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How Long is a Yacht Charter Season?

With two main chartering seasons per year, discover the best time to hire a private yacht.

By Kim Ayling

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Chartering a luxury yacht is one of the most immersive vacations one can take. Unflappable service, ultimate privacy and the beauty of the open sea in a dreamy location; no wonder the industry is seeing a huge rise in interest. After unprecedented demand in both 2020 and 2021, this coming yacht charter season is once again set to be busier than ever, so understanding the yachting industry jargon is essential – especially for first-time charterers.

To help you secure the perfect charter yacht in the perfect place, Elite Traveler breaks down exactly how long each yacht charter season lasts, the difference between high and low season and what industry insiders mean by ‘shoulder season’, as well as the best places to travel are during different times of the year.

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Yacht charter seasons explained

If you’ve never chartered a yacht before, deciphering the seasons can be tricky. There are actually two primary types of ‘season’: winter vs summer, and high vs low. Winter/summer seasons each last around six months and refer to both location and time of the year; summer yacht charter season spans from around April/May through October, while the winter season starts in November and runs through April.

The summer/winter seasons are dictated by the weather and water conditions, with areas such as Northern Europe and the Mediterranean most popular during the summer season, while destinations in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Florida dominate the winter yacht charter season.

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High/low season (also known as peak/off-peak season), on the other hand, refers to the busier and quieter times the yachting calendar, with peaks in both the summer and winter seasons. During the winter, Christmas and New Year are the peak yacht charter periods, with July and August being the busiest in the summer season. During these times yacht availability tends to be more limited and prices are often higher.

Peak vs off-peak yacht charter costs

As with any vacation, booking a yacht charter during peak season will inevitably be more expensive. For example, the ultra-luxe Secret superyacht (who features a swimming pool, separate Jacuzzi, cinema room and fully equipped gym) is available to charter for €840,000 (approximately $990,000) during low season, whereas during both the winter and summer high seasons weekly costs begin at €875,000 ($1.29m).

You’ll also find that local events, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, will impact yacht availability and weekly chartering costs throughout both high and low seasons.

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Can you charter a yacht out of season.

Given that different parts of the world have different peak seasons, you’ll find that at pretty much any given time of the year, you will be able to charter a luxury yacht. However, bear in mind that the summer/winter seasons are primarily in place due to weather; while many luxury yachts are impressively durable, with explorer yachts designed to handle all weathers, yachting is generally best enjoyed in warmer climates and calmer seas.

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The ultra-luxe Secret superyacht features a swimming pool, separate Jacuzzi, cinema room and fully equipped gym / ©Burgess

So, while it may be possible to charter a yacht in Northern Europe during winter, you may be disappointed to find significantly higher rainfall and lower temperatures. Equally, while the Caribbean and Florida are both known for enjoying generally good weather all year round, don’t disregard the threat of hurricane season, which tends to be from June to November.

You may also find that your preferred yacht is only available in certain destinations at certain times of the year. For example, leading yacht charter company Burgess only offers the hybrid yacht Home for cruising in the Mediterranean during the summer season and in the Caribbean during winter. Ultimately individual yacht availability is dictated by her owner; if they want to enjoy their vessel for themselves during certain months of the year, she won’t be available to charter.

The best way to secure both your desired vessel and ensure a smooth, comfortable cruising experience is to enlist the help of a yacht broker, who will be able to advise you on the best time of year to visit certain destinations as well as use their industry connections to find the best yacht for your needs.

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Shoulder seasons

When looking into chartering a yacht you will also hear of shoulder seasons, which refer to the periods that sit either side of the peak seasons, running from April – May, and September – October. For many, the shoulder seasons are the most preferable time to book a yacht charter: demand for boats, berths and anchorages tends to be far lower and crowds onshore will be smaller. For many, the weather is also more agreeable during shoulder seasons with a light breeze cutting through the heat of the sun.

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Home can be chartered from $245,000 per week / ©Burgess

How long is an individual charter?

In addition to understanding the length and meaning of different yacht charter seasons, you should also consider how long you want to be on board. Most charter companies tend to operate in week-long blocks, but the average is about ten days – again, a yacht broker will be able to negotiate your desired charter length.

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However, while most people tend to charter for one or two weeks, those with time on their hands sometimes opt to charter for extended periods, with some even staying on board for an entire season. On larger vessels, onboard amenities will typically include office spaces (if not full conference rooms) and WiFi connections allowing for business to continue as usual during long-term yacht charters.

When to book a yacht charter

According to yacht charter company Northrop & Johnson , if you want to vacation during the peak seasons you should reach out to a broker no later than ten months in advance to ensure your first choice of boat and berths, with many yachts booked up a year in advance. However, three to six months ahead of time will usually be suitable for off-season yacht charters.

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Caribbean Season Vs Med Season: What’s The Difference?

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Wilsonhalligan discusses the difference between the two main yachting seasons and provide tips on what to expect during the Caribbean season, including how to remain safe in your downtime and how provisioning works in more secluded areas.

Antigua During the Caribbean Season

As the Caribbean season begins, many yachts will start making their way across the Atlantic. Wilsonhalligan recruits all year round for both the Mediterranean season (May-October) and the Caribbean season (November-April) – so this time of year is busy. For many yachties, the Caribbean season is something they look forward to, but what are the differences between the Med and Caribbean seasons, and what can yacht crew expect when they get there?

More Time At Anchor

Caribbean islands are picturesque and varied, so there’s no shortage of exciting itinerary locations. The ‘milk run’ between Monaco and St Tropez can often be a pleasant change; however, there are fewer ports with berths for larger yachts, so you may spend much more time at anchor than you would in the Mediterranean.

A Busy Festive Period

Yachts are often quieter during the Caribbean season, with the busiest charter period being over Christmas and New Year. This means yacht crew can expect to be super busy over the festive period, with little chance of time at home with your own family and friends during the holiday period.

More Water-sports And Beach Setups

Deck crew will likely be busy with lots of water sports activities when their guests are onboard. The guests are usually keen to take full advantage of the Caribbean’s warmer waters, utilising all of the toys the yacht has to offer as well as some of the world’s most stunning dive sites. Crew are likely to spend time on the beach, but mostly for setting up Beach set ups for guests. These often consist of a fun day for children or maybe a romantic dinner for the owner in a private bay.

Provisioning Differences

Chefs may find provisioning slightly trickier in the Caribbean than they’ve experienced in the Med. On the larger islands of Antigua and St Maarten, it’s easier to have regular deliveries flown in from the US and Europe. When crossing from the Med, it’s definitely worth being well prepared and having specific European luxuries in good stock onboard. Visiting the local markets however is a great experience if chef’s are able. An abundance of tropical fruit can be found and the fresh fish and lobster caught every morning by local fisherman is unbeatable.

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More dinners on board.

As there isn’t a huge choice of restaurant, interior crew may find that guests spend more time dining on board, many preferring to be at anchor and enjoy their vessel. On the bright side, this means interior crew are able to get creative with their table decorations, or collaborate with the chef to create an unforgettable dinner on a secluded beach.

Caribbean Work Hours

Although the sun is usually shining and the weather is warm, there are frequent rain showers and squalls so deck crew should prepare to be out chamois-ing and likely will spend a lot of time covering and uncovering cushions. In order to avoid the hottest part of the day, many yachts tend to finish earlier or maybe take a longer lunch break, unlike the usual working hours of 08:00 – 17:00 of the Med.

Staying safe

Yacht crew are able to catch up and unwind with friends on other yachts on the islands of Antigua and St Maarten, as these are considered to be the main yachting hubs, where yachts head between guest trips and charters. The warm and welcoming nature of the Caribbean people are what sets the islands apart from other destinations. Although Caribbean locals have an easy-going and friendly nature, it is important to remember that like in other locations, some of the ports and islands can be dangerous for crew. Crew should maintain awareness of their surroundings, avoid carrying excess amounts of money or showing off expensive possessions and jewellery. It’s important to take care of fellow crew members and ensure you all return safely to your yacht after a night out.

We are sure that the experiences you have on-board, during either season, will be unforgettable. Whether this is your first Caribbean season or your tenth, if you are looking for a new role then please get in touch with Wilsonhalligan  today to find your dream job!

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Yachting Seasons 2023

From winters to summers, we break down the ins and outs of yachting seasons – and what 2023 might hold for a typical superyacht., what is a yachting season.

Whether you own a yacht or prefer to charter, you’ll usually find yourself aboard in different parts of the world depending on where the calmest seas and sunniest areas are to be found. This sums up the yachting seasons.

Each yachting season is around six months long, so there are roughly two yacht seasons in a year. They don’t, however, correlate to calendar years. ‘Winter’ refers to November to April, while ‘summer’ means May to October.

Historically, superyachts will be found in or near to the Mediterranean in the northern hemisphere’s summer. Since we are headquartered in Monaco , let’s look at the French Riviera as an example: July features comfortable air temperatures of high seventies fahrenheit, along with peak sunshine hours, low average rainfall, and low winds. In contrast, January hovers close to freezing point, and the ocean is far from ideal for water toys.

During that time of the year, you’ll be much more likely to find yourself aboard a superyacht in the Caribbean . The hurricane season is well over by then, and the tropical seas are ready to astound with stunningly clear waters, ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and enjoying from the comfort of the yacht.

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When are the 2023 yachting seasons?

Within each of the typical yachting seasons, there are plenty of mini peaks and trends. Let’s take a look at them, beginning with this month, May.

The main opening events of the season – Palma International, Mediterranean Yacht Show – will have brought many of the world’s best super yachts, crews, and fans to the area. Superyachts usually arrive and are crewed up by the end of April (and sometimes as soon as February). The summer Med season is best known for socialising, both on and off board, given the sea’s rich cultural offering and historical popularity for yachting.

Many yachts will have been chartered months ago for May’s two big non-seafaring events. The Cannes Film Festival is from the 16th to the 27th May. The Monaco Grand Prix races on the 28th May, with practices and qualifying in the preceding two days.

Vintage and classic yacht owners and fans will most likely stay on the Riviera for Voiles d’Antibes (2023 dates run from the 31st May to the 4th June) before following crowds west. Popular yacht charter itineriers over the peak of the summer include the Balearic Islands (Superyacht Cup Palma is the 21st to the 24th June), Costiera Amalfitana (the Amalfi Coast), and Tuscany.

Those wishing to escape top temperatures or explore new climes are increasingly chartering in northern Europe , including Finland . The South Pacific is also home to stunning anchorages with breathtaking scenery, without feeling hemmed in by the crowds. The main season here runs from May to October. The Whitsundays is a growing destination for superyachts, and Tonga and French Polynesia are more than worth the journeys for island-hopping and stunning tropical reefs.

Towards the end of the summer yachting season, the West and East Med come alive. Charters of several weeks can enjoy an extended coastal trip from Croatia and Montenegro to the Greek islands (head to Delos for cultural heritage unlike any other), or along the multicultural Turkish coast towards Cyprus.

