time, making adjustments for any changes.

3. Use the elapsed time and the boat’s speed to calculate the distance traveled.

4. Based on the boat’s course and distance traveled, plot a line on the chart from the starting position in the direction of the course.

5. If the boat changes course or speed, make note of these changes and adjust the line accordingly.

6. If there are known landmarks or navigational aids along the course, use them to confirm the estimated position.

Pro-tip: Improve the accuracy of dead reckoning by regularly comparing the estimated position with actual positions obtained through other navigation techniques such as celestial navigation or GPS.

Some Facts About How To Crew On A Sailboat:

  • ✅ There are sailing opportunities available for amateur and professional crew members worldwide. (Source: Crewseekers.net)
  • ✅ It is free for everyone to browse through all current sailing opportunities, but membership is required to contact yacht owners and join their crew. (Source: Crewseekers.net)
  • ✅ Walking the docks in sailing towns and using the internet are effective ways to find crew opportunities and work on sailboats. (Source: Transitions Abroad)
  • ✅ Some captains are willing to take inexperienced sailors and teach them along the way, making crew positions accessible to those without prior experience. (Source: Transitions Abroad)
  • ✅ Crewing on sailboats allows individuals to experience the rawness and basic nature of life at sea, as well as the beauty of the ocean and the night sky. (Source: Transitions Abroad)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. how can i find crewing opportunities on sailboats.

You can find crewing opportunities on sailboats by walking the docks in sailing towns and talking to people, using the internet to search for crew opportunities, or participating in cruising rallies organized by experienced sailors.

2. Are there sailing opportunities available for all experience levels?

Yes, there are sailing opportunities available for both amateur and professional crew members worldwide, regardless of their experience level.

3. How can I join a sailboat crew?

To join a sailboat crew, you need to register and become a member of a yacht crew introduction agency. This will allow you to browse through current sailing opportunities and contact yacht owners to join their crew.

4. What are the essential roles on a sailboat?

The essential roles on a sailboat include the Captain, who is the decision maker; the cook, who ensures the crew’s sustenance; the person at the helm, who makes critical decisions; and the dog watchers, who take care of the dog and anchor during off hours.

5. Can inexperienced sailors join sailboat crews?

Yes, many sailboat captains are willing to take inexperienced sailors and teach them along the way. Trustworthiness and a hard-working attitude are important attributes when looking for a crew position.

6. What are the benefits of crewing on a sailboat for travel?

Crewing on a sailboat for travel offers a unique and affordable way to see the world. It saves money on airfare and provides a stronger connection to nature and the universe. It can also be a life-changing experience and an opportunity to learn new skills.

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So you’re thinking about becoming a Yachtie?

You may have a friend or relative who already works in the industry, or you have watched TV programmes like Below Deck , you know working on a yacht is the right for you, but where do you start? 

With the potential to earn great money, travel, and work with loads of like-minded people, it’s not surprising this job ticks a lot of boxes for many people. 

Becoming a Yachtie and getting paid to work on luxury yachts may seem like a job and industry that only the elite can have access to, or it just seems too confusing to start. 

However, with an understanding of the requirements, certification, and having some expectations of what job role you should be looking for, starting work as a Yachtie will not seem so daunting.

What is a Yachtie?

Before we go any further, let’s make sure we are all singing off the same hymn sheet. 

A Yachtie is a broad term used to describe anyone who works on a yacht. More specifically, it has become the term for people working as yacht crew on superyachts. 

A superyacht is a very large boat that is extremely luxurious and often owned by multi millionaires and billionaires.

These Yachties who work on superyachts hold a number of different positions. Most Yachties will start their superyacht career working as a Deckhand or Stewardess. With more experience and responsibilities, your role will change as you progress up the career ladder. 

It’s worth noting there are other types of yachting and Yachties. The other kind of ‘Yachtie’ could describe those who hold their Yachtmaster qualification and have jobs like skipper charter boats. 

Job roles for new Yachties

Yachties new to the industry (also known as ‘Green’ Yachties) will traditionally apply for entry levels roles, which are Yacht Deckhands or Yacht Stewardesses. 

These are both very different jobs, so you need to be sure which one you want to do and start training for that career path.

Yacht Stewardess (Stew)

A Stewardess, or Steward , looks after the interior of the yacht. This means anything that happens inside the boat, you will be responsible for it. 

Think of any job in the hospitality industry and then combine it into one role on a yacht, that is what you will be doing.

From making beds, doing the laundry, cleaning, serving food, and hosting dinner, you will do it all to a 5-star standard. Anything less than perfect, and your guests won’t be satisfied.

It’s the small things that make the difference between high standards and exceptional standards. You must have a great eye for detail and be able to make sure no stone is left unturned. Everything on board the ship must be 100% perfect at all times.

You will be reporting to Chief Stew, who will be your manager and give you your task list. After a good few seasons as a green Stewardess, you will have enough experience and confidence to apply for Chief Stewardess roles.

