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THE RORC CARIBBEAN 600

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AND A GASTRONOMIC DELIGHT

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR INCE LAUNCHING THIS MAGAZINE WAY BACK IN 2000

a token of one’s success. Technology has allowed this expansion, of

we have taken our readers on many wonderful journeys to

that I have no doubt, but of course the bigger the vessel the fewer

all of the world’s Oceans. Pole to pole, east to west, there are

are the ports/marinas that can accommodate them. They cannot

not many cruising grounds we have not ventured to. We have also

always visit the world’s most exclusive venues without having to

been on journeys to the most extreme places, those only visited

anchor off, but then they are perfect for that global trip and sitting

by experienced Owners that constantly seek new adventures. The

privately and securely at anchor if that is all that is required. Own

magazine has also kept Owners and crew updated with rules and

one of these though and you can forget anonymity, the world’s

regulations, thanks to the informative PYA News and the input from

press seek out these yachts as hyenas seek out injured prey as they

our many professional friends.

look for a story to sensationalise, rarely do the press see luxury

The industry is of course a different one to that of only 16

yachting as a positive, that does not sell papers or magazines.

years ago, a time during which the fleet has grown immensely. It

We have also witnessed over the past years the growth

is not often, if ever, that yachts are scrapped as can be witnessed

in Owners and crew that use yachting as an opportunity to help

by the many old ladies still afloat and lovingly cared for by their

others, rarely reported on outside of our own press. You only need

Owners and crew. We have witnessed a few sinkings and many fires

to read Norma’s editorial on ‘The Power Of Yachting To Do Good’

in that time, each one reinforcing the need for the stringent health

(page 92) to realise that we work within a unique industry and can

and safety rules that are now in place alongside the inconvenient

accomplish many wonderful things, it just takes time, money and

inspections from Port State that ensure the rules are strictly

effort by the individuals that want to get involved. Helping others,

enforced. We have sadly seen crew deaths, but when you consider

or doing a little something for the planet is good for the mind and

the working environment, the number of personnel worldwide and

the soul, give it a try.

the journeys undertaken, the number is far less than it could be.

In more recent times the development of onboard playthings

This is without doubt due to the enforced professionalism brought

has taken off with companies now dedicated to their supply and

about by the training that crew now have to undertake just to

improvement. The most obvious has to be the yacht slide, I have

step onboard a vessel and the on-going certification they need

also often pulled up in a tender to deliver this magazine to a yacht

to operate within the many departments that large vessels have.

at anchor and had to navigate my way through a maze of floating

Every loss has to be mourned and I can only pray that nobody else

objects, all ready and waiting for guests to enjoy. Underwater

dies in another tragic and unexpected accident, but I know, as you

gadgets are also on the up, now you can have your own mini

do, that it will happen again. It is always due to the unexpected, a

submersible, you can carry one onboard and the yacht’s Captain

miscalculation during a build or refit, a crew member not paying

can get certificated to operate it, or you can hire one for the day at

attention or being in too much of a hurry, a galley fire, bad weather,

specific dive sites if you wish. Helicopters are to be seen everywhere,

bad navigation, mechanical failure, or even over exuberance by an

with many yachts often carrying two (by regulation) if heading to

Owner or maybe just a combination of unforeseen factors.

an extreme destination. (One for rescue should the other founder.)

We have seen yachts grow in size as wealthy yachtsmen

I wish both Owners and crew another superb summer

(and those simply needing a floating home) have seen their

season and with many of the best Charter yachts already fully

businesses expand far beyond their wildest dreams. I can think of

booked could we possibly have a better year than 2015,

no better way of enjoying that wealth than to own a large yacht,

a year that lifted high end luxury yachting to new

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70 YACHTS, 11 ISLANDS & A SPECTACULAR MOON THE RORC CARIBBEAN 600 RACE – 2016 BY JOHN BURNIE PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM WRIGHT HE RORC CARIBBEAN 600 RACE IS HELD ANNUALLY in February and the 2016 edition marked the 8th running

In past editions we have seen titanic battles between the mighty

of the event. Starting in Antigua, the race course follows a

ATHOS and ADELA, vying for their

meandering route around 11 islands in the Leeward Island Chain

advantage over WINDROSE and

– taking in St Bart’s and Tintamare to the North and Guadeloupe

the more modern designs such

and Les Saintes to the South. Racing 600 miles in such proximity to

as SOJANA and P2. This year the

so many islands (and at night) is as spectacular as it is challenging.

star of the show was the magnificent

The race, since its first edition in 2009 has always attracted

triple mast schooner ADIX. After a number

grand yachts and sailors of every distinction – from out and

of years as an ‘expression of interest’ ADIX finally came to

out racers to superyachts together on the starting lines with

the start line in 2016 in all her splendour following an eight

club sailors mixing it up with professionals from the Olympic,

month extended refit at the Pendennis yard. And there was a

America’s Cup and Volvo arenas. What probably makes this race

curious challenge in their entry – the family who own ADIX

so unique however is that there is a Superyacht Class – and

have a broad spectrum of interest in yacht racing it seems.

a competitive one at that! This is probably the only Classic

The son is a well-known sailor on the Class 40 circuit (on

Superyacht Offshore race in the world where the yachts start

his various editions of TALES) – his father on the other hand

head to head and compete in a direct boat on boat competition.

enjoys the classic beauty and strength of his great schooner.

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A challenge was proposed – could the Class 40 beat the 65 m classic on the course – son v father?

The 2016 race saw winds much further south than is the norm and this created upwind legs of close to 300 miles.

And the results? Well unfortunately the Class 40 is a one

Normally the leg from St Bart’s to Guadeloupe is a fetch – but the

design – so these boats are not directly scored against each other

upwind trend certainly suited NIKATA, allowing her to continually

in IRC overall – but these were the results:

mix it with all the leading race yachts. A spectacular full moon

TALES 2: Elapsed (and finish time) 2 days 16 hrs 26 min 29 sec.

enhanced this year’s race enormously – sailing fast in the twilight

ADIX: Elapsed 2 days 19 hrs 53 min 05 sec. Corrected 3 days

left all crews with an ethereal tingling of the senses.

11 hrs 05 min 27 sec.

After 600 miles racing around the Leewards, participating crews were all welcomed back to Antigua by the reception

I think it’s fair to say the spoils were taken by TALES 2 – ADIX

committees organised by the RORC – over 70 volunteers are on

scorched around the course, but about three hours slower that

hand day and night to greet the incoming boats and supply beers

TALES 2 and ADIX probably yielded in terms of rating as well – an

and sustenance to the hardy sailors. NIKATA reigned supreme

amazing performance for a 40 ft yacht – I trust the father and son

by winning the Superyacht Trophy and ADIX held well to beat

relationship remains undamaged!

FARFALLA on the ratings.

The other boats in the Superyacht class this year were

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NIKATA, a spanking new Baltic Custom Build 115 ft and FARFALLA

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a Southern Wind 102/110 ft fresh out the box in 2014. These

There were 70 entries in the race this year (an increase for the 8th

two yachts performed very well in their first offshore race and we

consecutive year) and the entrants were divided up into various

can probably expect to see these two vessels doing well at other

classes according to type and size. An interesting fact from the

regattas in the future.

RORC Caribbean – in most other offshore events the largest class

FARFALLA has a more cruising configuration when

by entry tends to be at the middle/lower end of the fleet. In the

compared to the powerful looking NIKATA. In fact NIKATA

600 the largest class by entry is usually in the larger rated boats. In

performed spectacularly well upwind and her gains in the long leg

2016 there were no less than 26 entries in Class CZ (canting keel)

towards Guadeloupe were impressive.

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lead to a very feisty and competitive start by the vast array

of the course. And of the largest rated yachts in the world was

of sailing talent taking part on the higher rated yachts. The

participating – COMANCHE – owned by Jim Clarke and Kristy

TOP: FARFALLA

start line was short and the spectator crowds on the hill were

Hinze, also known for their other iconic yacht ATHENA.

treated to a grand prix beginning in the spectacularly beautiful

The MOD 70’s trimarans PHAEDO and CONCISE were

ABOVE: PHAEDO

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quick out the box and hurtled down the first leg toward Barbuda,

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ABOVE AND RIGHT: ADIX

These three boats all made a very quick rounding of the 600 mile course, COMANCHE just 33 mins outside George David’s RAMBLER 100 monohull record (40 hrs 53 mins 2 sec) and Lloyd Thornburg’s PHAEDO setting a new multihull record of 31 hours, 59 mins, 04 secs. In the Maxi 72 fleet there were four boats, Hap Fauth’s BELLA MENTE, George Sakelaris’s PROTEUS (ex RAN), Dieter Shon’s MOMO and Sir Peter Ogden’s JETHOU. All four yachts had a highly competitive race, all in sight of each other most of the time. MOMO snagged a lobster pot near St Bart’s and the 40 min delay probably cost her the race. BELLA MENTE had technical problems and chose to retire. Sadly Irvine Laidlaw’s HIGHLAND FLING also retired near Guadeloupe after leading the fleet much of the race only behind COMANCHE. One of the great pleasures in this race is arriving back in Antigua, particularly after the final testing beat back from Redonda. Early arrivals are treated to the horns blasting on the docked superyachts and crowds that line the pontoons to welcome the hardy sailors back. The army of RORC volunteers are on hand to greet every finisher with ample supplies of cold beer, courtesy of Carib. Those finishing at night are treated to the spectacular laser finish.

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PREVIOUS SPREAD: NIKATA ABOVE: MOMO

This is quite simply a superb regatta, superbly organised

coveted trophy for best corrected IRC performance – a repeat

and run by RORC – Superyachts of every size and type

victory as he won the trophy in 2014 on his previous yacht

are catered for and can easily compete – ADELA has won her

SHOCKWAVE. In the smaller classes Ross Appleby won IRC Class

class three times and was third overall in 2011 – all superyachts

Two for the third time on his SCARLET OYSTER and in IRC Class

should seriously consider this race as it has become a ‘must do

1 Eric de Turkheim continued his winning offshore ways on the

bucket item’.

highly competitive TEASING MACHINE. (Also the first French

Congratulations to Captains Matt Hardy (NIKATA), Richard Chadburn (FARFALLA) and to Executive Captain Terry Gould and

yacht to achieve an overall podium place – 3rd.) First Monohull

COMANCHE

Captain Paul Goss (ADIX) as well as all the participants on these

First Multihull

PHAEDO

great yachts.

Winner of the IRC Overall Trophy

PROTEUS

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In IRC Overall (out of 54 entries) – magnificent results for all three Superyachts. NIKATA

7th

Contact: john@yachtindaba.com

ADIX

11th

John Burnie was a co-founder of the RORC Caribbean 600 race.

FARFALLA

22nd

He has participated in all eight editions, including once on SOJANA in the Superyacht Class. In 2016 he was racing tactician on La Bete

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In the other classes COMANCHE arrived home as first monohull

(ex-Rambler 90) and was in close company with NIKATA much

and George Sakellaris’s PROTEUS won Class Zero as well as the

of the race.

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THE AMALFI COAST AND A GASTRONOMIC DELIGHT BY FRANCESCO LUISE RUISING THE AMALFI COAST IS A RITUAL THAT

‘Located in Amalfi is the garden which we seek out as

has been undertaken by uncountable numbers of

one of the perfect places of our youth. A memory that becomes

seafarers over the centuries, many as a part of their

tangible as it rises above the depths of the sea, suspended by

everyday working life but in more recent years by pleasure seekers

the orange groves and sumptuous lemon trees in the hanging

as they relax and enjoy their Italian summer Superyacht break. But what has the coast to offer other than those unbeatable mountainous views. A short look at the history books tells us that Amalfi has always had its links to the sea that it nestles alongside, is one of four historic Italian maritime republics and also the location where, in the 11th century, the first maritime laws were compiled. These were known as the ‘Tabula Amalphitana’, which became for centuries the international mercantile code, used as a model for laws created throughout the entire Mediterranean. The Amalfi coast’s raw natural beauty has also been the home and inspiration for poets, philosophers and artists for centuries and in fact the restaurant La Caravella in Amalfi hosted one of the first exhibitions ever staged by Andy Warhol.

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gardens of the convent,’ said the Nobel Prize winner for literature,

Passi, the gardens of Villa Rufolo in Ravello and the breathtaking

Salvatore Quasimodo, describing Amalfi in ‘Elogio’. And it is in

panorama from Palazzo Avino.

fact this image which enchants visitors today.

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The Majestic Amalfi Cathedral is dedicated to Saint

Pastel colours, calm seas and terraced gardens, both

Andrew the Apostle. The front of the building was re-built in

accented by the aroma of citrus trees makes the Amalfi coast

1891 by Errico Alvino and an elite group of architects. The church

the ideal location for a tranquil cruise to the Blue Grotto or the

was built during the early Middle Ages and restored during the

multitude of small islands in the area. The small archipelago of

Baroque period, and then again in 1931 and 1996. From the

Li Galli, composed of three islands, today continues to protect

left side of the building, you can reach the Cloister of Paradise,

the secrets and memories of the world-renowned dancer and

a wonderful ‘Oriental space’ set in the south of Italy. It features

choreographer, Rudolf Nureyev.

slender double columns and Moorish-style arcades made of

The Li Galli islands, located in the waters of the Positano

pure white marble. In the centre is a Mediterranean garden, with

region, have been inhabited since Roman times. The Greek

surrounding walkways full of notable historic art typical of the

geographer Strabone, in the first century, referred to the islands

Egyptian-Norman Age.

as the Sirenuse, a reference to the mythological sirens who are

A part of the coastline falls under the protected area of

said to have lived there. In 1924, the Russian choreographer

Punta Campanella, a perfect location with limpid waters best

and ballet dancer, Leonide Massine settled in the area, building

cruised at low speed, and the ideal location for some of the most

a magnificent villa among the ruins that were enhanced by the

incredible diving in the world, diving set among Roman ruins

work of the famed architect Le Corbusier. The property passed

and an eco system of beautiful underwater flora and fauna. The

in 1989 to Nureyev. In mythological times the archipelago was

Amalfi coast also offers panoramic views of its mountainous

connected to the return of Ulysses from the Trojan War.

regions and the ancient town of Scala. Excursions can be

Among the must see locations in the area are the Amalfi

organised that will take you to visit Scala’s historic streets

Cathedral, the tailors of Positano, the artisans of Vietri, the cuisine

containing old churches, monuments and walkways. In the Lattari

of Antonio Mellino at the two Michelin star eatery, Quattro

mountains can be found the beautiful waterfall, Valle Dell Ferriere

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and citrus groves that change their character throughout the

its beaches and a natural fjord which became famous thanks

seasons. On your return you could visit the Museum of Paper in

to Roberto Rossellini who decided to shoot the movie ‘Amore’

Amalfi, the Museo Della Carta, where the history of handmade

in 1948 here that starred the actress Anna Magnani. Furthermore,

paper began in Europe.

the fjord is a reference point for sport, thanks to the famous

The Blue Grotto of Smeraldo is located in the bay of the

event ‘MarMeeting’ which today is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Conca dei Marini. The sea cave was discovered in 1932 by a

This event is based on extreme sports such as the acrobatic diving

fisherman who was looking for an alcove for a short rest, and is

of the Red Bull athletes from the 28 m bridge that crosses over

one of only several sea caves in the world famous for its bright

the fjord.

blue emerald waters. The impressive interior is 24 metres high and its name came from the strikingly clear colour that is created as sunlight passes through the cave’s underwater entrance. History and romance are everywhere in the town of Ravello, and in particular in the gardens of Villa Rufolo, known by many as the Gardens of the Soul. The two levels of the garden are accessible by a tree-lined avenue, which dates back to the 1800s. The antique walls of the avenue, hidden behind cypress trees and citrus groves, lead visitors towards the Moresco Cloisters where there is an atmosphere rich with the opening verses taken from the 13th century writer Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron. When you hear locals mention ‘The place of great natural beauty’, they are talking about Furore, a small town between Positano and Amalfi, well known as ‘The Painted Country’ because of the high number of murals on the walls of the houses. The murals recall some ancient farm traditions such as field work and the production of wine. Furore is also renowned for

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THE AMALFI COAST

The immense natural beauty of the area extends to the

is quite extraordinary: red mullet, paranza fried in tempura with

area’s food culture and in the bay of Nerano, between Capri and

vegetables, delicious parcels of curly endive and pine nuts with

Positano sits a small fishing village where the famous, two Michelin

pezzogna. Local cheeses are served with citrus preserves, sorbets

star, Quattro Passi restaurant, established in 1984, is situated. It is

and delicious hot and cold desserts (mousse ricotta sauce with

set in the resort of Marina del Cantone and is blessed with easy

wild berries, wild strawberries in the Bavarian raspberry sauce,

access from the sea. The history of the restaurant is linked to the

crispy dessert served with hot chocolate). The restaurant also has

passion for cooking that world renowned chef, Antonio Mellino

a fantastic wine cellar, dug into a Tufo rock, where you can find

was born with and where his mouth watering dishes are able to

1200 different labels of the best domestic and foreign wines.

delight the most discerning palates. Antonio (Editor’s note: I have

A very tough restaurant to pass by and not stop for a

been lucky to have eaten with Antonio, unbelievable Italian cuisine

memorable Italian lunch or dinner and without doubt a high note

and a wonderful man) has transformed the local cuisine into an

to end any cruise.

art form. The name Quattro Passi (Four Steps) was given to the building as it is four steps away from the bay and four steps away from the little village that it compliments. The spot was chosen so that visitors could taste his culinary delights as they sit on an exclusive terrace that boast some of the best sea views in the area. As Antonio mentioned, ‘Our restaurant is dedicated at the promotion of Italian cuisine and local specialties into a modern form. In this paradise, taste the raw fish, scampi, a pot of artichokes, lobster salad with wild flowers as appetisers. Among the first courses the paccheri sauce with mussels and potatoes or chicken, ravioli stuffed with monkfish, risotto with scallops and broom flowers. The fish, which comes from the bay

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CRUISING & DIVING

ABOVE: SNORKELLING AT KURAMATHI

THE MAGNIFICENT MALDIVES BY LINDA CARTLIDGE

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NE OF THE BEST AND MOST FASCINATING

In recent years the archipelago of coral islets and deep

destinations in the world for a yachting dive trip, the

blue seas has become known for its abundant reefs and rich sea

magnificent Maldives, is growing in popularity year

life that offer incredible dive and snorkelling options. Yachtsmen

after year. Interspersed amidst an amazing variety of marine life,

and women have discovered fantastic cruising in weather that’s

clear cool waters (26 – 29°C) and stunning barrier reef dive and

generally ’picture perfect’ – featuring sunlit days, breezy nights,

snorkelling spots are magical luxury resort islands with gorgeous

balmy mornings and iridescent sunsets. Crafting a ‘yachting dive

unparalleled anchorages.

dream’ sample itinerary, Mohamed Hameed and his leading yacht

The Maldives Archipelago consists of 26 atolls of entirely

agency team at Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives invite you to

natural formation that make up the chain of low lying islands and

view the following options from which they can craft a personal

only a few of the islands are inhabited. Formed from coral layers,

and unique itinerary.

the islands are flat with the highest point being rarely more than six feet above sea level, protected from monsoon devastation by

MALDIVES DIVE ITINERARY

the reefs that surround them.

DAY 1: NORTH MALÉ ATOLL

Located in the Indian Ocean, 670 km south-west of Sri

Set off on your journey in the early morning and head into

Lanka and covering an area of 3002 km, the Maldives were

the remote jewel like islands of the Maldives that sit amidst

originally settled by its Dravidian inhabitants from southern India,

the island-chic pleasures of the Malé Atoll, home to one of

perhaps as early as the 4th century BC. It is also worth noting

the world’s smallest capitals, Malé city. In the afternoon cruise

that the Maldives became a full member of the Commonwealth

to a magnificent resort – such as One&Only Reethi Rah, Gili

in 1985.

Lankanfushi or the Angsana Ihuru Resort Island.

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THIS PAGE: AN AMAZING ARRAY OF COLOURS CAN BE SEEN WHEN DIVING AT THE ANGASANA RESORT

You can snorkel on a house reef at Angsana Ihuru and find

terraces and the Maldivian reefs are a destination in themselves

yourself swimming with a multitude of fish, turtles and corals,

with a population of over 1000 species of fish. The reefs also

all bedecked with an amazing array of colours. Later relax as you

feature many of the most beautiful corals in the world and

watch a beautiful sunset followed by your evening meal onboard

pristine white sandy beaches. You can enjoy an early lunch before

as you sit at anchor or at the Angsana Ihuru while enjoying a

swimming in the crystal clear waters of the lagoons or dive on

‘Bodu Beru Night’ of local culture and music.

the reef and later gaze at the sunset with your favourite cocktail in hand.

DAY 2: BAA ATOLL

restaurants of the Maldives’ resorts. Here you’ll enjoy fantastic

or to meet you at Baa Atoll. A live aboard Dive Guide can conduct

marine experiences on the pristine waters offshore and wonderful

beginner through to advanced scuba classes onboard your vessel

culinary encounters onshore. Reported as among the ‘Top 10

or as an alternative you can select to use a dive guide at one of

Best Restaurants’ are: Fresh in the Garden and By the Beach at

the many resorts.

Soneva Fushi Resort Island; SEA, the amazing undersea restaurant

Baa Atoll – the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is blessed with vibrant inner and outer slopes, wide edges and fascinating

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The Atoll is also famous for having some of the best

Your APS agent can arrange for a Dive Guide, to either ‘live aboard’

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at Anantara Kihavah Island; and Al Barakat at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru.


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DAY 3: BAA ATOLL

LEFT: HAMMERHEAD SHARK

The sea surrounding the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility. The Four Seasons Resort’s PADI Five-Star IDC Centres offer morning, afternoon, sunrise, night and other specialty dives on request. Here you can immerse yourself in enormous shoals of butterfly fish and oriental sweetlips as you drift the channels with white tips, hammerheads and whale sharks. As you descend deep sea ridges you’ll swim with eagle rays, giant napoleons and blue marlin; at dawn you can spot turtles and at dusk, dolphins. There’s mass seasonal gatherings of manta rays that inhabit the vast reef-formations and unique ‘Maldivian Thilas’ (a Thila is a Pinnacle or shallow area in the open ocean; some have natural coral reefs with rich marine life making these exhilarating sites popular dive spots). DAYS 4 AND 5: ARI ATOLL

pinnacles both inside and outside the atoll lagoons act as sites of

A must visit Atoll and home to some of the best scuba diving

marine aggregation – making for wonderful diving both in and

spots in the Maldives, many divers consider its sites to be the

around the pinnacles and in the kandus (channels).

best in the country.

The Rasdhoo Divers company cover Ari Atoll, both north

Topographically, Ari Atoll diving differs from other areas

and south, including Hammerhead shark point near Kuramathi

in the Maldives as it does not feature many long stretches of

Island Resort and this is one of the few places left in the world

barrier reef. Instead, there are many Thilas where the submerged

where you can still see these magnificent animals. Rasdhoo Divers

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encounters with large marine life. Hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other pelagic fish are more commonly encountered around Ari Atoll than elsewhere and even the mighty whale shark regularly puts in appearances, especially in its marine protected areas. Ari Atoll leads the way when it comes to cleaning station hotspots: Donkalo Thila in west Ari; Rangali Madivaru in the south west Ari; and Kudarah Thila in the south east Ari. Fish Head is an Ari Atoll pinnacle and a favourite site to view packs of grey reef sharks as they buzz past in search of food and the area is also enriched with trains of fusiliers and batfish. Although there are spots elsewhere for sharks and mantas the most reliable sites are located here. Maamigili’s plankton rich waters at the southern tip of the atoll allow scuba divers and snorkellers the opportunity to get up close with a whale shark at PHOTOGRAPH: SONEVA FUSHA

Gangehi Maavaru in the northwest. Maaya Thila – here many different corals and spot turtles, eagle rays, colourful parrotfish and schools of yellow and blue

TOP: BAA ATOLL

reports: ‘It’s a spectacular dive as you jump into the 29°C water in

midnight snappers can be viewed. This site is singled out as the

the soft light of dawn and then descend 30 m into the blue and

number one dive site in the Maldives and features many of the

ABOVE: MANTA RAY

as the surgeonfish accompany us as we hover in the deep waiting

qualities that typify Ari Atoll diving, most notably an inspiring

for the hammerheads (up to 4 metres long) to appear from the

profusion of life.

depths, it is quite magical.’

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Characterised by vast coral formations that top out just

Even though diving at Ari Atoll can be a little dull by

beneath the surface, colourful crevices and coral-filled overhangs,

comparison to many other dive destinations due to the strong

Thilas are excellent for close encounters with all sorts of marine

currents the destination is chosen for its reputation of regular

life, from schooling reef fish and turtles to numerous species of

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LEFT: KURAMATHI

shark, including the elusive guitar shark. A dive most likely begins

further you’ll marvel at the vibrant colours of the soft coral and

in dropping down a line from a reef-top mooring, to which you

view almost endless sea life.

will return if the conditions allow. In little or no current this can be suitable for all diver levels, but the current is very changeable

DAYS 6 AND 7: SOUTH MALÉ ATOLL

so the experience and discretion of the boat crew are important.

With many different channels and coral reefs and even a wreck

All around the shallow section watch for nudibranchs, flatworms,

(Kuda Giri Wreck), the marine life of this Atoll is not to be missed.

frogfish, honeycomb and zebra morays, as well as the occasional

Big pelagic fish, plenty of soft corals, caves, eels and sharks are just

octopus eyeballing any who dare approach. Dropping down

a few of the highlights of scuba diving here. With multi-coloured

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ABOVE: DIVING A SHIP WRECK AT ANGSANA RIGHT: PICNIC IN STYLE AT THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT AT KUDA HURAA

schools of fish in huge numbers as well as one very good dive

area as it supports a large population of grey reef sharks and

wreck, South Malé Atoll is considered one of the best stay over

white tips.

diving spots in the area. Among the most popular and impressive dive spots in the

locations for fish life and photography, it is one that is

South Malé Atoll for a custom itinerary by Mohamed and his

topographically complex with chiefly two channels and a central

team, are the following:

reef. It covers a large area that can be dived several times in

Cocoa Thila – is a large, deep water pinnacle on the outer edges of the atoll with many ravines and overhangs for shelter from the strong currents that attract a vast variety of fish. Kandooma Thila – one of the best dive sites and a fairly small pinnacle that reaches its shallowest point at 13 m with the sandy bottom at 35 – 40 m. The small channel between the thila and the reef usually creates a strong outgoing current and presents a great show! Kandu (channel) – diving involves exciting drift dives along the nutrient-rich currents that flow between the Maldives island chains. Sightings include eagle ray and sharks, as well as migrating pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks. Embudhoo Kandu – this channel is known for sharks and is a marine protected

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Guraidhoo Kandu South – among the most impressive

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RIGHT: UNDERWATER RESTAURANT OF ANANTARA KIHAVAH VILLAS BELOW: A DOLPHIN CRUISE AT SONEVA FUSHI

Kuda Giri Wreck – dominated by the small wreck that lies upright on the South Malé seabed between 30 and 15 m in depth, the name of the site describes the giri, or pinnacle, which is found nearby, considered a dive in its own right. Medhu

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best when the current is flowing into the atoll. Descending the dive begins from the ledge at around 30 m over a sheer drop and then into the inky blue water. Vadhoo Caves – is an opportunity to explore amazing caves and caverns. It’s said, ‘Dipping into each cave is like stepping off a conveyor belt into the relative calm of each cavern before re-emerging to be carried to the next.’