Come late September, many yachts turn back east. They’ll either stop in for a yard period at any of the Med’s renowned shipyards for maintenance, or journey across the Atlantic. This is a time of crew changeover and season switch. It’s also the point in the year at which owners and charter companies are assessing yachts in their possession and considering selling on or renovating them.

October heralds the start of the winter season. Superyachts often head to Florida to take on supplies and crew and assess weather conditions before heading to the slow-paced Caribbean. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about superyacht charters for October and November onwards. The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, down to Trinidad and pretty much anywhere in between will feature crystal clear waters, picturesque harbours, and gorgeous cuisines. One December spotlight is the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, held at the unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nelson’s Dockyard.

Heading into January, bringing in the New Year at St Barth is a classic experience for a reason, and recovering from the Christmas rush on a white sand beach is never a bad idea. The festive period is understandably busy – choice boats can be booked up over a year in advance.

An up-and-coming alternative to the Caribbean yachting season is the Red Sea . Best visited well after the peak temperatures of August, the Egyptian coasts are rich in underwater experiences (wrecks, sharks, reefs) long favoured by divers. Arabia also features highly on the list of anyone seeking a luxury yachting experience towards the tail end of the winter season, February to March, before attention turns back to the Med.

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How many charters will a superyacht hold in a season?

The number of charters per season depends entirely on charter lengths. This may be dictated by the yacht owner, crewing situation, or weather conditions, but can be led by what the client wants.

The minimum charter rental length is usually three to four days. However, to make the most of a superyacht, average cruise lengths hover around the 1-2 week mark. If you have the time and resources, a much richer experience of the region you’re exploring can be found with a charter of a month or two.

Some – especially superyacht owners – may enjoy a whole season aboard. Luxury yachts tend to include comfortable working spaces and reliable Wifi connections. Life aboard a yacht doesn’t have to be all play and no work (and certainly not the other way around!)

In reality, a typical superyacht will hold charters for no more than 12-14 weeks a year at a maximum, or six to seven weeks per season. She will spend the rest of her time repositioning, in owner usage, and docked for maintenance.

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Can I charter a yacht out of season?

The world of superyachts in 2023 is truly global. As long as you’re open to location, you should be able to charter a luxury yacht in any month of the year. Vessel quality mean that a typical superyacht is able to create a comfortable environment even if the weather isn’t perfect (although no self-respecting yachtie would recommend, for example, chartering a yacht in the Caribbean in hurricane season).

There is plenty to be said for chartering a yacht out of high season, which means avoiding the busiest times of July and August in summer, and Christmas and New Year in the winter. In the months either side of those peaks yacht availability is higher, and prices usually lower.

You may also hear about chartering in ‘shoulder’ season. These occur twice a year, at the start and end of summer. These are the times a yacht is most likely to be travelling, preparing for yard time, or considering recruiting staff – and pockets of charter time can open up at favourable rates. Shoulder seasons run April to May and September to October, and though yacht availability may be harder to come by, those on the market for charters can be attractive for a number of reasons: fewer tourists, greater availability of anchorages, high sea temperatures, and comfortable air temperatures.

Yachting seasons have many impacts on both owners and those looking to charter. Demand is rising, especially for superyachts, given their unparalleled facilities and privacy. If you plan far enough in advance, three to nine months, and stay openminded to location – CLOUDBREAK in the Philippines , anyone? – there is no reason why you can’t have the true immersive experience that only a superyacht can offer. Now you know all about the yachting seasons for 2023, what’s holding you back?

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How long is a yacht charter season.

Patrick Maflin

If you’re planning to charter a private yacht, you may be wondering what time of year would be best to do it.

As you may be aware, there’s two main chartering seasons per year, and fees vary considerably depending on the period you choose.

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Chartering a yacht is probably one of the ultimate choices in dream vacations for many.

Engaging in the beauty of the open sea in a luxurious setting and a great service is surely a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

The demand for yacht chartering has been on the rise over recent years, and yacht charter seasons are understandably busy periods.

Every charter destination will have its yacht charter season.

This refers to the months during which the cruising conditions are the most suitable, and hence, during such a time the charters will be more popular.

The charter season refers to the time of year when it’s best to rent a yacht for a vacation.

It’s also the time when most charter companies will be operating.

The two yacht charter seasons are the winter and the summer season.

These are dictated by the weather and the water conditions of the particular locations.

For instance, in the case of the Mediterranean the summer season is most popular, whereas in the case of the Caribbean the winter charter season is more in demand.

Both seasons will last around six months.

Here is a more detailed explanation of the yacht charter seasons, and related aspects.

Summer Charter Season

The Summer Season is a time for sunny weather and warm temperatures.

Several cultural affairs occur during this season too.

The Summer charter season starts off in late April, and runs through until mid-September.

The peak charter season in the Mediterranean is from July til August.

Another relatively popular summer destination is New England in the US.

Here however the summer season is considerably shorter as it runs from mid-June through August.

The high season runs between mid-July to mid-August.

The Mediterranean is definitely the world’s most popular yacht charter destination for the summer season.

Due to the temperate climate during such months, it’s an ideal time of year for the perfect vacation at sea.

The Italian Riviera and Sicily, and the Amalfi Coast are popular charter regions.

Then there’s Cannes and the French Riviera which are also very popular summer charter locations.

Other locations that are also sought after include Croatia, Greece, Monaco, Corsica, and as mentioned earlier, New England.

Famous events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix coincide with this season.

Winter Charter Season

The Winter Season is the ideal time for chartering a yacht if you are considering the Caribbean.

During this time of year, many get away from the cold weather to indulge in the sun of these popular locations.

The Winter charter season is also about six months long.

It kicks off in late October and runs through March.

The peak charter season in the Caribbean is from late December, during the Christmas period, and all through the month of March.

The Caribbean is considered to be the mecca for winter charters.

The Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos are popular locations where there are hundreds of beaches one can enjoy, and many beautiful locations to explore and indulge in.

The weather during this time in these locations is warm, making it ideal for yachting.

Thailand, the Seychelles, Tahiti and the South Pacific also make for very popular winter charter destinations.

Thailand, for instance, is ideal for those who like snorkeling, or if you plan to engage in island hopping.

Tahiti is also a great location for snorkeling, as well as diving and hiking as it is renowned for its natural beauty, and its intriguing black sand beaches.

It’s also worth noting that some destinations offer chartering all year round.

Florida, for instance, is a very popular destination regardless of the time of year.

The Bahamas offer hundreds of islands for exploration and adventuring.

Nassau is renowned for its numerous beaches and great golf courses, while The Exumas is popular for cliff diving and snorkelling.

Miami and the Florida Keys are popular cruising locations all year round too.

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As a general rule of thumb, charters during high season can cost around 30% more than low season.

Therefore, the best time for signing up for a yacht charter is during the pre-season.

One should avoid waiting more than two weeks before the scheduled start date.

It is possible to charter off season.

However, this will mean that there’s bound to be fewer options than what you’d be able to find during the high or peak season.

During off season you might also encounter certain problems, such as managing to get crew members.

This is even more problematic if you plan to make a longer sea trip.

Moreover, the general weather conditions will not be as favourable as they are during the peak season.

The shoulder season is the term used to describe the middle point between seasons.

This means that it’s the time between the high and the low season, and between the low and high season.

The majority of yachts tend to be booked by this time.

However, it’s also a time when companies will be trying to clear out what’s left, in order to make room for new inventory for the upcoming season.

As a result, the shoulder season might be a good time to book.

Having said that, it’s important to be aware that the shoulder season does not last long, so it’s best to plan to book the ideal yacht for your preferences.

An individual charter generally lasts a week or ten days.

However, there are also those who charter for several weeks, or for a month.

The minimum days for a yacht charter are often two, three or four, depending on the company.

Yacht Charter Crew Member

During yachting season, there’s ample opportunity to work aboard a yacht to potentially earn a very lucrative income.

Competition is fierce however, so you’ll need to be well prepared and learn all the best tips and tricks on how to get into the yachting industry .

More importantly, you’ll need to have certain qualifications and certificates to ensure you’re fit, able and sufficiently trained to work in such an environment, not to mention having plenty of yachting experience.

But once onboard, the perks are very attractive.

Typically, yacht crew receive around 10 - 20% tips from charter guests on top of their monthly salaries.

And if your time spent at sea extends well beyond 183 days per annum, then you could qualify for the seafarers earnings deduction , meaning all income from yachting is completely tax free!

If you’re serious about becoming a yacht crew member, then your best bet is to go dockwalking to try to pick up some daywork.

And if you intend to become a fully fledged yachtie working at sea, make sure to enrol on an STCW Basic Safety Training course.

Also, have your health checked by a professional to be issued an ENG 1 Medical certificate .

This ensures you do not suffer from any serious medical conditions that may impede you from performing duties at sea.

We hope that through this guide you have gained a better understanding of the yacht charter seasons.

Whether you’re planning the ultimate in luxury vacations or have aspirations to work onboard a superyacht, you’ll be fully aware of where and when each yachting high and low charter seasons are.

If you have questions about working during the yachting charter seasons, then drop us a line.

You can get in touch via our contact form or if you have something to say, leave your comments in the section below.

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Yacht Charter Seasons: Where Can I go and When?

14th jun 2021 by rightboat team.

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The world is bursting with incredible yacht charter destinations, from the ever-popular Mediterranean and Caribbean, to the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, North America and beyond. Being presented with this dazzling array of golden beaches and picturesque coastlines makes it hard to choose where to go, but you can narrow it down by charter season. Figuring out yacht charter seasons can be a bit tricky, as they are classified not just as summer and winter, but high and low too.

Here we will take a look at the seasons and which destinations are best for a family yacht charter to help you choose your next holiday at sea. 

Yacht charter seasons defined.

Summer and winter seasons last around six months each, with the summer yacht charter season stretching from April/May through to early October, and the winter season running from November through to April. The weather is the most obvious factor in determining the best sailing or boating seasons, but low and high seasons within those periods play an important role too.

High and low seasons – also referred to as peak or off-peak seasons – focus on busier and quieter times in the yachting calendar. For example, Christmas and New Year mark high season points during winter, when demand is high, availability limited and prices sometimes higher. Likewise, the hurricane season of the Caribbean is an example of low season, when boats hunker down for a few weeks and allow the storms to pass over. In the Mediterranean, July and August are bursting at the seams, and mark the high point of the summer season. 

While smaller charter boats will usually be located in one place, and you can therefore charter them out of season if you choose, you can expect larger charter yachts such as superyachts to move from one region of the world to another as they follow the better weather. So if you have your heart set on a particular yacht, ask the broker for its annual charter itinerary. 

