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Crew drug use is black, white and gray issue Six crew members on the 301-foot Tatoosh were asked to resign their positions in January after they tested positive for cocaine use, according to news reports and crew members familiar with the yacht. In light of the news, we asked the captains gathered From the Bridge for our monthly Lucy Chabot Reed Bridge luncheon how they handle signs of drug use and abuse on their yachts. As always, individual comments are not attributed to any one person in particular so as to encourage frank and open discussion. The attending captains are identified in a photograph on page A28. The conversation started abruptly. “How can there be a discussion about it?” one captain said of illegal drug use. “It’s just no.” Then there was a pause. A long pause. “What do you do when your owner is on deck smoking a joint?” another captain asked. Welcome to the gray area. Though the topic over lunch was introduced to focus on how captains handle substance use and abuse among crew, the conversation first turned to owners and guests. “It’s part of the culture with young crew who have disposable income,” one captain said. “But drugs and guests put captains in awkward situations. You have to handle it tactfully.” One captain has approached a guest using drugs on the boat and said “Can we take you to the beach so you can enjoy the evening and the moonlight?” “If they resist, you have to let them know they could cost the owner his boat,” this captain said. “This is my boat, my career, my license,” another said. “I’m not going to jail so you can have a joint.” Most captains suggested setting a zero tolerance standard with the owner
See THE BRIDGE, page A28
Young sailors start a lifetime’s passion.
A list of upcoming marine regulations.
No answers on Princess Gigi, Electra cases
Sitting Pretty? S/Y Legacy, the 156foot Perini Navi pushed into the national marine sanctuary north of the Florida Keys during Hurricane Wilma, remained there in February. Held upright with no fewer than six lines, the yacht rests in a few feet of water. Wilma blew the yacht to this position on Oct. 24. It was unclear if the owner was still onboard. PHOTOS/LUCY REED
By Lucy Chabot Reed The Bahamas claimed another yacht last month when M/Y Princess GiGi took on water and rolled under on Feb. 6. All eight crew members aboard the 124-foot Trident were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Neither salvors nor attorneys for the yacht would comment on the incident so it is still unclear what caused the yacht to take on water. According to sources in the area, she has been righted and saved. Another motoryacht wasn’t so fortunate. M/V Electra, an expedition-style yacht of about 100 feet, was a total loss after breaking in two upon salvage in February. Electra hit the reef entering the Lyford Cay channel on Jan. 14 and quickly took on water. According to crew members in the area at the time, she was the only boat on the water late that afternoon. Winds were estimated at about 30 to 40 knots with 9- to 10foot seas. The eight guests and crew were rescued by passing vessels. By the time salvors reached her with a barge crane a few days later, another storm was brewing and salvage operations had to be suspended, said Marcus of Overseas Salvage, which worked the wreck. That second storm broke the aluminum-hulled craft in two. The See ELECTRA, page A27
Triton immigration seminar set for March 14 By Lucy Chabot Reed Foreign yacht crew coming into the United States know this story. It begins on a sunny South Florida day as their yacht pulls into port. They travel with their captain to the immigration office to clear in. Some days the captain takes their passport to the counter while they wait. Some days they are called to the counter to do it themselves. Some days they get a smile and a few procedural queries. Some days they get a frown
and a lot of questions. On all days, they cross their fingers and hope for the best. It’s time to let the U.S. Department of Homeland Security know just what yacht crew deal with when their yacht calls on an American port. The Triton is hosting its second annual customs and immigration seminar from 10 a.m. to noon March 14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We’ve invited a panel of high-ranking officials from the U.S. Coast Guard as well as customs and immigration to
answer questions about the seemingly inconsistent clearing-in procedures. Come hear the latest developments. Watch www.the-triton.com or sign up for our weekly e-mail blast for details about registration. “A boat just arrived this morning from the Bahamas behind us,” said one veteran captain in Ft. Lauderdale recently for some yard work. Though he and his crew got stamped in for one month, the crew on the next yacht were cleared in for six. “Go figure.”
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Crew comings and goings a long time coming, going Capt. Conor Craig took over command of the 168-foot (51m) classic Feadship Double Haven on Feb. 1, a post that was more than a year in the coming. Craig has worked on Double Haven on and off since 1999. (For more about that, read his story on page B3.) When Double Haven’s Latitude former captain, Adjustment Steve Janzan, Lucy Chabot Reed announced he would retire, the owner of the Hong Kong-based yacht called Craig to take the helm. Craig and Janzan worked together for the past year as the yacht was in the yard in Miami switching out its generators, getting a paint job and taking care of myriad improvements. (For more about Double Haven’s yard time, see story on page A8.) So now Craig will take over as the yacht sets sail for the Caribbean this spring and Eastern Canada this summer. Congratulations Capt. Craig.