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WOMAN AT THE TOP

PIPPA NICHOLAS

INTERVIEW BY COLIN SQUIRE


WOMAN AT THE TOP – PIPPA NICHOLAS

HAVE MET UP WITH PIPPA AND KIM, PIP’S LIFE PARTNER,

Ripon Cathedral Choir School in Yorkshire, where my mother

in a beautiful boutique hotel lovingly crafted from an old

also managed to get a position as the Head Matron. My father,

manor house with a Tudor and Victorian history. Oaksmere

meanwhile, was spending his time managing his seafaring life and

sits in 17 acres near to my office in Bungay and was renovated in

a move to shore service.

the 1970s by a Yacht Captain would you believe. A perfect place to meet up and discuss Pippa’s earlier life as Phil and her recent

What did your father actually do?

gender transformation.

He originally went to sea as a deck boy and climbed the ranks ending his time as a shore based harbour master. I guess I

Where were you born Pip?

stumbled my way through school but my idea had always been

I was born, in Fishguard, West Wales. My father, William Cecil

that I would go to sea. The adventure and tales told to me by my

Nicholas, was a seafarer from the area and my mother Renee

father wetted that appetite. I was brought up on the sea, being

Nicholas, née Dodds, was from Northumberland, a Geordie

born in Fishguard and I guess it was always going to play a large

from Blythe. She met my father during World War II and lived

part in my life. I had my own sailing, in fact racing, dingy by the

unhappily ever after. I am the youngest of three, my brother was

time I was eight, a Firefly, sail number 1652.

an academic, my sister a housewife who married into the sea and

I passed my 11+ and won a scholarship to go to a Naval

who unfortunately passed away some years ago. I was the baby of

establishment called HMS Conway. HMS Conway was, in my

the family, born 12 years after my nearest sibling, ‘the accident’ as

day, a concrete frigate, a land based Naval Officer training

my mother often referred to me. In fact, if you look at it carefully,

establishment, it was based in Plas Newydd on the Island of

my uncle’s wedding night was exactly nine months before I was

Anglesey. Basically it gave youngsters a solid foundation into the

born, so I guess my uncle could be blamed for my birth, having

knowledge of the sea. We did ‘O’ Levels in navigation, seamanship

plied my mum and dad with alcohol to get them in the mood for

and marine science, all set to give us a good footing to go to

my conception.

sea and of course we did the normal educational subjects that

I went, originally to a local Welsh Primary school but

everyday children of that age had to endure, it was most certainly

as my mother and father didn’t get on very well she took me

a tough regime to follow with the daily routines we had to follow.

to the Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School where she was able to work as the Matron and I became a boarder. It was

How old were you when you joined HMS Conway?

situated in a village called Five Ashes in Mayfield, Sussex. Whilst

I was 12, it was in the last three years of the school’s existence.

there, the staff at the school found that I had a penchant for

The shipping industry in the UK during the late 60s and early

singing, being Welsh I suppose that was no surprise and at the

70s was taking a dive and the cadets that went to Conway were

age of eight I was given a scholarship to sing in a Cathedral

usually sponsored by a shipping line, which were the main funding

Choir. I originally auditioned at St Pauls, London then Llandaff in

source for the school. She eventually closed her gangway due to

Cardiff and I was passed over on both of those auditions simply

funding issues and unfortunately in the latter years many of the

because, at the age of eight, I was too old! I ended up going to

people that went to HMS Conway didn’t end up going to sea as there were no positions available in the declining UK merchant

RIGHT: PIPPA’S FATHER IN 1942

fleet. I left HMS Conway with 10 of 11 ‘O’ Levels sat, ironically I failed maths. I had passed navigation, seamanship and marine

FAR RIGHT: PIPPA WITH HER MOTHER IN THEIR BOAT ‘PIPKIN’

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RIGHT: BIRTHDAY BOY 1963 FAR RIGHT: PHIL AND AUDREY ON THEIR WEDDING DAY

science. All the subjects that actually required the use of maths I

How did you go around the world?

was quite good at, I just wasn’t very good at maths itself, I even

Well we say ‘around the world’ as a broad term, but it was travelling

failed the re-sit maths paper, despite getting exactly the same

both by sea and road. Travelling is the ‘university of life’ and doing it

paper the second time around, I guess that hasn’t bothered me

as a seafarer you get to learn with a twist of excitement.

too much during my life. From there I basically went to work in a seafaring environment, my father at this point in time was

You mentioned getting married at the age of 16,

working in Fishguard on the ferries operating between Wales and

where did you get married?

Ireland. These were operated by Sealink in those days and I had

I met Audrey, my first wife, who was three years older than me

been working on these ferries whilst I was still at ‘Conway’ to

and we were married in Fishguard. My parents signed the papers,

notch up sea time that led me to new and bigger jobs both in the

they couldn’t really argue as I was going to do it whether they

UK and overseas. I for sure had itchy feet, I had always wanted to

signed the papers or not, I would have just have had to wait a

travel as a youngster and by the time I was 16 I had been around

little bit longer if they hadn’t. Audrey and I lead a varied life and

the world and seen just about everything.

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WOMAN AT THE TOP – PIPPA NICHOLAS

LEFT: AUDREY AND PHIL WITH NEWBORN KAREN

with my various jobs and I guess she got pretty lonely. There was a period when we thought we would try and spend more time together and I spent a brief interlude in the Dyfed-Powys Police Force as a Police Officer, but it was not the job for me. I hasten to add that I was asked to leave. How old were you then? 18 or19, it was actually quite a funny story, I had booked the Chief Inspector for drink driving on New Year’s Eve. We were stationed in a town called Brecon in Mid Wales and in those

of different jobs for several shipping and marine companies. I

days the rules on drink driving were ‘don’t get caught’, everyone

also carried on with the ferries back and forth to Ireland. We

generally turned a blind eye to drink driving, but there were guys

had our first child, Karen when I was 21. I was still travelling,

that used to drink and get wasted and then flaunt it in the face

taking advantage of the opportunities I had to work at sea and

of some of the police officers, which annoyed me, knowing that

ashore. I worked in Africa for a company called Adventure Africa

you couldn’t do anything because they were friends of the Chief

and for them I drove overland trucks from London through to

Inspector. You would take them to court, the case would get

Johannesburg, old Bedford ex army RL trucks, with 18 or so

dismissed, they would be back doing it again and all because they

passengers who had paid for the experience to see Africa. Myself,

knew Ralph, he was the Chief Inspector and everybody knew him.

well I thought it was a great way to see Africa and get paid for

To cut a long story short, I booked him, causing a major stir and

doing it. I made some great friends during those trips, Fraser

was basically asked to leave as I didn’t fit in.

Shaw being one, he now lives in Melbourne. During those trips I met another woman in South Africa and we ended up in a casual

Did Audrey travel with you at all?

relationship over a period of a couple of years. My four oldest

No, not at all, she worked for the council in Brecon. We went

children are only 16 months apart and with two women. You do

back to Fishguard and I went back off to sea doing a plethora

the maths, remember I’m not very good at it.

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RIGHT: PHIL AND AUDREY WITH PHIL’S SISTER

Did you have any stories? There are loads of them! Some of them you wouldn’t want to repeat, but completely hilarious, maybe they will come out in

BELOW: MICHELLE AND PHIL ON THEIR WEDDING DAY

my book. How old were you at this point? I was in my mid twenties and still with the Royal Navy Reserves who I had been signed on with since my early days of leaving ‘Conway’. By this time Audrey and I had decided to separate as she couldn’t deal with me not being at home, we had been married about 10 years. She had moved to Frome in Somerset with my two oldest children where she found God and decided You never married this woman?

that was the way to bring the children up. Leaving religion out of

No, she was one of the passengers on one of the trips and she it

it, she had found a good set of principles to bring kids up on and

seems was looking for somebody to father her children which is

that is the way it was, it gave them a good foundation in life, they

what she ended up with.

know right from wrong.

Did Audrey know about the other children?

What happened to your friend in South Africa?

No, not at the time, although it came out many, many years later.

She basically did not want anyone in her life, she just wanted kids

In those days It was all pretty secretive, it was I guess, what makes

and then she ended up marrying a guy called Dave, an Australian

me the honest person I am today, it wasn’t sleazy, but it wasn’t

Doctor and they opened up a restaurant chain. The unfortunate

above board and straight either. After Africa I came back to the UK

and sad thing is that in 2004 both the children were killed in a

and again I found work at sea for various companies doing various

car crash. Communication, back then, wasn’t like it is these days,

jobs. I had realised that this idea of being married and living in

no mobile phones, no internet, Facebook etc, however they knew

one place and having a base, at that point in my life, wasn’t what

about me, we wrote letters, they grew up calling Dave ‘Dad’ but

I wanted. At that time I always felt that I needed the comfort of a

they knew me as Phil. It’s long ago now and many of these things

woman by my side and every port and city was the home of one.

have been pushed to the deep parts of my brain. Kim and I have

I was able to do many things and for a few years I drove

been in South Africa a couple of times and I have talked to Suzi

motor coaches for rock bands. The first band I took out on the

and found out that I have a granddaughter with the daughter that

road was headed up by Murray Head, who was a guy who had

was killed, she would be 18 now. Between us we decided it was

worked with Tim Rice who produced the stage show Chess. It was

better for now that the grandchild did not know all the details of

my first trip driving Rock and Roll guys around and I enjoyed it,

her beginnings. We have a mutual agreement that when she has

who wouldn’t. A friend of mine had broken his leg and asked me

grown up and can make her own decisions and if she wants to

if I could do a trip for him and I ended up doing it for a number of

contact me, then she will be given our details, if not let it be so,

years and getting to know people everywhere including Transam

that is the way it is and I have to live with this.

Trucking, based just down the road from where we are sitting.

At this point in my life, after separating from my first wife, I

I went all over Europe with the rich and famous, including Phil

then met this girl called Michelle and I fell deeply in love with her

Collins on his ‘No Jacket Required’ tour. In those days you became

and we decided to get married. When I look back on it I realise it

friends with these guys, I got to know some stars quite well.

was probably a mistake, but at the time I thought she was my soul mate. I hadn’t always been the most faithful husband to Audrey when she had been the most faithful woman in the world and after leaving her I had just got fed up with playing around. We married and went to Australia and I worked again in the marine industry, her father was an influential man in the Western Australian Government and was also involved in gold mining. It was not long before we set up a gold mining company, not panning for gold, but selling out tenements (mining areas). At times you have to stumble through life using the skills you have learned, being able to do anything at anytime and trusting in yourself.

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Did you ever set up a gold mine?

of the British. How you could take a Iicence in Britain, go to

Not me personally, I was involved in the set up of some and the

Australia, only to find that then when you returned a number

mining operations that entailed, but for sure I went out, I pegged

of years later, you could not bring it back. A guy overheard and

ground, I walked through hectares of land in Australia looking

approached me saying that he worked at the Marine Licencing

for gold. The area of Western Australia is called Paynes Find and

Centre and could help me. I gave him my licences and a couple

the company we were involved with was listed at one stage on

of days later he came back and said give me £500 and a couple

the stock market and was called ‘Finders gold’ we made a lot of

of passport photos and I will get it fixed for you. A couple of days

money out of it, a lot of money! The tables were turned though,

later he turned up with a licence in my name and I went on and

as Michelle ended up playing around as I was the one trying to be

worked on it a for a number of years. I got involved in yachting in

the loving husband, the hard worker and everything else. I found

1999 and got my first job on a yacht. I had given my licence to

out that she had been messing around with everyone that had

the crew agencies and never thought of it as being anything other

worked for us in various jobs that we had done, she had been

than a genuine item, well at least not until after the sinking of

with just about all of them. I was absolutely devastated, we had

Shiralee, when it came to light that the guy had, over a period of

a daughter together, her name is Sian and she went off with her

18 months, been providing these licences to a number of people,

mother and very rapidly I met an English lady who became my

in fact around 240 people.

third wife, her name was Elizabeth. Sorry for the interlude but how did things go with your third Sorry to interrupt here but at some point you became an engineer?

wife Elizabeth?

That happened a lot earlier, I had gone to sea on deck and passed

During this time I was still in Australia and working at sea most

all my licences as a Deck Officer, my father’s advice had been

of the time, but I always had other businesses. I had set up a

to quit deck work and go back to sea as an Engineer. He pulled

company ‘Call out Mobile Mechanics’ based in Perth, Western

a lot of strings for me with people he knew to get my sea time

Australia, providing on the spot repairs and services for private

approved and therefore to allow me to get my licencing. I had

and corporate clients. We ended up with 52 vans on the road in

always been mechanically minded, I had raced motorbikes and built motorbikes, I had built cars, I understood the principles of engines and at sea it was very easy to move into engineering fields. I took all my relevant exams and ended up with a Class IV motor licence to which I later added a steam endorsement. I had taken all those licences with me to Australia and from the Department of Trade system that was in the UK I had transferred them into Australian licences, which in hindsight was a mistake, I had never really looked at how it worked, we just did it. In those days the AMSA as we know it today did not exist so when you took a licence to Australia and exchanged it, it was automatically issued at state level. The Australian States do not have the same authority that the AMSA has, so much later on in life, when I came back to the UK and tried to move my licences back to British licences, I was unable to do it because my licences did not now hold the same level of authority. So, to cut a long story short, having left the UK system I couldn’t simply just get them back when I needed them. The problems began when I returned to the UK after my third marriage fell to pieces and I was working for a company doing coastal towing. I was on a tug in Greenock and we had an inspection, I produced my licences and I was asked how long I had been working on the ship, I told them three months and they informed me that I couldn’t work with them as they were. A couple of nights later, I was back in Cardiff. I was in the Mission for Seamen, very drunk and was shouting off about the bureaucracy

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RIGHT: KIM AND PHIL AT A REUNION DINNER

James. I am now estranged from him, but the funny thing is that I do still see him, but he doesn’t know who I am.

BELOW: PHIL’S BROTHER

How do you see him? He runs a coffee shop in Southampton in the UK and now I am able to go in there in the new guise of me and I have conversations with him and he has no idea of who I am. Amazing! Yes, but heart wrenching. I have always lived my life to the full, every moment of every day is an adventure, life is too short. I feel I have lived three life-times in the life I have had. Fitting Perth, but during divorces and things all of that stuff got given

everything into what we do in a day just means the days are just

away. I set up a company called MAP Travel (Michelle and Phil)

not long enough, my life has always been like that, I have never

offering adventure four wheeled drive tours in extended wheel

been one to think about the consequences of tomorrow. I have

based Land Cruisers, with modified running gear and suspension.

had some medical problems in my life, I picked up a disease called

I was part of the design team and Toyota ended up incorporating

Bilharzia in Africa, basically parasitic worms invade the intestines,

some of these developments into their factory specifications

not nice, which led on to all sorts of bowel problems. These

and signed agreements to cover the retrofit products into their

obstructions get put in front of me, but I do not allow anything

warranty scheme. It later became ‘Travel About’ which I believe

to get the better of me. I think, in life, it is very important that we

still exists. I met Elizabeth during one of the trips, I felt very

do not let any obstacle, however big or small, get in our way, you

sorry for her, she was an English lady who had experienced some

just have to live with what you are given.

misfortune in life and wanted to stay in Australia but her VISA was attached to her job as a nurse and I ended up marrying her to

You enrolled in the Royal Navy Reserve when you left Conway.

enable her to stay, I by now had an Australian passport. In essence,

Yes, I guess that was the change in my life to go back to the sea

although I hate to say it, I think she tricked me into a child, she did

and engineering. I have friends now, who were good friends from

some pretty nasty things with me and my boy, my youngest son

those days. I still talk to them and often see them at reunion dinners and through work as we have close ties to the commercial side of the marine industry. Some of them, who know about Pippa, I have found are much the same as me in they have a transgender/confused side. Unfortunately many of them suffer from depression. Talking of depression, my family is riddled with it, my children, my mother, my father to a certain degree, although he is very much like me. If I suffer from depression, I don’t think I have time to think about it. There are moments when I get down and then something comes around the corner and a new focus starts. My sister died of it, and the complications of alcohol and smoking, my brother suffers dreadfully with what in the day was called ‘Manic Depression’ and the physical problems that he has through drug addiction and alcohol abuse. My mother suffered from it during her entire life as well, so am I the normal one? But then what is normal? Oh yes, maybe it’s just a setting on the washing machine. We are in the mid 90s. In the mid-90s I lived in Australia and worked on various projects. During my gold mining foray I had met many people who had a lot of money. My knowledge of mechanics, plus my abilities when it came to building things and making cars got me involved in a

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company that had bought out the patents and designs for a very advanced helical scroll super charger. I spent a couple of years with them working with companies like Toyota, Hyundai and Kia developing supercharger kits to fit both their road cars and four wheeled drive vehicles. In essence I was the mechanical ‘hands on’ person and never really watched what was going on with the money. Australia was a den of iniquity in those days, people would sell something that really had no value through stocks and shares, for me Sprintex, the name of the supercharger company, was one of those things. I could see the practical purpose behind it and I wanted to make it into something that would grow as a company but the people behind me just wanted to sell the idea. As long as I would produce the kits, they would sell the idea, in the end I walked away from the partnership. I set up another company called Supercharger City doing custom car installations and builds. I worked both in Perth and Sydney with the company and for some amazing people. I worked for the Sultan of Brunei at one point, we supercharged his fleet of V8 Holden police cars. If you have been to Brunei you will know that the country has one main road which goes to the border and then stops. The Sultan himself is a car nut, he has acres of covered land, every conceivable car you can think of sits there and he has many young guys that clean and drive them around the block, I had fun being there. After Supercharger City, when I came back to the UK, I went back to one of the companies where I had worked for many years doing coastal towage. Were you divorced when you came back? No, despite wife #3 I also had a long term girlfriend, Robyn, she had known of me for many, many years. She was warned that I was a womaniser, yet the first thing she did was to come chasing after me. I loved her to death and she was my best friend for many years, we fell out in a stupid argument over a really nice car. I lost a great friendship. In hindsight it wasn’t worth the grief of the car but hey ho. The things we do and have some form of regret. She doesn’t know about Pippa and she is still in the marine industry. I have to wonder if she will read this or one of her friends will and pass it on. Here we go again, stories. When back in coastal towing one of the many jobs we had was to tow something across the Atlantic for the government, rumour was that it was a weather buoy, well no one really knows what it turned out to be, but we duly picked the tow up from a military port in the UK. I suppose the military need to know about the weather, right? After several months of ‘go here, oh no, go there, umm take it here’, we ended up in the Falklands and we were now told it was an offshore monitoring buoy for waves and weather. There was a lot of cover up as to why we were there and what we were doing. My guess now is its monitoring Argentinian military movements in the area to this day. You were working as the engineer onboard. Yes, at that time, then Robyn and I decided to go on holiday. I had a Lotus, I have a bit of a history with nice cars, I have always tried to have the nicest car I could have, even from the early days. I believe everything is an opportunity, who knows what walks through the door, you will never know unless you ask the question, if you are going to sit back and be shy and quiet, who knows


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instead of running everything back to a distribution board. It was

in St Thomas and had taken her laptop with all my files on

unfortunate, because she was a beautiful boat.

Shiralee with her, they thankfully did not go down with the ship. I would put the report on a floppy disc and give it to the Captain as

I can remember when she sank, I knew the Captain well.

we had agreed. I reported a catalogue of ongoing failures, it was

In the lead up to the sinking we were in the Caribbean, she was

bizarre that no one would even listen to what was being told to

a charter boat and we chartered with all sorts of people. We had

them. I guess there is no point in dragging names into this as it

had some great guests on board, we actually had the owner’s son

is in the past. In essence people had advised the owner to buy it

on board for two weeks and during that cruise we had a failure in

and also to avoid doing a pre purchase survey.

the engine from the feed pipe to the cooling shaft when we were

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underway and basically we had to put her onto the sand whilst

You were in very deep water in more ways than one when she went

we fixed it. In essence the log books showed this, also being from

down. What was the first indication that she had a problem?

a commercial background I had always dealt with managers, I had

We had dropped off the owner’s son and collected new crew

never come across this thing of everything going via the Captain

in St Thomas that night and we topped up the fuel tanks. The

and I had sent emails directly to the management company

refuelling brought out some of the design aspects of the boat

about the problems with the boat. The Captain got hold of me

that were wrong. When she was fully loaded with fuel she would

one day and said ‘don’t do that, you cannot tell the management

sit bow down, she would sit level but always trim forward. We left

company that the boat has problems, it all has to come through

St Thomas that night en route to Havana taking a northerly route.

me, it has to, that is how it works’. From that point on, everything

We had a following sea of around 3.5 m and with the trim the

I had to report went via the master for him to do whatever he

propellers were coming close to the surface, quite often giving us

wanted to do.

a lot of vibration that would come back through the boat and the

Back in that day not everybody had a computer or laptop,

engine would alarm for over-speed. The first notion that we had

which in the end was my saving grace, as all the reports I had

any issue was that we had a gearbox alarm in the wheelhouse,

done on the vessel had been done on the chef’s laptop, as I shared

the crew member on watch called me and I went down into the

a cabin with her. She had left the yacht when we were refuelling

engine room. I couldn’t find anything that was wrong as such,

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in hindsight there were lots of theories about what was causing

when he got out of his bunk and stood in water half way up his

it, but I couldn’t find anything wrong and I reset the alarm and

legs saying ‘I can’t swim’.

went back to the wheelhouse. Some 30 minutes later, we had the

When the skipper put the mayday out, HMS Manchester

same alarm again and I went down to the engine room. At this

was nearby on a drugs patrol and their Lynx was over the top of

point in time the flywheels were actually throwing water around

us within 15 minutes. We got into life rafts and the images of

the engine room, we had been doing 14 knots and the throttles

her sinking were captured by the Lynx’s infrared cameras, it was

were pulled back to slow us down and then we were left rolling

terrible to watch.

and wallowing. There were many design faults, a catalogue of one after another of stupid things which ultimately caused the

Did it ever become apparent what caused her to sink?

loss of the vessel. This time it was the engine room door which

In essence the final findings were, or considered to be bearing

failed prematurely. It was surreal how quickly it happened. All

in mind we have never been able to look at the hull as she is in

that was going through my mind was that there is never an

2000 feet of water, that a weld failed where the A frames for the

insurmountable problem, to me everything has a fix, I was still

propeller bearings joins the bottom of the ship and this caused

getting around thinking we can fix this. Then the water reached

the A frame to pull the hull plates off the bottom of the yacht

the generators, and I’m thinking ‘We are out of power, we have

in this area. She had filled with eight feet of water in the engine

no engine power, the main engines are shut down and we have

room in minutes, there had to be a huge opening and the fact we

no pumps etc,’ I then got back to the wheelhouse to find the

still had some headway on did not help

Captain asking ‘What do we do now?’, the answer was obvious

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and I told him ‘It’s time to put out a mayday’. There is a point of

What happened after the sinking?

realisation where one’s survival mode takes over and you start to

When the court hearings came out about Shiralee, the

think let’s get everybody safe, by this time the general alarm had

management and Captain were trying to say that all the decisions

been sounded and everyone was up on deck with their lifejackets

made were made by me, they were passing the blame. In fact

on. I can remember the chef, who had only joined 12 hours earlier,

they had made all the calls between them. My engineers licencing

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that time, it basically made it nigh on impossible for me to get a job in Europe and I made the move to be based out of the USA.

LEFT: PHIL’S CHARGE SHEET

It was reported in the press at the time that I had committed fraud, that I had been arrested for fraud and manufactured documents and licences. Yes I did go to court and I was fined $2600 for working on a ship in a position for which I did not hold a ‘current licence’, i.e. not the fraud that was being so inaccurately reported. Had there been any fraud the MCA would not have allowed me then to go and get my licences back. The late Claude Hamilton, a wonderful man, knew the case history from when I first came back from Australia when I had asked about getting my UK licences returned, of course when it all came out later about what I had done he recalled we had had this discussion five years previously. By this time I had teamed up with the chef who I had met on Shiralee, she had changed her surname to mine to make it easier for us to get work and we went to live and work in the States. I worked on Lionwind and I also had several Captains l knew well, who knew me and had worked with me and trusted issue came up and as soon as this did, the focus of why the ship

me and knew what I was able to do, they gave me work.

was lost went to my licence. The media were to blame for this

I eventually got to a point where I was fed up with being

with plenty of bad reporting and very inaccurate reports made.

away all the time, I was fed up not having a home life, I wanted

The Captain wielded power within the yachting community at

a dog. I couldn’t see a way out of being at sea as this was where

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RIGHT: KIM AND PHIL ON THEIR WEDDING DAY BELOW: PHIL’S FAVOURITE YACHT, MY SENSES

the money came from and in essence once I had gone to the States all of the things I had done throughout my past life with other businesses, all the things that had kept me going in life, I didn’t have the opportunity to do there. Then I met Kim, the most amazing woman in the world, who I am now with. My partner from Shiralee at that point in time had decided that what we had wasn’t for her, and we had decided to go our separate ways. We are however very firm friends to this day and she is one of the people in my past I value most of all. Kim has been with you through a strange period in your life. Yes, the nice thing about Kim is that she has met everybody from my past, my life sounds almost unbelievable but she has met nearly everybody from it, from all over the world. I met Kim in a sleazy nightclub in Fort Lauderdale on a ‘boys night out’. A captain I was working with had split up with his girlfriend and I offered to take him out to help him forget her. We went to this bar and there were four girls standing there, one was an Indian lady, two were quite cute and then there was this short dumpy sister with dark hair, flare cut pants, flat shoes, a horrible baggy shirt and not me at all, it was unbelievable. We ended up talking to them and I ended up asking the dumpy one

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to have a dance with me and she turned into the Kim we all know

But she is far from short and dumpy!

and love so much today. I guess we all go through parts of our

Not anymore, she lost a huge amount of weight, 60 lbs (she will

lives that are a bit dark and they affect us all in different ways. I’m

argue that amount for sure but!) and changed her life completely.

so happy that she thought enough of me to stay through some

We bought the Carole Manto Crew Agency. Carole was one of

of my dark moments.

the people that helped me through the Shiralee saga by finding

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RIGHT: ONE OF PHIL’S FAVOURITE CARS

me work. She had stood by me through the whole thing and at

management and a few parts sales and other bits and pieces. We

that time she was not very well and I negotiated a deal with her

had got involved early on in satellite communication and that

where I bought her agency and house. Kim left the bank she was

aspect of our business has grown and developed immensely. We

working at and ran the crew agency for many years. We took the

have clients today that we had in 2004, the same clients that we

idea of the crew agency very seriously and launched it into the

do refits for regularly.

electronic era, we built websites for it, we put it online, we sold

The income early on was up and down due to my inability

crew members access to the website as opposed to selling crew

to keep money, when I made a lot of money I would buy nice cars

members to boats. We cut the cost of doing business, but it was

and houses and a couple of years later it was all being sold as we

a hard life, trying to get paid for it was very hard indeed, in the

hadn’t got the income to keep it all going. The satellite business

end we sold the framework for the website three times and the

has given us a regular base line of income every month which

database once. During that period everyone that knew me was

covers the bills and everything else is over and above.

asking if I could help them with deliveries, or could I help them with a refit and so I was back doing deliveries and overseeing

Did you mention last night that you were supplying toilets to

refits all the time. On my last sea going trips I was involved with

clients globally?