Yacht Deckhand

In contrast to the Stewardess role, Deckhands look after the exterior of the boat. 

Predominantly a male role, Deckhands will do everything from general maintenance to cleaning the teak deck, looking after the toys (Jet Skis, etc.), and even driving the tenders.

Deckhands should know how a yacht operates, the basic terminology used onboard, how to tie knots, and loads and loads of enthusiasm. 

Deckhands may also dip in and out of helping the Stewardesses, and it isn’t uncommon for Deckhands to give a hand during busy evening meal preparation and service.

5 steps to Becoming a Yachtie

With an understanding of the job roles available, you can now decide which one best suits you. With the right attitude, qualifications, and knowing where to look for work, becoming a Yachtie is achievable for anyone who wants it. 

  • Have the right attitude
  • Pass an ENG1 medical
  • Complete STCW Basic Safety Training
  • Gain experience
  • Go to a superyacht marina

1. Have the right attitude

Along with gaining the correct qualifications to prove your competence, to become a Yachtie, you must have certain characteristics to thrive in this industry.

Yachties have to be well presented, articulate, know how to take orders, and be able to work hard, all with a smile and enthusiasm. You have to be able to work incredibly long hours, sometimes under stressful conditions, without losing your patience.

Having a job on a superyacht may sound glamorous, but if it’s your 10th day working in a row and you’ve got your head stuck down a toilet trying to clean it, you may want to think again. To become a Yachtie, you have to be happy with spending a lot of time away from home without seeing your friends and family. This may all seem obvious, but this situation does not suit everyone, and without careful consideration of the negatives, you will leave this industry quicker than when you arrived.

2. Pass ENG1 Medical

The first actionable step you need to take to become a Yachtie is gaining an ENG1 medical certificate. The ENG1 medical is an examination by an approved MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) Doctor to make sure you are fit and able to work at sea.

Every single person working at sea must have an ENG1 medical certificate , without this, you are not able to start working on superyachts. The examination will take around 45 minutes, during which the doctor will go through a checklist to make sure you have no underlying health conditions that may impact the safety of you or anyone else on board the ship.

The most common reason new yachties fail the ENG1 is colour blindness. Surprisingly many people can go through their whole life without knowing they are colour blind. However, on board a ship, this can have huge implications. If you cannot identify signals and lights correctly, it will be impossible for you to help navigate the ship in an emergency. Unfortunately, this means you cannot start work as a Yachtie.

3. Complete STCW Basic Safety Training

Another requirement for working at sea is completing STCW Basic Safety Training . Similar to the ENG1 you can only get a job on a yacht if you have the STCW certificate. 

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. It is to make sure that all Seafarers have an understanding of what to do in an emergency and are aware of the procedures required. 

STCW Courses are action-packed and quite a bit of fun. From fire fighting to sea survival, you will get stuck in learning, and learn loads of new skills.

4. Gain experience 

If you are lucky enough to have a job offer on a superyacht, then having your ENG1 and STCW certificates will be enough.

Don’t worry if you haven’t already got a job offer, it’s quite normal to go through all these steps and not have a job lined up yet. If this is the case, gaining more experience and qualifications is a good idea to give you a competitive advantage over anyone else applying for the same job role. 

This is achieved through signing up to a Deckhand or Stewardess Course. On these courses, you will get your standard STCW certificate and a list of extra qualifications demonstrating your competence, ability, and commitment to the industry. 

Deckhands will learn how to drive a small yacht, engine maintenance, general yacht repair, and how to clean teak properly. Stewardesses will understand wine and how to serve it, the art of flower arranging, and how to drive a powerboat. 

5. Go to a superyacht marina

After you have completed your superyacht training, now is the time to head out to France and look for work. Along with signing up to yacht crew recruitment agencies, going to one of the main superyacht marinas and handing out your CV to Captains is a great way to find work. This is known as dockwalking.

If you complete your Superyacht Course with us, you will have the option of signing up to our recruitment day in Antibes, France. We head out to France as a group, talk you through the process and offer you our industry contacts.

This is a great way to start your journey, and all our students find work in no time.

How much do Yachties make?

So you’ve heard you can make a good amount of money working on superyachts? Along with the travel, the great salary is why many people decide to become a Yachtie.

Like a job within any industry, salary varies. A Superyacht will agree on a crew salary budget with the owner of the yacht.

If you are just starting out, you can expect a salary of around €2,200 – €3,200 per month. However, the industry standard is €2,500 per month. Once you gain more experience and qualifications, your salary will increase. 

When you look at the salary at face value, it looks great but not incredible, however when you are at sea, you have zero outgoings. Working on a yacht means you don’t have to pay rent, bills, or buy food which will save you heaps of money compared with working at home.

If you want to see the salaries of all yacht crew, check out our Salary Guide.

Do Yachties pay taxes?

Another reason why the salary is so appealing is that in most cases Yachties don’t have to pay tax. 

