PERSONNEL


World Yachting
has been delivering yachts for over 30 years to many destinations around the world. Sometimes the boats are large, up to 120 feet, and sometimes they are small, for example a 20 feet motor boat we delivered across the English Channel.

The success of each delivery is a combination of the skills and experience of the captain/skipper, as well as those of the crew.

Company Structure

World Yachting comprises of three highly experienced Yacht Captains - Graham Harris, the Principal together with Jonathan Smith and Brian Hatley.

Profile of a delivery Captain/ Skipper

How do you define success?

Become a crew member

 

 

 

Profile of a delivery Captain/ Skipper

World Yachting has been delivering yachts for over 29 years to many destinations around the world. They could be motor boats or sailing yachts either monohulls, or multihulls. They could be old yachts and many times brand new yachts straight from the factory.

World Yachting deliveries are generally done by the 3 Captains that form World Yachting, namely Graham Harris, Jonathan Smith and Brian Hatley. This is one of our company policies.

To deliver any of these craft takes many skills. The success of each delivery though is a combination of the skills and experience of the Captain and just as importantly the crew too. Captain is the term used by Americans, Skipper by the English and in yachty talk they are referred to as Drivers.

It is therefore important to know what you are doing and that knowledge comes from study, training, experience and above all, miles, miles and more miles. Having these qualifications and this experience though only reflects some of the skills necessary to driving a boat especially on the long distance deliveries.

Drivers have to have organizational skills so very important whether it is fuel management, fresh water usage to making sure that we don’t run out of something in mid-ocean. After 42 Atlantic, 4 Pacific and 1 Indian Ocean crossing I still haven’t found the co-ordinates for Coles Supermarket anywhere but on dry land.

Drivers have to learn person skills, avoiding conflicts and as important avoid conflicts from building up.

Drivers have to learn communication skills especially when the going gets tuff and on most deliveries at some point it will do. Communication skills are necessary too with many types of people associated with the vessel being delivered. This of course most importantly of all includes the owner; after all it is the owner that is paying for the delivery and for us to experience all those wonderful sunsets, sunrises, new ports and countries. It also includes custom and immigration personnel, port authorities, people that may be required to carry out repairs and so forth.

Owners come in many guises. Wealthy and the not so wealthy, private and corporate but they all have two things in common. They each own the vessel we are about to deliver and they each need to be reassured that the vessel will be delivered safely and professionally.

Drivers also need to be able to pass on their knowledge and also at the same time encourage the other members of the crew to want to learn, to progress and to achieve their own dreams and ambitions that have been created in young (and sometimes not so young) minds.

The destinations at times are quite exotic, the beer plentiful (in port only), the women, well no comment. The whole charismatic image can suggest a holiday environment and one has to make sure that the work effic is still adhered to.

The bottom line is that the job we are doing is one hell of a glamorous job (most of the time) and we are so fortunate to be able to do it. Therefore we must set out to protect our job in the service we give. If the client is happy and satisfied what greater reference can one obtain?

Our logo at World Yachting is Sailing is our life, delivering yachts is our business. We think it sums it all up.

Graham Harris

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How do you define success?

The safe delivery of the vessel comes first. Clients must be 100% satisfied with not only the service that World Yachting offers, but also the condition in which the vessels have been delivered.

During the delivery if there are any breakages then they must be kept to a minimum. After that, happiness, fulfilment, pride, enjoyment and more experience gained can make a delivery a successful one.

For some crew who do a delivery, it is a one-off. Spending weeks at sea confined to metres of GRP is not suited to everyone. However motivation and enthusiasm by those crew during a one-off or infrequent delivery are high.

The success of World Yachting is largely measured by the number of word-of-mouth referrals from clients who value and then recommend World Yachting’s personalised delivery services to others.

Graham Harris

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Become a crew member

What do you need to be a W.Y. crew member?
What do you get in return?
What does it cost?
What to expect on a yacht delivery?
What to bring on a delivery?
How do I apply?
We need the following...

 

What do you need to be a W.Y. crew member?

You need at least a small amount of boating experience as our clients expect the best - and we aim to give them the best.

Mechanical, boat-construction or trainee skippers skills are desirable but not essential.

During each delivery we do pass on to our crew some of our knowledge gained over the years. We encourage you to WANT TO LEARN MORE.

Contribution to a harmonious atmosphere is ever-so-important. That includes conversation, cleanliness, common sense, comradeship (all begin with the letter C).

You must be a non-smoker and no drinking is allowed on deliveries.

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What do you get in return?

You get to sail on some beautiful yachts, sail and power, visit some exotic ports and open your mind up to this beautiful world we live in. You get to learn and experience something that to most people is but a dream. The experience of crossing an ocean will remain with you for the rest of your life.

Of course the experience and training gained crewing with World Yachting helps you to improve as a sailor and to hone your skills.

For some of our crew, their experience crewing for World Yachting has been a stepping stone to furthering their careers. There are a number of people out there driving boats that have at one stage sailed with us.

This can also be a fantastic opportunity to have a working holiday that will keep you fit, develop your sailing and inter-personal skills, as well as your character, and provide you with many memories to savour over the passing years.

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What does it cost?

On most deliveries, crew members do not get paid, a first mate would be an exception. On some of the deliveries, it is possible to pay a wage but it is really a small amount. The reason being is that most delivery companies adopt the same policy and to compete for deliveries on price we need to be competitive.

The pluses are: World Yachting will cover all on-board expenses, with all expenses ashore covered by the crew. Fares to and from the vessel will also be paid by World Yachting, with the land content to and from the airport or major train station by the crew member.

World Yachting does not charge an administration fee to register. When our polo shirts are manufactured, then each crew member will be charged an amount to cover the issue of a crew shirt.

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What to expect on a yacht delivery?

Think of the yacht as being your own. Therefore pride, forethought and CARE are the key words. Maintenance and cleaning are carried out, not just in harbour, but also during the delivery as well.

Watches are generally 2 hours on with 6 hours off, or 2½ hours on then 5 hours off depending on the number of crew. You will take your turn in the galley (as well as the driver) in preparing a hot evening meal, a light lunch and of course, the cleaning up afterwards.

You will get many hours of total freedom to read, write, study, learn and most times get a superb suntan.

You have the opportunity to learn, coastal navigation, sailing and seamanship skills, celestial navigation can be learnt on the long ocean deliveries. In harbour, you must look presentable, as YOU ARE part of the World Yachting crew.

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What to bring on a delivery?

  • Suitable foul weather gear and deck shoes
  • Sleeping bag, or blanket and a sheet
  • Plenty of reading material, music, jokes &/or stories
  • Suntan cream, towels and washing kit
  • Camera, writing material, address book
  • Passport and Visas if required, spending money
  • All packed in a soft bag
    And lastly
  • Bring your enthusiasm, your honesty and your commitment.

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How do I apply?

E-mail us at: info@worldyachting.biz

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We need the following...

  • 1. Resume with your boating experience
  • 2. Your qualifications and skills
  • 3. A current photograph (scanned)
  • 4. A list of 5 things you want to achieve in the next 5 years
  • Your availability
  • Your contact information (name, address, telephone number and e-mail address).

For further information, queries, delivery or tuition bookings or to register your interest in World Yachting, please contact World Yachting

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