Yachting Life

I work in the Superyacht Industry – many think of it as a glamourous industry to work in. All the glitz and the glamour but lets share the realities of life on the water.

Often long relentless hours to work 60 12-18hour days straight is not unheard of.  While working 24/7 with people in a confined environment – privacy is a concept not a reality

Its discriminatory in so many ways;

  • Racist
  • Age-ist
  • Sexist
  • Size-ist

Its dangerous;

  • Pirates are not just in movies or make believe
  • AK 47 training and munitions on board – are not unheard of
  • Murder does happen – either as targets for muggings or more sinister happenings
  • Water accidents that can lead to death

It’s Glamourous – sometimes;

    • Karl Lagerfield and his models in St Tropez 2010
    • Amazing locations; St Tropez, Amalfi, Capri,  Santorini, Bodrum…
Santorini

Santorini Clifftop view

 

St Tropez

Kids at Play

  • No expense spared; Champagne, Caviar, Truffles, Lobster…

But mostly;

ITS BLOODY HARD WORK!!  An artificial environment and one of the most unique occupations in the world is that of a ‘Yachtie’.  But I enjoy the freedoms it provides me with in other ways – a flexible and changeable work environment, the opportunity to travel to some of the most picturesque places in the world – even if some of my impressions are just my interactions at the local marketplaces and trying out my bits of different languages I’ve learnt along the way; French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, German, Greek…

I’ve worked for some of the richest most discerning people in the world and more than likely if I were to name names you would not have heard of one of them.  I can also tell you that all the wealth in the world will not buy you out of your insecurities or your fears nor will it provide escapism because it traps you into a lifestyle that can lead you incapable of interacting with the ‘real world’.  There is only one way to see the world and that is by mixing with the everyday common man and to see the genuine hardships that they deal with in everyday life.  That said wealth provides an amazing opportunity to make a difference and there are many out there that do so quietly and without a second thought and to those of you that do I salute you.

For now that’s it from me in the 2ft x 2ft x 6ft space given to me to live and breath in that is truly just for me….. Until next time

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  1. Dorothy Frost

    hi Ingrid
    nice to hear from you and all the best for 2012
    I enjoyed reading your blog and the pictures, and yes, I will be off on mat leave end of Feb. Feeling pretty heavy and tired, but blessed and enjoying summer and as much time at the beach as possible
    take care, D

    1. Ingrid

      Ciao Dorothy!

      Good to hear all is well – enjoy the beaches and your spare time no doubt things will change all too soon!!

      Come visit anytime – I update here weekly, or drop me an email xox

  2. Kay

    Good to read your comments re some people making a difference. Too often we equate wealth only with selfishness and greed. I can’t really imagine living in such a privileged world, but recommend this (taken from FB) as what life is really about:

    One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

    “It was great, Dad.”

    “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

    “Oh yeah,” said the son.

    “So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

    The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”

    The boy’s father was speechless.

    Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

    1. Ingrid

      Thank you – I had quite forgotten this post and you had me re-read it. I think I have a friend who might benefit from reading this! I saw an interesting program about 2-3 weeks ago as I was stuck at anchor (I was for 72 consecutive days) it was good ‘undercover millionaire’ or something similar. A millionaire (surprise, surprise) wants to make difference in a local community and helps out in different places and then decides who and where to give cheques to assist those in need and to make a difference. At the end of the program they reveal that they come from a privileged situation and present a cheque to assist with whatever they feel is deserved. The program I saw the woman gave to a woman that ran a food bank out of her own initiative and brought food to families in need and gave her the money to sustain and broaden her reach, she also gave to a mother who worked nights as a nurse lived in a horrific house falling down around her with 2 boys around 10-13 whose husband had died suddenly 6 months earlier. It’s very true that some of the richest people are the poorest in the world! I am astounded by the great work done by Bill Gates and his wife and have a profound dislike for ‘the great Steve Jobs’ who has made his money by exploiting others and did not believe in philanthropy of any kind other than that which lined his own pockets :(

      Perspective is a wonderful oppportunity!

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