This is a government scheme called the Seafarers Earning Deduction , and providing you are eligible, Yachties can keep 100% of their earnings.

To be able to apply for Seafarers Earning Deduction, you must be working on a ship outside of UK waters for a period of 365 days. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a whole year at once away from home, rather you can only apply once all the days you work on a yacht adds up to 365.

Being able to understand this tax scheme will be hugely beneficial before you start working on a Superyacht. 

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How to become Yacht Crew ?

How to become a deckhand a stewardess on superyachts, can a yachting career really be true .

Yes. The industry employs 50 000 crew worldwide. For entry level positions no education is required apart from being at least 16 years old, healthy and willing to work hard.

Is Yachtiecareers free ?

Yes, Yachtiecareers also does yacht recruitment, focusing only on junior deckhand and stewardess positions. We are the only agency in the world to offer this service for free for both crew and Superyachts.

We choose Superyachts carefully, that we know will be a good match for you starting.

How much do i need to pay ?

We can kick-start your career, giving you a basic package for only €12, this is giving you an Introduction, E-book and a 100€ award to spend on kick-starting your career, without making a big commitment. To see if it is right for you.

Are these courses for me ?

These courses has been specifically developed by experienced leaders in the Super Yacht industry for you with no prior experience.

The courses gives you the skills and full service with a personal instructor giving you all you need so that we can employ you on board.

Whether you are just starting or looking for your first job. Yachtiecareers is the best place to start.

What is required ?

The only pre-requirement is that you are minimum 16 years old.

Before starting your first job you need to complete a safety course and get a medical certificate. We guide you through the whole process.

What is the Deckhand Job ?

Deckhand is one of the entry level positions you can select. You will work closely in a professional team operating tenders, jet skis and water sports. Being in charge of washing and detailing the exterior parts of the Yacht.

What is the Stewardess job ?

Stewardess is one of the entry level positions you can select. You will work closely in a professional team in charge of the interior providing luxury service to the Owners and VIP guests.

What is my yachting salary ?

Starting salary for entry level positions start from € 2500-3500 per month. Developing your career salaries are over 10 000 euros per month. Yachts also offer very lucrative bonuses, tips and holiday packages.

How do I start working on Superyachts ?

We recommend getting a certified Instructor and Yachtie Careers training and tools to start. This is a proven way that works.

Before starting to look for work, you need the Yachtie Pro course, this will make you ready to work on board and give you the right skills and training.

Once you have this you will together with your personal instructor design your route. We recommend starting in Antibes or Palma.

Why choose YachiteCareers ?

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What if it does not work ?

After recruiting for junior positions for 10 years, we have designed a step-by-step plan that works. We guarantee that if you follow this plan with your personal instructor, you will be successful.

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Are the yacht courses quality good ?

The first edition was over 5 days of material. But we made it into 5 modules covering what really matters, and what is giving you the job. The rest you can access in our guides and be guided by our experienced crew members.

What is in the yacht training ?

We give you the tools and engaging training to start. Once completed you will be matched with a  personal instructor to make sure you follow or plan that you can ask.

We take care of everything from Visas, to CV writing to job interviews, getting a bank account and signing your first contract.

Is Yachting right for me ?

In my experience, everyone I have met, has always been able to offer something of value to us on board. If you like new exciting experiences, travel, meeting friends and grow as a person, it is the right choice for you.

What Certificates do I need to start?

The minimum certification you need to start is Basic Safety STCW, Medical Certificate and Passport. Yachtiecareers gets you all this but so much more. We give you the training to succeed.

We have a 10-step plan for this, that you will do with your Stewardess instructor. It takes work and effort, but we make it fun and an enjoyable learning experience.

We have a 10-step plan for this, that you will do with your Deck instructor. It takes work and effort, but we make it fun and an enjoyable learning experience

Yes! Please check our job board, for open positions. To maximise your chances, make sure you have our CV, references and training to start.

You will have a personal instructor, and all the right tools and guidance.

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They will all be a part of your training and completing it. You will learn from each one.

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Most of the crew are clueless of what we require on board, and the once that get on board are not ready for the tasks ahead. Our training solves both these problems.

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How Long Will it Take to Get a Yacht Job ? 

The Superyacht industry is volatile, things can happen very quickly. You are dock walking and meet a Captain who, because a crew member has left and the yacht is sailing imminently, is looking for a dayworker/deckhand to start immediately, so be prepared to drop everything to come aboard. 

On the other hand a Captain could be looking to recruit crew looking for long term employment (referred to in the industry as “longevity”). The Captain could be looking to build a particular type of person who will be able to work with other crew members as a team. It also depends on the time of year you apply.

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The last moments of the Genesis.

