Tatler recently published an article entitled Yacht Guide 2015, which listed a handful of the types of personalities you are likely to find on board a super yacht. With a bit of experience in this field, I thought I would share some further characters and truths about the luxury super yachting industry – an industry like no other.
Whilst reading Tatler’s article, writer Hugo Rifkind brought to my attention the varied characters you do meet whilst working on board a super yacht, such as the ‘terrifying oligarch’ owner or enraged yacht chef. When I first moved to France, I worked a very short season on board vessels of various sizes from 20m to 80m and I soon discovered that a life at sea wasn’t for me. Was it me or my crew members, I found myself wondering as I scrolled down the page.
To the outside world, it is an industry that oozes luxury, glitz, glamour, fame and fortune, while for us, those who have been in the industry for a few years, we know a little bit more about how this industry works (wink).
During my time on board I did come across a range of interesting individuals and, using Tatler’s article as a starting point, I would like to share a few more characters that you are also likely to meet whilst working in this intriguing industry.
Over the course of the week we will reveal a new character each day, but I thought I would start with a ‘type’ I know the most about.
The perfect chief stewardess
She is usually fiercely good looking and has annoyingly perfect attention to detail. She is of somewhere between the age of 25 and 45, however, you can’t quite tell. You are never quite sure if she is going to laugh or yell, but when she calls your name you sprint quickly and quietly – service on board a superyacht is meant to be invisible so Sir and Madam must never know you are or were even there…
Her priority is the owner and his guests, ensuring their experience on board is nothing but seamless. Her hair is always immaculately tied back with minimal make-up and perfume (this is how the boss likes it), and she is as pale as a ghost even though she works back to back summer seasons. She spends most of her time (except on the odd crew night out) on board and inside, ensuring everything is working like clockwork.
She has tried to leave the yachting industry on many occasions, however, every time she leaves the boss offers her another generous package and she decides to stay for ‘one more’ season. She is, of course, still looking for the ‘one’ and although she is yet to find him, maybe this summer will be when she meets her Prince Charming.
Check in daily to find out more about some of the other characters found in the yachting industry.
To read the original Tatler article, please click here.
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