Wednesday March 29, 2017


Read more ...Dockwalking is part of the process of getting daywork, a temporary position or a permanent position and it can be long and frustrating.

It is with a certain embarrassment and not a little concern that, as one wanders the streets of Antibes and other harbours, you become aware of the various stages of deterioration in the standards of dress and personal standards amongst the British yacht crews.
As a mark of ones maturity and professional standards, SOME crews are quite happy, no, even eager, to don the informal "uniform" of the boats that they are working on emblazoned with the name of the vessel; the bigger the vessel the bigger the ego of the said crew. Yet, with the same breath, as soon as it is "stand down time", the said crews hang around the vessels and go ashore in the most rag tag clothing imaginable.

What is the problem here? In such a sensitive and highly image conscious industry such as ours, one would think that a formal dress code would be observed. Alas, no! If any one is to blame for this situation then it should be firmly laid at the door of the Captains… and not the owners.
There is this curious anomaly of wanting to carry the rank of Captain of a vessel, and yet, not wanting to make any outward signs of being the said person carrying the final responsibility of that vessel.

It is time to air one or two myths here. The "dress down" code that is in force in the boating industry owes it origins to two world wars.
When, due to a crisis of manning within the Naval and Marine services, officers of the Royal and Merchant Navy would scour every harbour and brook looking for anyone who could man and operate a vessel; no matter how small and insignificant the vessel was,
that he was in charge of.
It took only a few weeks of this before many a rich owner and not a few Britains of "heroic" strains quickly adopted the clothing of"stoker third class" thus escaping the eagle eye of the said officers who were looking for leadership material. This situation lasted well into the sixties because memories were long and bitter; a time when most of today´s Captains were being forged.

Myth number 2.
What is a Captain and what is a Skipper? Let us deal with the skipper first. A man in charge of a fishing, harbour, or sailing vessel who has had no formal training but has been exercising this occupation for most of his working life. Ergo,in this enlightened society….What is a Captain? A man who has received formal training in the use of, handling of, and command of any vessel to which he is assigned. This training being recognized by the issue of formal documentation with the approval of and seal of a recognized official body. From that moment on, this person is an officially recognized Captain both privately and officially and should exercise this authority and responsibility accordingly.
Gentlemen…. how many of you are in possession of the said documentation that has been issued by the said authorities? And yet, some of you slink around the vessels and harbour bars not sure as to what you are; dreading the day that the owner comes on board and you are required to look smart in a uniform. Is it not true that most of you do not wear uniforms and apply a dress code on your vessels, because you are afraid to look silly in front of your colleagues? Is it also not true that many of you do not apply a dress code because you do not want to be seen by those who might be asking for money or…answers? Is it not true that many of you are just too lazy to even bother with the effort of trying to look smart. In which case one is bound to ask the question if, all of the above is true then why are you Captain of a Million $ vessel? Why go to the effort of all that training and experience, minimum of 10 years, to then deny the responsibilities of that rank that you have earned?
The Captain is the ranking officer on board any vessel and as such that vessel lives and dies according to the standards that he sets.
If the Captain and crew are seen to work around the vessel and go ashore in a shambolic state then that applies a stigma to the said vessel. A tight crew means a tight vessel; and that reflects itself in the respect and increased status that serving on that vessel brings to every member of the crew. So, gentlemen. It is time that we took more pride in that which we have achieved and accept the trappings of apparel that such recognition brings with it. If not for the fact that our esteem in the eyes of our hosts would rise
Instead of looking like a rag tag navy of the Dieppe beaches, we could begin to look like the professionals that we are supposed to be!

Captain G.D.Dawson - Ocean Master Charters and Yacht Management .

Here are a few tips before joining the "Yachting":
A Yacht is like a "Floating Hotel" and larger she is, larger are the services she can offer to the guests. But, a Yacht is nothing without the "Professional Crew".
- In the Yachting, you got private and/or charter motor yacht and private and/or charter sailing yacht; with several positions like steward(ess), deckhand, bosun, mate, housekeeper, purser etc...

- You need to choose first your position according to your competences and kind of yacht.
- You can contact the crew agencies listed in this web site and send your C.V. by E-mail.
But, you need to know that in 90% of cases, you will have to get an interview with the recruiting agent and fill up an application form.

- And later, if there is a position available and which fits you, the agency will call you to get another interview with the owner, the captain, the first mate or the chief steward(ess). Usually, it's better to check in with the crew agencies once a week. (on line or in person) - When you know a bit more the yachting, you could get a position by "dock talk".
- You can get a couple position on a yacht as well but it's a bit more difficult.
- During the season, you are busy and can work up to 24 hours a day with not too much time off. On larger yachts, you got usually a Summer season in the Mediterranean Sea and a Winter Season in the Caribbean Sea.
But, obviously everything depends on the Owner's Wishes.
- Get the maximum of information on the web, magazines, dockwalk newspaper, etc...
- The Yachting is becoming more and more professional, so you need more and more certificate of competences. The minimum now is the STCW 95 Basic Training Course (including the Sea Survival, First Aid, Fire Fighting, Personal safety and Social Responsibility) for all crew members.

- In last, it's a busy and wonderful job if you love it.

Good Luck !

How am I going to go there?

