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Aigua Sea School – Summer Fun. Play Safe.

The summer of 2018 was arguably a late arrival to the Mediterranean. Whilst those of us who live and work here, the delay was almost welcome, and we had longer to prepare for the basking heat of July and August. It’s been said that the late arrival of summer will …

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The Training Record Book (TRB) Your Guide

The Training Record Book is part of the qualification requirements for Yacht Ratings and OOW (Y) candidates. It must be presented to the examiner when you sit your oral examination. Exemption is given to OOW (Y) candidates who have 1095 (36 months) actual days at sea on vessels over 24 …

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Managing Your Stakeholders!

Whether in the yard, getting ready for the season or in the full throes of a busy charter, managing your many stakeholders is a key component of being a Captain. Much like the conductor of an orchestra, a Captain must direct and synchronise these stakeholders. It can mean the difference …

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The Smart Laundry

Such a small room… with so much potential for things to go wrong! Only a small percentage of yachts are fortunate enough (or large enough) to hire professionally trained dedicated laundry personnel… leaving untrained crew in charge much of the time. But, you might ask, how complicated can laundry possibly …

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Travel Insurance Advice From Topsail Insurance

Does your travel insurance cover you whilst sailing offshore? Despite best laid plans, things sometimes do go wrong when sailing. No matter how much training we’ve had, conditions can conspire to throw our journey into chaos – sometimes with embarrassing or costly consequences. It is at times like these that …

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Greenhorn Corner With Calibre Crew

Hello happy hunters! As we fully kick the season off, we see more and more green crew excitedly getting their first jobs. Celebratory beers down the pub, packing your bags and moving onboard, you’ve stepped up into the working world. This is what it’s all about. Salary to be paid, …

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The Yacht Rating Certificate

As part of their safe manning requirements, some yachts (usually over 200 GT) require certain crew to have a minimum certification level of Yacht Rating Certificate (YRC). Even if you don’t need a Yacht Rating Certificate for your current yacht, it is worth your while getting one. Often yachts ask …

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Mindfulness – What’s It All About?

Perhaps we should start by defining the term mindfulness. According to the publication “Mindful: healthy mind, healthy living”, mindfulness is: “…the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Put …

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Empowering Interior Crew

Do you think we ask too much from our Interior Crew? I do.   Right or wrong, our industry generally expects them to be young, fit, attractive, personable and great with guest service. As if that weren’t enough, we also task them with taking care of fragile luxury surfaces that …

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