Shoulder Seasons

Shoulder seasons are a great way to make the most of temperate climates, fewer crowds, lower prices and more availability. They refer to the period either side of the high season, so in summer would be April and October, and in winter November and March, and offer fantastic opportunities for a budget yacht charter. As mentioned, larger yachts may have moved on to new cruising destinations by this point, but smaller boats or those who are locally-based will be able to offer less stifling weather, quiet anchorages and marinas, less demand for boats and discounted prices. 

Chartering a yacht out of season

Seasons have been long-established for a reason, but that isn’t to say you can’t charter out of season. We’ve taken a look at shoulder seasons, and your best bet is to stick as close to those as possible, but you’ll find boats at any time of the year. Keep in mind however that you’re choosing a time when the weather might not be favourable – rain or cold weather can put a downer on activities for example – or you struggle to find attractions and restaurants open. In off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Alaska, ice might hinder access to and from marinas, or strong winds such as the hurricanes which pass through the Caribbean from June to November might make cruising uncomfortable or impossible. 

Summer Season Charter Destinations

The Mediterranean is the golden girl of summer yachting destinations, with tantalizing coasts, ancient cities, beautiful islands and rich culture at every turn. From the glamour of the French Riviera and Italy’s Amalfi Coast, to the beauty of the Balearic and Croatian islands, it is the yachting capital of the world. But the Mediterranean isn’t the only summer destination worth visiting, with North America, the America’s and South Pacific on the list too. 

1. Mediterranean summer yachting destinations: Greece, Italy, Croatia, Balearic, Sardinia, French Riviera and Turkey.

2. North European summer yachting destinations: Consider northern European countries during the long summer days, where the UK, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic Sea offer up spectacular natural beauty, midnight sun, vast archipelagos and wild coasts. 

3. Alaska: Alaska’s wild lands, remote bays and bountiful wildlife make it one of the most adventure-filled destinations in the world. The summer months, with their long days and milder weather conditions, make for the best time to visit the gargantuan national parks, crashing glaciers and see once-in-a-lifetime wildlife.  

Winter Season Charter Destinations

The Caribbean is the focus of the winter yachting season, with St Barts, St Martin, the Virgin Islands and Bahamas the tip of the iceberg of what this island-spattered region has to offer. Yet think further afield too, and there are some dazzling destinations waiting for you.

1. Caribbean winter yachting destinations: Whether you opt for the pink sand beaches of the Bahamas, the perfect sailing conditions of the Leeward Islands, or the glamour of St Barts, you’ll find it in the Caribbean. From Jamaica’s legendary culture to the Dutch Antilles and Grenadines, there are corners of solitude, remote islands and lively beaches to discover. 

2. The America’s winter yachting destinations: Mexico and Florida share the same Caribbean waters but offer a completely different vibe for a yacht charter. Explore the flamboyant Florida Keys or venture along the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico in search of ancient ruins and wildlife-filled rainforests. 

3. South Pacific winter yachting destinations: There are few places dreamier than the South Pacific. Emerald-topped islands, golden atolls and fish-laden turquoise seas beg exploration, whether it’s a family holiday, romantic getaway or once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Countries such as Fiji, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea offer virtually year-round charter opportunities the winter months are the driest and offer the most favourable conditions. Try scuba diving, climb hidden waterfalls or get to know the local communities of these far-flung islands. 

4. Indian Ocean winter yachting destinations: The Seychelles and Maldives offer some of the most sublime cruising destinations on the planet, their iridescent waters teeming with marine life and their beaches powder white. Sri Lanka has a rich history and national parks filled with wildlife, while Mauritius’ underwater world is a maze of colourful coral reefs. 

When to book a yacht charter

If you’re planning on chartering a yacht in the peak season, book early! As with anything where demand is high, the sooner you get your deposit paid the better. Out of the peak times, you may be able to secure a more last-minute charter at a discounted price (see our article on How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Boat? ). As a general rule, you’ll want to allow 10-12 months in advance during peak times, and three to six months in advance for low season charters. But be sure to get in touch with us at Rightboat.com at any time of the year as we have boats all over the world waiting to be chartered and connections with all the top boat operators. We won’t leave you high and dry. 

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How Long Is a Yacht Charter Season?

Every charter destination has a “yacht charter season,” which refers to the months when cruising conditions are ideal and charters are most popular. For example, some destinations have a summer season like the Mediterranean, while others are winter charter season destinations (like the Caribbean).

But you might be wondering: How long is a yacht charter season?

Both summer and winter chart seasons last roughly six months. Yet, within each season there are also “high,” “low” and “shoulder” seasons. In both summer and winter, “high” or peak charter season – the time when chartering is most popular – lasts just 2-3 months.

Wondering when you might plan your next charter? We’re taking a closer look at yacht charter seasons to show you how long they are, how seasons differ by region, and when peak charter season is.

Summer Yacht Charter Season

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The Mediterranean is the world’s most popular summer yacht charter destination. The region’s beautiful temperate climate offers ideal conditions during the summer months, and hotspots like Cannes and the French Riviera, Italy, and Croatia beckon charter guests from around the world.

How long is the summer charter season?

Summer charter season in the Mediterranean begins in late-April and runs through mid-September. Summer in the Mediterranean not only brings warm, sunny weather; it’s also known for its many cultural affairs, like the Cannes Film Festival, the club season in Ibiza, and food and art festivals along the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Throughout the Mediterranean, peak charter season is just two months: July and August. Many yachts are fully booked during the peak season, and rates climb by about 10%.

Alternatively, New England in the U.S. is another popular summer destination, yet the season is a bit shorter: from mid-June through August, with the high season running from mid-July to mid-August.

Popular summer charter destinations:

If you’re looking for a summer charter destination, spots throughout the Mediterranean offer respite from the heat and humidity. Top destination for summer yacht charters include:

French Riviera Known for its cosmopolitan beach clubs and rustic charms, the French Riviera – including Cannes, Monaco and Corsica – offer ideal summer cruising conditions. The French charter season mirrors most of the Mediterranean, but generally starts a bit later, in mid-May and runs through September. The summer season coincides with many events popular with charter guests, including the Monaco Grand Prix, the Cannes Film Festival, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Italy With numerous charter regions, including Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Riviera, Italy might be the world’s most popular destination for summer charters. Italy offers a bit of everything: Excellent cuisine and wine, historic sites to explore, and plenty of culture and nightlife. Italy’s charter season runs May through October.

Croatia Croatia – and its numerous islands – make an ideal summer destination, thanks to cool breezes off the Adriatic and its warm sapphire waters. Throughout the season, Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar all beckon charter guests, who escape to Croatia’s sparkling beaches, and upscale, historic ports of call. Dubrovnik, the historic walled city, is a popular charter destination in the summer, and it hosts numerous festivals throughout the charter season.

Greece Sun-soaked Greece is home to nearly 10,000 miles of coastline, along with beautiful islands like Santorini. In the summer months, Greece offers plenty for charter guests to experience, including beautiful beaches, UNESCO sites, and excellent cuisine like moussaka and Restina wine. Greece’s charter season is a bit longer: from April through October.

Spain Spain’s Balearic Islands are a legendary summer season destination, thanks to the all-night clubs of Ibiza and the islands’ sun-soaked beaches. Spend a night clubbing in Ibiza, or explore neighboring Formentera, known for its natural landscapes and hiking trails. Majorca is another must-see island, known for its historic churches, swank beach clubs, and world-class dining.

New England From the coast of Maine, to Newport, R.I. and Martha’s Vineyard, the tranquil ports along the East Coast in the U.S. are perfect for summer charters. The destination offers it all: Cosmopolitan villages, classic lighthouses, excellent golf, windswept beaches, and National Parks to explore. Looking for another summer destination in the U.S.? Consider Alaska, which is known for its glaciers and natural beauty.

Winter Charter Season

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The Caribbean is a winter charter season mecca, as many escape the cold weather to the soak up the sun in the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, and the Grenadines. The Caribbean offers ideal cruising conditions throughout the winter months, including steady breezes (a must if you fancy a sailing charter), warm weather in the 70s and 80s, and hundreds of hidden beaches to explore.

Winter charter season is about six months long, and typically beings in late October, around the unofficial season kickoff, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and runs through March. Thailand, Tahiti and the Seychelles, and the South Pacific are also popular destinations for winter charters (and have a similar season to the Caribbean).

In the Caribbean, peak charter season is in late December, during the holidays, through March. The shoulder season in November and mid-December are popular as well and offer fewer crowds and reduced prices.

Popular winter charter destinations:

Winter charter destinations offer warm weather, beautiful beaches, and plenty to do and explore. If you’re considering a winter yacht charter, you might choose to travel to:

The Virgin Islands Both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands are some of the most visited islands during the winter season. Known for their laid-back island vibes, incredible sailing, snorkeling and diving, the Virgin Islands are perfect for an adventurous, island-hopping winter yacht charter.

Tahiti Tahiti has fast become one of the most popular charter destinations in the South Pacific, and it offers the ultimate in privacy and natural beauty. With islands like Bora Bora and Moorea, as well as black sand beaches, French Polynesia is the perfect destination for escaping the cold to snorkel, dive, hike and enjoy the beach.

Thailand Thailand’s beautiful islands and tropical coast offer the best in winter chartering. Thailand is perfect for snorkeling and island hopping, Full Moon parties and lazy beach days. The destination’s tropical climate, making for perfect winter charter conditions.

Turks & Caicos Upscale, yet unpretentious, Turks & Caicos – which is comprised of seven main islands, and more than 40 uninhabited cays and islets – is an ideal destination or winter snorkeling. The island’s beautiful coral reefs teem with colorful fish, rays, turtles, and sharks throughout the winter months.

Year-round Charter Destinations

Some destinations offer chartering year-round. For example, Florida is one of the most popular destinations, no matter the time of year.

The Bahamas With hundreds of islands to explore, there’s a new adventure around every corner in the Bahamas. Two of the region’s most popular charter destinations, Nassau (with its excellent golf courses, numerous beaches, and family-friendly atmosphere) and the Exumas (a stretch of beautiful islands), offer chances for R&R and adventures like swimming with pigs and sharks, cliff-diving, and snorkeling.

Miami & The Florida Keys Miami and the Florida Keys offer excellent cruising conditions throughout the year. The peak season in Florida is generally mid-December through March, yet a variety of luxury crewed charters in any month.

Want to learn more about the best charter seasons around the globe? Contact your charter broker with Worldwide Boat to learn more.

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The Mediterranean Yachting Season: A Comprehensive Guide

Whether you are a Yacht crew member, sailor or yacht owner, the Mediterranean Yachting Season is an alluring destination.

Idyllic coastlines flanked with picture-perfect beaches, delicious food, wine, and a host of cultural experiences make the Mediterranean a hotspot for the Yachting elite.

Unlike in the Caribbean and USA, yachting in the Mediterranean has a very specific time frame in which it operates, May to October. In order to increase your chances of finding a job, it is important to know where to be and when.