The grassy lot at the corner of the marina at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach looks like an exploded shipyard. The space is littered with masts, ship engines, fishing lines, and buoys. Abandoned boats have been stored here since Hurricane Sandy, but now that’s over: The city has just created the Office of Marine Debris Disposal and Vessel Surrendering, a Parks Department unit that will break them up and remove them. (Then the lot will become a basketball court.) The office is partly the brainchild of Nate Grove, the Parks chief of waterfront and marine operations, and I’ve joined him today for an early smashup. Grove has been waiting for this moment for more than a decade. “There’s nothing like the smell of crushing fiberglass in the morning,” he jokes.

There’s an old saying that the two best days in a boat owner’s life are the one when they buy a boat and the one when they sell it. If this was how it actually worked, that would make Grove’s life a lot easier. But owners stuck with their bad decisions sometimes don’t sell their boats — instead they simply abandon them on the city’s waterways, even going so far as to key out the identification number on the hull. “People are desperate to figure out what to do with them, and sometimes they don’t have an outlet,” Grove said. When Grove is removing one boat from popular scuttling sites like Shell Bank Creek, he’ll often find more vessels piled up underneath. The city can issue summonses for abandoned boats and the state can assess tax liens, but it can be difficult to trace them to their last owners, especially when ID numbers are missing. If the owner can’t be tracked down, Grove’s department steps in to, in his phrasing, “remove the hazard.”

The office deals mainly with personal vessels that are less than 50 feet long, which, on dry land, still look sizable. Grove and I watch together as an excavator claws at the derelict hull of the Genesis , breaking it like an eggshell. It sounds like a car crash as the boat snaps into three-foot pieces, some of which remain linked by various lines that must then be cut. Grove bounces on his feet, happy to see the boats slowly disappear, as the debris gets dropped into a giant green dumpster.

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Abandoned boats are not only an eyesore but also a navigational hazard, and they can, Grove tells me, leach contaminants (leftover fuel, microplastics) into the water. The city has been dealing with these boats ad hoc, but that led to a backlog: There are, the Parks Department estimates, something like 800 abandoned boats littering the city. Grove is setting up a program where owners can voluntarily surrender their unwanted vessels rather than merely ditching them.

Part of the problem is that the upkeep of a boat is expensive but its materials don’t have much resale worth. Unlike cars, boats aren’t principally made from metal with scrap value. But Paul Olsen, the contract employee operating the excavator, tells me that anything reusable — lead keels, masts, engines — is removed before the fiberglass or wooden hulls are crushed. It takes him around 30 minutes to dismantle a boat before he’s on to the next one. A rust-stained sailboat — painted what was probably once a beautiful baby blue — dangles in the air for a few seconds before Olsen rips off the mast. He picks up another small boat whole and stuffs it directly into the dumpster as though he’s crumpling a piece of paper. In general, though, Olsen tries to tear everything up into small pieces as a courtesy for the landfill operators on the other end. “They don’t like it when it’s a full boat in the dumpster,” Olsen says.

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Below Deck Med Season 9 trailer teases Aesha Scott's return, a Captain Sandy proposal, premiere date, and more

B ravo has just pulled a fast one on Below Deck fans by revealing Below Deck Med Season 9 will air before Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 5.

It was a big surprise, considering Below Deck Med Season 8 aired right before Below Deck Season 11, which is currently on air.

However, the trailer was dropped, revealing that Aesha Scott has returned to Below Deck Med to work with her friend, Captain Sandy Yawn.

Another familiar face is in the trailer – Elena Dubaich from Season 7 of Below Deck Med.

Elena was only on for a hot second to replace Kyle Viljoen after his epic fall toward the end of the season.

The upcoming season is historic for Below Deck Med, filming for the first time in Athens, Greece.

Below Deck Med Season 9 trailer features Captain Sandy Yawn’s proposal and more crew chaos

Along with Aesha’s return, the trailer reveals Below Deck Med fans will see Captain Sandy propose to her now fiancee Leah Shafer.

That’s right, the two got engaged last summer and are set to wed next month. It turns out the moment was televised and her whole crew was watching.

In true Below Deck Med fashion, the season is anything but smooth sailing. Aesha is in for a tough time with her two stews constantly at each other’s throats.

In fact, at one point, the drama becomes too much for Aesha, who declares, “This is actually the hardest management situation I’ve ever had.”

Some crew boatmance drama goes down, too, leading to a lust triangle that happens even though one person is already in a relationship. The deck team faces a major mishap with the anchor that might have disastrous repercussions.

Below Deck Med fans can expect a slew of over-the-top demanding charter guests, some firings, fighting, and all-around craziness.

When does Below Deck Med Season 9 premiere?

Monday, June 3, kicks off the new Season 9 of Below Deck at 9/8c. No, Below Deck Med won’t be available early on Peacock. Instead, episodes will drop on the streaming service the next day.

Aside from what we see in the trailer, a press release for Below Deck Med gives fans a hint at what’s in store for the Mustique crew.

