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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

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

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Onboard Spring 2023

I’m still talking about mental health awareness. It’s time we started
incorporating Psychological First Aid Training into all yacht crew training syllabuses, from the start.

Image by Gama. Films

Dockwalk November 2022

Times are changing! What’s with the new trend of naming and shaming online and what are the possible ramifications of doing so?

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Onboard Winter 2022

With the breaking news of another suicide in the yachting community, it’s time we stopped waxing lyrical about change and started doing something about it. 

Taking photos of sunsets is always a gam

Onboard Autumn 2022

We’re all feeling it, and we’re all seeing it. There are not enough crew to fill all the positions right now. Why? Where have they all gone?

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