In this new online series, BOAT talks with crew members quarantined on board as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here, we chat with Sam Franklin-May, captain of 42 metre superyacht Moka.
Where is the boat?
Port Adriano, Mallorca
Are you allowed off the yacht or are you quarantined on board?
We are quarantined on board.
How has the virus outbreak impacted your life on board?
A number of crew live ashore during the winter with their families. Due to the virus all crew are on lockdown on board.
How are you keeping busy?
We are preparing for the season and staying active.
How are you keeping fit?
We’re keeping fit in the on board gym and on deck with virtual yoga classes.
How is morale on board?
Good. We are all healthy and remain positive at this time.
Has the virus outbreak disrupted the yacht’s schedule?
Yes, we had been due to attend the MYBA charter boat show in Barcelona and charter bookings are also on hold.
How are you sourcing provisions?
What measures has the captain or owner introduced on board to minimise the risk of the virus?
No contractors are allowed on board, hand sanitising stations are stationed at the passerelle and other entrances. The stewardesses are regularly sanitising door handles and railings. Gloves and a mask are worn if there is any contact with outside personnel. Goods received from shore are fully sanitised.
Any tips for crew in a similar situation?
Stay safe, stay fit and fingers crossed for a successful Med season. We are all in the same boat.