This is Mag

This is Mag. Mag is a professional yachtswoman. Frankly, this was not always the case. Until some time ago, I worked as a Conception Manager or Special Ad Consultant. You don´t understand a word? No worries – something about advertising, marketing, media, internet and the like.

Advertising and marketing – an amazing industry I passionately worked in. Many years with a well known publishing house, then in the online department of one of Germany´s most successful TV networks. But one day I realized that there had to be more. That I wasn’t interested in a new car being faster, shinier, more beautiful than the one before. Or if the new make-up makes me look brighter, lovelier, more successful. That´s all the usual blah-blah. Marketing talk. With time I just lost interest.

I chose to focus on something I really love: Sailing. I´ve been sailing for quite a while now. At first only once a year. Then smaller races. And then with my own boat: Juli, a 1968 Dehler Varianta K4. I joined an international all-female yacht racing squad as a crew member and experienced great events such as Cowes Week and Antigua Sailing Week. And I realized that this is the life I want to live. As a professional yachtswoman.

Next step: Gibraltar. Fast Track to the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. 14 weeks of learning to sail. From scratch. Learning like the British do it, a nation dedicated to sailing. Starting with Competent Crew and then all the way to the Yachtmaster. Very much about experience and practical knowledge. Exactly what I wanted: Education that is focused on the practical part and supplies you with all the little things that help you go forward. And of course the diesel engine course, STCW95 Sea Survival, First Aid and Fire Fighting. Topped with the commercial endorsement and the German equivalent for commercial sailing “Sportseeschifferschein”.

And now I have completed my first professional season in the branch: 21 weeks as the Lead Skipper of the Athens Flotilla 2016 by Nautilus Yachting. One summer in Greece helping clients to have a fabulous holiday in the Saronic and Argolic Gulf. Passage planning, finding beautiful anchor spots and swim stops, and getting up to 14 boats safely in and out of small public harbouts in high season.

Plus a lot of informal training and coaching. Not everybody was used to the stern-to-mooring with the anchor that is pretty common in Greece.

Lots of experience gained, plenty of unforgettable moments and meeting many great people from Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Slovenia, Palestine, United States, Netherlands, Belgium, Israel and Germany.

So if you need some advise for a perfect sailing holiday in the Saronic Gulf – give me a call!