mountain homes and land.” Good luck to you all. If anyone wants to reach Capt. Lawson, try 706-6322465 or email@example.com. Denise Fox is now first mate on M/Y Janie, the 157-foot Trinity. Fox, who has her USCG captain’s license as well, was skipper of the 112-foot Swan Song of the Sea in 2004-2005 before it sold. The Janie crew spent some time this season in St. Maarten. They are our featured Tritonspotter this month. See page A26. Capt. John Andersen has taken over the 70-foot Hargrave M/Y Vitesse, a fractionally owned motoryacht with Monocle Management of Ft. Lauderdale. Capt. Andersen finished classes recently on his 100-ton USCG license. Congratulations to yacht chef Peter Ziegelmeier who landed a job at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. He’s the new chef on M/Y Been There Done That, a 100-foot Hatteras. The yacht was headed to St. Maarten as we went to press.
Capt. Clint Cropper and Scott This news just in from Capt. Taylor May, owners of True Blue Expeditions Lawson: and the Alaska charter yacht True “After almost six years with the best Blue, recently donated a seven-day Southeast Alaska charter to Montessori owner in yachting, I handed in my resignation. Jan. 31 was my last day School of Maui, Hawaii’s fundraising auction. With auction bids coming in aboard M/Y Lady Stephanie, a 72-foot Ferretti. Why I would leave such a great from across the country, the donation gig? My answer is a bit complex, as are raised over $15,000 for the school’s most life-changing decisions. However, environmental sustainability expansion I must say several events combined to program. That is so cool. create the perfect exit strategy. Plus, I’ve always been one to leave when the Capt. Rob Messenger and his party is still good. wife, Mary Miller, will be the crew on “First was the birth of our son, board M/Y Jeanine II, a 90-foot Burger. Caden Sage, on May 26; secondly, the The team previously ran a Viking 65 owner decided to sell the boat; and that towed a 27-foot tender. Capt. thirdly, I had an opportunity to work Rob supervised the engine rebuilds, with Coldwell Banker installation of new High Country Realty navigation system, in Blue Ridge, Ga., new generator and where my wife, several up grades to Chanda Nystedt, the Viking while in and I have had a Ft. Lauderdale during mountain retreat for the last hurricane three years. season. “So in early They’ll be cruising February, we moved the Caribbean this into our threespring with the bedroom Mountain owners. Don’t forget Mill Cabin, which to send us some is a beautiful 90photos. minute drive north of Atlanta. Chanda will Send news of focus her energies on your promotion, running the bed and change of yachts or breakfast (www. career, or personal mountainmillcabin. accomplishments to com) while I will sell PHOTO/CHANDA NYSTEDT firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminar shines light on new maritime regulations on horizon By Lucy Chabot Reed
‘It’s getting to the point that you need a separate person on board just to keep up with all the changes.’
Groups of maritime professionals – from megayacht captains to tanker company executives – have been gathering in South Florida this winter to hear about all the impending — Chris Young regulations being enforced in U.S. and First Officer international waters. M/Y Allegro, 185-foot Benetti In a three-hour session in late January designed to bring everyone up This regulation concerns nitrous to date, Capt. Jake DesVergers of U.S. oxide emissions and the necessity to Maritime Institute walked the group receive a survey and inspection for an through a list of IMO, class society and port state control regulations that were International Air Pollution Prevention certificate. U.S.-flagged vessels may on the horizon. be exempt from this regulation in U.S. Here are some of the regulations waters but international vessels must most pertinent to megayachts: comply, private and commercial. l MARPOL Annex VI, in effect on l 2003 SOLAS amendments, in vessels more than 400 gross tons and effect for commercial yachts in excess applicable on the first dry dock after BMR-8516 The Triton LO7 9/19/05 1:20 PM Page 1 of 500 tons on international voyages. May 19, 2005.
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This regulation concerns the need for daily reports with ship’s position, course and speed; and details of conditions affecting the voyage. Due July 1. l 2004 SOLAS amendments, in effect for commercial yachts in excess of 500 tons. This regulation concerns maintenance and inspections of life-saving appliances, changing the documentation from monthly to weekly, and requiring immersions suits for every person (not just crew). Due July 1. l STCW Code, in effect on all vessels with life boats. This regulation concerns survival craft training. Due July 1. l U.S. Port State Control, enforcement of electronic notice of arrival rules, oil-water separator inspections, non-tank vessel response plans (on vessels over 400 tons, commercial and private), marine casualty reporting and alcohol test kits (see related story at right). At the session in late January, nearly half of the 30 participants were in the yachting industry. “It’s getting to the point that you need a separate person on board just to keep up with all the changes in the regulations and to make sure we comply,” said Chris Young, first officer on the 185-foot Benetti Allegro. “It’s going to force us all to go to a shore-based management company,” he said. “In order to protect our owner, it’s prudent for us to have all these safeguards in place. These guys aren’t kidding anymore.” DesVergers noted that even the rules that don’t effect yachting likely will. “It starts with one part of the industry and trickles down eventually to everyone,” he said. “Like OPA 90. That started with tankers and over the years came down to cargo ships and now to yachts. “No one treats a yacht differently, as long as it meets the tonnage requirements,” he said. Several attendees left the meeting grateful for the update. “Everybody knows where to find this information but to put it all together in a three-hour segment is very smart,” said Michael Hand of Wright Management Group. “Everyone’s going to leave here with a good taste in their mouth. Next year, they’re going to need a bigger room.” DesVergers didn’t wait until 2007. Within a week of the event, he scheduled another seminar that took place Feb. 24. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at email@example.com. For more on these regulations or another seminar, contact the U.S. Maritime Institute through www.usmaritimeinstitute.com or +1-954-449-3444.
