What did you do before yachting, and how did your yachting career begin?
I was at university before I went into the yachting industry. I studied a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I then did a postgrad in Entrepreneurship and Business Management (PGDM). After I finished my studies, I completed a 6 month work contract as a PA for three directors of the Robben Island Art Company in Cape Town. I went to Palma after I completed the contract and I got day work as a deckhand on a beautiful 66m sailing yacht in Palma for around 2-3 weeks. After that I got offered a stewardess position on a 60m motor yacht, which was amazing.
What has been your favorite boat you’ve worked on and why?
I’d have to say Mirgab VI – a 49m in the South of France. The crew and captain were just wonderful and were such a pleasure to work with!
Best and worst parts about working onboard?
The best part about it is that you get to travel and see the most beautiful places! I absolutely love traveling so that aspect of it really suits my personality. You also meet a lot of like minded people in the industry and you get to eat the most delicious food made by really top end chefs!
The worst part about it is probably the unpredictability of things and missing out important dates and events. I’ve missed a lot of weddings/birthdays/anniversaries etc but that’s just the nature of the beast really!
How do you keep sane on charter?
It can be easy to let stress or pressure get to you on a busy or tough charter. I think it’s important to remember that everyone is in the same boat as you (excuse the pun!) and that if you’re in a bad mood it can quickly spread and affect your entire team’s mood and motivation. That being said, it’s just super important to try and always keep positive and have a good attitude about things.
What are your best strategies for spoiling charter guests?
Always go above and beyond within every department. In interior, making lavish or beautiful table settings, quick and efficient service and making the whole experience for the guests as magical as possible.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done for guests?
We had a couple guests that just got engaged that evening, and we set up this beautiful dinner for them and her whole family on the beach. It was a wonderful evening and the guests seemed to enjoy every minute of it.
What is your Signature cocktail?
A Passion fruit martini – a friend taught me that recently and it was an absolute hit.
What is your favorite yachting destination?
Mahe island, Seychelles.
If you owned a superyacht – what would you do differently?
I would buy an explorer vessel and go travel to places that are hard to reach.
What career achievement are you most proud of?
Going from a sole stew position on a 28m M/Y – to a sole stew position on a new build 35m M/Y. I set up the whole interior department for it which was great work experience.
Best house keeping tip?
Using Febreze to get linen on the bed looking like it had just been ironed. Spray, pull the linen tightly and tuck in. It’s the best little trick – it saves times and the linen looks perfectly ironed. Also, if you ever run out of Febreze on a charter and don’t have the opportunity to go out and buy some more, you can just refill the old Febreze bottle with a little softener and the rest water – it makes a good temp replacement until you can get to a shop.
What’s your funniest / embarrassing moment onboard?
There haven’t been too many embarrassing incidents fortunately, but there was one that always stuck with me. It was in my first few months of yachting and I got asked to go and wash a pair of shoes for one of the guests. Right after I washed them, the guest specifically requested the exact shoes that had just been washed. Unfortunately, they weren’t the quick drying type and my heart broke a little as he insisted on wearing them out and walked off into the distance – in his clean yet damp shoes.
What’s your favorite adventure in Mallorca?
One day, myself and a group of friends hired a car and went exploring the whole island. We stopped off at gorgeous view points, went to an amazing beach where the water was crystal clear, and we went to check out the caves of Drach. Palma really is a very beautiful and scenic place!
Any advice for your 20 year old self?
Invest in experiences instead of things.
What are your plans for the future?
My boyfriend and I are taking the rest of the year off to travel. We have just booked our tickets to India from mid June so we are both really excited. We’re also going to document it through videos and photos. Our Instagram account is Beyond.the.footpath if you would like to see some of the adventures we have been on and some of the places we have seen.