We’ve all imagined what it’d be like to live that millionaire lifestyle. Spending all of our time on hugely expensive luxury yachts, enjoying the finer things and just letting life happen – that’s the life, eh? Well, while we can’t give you any pointers on how to bolster that bank balance, what we can do is give you some advice that’s almost as good. What would you say if you were given the option to take control of a luxury yacht for an entire journey? By becoming delivery crew, that’s exactly what you can do. Obviously you need qualifications and experience before a yacht owner, brokerage company or sales office will let you loose on a highly expensive yacht, but it is possible. Read more
It’s that time of year again, when many of us are scrambling to eat more healthily and somehow avoid the inevitable Christmas credit card bill. But amongst all of that, we’re also making our New Year’s resolutions: promises to ourselves about the goals or objectives we want to achieve during 2015. If you’re still pondering over yours, or you’re looking to add to your existing list, have you considered sailing? Whether you’re totally new to the concept or you’ve been tossing the idea around for a while, sailing can be one of the most exciting and rewarding New Year’s resolutions you can make – and, unlike that whole ‘quitting sugar’ thing, it’s a resolution you won’t want to give up. Let’s find out more about what makes sailing such an addictive pastime, and how you can get involved this new year. Read more
Powerboats and motor cruisers are generally great fun. However, you should not assume that because you can drive a car that these are easy beasts to handle. There are other considerations which really affect their handling abilities such as the tide and wind. Learning to drive either a power or motor boat involves an understanding of these variables and experiencing how they affect the vessel.
The term power and motor can mean the same thing but with regard to training, there are some differences:
Powerboats – small day boats, up to about 10metres in length. These may have either outboard engines, jet engines or inboard engines. They generally will not have any facilities like toilets, bunks, cookers etc. They are ideally used for fishing, day trips to the beach and water sports. Read more
Flotilla holidays are great fun. Spend a week or two on a sailing yacht with either your family or a few friends and sail around beautiful places with support from professional crew. The idea behind a flotilla holiday is a social sailing experience. Be by yourselves as much as you want and socialise in the evenings, if you so wish. The common misconception is that flotillas are for inexperienced sailors….. As an ex flotilla skipper, I have welcomed very experienced sailors to the fleet. Most people choose to sail with a group because it is fun and social. Read more
Most of us have done some first aid training in our respective work places. However, it may have been a while and a refresher is not a bad idea. Every year families and friends venture out on the water without checking the first aid supplies or if anyone onboard has the knowledge to deal with an accident. You may say to yourself ‘I only go a few miles off the coast so it doesn’t matter’ or ‘its the charter boat company’s responsibility to ensure the first aid kit is up to date’. However, if you are taking a boat out as the skipper it is your responsibility to ensure someone onboard has training and the first aid kit supplies are adequate. Read more
The yachting industry lures thousands of new recruits every year. Hopeful of getting highly paid jobs and travelling the world, they are drawn to the yachting hubs around the globe. Some are highly successful in their quest and others waste a great deal of their funds and end up returning home with not much more than the odd day or two on board a superyacht cleaning.
If you are serious about working on a yacht then you need to do your research first. Whether you are applying to work as a stewardess, deckhand, chef or engineer you will still need to have some basic qualifications. Read more
As the Skipper of a yacht, whether it be your own or a charter boat, do you always give your crew a safety brief? Some do and I know some don’t. I have seen charter skippers take off for a week of sailing and not giving even the basic safety information to their very inexperienced crew. To some of us, it is obvious why you should give a safety brief and to others it is all too often deemed as not necessary. Here are my top reasons why you should. Read more
Sailing Into Retirement
For many of us, retirement is a time when we’re able to sit back, relax and indulge in new experiences – as well as the things we already love. When it comes to concocting ideas about exactly what to try out, there are a few usual suspects: travel the world, do a spot of gardening, or perhaps write a novel. But have you ever considered sailing in your retirement? If you’re on the lookout for a new pastime, here are five reasons that we think sailing should be at the top of your list. Read more
Being a company run by women who sail, we thought it would be an idea to speak to some of the Team SCA members and find out about their early sailing experiences, training & inspirations. With the help of Annaleisha Rae (Travelling Press Officer) we managed to ask some questions. Sophie Ciszek & Sara Hastrieter kindly provide us with some answers. Thank you to all of Team SCA for being such an inspiration. Read more
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