The Yacht Stew:
Meet Gemma

 

Hey there, I’m Gemma, the girl behind The Yacht Stew.

Most days you can find me writing a multitude of lists & checking off as many things as possible, singing my lungs out, with my hair in a bun & a cup of cold (I ALWAYS forget about it!) tea.

I’m newly married to my incredible husband and a devoted big sister. I’m a Yacht Chief Stew, unscripted yachtie blogger, organization nerd & a women who feels most at home while laying in the top bunk on my crew cabin.

I am mostly known for creating the online community that is The Yacht Stew. Encouraging women from around the world to share their wins & struggles in an effort to remind everyone that even though you may not set foot on land for the next 3 months, you are truthfully never alone.

People often remember me as someone who gives far too many hugs, gets overly excited over tiny details & is the ultimate extrovert-introvert. Monday nights are reserved for Peppermint Tea, Face Masks & Gilmore Girl reruns.

I love serving the world by sharing my passions, vulnerabilities & joys. Joining the Yachting Industry in 2011, right out of University, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. With my best friend by my side, we both managed to get our first jobs & what was going to be a summer of paying off student debt, turned into my career and over 7 years later, I’m still loving every second.

Throughout the past several years, I have seen a huge lack of resources to help women not only get started in the industry, but also excel throughout their careers. Unlike on the deck side, as Interior Crew, we don’t have set courses we need to take to progress, so instead, it’s up to US to push ourselves to learn more, think outside of the box & become creative forces.

When I’m not busy working onboard, you can catch me eating egg-free cake (allergies suck!), flying to the nearest sunny destination with my hubby & daydreaming about my future dogs (Marley & Rasc)

If you’re dying to hear more, here are five things you might not know about me.

1. I’m probably the only yachtie you’ll meet that doesn’t drink coffee
2. I first saw my now husband through the porthole & for 3 weeks I daydreamed about meeting the ‘boy next-door’
3. I’m incredibly passionate about fostering kind & genuine relationships, so it was a no brainer to have crew from every yacht I’ve worked on at my Wedding
4. On my first guest trip, I realized I had never opened a beer before & fumbled my way through it in front of the Owner. (Don’t worry, I’ve practised since then!)
5. Mornings & I have had a tough relationship through the years, but we are learning to see eye to eye

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In the past 8 years of The Yacht Stew I’ve had the privilege to chat to so many aspiring yacht crew that got in touch with questions they have about the industry, being a stewardess onboard, courses for green & junior crew and also about landing your first position. Over the years the type of questions I get have stayed very similar which made me realise that these are topics most joining steward(ess)es are curious about. That’s why I’ll be hosting a FREE webinar for aspiring stews & junior stews that needs advice, want to connect and have their questions answered.

The free webinar is for anyone that wants to join this incredible industry as a steward(ess) but feels that they need some guidance with where to start and which courses you can do to highlight and build on the experience you already have on your CV. 

🗓 21 April
⏰ 18:00 CET
📩 Register through link in bio
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If you’ll be attending this webinar, leave a 👯‍♀️ in the comments and if you have any questions that you want me to answer, leave them in the comments too or send me a DM.

See you on Thursday!
Today I had a lovely catch up with Gem’s mom, @50funkyandfabulous 🌸 It’s hard to believe that five months have passed since Gem left us 🕊

For those that don’t know, when the GoFundMe account was set up, Gem had asked for her mom to handle the finances, so Jayn was the beneficiary of the funds raised. Today we got to chat about how the family will be using the money raised. They have decided to create a grief group for parents who have lost their children and are working with UK based cancer charities that focus on those under 30 who are battling cancer. Jayn will be starting the Floating Florista foundation, which focuses beach hut respite days for cancer patients, exactly like Gem’s respite days just before her final hospital stay. They are also working on making Pap Smears more accessible to yacht crew alongside a list of several other yacht crew related projects they would like to do.

It’s a lot. And they are working through one project at a time while almost managing life without Gem. Jayn has shared that the @floatingflorista page will become the foundation page & if you have any questions about the fundraiser or foundation, she’s happy to share more details. Reach out to @50funkyandfabulous 💗

It’s a beautiful thing to know that Gem’s story isn’t forgotten and her legacy will continue.

P.S. This joy-filled photo was from Gem’s respite day in September 2021. She had always dreamed of decorating a beach hut & now fellow cancer fighters will get to experience the same joy in Gem’s honour 💗
Hi! Hello! Here is your reminder to take a little mental health break. Put your phone down, get outside & take a few deep breaths.

And… when you’re done having some phone-free time, here are a few of my favourite Instagram accounts to follow! They all focus on various aspects of mental health & honestly… it’s a breath of fresh air to see their content when scrolling! 

@matthiasjbarker
@amoderntherapist
@the.holistic.psychologist
@igototherapy
@namicommunicate
@health_anxiety
@brainbodydoc
@anxietyjosh
@alifecoloredamber 

📸 @sofia_nistor
Community is a recurring theme for TYS & the yachting community. With so much going on right now, having a group of people supporting you is more important than ever!

To start building more of a land-based community, I’ve partnered with @yachtpearlsofwisdom to put together an event for stewardesses past & present to discuss the transition to land, learn about financial planning and various career prospects. This event is completely FREE - no hidden agenda, just a group of incredible women sharing and connecting.

🗓 April 8th 2022
📍 @theshardlondon
⏰ 11:00 - 16:00
What’s included? Afternoon Tea, Panel Discussions, Networking & a raffle with goodies from yachtie owned small businesses. 

There are only five seats left, so please send me a DM if you like to attend.

Bring on an afternoon of tea, learning & connecting!
Happy LOVE Day! How gorgeous is this balloon-yacht-art for V-day?! 

It’s no secret that I'm a total sucker for this hallmark holiday & I'm fully embracing it! Here’s to a day of loving myself completely (flaws and all!) and taking the time to remind those around me of how much I freaking love them. 

And even though I am in an extra sappy mood today, just know that I love you all. I have met some of my best friends through this platform & while social media can be hit & miss - this community is just so beautiful.

📸 @luxegeneration

#theyachtstew #valentinesday #vday #love #stewardess #chiefstew #yachting #yachtie
Introducing the pantone colour of the year ‘Very Peri’! I’m a massive fan of this colour & can not wait to see how this colour comes to life through design trends this year. 

Speaking of trends, I am working away on an exciting project with@kimseybert, the ultimate tabletop visionary & I can not wait to share with all of you!

What are your thoughts on ‘Very Peri’? 

📸 @kimseybert
#veryperi #pantone2022 #pantonecolouroftheyear
Looking to step up onboard, but not sure where to start? 

Have an honest conversation with yourself, what are your strengths & weaknesses? Own that! No one is perfect & a little humility goes a long way. I knew I seriously lacked confidence behind the bar, so I took an intensive course & started Cocktail Friday when I became Chief Stew in an effort to learn as much as possible. 

Have tips for a stew looking to step up? Leave them below!

📸 @nicolesinteriors
Green Crew! Today’s post if for you! 🌸

Interviewing can be daunting to say the least so I’ve put together a few questions I suggest asking during interviews. 

1) Find out about crew dynamics and longevity.
2) What does the role involve? Progression onboard?
3) What’s the interior structure & the structure of hierarchy onboard?
4) Do they prioritise onboard training?

And just a reminder that the HOD on the other end of the phone may be a little nervous too! Interviewing a candidate to join their team and become apart of the boat’s family is a huge responsibility.
Be yourself, come prepared and fingers crossed you find the most amazing crew to join! 

📸 @mayvislee26

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