Mega Yacht Crew Training

CNN

21st April 2014

Mega Yacht Crew Training

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We get a visit on the luxury yacht (London) from one of CNNs lovely reporters, Sheena.

Mega Yacht Crew Training

These young women are training to be superyacht stewardesses, where they hope to earn anything from $1,000 to $6,000 a week.

Billionaires demand many attributes from their staff. “There’s one word you must never say: ‘No’ ,” says Bespoke head butler Rob. “It’s always: ‘I’ll see what I can do Sir.’ ”

As part of the course, the women will learn silver service, food preparation, and etiquette.

“The yacht is where the super rich come to entertain, it’s where they want to show off, it needs to be perfect. And that’s what we’re teaching them here — perfection,” says Sarah Vestin Rahmani, founder of Bespoke Bureau (pictured).

Superyacht stewards must cater to their billionaire boss’ every whim — that means memorizing their favorite meals, music and sleeping routines.

Mega Yacht Crew Training

Many stewards barely get a chance to see the exotic places where they travel. But with accommodation and food paid for, they see it as a way to save money quickly. The perks are plently

At your service – we teach them a lot on the Mega Yacht Crew Training story highlights:

  • A rare insight into the gruelling world of a superyacht stewardess
  • Learn how to serve billionaire masters in five-day training course
  • Hostesses can earn anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000 a week
  • Not for the faint-hearted, with long hours and extravagant demands

Mega Yacht Crew Training – Service Etiquette

There’s one word a billionaire’s servant should never say.

“No.”

“Banish it from your vocabulary,” wide-eyed recruits are told. Because when money is no object, neither is the extent staff are expected to go in satisfying their master’s most extravagant desires.

The financial titans of the world don’t just require service par excellence — they demand superheroes at their beck and call.

People willing to swim in jellyfish-infested water, survive on four hours sleep a night, and accept every criticism with not so much as a raised eyebrow.

Trainer Titta

Trainer Titta

Observant stewards must become instant experts on their wealthy boss’s favorite meals, music tastes, heavens above even their bowel movements.

Trainer Titta shows the girls the ropes.

Bespoke Bureau recruitment of the Yacht crew

And if these foot soldiers of hospitality don’t make the gruelling regime look easy — or keep quiet about the high profile lives on board — then they’re out of a job paying anything from $1,000 to $6,000 a week.

Is it worth it? The four girls training to become superyacht stewardesses, in London’s stylish St Katherine’s Docks, seem to think so.

They’re on day three of a five-day training course, the only one of its kind in Britain, and one they have paid $2,500 to join.

And what better place to learn how to serve their future masters, than on a 30-meter luxury vessel – their home and floating classroom for the week.

 

Money talks – Sara Vestin Rahmani

With a superyacht costing anything between $30 million and $100 million, you can safely bet that if you’re wealthy enough to own one, you’re wealthy enough to make extreme demands on your staff.

“We are talking about the ultra rich — Russian oligarchs, Arab sheiks, oil gurus,” says Sara Vestin Rahmani, founder of Bespoke Bureau, a high-end domestic staff recruitment agency running the superyacht training course.

“People who own a superyacht are the elite of the elite. The yacht is where they come to entertain, it’s where they want to show off, it needs to be perfect. And that’s what we’re teaching them here — perfection.”

Tea service perfection

Tea service perfection

Not just perfect service – but perfect silence about life on board.” Confidentiality is very important,” says butler Rob, whose past bosses include royal family members. Unsurprisingly, he won’t divulge who.

“They’re not just paying for you to do your job — they’re paying for your integrity as well. Unfortunately it’s not like a tabloid newspaper’s ‘kiss and tell.’ Once you lose their trust, you lose your job.”

People who own a superyacht are the elite of the elite. The yacht is where they come to entertain, it’s where they want to show off, it needs to be perfect.

Sara Vestin Rahmani

Sara Vestin Rahmani – An advocate for the rich

 

 

Vestin Rahmani describes two Australian superyacht stewardesses who even leaped into jellyfish-infested ocean for their master.

 

“They had a young, female, Arab boss, a very sweet woman who they adored and who never ever went in the water. But one day she was in the mood to go for a swim, even though there were jellyfish,” she explained.

“So what they did was jump in the water and clear everything in front of her — they got stung to pieces. It was a sign of respect from them. I just think it’s a nice story.”

Vestin Rahmani asks one of the girls if they’d also be willing to dive into danger for their master. “No,” she answers, giggling nervously.

Many of the trainees are already working on superyachts and looking for some formal training.

One, who didn’t want to be named, will be taking the place of her supervisor who recently got fired. “It’s very tough,” she says. “If they don’t like your hair or the way your voice sounds, you’re out.”

They’re helping unemployment because they’re hiring lots of people. Everyone is a winner in this relationship argues Vestin Rahmani as she puts forward a version of trickle down economics. “Imagine you had millions, billions. What would you want to do with your money? You’d want to have a good life, look after your family, your children, your friends,” she says. “These people have 10 households, some maybe more. So it’s good for the economy in terms of retail because they buy a lot. And they’re helping unemployment because they’re hiring lots of people.

“I think people forget that these wealthy owners are making a difference — and not a negative one.”

Here in this surreal world of master and servant the billionaire boss is effectively the God of their floating palace. Which brings to mind a line from the bible: “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.”

For these stewardesses-in-training, they’ll soon find out how true that is.

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