MY Senses, Jackie Setton sold it and a New Zealander had bought

Correct, we are the UK, European and African distributor for Head

it. Sir Douglas Myer was very down to earth and into brewing.

Hunter Toilet Systems.

He could see the problems that I was having with wanting to

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be at sea but only needing to be at sea to make the money to

Are you also looking to supply tenders to Polar Expedition boats?

live. He ended up suggesting that I take over the shore based

We have a commercial client that we have been working with and

management of the boat to give me the opportunity to be at

their ships do Arctic and Antarctic charters, there are 10 ships in

home and to still have a source of income to build a business

total and we have been given the opportunity to supply the ribs

for myself. I stayed with the boat for eight years until the boat

for one of them. We have also done the onboard communication

was sold to Larry Page of Google. The new business that Kim

networks for eight of them. That side of the business is growing

and I built then, Yacht Projects, has grown well over the past few

dramatically and we are becoming quite a well known name now.

years, originally we were a company that did nothing but project

We have recently associated ourselves with two large companies

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who supply satellite air time. We have been able to become very competitive because of the size of the company. There is Kim and myself, plus Caroline our Office Manager and a dedicated sales and service manager Nat in Florida and we have our male Sales Manager Simon in the UK, plus a growing number of field technicians who go to the ships to do the set ups. Tell me about Pippa, how do people react when they first meet you? Hmmmm. There is a big difference between gender and sexuality, they are two completely different things. Gender is how you identify yourself and not necessarily how your body is built. Sexuality is about who you find yourself attracted to, in easy terms, are you gay, hetrosexual, bisexual. I’m sure you get the

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gratification from what they do, sometimes sexually. There is a self gratification from putting women’s clothing on and that is where cross dressing comes from. It’s amazing who does it. Many, many high energy people with stressful work patterns are often seen like this. Not all of the aforementioned are gay, in fact very few are. Then there is the showmanship aspect of it, the drag queens, the commercialised raunchy, loud, rude side. They dress really outrageously, the Danny Le Roux and Dame Edna Everages. Then you have someone like myself who is transgender. I haven’t spent my whole entire life thinking that I was born in the wrong body, it was not part of my life, it is something that came to

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there are in the attachment of each chromosome and it goes

sexuality, we had arranged to go to a fetish party and we couldn’t

back to how fertile the person is, it is quite an interesting read.

go as Kim had problems with her daughter and had to go back to

There are more Klinefelters people walking around than

Florida and we were in the UK. I had been waiting for this party

meets the eye as there are people that have no idea about it.

and I had been really keyed up as this was going to be my first

They do not have the knowledge and they do not know it exists.

night to go out as Pippa.

Strangely enough at one time I had gone to a fancy dress party dressed as a woman and felt very comfortable doing it.

When was this? March 2013, it was the day that Pippa was truly born. On this

Was that recent?

very morning I get a message from a guy we were supposed to

Christmas 2012.

meet via one of the websites that support these kind of parties. He was offering to meet us that night and I’d said Kim was not

Was this the first time you dressed up as a woman?

in the UK so we couldn’t go. I said how would you fancy meeting

Yes, although I have had a thing about high heels and seamed

Pippa. I had looked at his profile and he had met other transgender

stockings all my life. (I guess most men do.) My mother wore

people, although at that stage I didn’t see myself as transgender,

them, she was in the air force and it was after the war and seamed

it was something I just wanted to do for fun. He said who is Pippa

nylons were all the rage, I guess I had a fixation or fetish towards

and I thought ‘Who is Pippa?’ as I really didn’t actually know. Pippa

this and it was something I had always asked my wives to do for

had never been out. I jumped into the car and went to a shop and

me, usually revolving around the end of the evening in bed, but it

bought a dress, came home, put the dress on, put some makeup

was never something I felt I wanted to do myself. I went to that

and a wig on, put some high heels on and took a photo and sent

fancy dress party dressed as a woman, I had in the past dressed as

him the photo. He said ‘Wow, yes ok I would love to meet’. My

a woman for a laugh, as men do with balloons for boobs, but that

heart started racing, what had I done? I picked the phone up and

time I thought I would make a special effort. Anyway I liked it, felt

rang Kim and told her. She said go for your life.

comfortable with it and more so felt comfortable being able to talk to Kim about the way I felt and it all developed from there.

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The hotel he was staying in, I knew well, you could drive and park your car there, they had a ballroom and an event was

There is an hilarious story I can tell, Kim and I have

going on in the ballroom that night making it an ideal scenario.

always been ones to push the envelope and experiment with our

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envelope for all to see I just couldn’t help myself and wrote ‘Dear David this is your lady boy lover Pippa, I am so sorry I got my dates muddled up, but thank you for the £250.00 you sent by PayPal to me, it was the easiest money I have made all week!’ I handed the envelope to the receptionist who sat it in a pigeon hole for all to read between then and Tuesday and turned around to leave. Now I felt totally free, it didn’t matter anymore, I had done it. I drove back to Southampton and spoke to Kim all the way home, I researched it and came up with a website TV Chix which I signed up to so that I could find out more, people started contacting me and I was invited out the next night to a party by another couple. I went out to buy another dress the next day and that was the start of Pippa walking through the door. I have been on an amazing journey ever since. Have you thrown all your male past away? Yes, I now only have female clothes and shoes and a few ‘girls’

Have you started to have hormone treatment?

the in word for hair. The nearest I get to boys clothing was what I

I wanted to look more the part, I went onto hormones to achieve

wore last Saturday morning , I got up and pulled on a t-shirt with

this. The whole transgender thing in the UK sucks, people are

an hilarious slogan about marine engineers and how Captains

not allowed to make that decision themselves, at the moment

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they still have to get approval from government bodies. For me, I am not interested in that, in fact one of the things I want to do in the coming months is to set up an organisation that breaks this regime and offers help for both mainstream people in understanding transpeople needs and for transpeople to seek help for themselves. It’s in process and will be called ‘the transcending gender foundation.’ It is crazy that I have to get two psychiatrists to approve that I want to live like this, it is madness. In the UK the GIC (Gender Identity Clinic), sits at the head of the pile of bureaucratic bullshit. If I was to go in today and present that I wanted to talk to someone about having an SRS (Sex Reassignment Surgery) operation, they would spend the next six months trying to talk me out of it, in fairness, maybe some people need this, but I know what I want in life, everything is an adventure, I do not need someone telling me how to run my life. Look around me. I’m happy, content and a much nicer person as Pippa. I did the hormone course privately, but to get the hormones I had to go and talk to girls that had already been prescribed them but were further down the development line and they didn’t need them any longer, they had no need for their prescriptions and I would use theirs. How long did you have to take the hormones for? Not long, within five months my breasts developed, but with other girls it can take five years. The side effects are crazy though, I would get into the car and cry for no reason at all. Men have no concept of what women go through in their developing years and more so as their body changes. Unless you have been through it you could not possibly understand it.

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You mentioned earlier that when you stopped taking them you went through a dreadful time. Yes, people had told me if I was going to stop to wean myself off them, not me, I just stopped and I felt dreadful as my body thought it was pregnant. Morning sickness etc for weeks. What happened with your breasts, they really are quite amazing, if you don’t mind me saying so? Ha ha, well thank you, I had said to Kim that I couldn’t be done with the hormones and that I needed to get to look more like a woman, to do that I needed breasts and Kim paid for them, they

public, to help people understand both how to treat transgender

were a present. The bottom end is under discussion. That’s my

people and how not to be scared. I am sure if I was to walk into

business for now!

somewhere with an 18 year old girl on reception that has never

People have to understand, from my point of view the

met a person like me, she would find it difficult to deal with it. If

fact that I am happy being a woman is wonderful, but I am still

I walk up to someone they will address me as madam due to my

attracted to women, I haven’t changed in that respect.

dress sense which is quite sensible, it is not until I talk that it is obvious that I am, or was, a guy.

The breast operation how did it go? I had mine done in Miami, flew in at midnight, got to the hospital

When I met you for the first time as Pippa in Monaco, well you know

at six, went down to the operating theatre, was home by ten,

the effect it had on me once I recognised you, that will live with me

slept till three in the afternoon, got up and we went out to dinner.

for the rest of my life. You only recognised me once I told you who I was.

Wow. Since you have been living your new life, you must have had some remarks made that may have been difficult to take, also how

Yes, I could then see through the hair, makeup and dress that it was

do you get on with clients?

my friend Phil from way back, my first reaction as you know was that

What can clients do, the bottom line is as a company we are

you were off to a fancy dress party! It wasn’t until you explained and

well respected, as Phil I was well respected, for sure there will be

the next day you arrived at my stand again as Pippa, that I accepted

people that don’t like it and you are never going to overcome that

you as transgender. I have travelled all my life and met all kinds of

prejudice. If people giggle I generally go over and ask what the

people but Pippa came as a big surprise.

problem is, because once you talk to people they suddenly realise

But, having said that, you have accepted it.

you are just a normal person. I make it easy by my openness. The next goal for me is taking the transgender discussion to the

Yes totally, the amazing thing about you is that you are so comfortable with the way you are. Last night in the hotel bar, what a night that was, the local Doctor and Justice of the Peace (Judge) and other regulars there that joined in with us, we had a fantastic evening and I have to say it, you were hilarious, the centerpiece, one of the most amusing nights ever. You were telling me of other modifications you could have done to your body. In essence, there is part of me that wants to experience what it would be like to be a complete woman, well as complete as a transwoman can be. I don’t know if you know but in the movie ‘The Danish Girl’ the story is of one of the first transitions and she dies after the SRS surgery as they tried to also transplant all the female organs. However today we are not at the butchers table but more so the operating one, but who knows, if anything was to ever to happen to Kim, it would be a very easy decision. But I could have my voice changed to be more feminine or my Adams apple shaved to make it less noticeable, those things are all on hold though.

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Where are you going to go from here business wise?

and that’s it. Two of the bikes are Harleys and they are kept in

We are growing, we have so many options out in front of us at the

the States, Kim rides one. I did 5500 miles around Europe during

moment, the business will definitely grow, I do not see any point

and after the Monaco Yacht Show this year in one of the Jaguars.

of retiring from it, anyway I am far too young.

I have had so many cars over the years but of all of them I loved my Lotus’s. I will probably sell my Morris as it is sad to see it sit

How many plane trips do you take a year?

there doing nothing. I enjoy sports like racquet ball and I used to

Three years ago it was 62 International flights. Do I enjoy flying?

do a lot of swimming and was a keen canoeist,

No, but it is what I do, it is part of my life and part of the

It looks to me Pippa as if you have your life sorted out

adventure, I am flying more now than I was then. 2015 was a year

at last, I must thank you for being so candid about yourself in

of travel and adventure. Before my passport was changed in name

general and for talking to me so openly about your sexuality and

and gender I would quite often joke around by saying ‘oh I am so

gender. When you get around to writing the book let me know

sorry I have my husband’s passport’ and suddenly they twig it. My

and maybe I can give you a hand with that but for now may I wish

passport and driving licence are all legally changed now to show

Kim and yourself a happy and successful future together.

I am female and legally called Pippa Nicholas. Many thanks to all of Pippa’s friends for the photos and the What sports do you play?

photograph of Shirallee was by Barry Pickthall.

Used to play rugby but obviously I can’t play that now! You have a love of cars, what cars do your own? Currently two Jags, two Kias, a Morris 1000, three motorbikes

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HY DON’T YOU BRING YOUR CAMERAS?’

I grew up in Emsworth, a small town in Hampshire on

This single question asked by the owner of a boat I

the south coast of England and I can vividly remember going

used to crew on in local regattas that marked a real

to see Velsheda with my father in the Solent and often seeing

turning point in my career. But we’ll come to this a little later. My first boating experience was when I was just six months old, travelling with my mother from Africa (where my

other children sailing dinghies from the local sailing school and thinking: ‘Now, that looks like fun!’. Funnily enough I first chose horses over sailing!

parents lived) to England on a post boat. A trip which turned out

Growing up I was curious and very interested in art

being the first of many and perhaps also the start of my love for

and photography. My very first camera was a disk camera!!

the sea.

One of those terrible little things with minute bits of film stuck around the disk. The pictures were horrible but I had been bitten by the photography bug nonetheless. Everything got captured: my family, my dad’s car, even the rabbit had its picture taken many times. I’ve got happy memories of my time at school and later college and during this time the artistic streak still took centre stage. My dream was to go on to study graphic design and photography. I learnt to sail in the Solent when I was 19 aboard a 24 ft Achilles. I had many great sailing experiences afterwards and I managed to pass my Yachtmaster’s exam in Poole. A few years later my life was

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about to change forever as I packed up everything and travelled to Menorca with my then engineer boyfriend to start a marine business. Mahon harbour was quiet and beautiful and I was happy to be living and working by the sea but business was slow to say the least so we moved to Mallorca where I started working for the Sunseeker dealer in the port of Andraitx. I ended up doing many deliveries from France back to the island, sometimes on my own in a fleet of two or three others, refuelling at sea from one of the bigger yachts! Although I loved living on Mallorca the pull to learn more about photography and to follow my dream was always there until eventually at the age of 28 I returned to London to study photography. At 30 I was lucky enough to assist some of the best photographers in London. I was struck. They were amazing, each one of them boasting a different speciality: interiors, lifestyle, cars, one even specialised in photographing bed linen! I was fascinated by the way they all dealt with everything in order to get the job done. I gorged on all the information I was getting about exposures, lighting and processing film which was all medium or large format and I have consequently never forgotten what I learnt from these icons. Moreover, I often think back to those special days. After those four years in England I couldn’t wait to get back to Mallorca and put it all into practice, preferably all at once! I chose to focus on fashion and life style photography and with a loan from my Mum (and a job at a diving centre to make ends meet) I went out and bought the very best equipment I could possibly find. But where were the customers? Unfortunately tough times followed. My stints working at the diving school became

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I ended up being on the same chase boat as one of them I was amazed and delighted. Kate Branagh, The Superyacht Cup event coordinator gave me my first big break in 2006 by asking me to cover that year’s regatta. From then on things just got better and better and I’m happy to say I still work for Kate every year. Since 2005 I travel for approximately four to five months a year to the most fantastic locations on the planet photographing the world’s most luxurious and beautiful yachts either at regattas or for brochures. I’m sure there will be many more amazing experiences to look forward to in the future as I meet so many fascinating people on my travels who all have such interesting stories to tell. I often get asked: ‘What equipment should I buy?’ To which I always simply reply to just buy the best you possibly can’. Another question I regularly hear is: ‘Do you know when you’ve just made a great picture?’ Yes, you usually do, you can see longer and longer, as this was what kept me going financially. I

them coming! And to the question: ‘Don’t you worry about your

had occasional assignments taking photos of the odd villa or at

cameras in that chase boat?’ Of course I do and let’s just say the

weddings but this all changed after the: ‘Why don’t you bring your

environment in which I photograph is not the most forgiving for

cameras?’ moment. I had honestly just not thought of combining

sophisticated electronics! It can get very expensive.

my two greatest passions, photography and sailing, until then.

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Right now I’ve just come back from Antigua and am at the

That was it. I was off! I began photographing as many yachts

time of writing about to fly out to St Barts to cover the St Barts

and regattas as possible. I wanted to be able to photograph like

Bucket Regatta. Afterwards I will again be Caribbean-bound for a

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yachts (30 m+) in the Trieste area and over 130 yachts in Croatia

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Hops Beer Shop with the largest selection of international beers in the city are distinctly diverse for Italy. One of the most popular seafood restaurants in the city is the Bollicine. Elegant, with a minimal décor, it also boasts over 400 labels of Italian and French bubbles and is a popular place for an evening aperitif or dinner. Crew flock to the Pizzeria Al Barattolo, considered the best in the city. Trieste has an active theatre culture, with productions year round and the locals go to the theatre more, per capita, than in any other city in Italy. Not surprisingly perhaps, Trieste has more sailing clubs than anywhere else in the country, sixteen in the city alone, twenty four if you include the surrounding areas. Roberto Sponza, marina manager and director of Porto San Rocco as well as President of Trieste Yacht Berths (TYB), a consortium which connects all the superyacht berthing options in the city, is the most prominent face in the local yachting community and is active in promoting the destination to the superyacht industry. Roberto competed in the 1976 Olympics for sailing has led the charge to create a single point of reference along with a transparent and competitive sea and its positioning at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures. A Russian yacht owner, who visited the city this winter for the first time to inspect works on his yacht, marveled at the city’s unique look and feel, likening it to a ‘Vienna on the Sea’. This can be seen and felt everywhere from the Austrian styled architecture to it’s bustling downtown filled with cafes, music and artisanal boutiques. Its food culture includes both traditional eateries like Siora Rosa serving the local sausages and kraut alongside international fare popular with foreigners. Cupcake cafes, like Mug, vegan bistros like Zoe Food, and

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pricing scheme for all the berths in the city. ‘I remember clearly

necessary assistance for superyachts and also offer parking spots

beginning to learn to sail as a nine year old boy in the Bay of

for service vehicles accommodating yachts up to 220 m and

Trieste. In my sailing club there were factory workers with their

providing 125 amp electricity, fresh water, bunkering via barge

sailing boats. They rented their apartment, but owned their boat

(duty free available) and divers. Throughout the port of Trieste

and explains well our philosophy of life here in Trieste.’

water sports are forbidden and vessels over 500 GT require a pilot

Porto San Rocco, a Camper & Nicholsons Marina, just a

Asked how he felt about the nearby ‘competitors’ of

berths for yachts up to 60 m with no draught limits and includes

Venice and Croatia, Roberto Sponza said, ‘Actually it’s more of

a heliport, marine fuel pump, free Wi-Fi, water, electricity (300

an opportunity than an obstacle. The popularity of Venice brings

amp), bunkers and 24 hour security. The complex is outfitted

yachts to the Adriatic. However they don’t have any facilities for

with boutiques and eateries and boasts both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness area and a garage. Quiet and secure, this is a nice location to sit and await a charter while having all the comforts of a full service marina just minutes from the city centre. Located in downtown Trieste, Marina San Giusto can host yachts up to 100 m and has been recently upgraded with 125 amp electricity, water, Wi-Fi and 24 hour security. They offer special access to the local Tennis and Golf clubs. Trieste Terminal Passeggeri manages the principle berths in the city centre at the Stazione Maritima and more specifically at Molo IV, Molo Audace, Scale Reale and Molo Bersaglieri. The facilities can provide all the

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refit, or off season works and that is an incredible resource that

trained a dedicated team of twelve employees to take extra care

we can offer. And the stronger Croatia becomes the better it is

of their clients including a dock master dedicated to the vessels.

for us. We are working hard to promote the entire itinerary and

‘We can accommodate any size of yacht and have at our full

are willing to take captains and crew hand-in-hand to ensure they

disposal the hundreds of maritime companies and suppliers who

have a great experience in the city.’

currently collaborate with Fincantieri worldwide, whether it be

Trieste Refitting System (TRS) is another such consortium

naval designers, project managers, paint surveyors or suppliers for

in the city that provides an integrated system of nautical

maintenance, conversion or technical upgrades.’ Gianni continued.

companies for refit and repair made up of Meccano Consulting

In the same vicinity of Fincantieri is Nuovo Arsenale

Engineering, Ocean Team, Quaiat, Nuovo Arsenale Cartubi &

Cartubi (NAC). Its maritime experience covers all aspects of

Perizzi totalling over 300 people. TRS provides one point of

construction, repair, conversion, maintenance and refitting

reference for all types of refit work with dry dock access up to

services for both the maritime and offshore and superyacht

122 m and capabilities to complete structural, steel, mechanical,

industries. NAC is well known for producing metalwork and

electrical and interior works. MY Chopi Chopi has been seen in the

superstructures in both steel and light alloy for the cruise ship

yard all winter undergoing works.

and superyacht industry. Marco Maranzana, CEO of NAC said,

Fincantieri’s global headquarters are located in Trieste

‘Most recently we delivered a 140 m hull to Fincantieri, as well

and since 2009 have seen a boom in the superyacht sector. Al

as full construction and winter general services for a 77 m CRN

Said, Olimpia and Carinthia VII have been here multiple years

and are involved in the refit and maintenance of several

to complete their winter works. Altair III has been in the yard for

other large yachts at the moment.’ NAC’s team specialises in

several consecutive years in a row. Gianni Salvagno, director in

comprehensive design and construction services. ‘We have put

charge of the yard, is in the process of outfitting dedicated areas

together a really good team and have a lot of interest already for

exclusively for superyachts. ‘We have seen so much interest from

works next winter.’

the superyacht community that we are in the process of finalising

Of course there are a few very trusted yacht agents

a bespoke set of services to accompany the new dedicated

in the city who support all the vessels both in transit over

superyacht area at dry dock three, which will include extra security,

the summer, and in the yards for winter refits and maintenance.

office space for the owner, captain and crew, customised electricity

Trieste Yacht Services and the JLT Yacht Agency each provide

offerings and a special private entrance.’ Located only 400 m from

a full range of agency services from logistics, formalities,

the highway and a short walk to downtown, Fincantieri has also

customs, crew housing and concierge services. Caterina Oliviero,

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Manager of JLT said, ‘We do suggest Trieste both for a crew stop and guests’ stay since the city really offers different things to do and see at a less expensive rate in comparison to Venice. It’s well connected through the local Trieste airport and close to Venice and Ljubljana’s international airports, making it a good option as a turn around location before, or after, cruising Croatia and Montenegro.’ Giovanna Zuin, of Trieste Yacht Service commented, ‘The captains and crew have been really pleased with the quality of life they have here. Besides the lively atmosphere of the city centre, great housing options and vicinity to the yards, the chefs are always surprised at the large variety of local and international provisions they can find. Artisanal whole grain breads, vegan products and other specialty foods can be found in the local food markets, more than what you regularly find in other Italian ports.’ Croatia is a region with a rich shipbuilding tradition, but that said, it is well known that the range of products and techniques used in commercial builds differ greatly from what the superyacht industry requires. ‘The attempt to equalise the playing field by saying “a boat is a boat” has misled many people who have tried their hand at superyacht maintenance and refit,’ said Teo Petricevic, Managing Director of Capax Marine Engineering based in Split who is heavily involved in project management of superyacht refits in a variety of yards. ‘The region has developed so much in the past decade, moving towards a high standard of finishing, attention to detail and the use of innovative materials and coatings. We have

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certainly developed a highly skilled workforce able to meet the needs of this market in the last ten years,’ Teo continued. Captain Ian Robertson, MY Jo underwent refit works and maintenance in the Trogir Shipyard, near Split in 2012. ‘After our period in Trogir we were able to complete three very successful charter seasons without any issues at all. Their heritage is in marine engineering and the Croatians found a solution for every problem we had.’ Ian thought they would struggle with finding certain trades. ‘From carpentry and marble to some of the interiors we did, the artisans Teo sent us were incredible and in fact we’re continuing to work with a few of them still

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with the central coast of Croatia, between Sibenik and Split

2016 and are expecting a busy summer.’ Pelegrini, recently named

experiencing the most traffic.

by several international foodie magazines as the best restaurant

Split is known as the city of sports, with the most Olympic medals per capita in the country. Of course sailing is prominent

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in Croatia, is in the old historic part of town and has one of the most extensive wine lists in the country.

but you’ll also see heated competition on the beach of a curious

NCP, just next door to D-Marin along the protected

‘local game’ called picigin. It’s a water sport, invented in the area,

estuary, has worked on a number of yachts over 50 m and one

where you will see players running down the beach doing all

sailboat over 72 m in the past few years. It has developed all the

types of strange stunts in order to keep a small ball from touching

capabilities of that the superyacht community requires. Also in

the water, a type of ‘hacky sack’ in the water. Also here in this very

the area is the Betina shipyard, known for its woodworking and

trendy international city with a bustling nightlife is the smallest

interior capabilities. The yard can accommodate yachts only up to

street in the world. ‘Pusti me proc’ literally means the ‘let me pass

35 m, but do not have the capacity for a lot of required tasks and

street’ and you’ll only understand why once you’ve seen it.

outsource to subcontractors for a lot of their work.