“Amidst a saga of delayed provisions, managing a complicated interior department and a medical emergency, Aesha strives to ensure the guests are treated to a five-star service experience.,” read the press release. “Chef Jono, a self-taught culinary architect, quickly learns he has high expectations to fill to prove his culinary capabilities to the guests. Meanwhile, the deck crew faces its own hurdles and must learn that communication is key in order to successfully get through the season.”

Below Deck Season 11 is coming to an end. Although Monsters and Critics previously reported Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 5 would air next, there’s been a change of plans. Below Deck Med Season 9 hitting Bravo airwaves in June.

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Below Deck Med Season 9 premieres on Monday, June 3 at 9/8c on Bravo. Seasons 1-8 are streaming on Peacock.

Bravo has just pulled a fast one on Below Deck fans by revealing Below Deck Med Season 9 will air before Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 5. It was a big surprise, considering Below Deck Med Season 8 aired right before Below Deck Season 11, which is currently on air. However, the trailer was dropped,

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Crew of migrant rescue boat acquitted in Italy after seven-year ordeal

Case of the Iuventa became a symbol of what activists say are growing attempts to criminalise refugee aid workers

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Judges in Sicily have acquitted all crew members of an NGO rescue boat who had been accused of aiding and abetting illegal migration, in a case seen by activists as a symbol of the criminalisation of those who have sought to help at-risk refugees and migrants at sea.

Friday’s verdict, after seven years of proceedings, followed a surprise turn of events in February when prosecutors in Trapani unexpectedly requested the charges be dropped owing to a lack of evidence.

The Iuventa, a rescue vessel operated by the German NGO Jugend Rettet, is believed to have saved 14,000 people during its time in the central Mediterranean. Its crews would find distressed vessels and pass those saved on to European military ships or the Italian coastguard.

In response to the large numbers of people being rescued and returned to its ports, and the lack of support from other EU member states, the Italian government struck a deal with the Libyan coastguard, which has close links to Libyan militias, under which the EU would fund it to find and return those in the Mediterranean to Libya.

The Iuventa was seized in August 2017 at a port on the Italian island of Lampedusa. It was claimed in official documents relating to the seizure of phones and computers that there was evidence the rescuers had collaborated with people-smugglers, an allegation that has been strenuously denied.

It later transpired that the crew had been bugged and that informants had been placed on other rescue ships. The Italian newspaper Domani revealed that magistrates in Trapani had secretly recorded reporters’ phone calls with rescuers and allegedly exposed the journalists’ sources. Italy’s justice minister in 2021 sent inspectors to Sicily after the reports.

Trapani prosecutors claim that the file containing the journalists’ wiretaps data was passed on to them by the former lead prosecutor and that they intend to ask a judge to destroy it .

After prosecutors unexpectedly admitted on 28 February that there was no basis for finding any wrongdoing on the defendants’ side, Francesca Cancellaro, one of the Iuventa lawyers, said the case should not have gone to trial in the first place.

“We are pleased with the prosecution’s change of mind after seven years,” she said. “However, this is not how a state of law operates. Charges should only be pressed after a thorough investigation and collection of all available evidence. Initiating a trial without proper groundwork is unjust and places undue burden on the defendants.”

The case of the Iuventa has become emblematic of what are claimed to be increasing attempts to criminalise refugee aid workers, and highlights the challenges encountered by those dedicated to safeguarding human rights.

Groups who assist asylum seekers are reporting a disturbing trend of escalating intimidation, with aid workers facing direct threats, including being held at gunpoint and having their phone communications monitored by government authorities.

The defendants said the investigation and trial meant the Iuventa had been forced to stop helping those in distress. Sascha Girke, one of the acquitted, said: “As a result of a flawed investigation driven by political motives, thousands of people have died in the Mediterranean or [been] forcibly returned to war-torn Libya. Meanwhile, our ship has been left to decay, and we have been entangled in year-long proceedings.

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“Additionally, it squandered immense resources, including state funds amounting to some €3m, in a bid to obstruct and defame civilian sea rescues. Our case serves as a glaring symbol of the strategies European governments are putting in place in order to prevent people from reaching safety, leading to and normalising the death of thousands of people.”

Dariush Beigui, another defendant, said that if the public prosecutor’s office had looked at the evidence from the start, “they would never have been allowed to seize the Iuventa and we would have been spared seven years of stress”.

As part of the case, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other organisations were investigated for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

Dr Christos Christou, the MSF international president, said: “These unfounded accusations have attempted to tarnish the work of humanitarian search and rescue teams for years. They were intended to remove vessels from the sea and to counter their efforts of saving lives and bearing witness. Now these accusations have collapsed.

“Our thoughts are with our colleagues from MSF and other organisations who have been living under the weight of accusations for legitimately doing their jobs: saving people in distress at sea, in full transparency and compliance with the laws.”

Tommaso Fabbri, a former MSF mission head who was involved in the case, said: “Saving lives is not a crime, it is a moral and legal obligation, a fundamental act of humanity that simply must be done.”

