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I am Brazilian, piscean and traveller. Working as a yacht stewardess gives me the oportunitty to be close to the ocean, which is where I always wanted to be. This blog is the result of a desire to share my life with people who are seeking for a new adventure and also to help those who cross my path. Welcome to my world!
The worst crossing of my life
The boat tilted 45° while my head and my feet banged on both sides of the rooms walls
13/02/2017 - Updated on 10/04/2017 21h22

The benefits of being a Stewardess are endless. You get to see the world spending almost nothing, you save money for personal projects, make new friends every season, meet new cultures…but you also have the challenges like any other profession, by saying that I mean the unexpected storms that the crew may find in the open ocean.

There is no way I could forget the date. It was June 1st, 2016. We were doing a crossing – taking the yacht from New Zealand to Fiji, it took us 6 days. What no one expected was that a storm would be coming our way, something that wasn't predicted by the weather forecast.

The storm really surprised us. First day, wind gust changed the weather conditions. We entered that system and couldn’t get out. The captain decided to contact the station in New Zealand to understand what happened and what would be the best thing to do.

We were told that the system was right behind us, which means if we went back it would be much worse. Best to move on, not looking back. That's what we did. The first 24 hours were the worst. I was in my room and I prayed like I have never done before. I even thought that, if I had to die at that time I would like that to happen by heart attack, because I didn't want to drown. The boat tilted 45° while my head and my feet banged on both sides of the rooms walls. It was terrible. Everything came out of the place: tables, chairs, drawers. These were six long days of great fear and distress.

 

We contacted the crew from other boats to see how they were going, many reported that they had to secure themselves in order not to get hurt. When we finally arrived in Fiji, we heard that unfortunately two people had not survived the storm. 

Like everything in life, being a stewardess also has its challenges. And in the sea, they are more than a few.

 
“I don't know what I might apper to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me”, Isaac Newton




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Alene Keenanem 01/03/2017, às 13h32
Wow, this is quite a story. I remember reading about this storm and the rescue of the remaining crew by a container ship. 
Bless your heart for sharing this, what a frightening ordeal that must have been. Thank you, Sabrina!
Raeem 29/03/2017, às 02h08
Wow! Sounds pretty crazy! I'm glad you lived to tell the tale 
The Yacht Stewardessem 18/07/2017, às 01h05
Alene, it certainly was something that I'll never forget. It was quite hard to put it on paper, but surely a story to tell the grandkids one day. Thank you for your lovely comment. Have a lovely day.
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