On your charter voyage, did you ever ponder about the incredible journey of the captain who was navigating your yacht? If so, this blog will answer some of your questions and provide you with insight into the inspiring story of the Lady Trudy captain - Mr. Jan Hans Vantuch.
LADY TRUDY, a magnificent award-winning 43-meter CRN superyacht

M/Y LADY TRUDY is an award-winning 43-meter superyacht with an elegant Hamptons-style interior and a phenomenal range of watertoys including a waterslide and a 14m chase boat.  With light and airy spaces throughout and a sophisticated beach-house feel, this spacious yacht has a five-stateroom layout, including a main deck master suite with an office, four-poster bed, and drop-down balcony. An oversize sundeck offers an open-air cinema, bar, gym equipment,  and Jacuzzi. This magnificent Italian-built superyacht offers a stunning Mediterranean charter experience. 

The whole crew of Lady Trudy forms the heart of the vessel, but its true vision is provided by her captain, Jan Hans Vantuch. Captain Vantuch comes from the Czech Republic and is one of the rare captains with a background in math, physics, and economics. As the eyes of the yacht, he ensures that the guests onboard safely experience the beauty and luxury of their yacht voyage.

Read about his journey, his thoughts about the yachting industry, and some of the most memorable moments from his career.

Exploring the Splendor of Yachting

CAPTAIN: One of the most memorable experiences I've had, even though it was not positive, was when I was a Chief Officer on a voyage to the Indian Ocean and we were attacked by pirates.

To start, what inspired you to enter the yachting world?

CAPTAIN: Despite being from a landlocked country, I have always been fascinated by the ocean and the adventures it offers. As a child, I spent countless hours reading about famous sailors and their expeditions, and my love for the sea has only grown stronger over time. As I got older, I became increasingly drawn to the complexity and challenges of professional yachting.

Does your background in math, physics, and economics help you in your current position, and if so, how? 

CAPTAIN: My background in math, physics, and economics helps me in my current yachting position by providing me with a logical and structured approach to problem-solving. This education equips me with critical thinking and analytical skills, which are valuable in the industry for effectively solving complex challenges. My background also gives me a comprehensive understanding of the world, contributing to my success in the yachting field.

You have a very detailed and long career (20+ years) in the yachting industry, where you've worked as a deckhand, bosun, chief officer, relief captain, and now captain. How would you describe that experience, and does it help you to understand your crew even better today? 

CAPTAIN: With over two decades of experience in the yachting industry, I have developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Starting as a deckhand, I have worked my way up to become a highly experienced captain, continuously enhancing my personal and professional development in the process. My journey has given me a profound insight into the industry, as well as an appreciation for the value of my crew.

What would be one of the most memorable experiences you've had in your career?

CAPTAIN: One of the most memorable experiences I've had, even though it was not positive, was when I was a Chief Officer on a voyage to the Indian Ocean and we were attacked by pirates.

Lady Trudy's sundeck with alfresco cinema, bar, and jacuzzi

What is, in your opinion, the most challenging aspect of working in the yachting industry? 

CAPTAIN: As a yacht captain, I find the yachting industry's lack of stability and routine to be its most challenging aspect. I must work long hours, and adapt to various environments while prioritizing everyone's safety. Balancing guest comfort with the practicalities of running a yacht demands excellent communication and attention to detail.

How do you collaborate with other crew members to provide the best possible customer service, and how do you motivate them to do their best? 

CAPTAIN: As a professional captain, I'm passionate about my job and take immense pride in it. My goal is to nurture these values in my crew by setting a clear vision and fostering teamwork, collaboration, and exceptional customer service. I ensure that every crew member understands their responsibilities and that we uphold common standards for customer service. I motivate them with recognition, feedback, and training, and strive to cultivate a respectful and professional work environment. Together, we strive to exceed guests' expectations and provide them with an unforgettable experience.

How do you ensure all guests and crew members stay safe?

CAPTAIN: Ensuring the safety of guests and crew is my top priority. Detailed advance planning for all possibilities is crucial. I regularly conduct safety drills and make sure that all safety equipment is in good working order. Also, I make sure that all crew members are trained in emergency procedures and that the yacht is equipped with all necessary safety kits and measures.

The Magnificent Lady Trudy

CAPTAIN: I enthusiastically recommend Lady Trudy to anyone seeking an unforgettable yacht charter experience. 

What are the improvements that have been made to Lady Trudy recently?

CAPTAIN: Lady Trudy has recently undergone renovations, including upgrades to her interior and exterior, as well as improvements to her systems and equipment. Working closely with a famous Italian design studio, she now offers greater comfort, elegance, and a welcoming feel. Additionally, some of her navigational systems have been upgraded to modern standards, and she now provides new means of high-speed internet at sea.

An impeccable interior of CRN 43 Lady Trudy

Why would you recommend Lady Trudy to someone looking to charter?

CAPTAIN: I enthusiastically recommend Lady Trudy to anyone seeking an unforgettable yacht charter experience. With its luxurious 5-cabin layout and unparalleled versatility, this yacht is sure to exceed all expectations.

Lady Trudy’s master cabin with an office and a balcony

Her classic and elegant design, spacious interior and exterior living areas, and experienced and professional crew make her an excellent choice. Lady Trudy also offers a wide range of water toys and other fun amenities, and her sensitive and welcoming atmosphere invites guests to relax and unwind.

Sundeck jacuzzi on Lady Tudy

Additionally, we offer a 42ft Windy chase boat that provides guests with another element of experience, whether exploring beautiful places or being limousines to shore.

Travel Recommendations from the Captain: A must on a yacht charter

CAPTAIN: Exploring the beautiful south and west coasts of Sardinia on your next yacht charter is a great option. 

You've traveled all around the world and seen some amazing places, so what would be your top three destinations for a yacht charter?

CAPTAIN: This is a tough one as there are so many beautiful places around the world and it often depends on personal preferences. However, based on my passion for the sea and mountains, I would highly recommend Patagonia, with the possibility of crossing over to Antarctica. For those looking for something closer to home, exploring the beautiful south and west coasts of Sardinia on your next yacht charter is a great option. 

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Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

In comparison to the busy north, it offers an off-the-beaten-track experience. For those who enjoy big cities, I would recommend visiting New England in the USA. There is nothing quite like pulling up to New York or Boston by yacht.

We hope that reading the story of Captain Vantuch has given you a new perspective on the life of a captain on a luxury yacht charter. We also hope that you were as inspired by his journey as we were in hearing his story and writing it down. 

If you want to know more about chartering LADY TRUDY this summer, contact our Charter Manager Barbara at barbara@yacht-in.com.

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