Members of the superyacht industry fraternity gathered in Newport, Rhode Island, in August to liaise in a casual atmosphere outside the pressurized environment of boat shows.
The International SeaKeepers Society has worked toward providing data to researchers since its inception in 1998. Different initiatives, projects and partnerships have developed over the years. The latest involves the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Suppliers and Drifters.
Charity programs like Sail for a Fiver work to give special needs children from the local Westfield Arts College time out on the waves. Run by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England, Sail for a Fiver was founded in 2004 and has helped more than 1,600 children a year.
On-the-job experience isn’t the only thing you need to get ahead in this ever more competitive industry. Training and certifications can give you that extra edge over the rest of the field, and in the past few years multiple schools have begun offering courses geared toward superyacht service.
At the Yacht & Brokerage Show, the non-profit organization held its soiree in a private Miami Beach home. Hostess Norma Quintero graciously opened her doors to a few hundred guests that included new members and long-time supporters, many of whom donated wonderful prizes for a classic silent auction—everything from original works of art from Guy Harvey to golf and wine cruises, to a test drive in a brand-new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport.
The International SeaKeepers Society is looking for a few good yachts for a good cause. The group, long associated with installation of ocean data gathering instruments on superyachts, has announced the creation of what it calls the Scientific Vessel of Opportunity yacht fleet. The program offers yacht owners and crew the opportunity to host leading scientists on vital research missions aboard their yachts.
We are in the Bahamas’ famed Exumas chain courtesy of International Yacht Collection, Robert J. Cury & Associates and Churchill Yacht Partners. All three companies manage yachts that frequently take charter guests to the Bahamian island chain. They invited European charter brokers, unfamiliar with the Exumas, hoping to encourage more of them to suggest the destination to their clients.