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Yachts must test for drugs, alcohol after incidents By Lucy Chabot Reed The U.S. Coast Guard announced in a final rule published Dec. 22 that individuals engaged or employed on board a vessel involved in a serious marine incident, or SMI, in U.S. waters must be tested for drug and alcohol use. Alcohol testing must be done within two hours of the incident; drug testing must be done within 32 hours of the incident. Commercial vessels over 300 tons will be required to carry an alcohol test kit onboard. The rule is detailed in 46 CFR Part 4 and is effective June 20. This rule likely will mean the addition of a drug and alcohol policy in a yacht’s safety management document, said Capt. Jake DesVergers, president of the U.C. Maritime Institute in Deerfield Beach, Fla. The rule defines a serious marine incident as any marine casualty or accident that results in any of the following: 1. one or more deaths; 2. an injury to a crewmember, passenger, or other person that requires professional medical treatment beyond first aid; and, in the case of a person employed on board a vessel in commercial service, which renders the individual unfit to perform routine vessel duties; 3. damage to property in excess of $100,000; 4. actual or constructive loss of any vessel subject to inspection; or 5. actual or constructive loss of any self-propelled vessel not subject to inspection of 100 gross tons or more. A serious marine incident also results in a discharge of oil of 10,000 gallons or more into U.S. navigable waters; or a discharge of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into U.S. navigable waters, or a release of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into the environment. To read the whole of 46 CFR Part 4, visit www.access.gpo. gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_05/46cfr4_ 05.html. Contact Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sailors welcome to race in Dennis Connerâ€™s New York American sailing legend Dennis Conner will open his marina in New York City this summer to host the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge. Designed to promote international goodwill through friendly competition, the four-day sailing regatta is open to sailors from around the world. It will be held Aug. 22-26 at North Cove Marine, New York Cityâ€™s megayacht marina. Conner was named the marinaâ€™s chairman of the board last year. â€œNorth CoveÂ is a unique and special marina, located next to Wall Street and the business capital of America,â€? Conner said in a release announcing the regatta.Â â€œWeâ€™re in the process of rejuvenating North Cove to make it a world-class facility for yachts and sailors,â€? he said. â€œOur first year was a great success and we would like to build on this by inviting sailors from all over the world to come visit.â€? The Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge will be an amateur event and will be supported by the New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, which is helping to promote amateur sailing of national and international importance in New York Harbor. The competition will take place on a fleet of identical J/24 sailboats provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club. This event is designed for club sailors who would like to visit New York City with their friends and families, the release said. In addition to the competition, there will be a lively and enjoyable social schedule of dinners and parties.
At last, a place for crew art Here is something the industry didnâ€™t know it was waiting for Capt. Mark C. Drewelow, CEO and president of the project management company C2C in San Diego, has launched www.crewart.com, a Web site for crew art. â€œI go through periods of high creativity and this is the result of one of those â€Ś sessions,â€? Capt. Drewelow said. According to the Web site, â€œcrew on luxury yachts are frequently into many forms of self expression: photography, sand castles, ice carving, body sculpting, music, hair styling, wood carving â€ŚÂ â€œWe want to facilitate the sharing of your crewart passion.Â Contact mark@ c2conline.net and we will attempt to post your crewart here on our developing web site.â€?
For more information, visit www. thenorthcove.com or call Laura Migliozzi at 212-786-1200.
The Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge will take place on a fleet of identical J/24 sailboats provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club. PHOTO/
Editorâ€™s Note: In more regatta news, The Triton is pulling together a team of 40 captains and crew to race The Spirit of Ft. Lauderdale catamaran in the 2006 Hospice Regatta. This is the largest sailing event in Ft. Lauderdale. The cat is being donated and weâ€™re trying to raise $5,000 to benefit HospiceCare of Southeast Florida. If you want to sail with us May 19-20 and can make a donation, contact email@example.com.
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