Following a previous LifeDaily gallery on the mysterious death of Instagram model Sinead McNamara, other super-yacht employees have come forward with stories of their own regarding the lifestyle that comes with working on luxurious yachts.
As the investigation continues, we’ve compiled more information to share on the not-so-glamorous experiences of otherwise glamorous lifestyles…
Australian native Sinead McNamara, 20, was found hanged aboard the $200 million dollar yacht of billionaire Alberto Bailleres in 2018. She had been working as a crew member upon Bailleres’ vessel for a few months and had been all over the world. Though, her journey ended when they got to Greece.
To all appearances, Sinead was living a dream. She was able to travel around the world in the lap of luxury. Sinead’s life aboard the Mayan Queen IV was not what she painted it to be on her Instagram, however. She even posted a cryptic message about how things truly were two weeks before her untimely demise.
It seemed that Sinead’s life on the yacht was anything but stress-free. She had been excited to go to Greece, though, as she had planned to meet her family there. Unfortunately, she never made it. There are some who believe that the pressures of living aboard the yacht actually caused Sinead to take her own life.
Police are still investigating Sinead’s mysterious death. Though there are no direct details to indicate it, they haven’t ruled out suicide just yet. Why though would someone so young and in such a positive situation want to kill themselves? Well, as it turns out, life aboard these luxury yachts is not the free vacation many young people believe it to be…
Hostess Sarah Begbie first embarked upon the super-yacht lifestyle four years ago. She was in her early 20s and may have naively expected the lifestyle to be nothing but parties and traveling. Unfortunately for her, she quickly discovered that her late nights were anything but enjoyable.
She and her peers aboard the yacht were forced to work absurdly long hours with only two-minute breaks in between. She would wake at 6 am and work from then until well into the night, often for 16 to 18 hours a day.
Sarah’s duties included a long list of tasks that she hadn’t anticipated when she first got the offer to work aboard the ship. She never anticipated that one of those jobs included keeping all living quarters immaculate and making up guest rooms. She was essentially a maid aboard a giant floating hotel.
Not only were the responsibilities a bit overwhelming, the accommodations were less than stellar. Sarah bunked in a small room with other laborers. According to her, they were so small that they had to take turns changing clothes because they couldn’t maneuver two at once.
Other tasks included serving food and drinks to guests, doing laundry, accounts and stock control. For four long years, Sarah worked hard on the yacht, sometimes well into the night. That said, her bosses, demanding as they were, seemed to be kind and generous when they wanted to be.
The job did have some perks of course, but even expensive Armani watches for her birthday and a lavish dinner once a year couldn’t minimize what she had gone through. Other benefits of the position included a tax-free salary and large tips, though neither were guaranteed.
The salaries were indeed one of the largest perks for young people like Sarah and Sinead, but they were not guaranteed, and the tips were never a guarantee either. Many ex-yacht employees explained that the onboard salaries ranged drastically according to job role and were subject to mitigating circumstances.
Of course, the disparate salaries had a lot to do with the preferred sex and sex appeal of the onboard employees as well. There are claims that many billionaires specifically hired young, attractive female workers as eye candy for their guests. This meant that expectations on a worker’s attractiveness were high.
Tracey Zarowski, another former yacht hostess, explained that the chance to see the world aboard the boat was a great opportunity, but the high expectations often got the better of people. “I knew one girl who was a little bit overweight and the owner didn’t like that so she was fired,” she explained, according to Mirror.
Keeping Men Occupied
Because these vessels are privately owned, many of the employees on board were sworn to secrecy about the questionable goings-on taking place aboard the ships. One former worked claimed that there were plenty of young, attractive female guests brought aboard to “keep any single men occupied.”
Former employees allege that actual prostitutes were brought onboard at times and that they had been instructed to ignore their presence entirely. Likewise, they were instructed to ignore the inappropriate interactions between these prostitutes and the onboard guests. They added that illegal drug use on the ship was commonplace as well.
Another former super-yacht hostess, Katy McGregor, indicated that like Sarah Begbie, she was forced to serve guests until 3 am some nights. Then, would be woken up at 6 am to go serve breakfast the next day. Many of these accounts sound much more stressful than favorable. Did Sinead McNamara face similar pressure?
Sinead’s parents believed that she was enjoying herself as a stewardess aboard the Mayan Queen IV. She communicated this often and never indicated any problems in those conversations or on her Instagram. So the question remains, was Sinead McNamara keeping her stressful job aboard the yacht a secret?
There is no suggestion that any of the claims from the other ex-yacht workers were connected at all to what was happening aboard the Mayan Queen IV. It has not yet been proven whether anything involving drugs, prostitutes, or guests being sexually inappropriate towards workers occurred on the vessel where Sinead worked.
Nevertheless, the McNamara’s lawyer made it clear that they will continue to thoroughly investigate the events and incidents that preceded Sinead’s death. “In addition,” added the lawyer, “they are looking for the reasons for the long delay between the time of the unfortunate incident and Sinead’s transfer to an Athens hospital.
Allegedly, she had been unconscious for several hours in what appeared to be a comatose condition prior to her being found. Every moment she spent in that condition was critical and the delay may have contributed to her death. These and many questions about Sinead McNamara’s death remain to be answered.