Tomorrow’s leaders begin with captains of today
I read with great interest Capt. Ian Bone’s editorial regarding a captain’s leadership abilities [March issue, Write to be Heard, page A16]. And, in many respects I agree with him.
I would, however, like to add one thing. It is the captain’s responsibility to constantly be educating his crew, regardless of whether it is a crew of one or more, on the many things that are needed to truly become a member of a professional crew. This covers myriad topics from professional standards to nautical terminology, and includes such things as interpersonal skills, as well as how to negotiate a contract, or what is involved in the sale of a vessel (on both sides).
Unfortunately, in today’s world, a great deal of that is left by the wayside as so many captains spend little or no time on these things and merely sign off on sea time (which is not always accurate — yes I said it).
At a time when more and more vessels are not only being commissioned, but also a lot of vessels that have been “mothballed” are coming back into service, the need for educating crew is never more relevant. And I say this not so much for the schools to have yet another high-cost class, but rather on many of the intangibles that each crew member and captain face on a day-to-day basis: things like proper yachting etiquette, log entries and procedures (both engineering and deck/navigation), and security of vessel (under way or moored), not to mention things as simple as the best way to maintain surfaces and finishes, both interior and exterior.
Most importantly, we need to generate a mindset that is focused more on a career as a yachting professional (that is to say, someone in it for the long haul) rather than individuals who just use yachting as a casual stopping point prior to starting a career in some other trade or profession.
It is our job, as the professionals, to bring that mentality to the people we work with and are around.
Capt. Tom McKenzie
Greek lemon soup a ‘keeper’
Capt. J Wampler is a very interesting person full of adventure and personality, which he continues to share with the rest of us. During one of his trips he had the opportunity to try a recipe Greek Lemon Soup [March issue, page C6].
His remark after having the soup was OMG, and he wasn’t kidding. Last night was my night to cook so I figured I would give it a go. Excellent. In my house, if we like something, we call it a keeper, and Capt. John’s Greek Lemon Soup certainly is. Very fast and easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing.
President, Coastline Yacht Sales
Death reminds us to look after ourselves
I just saw the Facebook article on the chef’s passing. How tragic. Far too many young ones leaving us way too soon. One does not have to know them to feel the sadness and pain.
And it makes me think: Are all the women in our industry doing their monthly self checks, annual
inspections, etc.? How about the guys? Prostate and testicular check ups?
How about skin cancer checks? Someone we both know has had a few scares the past few months, a pretty big incision to remove an area of cancer on her back and other areas.
I had nine biopsies taken in the past six months and about 24 areas frozen off. Of the nine, only one came back suspect. My guy had enough experience to see this one had potential so he took a larger area. The center came back positive but the margins were clear all the way round. I’m now on three times a year with him with firm orders to walk in with anything that pops up.
We’ve got to look after ourselves.
An older captain and friend of The Triton