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The Coast Guard is offering a reward for information about a false Mayday. Also, former FYBA director Rae Whitt and broker Kevin Ralph have developed online broker training and the ISS have announced their events schedule for FLIBS 2012.

Reward in Jersey Mayday Hoax

On June 11, a man claiming to be aboard a yacht called Blind Date triggered a massive search when he reported three people dead, nine injured and 21 abandoning ship after an explosion 20 miles off Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Officials believe the hoax originated on land in either New Jersey or Staten Island, New York. The Coast Guard is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the June 11 incident.


Broker Training

Many who work on yachts dream of someday moving ashore and getting a “real” job that doesn’t involve working 24-7 or being away from family for extended periods. Former Florida Yacht Brokers Association Executive Director Rae Whitt and brokerage veteran Kevin Ralph have created an on-line educational opportunity for aspiring brokers called Yacht Broker Institute.


The enterprise offers an on-line course called “Fundamentals & Essentials of Yacht Brokerage” that covers topics with titles such as The Players; The Process; The Closing and Paperwork; Prospecting, Listing and Selling; and The Yachts—Technical. The coursework can be accessed from any computer. A $499 registration fee allows access to the system for a year. Upon completion, participants receive a “Certificate of Achievement.”


ISS Announces Lauderdale Schedule

The International Superyacht Society has announced its schedule of events for the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Events this year will again include the Yachtinfo industry seminars. YachtInfo, the evolution of ISS’s Crew Seminars and now in its fourth year, is a collaborative project of a number of the world’s leading associations, including ISS and USSA. This year’s Yachtinfo Industry Seminars, Captain’s Briefing and Cocktail Party will take place Monday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bahia Mar Ballroom.