Here we will explore everything you need to know about the Mediterranean Yacht Season. From crew agents, marinas, accommodation, timing, transport, and key events to look out for.

female sitting on a hill overlooking Monaco and 2 marinas during the busy Mediterranean yachting season

When is the Mediterranean Yachting Season?

The Mediterranean Yachting Season runs from May to October. This is known as the Summer season (in the Northern Hemisphere), and these are the best months for cruising around the Mediterranean.

The Best Locations for you to Join the Mediterranean Yachting Season

There are a few locations where you can choose to position yourself if you are trying to find a job on a yacht.

Antibes (France) – The Best Location for Green Crew Entering the Yachting Industry

Antibes is one of the main yachting hubs in the Mediterranean.

Here you will find an abundance of crew housing options and an amazing network of crew agents located in the famous Port Vauban.

You also have access to the train which will take you down to Cannes or up as far as Genoa. So if any job opportunities or interviews come up, you can be there easily within hours. This is one of the main attractions of Antibes for job seekers.

It is a great idea to head out to some of the smaller marinas in Antibes as well as along the French Riviera while seeking work. Some of these marinas don’t have as strict security as you will find in Antibes.

map of the french riviera with red pushpin located on cannes

Marinas in the French Riviera to Visit while Seeking Work for the Mediterranean Yachting Season

  • Port Vauban: the main marina right off the Old Town of Antibes
  • Antibes Marina
  • Port Gallice (Juan-Les-Pins): walking distance from the Old Town
  • Port Pierre Canto: home to the Cannes Film Festival
  • Port de Cannes Marina (Cannes)
  • Port Hercule (Monaco): one of the most famous marinas in the world
  • Fontveille Marina (Monaco)
  • Port de Cap d’Ail (Cap d’Ail): Located between Monaco and Nice, this is a popular Super Yacht location
  • Marina La Ciotat (Port Vieux)
  • Port de Beaulieu-sur-Mer (Beaulieu-sur-Mer)

Antibes itself is in fact a small town, however the Yachts pack up in the marinas at the start of the season so there will be a lot of other crew seeking work.

If you choose to head to Antibes before the season starts, you will need to book your accommodation far in advance!

If you are new to dock walking and feeling uncertain, check out my post on Dock Walking – 9 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job .

aerial view of a marina in Antibes filled with boats during the mediterranean yachting season

Antibes Crew Houses

Crew houses are a fantastic way for Crew to network with other Crew members, as well as a cheaper option for accommodation while seeking work.

A few of your best Antibes Crew houses are:

  • The Crew Grapevine
  • Debbie’s Crew House
  • The Crew House
  • The Glamorgan
  • Amma’s Crew House

For more detailed information on each of these crew houses with rates and booking information, check out my post on the 7 Best Antibes Crew Houses: Where to stay for first-timers.

Antibes Crew Agents

One of your best entries into the Mediterranean Yachting Season is through Yacht Crew Agents. These recruitment agencies are dedicated to placing crew on Yachts.

Once you have gone through the process of signing up online, it is a great idea to arrange an interview so they can meet you face-to-face.

A few of my favorite Yacht Crew Agencies in Antibes are:

  • Luxury Yacht Group
  • Hill Robinson Crew
  • The Crew Network
  • Northrop and Johnson
  • Blue Water Crew

Getting around Antibes

If you are located in Old Town Antibes, you can easily walk around the port. However, you may want to get yourself a bike or e-scooter to save your energy while walking between all the marinas.

Uber is an easy way to get around however it is not cheap if you are on a budget.

If you are looking to travel around the French Riviera, the train is a fantastic and easy option.

The Gare d’Antibes Train station is only a 15-minute walk from the old town. The most common train service on this route is operated by TER (Transport Express Régional) and connects Antibes to Monaco. The journey involves one transfer at Nice so be sure to check your destination.

Prices vary but you can expect to spend €6-€20 for a ticket depending on your destination.

Gare d’Antibes can be found at: 11 Avenue Robert Soleau, 06600 Antibes, France

Events to look out for near Antibes

If a Yacht is involved in a big event, the crew will always need extra assistance. So be sure to head over to these Marinas before these events and hand out your CV!

  • Cannes Film Festival: End of May
  • Monaco Grand Prix: End of May
  • Cannes Yacht Festival: Early September
  • Monaco Yacht Show: End of September

sailing boats and motor yachts docked in a marina during the Mediterranean yachting season in Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – Home to the Start of the Mediterranean Yachting Season

Palma is a Spanish island in the Balearics and a very popular destination for Yachts and crew alike. In fact, it is so popular that many yacht crew choose to call it home when they leave the yachting industry.

Palma is known to have a wide range of Yachts including both motor and sailing vessels.

Marinas in Palma de Mallorca

The best locations for dock walking in Palma are the various marinas in the Bay of Palma, Puerto Portals and Port Adriano.

Marinas in the bay of Palma to name a few include:

  • Club de Mar
  • Marina Moll Vell – Home to the International Yacht show
  • La Lonja Marina Charter
  • Marina Port de Mallorca
  • Puerto Palma

I must point out however that it is not easy to dock walk in Palma. The marinas are gated and security is tight. If you walk over with confidence and look the part, you may just get in.

Ideally, you want to know a Yacht or crew member in the marina. Network, network, network!

Crew Houses in Palma

If you are going to seek work in Palma, then your ideal locations to stay are Santa Catalina, La Lonja, or the Old town.

As with any popular Yachting destination, you will need to book your accommodation well in advance.

Some popular crew housing options in Palma are:

  • Crew Guest House Palma
  • The Boathouse Palma
  • Caimari Crew Accommodation
  • Hostal Apuntadores (A hostel option if the crew houses are booked)
  • Monzly Rentals (A great option for short to medium-term rentals)

Palma Crew Agents

Given that dock walking in Palma can be a little tricky, you want to emphasise getting signed up to the crew agencies. Take your time and try to get a face-to-face interview if possible.

Some of you may have already signed up with these agencies. Remember to log in regularly, and change your location if you moved since your last login!

  • Sovren Crew
  • Van Allen Crew Agency
  • Global Crew Services
  • Hill Robinson
  • A-Z Yachting

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Getting Around Palma de Mallorca

Getting around Palma couldn’t be easier. The good old Bus. It is easy, cheap, and efficient.

You will want to use the EMT bus as there are an abundance of bus stops and they travel all through the city.

The fare for the EMT bus is €2, and they take CASH ONLY.

Please note that in the summer months, these buses get very busy, and sometimes they will pass bus stops if they are too full. If you have an interview or job lined up, be sure to head out early to allow for delays.

Palmas Big Events during the Mediterranean Yachting Season

The Palma International Boat Show is known to inaugurate the Mediterranean Yachting Season. This 4-day event hosts spectacular yachts both for sale and for charter.

The Yacht show usually happens at the end of April and marks the start of the Mediterranean Season.

You can expect to see over 250 boats on display during the show so the month leading up to this time would be an excellent opportunity for day work.

Timing for the Mediterranean

If you are looking for work in the Mediterranean, you can head over as early as February/March! There will be 2 categories of vessels to look out for:

The Yachts that Spent the Winter Season in the Yard

When the Winter season hits in the Mediterranean, it becomes bitterly cold and rainy. Some owners choose to leave their vessels in the Yard during the winter months.

Most yacht crew choose to leave these programs in the winter and these boats will run on skeleton crew.

Therefore, in February/March, these boats will start hiring crew again in order to start getting the boat operating and ready for the upcoming season.

Yachts that Head Over from the Caribbean

These vessels went to the Caribbean for the Winter and now they are crossing the Atlantic and making their way back to the Mediterranean to start a new season.

As these vessels arrive in March/April, they will need a lot of extra help getting cleaned and organized after the big ocean crossing they just did.

These vessels may also see crew changes as they head into a new season.

My advice here is to get onto Marine Traffic . Depending on where you have located yourself, you will be able to see as vessels are entering the harbor. You should make a point of being available to offer help as they arrive.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Caribbean, check out my post on The Caribbean Yachting Season: Ultimate Guide.

Visas and Passports Required for the Mediterranean Yachting Season

If you are not a European citizen, it is important to understand how you can get into Europe and how much time you can stay there. Your visa requirements will depend on your personal home country and passport.

For more detailed information on your personal requirements, go to the Schengen Visa Website.

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any member of the Schengen Area, per stay for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes (Usually 90 days within 180 days).

Schengen refers to the EU passport-free zone that covers most of the European countries.

Currently, there are three types of Schengen visas that apply to non-EU seafarers:

  • Transit (Type B) Schengen visa
  • Short-stay (Type C) Schengen visa
  • Long-stay (Type D) Schengen visa

Seafarers are likely to be issued with the Short-stay visa. This allows you 90 days within the Schengen area, at which point you would need to leave for 90 days.

Additionally, you also need to try to get yourself a multi-entry visa . This allows you to travel between the different European countries.

DO NOT OVERSTAY YOUR VISA! Keep a close eye on your days. If you overstay, you could be banned from coming back for 3 years or more.

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My Favourite Hangouts during the Mediterranean Yachting Season

Over the course of my 10 years in the industry, there are a few spots in the Mediterranean that have really stood out for me. The options are endless but below is a list of a few of my favorite places to check out:

  • Drive the winding roads of Sa Colabra
  • Take a dip at Illetes Beach
  • Take the old train to Soller
  • Eat delicious local tapas at Ca n Toni in the Old Town

This hilltop village offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts beautiful gardens like the Jardin Exotique d’Eze.


This town on the coast is truly charming, with a beautiful harbor and an Old Town rich in history.

The Amalfi Coast

Rent a Scooter and drive along the coastline anywhere from Naples through Positano and into Amalfi. Stroll through the bougainvillea-lined streets and have lunch down near the port.

people walking down a narrow street in Amalfi, lined with greenery and bougainvilleas

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Below Deck: Superyacht TV show to return for two new series

US TV network Bravo has announced that superyacht TV show Below Deck will be returning to screens for two new spin-off seasons, Below Deck Adventure and Below Deck Down Under.

Premiering in early 2022, Below Deck Adventure will follow the escapades of explorer yachts cruising in the icy fjords of Norway , playing host to thrill-seeking charterers as they partake in adrenaline-fueled exploits while exploring the glacial waters and rugged landscapes.

Unlike other seasons that have been set in sunnier climes, such as Below Deck Mediterranean , the camera crew will follow charterers’ exhilarating activities in sub-zero temperatures, such as heli-skiing and dog sledding.

The crew will be pushed to new limits as they attempt to maintain a luxury service alongside managing the physical and technical demands of cold-weather cruising.

Below Deck Down Under will be aired on NBC’s Peacock streaming platform. This series, which is already well underway with filming, is taking place on the other side of the globe in Australia. Home to the Great Barrier Reef , Australia has some of the world’s greatest cruising grounds on offer, and the crew will be expected to provide activities for guests below and above the water, with scuba diving being one of the main draws of the region.

