Palma, Mallorca will host the eighth annual Future of Superyachts conference on June 18 and 19. Hosted by Quaynote at the five-star Nixe Palace Hotel, this two-day conference offers industry professionals multiple opportunities for networking and learning more about the current hot topics.
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.
In addition to a vast array of boats and displays from international exhibitors, the Antibes Yacht Show, April 18 to 21, offers great opportunities for continued education. Among the programs available is a series of seminars organized by The International Superyacht Society.
Staying ahead of the job market is a constant struggle in any field. As a captain or crewmember, how do you make yourself stand out from the hundreds of others applying for the same position? One way is to earn certifications like the ones offered through the Maritime Training Academy (MTA), a partnership of The MPI Group and Maritime Services International.
The US Superyacht Association has put together a great schedule for captains and senior crew attending the 2013 Captains’ Briefing in St Maarten, January 16 and 17. Aside from information seminars, the two-day meeting includes time for socializing.
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Captain’s Log Editor Kenny Wooton contacted the Professional Yachting Association with questions about its Industry Standard for Interior Crew Training and Certification (ICTC). PYA president Andrew Schofield and Honorary Secretary Joey Meen replied by email. They requested their responses be published verbatim.
A question posted on the ISS forum on LinkedIn about an initiative by the PYA to institute interior crew certification has generated strong comments. Some are focused on the general need—or not—for formal certification, and others have weighed in on some of the particulars of the PYA proposal. Few disagree that interior crew in the evermore demanding superyacht arena should be well trained.
In the most recent roundup of industry news, read more about a new dockage deal at IGY St Lucia, the accreditation of Ft Lauderdale-based Maritime Professional Training, the efforts of the Caribbean Marine Association to ban TBT-based anti-fouling paint, and an open house to be hosted for Captains in Nice on May 10th.
Captains will find plenty of avenues for distraction from making nice with brokers at this year’s revitalized Newport Charter Yacht Show. Show organizers have scheduled a series of seminars tailored for skippers attending the event, June 18-21, in the historic Rhode Island town.
The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) wants to know what’s on your mind and they’re throwing a few prizes on the table to hear it. In an effort to improve service to members and the industry in general, the association has set up an online survey. Those who complete the survey will be entered in a random drawing to win one of three iPad 3s or other prizes.
More than 70 yachties gathered in St. Maarten in early February for the IGY Rybovich Crew Olympics. They participated in a water-balloon toss, a lime and spoon race, a tug of war, a paddleboard race, a dance-off, a kite-flying competition and, of course, a competition for best costumes.
The Azimut Benetti Group holds its 12th annual Yachtmaster event in Perugia, Italy, March 7-10. The annual invitation-only event is open to captains of Azimut Benetti yachts 85 feet and larger and is a great opportunity to network and learn about some of the builder’s latest initiatives and technologies, as well as provide feedback and comments.