The truth about crew dinners......

Crew dinners are rarely drama free events as hidden tensions of all kinds raise up when drinks start to go down and inhibitions disappear into the night.      The time to celebrate seasonal success invariably becomes a drunk fest associated with teary eyes , twisted ankles, crew altercations, lost phones, wallets, purses and shameful Facebook postings and awkward crew mess chat about the nights events.     When crew clicks divide dinner  tables and secret lovers play footsies and make out in the shadows and the established couples begin to steer towards the rocks as forgotten love drifts apart.     The best part about > more

Get the inside track on the Yachtmaster Exam, from an RYA Examiner

Most students find any examination process stressful, and the Yachtmaster unfortunately is no exception. Stress can only be lessened if you are well prepared, and have some expectation of what will be required of you. Hopefully, this post will help with the latter!As an RYA Examiner, my goal is to try to get the candidates to perform to their best ability during the exam, and I try to do this by communicating as effectively as possible.  I will always strive to ensure that the student understands what I have requested, but if in any doubt, YOU must be clear on > more

TIME TO GET YOUR PBIBS ON! 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

     It is that time of year again, PBIBS returns to the Palm Beaches!  The Palm Beach International Boat Show has arrived again!  So, if you make the long haul from Ft. Liquordale to the show in Palm Beach leave your backpack at home they will not allow you into the show with one this year, heightened security you know.  Admission is $20 at the gate and only $18 online presales.  The boat show this year claims to have an unpredecented amount of boat and yacht companies on display from fishing boats to high performace racing sailboats, schooners and > more

SLOBS, SNOBS AND KNOBS

     The yachting industry is filled with fascinating personalities and cultures from around the world.  If you have the luxury of being a freelancer you will get exposed to many of these crew members from different backgrounds, and subsequently their slobby, snobby and knobby habits. So, far the two messiest cabins are chief stewardesses and engineers.  Go figure, the ones that have to keep either the whole boat or the whole ECR and engine room spotless and ready for use and inspection at all times, so my belief is that they just give up by the time it comes to their > more

Unicorns & good engineers

Let's face it engineers are cut from a different stone, forever serious the engineer wears a frown and is focused on what's about to fail and needs to be done. I recall a story about a concerned mother that took her 4 year old son to the doctor. Long story short her son aligned toy cars and trucks in straight lines, first by make, then by model and finally but color. This boy needed to see inside everything even if that meant breaking things into pieces and moving onto the next fascinating challenge. After a few minutes of listening the doctor stopped > more

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

  As expected, the final day of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous opened with sun, then passing rain showers followed by pure sunshine. Stiff winds made a quick affair of the counter-clockwise course around the island with winds reaching 31 knots across the deck on the upwind leg (20 knots true).   In Class B, the battle was on with Wisp and Marie, both vying for the trophy, but it was Marie’s two point lead that was the difference when Wisp crossed ahead only getting one back. Marie won the regatta. In Class B, P2 was able to hold off > more

Barefoot career blunder

Each time you step forward with bare feet inside shipyards and at marinas you take a giant step backwards in your career.  When crew are walking around barefoot they need to realize that potential employers are everywhere.  Today at the shipyard I saw at least 4 crew meandering barefoot, looking sloppy, unsafe and very unprofessional.  > more

How to read a cocktail recipe

 How to read a Cocktail recipe 1. Become familiar with jiggers. Jiggers are the most basic bar tool for any beginner. The smaller end would vary from a "pony" or 1 oz (30 mL) to a typical "shot" or 1 1/2 oz (45 mL), while the larger end would hold up to 2 oz (60 mL). Be aware that a jigger measurement is the same as a shot. British jiggers uses the metric system instead of imperial, so the standard measurement on a jigger is 25 mL and 50 mL on both ends. 2. Note the different sizes of shot > more

Dream job nightmare

I scored a dream job in the Mediterranean which swiftly became a nightmare.   The captain fancied female crew, persecuted male crew which had bigger stones than him.  Frequent crew change meant nobody new the boat and important maintenance was missed.  Crew where so concerned about the weird mood swings of the old man they locked cabin doors at night and avoided dealing with him. A trip to the wheelhouse was like listening to a broken record. The Captain quite literally had voices in his head. Emails from the Captain where rambles, that where poorly assembled at zero dark thirty because this guy had the > more

2014 ACYS Concours de Chef

Once again, it was a tough competition between yacht chefs in this years Antigua Charter Yacht Show's Concours de Chef. This year's theme was a Gourmet Caribbean dinner totally gluten-free. As part of the competition, stewardesses competed in the Tablescaping Competition that highlight the pineapple, and boy were the imaginations creative.  After three days of judging in three categories — yachts 160 feet and greater, 100 to 159 feet and less than 100 feet — the decision wasn't handed down until a few hours before the award ceremony. Sponsored by Dockwalk, ShowBoats, Boat International Media, Charterfleet.com, Champagne Nicolas feuillatte, Liat > more

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