The TV show follows the secret lives of superyacht crews working on board charter yachts , capturing behind-the-scenes footage of their day-to-day obligations and interactions. Crews featured in previous series have worked on a range of superyachts available for charter , including 54 metre sailing yacht Parsifal III and 56.2 metre motor yacht The Wellesley .

Some crew members, such as Captain Lee Rosbach and Captain Sandy Yawn , have achieved something of a celebrity status following the success of the show’s earlier seasons.

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As the 2021 Atlantic storm season swings into full gear, the prediction of an active season appears to have come to fruition. The ongoing La Niña weather pattern has held, and the Atlantic Ocean temperatures, especially in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, are higher than average. The fuel that drives storms appears abundant, and the conditions in place for another busy storm season. 

Records set and records broken appears to be the recent trend for storm system frequency and severity. Phillip Klotzbach, Meteorologist at CSU (Colorado State University), specializing in Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts, has noted that according to their analysis, 2020 was the 5th consecutive year of above-average accumulated hurricane energy for the Atlantic region. The formation of Tropical Storm Elsa on July 1st marked the 5th named storm of the season. To give context, this broke the record (set last year) for the earliest date where the 5th storm of the season is named and is a full 6 weeks earlier than the average since records began. 

Adrian McCourt, group chief engineer at Munich RE McCourt, has been amalgamating and disseminating key data from multiple metrological sources to the marine industry for nearly 15 years. SuperyachtNews speaks with McCourt about how the upcoming season is shaping, relative to predictions, and how it may affect superyachts in the region. ‘This will be another very active season; how this will impact the superyacht market is a tough question to answer. For example, the cruise lines. Come what may (putting aside Covid the related shut-down), they operate out of Miami throughout the season. Big powerful stabilised ships and smart planning can generally skirt cyclones without too much disruption. The same goes for the larger yachts.’ 

After the devastating  2017 hurricane season, the loss of life and property, and the observed trend in increased storm severity, many had expected a superyacht migration away from the Caribbean. However, this is not what McCourt has observed. ‘I don’t know of any Caribbean based yachts whose owners have decided to shift to the Med this year because there is an active season expected. Those who usually stay in the Caribbean are still staying there. The smaller yachts permanently based in the region aren’t crossing the Atlantic either, but relying on good forecasting and planning.’ 

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The Superyacht Agency's historical data supports McCourt's assertion, with a slight increase in superyachts remaining in the Caribbean 2015-2019.

Forecasting and the ability to avoid these damaging weather systems has been a game of cat and mouse that those who wish to remain in the hurricane-affected areas have played for a long time. A slight change in circumstances and the full force of Hurricane Irma may also have hit West Palm Beach in 2017, and we may have had an entirely different damage toll to the superyacht sector and rippling consequences across the industry. Still, the last 5 years have changed attitudes, as McCourt highlights. ‘The eye-watering losses over the last five years have taken a bite out of underwriters’ capital, and more risk management is expected of the larger marinas and repair yards, for example. Hurricane response plans, for example, were once kept in a forgotten manual on a dusty shelf but are now a condition of cover for many and need to be effective.’ 

As McCourt points out, weather system prediction and planning is still at the forefront of safe superyacht operation in the Caribbean in the summer months.  Yachts are larger, more powerful and more connected today than at any point in history. As McCourt also highlights, the reach of observational technology is impressive but may have overrun the scope of usable predictability.   ‘Owners expect Captains to be savvy about storm management  - and many I speak to are a long way ahead of me. Captains or owners of boats in dry-dock or repair yards in Florida or other hurricane exposed locations to take a very long view at approaching cyclones, far longer (and probably less reliable) than the data I am looking at. It is impossible to predict what a cyclone will do when it forms in the eastern Atlantic, but I am still asked.’

 2021 is not predicted to reach the devastating levels of the 2020 hurricane season, where 30 named storms formed, and 11 made landfall in the United States alone. Hopefully, these predictions are correct, however with the generalised trend towards stronger and more forceful storms, without careful planning and consultation with expert advice, the cat and mouse game in the Caribbean may become a safe harbour too far. 

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'Below Deck' Shows A Piece Of Yacht Charter Season

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Even though most reality shows air over the course of several months, they usually film over a very small window, much shorter than the weeks it takes to air the footage. And on a show like Below Deck that takes place during a certain time frame, timing can be very important. So how long is a Below Deck charter season? Well, that depends. If you're thinking specifically of the season of Below Deck filmed for TV, the answer can be just a few weeks — the show tapes over a very short period and Eros charters may each last for about three days, according to Yacht Charter World. If you're speaking more generally about full charter seasons for yachts like the one shown on Below Deck , they can last for months at a time . Depending on where you are and where you want to go, the season starts at different times.

For example, Below Deck films in the Caribbean during the winter, in January — that's part of the regional charter season. That means that January is the prime time to travel in the Caribbean on a huge yacht. But even though Below Deck wraps up quickly, the cast could easily jump to a new gig once their TV commitments are complete, because the full Caribbean charter season is four to five months long. That is a long time to be stuck on boats in close working quarters, which is why Below Deck shows the crew taking breaks, having days off, and unwinding between charters. If not, they'd go insane. They're insane enough without having to work for months straight.

And because renting yachts is a worldwide phenomenon, there's no set time or set place where charters are always going on or come to a total stop. Within reason, everywhere that there's water, you can hire a boat to take you during some part of the year.

For the employees, they can choose to work as much or as little of each season as they like, picking their busy time of year depending on where, when, and how long they want to work.

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The time can also be different depending on where you are on the globe, from hot locations where November-April is the preferable season to travel, to the summer season, described by YCF as covering the Mediterranean and Europe, which picks up in May and lasts through October.

If you want to charter a yacht, you can do it at pretty much any time, you just might not encounter the Below Deck crew. To up your chances of meeting the reality TV cast, then heading down to the Bahamas early in the year is your best shot. And it will be lovely weather for a charter.

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The best times to find a job in yachting to give you the best chance at scoring work! 1. At an international event such as a boat show

2. When the yachts are in season

3.  When there’s a change over of crew (generally at the start and end of a season)

All of these times are when work is the most prominent with jobs onboard. 

So why is there more workaround when there is an international boat show or large luxury event? If a boat is for sale or up for charter it will be participating at the boat show to show off to potential buyers and charter agents. 

When a yacht is getting ready for boat shows you can imagine it needs to look amazing! So it’s all hands on deck with often short turnarounds and extra hands needed its a prime opportunity to get some day work and help out onboard where needed. 

Popular boats shows and events include the Miami International Boat Show in February ,  The Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix in May, Sanctuary boat show on the gold coast Australia also in May, The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Otherwise known as FLIBS) held in late October, and the Antigua Charter Yacht Show in December. I suggest doing a search online to find out more if you’re looking for work and an upcoming boat show or event is happening soon in the yachting hubs or close to where you’re based.

Now for the yachting seasons… the most important time to look for work! 

Med Season (Mediterannean Season)- April/May – September/Oct The med season generally begins late April/early May when yachts are preparing for summer charters and events like the Cannes Film Festival held in May. In the lead-up to the season, there will often be opportunities for day work and permanent positions as vessels crew up for the season. Caribbean season Late November marks the beginning of the Caribbean season, with the Antigua Charter Yacht Show kicking things off in early December. Popular spots for yachts in the USA/Caribbean include Fort Lauderdale (Main yachting hub), West Palm Beach, Antigua, and St Maarten.

Dual Season Yachts (yachts that do both main yachting seasons)  

The majority of dual-season yachts will begin their crossing back to the Med Feb/March to get ready for the summer season in the Mediterranean . Some yachts remain in the Caribbean as late as May. It all depends on the charters booked, owner preferences and schedules.

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The Whitsunday season including Great Barrier Reef charters generally run from April to November. From November to late January/February it is the busy summer season in Sydney.

Finding work at the beginning and end of a season is also prime time to look for work onboard. Yacht crew work all season, some leave some stay, some want a break and some will go and do training, therefore, positions become available.

Don’t leave it too late though when the season is all done – especially if it’s the med season as you could miss your opportunity to jump on a boat that is destined for the Caribbean or the states. The dual-season yachts leave soon after the season wraps up which can be anywhere from September- to October. 

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Check out this episode! Yachting is seasonal, there are boat shows and events when more yacht crew are needed, and there’s a change over of yacht crew at the beginning and end of a season. It’s about timing it right to maximise job opportunities in the yachting industry. 

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Become a Steward or Stewardess on a Superyacht.

A perfect way to combine work and travel – and you’ll get to spend your time in the sunshine and in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

The Superyacht industry is constantly on the lookout for energetic, hardworking people, male or female, to provide guests and owners with the ultimate holiday experience.

Read on to discover answers to some of the most common questions we’re asked about being a Stewardess on a superyacht…

What qualifications do I need to work on a Superyacht?

  • ENG1 medical required by all crew who work at sea. If you are thinking of becoming a Superyacht Steward/ess, then we recommend you complete the ENG1 medical before completing Step 2.
  • STCW Basic Safety Training Course  is a set of compulsory qualifications required by all crew who work at sea. You will complete a Sea Survival course, First Aid, Fire Fighting (great fun), and topics on Health and Safety, and Security.
  • Get some experience . If you have hospitality experience or you have worked as a Nanny, Beautician, Hairdresser or Air Steward/ess, to name a few, then this will look great on your CV.

How do I get a job on a yacht with no experience?

It’s true that you don’t have to have worked on a yacht to start your career as a Steward/ess (apart from the compulsory qualifications mentioned above!).

Like any new career, though, it is a good idea to get some training in the basics so you can hold your own onboard. All yachts run slightly differently so one size does not fit all. To increase your chances of finding a job the more experience you can get the better.

The more experience you can offer the yacht, the better. So, if you don’t have any transferable skills,  then Flying Fish can help .

How do I find work on a Superyacht?

There are three ways crew find a job.

  • Most crew travel to Antibes, France described as the hub of yachting in the Mediterranean.
  • Online, we talk a bit more about “going online” below.
  • Contacts. If you know somebody that is already working on a Superyacht then through their connections it is possible to find work.

Almost everybody that is looking for a job on a Superyacht travels to Antibes, France. On arrival, crew tend to stay in a crew house such as the  Crew Grapevine  used as a base to look for work.

If budget is a concern then crew join forces and rent an Airbnb between them. The advantage of a crew house like the Crew Grapevine is that the owners (ex-yachties) actively help you find a job.

The way you find a job on a Superyacht is quite unique. From your base in Antibes, you would travel to other ports in the local area, walk the dock and chat to the crew working onboard to see if there are any positions available.

Superyacht crew who have the evening off will go to the local bars to unwind. This is the perfect chance to get to know people that are working on Superyachts and to build connections in the industry.

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All Superyacht recruitment agents post positions on their respective websites. Once qualified, new crew would register with the agency and complete their registration form. You would then get in touch with the agent to start searching for that dream job.