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PAYSON — Smoke billowed from Diamond Rim on the Tonto National Forest on Monday afternoon as a helicopter bobbed along overhead, dropping tiny fireballs to stoke flames on the ground.

The federally contracted chopper is based for this spring and summer at a new, $4.9 million U.S. Forest Service helicopter base in Star Valley that will aid in both fighting wildfires and igniting prescribed burns like the one on the ridge. The Payson Ranger District’s helitack team, which fights fires via helicopter, at times rappelling to the forest floor, has moved there from trailers that it formerly worked out of at the Payson airport.

The Forest Service started work last week on burning some 5,500 acres of brush and dense woodlands north of Payson in an effort to protect more than 400 homes and summer cottages scattered around the woods north and east of town. It’s an effort to reduce fuels available for what could be an active fire season as drought creeps back across Arizona after a relatively wet 2023.

Fire lookout Dee Carstensen watched the operation from her perch of 37 summers atop the Diamond Point tower . Most of the smoke appeared white, which she said indicated low-intensity burning. One plume was black, perhaps meaning it was burning hotter and in green timber. But a ground crew had previously burned off a perimeter to box this blaze in. Everything appeared to be progressing according to plan.

“It’s going to make the forest look a lot better, a lot healthier, and make it safer,” Carstensen said.

Helitack crew superintendent Anthony Ramirez operated the machine that drops flaming balls from the helicopter onto the forest. The balls, slightly smaller than ping-pong balls and two-toned like fishing bobbers, contain a powdered chemical that reacts with glycol antifreeze to generate flames about 30 seconds after the machine injects that substance. By then the machine has dropped the ball and pulled in another from a hopper.

Aerial ignition is safest for crew members in the rugged terrain around Diamond Rim, just below the Mogollon Rim, Ramirez said.

Prescribed burns fit into Arizona's forest restoration initiative

The Diamond Rim fire is within the massive footprint of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative , a project that is intended to improve forest health and reduce the specter of catastrophic wildfire in the world’s largest expanse of ponderosa pines.

The 4FRI, as the project is known, has struggled to attract sufficient industry to reach its goals of mechanically thinning trees that grew dense over decades of fire suppression. Begun in 2010, 4FRI has yet to reach its goal of commercially thinning 50,000 acres a year in Arizona, though in recent years it has topped 25,000 after averaging less than half that through 2021.

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The program has added considerably more treated areas by managing or prescribing fires when safe, including more than 100,000 acres in the current fiscal year alone. The burning this year is a major increase from last year, when the Forest Service paused prescribed fires following one that got out of control in New Mexico in 2022.

At Bonita Creek, a hillside neighborhood of about 90 homes just below the Mogollon Rim, residents are grateful even if they have to deal with smoke from the fire.

“Yesterday was horrible,” Vicki Russell said while checking her mail at the neighborhood’s entry. She said she’s allergic to juniper, a component of the smoke from Diamond Rim, but was nonetheless glad to endure it if it means a safer summer.

“They’re protecting us and I’m glad for that because we’re very vulnerable, especially after the Dude Fire,” Russell said.

The 1990 Dude Fire killed six firefighters and destroyed dozens of structures. Its partially denuded scar is still visible on Bonita Creek’s forested periphery. In a joint effort, the Forest Service, the state and Salt River Project have been thinning in the area , which is also part of 4FRI.

Early work could ease concerns in a dry wildfire season

Arizonans largely enjoyed a reprieve from major wildfires last summer, as the high country retained moisture from big snows the previous winter. This year’s fire season looks to have the potential to burn more severely, according to the National Weather Service April fire outlook. Below-average monsoon moisture last year combined with near-average winter precipitation to let drought regain a foothold in much of the state, including moderate drought on the Tonto.

The weather service predicts equal chances of above-, near- or below-average precipitation and temperatures through June, with odds shifting in favor of a July-September monsoon season that is warmer and drier than average. The fire outlook suggests the potential for above-normal fire activity in low-lying areas of southeastern Arizona by June, and near-normal potential statewide by July.

If the weather generates a more active fire season, central Arizona will be well served with the new helicopter base, according to Danny Whatley, fire management officer for the Payson Ranger District.

“We have more space to do the work that needs to be done, especially during a wildfire,” he said.

It can host three helicopters to work on fires, while the agency can still use the nearby airport if a fire becomes a national priority and requires still more aircraft. It will mean quicker response and turnaround times than if fire managers had to call for support from outposts in Mesa or Globe.

Brandon Loomis covers environmental and climate issues for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Reach him at   [email protected] .

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Rwanda Bill to become law in major illegal migration milestone

Final phase of implementing the flagship policy to commence, marking a crucial step in the global response to illegal migration.

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UK government efforts to stop the boats and tackle illegal migration took a major step forward, after the Safety of Rwanda Bill completed its passage through Parliament overnight, Monday 22 April.  

