Mike Wander

MY AQUARIUS

Like many people in the industry I have always been a keen sailor, mostly around the Isle of Wight.
I soon gained my instructors qualifications, I have taught all ages and levels from dinghies through to powerboats and jet skis.

I started in the industry at 18, working hard on very busy charter yachts. Throughout this time, I completed all my courses during my leave periods, achieving my OOW at 21 and my Masters at 24.

Over my career I pride myself on longevity to yachts and Captains, endearing/striving to seek out the best in myself and the crew. There is always a balance between leader and motivator, I want to lead by example and I am always working to improve every aspect of the yachts I work on.

I am now 27 years old, with 14 Atlantic crossings and over 70 charters under my belt, latterly as the Chief Officer on a 92m Feadship.

It would be easy to state that my professional life has been a complete success. I am proud of what I have achieved. I have always had to push myself hard, both physically and mentally.

I recognise that personal goals, interests and even relationships have often had to take a back seat, but I am fortunate enough to have great family and friends behind me.

Overall, the opportunities and life experiences the industry has given me are incredible. I believe it has made me a more mature, well-rounded, intuitive person and a better leader.

I look forward to future challenges and learning new skills, but I am also mindful of the balance needed to be healthy, happy and effective in my role. I fully support the current drive to focus, develop and sustain the crews mental and physical wellbeing.

My personal goal will be always to seek to run yachts that foster an environment that encourages and support their crew to achieve their best. For me, I will also strive to be that little bit better.

There are many friends and colleagues out there in this Industry, who deserve to be nominated regardless of position and qualifications, but thank you for supporting me and the nomination.