The recruitment agent’s job is to match the right candidate for the job being advertised. There are many recruitments agents out there, a quick Google search for “ Superyacht Recruitment Agents ” will bring up a list.

Facebook is another medium that yachts use to post jobs. To keep up to date is it worth joining a couple of the Superyacht Facebook groups. Yacht crew jobs and Palma yacht group are two examples.

Amelia, who trained with Flying Fish in 2020, gave some good advice:

“Sign up to a few good recruitment companies, make sure you interview with the recruiter first rather than using Facebook. Second, when you have your interview, make sure you ask questions about the yacht. This is because you are not only finding a job but a home and family too, so ask as many questions as possible to make sure it’s the right yacht for you.”

How long does it take to find work as a Steward/ess on a Superyacht?

Over the 12 years that we have been running  Steward and Stewardess courses, most find a job between one to four weeks. We have had customers that have found a job in a day and others that have taken six weeks to find that perfect job.

The time it takes to find a job is down to you. You will need to be proactive, up early, and make sure you are at the front of the queue. From our experience, people who work hard and explore every opportunity will find a job quickly.

Every Chief Stew that calls us for a reference asks the same questions – does the candidate have a  good attitude ? You need to be hard-working, happy to work long hours, and used to mucking in. Have a can-do attitude and a willingness to go that extra mile to help your fellow crew mates.

When’s the best time to look Steward/ess Superyacht work?

Traditionally Superyachts recruit for the Mediterranean season anytime between February to May. That being said, yachts recruit all year round. We have seen many graduates find work in July and August when the season is in full swing.

The next key recruitment period is between September and November as yachts prepare for the Caribbean season. Yachts will cross the Atlantic anytime between December and January to cruise the Caribbean or the US for the winter.

Superyacht crew who have had a busy Mediterranean season may decide to take the winter off, which leaves opportunities for new crew to enter the industry.

How much money does a Steward/ess typically make?

A Steward/ess starting out in the industry can expect to earn €2,000 to €3,500 per month – almost all crew paid in Euros. The salary can depend on many factors, the main one being the yacht’s “crew budget.”

The owner or management company will agree on a budget that the Captain uses to hire crew, which can lead to small variations in the amount yachts pay their crew.

Your salary can also depend on whether you work on a Charter or Private yacht. It is customary for charter guests to tip the crew, the tip is normally around 10% of the charter fee. Chartering a Superyacht can set you back anywhere from €250,000 to €1 million per week.

Tips are split evenly amongst the crew and on average, can be anything from €2,000 – €5,000 per charter.

Is my salary tax-free?

As a crew member (or Seafarer) working on a Superyacht, it is likely that you will be out of the Uk for a significant about of time. Spend more than half of the year abroad then you fall under a specific piece of legislation called the Seafarers Earning Deduction Scheme. As a basic principle, if you are out of the UK for more than 183 days then there is no income tax on income (including tips) from the yacht.

UK Seafarers are required to complete a self assessment tax return each year. Flying Fish are registered tax agents and offer a Seafarers tax service to the yachting industry. We work with hundreds of customers to insure that their Self Assessment tax returns are completed on time.

What is it like working on a Superyacht?

All Superyacht crew work, eat, and sleep onboard. The yacht will become your home, and all meals are provided while onboard. Your contract will specify your duties, salary, working hours, and holiday. The yacht will supply your uniform and provide further training if necessary.

Superyacht crew will be comfortable with being away from their friends and family for long periods of time. For your first job, expect to be away from home for an extended period, which may be six months or more.

There are various roles within the Interior department; Laundry, Service, and Housekeeping. Depending on the size of the yacht will depend on what your role is onboard. For example, large yachts will have a dedicated laundry team, while for a small yacht (35-40M), the Stewardess will do all three.

During a normal week, when there are no guests onboard, you are likely to work five days a week, with weekends off. The structure of your working week will differ from yacht to yacht, but there will be time off to explore and have some well-earned downtime.

What’s a typical working day like for a Steward/ess?

Your working day will typically start at 8:00 am and finish at 6:00 pm, usually six days a week. When on charter, or if the owners are onboard, your work hours will differ. Unsociable hours are common when guests are onboard.

What are the cabin arrangments ?

You will share a cabin with another Stewardess. The cabins are small but comfortable with an ensuite bathroom. There is access to the internet via that yacht’s Wi-Fi system, so you’ll be able to keep in touch with friends and family at home.

 Can I make a career in yachting?

Yes, and many have! Becoming a Superyacht Stewardess can be a career, and what an amazing career it can be. Every Stewardess starts out as a Junior Stew; then, as you gain time and experience onboard you can progress to 2nd Stew, then Chief Stew.

The chief Stew runs the entire interior team, manages the budget, and will be the first point of contact for the guests and owners – not an easy role.

Some yachts will employ  a Purser , which can be best described as the PA to the Superyacht.

Not only is there progression, but becoming a Superyacht Steward/ess offers the travel and adventure we all seek. You will meet some of the world’s rich and famous and make some friends for life.

So, how do I become a Steward/ess on a Superyacht?

This is where we come in. Flying Fish run a two-week Superyacht Steward/ess course that includes all the qualifications and skills you need to get started in the industry. Everything from the STCW Basic Safety Training to our specialised Interior programme, run by an ex-chief Stewardess.

The course is great fun; you will learn loads of new skills and meet like-minded people who, like you, are thinking about a different career path.

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Contact our team at Flying Fish today for information on our Superyacht Steward/ess course, life as a Stewardess, qualification advice and much more!

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No medium pepsi this time: giants gifting replica super bowl rings to season-ticket holders, share this article.

During the 2021 regular season, the New York Giants royally fumbled Fan Appreciation Day. Season ticket holders were gifted a free medium Pepsi during a game in December.

Making matters worse, it wasn’t one medium drink per ticket, it was one drink per account. No matter how many tickets you purchased, only one free drink was given.

The Giants made no public comments about it, even after fan backlash.

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This year, it seems the Giants have learned from their mistake and plan to celebrate their 100th season in much better fashion. Instead of giving season ticket holders a free drink, they will be gifted with a set of replica Super Bowl rings and a double-sided commemorative ticket with one side replicating an original design from 1925.

To celebrate their 100th season, the Giants are sending a gift box to all season-ticket accounts prior to the start of the season, which will include a set of replica Super Bowl rings and a double-sided commemorative ticket with one side replicating an original design from 1925. pic.twitter.com/Pd0nNKAeHJ — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 17, 2024

Adam Schefter says, “season ticket accounts” and not “season ticket holders,” so it’s probably safe to assume it’s not one per ticket. In this case, though, that’s okay because this is a sick upgrade from a free medium Pepsi.

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SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched Season 2 of “ Bridgerton ,” spoilers are ahead. 

Beloved gentle readers, it’s been far too long. While we were graciously welcomed into the world of “Queen Charlotte” last year, there is nothing quite like returning to the original Ton. “Bridgerton” Season 3 ushers in a new chapter of the acclaimed franchise, and it’s coming with quite a few changes. “Inventing Anna” writer Jess Brownell is stepping aboard the series as showrunner, and this new season is also divided into two chapters. Part 1 will premiere on May 16, and Part 2 debuts on June 13. These tidbits are just the beginning of the show’s transformations. 

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Until now, “Bridgerton” has followed the same timeline as Julia Quinn’s novels. Season 2 showcased the love affair between Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Swarma (Simone Ashley), a tension-fueled enemies-to-lovers love story. Now, Netflix and Shondaland are shaking things up a bit. Instead of showcasing Benedict Bridgerton’s (Luke Thompson) quest to find love, the show skips over book three, “An Offer From A Gentleman” (for now), to center fan favorites Penelope Featherington ( Nicola Coughlan ) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), whose romance was first spotlighted in the Quinn’s “Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.”

Eloise and Penelope had a massive blowout fight 

The Season 2 finale, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” was a shock for Peneople. During the episode, her inquisitive best friend, Eloise (Claudia Jesse), uncovered her alter ego, Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews). Though Penelope’s lie hurt Eloise, she was further enraged by Pen’s willingness to spread personal information about her and her family, which tarnished her reputation. During their gut-wrenching showdown, Eloise accused Penelope of “self-serving manipulation.” The whip-smart feminist told her ex-friend, “I wish never to see or speak to you again.” In the Season 3 trailer, Eloise is seen chatting with the vicious Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen), Penelope’s arch nemesis, so clearly they haven’t made up. 

Kathony lovers will be thrilled to glimpse the sultry couple’s married life. However, don’t expect to see eldest daughter Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor). Like her co-star Regé-Jean Page, who portrayed Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, in Season 1, Dynevor has exited the series. Thankfully, the characters still live on in the “Bridgerton” Universe. 

The Featheringtons have regained their social status 

The rift between Penelope and Eloise is only the beginning of Pen’s problems. With her mother, Portia (Polly Walker), regaining her footing in society after ousting their thieving cousin Jack (Rupert Young) from the family home, taking his money and shipping him back to America, the newsletter-writing gossip feels stifled. Desperate to distance herself from her mother and her insufferable sisters, Prudence (Bessie Carter) and Philippa (Harriet Cains), Penelope decides to strike out on her own. 

Penelope is ready to enter the marriage market

Since “Bridgerton” is set in the 19th century, there are few avenues for women to gain independence. Penelope decides that in order to protect her Lady Whistledown brand, she must find a husband. Unsurprisingly, years of being a wallflower doesn’t bode well for London’s grueling marriage market. 

Francesca Bridgerton has been recast 

Hannah Dodd is taking over the role of Francesca, the piano-loving sixth Bridgerton sibling. Ruby Stokes portrayed the character in the first two seasons of the show, but stepped away to pursue other opportunities. Now that Dodd is in the role, viewers will see a lot more of Francesca, since she’s officially making her debut in society. Eager fans can read Francesca’s love story in Quinn’s novel, “When He Was Wicked.” 

Penelope and Colin are on the outs

The Polin affair will take more than a bit of flirting and kissing to blossom. At the end of Season 2, Eloise wasn’t the only Bridgerton with whom Penelope was on the outs. During her mother’s lavish ball, she overheard Colin talking disparagingly about her, saying, “Are you mad? I would never dream of courting Penelope Featherington. Not in your wildest dreams.” Devastated and angered at her long-held crush, Penelope isn’t a part of Colin’s welcoming committee when he returns to London after a summer of globe-trotting. 

He’s stunned that Penelope is paying him dust. Uneasy about being sidelined in her life, Colin offers his services as a courting coach. As the ice around their friendship begins to thaw and Penelope blossoms under Colin’s tutelage, he realizes his feelings for her aren’t as platonic as he initially thought. 

Thus, my dear readers, you are now up to speed about everything you need to know before we dive into Polin’s romance. From what I understand, it’s supposed to be especially saucy.