The Bill’s passing means the government can enter the final phase of operational planning to get flights off the ground to Rwanda, pioneering a new response to the global challenge of illegal migration.  

Robust operational plans are in place to ensure a first flight to Rwanda can be delivered within 10-12 weeks, with multiple flights set to take off after this.  

The landmark legislation means that going forward, Rwanda should be deemed a safe country for the purposes of relocating people, including in UK courts and tribunals.   

It will prevent legal challenges from being used to delay or halt a person’s removal to Rwanda on the grounds that Rwanda is generally unsafe, or that an individual will be returned to an unsafe country after removal to Rwanda – an act known as refoulement.    

The Bill makes it unambiguously clear that UK Parliament is sovereign, and the validity of any Act of Parliament is unaffected by international law. Ministers will be able to retain the decision on whether to comply with interim measures from the European Court of Human Rights, for example, a Rule 39 injunction.   

Home Secretary James Cleverly said:    

This vital legislation means we can now proceed with our Rwanda plan and begin removing people with no right to be here.    The only way to stop the boats is to eliminate the incentive to come – by making clear that if you are here illegally, you will not be allowed to stay.    Our policy does exactly that and plans are well under way to begin flights within 10-12 weeks.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:

The passing of this landmark legislation is not just a step forward but a fundamental change in the global equation on migration. We introduced the Rwanda Bill to deter vulnerable migrants from making perilous crossings and break the business model of the criminal gangs who exploit them. The passing of this legislation will allow us to do that and make it very clear that if you come here illegally, you will not be able to stay. Our focus is to now get flights off the ground, and I am clear that nothing will stand in our way of doing that and saving lives.

The government is ready to deliver a first relocation flight and teams are working at pace to prepare. This includes: 

  • an airfield on standby and commercial charter planes booked for specific slots
  • detention spaces increased to 2,200
  • 200 trained dedicated caseworkers are ready and waiting to quickly process claims
  • the judiciary have made available 25 courtrooms to deal with any legal cases quickly and decisively
  • to escort illegal migrants all the way to Rwanda, we have 500 highly trained individuals ready, with 300 more trained in the coming weeks.

Responding to the concerns raised by the Supreme Court, the Safety of Rwanda Bill was introduced in December last year and builds upon the UK-Rwanda Treaty.  

Together, these measures and evidence of changes in Rwanda since summer 2022, will allow government to implement the policy, supporting the wider plan to stop the boats by removing the incentive to come here illegally.   

The new law, which is one of the toughest pieces of legislation ever introduced, builds upon the Treaty, reflecting the strength of the Government of Rwanda’s protections and commitments relocated to Rwanda in accordance with the Treaty. It also:   

  • confirms that, with the new Treaty, Rwanda is safe
  • prevents UK courts and tribunals from delaying or preventing a person’s removal to Rwanda on matters relating only to the general safety of Rwanda
  • allows for an exceptionally narrow route to individual challenge to ensure that the courts will interpret the relevant provisions in accordance with the will of Parliament
  • disapplies relevant sections of the Human Rights Act 1998
  • confirms that only a Minister of the Crown can decide whether to comply with an interim measure issued by the European Court of Human Rights.

In November 2023, the Supreme Court upheld the lawfulness of resettling illegal migrants for the purposes of determining their asylum claims, but required more assurance that they would not be refouled.   

The internationally binding Treaty between Rwanda and the UK was announced by the Government in response to this finding and introduces measures to make clear Rwanda will not return anyone to an unsafe country.   

Under the Treaty, Rwanda has also introduced a strengthened end-to-end asylum system, including a new, specialist asylum appeals tribunal to consider individual appeals against any refused claims. It will have two co-presidents, from Rwanda and from another Commonwealth country, and be made up of judges from a mix of nations. 

The Treaty also enhances the role of the independent Monitoring Committee, which will ensure adherence to obligations under the Treaty and have the power to set its own priority areas for monitoring.   

But this significant step forward remains just one part of the government’s wider plan to stop the boats. Solid progress has been made, with the number of small boat arrivals falling by more than a third in 2023. Our work with international partners prevented more than 26,000 crossings last year, as well as helping to dismantle 82 organised crime groups since July 2020.   

Our new agreement with Albania has cut Albanian small boat arrivals by more than 90 per cent; and we recently signed a ground-breaking deal with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, marking another crucial step in securing our borders.   

The Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent in the coming days.

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Judge sets $1.5 million bond for woman charged in Monroe County boat club crash

A judge on Tuesday set a $1.5 million bond for a Newport woman charged with eight crimes related to the fatal crash at the Swan Boat Club in Monroe County.

Marshella Chidester stared forward blankly in Monroe County’s district court as Raquel Smouthers, in sobs, recalled the moment she told her sister Mariah Dodds in the hospital that Dodds’ two young children were killed. 

“I had to be the one to tell my sister her babies were gone when they removed her ventilator yesterday. She said: ‘How am I supposed to live without my babies?’ “ Smouthers said in comments permitted by the judge.

