Superyacht Stewardess
Tell us about yourself?
Not sure what to write, but I am confident (not cocky) 23 old who loves to have as much fun as possible and experience as many new things as possible, as life without risk is a life not worth living.
Where do you come from?
I am a bit of a mix as I am originally a South African but have lived in the UK for the past 11 years.
What is your star sign?
Leo.
What is your favourite book?
Bill Byrson, Notes from a small Island… It’s hilarious and an easy read, especially after a long day of work..
How long have you worked in the Yachting Industry?
I’m a newbie only 3 months
How did you get into yachting?
Followed a friend.
Is it a hard industry to get into? It depends on your attitude. If are positive and active about getting a job it will be easy, but if you think that you should have a job that earns you millions, on the best yacht in port without having to work that hard, it will be hard.
What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the variety, both in what you do and where you do it. From brass polishing in the Med to detailing rooms in the Caribbean.
What do you hate about being a Stewardess?
That sometimes hours of work don’t get noticed, i.e polishing the brass runners of doors.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
I am quite lucky in that I don’t stress easily and when I am pressured I like to make a list of what needs to get done and then to work through them on by on but as a newbie I haven’t yet had to put this into practice.
What motivates you?
I want to be good at what ever I do.
How do you evaluate success?
I’m not sure, normally by the feedback that I receive from those that I work with and  my own judgment.
What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
I try and not look at things as disappointments as it can lead you to be pretty unhappy, but if there is one, it’s only finding out about yachting once I had finished university.
What has been your greatest accomplishment in your life?
I don’t think I have achieved my greatest accomplishment yet, but in the meantime, I ran a half marathon.
What are you passionate about?
Living life to the most.
What are your pet peeves?
Bad eating habits and people not having respect for another’s work.
Do you get homesick?
Yes, but Skype makes such a difference.
How do you handle sea sickness?
I always take it steady and never try to be a hero as it always makes you feel worse and everyone has been through the same at some point. I also advise others to never have bananas and try to keep your head above your shoulders. However, each person is different so you just need to find what works for you.
How do you handle conflict, especially in a confined space?
Luckily I haven’t had any conflict on board, but generally, I go for a run and work the issue out in my head, as sometimes you need distance to get perspective on the conflict. Once back on board I try and talk things through calmly.
Presentation is everything on a yacht. What is your beauty regime? And how do you keep fit?
I make sure I get enough sleep, moisturise every day… I especially like the Aloe range at Body shop and  I like to run and try to run as much as possible.
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
I would like to have completed my few years in yachting and then returned to the UK to be a teacher.

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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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