Mega Yacht Services, is the only local agent in Croatia

Captain Alexander Hawkins was based long term

which is female run and is based in Split. MYS provides full agency

in the area with two yachts, ‘I loved the country so much I

support to vessels in the area. ‘We are a small boutique agency

am considering buying a property in the area. The quality of

that really pride ourselves on our attention to detail and personal

life is great. One super thing for crew is that the films aren’t

service,’ owner Maia Ban said. Several captains I spoke to said

translated and all of the latest movies come out before France in

Maia made ‘miracles’ happen. ‘From the selection of products

the English language.’

available, easy transport of spares and the great surrounding

Yachts who cruised in Croatia prior to their entry into

cultural opportunities, we strive to make sure our clients have the

the EU know that provisions were a challenge, but now there is

best experience ever here.’

a free flow of products and services in the area which are easily

Sibenik, just north of Split is home to D-Marin Marina

accessible. Ian Jarvis, director of Superyacht Supplies, a leader

Mandalina and to the NCP refit shipyard. D-Marine has 80

in specialty provisioning throughout the Med operates in the

superyacht berths up to 140 m and recently opened D Resort, a

country under Yacht Gourmet Croatia. ‘There has been a lot of

luxury hotel on the premises. Artun Ertem, director of the marina

development in Croatia over the past five to six years. We have

said, ‘Captains like the area as it is one of the safest on the coast

eight refrigerated vans in the country and Alessia Cortesi who has

with no air draft restrictions. We have had a lot of interest so far in

years of experience as a superyacht chef and provisioner manages

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operations. Her local knowledge combined with

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guarantees a fully professional service with a full

our international relationships with suppliers, range of products that can be delivered quickly and efficiently all along the coast. Because of our experience and knowhow in navigating local regulations, we also, from time to time, get involved in shipping spares as well,’ Ian said. Further north Avangard Shipyards in Pula, ex-Heli Yachts, has had a brilliant past few years since being taken over by the owner of Avangard II. This winter they have completed paint works, woodworking, interiors and electronic and

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mechanic upgrades, in addition to the installation of a new bow

of interest from captains who are making sure now that they have

and stern thruster. This boutique yard has been full this entire

their itineraries ready for this summer.’

winter and is strategically located close to Rijeka, Ljubljana

The potential for the northern Adriatic is great. Trieste

and Trieste and in addition to their 4000 square metres of

with its close vicinity to Venice is busily developing facilities

hard standing space and two travel lifts (up to 500 t) are well

to accommodate more vessels as is evident in the number of

known for some of the best paint jobs in the area with two fully

consortiums actively upgrading their facilities and services to

equipped, ventilated and heated sheds.

attract superyacht clientele. Croatia has also seen interest from

BWA Yachting, with their head office in Opatija in the

neighbouring Montenegro, who has well developed marina

northern part of the country serves the entire coastline all the

facilities but however lacks the skilled personnel for refit work.

way to Dubrovnik. It was the first nation wide agency dedicated

Just in the last six months, three yachts have been transported

to the superyacht industry. Dorijan Dujmic, BWA Croatia’s

from Montenegro to Croatian marinas for engine repair work,

Managing Partner said, ‘We are looking forward to a really strong

with four more on the way. The business has evolved over the

cruising season this summer. More and more yachts are here in

past six years with new facilities and better services both on the

the winter as is evident in the numbers and we already have a lot

supplier side and in terms of technical expertise.

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of pollution are frightening and on a global scale and yet yachts

influence,

are not responsible for any of this.

communication,

art,

voyaging,

construction, are only a few of the many words

In recent years, the yachting community has geared

which describe the potential of the yachting community to

up to exert it’s influence to help benefit the world around

impact the world. As seen in leading publications, novels, in film

us – by creating a raft of charitable organisations with events

and on television, yachting is viewed as the ultimate refuge of the

targeting everything from helping needy children, cleaning up the

ultra-rich, with a reputation and image that is definitely negative,

environment, to fighting disease and saving communities from

with whiffs of corruption, and abuse of power. For those of us

natural disasters worldwide. The obvious power of yachting to

who work in the yachting industry, it represents excitement, work

positively impact our world and create a dynamic new image of

and career opportunities, yet all too often we are confronted

yachting by helping our blue planet and those in need everywhere

by frustration and questions about our ability to control the

is growing in scope and influence. From yacht crew members to

environment around us.

dedicated associations and businesses, the power of yachting to

Nothing is more obvious as a symbol of ultra wealth than

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do good continues to expand.

owning a yacht and yet what many do not realise is that many

Recognising the perils to our seas and seeking to learn

yacht owners are concerned about the health of the waters that

more about them, the International SeaKeepers Society was

they cruise and enjoy and more than most they see the problems

formed 20 years ago by a group of dedicated environmental

within them. The statistics on the decline of coral reefs, the

warriors who happened to own yachts, including names of fame

decimation of fish populations and the enormous floating islands

such as Paul Allen, Denise Rich and Roy Disney. They have been

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comprised of scientific expeditions, educational outreach and Drifter instrument deployments which gather data on ocean conditions worldwide. Recent deployments have included several from the yacht Defiance in

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Florida and NE US waters, under the command of Capt. Sandy Yawn and her partner Claudia Potamkin, who have also created SeaKeepers Kids, promoting youth education. Yacht Evviva dropped a Drifter on the equator as they were recently headed towards NZ, whose captain Ken Bracewell reports that their Drifter ‘has boogied right along toward the West ever since.’ Their glamorous annual Founders Dinner and Bal de la Mer events bring together yacht owners, yacht businesses and individuals who support their scientific efforts in locations including Fort Lauderdale, active in ocean research through data gathering aboard member

Monaco, Barcelona and Singapore. SeaKeepers proudly boasts

yachts and sponsorship of many valuable scientific exploration

their ability to deliver a significant volume of the world’s weather

voyages. Their primary outreach is the Discovery Yachts program,

data to universities and NOAA.

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Today, SeaKeepers are leading the charge towards Cuba,

(YAG) has proven that yacht crew and businesses geared towards

hoping to encourage responsible yachting in this unspoiled

them can dramatically and positively impact our world. Founded

marine environment, through their E3 Cuba program ‘Ecology,

by Capt. Mark Drewelow, YAG proves that the idiom ‘think

Environment and Education’, working with Cuban nationals and

globally, act locally’ is a valid concept. YAG organises yachts to

scientists. Following the initial E3 trip to Cuba aboard yacht P2

do a variety of good works and have accomplished tremendous

in late 2015, which gathered valuable data, and inspired amazing

projects, such as delivering books, medical and educational

photos, this June, the Stuart Sailfish Club, are organising a

equipment to needy communities in Central and South America,

SeaKeepers E3 expedition to Cuba, which will bring sixty yachts

Alaska and many others. They have ramped up their projects by

and ‘aims to advance and support the efforts of scientists in

helping their partner yachts participate in hurricane and cyclone

Cuba through a collaborative agenda.’ They each year recognise

relief, delivering medical equipment, making fresh water and

the achievements of various leading environmentalists, including

food for desperate communities. Both Capt. Drewelow and his

‘Her Deepness’ Dr. Sylvia Earle, Walter Cronkite, filmmaker James

partner yachts have won numerous well-deserved awards for

Cameron, and in 2015, Fabien Cousteau was honored in a moving

their achievements, including two ISS Distinguished Crew Awards,

speech by his father Jean-Michel Cousteau, himself a recipient

most recently in 2015, when yachts DragonFly and Umbra

of this prestigious award. Memberships are available starting

were honoured for their hard work standing by the islands of

at $100, and active participation in SeaKeepers activities is

Vanuatu and helping save islanders with food, water and medical

encouraged.

assistance after the devastating Cyclone Pam – all organised, of

One of the SeaKeepers founders, Prince Khaled bin Sultan

course, by YAG. Yachts including Ice Bear, Timoneer, Lady Lola,

bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, also founded the Living Oceans

Qing, Nomadess, Vivid and dozens of others have joined YAG

Foundation. His ‘Golden Fleet’ includes several superyachts and

in their simply amazing efforts, proving that the YAG mantra

support vessels, featuring full science labs. Since 2000, the Golden

‘Changing the World Without Changing Course’ resonates with

Fleet has travelled all over the globe, hosting scientists and

caring crew worldwide. Staying modern and relevant, they are

environmentalists dedicated to the conservation and restoration

now launching a CrowdRise fundraising page to further ramp up

of the seas.

their global charitable efforts.

Yacht owners are not the only very active yacht industry

Islands where yacht crew congregate to work and retire

members creating charitable groups. Now celebrating its ten

have become havens and examples of the power of yachting

years of amazing charitable work worldwide, YachtAid Global

to do good, and none are more active than the yachting mecca


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of Palma de Mallorca. Captains Phil Wade and Anthony Just have both enjoyed long and fruitful yachting careers, and they coincidentally both attended the same maritime college in their native South Africa, although twenty years apart and under different maritime-organisations – merchant and blue-navy. They only met for the first time in Mallorca a couple of years ago, and after sharing tales of their good fortunes in yachting, were inspired to found ‘Marine Inspirations’, an initiative with the primary goal of providing Empowerment, Opportunity and Experience in the maritime field for less-advantaged youngsters the world over. Working closely with ‘General Botha Old Boys Commitee’, Lawhill Maritime Centre, and ‘Sail Africa’ in South Africa, and with hands-on support from yachting colleagues and friends in the BVI, Antigua, the USA, UK, Spain and the rest of Europe, they select and sponsor young less-advantaged maritime students to fly to Europe and the Caribbean, where they are introduced to yacht career opportunities in a structured and mentored way. The student-sailors sail in prestigious regattas in Spain and on the West Indies circuit, participate in blue water deliveries on superyachts, visit vessels and shipyards and industry companies and meet with captains and industry leaders. The eighteen student-sailors who have participated in the initiative so far have become enthusiastic ambassadors for this type of inspired maritime education and mentoring in their home countries and have in turn inspired ongoing donation-support for higher maritime education from industry companies including Master Yachts, Astilleros De Mallorca and commercial Vancouver based tanker-shipping firm ‘Teekay’. The aptly named ‘Marine Inspirations’ holds their main annual fund-raising event in Mallorca, properly appropriate to the community which supports it, with the ‘Big Bottle of Wine Party Event’ held annually in Palma, which in January of 2016 hosted over 130 yachting supporters and raised more than 10,000 euros on the night. Environmental activism truly flourishes on Mallorca, where networker extraordinaire Lars Molin and Palma Yacht Crew regularly organise ‘Limpiezon’, aka Asociación Ondine Dos Manos beach clean-up events. In February of 2016 over 120 yacht crew collected more than 500 kilos of

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waste, most of it plastic pollution and they hope to export this worthwhile event to other yacht ports soon. Three years ago Brad Robertson founded Asociación Ondine, an environmental conservation and research group providing ‘positive solutions for negative issues,’ by concentrating on MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) in the Balearics and eradicating plastic pollution. The waters of the Balearic Islands are some of most pristine bio-diverse environments in the Med, and through Brad’s development of positive relationships between business and ecological awareness groups, they have recently been named as Mission Blue’s first Hope Spot in the Mediterranean. The Principality of Monaco is yet another hot spot of environmental and charitable works. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, following in the ecologically forward footsteps of his father, who founded the Musée Oceanographique together with the Cousteau family, in 2006 initiated his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, focused on climate change, biodiversity, and providing access to clean drinking water. In the decade since the Prince has been a fixture on the international environmental conference

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scene, providing his passion and power to his heartfelt causes,

The lovely Antonella della Pietra, who runs BWA Spain

and created partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund, and the

manages to find enough time to organise several successful

Mediterranean Science Commission. In 2010, he was given the

charity events annually in Barcelona, including the Concert for

International SeaKeepers Award. On behalf of the superyacht

Africa held in mid-March and her annual Crew Penthalon that

industry, the iconic Monaco Yacht Show very generously

supports the local children’s charity, the Johan Cruyff Foundation.

supports both the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the

Marina development and management giants IGY benefit their

Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, a locally-based

charities each year by organising ‘Party for a Cause’ community

childrens’ medical research foundation.

service initiatives at their many locations worldwide. In February

Many yachting businesses and associations sponsor events

over 300 volunteer yacht owners, crew and IGY marina teams

as a way to promote their pet causes. The Antigua and Barbuda

helped with hands-on improvements benefitting seven non-profit

Search and Rescue serice (ABSAR) works with the international

organisations across six countries.

Association of Yacht Support Services (AYSS) to support the

No article on yacht-based charities would be complete

great Wobbly Club Build Your Own Boat Race (BYOB) that raises

without mentioning the behemoth annual Pinmar Golf

thousands for local sailing schools. Various large-yacht regattas

tournament. This event, the largest amateur golf tournament in

contribute generously to the communities which host them

Europe and going strong after more than twenty years, provides

including the St. Barths Bucket, the Antigua and Palma Superyacht

mega-fun and raises mega-funds for a variety of local sailing,

Cups, the ISS Regatta in the Solent, Les Voiles d’Antibes, Les

educational and environmental groups by entertaining the

Regattes Royales, and so on. The publisher of this magazine, Colin

yachting community while draining their wallets over three days

Squire, several years ago began the Captains Soiree, an exclusive

of golf in Palma.

evening closing out the Antigua Yacht Charter Show, which has

Singularly important and totally awesome on the yachting

donated over $100,000 to local schools and only last December

charitable horizon is Cogs4Cancer. Begun by Adrian Long of Inter-

raised another $41,476 for the English Harbour Childrens Charity.

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and a raft of dedicated volunteers, including yacht captains, spouses

that whether you are a yacht captain or crew, a yacht or business

and businesses, organise, participate and raise both personal and

owner – you can positively impact those in need all around you

corporate donations as they ride hundreds of kilometres throughout

by working together with your yachting colleagues, while at the

France, Italy and Spain. To date, over 700,000 euros – 100% of every

same time inspiring others to do the same.

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centime raised – have been given to cancer prevention research in the UK and France; plus Cogs4Cancer donations renovated

Websites:

the desperately needed Family and Children’s rooms at the main

seakeepers.org

hospital in Nice, l’Archet, now very near completion. This group

yachtaidglobal.org

effort is incredibly impressive, they are all to be congratulated.

fpa2.com (Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation)

But a few of the long-time volunteers have included Sunseeker

marineinspirations.org

Superyachts Management, Gourmet Deliveries, Marine Medical

asociacionondine.org

Antibes and captains/crew from yachts including Rahal, Virginian,

IGYmarinas.com/IGY-community-service/

Twizzle and many, many more. The list of sponsors and supporters

cogs4cancer.org

is simply too long to even start, but needless to say, such a dramatically successful charitable activity could never happen

Author Norma Trease, YM Editor-at-Large, believes passionately

without the support of the entire global industry.

in the power of yachting to do good. She has volunteered for

So, it’s BRAVO and Hats Off to the yachting industry for making so many fantastic efforts to help the world around them.

Pinmar Golf, SeaKeepers, Yacht Aid Global, ISS and helped organise charitable fund-raising events worldwide.

There are many more organisations, events and companies that are too numerous to mention, but you get the point. The power of yachting to do good is limitless and growing fast and proves

Contact: normatrease@cs.com

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HIGH TODAY – GONE TOMORROW SAY NO TO DRUGS BY ED HILL

O MANY, THE IMAGE OF THE SUPERYACHT INDUSTRY IS ONE OF excessive opulence. A number of recently publicised newspaper articles have exposed the lavish nature of some of the parties being held on board some yachts with revelations of drug taking and prostitution capturing the headlines. The link with drug abuse and yachts has never exactly been too far away. Some will associate this link with owners and guests. However, we cannot ignore the crew. Many fail to appreciate the hard work involved in working on board a superyacht so when there’s an opportunity for some down time, crew members will naturally want to let their hair down. The departure of the owner or guests following a long and tiresome charter may incite a strong desire in the crew to go ashore and party. The accumulation of disposable income coupled with the desire to party hard makes yachties an attractive target for local drug dealers. While it could be argued that the use of drugs whilst ashore is no business of the management, there is a strong case against that as one management company has revealed. ‘The crew had just finished a charter, they had cash in hand and some time off and so they went on a bender’, explained the yacht’s manager.

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‘The crew had been drinking and using cocaine and

COMPANY POLICY

methamphetamines’. The crew were allowed to stay out late and

A clear and unambiguous company policy on drugs should be

sleep in, but they became concerned about one crew member

written stressing the importance of safety on board. The policy

when she failed to show up on deck by lunch. Unable to rouse her

should clearly state that non-compliance will be considered as

by knocking on the door, the Captain unlocked her cabin and found

serious misconduct that could lead to disciplinary proceedings. In

her dead in her bunk. An autopsy confirmed a fatal drug overdose.

short, the policy should:

While this tragic incident highlights the worst case

scenario, it’s a proven fact that most drugs have long term effects

Clearly state the company’s position that the use or possession of any unauthorised drug on board any of

that continue long after the drug has been taken. There’s also a

their yachts is intolerable.

possibility that the crew member may develop such a taste for drugs that they keep their own personal stash on board.

Identify drugs on board as being a safety issue.

Highlight the concept of drug testing.

SAFETY

CREW CONTRACTS

The yacht has a legal responsibility to provide a safe working

In addition to having a zero tolerance company policy

environment. This includes selecting crew members that are fit and

towards drugs use, the inclusion of a drugs clause within a

capable of carrying out their duties both competently and safely. An

crew member’s contract reaffirms the responsibilities and

individual who is or has been under the influence of drugs presents a

obligations of both parties. By signing the contract, it is important

significant safety hazard not only to themselves but also to the rest

that the crew member gives their consent to submit to the

of the crew. Statistics suggest that within two years of developing a

company’s drug testing programme and authorises the company

drug problem, a crew member’s work performance will deteriorate

to receive the results of any subsequent drugs tests. Moreover, the

to the extent where they become unemployable.

clause should:

Safe working practices are of prime importance in most

sector as a whole is one of the most heavily regulated with a

• • •

Stress that crew members shall disclose to the Master details of any prescribed drugs which they are carrying

in moderate doses, some drugs remain in the body and can affect

or using.

the user for a number of days after the drug was taken. •

State that they specifically consent to provide urine

State that being in possession or under the influence of

samples or blood samples on request.

LEGAL In addition to the safety hazards presented by drug abuse,

Define an unauthorised drug as a drug which has not been prescribed by a fully qualified medical practitioner.

drugs, including alcohol and some prescribed drugs may have side effects that exacerbate the risk of accidents on board. Even

Stress that no person shall take on board or be in possession of any unauthorised drug.

specific emphasis on safety. At sea everyone is responsible, not only for their own safety, but also for the safety of others. All

Reiterate that the company’s drug policy is a safety issue of optimum importance.

sectors and the superyacht industry is no exception. The maritime

attention must also be given to the legal implications, particularly

any unauthorised drug on board the yacht or reporting

for the Captain. Turning a blind eye to drug abuse may seem like

for duty under the influence of any unauthorised drug

the easiest option at the time however if the Captain knowingly

is serious misconduct that will result in immediate

permits the possession or use of illegal substances on board then

suspension and further disciplinary action.

he may well be liable for prosecution. If the Captain knowingly

State that refusal to provide blood or urine samples

permits a crew member that is under the influence of drugs to

when requested to do so will in itself be considered

continue working then he may face criminal charges, especially if

serious misconduct.

an accident has occurred. In many countries, the possession of most recreational

TYPES OF DRUGS TEST / THE TESTING PROCESS

drugs is illegal thereby exposing the user to the additional risk of

When employing a drugs testing team, it is advisable to hire

criminal charges. Moreover, if drugs are found on board they may

the services of an external agency. That way, the test can be

expose the Captain, owner and management to criminal charges.

conducted by an impartial third party with no accusations of

The discovery of illegal drugs on board a yacht by customs

favouritism or victimisation. The testing team should arrive on

officers can result in the yacht being detained and the owner or

board unannounced. All crew activities should cease and the crew

management being fined. In extreme cases the yacht itself may

will be gathered together to receive the brief on how the tests

be confiscated.

will be undertaken.

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be beaten. For example, if crew members feel that once a ship has been tested they are safe for six months, the programme’s effectiveness is considerably weakened. Therefore, introducing a strict zero tolerance drugs policy will go a long way to maintaining a drug free yacht. This turn is beneficial to crew safety and the yacht’s standing in the industry by: •

Reducing the risk and cost of accidents caused by impaired judgement.

performance of the drug user.

Drugs can be detected in blood, sweat, urine, saliva and hair. Urine testing is the most popular method due to it being

Reducing the cost of absenteeism or poor work

Saving on the cost and inconvenience of recruiting and

relatively simple and cost effective. Urine testing kits can vary but

training replacement crew when drug abusers become

the most basic kit will generally detect the six most commonly

unreliable.

used drugs. Results are generally given within a time period of five

Reducing the possibility of fines and vessel detention.

minutes.

Improving crew morale.

To ensure that no contamination takes place, all urine

Improving the yacht’s reputation.

samples should be conducted in the presence of a testing team

An effective drug policy has been proven to attract a

monitor. The sample will then be handed to the monitor who will

higher quality of job applicant.

then assess the result of the sample. In the event of a test sample proving to be positive, where

CONCLUSION

drugs in the sample are detected, the sample then goes through

For many years drug abuse has blighted the image of the

the Chain of Custody process. This involves the sample being

superyacht industry. However, an increased emphasis towards

placed into tamper proof bags and sent away for further testing

safety means that drug use and safety do not go hand in

and confirmation to an independent laboratory. To avoid any

hand. It’s a proven fact that drug abuse can have serious

accusations of tampering, the sample is bagged and sealed in

consequences to the safety and well-being of the crew. Therefore,

full view of the donor and a signature is obtained to validate the

the implementation of a zero tolerance towards drugs use

donor’s satisfaction with the process.

coupled with a strict drug testing regime sends out a powerful

A full report is sent to the yacht’s management company highlighting the full outcome of the testing process. If necessary,

message. Having a crew that is entirely clean from drugs is undoubtedly a positive step for everyone on board.

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the management company shall then decide on what further action to take.

Ed Hill is Managing Director of superyacht security company Intrepid Risk Management. A former sniper in the Royal Marines

SUMMARY

Commandos, Ed has a Masters’ Degree in Maritime Security. He

The effectiveness of a drug screening and testing programme

regularly writes articles for various superyacht magazines and

depends entirely upon its deterrent value. In other words it

speaks at conferences on matters related to security.

depends on whether the crew members believe that drug users will be detected or whether they believe that the programme can

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He can be contacted by visiting www.intrepid-risk.com


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THE ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW 2015 54 SHOWS – 54 SUCCESSES WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLIN SQUIRE

ETWEEN 4TH – 10TH DECEMBER MANY OF THE

Abracadabra where the best Italian food is to be found and

world’s finest charter yachts, sent by their owners to the

everybody’s favourite and a must for those that like to party the

Caribbean for the 2015 winter season, gathered on the

night away, South Point, again new on the scene but great service

docks around the Falmouth and English Harbours to await visits

with views over the Yacht Club Marina and the YCM restaurant

from many hundreds of attending Brokers and Vendors. These

that sits above the Yacht Club office and attracts the best of

true professionals make their annual pilgrimage to Antigua to

clientele. These are just a few of what’s on offer to the discerning

view yachts and network amongst the palm trees and historic

eater, and as you travel the area you will find other restaurants,

buildings, some that date back as far as 1725 when English

run by locals and offering great local food to give that full on

Harbour became the home of His Majesty’s Naval Dock Yard and

Caribbean experience.

Nelson’s triumphant Caribbean fleet.

This unique area of Antigua, indeed the Caribbean, has

The area is now inundated with many fine dining

grown immensely over the past few years, new Villas costing

restaurants, the wonderful Catherines Café Plage that is set back

Millions of US$ are sprouting up almost overnight to feed the

from Pigeon Beach in amongst the palms, the rustic Trappas Bar

need for quality development. Indeed a fitting home for this age

& Restaurant, fine food and a favourite of crew and attendees

old institution, the Antigua Charter Yacht Show.

alike, the newly opened and romantic Boom, reclaimed from the

Can these restaurants compete with the yachts that sit in

old Powder House during a recent renovation, the institutional

English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour and the AYC. They may try

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but there is really nothing akin to being invited aboard one of

my personal Yachting Matters Chefs award. I would spend a cruise

these fabulous vessels to enjoy being absolutely spoilt. Superb

with that pair and the crew anytime, anywhere.

and unique dishes are the order of the day and night, wine to die

But of course there was another more serious Chefs event

for, many of us do and service by staff with skills honed over the

taking place amongst the other yachts: The 16th Annual Charter

years, or if recently qualified holding certificates from the best

Chefs Competition that is superbly organised by Sarah Sabastian

training facilities in the world. They are all set to pamper and spoil,

and her team. Any yacht appearing in the show can enter and

as they compete to impress the discerning Brokers that will bring

there are three sections each with an award for the best chef and

their personal clients to them, putting their own reputations on

table setting. The lucky judges for this competition selected the

the line in the process.

following deserving winners:

The yachts, as you can imagine, are kept in perfect order, if there were but one or two to choose from it would be easy, but

YACHTS 160 FT AND OVER

here on these docks there are many and the competition is fierce.

