Captain gets dream job

Sep 3, 2013 by Lucy Chabot Reed

Captain Mark Dixon has landed what he calls “a temporary dream job.” Read for yourself:

“I’m in Alaska finishing up the second part of a three-part expedition. The deal went down very quickly. I applied and in a week I was in the shipyard finishing up getting the boat ready for this amazing trip.

“R/V Aquila is 165 feet and very seasoned. An older oilfield supply vessel, she spent 15 years as a crab boat in the Bering Sea, then was the chase boat for a season or two on ‘Deadliest Catch,’ then put in service as a research vessel. She’s a long ways from yachts but just right for this. The scientist all like this rig and that’s what matters.

“We loaded all kinds of equipment for several branches for NOAA, and departed for Seattle. We did an inside transit to Sitka, and you can’t believe this place. We landed in Sitka, 11 scientists boarded and we did 27 days of large marine mammal sightings, mostly whales, photographing, tagging and cataloging these incredible creatures.

“These scientists are all at the top of their field. With several listening devices we were able to identify the species and location, then the chase was on, deploying the inflatable to get up close and personal in a way I have never experienced.

“All totaled, we ran a grid of more than 5,000 miles in the Gulf of Alaska and cataloged more than 900 mammals. I was told this was the best trip ever.

“We unloaded the scientists in Kodiak, then headed back to Sitka where we reconfigured the deck and loaded an automated fish handler to do commercial salmon tendering for several weeks.

“I have learned so much and seen what is truly the most amazing place in our USA.”




Talk about someone who can juggle lots of tasks. Chief Stew and Triton columnist Alene Keenan has added instructor to her list of jobs. She’s also an author (of “The Yacht Service Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht”), a writer (of her monthly Stew Cues column), a trainer (of interior training both on and off yachts) and, oh yes, a chief stew.

This fall saw her begin teaching at MPT in Ft. Lauderdale where she will tackle several of the interior program courses including silver service and the chief stew courses, and offer career counseling to students and new yacht crew.

After more than 20 years working on yachts, “I can have a normal life, still do my writing and build my online business with more books and other products,” she wrote in an e-mail announcing her move. “I am very excited.”


Capt. Garry Schenck has reported in that he’s taken command of the 100-foot M/Y Insatiable, reworking many of the systems onboard to put her back in day charter service. Good luck with your yard period Cap.


The crew of M/Y Lazy Z is once again spearheading a fundraiser for cancer. Decked out in pink last year for breast cancer, this year they will be in blue to raise money for testicular cancer research.

The second Limitless Marathon organized with IYC Crew takes place in Antibes on Sept. 7. Here’s how it will work:

Participating crew can run or walk for a four-hour period between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Port Vauban in Antibes. To raise money, crew pay a 10-euro entry fee, plus 1 euro per kilometer completed. Money will support Balls to Cancer in its efforts at research and education about men’s cancers.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three competitors, with the crew member who completes the most kilometers winning a paddleboard. Afterward, sponsors will host a barbecue and then the party continues at The Blue Lady with a blue costume party with prizes for the best costumes.

To register, visit

Last year’s event, which started with Lazy Z’s yacht hop at the Antigua charter show in December and culminated with the marathon in St. Maarten in February raised about $15,000 for breast cancer research.

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Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

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