Where do you come from? The sunny shores of North Wales, growing up so close to the sea was wonderful. Now I live and run the business from Yorkshire, where the rolling country side makes up for the lack of water!
What do you do in your spare time? I love to travel, European destinations are easy, but long haul is always well worth it for the tropical beaches.
What makes you laugh? My Mum, my husband, my friends and my dog! I’m very lucky! I have the best little Yorkshire Terrier called Nelly, she comes to the office everyday and is an enthusiastic worker!
What would you like to be doing five years from now? Doing exactly what I do now, being the Creative Director of Gillian Weir Ltd. Working closely with my Mum, Gill, my husband Daniel and rest of the team to develop our business even further. Enabling us to reach out to more clients and to grow the business even more.
Where would be your favorite holiday destination and why? Thailand, every time. The waters are clear, the beaches are golden and the food is delicious! The islands are just magical.
What inspires you? My true love is design so I read blogs, visit trade shows, high end stores and small boutiques alike. I’m always looking for interesting, unique and beautiful products, I cant help it! Independent artisan craftspeople are always a treasured find for me!
How long have you worked with the super yacht industry? For four years now, however Mum has been in the industry for around 16 years. Her knowledge is gold! Previous to joining Gillian Weir Ltd. I was a stylist for the fashion and home industry. I was. A Graphic Designer, specialising in packaging and product design for the UK High Street, my accounts included Marks & Spencer, NEXT and Accessorise.
What are your biggest accomplishments? Obtaining my degree, running a successful business with my Mum and watching it grow into what it is today, and of course finding the best husband in the world!
Can you work under pressure? Yes! This is an essential part of the role! The superyacht industry is a demanding one, but I thrive when I’m busy.
What are your pet hates? I don’t think I really have any, I think I’m pretty grounded and am able to deal calmly with most situations.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Beautiful products and professional people!
When did you develop a passion for design? I believe I was born with it … its comes naturally.
What type of reading do you do on a daily basis? Lesley Pearce is my favourite author but I also read Boat International, World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, Homes and Gardens, Vogue, if I have a minute to myself.
If you could go back and change something related to your education (or your life as a student), what would you change; or what would you do differently? I don’t think I would, I love what I’m doing now and almost everything to do with my education seems to have helped me to be where I am today.
Introducing: Gillian Weir Ltd.
Can you please tell us about Gillian Weir Ltd. – Bespoke Tableware, Linens & Accessories? We specialise in sourcing, supplying and designing interior accessories for Superyachts, private jets and luxury homes. We understand the level of quality, luxury and service required, we provide and advise on all products from tableware, crystal, leather and stationery items to towels, linen and cashmere.
Generally, we work on large new build projects alongside Naval Architects and Interior Designers. We are proud to say that we work with some of the UK’s leading designers and over the last seven years we have worked on many beautiful yachts from 30 to 125 meters in length.
We also work directly with the Stewards/Stewardesses on yachts that have already launched, providing a full support service. With just one phone call or email, we will work tirelessly to find exactly what is required and deliver the product to absolutely anywhere in the world.
When was Gillian Weir Ltd. founded and who are the company directors/ founding members? Gillian Weir Ltd. was founded in 2008 and the Directors are Gill Weir and myself Gemma Weir- Williams.
What is the mission statement from Gillian Weir Ltd. To provide a truly fantastic resource for Stewards/Stewardesses and the Super Yacht Industry as a whole, whether it be a small replenishment order or a full refit. We have vast experience and understanding not just of the quality that is required, but the efficiency and professionalism that is required to support this very unique industry.
What makes your brand so unique and what sets you apart from industry peers? We listen, and we realise the value in this. We understand how busy our clients are, with this in mind we try to make finding the perfect product for them as simple and efficient as possible.
An Interview with Rookie Stewardess Annick Suplicy
What is your star sign?
- Where do you come from?
> Born is Spain, raised in Brazil.
- Where do you call home now?
> Well… my family lives in Brazil, but since this January I’ve been living in Spain.
- How long have you worked in the super yacht industry?
> For 10 months.
- What are your biggest accomplishments?
> I’m junior so nothing big happened yet, but I guess being invited to temporarily work in another boat of my owner in the Seychelles!