1st place: Yacht Inception – Chef Scott Dickson

I had the honour of being invited onboard State of Grace,

BELOW: COLIN AND THE SPONSORS OF THE YACHTING MATTERS/ ACYM CAPTAINS SOIREE CHARITY DINNER

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TABLE SETTING

a YCO managed yacht for lunch on the first day. She is not the

1st place: Yacht Sea Wolf – Stewardess Ekuabe

largest yacht in the show at 129 ft, neither was she the newest,

YACHTS 126 FT UP TO 159 FT

built in 2013, others were newer, but the food served up by her

1st place: Yacht Lady J – Chef Ben Dineen

French Chef, the masterful and gifted Florence Bel, a veteran of

TABLE SETTING

the sea with 17 years of onboard service behind her, was quite

1st place: Yacht Mim – Stewardess Zanytana

incredible. Also with five languages under her belt she is able to

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discuss a menu with whoever calls her into the saloon. Her food

1st place: Yacht Zeepard – Chef Michelle Bonetti

was incredible, undoubtedly prepared to Michelin standards, she

TABLE SETTING

plied me with mouth-watering delicacies that I will never forget

1st place: Yacht Zeepard – Stewardess Jessica De Beer

as Cpt. Quentin amused us all at the table with his anecdotes of the sea. I had intended to leave far earlier than I did but at the

Of course the event is not just about food, it is about the yachts

end of the Show I have to say that State of Grace well deserved

themselves and as we know different charterers require different

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LEFT: THE WELL TURNED OUT CREW OF GERMANIA NOVA

vessels that suit their needs and pockets. The 192 ft MY Capri, Calisto at 213 ft, Seanna also 213 ft and the impressive 295 ft retro yacht Nero, that one evening staged the most incredible curry evening to coincide with the retirement of her long serving Cpt. Nick Przybylski. Also there were the sail yachts, the replica Schooner Germania Nova, the ultra-modern 180 ft Marae and 184 ft Panthalassa. Of course I cannot name every yacht but there were yachts to suit all, power and sail, large and small. I mentioned the party on Nero, every night there were yacht hops on the different docks with all visitors invited. I was left with the impression that nowhere else in the world were there evenings as those in Antigua during those few days. But anybody thinking of going in 2016 better be warned, as many Brokers as sign up can attend, but there were many Vendors this year that were refused a pass, many arriving thinking they could just pay their fees and walk the docks. The number of vendors is now limited, and the rules are strict, I am on the committee and I know what angst this causes the organisers, only two vendors per company are now allowed. But of course this article would not be complete without mention of the 2015 Yachting Matters – Captains Soirée Charity Dinner. The 2015 event raised an incredible 41,476 US$ and over the past few years, in association with the ACYM board, has raised a significant sum of money for the English Harbour Children’s Charity. Initially we simply set out to rebuild the local Cobbs Cross

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PHOTOGRAPH: BILLY BLACK

ABOVE: AN EVENING OF FUN AT THE YACHTING MATTERS/ ACYM CAPTAINS SOIREE CHARITY DINNER RIGHT: COMPETITORS FROM THE FIRST ANTIGUA AND GOLF CHARITY EVENT

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School and now the Charity has spread its wings to help care for

and sea and yet cannot see it in themselves to give just a little back.

local underprivileged children, supplying them when needed with

There are many wonderful benefactors to the area, I applaud you

food and medication, plus any other necessary requirements. It

all, but if in your hearts you can open your wallets and give just a

has always, and I have been attending since 1991, amazed me that

little to the children just think how much the future will benefit our

we as an industry reap the benefits of this beautiful corner of the

industry and all those that visit. The children of today will be the

Caribbean, many benefit greatly from its beaches, harbours, the sun

adults of tomorrow and as English Harbour and Falmouth grow we

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LEFT: PAOLO CAPUTO – HOST AT ABRA’S RESTAURANT

will need those well taught and healthy children to help run the amenities that will surely feed our industry. The Soirée evening was sponsored by the very deep pockets of BWA Yachting, IMM – International Marine Management, MTN (an EMC Company), MYBA – The Worldwide Yachting Association, Tai Ping Carpets and Yacht Fuel Services. The evening took place at the Pillars Restaurant in the historic grounds of The Admirals Inn, English Harbour. 150 Captains, their Partners, Sponsors and Guests sat down for a sumptuous meal

complimented

with

superb

champagnes,

wines and brandies and of course the meal was preceded

concerned at the Cedar Valley Golf Club. The event will be staged

by a toast of fine Antigua Rum. After the meal had finished

again after the 2016 ACYM, so, if you are attending the show,

the traditional auction of donated items took place, which

bring your clubs along or hire them on the day and join in the fun.

as always raised a wry smile and a great sum for the charity,

2015 was a great show and I look forward to the 2016

with the star turn being, as has become the norm, the fine rug

event, unbelievably it will be my 26th, I would love to meet you

donated by Tai Ping and a large donation by Pantaenius Sail

there but remember, if you do not book early you may well not

& Motor Yacht Insurance.

be allowed to join in, what has to be, one of the greatest shows

Also after the event, on the 11th, Yachting Matters

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on Earth.

partnered with AnD Yachting & Concierge Services to host the first Antigua AnD Golf Charity Event, also in aid of the English

Contact: www.antiguayachtshow.com

Harbour Children’s Charity Fund. It was a great day out for all

DATES FOR 2016: 4TH – 9TH DECEMBER

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LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA JUNE 7 – 11 2016 www.loropianasuperyachtregatta.com

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA APRIL 13 – 19 2016 www.antiguaclassics.com

THE SUPERYACHT CUP – PALMA JUNE 22 – 25 2016 www.thesuperyachtcup.com

SOUTHAMPTON HYBRID MARINE POWER CONFERENCE APRIL 26 – 28 2016 www.hybridmarine-power.com

CANNES YACHT & BOAT SHOW SEPTEMBER 6 – 11 2016 www.salonnautiquecannes.com

PALMA SUPERYACHT SHOW APRIL 28 – MAY 2 2016 www.mybashows.com MYBA CHARTER YACHT SHOW – GENOA MAY 2 – 5 2016 www.mybashow.com THE LONDON YACHT, JET & PRESTIGE CAR SHOW MAY 4 – 7 2016 www.londonyachtjetandprestigecarshow. com MEDITERRANEAN YACHT SHOW – GREECE MAY 7 – 10 2016 www.mediterraneanyachtshow.gr CANNES FILM FESTIVAL MAY 11 – 22 2016 www.festival-cannes.fr MONACO GRAND PRIX MAY 26 – 29 2016 www.formula1.com

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METS & THE SUPERYACHT PAVILION – AMSTERDAM NOVEMBER 15 – 17 2016 www.metstrade.com ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX NOVEMBER 25 – 27 2016 www.formula1.com ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW DECEMBER 4 – 9 2016 www.antiguayachtshow.com ASIA SUPERYACHT RENDEZVOUS DECEMBER 16 –18 2016 www.asia-superyacht-rendezvous.com LONDON BOAT SHOW JANUARY 6 –15 2017 www.londonboatshow.com BOOT DUSSELDORF JANUARY 21 – 29 2017 www.boot-dusseldorf.com THE SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE – ANTIGUA JANUARY 27 – 29 2017 www.thesuperyachtchallenge.com MIAMI INT. BOAT SHOW FEBRUARY 16 – 20 2017 www.miamiboatshow.com DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW MARCH 2017 (To be announced) www.boatshowdubai.com ST BARTHS BUCKET MARCH 16 – 19 2017 www.bucketregattas.com

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THE 2016 MONACO YACHT SHOW

CONNECTING PEOPLE ITH A RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS AND

up to the Quai Rainier III in 2015 and which will again display

exhibitors at last year’s edition, this September’s

100 m+ megayachts.

2016 Monaco Yacht Show, being our greatest offering yet, again promises to stand as the world’s No. 1 Superyacht hub.

The many professional people and new clients that will meet in one incredible port for four days require a range of top-flight

The 34,500 high profile businessmen, potential clients

services to enable them to enjoy being a part of an industry that

or yacht owners that attended the 2015 edition will again be

has no equal: circa 580 exhibitors and partners, 121 superyachts and

expected to walk the docks of Monaco’s Port Hercules, of which

around forty luxury tenders and watertoys are expected.

the new reconfiguration on the southern side set last year will not change. The Quai Antoine 1er tent (replacing the historical Darse

CONNECTING THE EXHIBITION AREAS

Nord) will remain, so will the afloat exhibition that was extended

The MYS Organisers will again upgrade the quality and efficiency

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of the transportation service to develop a coherent homogeneous

THE NEW MYS CONNECTING APP

traffic flow between all the exhibition areas: the shuttle boat

With the perspective of encouraging networking between yacht

network will increase to 10 tenders for reaching the various

insiders, business contacts or new clients that are visiting Monaco

docks; one specific lane will notably link Quai de l’Hirondelle to

and optimising their visit to the show, the official MYS App will

Quai Antoine 1er so that the MYS assures a circular traffic flow.

be launched this summer. The MYS App will of course provide

The golf cart service will supply new pick-up/drop-off stops with

the classic functions for an event – like the list of stands, yachts

extended operating hours (9.30 am – 7 pm). Outside the show

and other important data – but will also be focussed on offering

venue, the MYS shuttle bus network and courtesy cars will keep

solutions to best enjoy the show: such as how to purchase your

on connecting the Monaco hotels to the port.

tickets, book your hotel or find the easiest and fastest way to reach a stand with the interactive maps. These are some of the useful

CONNECTING PEOPLE

functions that will be developed. The App can also be synchronised

For a couple of years, the show Organisers have been developing

with your different social network profiles to directly share your

the B2C brand positioning of the event in order to attract a

moments at the show with your contacts.

new superyacht end clientele to Monaco for meeting with the exhibitors: a stronger advertising campaign in the business and

USEFUL INFORMATION

lifestyle media, the Sapphire Experience – a bespoke visit with

• Show dates: 28 September – 1 October 2016

concierge services only for identified potential clients, partnerships

• Opening hours: from 10 am to 6.30 pm

with luxury brands and private clubs to enable their clientele to

• Port Hercules, Monaco

visit the show, high-end public relations events like June’s Monaco

• Entrances: Quai Antoine 1er, Quai Louis II, Parvis Piscine

Week in China to promote the industry to China’s social elite

• Public rates : €150 / day (ticket can be purchased online

with the goal of inviting them to the show and the MYS Gala party, which hosts hundreds of VIP guests and managers from the superyacht and high-end markets.

from July 2016) • Professional visitors (luxury/yachting industries): €500/4-day ticket

The variety of the restaurant and hospitality facilities inside the show venue will surely please all types of participants:

Contacts: Tel. (+377) 93 10 41 70

the Upper Deck Lounge, the show’s official restaurant, for your

info@monacoyachtshow.mc

business meeting (Parvis Piscine tent); the MYS C&C Lounge that

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will offer breakfast, lunch with refreshments and activities all day

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long for captains and crews (Quai Louis II) or the MYS pop-up

Facebook: www.facebook.com/monacoyachtshow

bar for a snack (Quai Antoine 1er) and the coffee-terrace (Aroma

Twitter: @mys_monaco

Terrace at Quai de l’Hirondelle) for sharing a coffee.

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GENDER EQUALITY MIND THE GAP BY ANNA PERCIVAL N MY LAST ARTICLE, WRITTEN AT THE BEGINNING OF MY

how lucky we are to have them? Do they plan to treat the babies

maternity leave, I focused on the impending arrival of my

differently once they know which gender they are?

twins, and how women on yachts have little choice when it comes to having a family and a yachting career simultaneously. Since the arrival of our boy/girl twins in July, I’ve become even more aware of the gender gap in our society. We don’t dress the twins in the stereotypical blue and pink,

At one of this week’s ‘Mummy & Me’ groups, a wellmeaning lady was talking to my daughter, and calling her ‘he’, because she was wearing a blue and white striped babygro. Society tells us that boys wear one thing, while girls wear another. It tells us that we must differentiate between them from birth.

in fact we chose to dress them both in neutral colours from birth.

How can we get away from gender stereotypes when

They’re tiny humans, who don’t need to be identified as anything

people are forcing them onto our seven month old babies? It

other than that at the moment.

is widely recognised that yachting isn’t particularly politically

People stop us and ask what sex they are (one lady told

correct, and that some of the things that go on regarding hiring

me that I should dress them in gender specific colours, so people

and firing would never stand on dry land (we still hope that MLC

would be able to tell for themselves). I want to ask them why it

will fix this, but that remains to be seen), but if polite society still

matters – would it make a difference to how special they are, or

accepts casual sexism, how will we ever combat this on board?

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Doing some research for this article, I looked at many job adverts for interior crew, in particular an advert for a Chief Stew caught my eye. The repeated use of the word ‘she’ in the job description told me that the crew agent and yacht haven’t even

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considered that the ideal candidate may be male. The job title was ‘Chief Stewardess’ – I’ve yet to come across a crew agent who titles these jobs as ‘Chief Steward/ess’. The advert also stated that the ideal candidate was between 20 and 30 years old. This brings us to the age old (excuse the pun) notion that the older a male captain or chief engineer gets, the better he is at his job. The running joke at JPMA is that our instructors have all reached the full ‘captain status’ of having white hair and a beard. The way they look automatically

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However, a female stew will probably be put out to pasture before she’s 35. Her experience counts for nothing, and she’s replaced with a younger model. How is this acceptable? Surely her skills and experience are valuable? As a training provider, we often receive calls from young

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people who want to get into yachting. They ask what courses

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they will need to do, so I ask them what department they see

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themselves working in. I’ve lost count of the number of girls who assume

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they can only work as a stewardess, but they’ve been sailing

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In the same vein, I was approached recently by a young man who works in a fine dining restaurant here in Hoylake (OK – maybe I forced him to tell me what he was going to do after his A-Levels, like an overbearing auntie, whilst he served my crème

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brûlée…) He began his career as a kitchen porter, moving onto waiting on, and is now a supervisor. His impression was that in order to join a superyacht, he’d need to go on deck. He has no sailing experience, and no strong desire to graduate to deck or engineering officer – would you hire him as a deckie? He is, however, slightly obsessed with wine and coffee (in a good way, rather than in the way most of us are). He’s written his own wine bible, so he knows what to recommend to diners to complement their chosen meal, and what he can’t draw on top of a cappuccino isn’t worth attempting. He’s a born steward, but he didn’t even realise this was an option for him. Before he’s even set foot into

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the yachting world, society has told him that men sail, whilst women serve the drinks. This stems from something that all parents should work towards fixing. I recently read an article written by Doug Zeigler,


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in which he talks about his son, and how he loves kissing him. He

parents instilled in me the same confidence: to stand up for

talks about how he thinks we do a ‘gross disservice’ to our sons by

myself, make myself heard, and to know that I’m equal to any

not showing them the love they need and deserve. Instead, many

man. I regularly attend meetings with other training providers

men avoid contact with their sons and teach them to toughen

and the MCA, and quite often I’m the only woman present. I’m

up and not cry. Most often starting around the time our sons

known for speaking my mind, and I’d hope that my views are held

enter kindergarten, we’ve replaced kisses with abrupt pats on the

in the same regard as any of the men present. At 5 ft 2 in I don’t

head and holding them at arm’s length, teaching them to hold

profess to be deckhand material, but why can’t any woman strive

everyone at a distance. We think it prepares them for the adult

to equal a man in a deck or engineering role?

world. However, what it really does teach them is that feelings are

There are a fair number of female captains/engineers and

invalid and their worth as a man is tied directly to how ‘manly’

male stews out there, but it’s not nearly enough. How can we

they are.

promote change in an industry seemingly stuck in stereotypes?

Gloria Steinem said it best – ‘We’ve begun to raise

Crew agents, Captains, Chief Stews, Chief Engineers take

daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our

note – we entered the 21st century a long time ago, perhaps

sons like our daughters.’

it’s time the yachting industry caught up. Women and men

There’s no denying that biology can play a part – men

are achieving in the same shore based roles, there needn’t be a

are typically stronger than women, therefore can be viewed as

gender gap when we’re all created equal in our ability to succeed.

more suited to working on deck. However plenty of women are

Next time you’re recruiting, maybe you could think outside the

also sufficiently strong for the job. The need for stewardesses to

box, and at least consider someone who doesn’t fit the stereotype

be attractive and young is only down to the preferences of the

of your on board department.

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predominantly male owners. A man could do the job just as well. If ability to do the role is how deckies are measured, then the

Anna Percival-Harris is Managing Director and co-founder of

same should be applied to steward/esses. Do they know their

JPMA/Hoylake Sailing School, a yacht training provider based in

stuff? Are they going to bring experience to the crew?

Hoylake, UK.

Many of you may have met my father, John Percival, and know that he was a big character with strong opinions. My

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Letter from the President / Andrew Schofield 1991

Lobbied with the MCA (formally the Maritime Safety Agency) for the LY1 “Yacht” qualifications for Deck Officers.

I thought I’d mark the occasion by listing the

1994

Creation of the PYA Service Record Book (SRB). For 19 years the PYA was the only organisation allowed to validate sea service on behalf of MCA and today is one of only two worldwide.

identifying the areas in which PYA will continue to

1998

2004

2005

Lobbied and consulted with the MCA for the LY1 “Yacht” qualifications for Engineers. Ongoing consultation with the MCA as certification requirements evolved and formal career structures were formed. Consultation with other Red Ensign Flag administrations (Malta / Cayman Islands etc). Collaboration with the RYA on joint seminars. PYA developed the MCA OOW (Yacht) Training Record Book in consultation with the MCA. This included the Yacht Rating Training Record Book, leading to Yacht Rating Certification, which assisted the manning regulations for yacht crew. Accreditation of non-mandatory training courses such as IT, Leadership & Management, and selected Interior courses. Consultation on M notices, including LY1, LY2 & LY3 and Helicopter Operations.

2009 Consultation with MLC and Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry onwards of the ILO, including a quantitative study for cabin size. 2010 Creation of PYA Regional Offices. We now have appointed 22 approved officers to assist PYA members in easy access locations across the world. ISO 9001 – QMS certification of the PYA Office procedures. 2011 The PYA GUEST program pioneered in developing bespoke industry standards of training and certification for interior crew. PYA accredited courses are now offered by Training Providers worldwide. 2012 Formation of PYA Malta and its recognition as a seafarers’ representative by Transport Malta. This marked a real sign of recognition of the value PYA brings to the development of national large yacht policy from the largest register by tonnage in the EU. 2013 PYA took the initiative to develop the Ships Cook Assessment route via the MCA. This was a reaction to the pending regulations under MLC where cooks catering for more than 10 crew onboard would have to have taken a further education route of up to 6 months to qualify. There are now three MCA approved SSC assessment centres in France and the UK who offer this quick and easy route for yacht chefs to complete the SCC. Recognition of PYA as an observer body by the International Hydrographic Organisation. IHO is the world authority on maritime charting and is responsible for writing the standards of Navigational charts. PYA is now actively participating in the improvement of the safety of navigation at sea. 2015 RYA and PYA developed the Superyacht Tender Course specifically for those operating SY tenders. This answered the need for industry specific training and is an excellent example of the collaborative work PYA does to achieve its aims. The uptake of the course has been rapid with many RYA schools now offering it. The PYA signed an MoU with the Institution of Engineering and Technology to develop a frame work through which yacht engineer qualifications can be professionally recognised. After 20 years in its old premises, the PYA moved to a new modern office on Rue du Générale d’Andréossy in the heart of Antibes. The PYA consulted with the MCA for the development of MSN1859 and 1858, engineering and deck. This included the new Commercial Engineering qualifications (for yachts, tugs, workboats etc.) which should be out soon. 2016 Signed MOU collaborative agreement with World Chefs Society to offer recognition to yacht chefs.

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association’s achievements (see the table left) and develop in the future.

IN ADDITION, THE PYA IS AFFILIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS: • Super Yacht Builders Association (SYBAss) • Riviera Yachting Network (RYN) • International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI) • International Superyacht Society (ISS) • European Boating Association (EBA) • Association of Yacht Services (AYSS) • Transport Malta (TM) • Groupement des Equipages de Yachting (GEPY) • Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA)

THE PYA’S CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORK INCLUDES: • Ongoing collaboration with IMARest and IET regarding opportunities within the Maritime sectors. • Ongoing discussions with UK regulators regarding transferable skills and maritime qualifications. • Rolling out the agreement with Worldchefs for transferable chef qualifications and recognition. • Development and expansion of GUEST, extension of GUEST to include Chef courses, ongoing discussions for accreditation of GUEST to City & Guilds & Maritime Skills Alliance. • New courses for Deck crew coming that will have the PYA Accreditation for relevant training and skills within our sector. • Continuous representation at UK Administration level for the ongoing development of the (Deck and Engineering) Yacht Modules.

THE PYA’S FUTURE AIMS GOING FORWARD We are collaborating with the RYA and other industry representatives to develop a future MIN notice with the MCA outlining best practices for water sports on-board. We are in ongoing consultation with SYBAss, MYBA and other associations to develop training for all departments with UK further education bodies such as the Maritime Skills Alliance, regarding Superyacht trailblazers. We are participating in ongoing developments with the MLC industry work group. So, as you can see from this brief resume, the PYA has been remarkably active and achieved a great deal in its 25-year history. Support our ongoing efforts by joining the association and having a voice in your future.


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What is the Professional Yachting Association? The PYA exists to represent and support professional yacht crew

Seaman’s Discharge Book to obtain extra baggage allowances from

and has members from nearly 50 countries around the world. It

airlines, and for presentation at job interviews.

is a not for profit association that looks after the interests of crew,

The PYA is authorised to issue Yacht Rating Certificates

and offers accurate, unbiased advice and support on certification,

on behalf of the MCA and publishes an MCA-approved Training

training, welfare, and regulation.

Record Book and Crew Work Book.

The PYA is the ONLY organisation committed to helping professional yacht crew in this way.

INFORMATION: The PYA is managed by a board of 30 council members whose many

WHAT IS THE PYA DOING FOR CREW?

years of combined experience in the yachting industry represent an invaluable resource for crew. The PYA’s knowledge of training and

CERTIFICATION:

certification requirements for deck, engineering and interior positions

When trying to obtain a certificate of competency, the biggest

is up to date, comprehensive and completely impartial.

problem yacht crew have is to accurately prove their time spent at

Working with Maritime Administrations at all levels, the PYA

sea. The PYA is authorised by the MCA to verify sea service, which

is always first to hear the information that matters, and we accurately

is essential to progress your yachting career. This means there is no

relay everything our members need to know.

need to submit testimonials to the MCA, making applications or revalidations far quicker.

We can assist in queries regarding flag state, port state controls, regulation and much more.

We meticulously verify each sea service entry and add it to your official MCA-approved PYA Service Record Book. As well as

REPRESENTATION

proving your sea service, the SRB can be used in the same way as a

The PYA has helped many members with issues such as non-payment

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of wages, unfair dismissal, lack of contracts etc. The power that the

Safety course for Owners and Guests, and more recently, following

voice of the PYA has means that we are far better positioned to assist

demand for better training at this level, on the RYA/PYA Yacht Tender

crew when things go wrong than if they tried to represent themselves.

Certificate for entry-level crew.

The PYA consults with policy makers who write legislation

The biggest professional development provision the PYA has

affecting the construction, operation and manning of large yachts.

launched is the industry standard of training and certification for

Over the years, PYA has participated in numerous workgroups and

interior crew, ‘Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training’

steering committees to ensure the point of view of those actually

(GUEST©). It is the first time that the yachting sector has developed

working on board is known and understood.

its own training standards and filled the recognised gaps in training

The working environment of Seafaring is becoming more

needs with a progressional career path for an onboard department.

and more regulated. Therefore the work we do to champion crew’s

With the support of industry professionals such as Crew Agents

interests and the PYA’s services have never been more important.

and MYBA Charter Brokers, and with 22 busy Training Schools worldwide offering all levels of the GUEST© program, it has fast

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become an industry standard.

The PYA encourages and mentors new entrants into professional yachting, as well as offering career advice to seasoned crew. PYA staff

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and council can assist crew at all stages of their careers, including

In order to continue the important work we do on behalf of yacht

updates on qualifications, career mapping, CV advice, help with

crew, we rely on the support of crew becoming members. We can

applications for NoE’s, Training Record Books and all aspects of Sea

only make changes and improvements if the PYA and the crew all

Service and Yacht Service recording.

work together.

Attending and hosting regular seminars and workshops on various subjects worldwide, the PYA invites renowned industry

The bigger the PYA, the bigger the voice we all have in our industry. Be part of it!

professionals with topical and relevant information to inform crew of changes in policy and regulations that affect them.

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TRAINING STANDARDS The PYA takes the role of yacht crew representative very seriously when it comes to quality training and professional development. The PYA is also an accreditation administration, and has accredited many courses including IT, Leadership and Management, Chef, Interior, Security and the Superyacht Operations distance learning courses. The PYA encourages continuing professional education through workgroups, seminars and also by being part of the Yacht Qualifications Panel at MCA for the Deck and Engineering departments. We work with the Royal Yachting Association on various educational projects, including the onboard Personal Watercraft

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Updating training – don’t get caught out! by Lars Lippuner

Director of Warsash Superyacht Academy and PYA Council member

When the STCW Convention was conceived in 1978 and finally

superseded by MSN 1865, which defines all UK requirements for

came into force in 1984 there was no requirement for mandatory

updating training. Last month MIN 520 was issued which further

safety training. This only changed with the 1995 Amendments

clarifies access to these courses.

coming into force in 2002 and we have since grown accustomed to

This is how it works: The requirement for a five-yearly

all seafarers having to complete the STCW Basic Safety Training

updating training applies to the following five courses; Personal

before going to sea and officers having to complete advanced

Survival Techniques (PST), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue

STCW safety training.

Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats) (PSCRB), Proficiency in Fast

With the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code coming into force on 1st January 2017, there is something new to get

Rescue Boats (FRB), Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (FPFF) and Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF).

accustomed to: Updating training.

Which of these certificates you will have to update as a seafarer

The good news first: It is relatively painless; updating training consists of very short courses, with the duration never exceeding

depends on whether you hold a CoC or not and if so, which CoC you hold. A table makes it much easier to understand:

one day. They will only have to be completed every

Chief Mate (yachts less than 3,000GT)

five years. Also, they ‘only’ affect the elements related to fire fighting and sea survival. PSSR, Medical and

No CoC

security training is not affected by five-yearly updating

(Deckhands, Ratings, Assistant Engineers)

requirements. Those who hold a Certificate of Competency (CoC) which predates the STCW 1995 amendments and hence never had to do STCW safety training don’t have to go back to do the full courses, they are allowed access to the (much shorter) updating courses straight away. You could ask, why all this? The reason given by the IMO is ‘skills fade’, a phenomenon which affects

Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB)

Y4 to Y1 Engineering CoCs

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Only if the role on board requires the CoC holder to hold a Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats YES

YES

we once learned but rarely ever put into practice. It is learnt on a safety course after only six months. Skills related to fire fighting and sea survival were deemed too

MEOL

OOW (yachts less MCA Master 200GT than 3,000GT)

us all and which describes how we forget skills that estimated that we have forgotten 60% of everything we

Master (yachts less than 500GT/3,000GT)

Fire Prevention and YES Fire Fighting (FP&FF) Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)

YES

important to simply ignore the possibility of skills fade. Also, some seafarers may have done their STCW safety

The MNTB, MCA and IASST worked together to establish

courses a long time ago, or, as mentioned above, never done these

the details for the updating training courses. Warsash has trialled and

courses in first place. Yet, techniques and technologies, in particular

then been running the updating courses since late 2014. With the

for firefighting, have evolved tremendously over that period.

exception of PST, which has a duration of ½ day, all other courses

The UK’s interpretation of the Manila Amendments has

have a duration of one day.

been known since 2014 and remained largely unchanged ever since.

