Interview with a Skipper

Ella Thorogood

By Ella Thorogood

Posted on 10th May 2019

There are many elements that fit together in order for us to make The Yacht Week happen - one of the most important is our Skippers! We are grateful to have such hard-working, amazing people as part of our family. We caught up with one of our lead skippers, route manager in Greece and all around fabulous boss lady, Pernilla, about life as a Skipper on and off TYW.

How long have you been a skipper and why did you decide to do it?

Since 2011. I stumbled into it through a friend in Sweden that knew the Skipper Manager at that time. I was working as a sailing instructor and TYW needed skippers the week after, I was lucky enough to be off those weeks and flew down to Croatia three days later.

What’s your fave thing about being a skipper?

The constant challengers you push yourself through - new boats, new people, different weather... not one day is the same. Meeting people from all around the world and becoming close as an family with your co-workers. 

What are your top 3 tips for someone who wants to become a skipper?

  • Passion for sailing, service and PEOPLE
  • Be humble and respectful towards everything/everyone you meet
  • Know your stuff, you won’t become a finance analytic without knowledge in finance... get yourself hours behind the wheel and good education. 

Fave place you have ever sailed?

Definitely Stockholm Archipelago, I bet Antarctica might beat it when I get to sail there... but for now I will pick my home islands. 

Number one song you listen to when you sail?

Well... At this point Fusco got me into “Its a bloody great day to go sailing...” 

What has been your favourite moment of TYW?

If I have to pick one: Last riviera chic party of Greece route last season. It was my best full season so far and finish up with the family that’s been around all summer was the epic moment I will never forget. I will always remember the endless sunsets/sunrises. 

What is your fave TYW route and why?

Greece... it’s the perfect mix between sailing, day/evening parties and beautiful surroundings. 

Why should people come on TYW?

There is nothing like it. Waking up on the sea, surrounded by your new friends and aiming for a new island you never visit. What could be better? On top of that, you become part of a whole new family. 

Written by: Ella Thorogood

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