- Can you work under pressure?
> I assume is very hard. I still have to control my bad mood.
- What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
> Dropping my Biological Sciences course because I was unhappy without knowing what to do after.
- What are your pet hates?
>People being ironic to me; people chewing with mouth open; others shouting or being loud; people slamming doors.
- Tell me about the last time you felt anger on the job
> When a few other crew started whinging (just for the sake of whinging) about some organization improvements I implemented.
- What do you do in your spare time?
> I’m in a very low energy moment of my life, so I’m being quite lazy an staying indoors too much. But I love going out for a good dinner; whenever the opportunity shows, I go diving or snorkelling.
- What makes you laugh?
> Good times with friends! And booze… with friends!
- What would you like to be doing five years from now?
> I see myself bein a chief stew or purser in a great boat with good rotation, which would allow me to travel a lot.
- Where would be your favourite holiday destination and why?
> This doesn’t exist… favorite… I love too many places. But maybe I’d say I prefer the seaside. So wherever I find a good breeze, sun, good diving and amazing food, I’m in.
- Where do like to shop?
> Small local shops with good produced locally.
- Can you recommend a service or product that may be helpful to Super yacht Stewardesses?
> Too newbie yet to give advices.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
> The unique combination of a hospitality job that allows me to move a lot and meet new places and people around the world.
- What specific training was required to obtain this job?
> Since my position is junior Housekeeper, apart from the STCW 95 and ENG1, nothing extra was demanded. But I invested in a 5-day Interior Course.
An Interview with Rookie Stewardess Annick Suplicy
- Can you tell me some vocabulary or terminology specific to your job?
> Cannot think of…
- What type of reading do you do on a daily basis?
> Health blogs, news, and some of my fiction e-books
- If you could go back and change something related to your education or your life as a student what would you change or what would you do differently?
> I’m not sure if I would change anything… although I dropped Biology on the second year of Uni, graduated in Product Design and worked only 2 and a half years in the area, I feel that these experiences made me know myself better and led me to the place I’m now – and I’m really happy!
- What inspires you?
>Traveling for sure! In between the ligns means the experiences I have while being in a new place, being exposed to new culture, language and people. The best thing in the world.
An Interview with Vanya Chubatarova.
Where do you come from?
I was born in Bulgaria in 1979 in small town called Varna. This is the sea capital of Bulgaria.
I grew up in happy family with my parents and my older sister.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to watch documentary movies and drink tea!
What makes you laugh?
I enjoy having fun with my friends, but the person that makes me laugh all the time is my partner!
He has a great sense of humor and he can find the positive side in everything, even when he watches bad news on the TV.
What would you like to be doing five years from now?
In the next few years I am planning to become a mum… Wish me good luck with this one! I have heard is not easy… hahaha!
It was hard to cut my sea legs too, but I did it!
Where would be your favourite holiday destination and why?
I have been traveling around the world since I was 19 years old to be honest I really like Spain. The weather is nice all the time and the people are very friendly.
But I also like Canada and Florida and Rome and… OMG I think I need to go back to yachting… 🙂
I Would like to visit so many places FOR FREE before I can answer this question….
Where do like to shop?
Good question… My favorite shopping spot is On Line… I do not like to walk for hours and try different clothes… That’s not for me.
An interview with Superyacht Nanny Arielle Maia
• Where do you come from? Annapolis, MD, USA
• What do you do in your spare time? I love anything that keeps me active. Lately I’ve gotten really into boxing since we’ve had a few months on land and I joined a recreational league softball team as well which has been a blast.
• What makes you laugh? Everything. I can find something funny in almost everything but in particular, when you get my best friends and I together, we turn anything into comedy.
• What would you like to be doing five years from now?
I’d love to be in the travel/hospitality industry in some capacity still. I’ve given some thought lately to hotel management work so I think I’d love to be doing something like that.
• Where would be your favourite holiday destination and why? That’s a hard one. I’ve always wanted to see the islands in Greece and the pyramids in Egypt but everywhere I’ve been in Europe makes my heart happy so I’d always go back there in a heartbeat. Can’t beat good bread and cheese with a view.
• Where do like to shop?
My favorite stores are Zara, Aritzia and Madewell/J.crew but I probably spend a majority of my money at funky health food stores because I love trying new health foods and trends.
