Each year, swarms of contenders descend on destinations around the world in the hope of landing a job on a yacht. It’s become something like the new gap year: in the past young people could get a visa for a two-year working holiday in the UK, says Maxine Oakley, co-head of The Stewardess Training Company; today, young people choose yachting.

It’s not just young people either. “I have people up to the age of 45 who are throwing in the towel. I have had doctors, lawyers, dentists, accountants, chartered accountants, IT experts ... basically you name a profession and I can tell you someone who has decided to work in the yachting industry,” says Super Yachting South Africa founder Jason Hunter...

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