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Erica Lay

Journalist. Writer. Thinker. Challenger.

Welcome to my personal website, an opportunity for me to share some of my professional journalistic work and personal musings, outside of my international yacht crew agency, EL CREW CO. I aim to create a better understanding of the yachting world— a mission which has cast me in many different roles: crew agent, business owner, journalist, adventurer, and media innovator, but one of my favourites: a challenger of the narrative. I'm a woman of action and a believer that often the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Read more of my work below.

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A Bit About Me

I’ve been a freelance writer since 2008. I love engaging with the projects I work on, diving headfirst into the research, investigation, and production of the stories I feel are newsworthy. I am a curious and proactive Journalist, interested in the latest digital media trends and passionate about the future of online storytelling. Drawing on life experiences around the world, my writing passions focus on yachting, food, travel, and sometimes, just my personal musings on the world.

Coffee and Magazines

Recently Published

I have covered everything from breaking news stories to in-depth features, more recently I've been focusing on mental health on board yachts. It’s a satisfying feeling to put my personal experiences, audience understanding, and professional knowledge to good use on every project I’m involved with. Check out a sampling of my recently published work below.

Gay Pride

All You Need is Love!

Dockwalk October 2021

Pride month was back in June, but here at Dockwalk we don’t believe that Pride should be limited to just a few weeks of the year, we believe love should be celebrated year-round. Most of the time we see articles focusing on the negative aspects of yacht life experienced by minorities, so we decided we’d turn this on its head and drop the spotlight on the positive for a change

Party Time

Is it Social Media's Fault - or is it Just Us?

Onboard Summer 2021

I’ve written a lot in recent years about how to stay healthy on social media and discussed at length the effects it can have on our wellbeing and mental health. But then I got thinking… is it really all social media’s fault? Or, hang on a second, actually is it ours?

Friendship Love

Looking Out For Each Other Onboard

Onboard Spring 2021

No doubt the past 12 months or more have been tough for society as a whole, but there is anecdotal evidence that seafarers have perhaps suffered more than most. Even if the outside world sees yachting as a glamorous industry, we know only too well that in these times of stress and anxiety, we need to look after each other, show compassion, and stick together.

Woman Traveller

Women in Yachting - Revisited!

Onboard 2020

It’s been a couple of years since the last time we talked about diversity in yachting (or the lack of it!), in particular, how women in non-traditional roles on deck or in the engine room are underrepresented. So we thought it was high time we revisited this to see if the industry has started to adapt and adjust to address this.

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