Interview with Natalie Boddy
How long did you work in yachting?
I didn’t work long in the yachting industry really. I was one of the lucky ones who basically did a lot of relief work.
Can you tell me about your yachting career – highlights and low points?
I had a few jobs here, there and everywhere. Some were really short, just weekends and others were much longer. It was a good time for me and I enjoyed it because it was relief work! As for the highlights, I liked how we all worked as a team. That was really, really good. I also came across some great crew and captains and the guests we had on board were always very respectful too. The low points were being away. I especially found it hard to be away from my boyfriend.
How did you know it was time for you to make the move to land?
I knew it was time to make the move to land when I fell pregnant!
What was the most difficult thing about the transition?
The most difficult thing about transitioning from the yachts to land was being back in normal home life again. It was hard not being on the sea, not being able to get away or travel. I really missed the travelling more than I expected I would. My boyfriend and I actually had a sailing boat before I joined the yachting industry and so I was used to getting out on the sea but when you have a child things change and I didn’t get to go out sailing much after that.
What was the best thing about it?
The best thing about being on the yachts was the travelling of course. I had come from Australia and my previous experience was in London where I also got to travel a lot but with the yachts you got paid to do it. Even though I was only cleaning on the boats – I could look out the window and always see a new place. I remember looking out the window one day and we were going through Sardinia. I suddenly thought, oh my gosh I may be just cleaning but wow, look where we are going? It was always to some really beautiful places.
What do you miss most about yachting?
Apart from travelling, I miss the life at sea.
What do you do now?
Now I am running my massage and beauty therapy business called Harmonie Therapy. I run all the treatments from my studio in Antibes. Last year I also started a training course for those wanting to learn massage.
Can you tell me more about the training course?
Yes, it’s an Introductory Relaxing Massage Course. With this course I am focusing on the yachting industry basically because there are more and more stewardess positions where they are looking for stewardesses with massaging experience. The course has just been accredited by the PYA (Professional Yachting Association) and I am also affiliated with the Blue Water yacht company. I get lots of stewardesses and yachties who want to add this course to their skill set. The course always fills up quickly so I guess there must be quite a demand for massages on board. If you are interested in finding out more you can email me HarmonieTherapy@outlook.com.
Do you have any advice for fellow yachties about going land-based?
My advice for fellow yachties who want to go land based is to learn the language of the country you base yourself in. It’s much easier to integrate yourself in the community and much more respectful. If you are thinking about doing your own business then you should go for it. Everything is possible. I mean that because it’s so true. If you want it, you can make it happen.
Kate Tarratt Cross
Go with the Glow