An Interview with Super Yacht Stewardess Katie Wilter.

An Interview with Super Yacht Stewardess Katie Wilter.

Katie Wilter 2nd Stewardess M/Y Solaia (40m)

Location: Currently in Halifax, Nova Scotia heading back down the USA east coast on Sat.

Where are you working at the moment:M/Y Solaia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

What is your star sign: Taurus

Where do you come from: Cape Town, South Africa

How long have you worked on yachts: 1 year, 3 months (relatively green)

What did you like/dislike about your last job: Loved the crew, great parties but disliked the complete mismanagement and horrific HR treatment of the crew.

How did you get into the industry: I have a few friends who have done it and needed a break from 9-5 office job

What are your biggest accomplishments: My degrees: Bachelor of Journalism (Hons.), awarded an MTN scholarship to complete a post-graduate Diploma in Media Management with Distinction (both Rhodes University); completing 5 half marathons, proudly exploring many countries (still lots more to see), completing the Inca trail, and still having the same best friends from high school (love and miss you guys)

Can you work under pressure: Yes of course, I’m a stew and a graphic designer which is all about meeting deadlines ;)

stew Katie

What is the most difficult situation you have faced: As a yachtie – being stuck in horrid storms with extremely rough seas. In the life – death of friends and family and of course, everyone has their own personal struggles

What are your pet hates: People constantly sniffing (tissue?), narrow-mined perspectives, cynical people

Tell me about the last time you felt anger on the job: I guess it would have been fueled by lack of sleep. On my current yacht, I haven’t really felt anger. On my last yacht, I got really angry at the mismanagement and ill treatment of crew – we were known as the red-haired step child.

What do you do in your spare time: Blog, yoga, run, explore the place I’m in (with my camera, of course), party with friends, visit art galleries, wine and dine, try do something different, read magazine, books and blogs

What would you like to be doing five years from now: I would love to have a successful travel blog/ website running which offers me the flexibility to have a family life, to continue to do some freelance graphic design and writing. I would also like to have more time to paint and travel I hope to be inspired by everyday beauty I discover in various places, people and creative creations.

Where would be your favourite holiday destination and why: I am currently daydreaming of a yoga / surfing holiday in Costa Rica. I would love to be outdoors in the sea and sun, meditating and working on my body in yoga while chilling out, meeting new people and experiencing a new culture. A little slice of heaven that would be!

Where do like to shop? In Europe – H&M, Pimkie, Zara, USA – Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Apple Store, ROSS and little boutique stores that I discover in tiny towns along my travels :)

Katie-Rio

Can you recommend a service or a product that may be helpful to other Stewardesses: I am a fond user of Seventh Generation cleaning products as they are environmentally friendly, gentle on the skin and scent-free. The washing liquid and dish washing liquid are great! I also like using wet Swiffer cloths for the crew mess floor which are quick, easy and smell great. Domestic goddess much!

Have you met any famous people and what were your thoughts: No-one really famous, just wealthy and well-known in their field. I admire such successful people and enjoy chatting to them about their success. However, I did serve a famous model who was a complete ditz. You win some, you lose some!

What do you enjoy most about your job: The travel and the salary which is easy to save!

Any advice for “newbies” in the industry: Stay positive, stick it out as it takes a while to get into the industry and, most of all, follow your instinct!

Finally can you tell me about your blog, what inspires you, how do you find the time to write etc..

I write whenever I have something great to share – be it my favourite song of the week, some recent photographs of what I have experienced or just my thoughts in words. I love all things travel, art, and beauty so those are my main categories of inspiration. I start thinking up phrases that I have to write down ASAP and then flesh it out from there. My blog content is quite varied from wake-boarding to cooking lobsters!
The name Eyehearttravel just popped into my mind one day during my hour break on a charter. Despite my zombie tiredness and the growing pile of laundry that I still had to iron, I sneaked my mini laptop and created a WordPress blog. It is relatively new but I am thoroughly enjoying my little project despite my crew teasing me and not seeing what the point of it is (What?You don’t get paid to do it?). My yacht owner enjoys reading my blogs and it’s also a great way to share what I’m up to with my family and friends back home. It is frustrating not having time to properly promote my blogs on Twitter and other online platforms which require constant attention but do what I can in between charters. Blogging is all about small wins – when I get over 100 hits a day I do a victory jiggle. It may be a tiny pip-squeak now but one day it may blossom into something grand (with over 30 000 viewers thus generating advertising income) so watch this space :) Please visit my blog www.eyehearttravelblog.com

zanzibar Katie

Life at sea

Life at sea

Life as a Stewardess on a yacht can be hard work, long hours and at times a meaninglessness never-ending list of dull duties

However it is also filled with wonderful people and exotic destinations.

Below is a small video created from my personal library of photos from time spent at sea.

I hope you enjoy it.

Click here to create your own video… ANIMOTO

Hannah Griffiths is an inspiration for all “Rookie” Stewardesses.

Hannah Griffiths is an inspiration for all “Rookie” Stewardesses.

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… its 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 easy 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?
The want to be good at what ever I do.
How do you evaluate success?
I’m not sure, normally by feedback that I receive from those that I work with and by 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, its 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 home sick?
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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An Interview with Chief Stewardess Kyla Taylor

An Interview with Chief Stewardess Kyla Taylor

Where are you working at the moment: Motor Yacht Aquamarina

What is your start sign:Cancer

Where do you come from: New Zealand Originally.

How long have you worked on yachts:Too long !! coming up to 10 years

What did you like/dislike about your last job: Being tied to the quay.

How did you get into the industry:Through a very dear friend of mine who thought I needed to think outside of the box.

What are your biggest accomplishments: In the job ? Being part of a build team – loved it, enjoyed the whole process and seeing the end results of our ideas and hard work.

Can you work under pressure: There’s no place for you in this industry if you can’t.

What is the most difficult situation you have faced: Having to partake in another persons indiscretions because it ‘was part of my job’ so I left.

What are your pet hates:Intolerance towards other people.

Tell me about the last time you felt anger on the job: In all honesty I never feel anger more frustration.

What do you do in your spare time: Sleep!!

What Makes you laugh: Footrot Flats.

What would you like to be doing five years from now: Own my business in what I haven’t a clue !!

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