• What inspires you?
This one is really hard but I would probably say traveling. Every time I find myself in a new place I feel invigorated. I get a high from new sights and experiences and it makes me look at the world with new eyes every time. I wish more people felt that way; I think it would do a lot of good for society as a whole and would help to alleviate many of the misconceptions and conflict around the world.
• How long have you worked in the super yacht industry?
I got my STCW in fall 2010 but I didn’t start officially working until a year later, so three years now.
• What are your biggest accomplishments?
Finishing university and discovering my independence.
• Can you work under pressure?
I think I work better under pressure. I love to be busy and I am usually good at compartmentalizing and keeping a level head so that helps.
• What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
Having to accept my own flaws and limitations. This kind of covers a lot but sometimes we forget that we are human and have different strengths and weaknesses and instead of berating ourselves for weaknesses, we should work to promote our strengths. Without delving too far into it, learning to love myself for who and what I am was a big challenge for many years.
• What are your pet hates?
I can’t stand passive aggression.
• Tell me about the last time you felt anger on the job?
I’m not really one to get angry but I think a lot of people can relate to the “shipyarditis” that incurs during a yard period. It can feel stifling to be stuck in one place and it’s definitely no fun when it stretches out longer than originally estimated so you have to actively try and make the best of it so as not to turn into a miserable person.
• What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love our sense of family. We have a small crew (only 6 of us onboard, including the Captain’s son) and we’ve all been onboard since the yacht was launched. It’s nice to have that when you are so far removed from your actual family and friends back home. Obviously, the travel is pretty great too.
• Can you recommend a service or a product that may be helpful to Super yacht Stewardesses?
To be perfectly honest, I’m having a hard time wracking my brain since the boat has been in the shipyard for months now and I’ve been living apart from it but all I can think of is the distinct smell of the tea tree oil cleaner our stewardess uses periodically to clean the vents. It’s usually extremely potent but now the idea of it is making me kind of nostalgic for it…
• If there is just one piece of advice that you could give to our fellow stewardesses/nanny’s, what would it be?
Take each day one at a time but always be prepared. There’s no sense in stressing over what is or what is not to come so all you can do is give your best every day and to go to sleep knowing that fact.
Introducing: Little Mermaid at Sea
• Can you please tell us about Little Mermaid At Sea?
Little Mermaid At Sea actually was born over farewell dinner with a couple of my best friends. It was meant to be a simple blog to keep friends and family at home in touch with what was going on in my life onboard a private yacht and the ensuing travels but it quickly evolved into a much bigger endeavor after receiving a lot of outside interest. Now I write about almost anything relating to life onboard, travel related topics, and of course, all the intricacies of being a nanny onboard a private yacht.
• When did you develop a passion for travel?
My dad was in the US Navy and we were stationed in Naples, Italy for the first few years of my early childhood and ever since then, I’ve always been saving up for some upcoming trip.
• What type of reading do you do on a daily basis?
I have a few blogs I keep up with (mostly travel related) but I also try to get a bit of news and keep up with recent events since sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the yacht bubble. Other than that, I’ve been reading a few biographies and autobiographies lately. I find people and all their interpretations and experiences relating to life so fascinating.
• If you could go back and change something related to your education (or your life as a student), what would you change; or what would you do differently?
I always planned to study abroad in France and due to some extenuating circumstances, it wasn’t a possibility. I wish there was some way I could have made that happen, but I still studied french all through university and I plan on living there at some point to study at La Sorbonne.
• What is the strangest thing that you have seen in your travels?
Every now and then I write an installment on the blog titled “Fun Fashion Friday” and I cover strange or noteworthy fashion trends I find around the world. The one that’s gotten the most attention, which happens to be the one that I found most strange, was about the prevalence of couples wearing matching outfits in many Asian countries. In fact, I even saw a couple wearing a matching swimsuit set while I was in Hawaii. I couldn’t believe they were actually sold in stores.
• Finally, if you could offer just one “travel tip” what would it be and why?
Don’t over plan. Some of my best memories and experiences have come from simply wandering around a place and seeing where the day takes me. You never know what hidden gems you’ll find when you stray away from the guidebooks!