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Crew Matters

Crew Training

The 2020 Mediterranean yachting season is not far away and many of you will be starting to think about job opportunities. I’ve put this article together for those of you that are new to the industry, looking for your first job. It can feel like a daunting task. You should prepare …

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Feedback is a gift…

Feedback. Do you know where the term comes from? NASA. Feedback was how the team at mission control could see where their rocket was in relation to the planned trajectory. If you think about it, that’s still the purpose of feedback. We plan a trajectory and then our manager and …

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Transiting the Panama Canal

2019 ended with an interesting adventure for me. Before transiting from the old to the new year I had the opportunity to transit the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The Lagoon 620 “Plan B” was moored in Shelter Bay Marina, Colon. It’s a nicely manicured place …

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2020 Vision

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – author of ‘The Little Prince and hero fighter pilot who perished in World War II famously said and as we draw closer to the year 2020 it has me thinking about clarity of vision. If ever there …

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Need help?

I often see posts in the yachting groups, or hear crew talking about issues with unpaid wages, difficult captains or bullying, among other things. People can easily feel helpless and isolated, not knowing where to turn for help. Many crew are young people and may not have experience in dealing …

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Aigua Sea School sets sail in a new direction

One voyage comes to an end … another begins! The journey that began 14 years ago is now charting a new course. Aigua Sea School is closing, but exciting new opportunities are opening up. I’m really proud of everything the amazing Aigua Sea School team has achieved. The evidence is …

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Clear communications through the Holy Book

Two months ago while the season in the Med was coming to a definite end, we signed a new client. The owner of a Lagoon 620 was referred to Invisible Crew by his captain. I had interviewed the captain 10 months earlier for another position. At the end of the …

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Retaining Crew

Crew are at the heart of any vessel’s success. However beautifully designed a vessel, however comprehensive the safety equipment; it is down to the crew’s attitudes, behaviours and integrity as to how it all works in practice. An owner or charter guest’s experience is so much more than the nuts …

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Are you ready for Yachtmaster Motor?

Motor yachts are a very different beasts compared to sailing craft. To some extent they are easier to handle, as they are generally fitted with twin engines and thrusters, with the vantage point of a flybridge which provides great visibility. They are however less forgiving when things don’t go to …

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