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After 17 years working on yachts, Hazel made the decision to finally hang up her “yachtie” shoes and become land based in Mallorca where she first arrived in 1997. Having trained many new recruits and budding stewardesses (a few budding Stewards too) over the years and recognising there was a huge gap in the market for interior crew training and support here in Mallorca, the idea of the VIP Service School was born.

She believes her first hand experience, gathered over many years on both motor and sail, large and small, will be of benefit to others. Her career took her all over the world working on private and charter yachts with owners and guests of many different nationalities. Her last placement being over five years for a Lord and Lady where she worked on the build and launch of their new Feadship, followed by world cruising. Pre-yachting she worked in Office and Human Resource Management as well as being Personal Assistant to a CEO within the Oil Industry in Scotland.

Although having fallen into the yachting industry by accident after a long career in the oil industry and thinking it temporary, she knows that it is possible for interior crew to have a long term, challenging and rewarding career within the industry rather than it be a “gap year” fill in. Believing in the benefits of training, she is passionate about sharing her hard earned knowledge with others, giving new crew a helping hand to get a good start in the industry and be the best they can be.

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