Rotation in yachting should be compulsory...
Possibly a controversial opinion, but I think any yacht that has a season over 3 months long, where you get MINIMAL time off, the crew should ALL have at least 3:1 rotation. (Sorry but I don't think 5:1 counts, as 5 months is still too long to be on a super hectic boat with no time off).
And yes, I think ALL yachts should have rotation, even the ones that have a pretty quiet winter.
Let me tell you my thoughts...
It's incredibly unhealthy to be go, go, go, work, work, work ALL of the time, with no balance. No wonder so many people get burnt out in yachting & some even end up resenting it. Which is actually really sad, as yachting should be the time of your life (especially as a junior crew member) & NOT a time where you look back & think "shit, that completely ruined my health & I feel bloody exhausted & sick now". 🤕
For anyone interested in 'energy', the "always ON" mindset means you're living mainly in your MASCULINE energy, which isn't good as you need to balance both your Masculine & Feminine energy (that's a topic for another time & one I cover in my Fierce & Energised programme.)
It's not normal or healthy to work consistently for 3+ months with NO time off (1 or 2 days off in that timeframe don't count as actual time off. Sorry, but it's bullshit when people say "you had 2 days off" like it's something you should be really grateful for. 🥴🥴
Which brings me to my next point...
2. I think it's bullshit when people try to pass one day off as something that should be earned & that you should be really grateful for... a treat if you will...
When you've just done a hectic 6-week guest trip, with minimal sleep & are feeling exhausted, if there's the chance to give people a couple of days off, why wouldn't you do it? Surely the aim should be to keep your crew happy & rest them when possible, rather than running them into the ground & having people go off sick with either physical OR mental burnout.
You wouldn't believe how many women I speak to that tell me they needed a break from yachting due to their mental health and EVERY SINGLE ONE is NOT on rotation!
Call me lazy or entitled if you like, but that's my thoughts.
3. There's a reason that so many Captains & other HODs want rotation... because they get a work/ life balance. And some people think that because they're a higher rank, it's fine! But those same people think it's not fine when more junior crew want rotation.
EVERYONE deserves a work/ life balance. Everyone has families and/ or friends at home who they want to spend time with. It shouldn't matter your rank or how long you've been in the industry. For anyone that's about to say "Junior crew shouldn't be on 2:2 🥴🥴🥴" I'm not saying that, but at least 3:1, (but also, why not 2:2? Is it a budget thing? Cos so many owners apparently don't have the budget for a LOT of crucial things, so why are they buying superyachts if they can't afford to run is properly anyway?)
As an industry people need to stop saying it's "entitled" to want some form of rotation. It's not.
4. I also don't think people can comment on the rotation debate unless they've worked at sea & have been away for extended periods of time.
The difference between working on land with minimal time off and working at sea with minimal time off, is that on land you can go home in the evening (usually), you get to choose what to eat, you can sit on a couch & watch a movie in peace, you can go for a run in the evening or join a gym, but if you're on a yacht, you can't do any of those things (unless you're on a bigger boat which has a gym).
On a yacht you can't decide what to eat for dinner, you can't go home in the evening and get some peace because there are always people around, and a LOT of boats have nowhere crew can exercise, even less so if guests are on. How is that healthy? At least with rotation, you have the chance to look after YOU.
So if you're a "land person", sorry, but you don't get an opinion on this.
Now, what about the people who say "if you don't like it, find a different industry". 🥴🥴
Yes, partially true, OR yachts could just give crew reasonable time off. You smash your 3 months onboard, work REALLY hard, have a great time, have the energy for it, then you get a month off to rest & recover, then come back feeling fresh. Rather than keeping crew onboard for 8 or 9 months, with a VERY rare weekend off, then wondering why they're exhausted & miserable and only stay for a year.
Final points... I started in yachting in 2014 and during that time...
🌸 I've had 5:1 rotation, WITH time off when possible, which was great as a Junior Stew. The higher ranks were on 3:1.
🌸 I've done 2 years with no rotation, which was okay as I was with my (ex) partner. We always got time off when possible, BUT no space to exercise with guests on, so I still think rotation should be compulsory. I can't IMAGINE going 6/7 months without seeing my partner/ family.
🌸 I've had 4:2. This was a SUPER busy boat & I can categorically say 4 months was too long onboard.
🌸 I finished yachting with 3:3 rotation, which was changed to 2:2 and ALL CREW (even Captain + HODs) had weekends off when possible. This was a dream job and the crew had been onboard for YEARS. When I joined, the shortest serving interior member had been onboard 3 years. That's what happens when you look after crew...
THEREFOREEEE, I've done all types of leave so am in a position to comment on it and IN MY OWN OPINION (I'm sure most people will agree with me) rotation is 100% the way forward. Smash it out, go home, come back feeling fresh.
Oh, & some people need to stop being dicks about days off being a "treat". They're not. They're the solution to keeping crew HAPPY & HEALTHY.
Happy & healthy crew can provide an AMAZING service to guests, which is surely what it's all about? Burnt out crew can also provide an amazing service to guests, but at what expense...