Hear from a Superyacht captain on how you make decisions in high pressure situations. There has been many times in Brendan's career when fast emergencies happen on the water. In this conversation though Brendan also shares how the slow emergencies are the one to watch
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Superyachts are widely regarded as the ultimate display of wealth, afforded only by the world’s billionaires. Brendan is now a Captain with twenty years of experience in an industry where the consequences of actions result in immediate success or failure.
Many businesses operate globally – this is nothing unique – but not many businesses move their office every few weeks to a new country, a different language, a new climate, a different legal system, and are expected to be experts on arrival. This is the expectation placed on a yacht and its captain. Whether it be Monaco, Miami, Palau or Papeete, there is an assumption that the captain will have the intimacy of a local by the time their feet are on the dock. They may have ducked an Atlantic hurricane (or two) during the office relocation, but this is not even considered. The business must be open on arrival.
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At 17 Brendan was accepted by the Australian Defence Force Academy to study in Canberra and joined the Royal Australian Navy upon completion. Leaving the Navy after 10yrs Brendan worked in Darwin, Sydney, and Brisbane always in the maritime sector and always racing yachts.
In 2001 Brendan followed many other Australians to Europe for a new career in Superyachts leaving sail for motor. Starting as an over-qualified deckhand Brendan moved to Captaincy and has commanded some of the most iconic yachts of the modern era. Brendan is active in environmental and social endeavours including supporting the goals of Blue Marine Foundation, the Brain Tumor Charity, Superyacht Charities, and YachtCrew Help, a mental health support platform for yacht crew. He is a board member of the International Superyacht Society and Chair for the International Superyacht Society’s Captains Committee.