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Stew Of The Month: Sarah Buttery

What did you do before yachting, and how did your yachting career first begin?

I did many things before my yachting career but mostly worked in childcare. Some of the jobs included working in a daycare in New Zealand and as a nanny in England, Italy and France.  When I wasn’t working, I travelled. My first yachting job was on a small catamaran in Corfu Greece. I got the job through an online agency.


What has been your favourite boat you’ve worked on, and why?

My favourite boat would be my first “proper” super yacht job on M/Y Infinity. I was new to the industry so everything, everywhere was new and exciting. I also worked with an awesome crew and the boat owners were a very lovely English family.


What are the best and worst parts about working onboard?

Yachting is a great way to earn a good living and see some of the world whilst doing so. The worst parts would definitely include having to be on someone else’s time and schedule and never really being able to make any future plans.


How do you keep sane on charter?

I read. I always have a good book at hand. Also, whenever possible, I will go for a run! Just getting off the boat for an hour or so and doing some exercise while listening to some good beats makes me feel great again.


What are your best strategies for spoiling charter guests?

I guess simple things. Listen to what they say in general conversation and try pick up on anything they may like or dislike that has not been mentioned before and cater to their needs, wishes and wants as much as possible.


What’s the coolest thing you have done for guests?

I make their beds, clean their bathrooms, serve them all their meals, snacks and drinks so, besides all that cool stuff, I would say just trying to make their time on board the best times of their lives. Encouraging family time, no work, living and loving the moment.


What is your signature cocktail?

A good, no, a great Mojito and this past season Espresso Martinis.


What is your favourite yachting destination?

Montengero. It’s such a beautiful spot.


If you owned a superyacht, what would you do differently?

I would definitely go to more “off the beaten track” places and never make my crew work back to back charters.


What is your on-board pet hate?

Mmmm, my pet hate is people just not using their initiative.



What career achievement are you most proud of?

Working on a new build, S/Y Heureka, as chief stewardess.


Best housekeeping tip/hack?

Google translate is your friend when in foreign language countries. Also, making sure you are buying the correct cleaning product. Be a helpful crew member – got to love other crew members who help with the laundry!


Tell us about your funniest embarrassing moment on board.

There was once an incident with red wine and a cream side/ceiling panel. All I was trying to do was open the bottle of wine and it went terribly wrong. To make matters worse this was my first boss trip on a new boat. Thankfully I worked for a complete gentleman and he did not say a thing or even give me a look of horror as red wine sprayed all over the bar area and all over the cream panels.


What’s your favourite adventure in Mallorca?

I love going for hikes with my boyfriend in Mallorca. I’ve seen so much of the island this way. It’s a great way to spend your day, whether you pack a picnic or eat at a local restaurant.


If you could give your 20yr old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t ever judge yourself in comparison to others. Instead, judge yourself against what you know you’re capable of.


What’s your plan for the future?

My future plans are to do something with more meaning to me, something where I contribute to better society.


Interview by Kate Tarratt – Go With The Glow