This is a one-year contract position to work as a Stewardess for Sager Charters on our yacht Oriana. Oriana is 96 feet in length, has 4 guest staterooms and accommodates up to 5 crew members. More info can be found here. This is a highly demanding job which requires previous experience working on a super yacht. Read the full job description below.
It’s time to release yourself from the grip of technology and live in the moment, says Mark Sager.
When I want to take some time away from the stress of everyday life, my first choice is to be on board my yacht; although, a great alternative is to fly to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. I did just that recently. It was January in Maui — or some version of heaven.
One night I was sitting at a roof-top restaurant in Lahaina surrounded by the gentle breeze, the soft roar of the Pacific Ocean melting with a bluesy band that belted out their version of a popular Fleetwood Mac song in the background, when something caught my eye.
A family of 15 sat at the table next to me, scanned the menu and then whipped out some form of handheld entertainment. One woman dug into her purse and began passing out iPhones and headphones to her children like Santa Claus. Amid the great food, wine, conversation, ocean and music, they were completely elsewhere. They all plugged into some other place, in some other world, in some other time, tethering themselves to a reality not their own.
Gone were the opportunities for nuanced conversation, inside jokes and transplantable memories. You know, the ones that you revert back to as you sit in your office chair on a Monday morning. At the table, they forfeited familial bonds for pixels and partitions, and it struck me like a tidal wave, monsooned from our modern day.
Like most of us living in the 21st century, leveraging technology to stay connected with family, friends and business associates is required. It must be said, my work and my life have equally benefited from this age of interconnectivity, and I was not about to ditch dinner, walk to the beach and toss my phone into the ocean. It helps — technology, that is.
However, something happened in that restaurant. It’s something we’ve all seen, or are guilty of, whether we admit to it or not. It may actually happen so often that some are oblivious to it. Regardless, I witnessed it.
A moment, good and lasting, stood in between their eyeballs and phones, begging for recognition and appreciation. Instead, they tapped and swiped their way to distraction. I’ve done it. Maybe you have, too. And maybe that’s the beauty of boats. I know from my own experience that being on the water severs the ties to land in more ways than one. As my yacht peels off the dock and her fenders are lifted, my daily worries drift somewhere between the wake and the shoreline. That rush of wind, and that sinusoidal rolling as she carves through the ocean, it all bundles into something that shakes me awake. And I know it’s not just me. As I walk from the bridge to the main salon, no one is on their phones. They’re up — laughing, smiling, talking and genuinely enjoying themselves. We’re not hunchbacked in a chair, with bloodshot eyes focused on the backlit screen. We’re here — completely here.
The name of my yacht, Oriana, traces back to medieval times, with reference to the sunrise and its golden hue. There must be a parallel there. Whether we’re in Desolation Sound or the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Oriana seals us from tweets, timelines and taps. On board, we’re sheltered from distraction and separation. We’re all in the same time and space.
To me, life is a mosaic of many moments, with the intended purpose to inhabit, absorb and, ultimately, live in the grandeur of each singular moment. The charm of life is not found in another place, nor another happening, but in the reality you face right now. I worry that if we miss even one second, there is a risk that our respective mosaics will falter, incomplete and unfinished. With that, I want to encourage you to board a boat and set sail for presence, relationships and reality. Like the sunrise, life can be so fleeting. If we’re anywhere else but here, life’s mosaic is in jeopardy, and we may miss the chance to live in the moment.