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Below Deck Season 11, Episode 15 Recap: Kilt Bowling

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Welcome back to  Below Deck  Season 11, Episode 15. In this week’s episode, titled “We’ll Always Have Paris,” Dylan flirts with all the pretty young things on board while realizing that hooking up with a guest would get him fired. The interior department continues to butt heads with the chef , and Barbie is annoyed by Kyle’s literally “cheeky” behavior. Here are some of the highlights from Below Deck Season 11, Episode 15.

A yachting family comes aboard

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The charter guests who are coming today have their own yacht. They’re expecting “nothing but the best.”

“We haven’t really been challenged that much so far,” says Captain Kerry. “The team needs to step up a level. No more mistakes.”

When the guests arrive, Fraser shows them around. Their yacht in Newport Beach is “only” 62 feet. The St. David is nearly 197 feet. One of the guests claims to have “boat envy.”

“This is the kind of yachting I’m used to doing,” Fraser interviews. “Working for a family, they’ve been in yachting for a while. They have lots of money. They’re bringing their kids [and their friends] on board to congratulate them for being [shrugs] their own kids. They are not like other guests we’ve had this season. I’m finally happy to have a group on board that really know how to enjoy themselves politely.”

The guys on the boat immediately take note of all the pretty girls coming on board. This could be trouble.

Paris oversteps

The first activity is a beach picnic. Chef Nick is preparing sushi, and Fraser is in his face about the presentation. He wants Nick to use a certain plate and Nick doesn’t want to plate it at all. Let the chef be the chef, Fraser.

Paris is also having trouble with Nick. On the way to the beach picnic, she tells Ben, “He’s just really stubborn.” Nick does seem a little passive-aggressive at times, calling Paris “my third favorite stew.”

At the beach, Paris and Nick get off to a bad start fighting over space. Nick feels like she’s trying to “micromanage” him. “I’ve been doing this for a long time,” he interviews. He’s got “three stripes,” while Paris only has one.

Paris asks Nick if he’s going to plate the sushi or just put it on the table. “I don’t want to have to walk around with a tray for ten minutes, asking over and over again if anyone wants anything,” she says.

“Fraser told me,” Paris interviews, “the whole plan for the beach is that it’s going to be plated. So that’s what we’re f*cking doing.”

When Chef prepares to go back to the boat to work on dinner, Paris stops him. “Hang on, we haven’t even done mains yet,” she tells him. “So I would hold off on doing that.” She’s bossy for a single-striper.

“If Paris wants to take over,” Nick interviews, “I’m not gonna stop her. I’d rather that than have an argument in front of the guests.” He’s right, of course. He needs to get back to the boat to start dinner and has “no time for this f*cking sh*t.”

Conflict in the kitchen

Back on the boat, Captain asks Nick how everything went at the beach. Nick says he had everything set up the way he wanted, and Paris changed it. Kerry’s not pleased.

“When a chef comes to the beach,” Cap says, “he has the three stripes … A single-strip stew on the beach needs to adapt to the chef, not the other way around.”

Paris tells Fraser, “You didn’t come to the beach, bitch!” You talk to your boss that way, Paris?

“That bad?” he asks.

“It was embarrassing,” she says. She tells Fraser that she overrode the way he wanted to serve the sushi and that he left early. He had to get back and cook dinner. It just doesn’t land on the plates like magic, Paris.

Captain Kerry sits in the crew mess with Fraser. “So was there some confusion on the lunch today?” he asks.

Fraser doesn’t want to make trouble. So, after a hesitation, he tells the captain, “No dramas, no tragedies. Everything’s fine. That’s all that matters.”

Kerry knows Fraser’s holding back. He’s a “little concerned,” but he’ll deal with it later.

Chef Nick is plating grilled octopus for dinner. Yum, but octopuses are very intelligent animals. It doesn’t seem right to eat them.

Nick is proud of his plating, but Paris says, “Definitely needs a drizzle.”

“I just don’t have the time or the patience right now for Paris’ sh*t,” Nick interviews. He feels like she’s trying to take over the galley, and it’s not her job. “I don’t tell her how to scrub toilets,” he adds, sarcastically.

After dinner with the guests, Kerry stops by the galley to give an attaboy to the chef. “Guests loved it, I loved it,” he tells Nick.

Dylan flirts with the girls

Up on the sundeck, Dylan is flirting with the girls in the hot tub. They decide to play Truth or Dare and begin by telling the deckhand to take off his shirt and dance for them. He goes them one better and douses himself with water ala Flashdance. It’s not so sexy when he squeals when the cold water hits his chest.

He’s so tempted by them but reminds himself that hooking up with a guest is a fireable offense. He decides to play it safe and just gets their Instagrams instead.

The next morning he’s already sending DMs to the Primary’s daughter: “Last night was fun. Sucks charter ends today. Could have seen more dance water bottle moves.”

Ugh. Dylan’s a good-looking guy, but he’s socially awkward. When he opens his mouth, he ruins the whole picture. Like Sunny said a while back, “Shhh!”

The end of the charter

As Chef Nick is cooking breakfast in the kitchen, Paris is standing next to him telling him how to do it. Really?! She’s got a lot of nerve. Stay in your lane, girl. He’s a trained cook. I think he knows what he’s doing.

“She needs to back the f*ck off,” he interviews. I agree.

All too soon, the guests are saying goodbye. It was a short charter. Rob and Noreen, the primaries, are pleased with everything, including the food which was “divine.”

“Anytime you’re in Southern California, we’d love to host you all on our boat,” Rob says. “And we’ll be your crew!” And just like that, they’re gone.

At the tip meeting, Captain says, “Excellent job. We’ve got some areas to work on, like always.” The tip is $25,000, which is a lot for an overnight charter. Nice.

“That’s $1923 each,” Kerry says. “And we’ve got a free place to stay in California.”

Peace in the galley

As everyone goes back to work, Captain calls Paris to the wheelhouse. He’s not okay with a one-stripe telling a three-stripe what to do. He’s got to get to the bottom of it.

“Darling, please don’t get yourself fired,” Fraser says as Paris heads to her meeting.

“I want to talk about beach day,” Kerry says when Paris is seated. He’s got a problem with the way Paris is pushing Nick around. “He’s got three stripes on his shoulder. You’ve got one.” It’s not her place to argue with the chef.

Paris decides to throw Fraser under the bus. “When we’re organizing for the beach,” Paris says, “I’m being told by the Chief Stew, ‘This is how we’re plating.’ I assume that that’s been discussed with the chef.” She says they’ve been “butting heads” with him and it’s “frustrating.”

“He’s the chef,” Kerry says. Any disputes should be settled between the chief stew and him, not the rest of the team.

“You guys are not to be dragged into what’s going on between them two,” Kerry adds. “Stay professional.”

Next Kerry calls Fraser and Nick to the wheelhouse. “This communication breakdown between departments,” Kerry says. “I’m not f*cking having it.”

Fraser and Nick have got to work together. “I don’t need any stews telling [Nick] how to do his job.” He wants them to work together so they both know exactly what’s happening.

“I don’t give a sh*t if you like each other or not,” Kerry says. There’s one charter left. He’s done with the nonsense.

Fraser agrees that they should plan every meal before the charter, and he’ll run all meal services going forward with his staff. He and Nick fist-bump each other and go back to work.

Willies gone wild

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Everyone’s getting ready to go out. Kyle’s wearing his kilt, which I think is super hot. And, of course, he’s naked underneath. Scotsmen don’t wear anything under their kilts. That’s why the Scottish lassies love a windy day.

Barbie’s not into it. “Kyle, that’s not hot,” she says. Girl, did you never watch Outlander?! Come ON!

“I love you so much,” she adds. “But I like this part of you,” indicating his waistband up.

“What’s wrong with that?” he asks, gesturing toward his lower half.

She admits in a confessional that she’s “nervous about the kilt.” He’s not wearing anything underneath, and he likes to show his “situation.”

“I actually love that she hates it,” Kyle laughs. “I can just wind her up now with it.”

They’re off for an evening of bowling. Kyle finishes with a spare, and Ben says, “Stillie, get your willy out!” And he flashes both front and back, much to Barbie’s embarrassment.

“Sorry, not sorry,” Kyle says.

“Stop doing that,” Barbie tells him.

“Deal with it,” Kyle responds.

Barbie worries about how her family will respond. Did you know Barbie was raised in Argentina and her family’s really conservative? Enough already, Barbie. Live your life and don’t worry so much about your dad.

Finally, Kyle admits he doesn’t want to make Barbie feel uncomfortable, and he agrees not to flash anyone again.

Barbie’s developed feelings for him. She’s not sure what the future holds. But he’s not Jewish, and he can’t provide the kind of life that she wants. She doesn’t think her family will accept him.

Below Deck , Season 11 continues Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo.


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Boats still aren't safe from orcas as the Mediterranean yachting season kicks off and killer whales sink another yacht

  • Killer whales took down another yacht on Monday as the Mediterranean yachting season begins.
  • It's the latest incident of orcas clashing with boats, which has been on the rise in recent years.
  • Marine biologists say the orcas are likely playing and may be learning the behavior from each other.

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The Mediterranean yachting season has kicked off for the summer — and it didn't take long for another yacht to fall victim to a killer whale encounter .

A group of orcas sank a 50-foot sailing yacht in Moroccan waters on Sunday in the latest of several similar incidents involving the highly social species that have occurred over the past four years.

An unknown number of orcas were involved in the incident, which took place in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain's maritime rescue service said Monday, according to Reuters .

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The incident is the most recent in a spate of bizarre orca encounters with boats that have been on the rise in recent years, primarily in Mediterranean waters south of Spain, where many yachts cruise during the summer months.

Two passengers were on board the Alboran Cognac around 9 a.m. local time on Sunday when they felt sudden hits to the hull and rudder, Reuters reported, citing the maritime service. Water soon started to pour into the yacht.

A nearby oil tanker came to the people's rescue, saving them from the waterlogged ship and delivering them to land.

But the yacht wasn't as lucky. The Alboran Cognac stayed adrift for a time until it ultimately sank.

Since 2020, hundreds of similar encounters between boats and orcas have been documented off the southern coasts of Spain and Portugal, often near the Strait of Gibraltar. And it's not just yachts. The orcas have also rammed into sailboats, and some mariners have even created heavy-metal playlists in hopes of deterring the killer whales — though experts say it'll do little to help .

Researchers say the clashes typically follow a similar pattern, with a killer whale repeatedly ramming into the rudder of a ship, often until it breaks and the boat is stranded. Most of the time, the ships are able to escape with minimal damage, but several boats have sunk .

While the so-called orca "attacks" may appear violent, marine biologists have said it's unlikely the encounters are actually malicious. Several experts told Business Insider last year that the orcas are probably just playing .

Andrew Trites, director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia in Canada, said ramming into the boats may simply be a "playful activity that's gotten way out of hand."

Researchers have also said the killer whales may be learning the behavior from each other through simple imitation.

