Discrimination in the Superyacht industry
The word discrimination is becoming more commonly heard in the yachting industry. We can acknowledge that yachting can be a fickle environment in which to work and live in the best of times. We, along with fellow industry insiders, feel that it is time for the industry to be reflective of a profession we should be proud to be a part of.
By KARINE RAYSON
Speaking with Kacee in a recent vlog, we discussed the contentious topic of discrimination in yachting and how it is putting the industry at a disadvantage.
Kacee reported that she is what you consider an above-average weight and size for yachting and felt that she was discriminated against based on her size, bust, and hair colour. This discrimination was felt even within the recruitment agencies where she would attend interviews.
Kacee is a hard worker, has a can-do attitude, a passion for the industry, and shows loyalty towards her employers across all sectors. Why wouldn’t you want to hire her?
I hear more and more captains complain that they cannot find quality crew, which is primarily due to the industry’s ignorance of soft skills when recruiting.
I think it is time for the industry to cast their judgement aside as it isn’t doing them any favours. We need to take a hard look at what makes a successful yacht, and it’s certainly not good looks and a tiny waist, nor is it being ripped and looking like the cover model of Men’s Health.
Finding the right crew to fit your boat requires interpersonal skills, sound judgement and emotional intelligence.
At The Crew Coach, we want to drive this change within the industry. However, it first starts with education. We want to see you succeed and be the best leader you can be while supporting a positive culture shift within the industry. This takes a willingness to take the first step: investing in yourself and your professional development.