DAY 1: Schipper

March 31, 2012

Today, we take a look at some of the featured skippers from the fist day of the academy.

Name: Alec Newton, Instructor

Age: 21

Nationality: English

My best crew would be: Mixed crew, everyone single and preferably European with a professional chef and barman on board

Most gnarly sailing experience: Sailing with a wind of 25-35 knots by the Blue Caves in Croatia, while at the same time trying to save a crew without a Yacht Week skipper on board

When I'm not sailing, I'm: Double majoring in civil engineering and French

Interesting fact: I am the author of the sacred Yacht Week Skipper Bible

Name: Sebastían Cremades Aguilar, Trainee

Age: 23

Nationality: Spanish

When did you start sailing: 10 years old in Alicante on fishing trips with my grandfather

The ultimate crew: All girls, 2 Swedes, 2 Norwegians, 2 Danish, 2 Finnish all fluent in Spanish

I fall on asleep on a boat and I arrive in: Thailand

Name: Axel Lindnér, Trainee

Age: 24

Nationality: Swedish

When did you start sailing: Aged 1, on the back of my grandfather

Best sailing experience: This past Christmas vacation in the BVI's with my parents, sailing on top of crystal blue water while having breakfast with a school of baby sharks below

My ultimate crew: Scandinavian girls, preferably university students
The word skipper, has its roots in Dutch origins, just like the word yachtSchip, as you can imagine, means ship.  With a proud history of having one of the most dominant naval fleets on the sea, there is no surprise as to why the English have adapted their word from its Dutch origins.

So, now that we’ve clarified where the word comes from...

What does a normal skipper actually do? 

A skipper is in charge of overseeing the activity that goes on, within and outside of the vessel.  From controlling the use of wind to taking care of his crew - the skipper watches over his ship as if it were his baby.  Depending on the type of crew he has, his job may include cooking the meals, cleaning the deck and taking care of those unfortunate to be stricken with sea sickness.  He never loses his sense of direction and his passion for living amidst the waters of the world stems from his relationship and love for the sea.

What does a Yacht Week skipper do?

With the same passion for the sea and constant control of the crew and sailboat as the normal skipper, the Yacht Week skipper differs in his attitude towards classifying whether or not what he does is an actual job! In the words of TYW’s very own skipper manager, Leo Alsved, “Sailing, partying and hanging out with friends, can that ever be classified as a job?”  Exactly - what may be considered a dream to many is the actual job of The Yacht Week skipper.  Throughout the week he represents the energy, optimism, and spirit of The Yacht Week.  He knows the route for the day, at what time the party starts and will be there right with you to enjoy every moment of the week.  He’ll be your friend, leader, protector and guide.  His only challenge is finding time to sleep and controlling the amount of fun he is having...