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Crew Life on Board Superyacht Seagull II During Coronavirus

2020-03-27By Miranda Blazeby

In this new online series, BOAT chats with crew members quarantined on board as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here, we chat with steward Jake Mark Nieves, who is the only member of crew left on board Seagull II.

Where is the boat?

Seagull II is currently at Grand Harbour Marina in Malta

Are you allowed off the yacht or are you quarantined on board?

I’m allowed to go outside for food provisioning while observing general rules for social distancing.

Seagull II is currently in Malta

How has the virus outbreak impacted your life on board?

Days are very different now and sometimes it feels really isolated being on my own. However, I try to stay in touch with family and friends online to boost my spirits!

How are you keeping busy?

I am doing my duties as a steward which includes cleaning the interior of the boat and keeping everything pristine.

How are you keeping fit?

I am upping exercise time on deck and eating fruit and vegetables as well.

Nieves checking the engine room on board Seagull II

How is morale on board?

I’m alone at the moment so I am thinking positive, staying in control and planning my time.

Has the virus outbreak disrupted the yacht’s schedule?

No - we usually stay in Malta from autumn to spring.

Nieves is currently the only crew member left on board Seagull II

How are you sourcing provisions?

I am provisioning for myself from local shops.

What measures has the captain or owner introduced on board to minimise the risk of the virus?

I am staying on board, self-isolating and just going out if I need something. The captain and owner are available to talk if I need to.

Tips for crew in a similar situation?

Store facial protection, do not allow visitors on board and observe proper hygiene.

Delivered in 1952, the 54 metre Uljanik-built superyacht Seagull II is offered for charter through Ocean Independence.