Superyacht Stewardess

I came to realise, it's not success in one field that makes you happy, but loving your life and keep setting new challenges.

- Sonja Scharmann

An Interview with Chief Stewardess Sonja Scharmann

What is your star sign : Sagittarius

Where do you come from : Germany

How long have you worked on yachts : 8 years

What did you like/dislike about last job :

  • Like: great crew;
  • Dislike: tiny living space for crew, no crew mess, 1 shared bathroom.

How did you get into the industry: Though a friend.

Sonja Scharmann

What would you like to be doing 5 years from now: To have my own jewellery design studio and a family.

What is your biggest accomplishment: Youngest ever graduate Master Goldsmith in Germany.

Can you work under pressure: Yes, love solving tricky situations.

What was the most difficult situation that you have experienced: Cossing Bay of Biscay in 50 kts wind in a 80ft sailing yacht, with all electrics and electronics gone on the boat and no sleep for 3 days.

What bothers you: Inconsiderate people, unreasonable demands.

What are your pet hates: Cleaning something while knowing that I'll have to do it again in 10 min, 20 times a day!

When was the last time you felt anger on the job: Being accused of something I did not do.

What are your long term career goals: Manage to always love and be good at what I do, no matter what it is and be able to live comfortable of what ever I choose to do.

When did you establish those goals: I came to realise, it's not success in one field that makes you happy, but loving your life and keep setting new challenges.

Sonja Scharmann

How do you prepare to achive them: I put some money aside, so I have the freedom to change what I do when I feel that the time is right.

What are the most important rewards in your career: Having people recognise that you're good at what you do and appreciate you for who you are.

What do you do in your spare time: Love doing outdoor sports like climbing, mountain biking, and spending time with my friends.

What makes you laugh: Being silly together with good friends.

What makes you cry: A broken heart.

What is your favourite colour: Depends on my mood.

Chief Stewardess Sonja Scharmann

Have you ever done the walk of shame: No, not really, I stand for what I do and laugh about it if it was stupid.

Have you heard of stewardesses being called "Stupidess" or the term "Stewie bum"? Honestly never heard it. Stewie bum? What's worse: Stewie bum or beer belly?? Nobody is perfect!

Have you ever met anyone famous: Yes, quite a few people, but was not really impressed by anyone.

What is the most embarrassing thing you've done: I've stepped from the platform into the tender and ending up in the water in full evening uniform.

What was the most embarrassing thing you've seen someone else do: Fill the fuel tank with 1000 liters of water half a day before the boss was supposed to arrive.

How do you prepare for a busy season: Be prepared for the worst case scenario and always have a back up plan!

  • Suppliers: I like using local suppliers depending where I am.



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Kylie is an Ex - Superyacht Chief Stewardess, and Hotel Manager from Sydney, Australia. Passionate about sharing information, you can find her typing up a storm in her small home office, or breathing in the cool wind off the North Sea, in Zeeland, Netherlands.
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