From 1st January 2017 courses need updating whenever the

They were initially announced in a series of MINs and eventually

initial course has been taken five or more years ago. Evidence of

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having completed the updated training will be required on a number

EU Member State flagged vessels, in accordance with EU Council

of occasions including: when applying for a CoC; when revalidating

Directive 92/29/EEC, the Captain and any person delegated person to

an existing CoC; or for Port State Control (PSC). It is important to

use the medical type A supplies must receive special refresher training

always carry the original course certificate on-board.

at least every five years. This is not a new requirement and has been

Just because these courses will have to be in date for the issue

in place for many years.

of a new CoC or the revalidation of an existing CoC, does not mean

The Manila Amendments bring along a host of other changes

that when your CoC is in date you are exempt from updating. The

too. We have already seen the implementation of ISPS Security

best way to think about this is to compare it to the ENG1: When

courses. Other changes relevant to yachting coming into force in

revalidating a CoC, the ENG1 must be in date. However if the ENG1

2017 are as follows: ECDIS is now a mandatory requirement for the

runs out shortly thereafter, it will have to be renewed. The same

issue of a new OOW (yachts less than 3000GT), Chief Mate (yachts

applies to the updating training: From 1st January 2017 you won’t be

less than 3000 GT), Master (yachts less than 500 GT and 3000

able to sail without documentary evidence of having completed the

GT) CoC. If you are applying for a Master Code Vessel, less than

original training course or the updating training within the last five

200 GT, Certificate of Competency and do not complete an MCA-

years regardless of your CoC being in date or not.

approved ECDIS course you will receive the following limitation:

Also, the updating of the advanced training module does not except the seafarer from updating the basic module. The reason for

‘From the 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS’.

this is that content is widely different. Take fire fighting for example,

Last, but not least, and very important for those progressing

where the updating course for the basic course primarily consists

to a Chief Mate CoC: As of 1st January 2017, EDH must have been

of practical exercises on the fire ground whereas updating for the

completed at least 18 months before the MCA OOW (Yachts Less

advanced firefighting course consists of mainly theory based updates

Than 3000GT) COC can be issued.

on new firefighting equipment and techniques.

After reading the above I assume that everyone agrees these are

For yacht CoCs only, non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival

the biggest changes to training and certification since the introduction

may still be accepted in lieu of Proficiency in Survival Craft and

of ‘STCW 95’. Whether one welcomes these requirements or not, the

Rescue Boats, however, your CoC will contain the following negative

success of the updating requirements will also depend on the quality

endorsement: ‘Not for use on ships equipped with davit launched

of the training courses and the attitude with which they are met. They

lifeboats’. Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival must be updated

should not be a tick box exercise; both trainers and crew are well

every five years in line with Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue

advised to approach these courses with the seriousness they deserve.

Boats. MSN 1858 goes on to say: ‘The MCA would recommend that

At the end of the day, there is simply too much at stake.

all seafarers hold an STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue

One thing is for sure; it is time to take action now. With the

Boats Certificate of Proficiency. This is due to potential problems of

implementation date fast approaching course are filling up very

Port State Control Officers outside of the UK, not accepting non-

quickly and availability might be very sparse towards the end of 2016.

STCW Advanced Sea Survival.’ At the time of writing this article

Take the time now to ensure you will comply so you don’t get left

no updating course for Advanced Sea Survival had been defined.

behind in 2017.

However, those holding a valid UK CoC will be given access to the PSCRN updating course, which will meet the requirement. One final thing on updating: As mentioned before, medical

Disclaimer: Regulations and the interpretation thereof change on a regular

courses are not affected by the new updating requirements. However,

basis.Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of information,

although the Proficiency in Medical Care (aka ‘Ship’s Captains

we cannot accept liability for any reliance on the text above. If in doubt, we

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Meeting the challenge of a closer inspection by Andy Williams Port State Control inspections are one

‘medium’. For managed yachts, this offers a high level of protection when

of the most effective tools to verify if

it comes to an inspection. Safety management systems have evolved to be

ships comply with international safety,

relevant to yacht operations and to ensure focus on those statutory aspects

pollution prevention and working regulations. As such, they have

that are of importance to PSC inspectors such as pollution prevention,

rapidly become a serious issue in the yachting industry. They are

emergency preparedness, crew certification and maintenance. Many

a fact of life that should be welcomed by well-run yachts and are

management companies now include PSC preparation inspections in

vital in ensuring that standards are upheld.

addition to the requisite ISM/ISPS audits. The lessons learnt through

From 2013 to 2015, in the Paris MOU region of Port State Control, 292 yachts were the subjects of 412 inspections. 215 of these

individual vessels result in a collective experience that works to the benefit of all yachts under the same management.

inspections resulted in deficiencies and 18 yachts found themselves in the

Whilst the regulatory regime for vessels over 500GT includes

unpleasant situation of being detained. The commercial consequences

ISM and ISPS compliance, yachts under this threshold do not require

of a detention need no exaggeration; even the inspection itself, if not

a Safety Management Certificate or International Ship Security

handled properly, can have a serious impact on an owner’s or charter

Certificates. Consequently, many of these yachts do not subscribe to any

guest’s use of the yacht.

type of shore-based safety management services.

The beauty, if that is the correct word, of the PSC concept is that it

It was, however, the yachts under 500GT that bore the brunt of

holds everyone to account; the vessel, the management company, the flag

PSC inspections over the last 3 years. 186 of the 292 inspections and all

administration and the class society.The performance of each party has an

of the 18 detentions during this period concerned vessels below 500GT.

impact on the risk profile of the yacht and will be used to determine how

Although many smaller yachts are successfully managed by their captains

often and to what extent a vessel is to be inspected. The question for most

and crews without any shore-based management, the PSC data shows

captains is: how does one increase the chance of success?

that the regulatory burden has become too great for some and they are

A positive start is for the yacht to be flagged in a white list country,

failing to meet the required standards. These vessels would surely benefit

classed by an IACS member classification society and, if managed, with

from additional support, even if it were simply an annual PSC preparation

a company that has a high performance rating according to the criteria

inspection from a third party to point them in the right direction.

set out on the Paris MOU website. Although these factors are beyond the

The industry has matured beyond recognition over the last 20

control of most captains, it is important for them to understand the risk

years and, with this growth, many changes in legislation and regulations

profile of the yacht they command so that they can mitigate any areas of

have occurred. Changes that demand carefully thought out reactions,

weakness.

a united front and a strong voice. The representation of the industry at the International Maritime Organisation, where all international

The inspection intervals for high, standard and low risk ships are

shipping regulation is developed, constitutes one of the most important

as follows:

developments of the last few years. MYBA The Worldwide Yachting

• For HRS – between 5-6 months after the last inspection in the Paris MoU region

Association, through its ICOMIA membership, funds a consultant to

• For SRS – between 10-12 months after the last inspection in the Paris MoU region

attend all relevant meetings at IMO. This ensures that the interests of

• For LRS – between 24-36 months after the last inspection in the Paris MoU region

the yachting sector are voiced and protected. Captains whose yachts are managed by MYBA member companies can provide direct input by

Risk is an important factor in determining the frequency of

expressing their concerns and opinions’, thus contributing to the effort

inspections so, obtaining the lowest risk rating possible for the yacht

to ensure that new legislation is practical and feasible. Active participation

should be high on every captain’s list of priorities. Yacht management

is key to safeguarding the yachting industry’s interests!

companies are well aware of the significance of PSC inspections and the effect they have on their own ratings. With a seemingly never-ending raft

Andy Williams is a Master Mariner by profession. He has been involved in

of legislation descending on the industry, many management companies

the yachting industry for 16 years. Since 2009 Andy has been a self-employed

have established specialised compliance departments in order to facilitate

marine consultant whose clients include MYBA, who he represents at the IMO,

the introduction of new rules and ensure that vessels within their fleet

and the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry for whom he conducts statutory

remain compliant.

surveys and audits on board yachts and commercial ships. He consults on ISM

The standard of management is generally high within the yachting industry, with most companies having a Paris MOU rating of at least

and ISPS compliance as well as undertaking PSC preparation inspections for various clients.

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Girls on top: addressing unconscious gender bias in deck and engineering by Carey Secrett – Professional Yachting Association

‘What’s your name?’ I asked the pretty blonde woman standing

triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of

in front of me in my office. ‘And what’s your position onboard?’

people and situations and is influenced by our background, cultural

‘Captain’ she responded.

environment and personal experiences. As evidenced by my own,

I am ashamed to admit that my natural instinct was to stop

somewhat shameful, reaction to the female captain, unconscious

what I was doing and give the person in front of me a second look,

gender bias is not exclusive to males. Gender equity expert Virginia

thinking to myself ‘well I never!’ Before I go any further, I will add that

Valian’s explanation for the professional gender gap is that both

I’m a woman myself.

men and women often share gender ‘schemas’ that overvalue men’s

Before entering the shore-based yachting industry, I worked as

professional capabilities and undervalue women’s. An accumulation

a management consultant for a global financial firm, where the ratio

of small biases over a long period can thus lead to employers choosing

of female consultants to male averaged around 5% despite persistent

a less qualified male over a superiorly qualified female. In the long

drives to recruit more women. I often had to explain to our clients that

run, not only can this have devastating effects on women’s careers but

I did the same job as the men on my team as their assumption was that

also it is detrimental to the operation of their business.

a female could be support staff but not a ‘real’ consultant.

There is no denying that it exists in the yachting industry. As

So as someone who is no stranger to working as a minority in a role

Becki Milton from Bluewater Yachting puts it ‘There is an implicit

that was completely male dominated, I found myself wondering that if

‘work bias’ that most of us are guilty of: most people associate

even I had had the reaction to be surprised when a woman told me she

science fields with men, and humanities and the arts with women;

was a Captain, how deep does the idea of ‘unconscious gender bias’

[in yachting] the girls on the interior and the boys on the exterior.’

towards women working in roles traditionally perceived to be male in

Suzanne Mcghee, Captain of M/Y Lazy P, adds ‘People are still

the yachting industry go?

genuinely surprised when I tell them what I do for a living and it’s always initially assumed that I work on the interior.’

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Unconscious bias, which can refer not just to gender, but to age, race,

WHERE DOES THIS BIAS COME FROM?

ethnicity etc., is defined as a bias that happens automatically. It is

Social norms still prevail that lead to many women not even

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considering that engineering or Captain positions could be available

appropriate careers advice at school, from their parents or friends or

to them, and men thinking that these jobs are only for them. Jenny

are not seeing role models.’ If there were more female role models

Howarth, Global Crew Placement Director at IYC, thinks this has

in engineering and deck positions, not only would it encourage and

been exacerbated by the speed at which our industry has grown. ‘The

inspire younger girls to pursue this route, but also it would normalize

yachting industry started out so small and then ballooned so quickly’

the situation for the rest of the industry.

she said. ‘The industry has not yet moved away from the childhood perceptions of women doing housework and men doing the ‘dirty’

EXAMPLES IN PRACTICE

jobs. A lot of girls entering the industry think that their only option is

How does this bias manifest itself both at the recruitment level and

working on the interior.’

on board? Chief Engineer Julie Binder, who has been in the industry

The images we are used to seeing are of men doing

since 2000 said, ‘some boats would not even look at my CV because

deck and engineering roles and women on the interior.

I am female. Others would not look at it because they had previously

‘Yachting advertising and media does not show examples of

employed a female who did not work out, so would not consider

women working in the engine room, as it is not the norm,’ said

females again (but they did not have the same rule for men).’ Louise

engineer Melissa Van der Velt. As many young women don’t see

Clarke, who has been working as a Captain for 2 years said it wasn’t

the engineering or deck route as viable career options, they don’t

an easy road to progress through the ranks. ‘I’ve had crew agents

consider doing their AEC or working towards their Yachtmaster. ‘If

lecture me (as if it was news) that, you know, you’re a girl, and it’s

they thought that there were more opportunities in those roles I really

really hard for a girl to work on deck. I’ve had questions about my

do think you would see more and more women investing in their early

mechanical understanding and abilities (quashed to some extent by

careers’ said Becki Milton.

completing the AEC). I’ve had questions of being overly emotional

One female Chief Engineer confessed, ‘when I arrived in the

for the role, or not strong enough,’ she told me. Some women have

industry I did not think I could be an engineer because I was a girl.

found they have had to be over-qualified to compete for jobs. ‘I’ve

I have no idea where this thought came from.’ Dr Bev Mckenzie,

had to bring more to the table than the basic requirements and more

from the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology

than the male applicants to even be considered for a role’ said Captain

thinks the reason for this is that perhaps ‘young women are not getting

Suzanne Mcghee.

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WE NEED MORE WOMEN According to an estimate based on research by The Crew Report, by the year 2020, the yachting industry will require a total of 49,165 crewmembers, a rise of 43 per cent – that’s an additional 14,767 crewmembers to those currently working on board. Clearly we need to address the recruitment drive to ensure that we are encouraging enough qualified crew to meet the demands of the industry. With this need for so many new skilled people to progress through the ranks, it seems unthinkable that we are potentially missing out on a huge selection of suitable candidates because of their gender. We need to ensure that all opportunities are made aware to everyone from entry level and throughout their careers, and that decisionmakers are not letting unconscious bias lead them to turning away promising candidates. Many studies have been conducted into the effectiveness of different teams, and it has been proven that greater diversity in senior positions improves decision-making, quality of business management and performance. Women bring different skills to the table than men and balancing this mix in leadership positions onboard can have a very positive impact on the overall effectiveness of the crew. In a recent leadership study conducted on the difference in competencies between the sexes, on 12 out of the 16 competencies considered, Once onboard the biased attitudes often still prevail. Engineer,

females were rated more positively. The bias of most people would

Melissa van der Velt recounted her experience of running the engine

be that females would be better at nurturing competencies such as

room whilst in a shipyard. ‘The male shipyard contractors were very

developing others and relationship building. While it is true that the

confused to find me showing them what to do in the engine room

women outperformed the men in these areas, the competencies with

while wearing my greasy overall. They just didn’t understand what

the largest differences between males and females (with females rating

I was doing [there] in the first place.’ Whilst working as first mate

more positively) were taking initiative, practicing self development,

on a 34-metre, Louise Clarke’s captain said to her that although he

integrity/honesty and driving for results, all key assets for any Captain

thought there was a place for women captains, he’d never work for

or Chief Engineer.

one. With remarks like this from a senior crewmember, it is no wonder

Julie Binder explained the qualities she felt women had that

that one of the predominant themes that came up when I interviewed

lend themselves to making great engineers. ‘Women think differently,

female Captains and engineers was the lack of role models for them to

our brains are an asset in the engine room for trouble shooting and

aspire to. Some women have had their crew question their authority.

problem solving. We are generally clean, organised and methodical,

‘When men are decisive or direct they are seen as strong leaders,

all essential qualities in the engine room, and for servicing and

where as women are seen as bossy and have to prove themselves from

maintaining equipment. We are also very good at project managing,

the onset regardless of experience or qualifications. That’s a tough

because we prioritise the success of the project over our egos. Our

starting block at any level,’ Mcghee pointed out.

communication skills and the way we pass on essential technical

Nearly all the women I spoke to said men often question

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information and share knowledge, is often superior to men.’

their qualifications and experience and as a result they constantly

Bluewater’s Crew Recruitment database, which showcases

feel the need to validate themselves to their male counterparts. ‘In

almost 60,000 crew, has 6,150 Captains listed, of whom only 4%

the beginning I always tried to prove myself, in the end I was so

are female. For engineers the figure is a measly 2.9%, so women

busy working so hard no one questioned my abilities anymore’ said

are still very underrepresented in these roles. However, It does

Julie Binder. Dr Bev Mackenzie, from IMARest told me ‘one of the

seem that things are beginning to improve. ‘On a positive note, we

common experiences I hear from women is that as a woman within

have definitely seen an increase in the numbers of female captains

engineering, you are so visible as a woman you become invisible

and mates over the last 5 years’ Bluewater told me. With regard to

as a professional. This means women tend to overcompensate on a

engineers, our industry already has a worrying shortage, and we

professional side, always needing to defend why they are in their role.’

have had to look to the merchant sector to fill the gaps. However

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it does seem that more women are pursuing engineering at further

find a land based job that utilises your skills and qualifications. Or find

education level, and hopefully with better promotion of our sector to

a partner who is happy to be a stay at home Dad for months on end.

these candidates, we will begin to see some of the effect of this push.

Good luck with that!’ she quipped.

This doesn’t necessarily mean they will stay in engineering though. Dr

Tony Browne, who is a member of WISTA (Women’s

Bev Mackenzie from IMARest told me ‘we still have a leaky pipeline;

International Shipping and Trading Association) recently conducted

the loss of women at success career levels, driven by personal and

an 18-month research into the ‘Barriers for Recruitment and

professional reasons which is of huge concern. Even if we address

Retention of Female Officers in the UK Merchant Navy’. Part of his

these issues now for those at school and at university it is going to

research looked at the dropout rate of female officers. Not surprisingly,

take a long time to take effect – years before those girls are in the

the pressure point came at 29 years of age, the average age for

leadership positions and able to make change.’

professional females to have their first child. ‘This unfortunately coincides with the time Officers reach their first command in the

THE C-WORD When talking about recruiting more women to these roles, the elephant in the room is of course children.

cargo fleet’ he explained. ‘When you consider the significant financial and time investment required to complete deck or engineering qualifications,

The nature of this industry, where crew are often away from

combined with often having to quit a perfectly good job to free

home for months at a time, makes juggling a family with life at sea

themselves up to attend the courses and examinations, is it surprising

something that is unlikely for women working in any role onboard.

that many women make the decision not to qualify? You need

Whereas shore-based companies are able to offer women creative

employed time to gain a return on that investment, and if they are

options around childcare, maternity leave, career breaks etc. in order

thinking of starting a family will they actually make that return on

to retain them, flexibility for seafarers wanting to have babies doesn’t

investment?’ asks Karen Passman, founder of Impact Crew.

exist. ‘Forget it, it’s just not possible; a luxury only for the men’ said Julie Binder. ‘If you want to have children and a career then crack on

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early, get all of your study and experience behind you, have kids, then

So what can be done to address the issue of unconscious bias and

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role in helping with career development within engineering. Thanks to the MoU recently signed between the IET and the PYA, this support is now beginning to filter into the yachting industry. Together we have put together a programme of bespoke career support for engineers working in yachting, all of which will help to make engineering opportunities for women more visible. We also need to address the attitudes of the existing Captains and Chief Engineers to encourage mentoring and role models onboard. ‘It is up to the senior professionals on yachts to take the lead and actively recruit female 3rd engineers or female junior deckhands. Too often the cabin arrangements are an easy, ready-made excuse and the industry could be missing out on some fantastic engineers, mates encourage more women into deck and engineering positions? In

and captains as a result’ said Becki from Bluewater. Alison Rentoul

other industries a number of initiatives are gaining traction with

believes that the steps that the industry has taken towards encouraging

regards to unconscious bias training for senior staff (typically male).

crew professional development will help. ‘The gender inequality will

However Paul Vanderbroeck, Senior Consultant for Impact Crew and

gradually reduce as the new generations move in and up the ranks,

an expert in Women in leadership says that the outcomes have been

bringing more enlightened attitudes with them’ she thinks. Suzanne

disappointing. ‘Not only is the training de-motivational, the results

Mcghee is hopeful too. ‘My faith is with the future generations of

are less than inspiring.’ Some organizations in ‘the real world’ have

men and women who will grow up with more diverse role models and

taken to removing gender and even names from applications to ensure

more women in leadership roles and see [women in roles traditionally

a level playing field at the review stage. However in yachting, which

considered as male] as completely normal.’

short of modeling or acting is one of the only industries that not only

Another positive solution would be to create a more active

allows, but expects that we put our age, photo and nationality on our

support network for women working in these positions. Julie Binder

CV, and where you can be fired for being overweight, the wrong race

has suggested a platform on social media, which would provide

or religion, we are a long way off this kind of initiative.

support and mentoring for women at all stages of their careers. Tony

Whilst the industry is taking steps in the right direction with

Browne would like to build up representation from our sector in

the introduction of the MLC, HELM and various other forms of

WISTA, which is a support organisation for females in the Shipping

regulation regarding best practices for hiring and firing, gender

and Transport industries. So ladies, please get involved!

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aspects of human resources that are ‘normal’ in the wider employment

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world, as Alison Rentoul of The Crew Coach explains ‘the problem is

FOR YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

many attitudes within the industry are lagging behind the legislation.’

Both the IET and IMARest have put in place initiatives to assist deck

We need to encourage and smooth the path for entry to women in

and engineering crew with Professional Registration. ‘Professional

these traditionally male dominated roles. One way of doing this is to

Registration is a key advantage to all engineers – regardless of

make women more aware of the different choices of roles, so that from

gender as a peer reviewed marker of expertise and competence

the outset they know what opportunities exist for them. ‘When more

within engineering’ explains Annmarie Dunn from the IET. This is

women become aware of the choices, the more female captains and

particularly relevant for female engineers looking to make the move

engineers the industry will have and the more acceptable it will be.

from ashore to facilitate balancing family life. The IMarEST recognises

Gender equality will follow suit. Marketing and media should be the

certificates of competency (both deck and engine) as equivalent to

starting platform,’ said engineer Melissa Van de Velt. Jenny Howarth

up to Master’s-level learning, making it easier for seafarers to apply

from IYC thinks that training providers and recruiting companies

for professional registration and achieve a universally recognised

need to do more to portray images of women working in deck and

professional status. The PYA is working with both these institutions to

engineering roles, and ensure that all entry level crew know the full

strengthen the Professional Registration routes available to both men

extent of their options for a career in yachting.

and women and allow recognition for their individual competencies.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology runs the UK’s

This month IMarEST also launched a campaign aimed at

largest online career support network for female engineers and works

supporting seafarers in developing their skills to help specifically with

in hundreds of schools every year, promoting futures in engineering

the challenge of transitioning from ship to shore. The campaign raises

to girls. The IET has qualified and trained mentors who play a key

awareness of options available to sea going personnel to grow their

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knowledge (even whilst continuing their role at sea) such as innovative

the industry is providing more options to women looking to have the

e-learning higher education courses specifically relevant for senior

family and the career.

management positions ashore – for example an MSc in Sustainable Maritime Operations. With initiatives such as these coming into play,

Whilst we have a long way to go to address unconscious bias, the fact that we are talking about it is good news.

Advice from the women who’ve made it in deck and engineering DREAM BIG AND BECOME AN EXPERT ‘You can do anything you have a passion for and put your mind to. Dream big and go for it, nothing can stop you if you work hard. Like all career roles, start from the bottom; gain experience by listening and learning from more experienced people in the field. Studying is essential but practical experience is what counts’ said Melissa Van de Velt. ‘Focus on doing the modules required to attain the tickets to drive or operate the yacht of the size you want. Be over ticketed, if you can’ added Louise Clarke. ‘Look for the lessons in everything. Learn the technical talk, otherwise no one will take you seriously’ said Julie Binder.

DON’T LET YOUR SEX BECOME AN ISSUE BUT DON’T LOSE YOUR FEMININITY ‘Forget that you are a woman, if you make it an issue, it becomes an issue! Just be professional, work hard, study hard, and get on with your job. But always behave like a lady, and try and dress like one too, otherwise you may as well just shave your head and turn into a bloke’ says Julie. Louise agrees. ‘Don’t be afraid to still be womanly, or feminine. It keeps them guessing if you are in your scruffy overalls all day, and go out looking lovely in the evening.’

DEVELOP A THICK SKIN Clarke advises girls looking to follow in her footsteps to ‘develop a little toughness with regard to the bulls**t you will encounter along the way. I am fully aware our only control over other’s actions, is our reaction. You need a thick skin, a sense of humour, and you can’t let them see you fume.’ Suzanne Mcghee told me ‘in my experience it’s best not to give it any steam and carry on because the louder we cry sexist the less we seem to be heard.’

REMEMBER NO ONE’S PERFECT ‘Don’t let other people’s doubt cloud your own judgment and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It often feels like there’s a lot of pressure to ‘keep up with the guys’ so we really kick ourselves when we make the smallest mistake. Set your own benchmark and remember no one’s perfect. There’s not a yachtie out there who hasn’t had a major fail at some stage in their career’ Mcghee advises.

STICK WITH IT ‘Those that are determined to make it on the deck side, often do. They just have to be very patient, very persistent, and very focused as there are significantly less opportunities for them than in the interior’ said Becki Milton of Bluewater. Many women who start out in deck do end up moving departments just because there are so many more opportunities available to them (IYC crew estimate 60% of their female deck candidates end up in interior). If you want to go down the deck or engineering route, stick to your guns right from when you first enter the industry and don’t give up and take a job you don’t want to do. ‘A deck/stew role is the worst on a boat, as when on downtime you are delved the worst of deck jobs, and when in service, you’ll be relegated to beds, heads and the laundry. There’s no fun either side’ said Louise Clarke. Julie finished by saying ‘there is nothing wrong with not wanting to go down the deck or engineering paths, it only gets my back up when women use the fact that they are a female as an excuse not to try, or the reason why they fail. They obviously just did not want it bad enough!’

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Financial success from yachting

– the 10 basic rules by Peter Brooke, Horizons

I believe there are some basic common sense ‘financial rules’ by which crew should organise their lives in order to maximise their financial success in yachting and, at the same time, secure

7.

Understand your tax residency status – keep an accurate

their future after yachting. Superyacht crew are exposed to

diary of where you spend your time and learn the rules of

significant wealth around them and, although this can be an

your main places of interest. The places where you are most

amazing experience, it can encourage unhealthy financial

likely to be considered tax resident are:

habits; having some simple guidelines can really help maximise

a. Your country of citizenship

what you get from your career.

b. Where you own real estate

Some of these rules will help make you money, some establish

c. Where you spend most time.

good financial habits and others will help you save money. These rules can be started at any time in your career, no matter how senior

d. Where your ‘dependent family’ is based (your home). 8.

Save at least 25% of your income for long term… you don’t

you may be already.

pay any social security, if you worked on shore your salary

1.

would be at least 25% less due to this; put this aside for your

Have a bank account in the same currency as your income. Many crew send their salaries ‘home’, which may be in a different currency jurisdiction. They then spend that money

2.

4. 5.

your future, look at investment websites, learn about inflation,

Have other currency bank accounts if you spend considerable

property leverage, financial risk and compound returns. 10.

If in doubt, take advice – understand your own limitations

Use a currency broker account to move money between

and build a team of trusted advisers in different fields; speak

these accounts, this gives you control and saves money on

to other crew about what they do with their money (but don’t

the exchange rate and commissions. This is money for free!

just follow one).

Clear debts as soon as you can – especially those with a high

When you get to the time when YOU want to leave yachting

interest rate.