Chidester, 66, of Newport, is accused of driving drunk and plowing her SUV into a birthday party Saturday at the club in Newport. Chidester’s lawyer, Bill Colovos, argued that his client suffered seizures in her legs and only had one glass of wine that day. 

Dodds and three of her children were attending the party. Two of Dodds' children, 8-year-old Alanah Phillips and 4-year-old Zayn Phillips, were killed, and over a dozen other people were injured. Dodds and her 11-year-old son survived, but are still hospitalized. Both of the boy's legs and some ribs are broken and his skull is fractured.

In court, Chidester continued to look straight ahead as she sat in her striped jumpsuit and orange slippers, her right arm in a cast. She did not react when Judge Christian Horkey read the charges against her aloud: two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and four counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injuries.

Monroe County Prosecutor Jeffery Yorkey asked for a $1.5 million cash bond, pointing to a history of "severe substance abuse" allegedly corroborated by friends and family of Chidester. Judge Horkey agreed to the bond.

Chidester’s arraignment on Tuesday was filled with tense moments as even more members of Dodds’ family and community members, some of whom attended the court hearing virtually on the web, interrupted Colovos, as he spoke on Chidester's behalf.  

Colovos compared the high bond to burning his client at the stake “by just craziness” and “crazy words.”

Horkey also ordered bond conditions should Chidester post bond, including alcohol testing, a tether, and she would be prohibited from drinking or driving. 

Chidester isn’t a monster, Colovos said. She lived a quiet, retired life with her husband right down the road from the club, he said.

Colovos’ theory, he argues, was that Chidester was invited to the birthday party that day and had a seizure on the way to the party. Chidester doesn’t remember what happened and “feels horrible,” he said. He noted that his client has a clean criminal record and no traffic violations. Colovos said they are waiting for tests to determine her blood alcohol levels.

Dodds’ loved ones and community members interrupted Colovos with statements, including “she was drunk.”

The children’s grandmother, Kathy Phillips, spoke as well.

“She took my grandbabies from us,” Phillips said. "She made that choice to go in that car, and she chose to drink and drive.”

The family's lives are destroyed, Smouthers said.

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"Nobody should ever have to go to a birthday party thinking that they're gonna die," Smouthers said, who saw her deceased niece and nephew the last moment before the car was removed.

"It's a horrible, dramatic thing. I cannot close my eyes at night without seeing the babies and what they look like," she said.

Chidester had been an officer of the boat club, acting as a commodore for the group. Her mother was a charter member of the club, according to the mother's 2006 obituary. Chidester worked at DTE as a manager at Fermi 2, according to her LinkedIn page and the Monroe News. A spokesperson for the utility said she left that job nine years ago.

Childester’s next court appearances are scheduled for a probable cause conference April 30 and a preliminary examination on May 6.

Zayne, Alanah remembered

Hurt and pain reverberated throughout Horkey’s small Monroe County courtroom. For Nicholas Phillips, the deceased children’s uncle, “there is no justifying what she did to my family,” he said in court via video, referring to Chidester.

Alanah used to watch her dad play basketball, "but now that little girl is not gonna be able to go see it.”

And the child’s father is at the hospital praying that his older son makes it through, Phillips said.

“And he’s still gotta tell his son that he lost his sister and brother. How is that right or how is that even fair? How is it even justified?” Phillips said.

Zayn was about to turn 5.

“We were supposed to be planning a birthday party for Zayn, not a funeral,” Smouthers had said in court. Her own birthday was a few days prior and "the babies were just at my house."

Smouthers said her niece Alanah had "flawless curly hair" and loved to dance. Her nephew, Zayn hated how Smouthers' truck was always dirty, so she cleaned it just for him.

Zayn loved cracking jokes, Smouthers said. Eminem was his idol.

Lawsuit filed against Chidester, bar

On Monday, Dodds and her 11-year-old son, identified as “J.P.” filed a lawsuit against Chidester and Verna’s Tavern, where Chidester was allegedly seen drinking prior to the tragedy, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Chidester of gross negligence.

A witness described to the Free Press hearing a loud crash and the screams of children and adults.

"Can you imagine anything worse than that as a human being, as a parent?" said Jon Marko, one of Dodds' attorneys.

The lawsuit argues that Verna's Tavern is also liable. The bar allegedly sold Chidester alcohol while she was visibly intoxicated, according to the lawsuit, and she continued drinking until she left the bar and ultimately crashed.Verna's Tavern should have stopped selling Chidester alcohol and should have provided alternate transportation to her home, the lawsuit argues.

A spokesperson for the bar, and Chidester’s attorney, maintains she only had one glass of wine. An attorney for the bar couldn’t be reached Tuesday.

Andrea Sahouri covers criminal justice for the Detroit Free Press. She can be contacted at 313-264-0442 or [email protected] .


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