Watch: Billionaire's $20 million plan to send orca home after 50 years in captivity

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In a recent exclusive, we revealed that the name of the Below Deck Season 4 yacht will be superyacht VALOUR. Now, in a further exclusive, we can unveil her real name, and show some previously unseen photographs of her interior.

Following Bravo TV's tradition of naming yachts after 'Homeric' Greek mythology, the forthcoming Below Deck Season 4 superyacht VALOUR is in actual fact the 47m/154ft motor yacht BG .

A sophisticated and modern motor yacht  built by the prestigious Dutch shipyard  Feadship , she possess a quality which is the yachting equivalent of a Rolls Royce. Bringing together the very best in luxury amenities in a highly styled environment, her interior decor is entirely contemporary and her outdoor areas are designed to keep up with the very best superyachts.

Her refit in 2015 was coordinated by Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, the celebrity architect and interior designer who established Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. With considerable experience in high-end residential interior design, and an extensive knowledge of the marine lifestyle, her signature use of colour and space makes BG every inch the ideal superyacht.

With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the yacht was chosen for Below Deck season 4. Indeed, it offers a suitably glamorous setting for the latest crew to treat their guests in, and showcases perfectly why private yacht charter is the most exclusive and desirable vacation choice. As we revealed in an earlier article, Below Deck Season 4 was shot around the stunning waters of the British Virgin Isles . 

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Like all of the other yachts featured on Below Deck, the yacht in season 4 is available to rent for private luxury yacht charter vacations

Unlike the clasically themed interior of the 46m/150ft motor yacht Ionian Princess  featured in the Below Deck spin-off  Below Deck Mediterranean , motor yacht BG exudes a modern charm, and employs an incredibly bright colour scheme to complement the soft and comfortable furnishings.

Working to create a ‘Hampton Beach House’ theme, the work Dee Dee Eustace carried out in the interior utilises designer fabrics and timeless furnishings to complement the expertly refined layout.

Indeed, her long main salon features an impressive symmetrical arrangement which nicely emphasises the space inside, and will certainly provide the perfect space for the amplified drama viewers have come to expect from the franchise.

Adjacent to the main salon, the dining room features an appropriately styled patina and rosewood table to ensure all guests enjoy their meals, and features a custom built wine wardrobe capable of storing up to 120 bottles of wine.

The master suite on the main deck has received the same refreshing treatment, with a comfortable seating area and a hugely voluminous en-suite feeling more like a penthouse apartment than simply a bedroom.

Each of her 5 other guest suites are similarly well designed and provide exceptional accommodation for up to 12 guests- a perfect arrangement for both families and small parties.

Inflatable slide attached to superyacht BG

The exterior spaces of luxury yacht BG are just as impressive- here, guests are able to take advantage of expansive sunpads and a sizeable table for some outstanding al fresco dining.

Sure to keep the cast of Below Deck Season 4 ultra-busy is the Jacuzzi located on the upper deck. Perfectly situated for taking in oceanic views whilst enjoying a soak, the guests will certainly be after a crew capable of bringing out drinks and fresh towels at a moment’s notice.

Furthermore, the spacious dining and entertaining area on the bridge deck aft boasts a large projector screen for guests to enjoy a movie after dark.

Steps on both the port and starboard side of the aft deck provide convenient access to the full beam swim platform which is nicely extended for greater access to the water. From this platform guests are able to effortlessly board tenders, begin playing with her catalogue of towable water toys, or simply dive into the ocean to cool off.

At the Palm Beach Boat Show this year, YachtCharterFleet boarded superyacht BG following the filming of Below Deck Season 4, and will be releasing a full review shortly.

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FOX Sports Goes Marching into Network’s 11 th Super Bowl Broadcast with Super Bowl LIX in New Orleans  

LOS ANGELES – Following a celebrated 30 th season of presenting award-winning NFL coverage and entering a supercharged year that will culminate on FOX with Super Bowl LIX live from New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2025 , FOX Sports today announces its broadcast schedule for the 2024 NFL regular season.

FOX Sports’ highly anticipated 31 st season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 8, with an exclusive doubleheader and new lead broadcast team featuring returning FOX NFL play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt alongside seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady in his analyst debut. Burkhardt and Brady are joined by veteran reporters Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi on the call for Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns in AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK.

For the first time in FOX Sports history, AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK will showcase a rematch of Super Bowl opponents when the San Francisco 49ers host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. Last season, AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK attracted its largest audience since 2015 and ranked as the No. 1 program in all of television for the 15th straight year among Adults 18-49, per Nielsen Media Research.

FOX’s fully loaded 18-week slate across the 2024 regular season features appearances from a powerhouse lineup of NFC teams, including the Dallas Cowboys (9), San Francisco 49ers (8), Detroit Lions (8), Philadelphia Eagles (8), Green Bay Packers (8) and New York Giants (8).

Super Bowl LIX marks FOX’s  11 th broadcast of the NFL’s big game – more than any other network in the last 30 years – and arrives two years after FOX Sports’ critically acclaimed presentation of Super Bowl LVII in Arizona, where the Kansas City Chiefs topped the Philadelphia Eagles (38–35) in the game’s final moments.


  • Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns (Week 1)
  • Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys (Week 3)
  • Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys (Week 6)
  • Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers – Super Bowl LVIII Rematch (Week 7)
  • Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Week 9)
  • San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (Week 12)
  • Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (Week 17)

FOX NFL 2024 Regular Season Highlights:

  • FOX NFL’s unrivaled slate of regular season games gets even bigger with a new game on Saturday, Dec. 21 , when the Baltimore Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:30 PM ET.
  • Thanksgiving Day football and the NFL’s annual “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” return Thursday, Nov. 28, at 4:30 PM ET on FOX and FOX Deportes when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants. FOX Sports’ 2022 Thanksgiving Day game – its last featuring the two franchises and which saw the Cowboys beat the Giants (28-20), stands as the most-watched NFL regular season game on record with an average audience of 42.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
  • FOX’s time-honored tradition of anchoring FOX NFL SUNDAY from a military installation on Veterans Day weekend continues this year on Sunday, Nov. 10. This year’s show will be hosted from Naval Base San Diego, the world’s second largest surface ship naval base, and feature the FOX NFL SUNDAY cast participating in special trainings with U.S. Navy SEALs.

Click here to view and download the 2024 FOX NFL regular season broadcast schedule.


FOX NFL coverage begins each Sunday at 11:00 AM ET with FOX NFL KICKOFF followed by FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s most-watched NFL pregame show since 1994, at 12:00 PM ET.

FOX NFL SUNDAY features the only NFL pregame show desk comprised entirely of Pro Football Hall of Fame analysts. The show and its full cast were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2019.


Beyond televised network games, FOX Sports offers fans the ability to stream NFL games on the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com, where they can also consume scores, stats, standings and odds, plus a full suite of written and video content, including highlights and analysis from FOX Sports’ unparalleled roster of expert personalities.

FOX Sports also serves fans through social media, where @NFLonFOX channels reach over 10.2 million followers with custom, bespoke social content for platforms like Facebook, X, Instagram and TikTok. THE NFL ON FOX PODCAST, available on the FOX Sports app, YouTube, Spotify, Apple and wherever podcasts are consumed, delivers a one-of-a-kind digital experience, with new episodes dropping four days a week, melding together the iconic FOX cast of on-air talent and NFL legends.


FOX Deportes returns with dedicated Spanish-language NFL coverage throughout the season and is scheduled to air select games beginning with one preseason game and four regular season games including New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Oct. 20 , Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Dec. 21, and Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Dec. 29 .  The network’s playoff slate includes one NFC Wild Card Game, one NFC Divisional Game, the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LIX.

In accordance with the league’s flexible scheduling policy, this year’s FOX NFL broadcast schedule is subject to change.

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Orcas again sink yacht near Strait of Gibraltar as high-risk season looms

Two people were rescued after orcas hit the roughly 50-foot Alboran Cognac 14 miles off the coast of Morocco, the 26th orca encounter in the region this year.

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The boat-sinking orcas are back.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday near the Strait of Gibraltar, two people on board the roughly 50-foot Alboran Cognac reported blows to the vessel’s hull and saw damage to the rudder as water flowed into the ship, Spain’s maritime rescue agency said.

An unknown number of killer whales had struck again, after hundreds of such encounters in recent years.

Over the radio, responders told the two individuals to put on their life jackets, make sure their GPS locaters were turned on and prepare for emergency evacuation. In the meantime, Spanish and Moroccan rescue agencies began urgently working to save them, locating a nearby oil tanker and electing not to dispatch a helicopter.

After about an hour, that tanker rescued the pair 14 miles off Cape Spartel in northern Morocco, the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Agency (SASEMAR) said in a news release. The boat was left adrift and soon sank.

Spain-based Alboran Charter confirmed its ownership of the sunken vessel and said the individuals were customers. The company declined to say more about what happened or who the clients were.

Iberian orcas sinking a ship is not new. Over the past four years, at least 15 orcas have interacted with hundreds of boats sailing in the waters off Portugal, Spain and Morocco, sinking a handful of vessels in seemingly coordinated ambushes. Some ships have been found with teeth marks; others appear to have been rammed by an orca’s head or body.

On average, there have been 168 interactions each year since 2020, according to Grupo de Trabajo Orca Atlántica, or GTOA, a research group studying the region’s killer whales. GTOA has tracked 26 interactions so far this year, down from 61 through a similar time frame in 2023.

It’s not clear why the orcas have recently bumped, bitten and sank vessels. Some scientists say they are simply being playful, or maybe are curious, or perhaps are coming after boats because of a loss of prey. A handful say the actions could actually be gratifying to the whales.

A leading theory, though, is one of vengeance.

This idea, advanced by a scientist who has studied the encounters, posits that a female orca suffered a traumatic run-in with a boat that led her to start attacking the vessels. And because orcas are intelligent marine mammals that learn behaviors like hunting together, others followed.

But there is disagreement over this theory.

Some scientists argue that the incidents shouldn’t be called “attacks” without knowing the whales’ motives. They fear that label could prompt retaliation by boaters, calling it potentially “harmful” to the critically endangered species with just a few dozen members.

“Science cannot yet explain why the Iberian orcas are doing this, although we repeat that it is more likely related to play/socialising than aggression,” a group of more than 30 scientists wrote in an open letter last summer. “ … When we are at sea, we are in the realm of marine life. We should not punish wildlife for being wild.”

The letter explained that orcas have been observed developing “cultural ‘fads,’” including carrying dead fish on their heads, and the incidents with the boats may be nothing more than a “fashion trend.”

SASEMAR warned that the risk of the encounters is highest between May and August, recommending that boats avoid the area between the Strait of Gibraltar to the Gulf of Cádiz to its west. It added that if a boat comes across orcas, it should not stop moving, and instead should head toward the coast and shallower waters. People should not approach the side of the boat and are barred from using measures that could injure or kill the whales.

“It is possible the behaviour, as previous fads have,” the scientists wrote, “will disappear as suddenly as it appeared.”

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