(be it after 5 years or 25) it is great to be able to do so because of the

Check the medical cover available to you from the yacht...

way you have managed your own resources… many people cannot

there is no reason why it shouldn’t cover you during holidays

leave the industry at the time they want to because they have not

or when you are not on board; the captain can easily find

taken control of their futures.

cover that does. 6.

Invest time in your own financial education – take an interest in

in another currency – each time this costs! time in other currency jurisdictions. 3.

life after yachting. 9.

Follow these simple rules and I am certain that you will get

Think in ‘pots’ – this can be in the same account but

the most out of your yachting career…and will leave it feeling that it

conceptually plan out your different financial pots:

not only gave you great memories and friends but helped you look

a. Emergency pot – at least 3 months’ salary in a bank account

forward to a long and fruitful second career or retirement.

(preferably 6 months). b. Education pot – when and how much is the next course you

This article is for information only and should not be considered as advice.

want to do? c. Spending money – limit yourself to a set amount each month... then stay within that limit! d. Property purchase money – how much will you need for a deposit, and when?

Peter Brooke is a financial planner with PYA corporate member, Horizons. Horizons is a bespoke team of professional financial advisers dealing exclusively with the yachting industry. He is also a member and partner of the Spectrum IFA Group.

e. Long-term investment money – this should be at least 25% of your salary.

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An overview of the PYA GUEST Program by Lynne Edwards

PYA Council Member and GUEST approved Trainer at The Crew Academy The tide of antiquated practices in an essentially androcentric

too often been overlooked. If we want a universally professional

industry is turning at last. Following years of continued effort

industry we must ensure that those individuals who are expected to

towards the development of the PYA accredited GUEST

provide excellence in service are encouraged and fully supported in

program, (Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training)

being able to do so.

we are just beginning to experience a wonderful revolution in

It’s not the intention of the GUEST program to make interior

the running and management of Interior departments aboard

crew training a mandatory requirement, but we are there to support

today’s Superyachts – and NOT before time.

interior crew with a training platform they can trust. As a sector

For the past 6 years, the PYA has focused its efforts on

we do have the power and responsibility to make this training an

offering appropriate and relevant training for the Interior yacht

industry-led need, to ensure that excellence is always being delivered

crew they represent. The Superyacht industry as a whole provides

to yacht owners and charter guests alike. I believe that it is for this

and endorses ‘excellence’ in every aspect of the industry: from

reason that it is essential that we must be able to rely more heavily on

design to build and from shore support to products and supplies.

Management Companies, Charter Agents and Crew Recruitment

However, the need to better support and endorse training for the

Agencies to demand that those people seeking to work in the interior

very people who are charged with taking care of and showcasing

department of a Superyacht, undergo the excellent training available

these products of excellence to the owners has, until recently been

to them worldwide through the GUEST program, offered in any

almost completely overlooked.

one of the 22 accredited training centres across the globe. The

It seems unfathomable to think that most land based

owners and charter guests are, after all naturally expecting to receive

establishments have provisions for front office staff, housekeepers

an extremely high level of service once aboard and the onus should

and service staff in 4* + hotels and those operating in high end

be placed well and truly on the shoulders of those offering this to

private households to complete organised training programs in order

their clientele to ensure that it happens. And of course Interior

to serve their clientele, whereas interior crew members operating in

Crew members must also take personal responsibility for their own

what is essentially a 5, 6 or 7* environment are expected to manage,

Continuing Professional Development whilst in the industry. We

maintain and service luxurious, multi-million dollar Superyachts

would like to see these demands more universally accepted, as they

without a mandatory requirement for professional training.

have been with the STCW qualification. Then interior crew and

To date those in the interior departments have done extremely well, as they have had to learn on the job, and unless they took

yacht owners would be much more willing to invest in a professional training program.

the initiative to invest in their own training or came from formal

As trainers and training providers, we have developed

hospitality backgrounds or had properly trained mentors to work

and written the GUEST program courses based on decades

with, have admitted to having really struggled with the demands of

of accumulated experience, with a view to creating a career

the job and their own confidence in their performance and practices.

path for interior crew from Introductory to Intermediate to

However, as the yachting sector grows and becomes more

Management levels; each level carefully and comprehensively

professional and regulated in all other aspects, it’s time to support

constructed to optimise the learning experience of our students. We

and be aware of the gaps in skill sets and the struggle interior crew

are also teaching transferable skills to be used in Hospitality and

face with no industry prescribed outline of training in place.

Administrative sectors once Interior Crew members decide to move

It is now time for the whole industry to understand that, without properly trained and professional ‘front line’ crew, the show

ashore and the figures show that this excellent program is definitely catching on.

falls apart. Whilst millions of dollars are spent on all other aspects,

Peter Vogel, Managing Director of IYS and a GUEST

the fundamental need to undergo interior crew training - which

Approved trainer, has had tremendously positive responses from

essentially creates the owners’ and charter guests’ experiences, has

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tool and Talent Dynamics which he provides as an additional extra

both professionally and personally. This is a very corporate way of

at the beginning of his PYA GUEST Management courses and

looking at things. However it proves that this industry which was

which gives the Captain and his Interior HOD something concrete

once so rich in history and tradition, is beginning to transition from

to use to build/create optimal teams in flow. By inspiring the crew,

a casual employment environment to one that is professional in its

Peter says he takes the angle out of the word training. ‘Our crew is

approach to Management.

professional,’ he says ‘and sometimes merely requires fine tuning,

From the perspective of Sarah Diggle Whitlock, a GUEST

especially since they have already spent some time aboard’. Peter

Approved Trainer, the necessity to complete the relevant courses

believes it’s important how we communicate with our students

prior to working aboard a yacht ensures that much of the fear of

and recognize that they are true professionals who have chosen to

an unknown world is eliminated. The training also helps in making

continue to develop and are very much willing to spend money, time

informed choices about on what sort of yacht you would prefer to

and energy on professional training. For this we all have tremendous

work. Another great advantage is that stewardesses – prospective or

respect for our students and thoroughly support and endorse the

current are taught how to address some of the potentially challenging

investment they are making in themselves.

situations one might encounter when working with High Net Worth

I agree with Peter when he says that there is a real mind-set change going on. He feels that Captains and HODs are changing

individuals, as well as of course how to give unparalleled service to the guests, avoid crew politics and adjust to life aboard.

their minds about CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

Another essential course which is part of the GUEST

in order to create the best team aboard. By investing in individual

program is that concerning Food Safety. But, there still seems to be

and team development they are creating better experiences for

some confusion as to who has to have a Food Safety certificate so,

the owners and charter guests. It is not frowned upon anymore,

for clarification:

budgets have been put in place in recent years and time is given

Under the MLC Minimum Requirements Regulations all

(or scheduled) for effective training programs to be rolled out

ships’ cooks and other persons processing food in the galley are

continuously, as they are in shore-based professional sectors.

to be suitably qualified in food hygiene or food safety in catering.

He also says that he has seen a massive change in the industry in

It should be noted, however, that any qualifications of this sort

the last 5 years and even more so since the official launching of

taken online are no longer valid. All courses have to be taken in a

the GUEST program a little over three years ago. Interior crew are

classroom environment, due to the high levels of cheating on online

working together with Management Companies and are positioning

courses when one member of crew would take the course for the

the yachts on which they work to attract the ‘best crew’ by offering

entire yacht!

more than a good salary. They are building recruitment strategies

Georgie Vinter, an expert in the field of Food Safety confirms

into their professional development package, including in-house

that Food Safety Management Systems on board should be a crew-

and external training in order for the crewmember to be ‘fulfilled’

wide responsibility and an unquestioned expectation of the guest.

whilst working on the yacht as the person is continuing to develop

Georgie points out that there is no Food Safety rating system on vessels, such as you might expect in hotels and restaurants around the world and that trained crew should therefore be self-assessing and responsible for reviewing their Food Safety systems. As a crewmember, being confident and proud to display an excellent approach to Food Safety is tantamount to having a Hygiene rating sticker on the widow! The updating of skills is vital and keeping abreast of current legislation and applying that to the vessel should be a matter of course. Why not invite a trained Food Safety Officer on board in order to provide feedback on the food safety systems on board – you may be shocked at what you don’t know!

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But the courses are there for the taking and have been carefully

Whatever your position in the industry, be it Management

choreographed to provide the optimum learning experience for

Company, Charter Broker, Crew Recruiter, Captain or an

all interior crew of varying levels. They are offered either as on

interior Crew member, you can be part of this new revolution of

board training or in accredited training centres worldwide. We are

professionally trained interior crew, creating a win-win situation

working hard to bring recognition and appreciation to all interior

where you can feel safe in the knowledge that the interior department

departments - and this will come, but interior crew must also take

will be expertly managed, teams will enjoy more harmonious

responsibility for their own career paths and advancement in order

engagement in their work and of course this inevitably leads to

to benefit.

greater longevity.

There is a great solidarity and supportive network of Interior

For further details of what the courses have to offer go to

Crew around the world. We are strengthening this bond by levelling

www.guest-program.com. Then get in touch with an accredited

the playing field and creating an enviable level of professionalism

training provider and join the revolution! We’re here to help you

and skill sets in the interior department, steadily eradicating the

become the best that you can be!

lingering myth that our roles are of lesser importance than those of others aboard.

GUEST Awareness days and updates by Joey Meen

Director of Training and Certification, PYA The PYA has had an exciting year regarding the advancement of GUEST within the Superyacht sector. With the growing support from associations such as MYBA, ISS and SYBAss as well as the higher echelons of owner and charter clients’ representatives, GUEST is making headway to becoming a recognised standard for the interior department.

some relevant skills to the team and we are not having to start from

The most refreshing feedback is from current Chief Stews

scratch’ says one Chief Steward who has recently completed all the

and heads of department, who are backing the program when it

Management GUEST training modules as well as coming from a

comes to both recognising the significance of what’s involved, for

Butler background before a 6 year career in yachting.

all levels, as well as when employing new interior crew. ‘We would

‘It’s our responsibility as mentors to encourage self-investment and

certainly take a junior crew who has invested in some training

relevant skill sets’ says another Chief Stewardess who has just completed a

over someone who hasn’t, at least we will know they are bringing

Purser course with one of the PYA Accredited Training Schools.

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sector in general, with highlighted recognition for HOW much they

Quotes from the attendees who joined us says it all!

do and how versatile the frontline has to be to be able to perform

‘Outstanding insight to GUEST in perfect facilities’

Inspired by the first successful GUEST Awareness day in February 2015, we went on to run another in Amsterdam on the 19th November 2015 following the GSF at METS. Hosted at the Miele HQ in Amsterdam and showcasing the professional GUEST approved trainers, it’s safe to say that all who attended were blown away equally by the incredible facilities and the true value and insight of the GUEST Program. Interior crew are starting to see their department being taken more seriously by both their peers on-board as well as the yacht

with confidence and in a professional manner - at all levels. This objective has certainly been emphasised as a resounding result of the two GUEST Awareness days the PYA have held in the last year. The purpose of these events is to demonstrate ‘snap shot’ samples of the syllabus that GUEST covers. The variety of fun and

‘Great range of topics covered from the technical to the practical - both classroom and interactive’ A few people indicated they ‘found it more interesting than expected and that it had exceeded expectations’

interactive workshops included use of the amazing Miele Laundry training facilities, the diversity of service styles, importance of etiquette and crew / guest interaction, management skills, food safety awareness and of course glass tasting! (Yes glass tasting….with some amazing wines involved!).

Some said they ‘didn’t realise there was so much involved with interior training’ ‘We need to raise the industry and owner expectations so that only the best is accepted’

The next GUEST Awareness day is in April 2016 followed by the ‘now to be’ regular event at the Miele HQ in Amsterdam following the GSF at METS in November 2016. The feedback we had has certainly highlighted how impressed everyone was with the venue and the GUEST team, and succeeded in highlighting the enormous potential the program has to make a significant, positive impact on all those involved in the

‘It’s hard to understand why this training has not been there before’ ‘Currently many people feel that the level of training IS ok, however there are obviously a lot of pit falls and today (GUEST Awareness Day) has highlighted quite a few’

superyacht industry, from yacht owners to managers and of course to the crew themselves. To date GUEST has had remarkable sponsorship support from renowned companies such as Miele Marine, Neko, Riedal, Glancy & Fawcett, Warsash Superyacht Academy, Bluewater Yachting, Gourmet Deliveries, and many others, as well as

‘I have already pushed to increase training budget for interior department on-board following this workshop’ ‘I will be reminding people that this industry is about the owner – so crew managers and brokers won’t let their crew get away with mediocre service’

‘Endorsement’ from MYBA the Worldwide Yachting Association and SYBAss, and support from ISS.

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PYA announce partnership agreement with Worldchefs (WACS) Exciting news for Superyacht Chefs!

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) has recently

Superyacht chefs can now build both their CV and their

signed an agreement with Worldchefs where PYA and

professional profile with a Worldchefs recognised certification – it is

WORLDCHEFS will each recognise the other as an Associate

an easy process to apply; based on menu planning, guest’s profiles

Member of their organisations.

(cultural and dietary needs), recipes, recruitment, management,

PYA and WORLDCHEFS have agreed a recognition

budgets… etc (as an example). The evidence required will be in the

reward programme (which includes a programme of training

form of photos, references, recognised Food Safety qualifications,

and examinations) that will make it possible for Cooks and

testimonials and yacht service.

Chefs working in the yachting sector to gain the Worldchefs/PYA Professional Culinary Certification Awards qualifications: • Worldchefs/PYA Certified Professional Chef / Chef de Partie (Yacht Chef Award Level 1)

‘Worldchefs are delighted to join forces with PYA and help to promote opportunities for Chefs and Cooks working in the yachting sector who seek international recognition for their professional skills, education

• Worldchefs/PYA Certified Sous Chef (Yacht Chef Award Level 2)

and training.’

• Worldchefs/PYA Certified Chef de Cuisine (Yacht Chef Award Level 3)

Charles Carroll – President

At each level the training will include the relevant Worldchefs criteria plus yachting-related criteria. The relevant Worldchefs standards

‘This partnership will also contribute to the goal of both partners

conform to the certification currently offered to land based Chefs

in raising and maintaining the highest culinary standards and

and Cooks in the wider hospitality industry and educational

training throughout the yachting industry.’

institutes across the world.

John Clancy – Education Director for Worldchefs

The details and criteria of entry and evidence required for each level are available from the PYA together with the application form and fees. To briefly summarise however the candidate will be asked to

‘PYA are delighted to have this collaboration with World Chefs, with the intention of awarding and recognising the skills and experience of the amazing chefs who work in our sector.Yachting experience has

meet the Entry Requirements at each level and provide evidence

often been left out of the loop with professional recognition.Worldchefs

of Technical Expertise, Professional Development and Professional

is giving yacht chefs the chance to credit these talents with an

Reputation. Training will be available if needed, and an assessment

international endorsement.’

procedure will be required as part of the application process.

Joey Meen – PYA Director of Training and Certification

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The Rock of Gibraltar – is it Superyacht enough?

Gibraltar – we all know it as that small British enclave in the

Let’s look at the facilities; the international airport is a two minute

Southern corner of Europe; like marmite some love it, and some

drive with direct flights to London Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester

hate it. A place we yachties visit perhaps twice a year for cheap fuel,

and Bristol amongst others, with British Airways, Easyjet and

cheaper alcohol, and British pork sausages. But is that really all

Monarch Airlines providing daily services. What could be easier than

that is on offer?

signing off your yacht, hopping into a taxi for a two-minute drive

In 2015, not one, but two Superyacht Marinas were announced

and boarding the plane? Gibraltar is a 35-minute ferry journey to

by independent developers. Additionally the Gibraltar Port Authority

Morocco, a 35-minute drive to Marbella or a 15-minute drive to

has over 400m of new berthing facilities. With completion fast

Tarifa which is kite surfing heaven.

approaching, Gibraltar has the potential of being your yachting home

Then there are the all-important practical aspects to Gibraltar.

for longer periods than it previously might have been. The days of

The PYA has a new regional office in Gibraltar through How2Yacht,

Gibraltar being a bunker pit stop will be a distant memory; soon it

so crew can now get their documents certified and drop off their

could well be a Superyacht destination of choice for crew.

testimonials to get their sea time recorded and verified through the PYA’s Service Record Book. Beyond that there is a wide range of English branded provisions and Alcohol available VAT free in Gibraltar. There’s even a Morrisons supermarket to stock up on all your supplies! Marine parts and very well priced bunkers, not to mention ENG 1 medicals, RYA / STCW 95 training schools, shipyards etc. mean that Gibraltar now offers everything visiting yachts need. Gibraltar’s facilities do not end there. It’s also possible for crew to organise their personal affairs in Gibraltar with everything from International Crew Banking, investments, health insurances and tax consultancies available. The Gibraltar government, Port Authority and Maritime Administration together with local yachting services providers have

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recently launched the Gibraltar Yachting Business Development Association whose objective is for Gibraltar to become a major superyacht destination. Not just for bunkering, but with the aim of making a Superyacht’s stay in Gibraltar as useful and pleasant as possible for the captain and crew. With Gibraltar Superyacht Forums being held for the last 4 years, as well as the hugely successful 3-day Gibraltar Maritime Week held last year on board the Yacht Hotel “Sunborn” in Ocean Village, Gibraltar is making waves in the Superyacht industry. The best thing about Gibraltar for yachts is that no diversion is required. Geographically Gibraltar is better positioned than any other port, at the very crossroads between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Why deviate and sail across (at a cost) to layover elsewhere, when you

equipped fitness room, where in addition to tailored workouts from

have all these facilities en-route?

the qualified gym instructors, you can get involved with exercise classes or relaxing yoga sessions. The hotel casino provides the full

WHAT IS THERE FOR THE CREW TO DO IN GIBRALTAR?

range of table games along with Electronic Roulette, top-of-the-

As you eagerly wait for the Captain to announce the shore leave

range slot machines and progressive jackpots.

times, a rush of selfishness to get away before some change in the

Crew in Gibraltar can complete training courses in the sun

ever-daunting watch schedule takes effect. What to do? Go into

or renew their ENG1 medical certificates, all within easy reach of

town to buy cheap booze? A visit to Morrisons? A rock tour?

the marina.

How about a far more pleasant experience such as a crew

For something a bit different, take a short ferry to Morocco

bonding session spent caving in Lower St. Michaels Cave? Or

for a weekend of cultural awakening, head over to Marbella for a

perhaps you fancy a visit to the Gibraltar Wine Vaults for a tasting

completely different kind of experience, or embark on a professional

event or to do a course with a Sommelier in wine and food pairing?

kite course in nearby Tarifa, where the wind is guaranteed.

There is also the option of buying some very well priced bottles for

All the above will soon be possible when the long-stay berths

the crew or restocking the yacht’s bars with VAT free wines and

become available in the coming months. A change is in the air for

liquors. If you’re feeling extravagant following a charter tip, you

the rock, and perhaps your next visit will be an unforgettable one.

could treat yourself to a VAT free luxury watch or piece of jewellery in one of Gibraltar’s shopping boutiques. The Sunborn floating yacht hotel is the ideal place for

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crew to pamper themselves in a beautiful, comfortable and

How2Yacht Gibraltar, providing Yacht Management,

convenient atmosphere. Treat yourself to a luxury spa experience

Crew concierge and financial services.

in the Sunborn’s serene Infinity Spa, or take advantage of the fully

www.how2yacht.com

PYA Regional Offices

to be scanned and sent for initial membership application & issue of the Service Record Book by PYA HQ in Antibes.

With the International expansion of our representation and the appointment of an increasing number of Regional Offices, PYA

ADVICE AND SUPPORT

is able to offer more on hand and impartial advice and support

Regional Offices have the support of PYA HQ team and Council.

to Yacht Crew worldwide. Each Regional Office representative

With access to latest information and PYA forms and procedures,

is able to assist with processing membership applications and

they can assist PYA members with careers, training and valuable up

with attesting documents for the completion of Service Records

to date information to our ever changing industry.

Books. They have a heightened awareness of the PYA and how we represent yacht crew. Member applications can be completed online or through the regional office. The Regional office will sight and attest copies of original documents, passports, testimonials and certificates required

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Meetings attended this year on behalf of PYA members The PYA continues to represent the voice of yacht crew at

Mackinnon and Bill Walworth from the Maritime Skill Alliance, UK.

administration level with policy makers. The PYA Continuing

It was encouraging to see so much interest in this subject

Professional Development working group was particularly busy

with standing room only and with the majority of participants being

and attended the following meetings in 2015 with the purpose

leading representatives of the yachting sector today. There was an

of ensuring the continuous growth of relevant education with

interesting and lively debate with some great feedback from the large

transferable qualifications:

group who participated. This stimulating platform of sharing ideas

• MCA Yacht Qualification Panel –Yacht qualifications updates and reviews • Small Craft Sub Work group meetings – Yacht module & exam reviews.

and experiences is exactly what PYA and MSA can take back to the drawing board as the representative of current and future crew. The transcripts of this event can be found on the Global Superyacht Forum online.

• Chamber Of Shipping / MNTB – Maritime sector - further education and mapping of qualifications.

ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW 2015

• IAMI annual meeting – Maritime sector – industry representation

We attended the 2015 Antigua Yacht Show and enjoyed meeting and

– cadetships, transferable training paths and IAMI’s role with Yacht

seeing many crew on board the yachts. In addition to some promising

exams.

industry networking, we were delighted to have been able to see so many PYA members and sign up more. We were on hand to provide

GLOBAL SUPERYACHT FORUM, AMSTERDAM

advice on crew training questions and helped with guidance on the

We were invited to lead the workshop on the subject of ‘How can better

new regulations coming in by the end of 2016 as well as assistance

trained crew improve the owner’s onboard experience and how can

with TRBs, commercial COCs, STCW deadlines, interior training

we get there?’ Three members of PYA Council were joined by Iain

options and more.

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The PYA at Monaco Yacht Show 2015 23rd – 26th September

The PYA delivered their biggest programme of events to date at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. The popular ‘Sea Changes forum’ was once again held at the Headquarters of the prestigious International Hydrographic Organization, providing 200 members of the yachting industry with important updates from our comprehensive selection of panellists. Key professionals and influencers in the yachting industry came together to bring us up to date with the latest developments in certification, regulation and training for engineering and deck departments. Speakers included experts from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Royal Yachting Association, Warsash Maritime Academy, Allmode Security, the Professional Yachting Association and the International Hydrographic Organisation. In addition to this headline event, the PYA was also invited to partner with the official Monaco Yacht Show Captains and

The PYA relies on the support of other companies in the industry to be able to host the essential events it organises for crew and professionals in the yachting industry.

Crew Lounge; this provided us with an excellent space to run our diverse programme of other events for yacht crew. These included

We would like to thank our kind sponsors for their support of our

professional registration workshops for yacht engineers with the

programme of events at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Institute of Engineering and Technology, an informative hour on medical care on yachts, a workshop on the Superyacht diploma and the legal aspects of running a Superyacht, an interactive session on leadership development onboard yachts, the PYA Interior and Chefs Sea Changes seminar and, last but not least, the PYA GUEST table setting and mixology competition, which took place onboard yachts within the show. Attended by Joey Meen, Andrew Schofield, Carey Secrett, Alison Houghton, Karen Hughes, John Wyborn, Lars Lippuner, Russell Lunt, Richard Le Quesne

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The PYA Christmas Ball 2015 The drinks reception was the perfect opportunity to mingle with old and new friends whilst enjoying live jazz music. After drinks, we headed through to the spectacular ‘Grand Salon’ for the guests to be seated for dinner. The tables had been beautifully dressed with stunning floral arrangements by Maud from Création Florale. We had the unique idea to ask Gourmet Deliveries to kindly provide bespoke fillings for 175 handmade crackers, which the PYA team had been hard at work constructing the week before the ball! Vouchers for wine and olive oil, as well as selections of chocolates made a change from the naff plastic toys usually found in Christmas crackers! Accompanied by a champagne toast kindly sponsored by Riviera Wine, the PYA President, Andrew Schofield took to the stage to deliver a few words. We then enjoyed a delicious 3-course dinner, during which we had more live music from the superb Phly Boyz. Their lively style of all-singing-all-dancing performance had people up on their feet, joining in with the music, and in some cases dancing on their chairs! The energy from the boys and their instruments set a fun and relaxed tone for the rest of the evening. This year, our guests enjoyed a fun photobooth with direct social media stations for them to share pictures of themselves adorned in a ridiculous selection of hats, glasses and other paraphernalia. During the dessert course, the results of the fundraising raffle were drawn by representatives from two of the sponsors for the evening, Burgess and Horizons.We had a fantastic selection of prizes on offer including drones, iPads, luxury weekends away, GoPros, Kindles, rental of a classic Alfa Romeo, gourmet hampers and much, much more. The headline act for the evening, the legendary Blah Blah band, took to the stage after the meal and gave their trademark brilliant performance.The dance floor was packed all night as the guys played one classic hit after another. The ball finally wrapped up in the early hours of the morning, with a fantastic night having been had by all. We are already looking forward to 2016’s Christmas Ball! Make sure you don’t miss out on THE ticket of the yachting social calendar! The PYA would like to thank its kind sponsors of the ball, without whom it would not have been possible. The annual PYA Christmas Ball took place once again at the beautiful Carlton Hotel in Cannes on December 18th 2015. We welcomed 175 yachting industry professionals and their guests to the event, which proved to be a great success, and a fantastic way to end the year’s yachting calendar. Adopting the theme ‘black tie with a twist of turquoise’, the guests arrived in their finery to have their picture taken in front of the splendid Carlton Christmas tree by renowned Cannes photographer, Alban Pichon. Heading through to ‘la Côte’ Bar, they were greeted with drinks and canapés and were able to collect a glossy print of their photograph.

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INCENTIVES AND DISCOUNTS

FOR MEMBERS

HELI AIR MONACO Heli Air Monaco operates helicopters on scheduled flights between Nice and Monaco. Heli Air Monaco is IATA approved (IATA-YO747) and was established in 1976. With flight times of only 7 minutes duration, departures every 15 minutes and a free car service available at your arrival in Monaco, this makes an attractive alternative to taxi or car transfer. Visit www.heliairmonaco.com for the latest schedule. Reservations can be made by calling +377 92 050 050. Heli Air Monaco also specialize in group transportation, charter flights to all destinations. Of particular interest to PYA members, they are also licensed to land directly on yacht heli decks for drop offs and pickups from yachts at anchor. As a working partnership, Heli Air Monaco offers all PYA members a discounted price of €70 plus tax (normally €125 plus taxes) on regular flights between Nice and Monaco, a 10% discount on private flights and 10% off their helicopter pilot training. Members should present their PYA membership card (with photo) when checking in to qualify for these generous discounts.

