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Keep your head above water - Mental Health challenges as a crew member

Working on a yacht can be a great experience and an amazing way to make a living, doing what you love. But it comes with its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to mental health. Not only can life at sea be isolating, but there's also the physical demands of the job and the ever-present danger of accidents. In this blog post, we'll explore how to take care of your mental health as yacht crew and why it's so important for both you and your vessel. By heading to the Yotspot FAQ page, you get a real impression of the monetary benefits of working in the yachting industry. Despite the lure of financial reward, working in yachting has taken a toll on crew members mental health: over half report their wellbeing decreased during service and one-in-five are current...

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Stories of Success - Women in Yachting Forum Event by Pearls of Wisdom

While working on yachts can be exciting and rewarding in so many ways, it is also a challenging industry to leave. Yachting immerses you into a completely different world; for some, it can be hard to fit back into that 'real world.' But fear not; for women in the yachting industry today, Pearls of Wisdom can help. Founded by Cherise Reedman, the community and network are helping yacht crew transition out of the industry. They are bringing women in yachting who are going through the process of trying to reinstate their land legs together. With a year of successful and inspiring events under her belt, Cherise is hosting the next event on March 31st, which will be at the Harbour Hotel in Southampton.    Past events have seen women, at all stages of their yachting c...

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Still Cruising But Are Crew Salaries Taking a Dip?

Are you feeling your salary taking a dip while you're out at sea? Don't worry, you're not alone. From our records, it looks like the yachting industry has seen a decrease in salaries across the board. So what's causing this dip? Let's dive into why crew salaries are on the decline and how we can combat this issue.    The Yacht Industry is Feeling the 'Crunch'  It's no secret that the yachting industry is feeling the crunch from rising expenses. As costs for crews, maintenance, fuel, and more increase, owners are forced to find ways to keep their budget under control. One way they do this is by cutting back on crew salaries. While some owners may be able to get away with it for now, in the long run this could have serious repercussions for boats and businesses alike.&nb...

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Danger of Piracy - Guidelines for Yachts

International Regulations Commission – October 2022                                                             Item 3(d)   Danger of Piracy - Guidelines for yachts   This update intended for Yacht Skippers who may be considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters including the NW Indian Ocean north of 5° S and west of 60° E.   It is the fifth notice to be published by World Sailing (formerly ISAF) on this subject and is based on no...

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Around the world in weird and wonderful Christmas traditions

  By Georgia Tindale  It has to be said, one of the true strengths of the yachting industry can be found in its international makeup.  Although some countries are particularly good at recruiting superyacht crew – here's looking at you South Africa – more often than not, a superyacht crew is made up of individuals who hail from all different corners of the globe, bringing together a rich wealth of experience which benefits everyone on board. To celebrate this, here we look at some of the most interesting and unusual Christmas traditions from all around the world.   Hiding brooms in Norway  Perhaps an overly familiar item to those who work in yacht interiors, the humble sweeping brush takes on a brand new meaning around Christmas time if yo...

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Insight: How to navigate the festive season on board a yacht

By Georgia Tindale With its twinkling lights, turkeys, singing and snow, Christmas is often dubbed 'the most wonderful time of the year'. However, the lived reality of Christmas and the wider festive season for those working on board a superyacht can be a little more complicated.  Far away from family, friends and one's support network, however much crew enjoy both their work, and the hugely memorable travel experiences which are facilitated by spending prolonged periods on board, Christmas can feel like a very isolating time when you're thousands of miles away from those you love and care most about. Following our recent article on suicide prevention and mental health awareness, here we look at a few ways in which you can keep yourself safe and well ...

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A typical day on a Superyacht!

The typical day on a superyacht can vary greatly depending on the specific vessel, the location, and the needs of the guests. However, there are a few common elements that are likely to be part of a typical day on a superyacht. One of the key responsibilities of the crew on a superyacht is to ensure that the guests have a memorable and enjoyable experience. This can involve a range of tasks, such as preparing and serving meals, organizing activities and excursions, and providing top-notch service. In addition to serving the guests, the crew on a superyacht also has a range of other duties to attend to. This can include tasks such as cleaning and maintaining the vessel, handling the vessel's navigation and communication systems, and performing any necessary repairs or maintenance...

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Diversity in the yachting industry

Diversity is an important issue in any industry, and the yachting industry is no exception. Despite the luxurious and exclusive image often associated with yachting, the reality is that the industry is made up of a diverse range of people from all walks of life. However, the yachting industry has historically been dominated by white, wealthy individuals, and there have been concerns about the lack of diversity within the industry. This lack of diversity can have a range of negative impacts, including the exclusion of underrepresented groups and the failure to tap into the full range of talent and perspectives that the industry has to offer. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to promote diversity and inclusion in the yachting industry. This has incl...

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Below Deck vs Yachting Reality

Below Deck" is a popular reality television series that follows the lives of the crew members who work on luxury yachts, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and drama that unfold onboard. The show, which airs on the Bravo network, has been a hit with viewers since its debut in 2013 and has spawned several spin-off series, including "Below Deck Mediterranean" and "Below Deck Sailing Yacht." The show follows a rotating cast of crew members, including the captain, chief stewardess, and deckhands, as they work to provide top-notch service to their demanding and often eccentric guests. Each season takes place on a different yacht and features a new set of crew members, allowing viewers to see a range of different yachting experiences and destinations. Despite its popularity...

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The future of automation in the yachting industry

As technology continues to advance, automation is likely to play a significant role in shaping the future of the yachting industry. From automated navigation systems to robots that can assist with maintenance and cleaning, the use of automation could help to make yachting more efficient, cost-effective, and safe. One area where automation is already making an impact is in the development of autonomous vessels. Autonomous yachts are equipped with sensors, cameras, and other technologies that allow them to navigate and operate without a human crew. While these vessels are still in the early stages of development, they have the potential to revolutionize the yachting industry by making it more accessible and cost-effective for people to experience the joys of sailing. In addition t...

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