By plane (French phone numbers)
Airlines companies:

Air Algerie:
Air Dolomiti: 0800.013.366
Air France: 0820.820.820
American Airlines: +0.800.230.035
Alitalia: 0802.315.315
Bmi Baby: 0820.423.333
British Airways: 0825.825.400
British Midland: 0800.050.142
Corse Méditerranée: 0836.679.520
Crossair: 0802.040.506
Delta Airlines: 0800.354.080
Easy Jet: 0825.082.508
Finnair: 0800.366.177
Go -Fly: 0802.838.383
Héli Air Monaco:
Héli Inter:
Iberia: 0802.075.075
K.L.M: 0810.556.556
Lufthansa: 0802.020.030
Malaysia Airlines:
Nice Airport Info:
Cannes Airport Info:
Portugalia: 0803.083.818
Sabena: 0820.830.830
S.A.S: 0825.325.335
Saudi Arabian Airlines: 0800.213.490
Singapore Airlines:
Swissair: 0820.040.506
United Airlines: 0801.727.272
Virgin Express: 0800.528.528

By Taxi
About 50 € from the Nice cote d'Azur Airport to Antibes.

By Bus
About 8.5 € from Nice airport to Nice train station.

By train (regional fast train)
Tel: (24h/24h, information,tickets - 0.34 €/min)
Watch out the SNCF frequent strike.

Where am I going to get my E-mail?
Antibes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

La galerie du port 8, boulevard d'Aguillon -

Antibes Work St@tion 1, Avenue Saint Roch - Tel:
Cannes Station 32, rue Jean-Jaurès - Tel:
Cannes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 11, Marechal Joffre- Tel:
Juan les Pins Cyber Café Web 21, Avenue de Cannes - Tel:
La Napoule
Internet Cafe 75, Avenue de Cannes - Tel:
Nice Email Cafe 8, rue Saint Vincent - Tel:
Nice Web Nice 25 bis, Promenade des Anglais - Tel:
Saint Raphaël Cyber Bureau 123, rue Waldeck Rousseau - Tel:
Saint Tropez Cyber FCDCI 2, avenue Paul Roussel BP 130 - Tel:
Monaco Stars and Bars 6, quai Antoine 1er - Tel: +377.
Monaco S.M.B. Monacom 10,rue Princesse Florestine - Tel: +377.
Monaco Ditoo 20, Av. de Fontvieille - Tel: +377.

Where am I going to have a drink?

Antibes The Hop Store Irish Pub 38, Boulevard d'Aguillon - Tel:
Antibes Blue Lady rue Lacan- Tel:
Antibes Xtreme Café 6, rue Aubernon - Tel:
Cannes Morrison's Irish Pub 10, rue Teisseire - Tel:
Cannes Le Benton's 5, rue Docteur Pierre Gazagnaire - Tel:
Cannes The Quay's Irish Pub 17, quai Saint Pierre - Tel:
Happy hour from 0630 pm to 0830 pm
Nice Irish Tavern Scarlett O'hara 22, rue Droite - Tel:
Nice Pub O'Neills 40, rue droite - Tel:
Monaco Stars and Bars 6, quai Antoine 1er - Tel: +377.

Where am I going to sleep?
Crew House

Antibes The Crew Grapevine 16, rue de La Baume
+33(0)6 16 66 28 43 - +33(0)6 28 68 57 19
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19, Avenue Mas ensoleillé - Tel:
Antibes The Glamorgan 20, avenue Thiers - Tel:
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Antibes Apartments - Le Resideal 240, Avenue Jules Grec - Tel:
Antibes STELLA'S 7 bis, Avenue Paul Arene - Tel:
Antibes Apartments - Le Resideal 240, Avenue Jules Grec - Tel:
Youth Hostel "Caravelle"
B&B - Tel:

English Shops

Antibes Geoffrey's (British store) La Galerie du port , rue Lacan -
Antibes Antibes Books 24, rue Aubernon - Tel:

Special Link: The Riviera Reporter

Yachts are operating under different flags which means that they are to follow national laws and international laws. Crew members working on a yacht have great responsibilities, the better they work as a team the better it is. Community life on board will be their routine, they will have to share space and respect each other.

Here after are a few points that are important if you really want to join the yachting industry.

- Contract: Crew members must make sure that they understand well the proposed contract and/or terms and conditions of the employment and/or the ship standing orders and/or the crew policy guidelines.

- Punctuality: If you are late for an interview, a manoeuvre, a watch shift, the yacht departure, ... The time is waiting for no-one.

- Discipline: As in all industry, there is a hierarchy to respect and to comply with. But in the yachting, may be more, if you don't comply and you have repeated breaches of conduct especially when guests on board, this can result in disciplinary action.

- Presentation and personal appearance: On board usually, crew members are used to wear uniforms. A constant neat and tidy presentation will help you for a lasting employment. Personal appearance like tattoos, piercing, etc. are allowed only on certain yachts, is becoming rare on mega yachts.Read more ...

- Smoking: Smoking on board most yachts is not allowed.
On some yachts, you got some restricted smoking areas like the foredeck. But usually, it is a privilege. Don't take for granted a privilege.

- Alcohol: On certain yachts, alcohol is prohibited, but usually the crew members have a drink on the dock after working hours and when no guests on board. On some yachts, you can drink moderately but NOT at all when guests on board and during passage. Excessive drinking on a yacht is unacceptable, each crew member is part of a team, in case of emergency if one fails, the result can be a disaster.

- Drugs: Possession, use and traffic of drugs are absolutely forbidden on yachts. Imagine a customs check, and they find something: The yacht will be ceased and justice charges would be taken against the crew, the guests and the owner.

- Weapons: Firearms are forbidden on board.

- Safety: On board, the safety is essential. New crew members must be familiarised with the safety procedures (abandon ship, man over board, fire, bilge procedure etc.) and equipment before they can be part of the watch system.

- Confidentiality and Privacy: All crew members must keep a high degree of discretion about the life of their owner and guests on board and/or ashore.

- Duties: The higher is your position, the higher is your responsibility. So you must be aware of your responsibilities according to your position. When a crew member is on duty on board at dock, he is in charge of the whole safety of the yacht. As well as it is his responsibility to declare his income.

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