G TRAVEL G Travel and The Driver are offering a free transfer between a pick-up point (located anywhere between Cannes and Monaco) and Nice airport for any PYA member whose seaman’s ticket has been bought through G Travel. Members should present their PYA membership card (with photo) when checking in to qualify for this generous offer.

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Maritime Training Academy Superyacht Operations Diploma – 10 % discount www.marinediplomas.com The Crew Coach 10% off personal individual training www.thecrewcoach.com International Crew Training FL 5% off all courses www.yachtmaster.com

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Bond TM offers the following benefits to PYA Members: • 10% Discount on Bond IT email hosting service • 12% Discount on Bond IT Support Service • 10% Discount on Bond TM new build consultancy

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THE ‘WHITE ISLE’ REDISCOVERED AND THE NEW ‘PORT IBIZA TOWN’ BY STEVE WHITE

OUR GRANDFATHER WENT TO SARDINIA, YOUR

licence has also led to the larger Mediterranean yachting fleet

father went to St Tropez and you go to Ibiza! This simple

being able to extend their charter and cruising season into mid

catchphrase sums up the ascendancy of Ibiza as the ‘go to’

October, getting away from the cold and windy south of France

spot for the super rich and their friends over the past five years. Ibiza, known for many years as the ‘kiss me quick’ package

and taking advantage of Ibiza’s location further south in the western Mediterranean.

holiday centre for Northern European sun worshippers, has now

To accommodate these ‘westward’ lookers large

become ‘ultra glam’ and the new playground of the rich and

development plans have been taking place in the Spanish Riviera

famous! From Hollywood stars to European royalty Ibiza is firmly

and Balearic Islands. First rate facilities such as ‘Philip Stark’s’ Port

now on the calendar and along with Cannes, Monaco, St Barths,

Adriano in the south west of Mallorca and the superb and ultra

Miami and Gstaad is one of the best places to be seen.

modern ‘One Ocean Port Vell Marina’ development in Barcelona

The recent changes to the matriculation laws for yacht ownership and the introduction of a fair large yacht charter

have given yacht owners and charterers destinations worthy of their attention.

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IBIZA

RIGHT: OPENING NIGHT AT THE NEW PORT

Behind all this is a well established and respected maritime infrastructure including mammoth companies with worldwide reach such as the ‘BC Agency’ that caters for the various needs of a majority of the well established cruise-ship market and now yachts with its new company ‘Lantimar Yachting’ and the ever expanding and a market leader in the shipyard world, ‘MB92 in Barcelona’. At the forefront of this redevelopment and expansion for the mega yacht fleet is Port Ibiza Town which sits smack bang in the middle of the Western Mediterranean’s Jewel in the crown – ‘the White Isle’ of Ibiza.

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Historically the sizes of yachts that have visited these

Over the last decades this valuable and perfectly situated

shores have in the majority been of the smaller 20-40 m market

part of the port was used as the main car ferry dock to the

and these yachts have been handsomely catered for by marinas

mainland, which led to congestion and pollution in a part of this

such as Botafoch and Ibiza Nuevo. Port Ibiza Town or The Old

ancient town that should have been the focus of Ibiza’s historic

Port as the captains call it caters specifically for 40 m and above

and beautiful centre. A collaboration between the town hall,

vessels and can handle yachts up to 185 m in length, all either

the Ports of the Balearics, the Ibiza Chamber of Commerce and

stern to or alongside.

various yacht captains and experts led to the ferry dock being

Set at the bottom of the old town, under the shadow

moved to the newly constructed cruise terminal near to the new

of historic fortifications, Port Ibiza Town is the perfect location

outer port wall, paving the way for the fabulously located Port

from which to enjoy a few days or, more essentially, nights in

Ibiza Town development.

this bustling city. Easy access to the airport, only a few steps

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from the Old Town itself and a short car ride from the best

natural harbour of Mahon, once favoured as the British Royal

clubs, restaurants and hotels, Port Ibiza Town has without doubt

Naval Mediterranean headquarters and now the entire area is

enhanced the town and island and with the further planned

a World Heritage site. In between these two extremities there

developments this world class marina will soon be offering

lays a literal myriad of experiences, the World Heritage site, the

everything required of a Superyacht’s crew and more essentially

Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca’s north coast, the old town

guests, when they come to taste everything Ibiza.

of Palma and it’s famous Gothic Cathedral and many of Europe’s

Geographically the island is easy to reach, with direct flights from most European cities and the island is linked

best golf courses dotted like oases all over the Balearic’s main island of Mallorca, the list is endless!

with Barcelona as its main hub airport for international and

In short, Ibiza ‘The White Isle’ is at the centre of a

continental transfers. Ferries run multiple times daily between

revolution in the minds of those cruising in the Mediterranean,

Ibiza, Barcelona, Denia and Mallorca.

it does not detract from the various other established areas such

Cruising the Balearic islands is a must for all yachting

as the French Riviera or Sardinia, but enhances and expands

enthusiasts, with short distances between breathtaking and

owners and charterer’s options, experiences and availability as

diverse scenery, there are very few comparisons worldwide.

the season is longer. First class facilities, established infrastructure

Couple this with the ancient art of hospitality that the Spanish

and rich culture are all located in a safe and secure part of the

are famed for and some of the world’s greatest cuisine and wines,

Mediterranean, this is the perfect cruise waiting to happen.

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what more could yacht owners or charterers ask for! The three main islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Minorca have a multitude of smaller islands to explore. From the west to

Contact:

the east of the Balearic islands the variety is extreme from the

Port Ibiza town: www.portibizatown.com / Tel: +34 971 193870

‘night life’ of Ibiza’s San Antonio there is the Mecca for club life

BC Agency and Lantimar Yachting: www.lantimar-yachting.com

experience, close by are the anchorages and beaches off Ibiza’s

MB92: www.mb92.com

little sister, the famous island of Formentera to enjoy. In the east

One Ocean Port Vell: www.oneoceanportvell.com

of the Balearics on the island of Minorca is the breath-taking

Port Adriano: www.portadriano.com

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THE FOOD OF THE KINGS BY ANGELIKA FÜRSTLER

OR THOUSANDS OF YEARS ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

polyphenols, vitamins and

have been using ‘the foods of the kings’ and taking

minerals. Eating them may

advantage of their outstanding effects on health and

reduce the risk of chronic

wellbeing. Pharaohs in Egypt, Chinese Emperors, the Mayas,

disease and prolong life.

Aztecs, Incas and many more have harnessed the power of the

People who eat these foods are generally healthier, have a better

most valuable foods on the planet – ‘superfoods’. Superfoods

sense of wellbeing and performance.

were sought by kings of ancient civilisations with olive oil being

We can now benefit from nutritional richness as

used to anoint kings, chia seeds were used as an energy source

we have access to the most stunning superfoods, whether

by Aztec warriors and only the emperors of ancient China’s Ming

from the Amazonian rain forests, the highest parts of the Andes

Dynasty were allowed to eat the food of ‘forbidden rice’ (black

or the most remote places in New Zealand and fortunately, in

rice). Evidence suggests that the Romans even fed their gladiators

the yachting environment, we can also access anything money

barley and mostly a vegetarian diet. Now 13 centuries later we

can buy.

are realising the benefits of these ‘superfoods’.

A real ‘superfood’ delivers an above average quantity of

Every year more and more people are becoming vegetarian

a specific nutrient, a vital or active substance. Superfoods are

or vegan for various reasons. Artists, actors, politicians and

generally high in free-radical fighting antioxidants that reduce

influential people know that their wealth means nothing without

cellular stress. They were known to promote impeccable health,

their health and are moving towards a healthier lifestyle and

longevity, rejuventation as well as strength, endurance, vitality,

way of eating. A trend every yacht chef wants to be prepared

stamina, mental clarity and even supernatural capabilities.

for. We have only too often been caught offguard when yacht owners suddenly become vegan or guests arrive that are vegan,

WHAT KIND OF SUPERFOODS ARE THERE?

vegetarian or have lactose or gluten intolerances. Yacht Chefs are

There is a broad spectrum of different superfoods, from fruits

now finding that a growing number of their guests request vegan

and berries (goji, acai), to roots (maca, ginger, turmeric), seeds

cuisine and products and sometimes even a raw food diet.

(chia, cacao, apricot kernel) algaes (spirulina, chlorella, AFA), leaves (moringa, greentea), grasses (barleygrass) as well as medicinal

BELOW: BLISS PARFAIT (RAW VEGAN FERMENTED YOGHURT)

SO WHAT ARE SUPERFOODS?

mushrooms (reishi, chaga), all delivering different health benefits.

Superfoods aren’t invented ‘hype’, they are known to be able

Some of the highest ranking superfoods in the so called

to deliver an incredible amount of nutritional value, they are

‘ORAC’ score (ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance

‘nutrient powerhouses’ that pack large doses of antioxidants,

Capacity) which shows us the antioxidative power of a food, are spices (cloves) and herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme). And there is another hidden treasure – bean sprouts (eg. alfalfa or broccoli sprouts) and micro greens are the ‘ultimate superfoods’ as they belong to the freshest, most nutrient-rich and least expensive living foods in the world. Integrating them in to your life will pay off highly as they are known as the top brainfood, effective rejuvenation and anti-aging aid, ‘legal doping’ for sports people as well as delicious & nutritious ingredients for a creative and conscious gourmet cuisine. There are more than 70 different kinds to choose from and they can even be grown in your galley.

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RIGHT: RISE & SHINE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE FAR RIGHT: FEMME DIVINE SOUP BELOW: SUNRISE CHIA PUDDING

You don’t have to have vegan guests on

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the yacht to upgrade your culinary experience on board with the finest superfoods, wild spices and luxury products. Anybody will love and appreciate the conscious approach of also making your food on board uplifting and as healthy as possible. THE RISING AWARENESS I was surprised how many affluent people were totally unaware of the existance of superfoods and the wealth and abundance they bring with them.

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90 percent of the crew members of some of the biggest existing yachts I met were complaining about the ‘poor’ diet and lifestyle they have on board and how it is negatively

SUNRISE CHIA PUDDING

affecting their wellbeing, health and performance on board.

Prep time 5 – 10 mins

However, things are changing fast, more and more yacht owners, guests and crew members are tired of getting caught up

Soaking time 4 – 24 h Makes 2 – 4 portions

in a seemingly luxury yet ‘average’ diet. They want to eat and feel better and knowing the effect superfoods can have on them now

Ingredients

and in the future is amazing. They want to ‘fuel’ themselves with

4 tbsp chia seeds

great food, rather than ‘fooling’ them. The great news: it’s really

250 ml ‘Bliss Milk’ or almond milk (see my website)

easy! You can quickly integrate superfoods in to your every-day-

1 - 2 tsp almond butter

life whether on board or travelling.

1/2 Bourbon vanilla bean

You do not need to be vegetarian or vegan to incorporate

Pinch of Himalya pink salt

superfood into your diet. The wonderful world of superfoods is

1 ripe mango

waiting for you. Every journey starts with the first step. Begin

1 ripe banana

yours now.

1/4 ripe pineapple

Why not try this ‘Sunrise Chia Pudding’. Chia seeds, native to Mexico are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, fibre and calcium,

2 tsp goji berries Handful almonds (without skin)

with a great taste, crunch and nutty flavour, Sunrise Chia Pudding is the ideal breakfast as it gives you energy all day long.

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Instructions In your blender mix the almond milk with almond butter, bourbon vanilla and a pinch of salt until smooth. Poor mixture into bowls and add chia. Leave to absorb for two minutes and then stir it with a spoon and add cut fruits some goji berries and some pitted date pieces, etc. Leave to stand for 15-30 minutes and then refrigerate for a minimum of four hours.

AngelikA Fürstler is an holistic food/fitness, lifestyle consultant, author, private chef and founder of Vegan Superyacht where she works with yacht owners and yacht crew all around the world.

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DRONES AND SUPERYACHTS THE FACTS BY SIMON FINLAYSON The regulations, safety concerns and solutions for safe integration of UAV systems and Superyacht Operations

N ACTION PACKED FILM OF THE CREW OUT WAKE

Off the shelf UAV systems are quick to deploy, easily

boarding, the perfect shot of the charter guests on the

available from high street stores and not expensive. Anyone can,

jet-skis, a live view of the bay around the corner to

and many do fly a UAV anywhere at any time they choose to film

check for space, aerial imagery of the top mark at a regatta, all

or take pictures of anything.

amazing and exciting opportunities for using UAV technology to

Worldwide regulations are being constantly adapted

aid Superyacht operations and to enhance the guest experience.

to cope with the safety/security required in the use of the

With the availability of live HD video, or 42 Megapixel still

massive flood of privately and commercially owned UAVS, to

photos that can be beamed directly to the bridge or the main

attempt to integrate them safely into the airspace that they

saloon television, or imagine the possibilities for Security and

are operating in. This is having varied results, from million

Entertainment that a UAV can offer.

dollar fines in the USA being levied on unlicensed commercial

In the fast moving drone industry, where tech giant Intel

operators, prosecutions of members of the public in the UK,

has recently purchased a small but high profile manufacturer with

to a total clampdown in Belgium where it is illegal to operate

the intention of combining high end processing with onboard

drones commercially.

flight computers, the sky is no longer the limit.

On the subject of private UAV operators; aviation authorities are carrying out extensive PR work to educate people on the basic regulations governing the use of airspace and police forces are introducing Standard Operating Procedures to deal with UAVs operated by members of the public. The fact is that private UAV operators are also obligated to understand and obey the regulations in place for air traffic and model flying. Ignorance of these rules is not a legal argument in this age of easy dissemination of information via the internet. Why â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are these not toys that are made to be easily operated and are accessible, fun and highly versatile? Wrong â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a UAV is an unmanned aircraft, no matter how large or small. As soon as it leaves the ground it is part of the air

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apply to private or just commercial use, the fact is that if there is any kind of incident then it will most likely be treated as per the rules governing commercial flight. I am going to consider a yacht as a commercial enterprise, due to the fact that every other aspect of yacht operations is overseen by an SMS. Further, a yacht crew member is being paid to do their job and there is benefit to a client (guest/owner) so this is by definition ‘aerial work’. Insurers will surely view any UAV operation performed by crew and involving the yacht, guests, tenders or toys as a part of the yacht’s activities and thus governed (preferably) by the SMS. The UK regulations, as these were amongst the first to be traffic system and must operate accordingly, no matter who is

successfully instituted, can be used as a benchmark. All EU countries

controlling it, private OR commercial. This is an undisputed fact

are in the process of aligning their regulations with a European

that applies worldwide. The reality is that prosecutions are taking

standard, (similar to the process used by the IMO when issuing

place everywhere for breaches of airspace, privacy and safety by

policies which are then made law by the individual Flag States.)

private and commercially motivated individuals. UK UAV REGULATIONS ARE OUTLINED IN CAA SO, YOU WANT TO USE A UAV ONBOARD A YACHT?

DOCUMENT CAP 722.

Consider that any yacht operating a helicopter follows an ISM

In brief:

procedure that has evolved from aviation guidelines. A commercial yacht follows an ISM system that governs every facet of onboard operations. A private yacht of any reasonable size and level of professionalism follows a Mini ISM system.

• The core flight and take off/landing restrictions applying to ANYONE flying a UAV. With maximum take-off mass under 7 kg. • All UAV operations must take place using Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) ‘direct unaided visual contact with the remotely

Safety Management Systems are a tool to aid yacht crew

piloted aircraft’. This is stated as a maximum distance from

in carrying out safe and efficient operations, which results in

the pilot of 500 m horizontally and a maximum flight height

happy owners and guests. UAVs can therefore be safely integrated into yacht operating systems with the help of training, licensing and Standard Operating Procedures. A commercial yacht

of 400 ft vertically. • Do not fly over or within 50 m of any congested area. • Do not fly over or within 150 m of an organised open air assembly of more than 1000 persons.

cannot afford, within the bounds of maritime and other

• When not engaged in takeoff or landing, do not fly within

regulations, to be operating UAV systems without having these

50 m of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure which is

measures in place.

not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft

Let’s look at some of the current regulations for the use of

(during takeoff or landing this may be reduced to 30 m or

UAV systems. Bear in mind that although in many countries the

less if attendant persons are under the control of the person

regulation is very grey when it comes to stating whether rules

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signal facility that could cause interference (such as a radar station) could potentially disrupt communications with the UAV, whatever the frequency in use’ Wifi is a standard control signal carrier for small UAVs, it is also used in 2.4 or 5.3 Ghz bandwidths to transmit These guidelines/boundaries are the foundation of worldwide

telemetry information on larger, professional systems. Yachts

regulations and do not differ greatly by country.

are massive producers of wifi signals with multiple routers

One can see that the flight zone of a UAV is therefore a

and boosters.

cylinder with the pilot at the centre, with a footprint of 1000 m

Local wifi noise in the operating zone can and should

and a height of c.120 m. Within this bubble, there should be no

always be assessed using equipment such as the Oscium Wipry

obstructions or people that you do not have direct control over.

spectrum analyser.

Direct control means that you have radio or voice contact

For Commercial Operators, the risk inventory is combined

at all times, or the persons are fully briefed on the exact plan of

with further technical and company information into an

flight and the procedures in an emergency. When planning flights,

Operations Manual which is submitted together with proof of

just as when picking an anchorage by superimposing a swinging

pilot certification in order to obtain a ‘Permission For Aerial Work’

circle, it is vital to use this cylindrical zone to assess the safety of

or PFAW. Once obtained the operator can then obtain public

the intended operating area.

liability insurance with a minimum of £2m of cover and is then

The backbone of UAV operations, as with any other yacht

permitted to operate in UK airspace. This is a licensing framework

operation, is Risk Management. Through the use of careful risk

that is being used throughout the world with some format

assessments for every facet/type of UAV operation and event, a

variations.

set of SOPs can be formulated that allow for reduction of risk and therefore safer operation of the UAV from the yacht.

Insurance is not just due to the high value of a UAV and its camera equipment, but the fact that even a small UAV falling out of the sky can cause considerable damage to property and people.

IN THESE SOPS CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE MADE FOR AT LEAST:

Finally, there is the matter of privacy. Superyachting is, of course, an industry shrouded in layers of confidentiality

• Flight planning and equipment preparation (including

and privacy agreements. Cameras flying around anchorages

flight zone survey/Air Traffic regulation checking/Airspace

are the last thing most owners want to see, especially if they

checking/Notification.

are controlled by a third party. Data Protection laws in the

• Takeoff and Landing (at Primary and Secondary sites).

UK and indeed international jurisdiction are very strict and

• Permission from Landowner to operate at that site.

heavily enforced. The core point is that people must be given

• Flight procedures and communications.

the opportunity to ‘opt out’ of the capturing of their personal

• Emergency Procedures covering every type of Equipment

information and electronic security must be in place to protect it.

failure or change in situation within and around the

Basically do not take photographs or film of people or property

flight zone.

without permission. In summary, a UAV is a fantastic addition to a Superyacht’s

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An Important consideration, often the cause of ‘mysterious

armoury of toys and tools; it should however be treated in the

control failures’ or flyaway is signal interference. Especially in an

same way as any other equipment and used safely, securely and

environment where radar is standard equipment and is almost

by crew members who are trained and licensed to operate in

always ON when at anchor; operations close to any RF or other

accordance with the SMS/ISM framework used by the yacht.

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SOME FURTHER INFORMATION ON INTERNATIONAL UAV

UAV manufacturer, this opens a new chapter in UAV systems

LAW AND REGULATIONS.

and development. The Falcon 8 UAV is already an Industry

EU countries: EASA UAS regulations and guidance: https://

standard for inspection and Civil applications. With the addition

easa.europa.eu/unmanned-aircraft-systems-uas-and-remotely-

of extra Intel expertise these systems will soon be leading

piloted-aircraft-systems-rpas

the industry to new heights. Recently Intel flew 100 AscTech

UK CAA regulations: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/

UAVs simultaneously, the incredible film is available here:

CAP%20722%20Sixth%20Edition%20March%202015.pdf

https://vimeo.com/150877204

USA guidance: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org USA FAA website: https://www.faa.gov/uas/

AERYON LABS

**Most important factor is that in the USA the FAA requires that

www.aeryon.com

all UAV systems from 0.55 to 55 pounds MUST be registered online

Cost starting at $60,000

before flying. This is valid for private and commercial users alike.

Aeryon are a Canadian manufacturer, with a large Military and

Here are a few UAV systems that are available on the

Civil client base. The systems are designed to fully integrate into

open Market:

a Civil SMS and be fast to deploy in the field. Using a locking-ring system for securing payloads, the Aeryon UAVs can carry a large

DJI INSPIRE

variety of sensors from Video to multispectral cameras.

www.dji.com/product/inspire-1-pro-and-raw Cost: +/- €5000

There are also numerous UAV Airframe manufacturers who

DJI are the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer UAVs. The

provide kit systems that can be further customised to suit

Inspire system is an off-the-shelf platform that has professional

requirements. The average cost of these systems starts around

grade cameras and control systems. Simple to control and high

€5000 for an airframe.

performance. DJI have recently partnered with FLIR to produce a Thermal Camera for the Inspire system.

TOP MANUFACTURERS INCLUDE Vulcan UAV: www.vulcanuav.com

QUADH20

Kopterworx (Hammer system) http://www.kopterworx.com/

www.quadh2o.com Cost: +$3500

Simon Finlayson is a part of Special Projects and Fun which is a

A newcomer to the market, QuadH20 promises a fully waterproof

cooperative of operational and creative minds, all with a yachting

system, very useful for Marine applications. Control systems

background, we are available for consultation on all matters

reliabilty and redundancy unknown, so pay attention if intending

regarding the implementation of UAV systems within an ISM

to incorporate into an SMS.

Framework or Media and Data production. We work with a full UK Caa Permission for Aerial work.

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ASCENDING TECHNOLOGIES www.asctec.de/en/uav-uas-drones-rpas-roav/ Cost starting at +€20,000 for the Falcon 8 professional system Computer Giant Intel has recently purchased this German

Contact: www.specialprojectsandfun.com

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OBITUARY – PETER ALLAN

PETER (THE PAINTER) ALLAN

20TH NOVEMBER 1943 – 3RD NOVEMBER 2015 BY COLIN SQUIRE

ETER WAS BORN A COCKNEY AND GREW UP IN THE East End of London and left school on his 15th birthday. As anybody who knew Peter well would expect there had been a few problems at his school with sticking to the rules and as he mentioned to me when I was interviewing him back in 2004, ‘I didn’t fit into school well’ and so he felt it best that he should leave and get straight into work. His father had worked for Standard Oil, ESSO Petroleum, for all his adult life and he managed to get Peter into the Company programme as a trainee deep-sea navigational officer, a great opportunity which he walked away from after only a few weeks, and in doing so broke his father’s heart. He then set off on his own working as an office boy in an import/export company

illegal at the time, but after a couple of years he realised that he

based in the Smithfield meat market in London. Again this did not

had to form a legal company and with his friends David Wynne,

excite Peter causing him to become a labourer on a building site,

Guillermo Cervera and a local bank manager, during1974 to 1976

painting houses mostly, earning as he thought then the amazing

Pinmar was formed. The name stood for ‘Pinturas Marinas’.

sum of £3.15 a week. To add to his income he would work in pubs

From these early beginnings Peter went on to build a

in the evenings and it is here that he met his first wife, to form a

yacht painting company like no other, and for which he would

marriage that lasted until Peter was 26.

become famous throughout the Superyacht Industry. Employing

Through the contacts he made in the building trade and

at times hundreds of staff, mostly Spanish, he really appreciated

with his painting experience Peter set up his own painting team

his Spanish workers, and finishing many of the most impressive

to work on the building sites, an experience that was to influence

vessels afloat he became a genuine legend in our industry. He

him through most of his adult life. This business did very well

knew everybody and everybody knew him. But of course Pinmar

and it helped him, as he mentioned to me, to support a very

then became the Spanish importer of Awlgrip, which today holds

hedonistic lifestyle for some years.

most of the market for Superyacht finishing.

In 1971 he set off on an overseas holiday to Italy and

Not only did Pinmar become the leading paint company

returned to England a couple of weeks later, lean and tanned,

of the time Peter also began, in 1989 the annual Pinmar Golf

and realised there was a better life for him to be had in the

Tournament. Over the years the event has raised an incredible

Mediterranean. He packed his bags, bought a cheap camper van

765,000 Euros for charity and is still considered to be one of the

and drove to France, leaving the business to be run by his partner,

top events on the yachting calendar.

it soon folded. After a while he found himself selling ice creams

Peter married his second wife Elaine, and they had a son

on the nude beaches of St Tropez and after a run in with the

Luke who Peter had a great love for and is now serving in the

police departed for Spain on his way to Morocco, but the van

British Army. Luke brought Peter’s ashes home to Mallorca after

broke down and, in search of a part, he found himself heading to

his death.

what was to become his home for around 40 years, Mallorca. He arrived in Palma in 1972 and soon met up with the

in 1990.

yachting crowd from the Club De Mar and found his first yacht

He fully retired from the business in 2008 and after his

job onboard MY Southern Breeze which lasted for a couple of

divorce from Jeanie, he moved to Mexico to live out the rest of

weeks. He was soon painting yachts, a big step up from slapping

his days near to his lifelong friend Roger Madigan and his family.

paint onto brick, concrete and plaster and he was very successful, the work flooded in. Peter then began to employ English helpers,

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Peter’s full life story appeared in Yachting Matters edition No. 7 in 2004

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OBITUARY – LUTZ POUPLIER

LUTZ POUPLIER

1954 – 2015

UTZ POUPLIER MAY NOT BE THE MOST FAMILIAR NAME to those who did not know him, and as an engineer he wasn’t a great one for shouting about his achievements. Yet in a Superyacht career spanning more than 30 years, his brilliance was clearly recognised by the ones who counted – so much so that

a wonderful omen from Neptune and something both poignant

his last position was as Lead Technical Superintendent of the 180

and symbolic. I drew on many memories and tried to portray

metre Azzam, a role that he took up in 2013 shortly before the

to those who weren’t lucky enough to meet him his brilliance,

yacht’s delivery. Pouplier’s life epitomised the spirit of Superyacht

intelligence and most of all his lust for life, huge personality,

crewing – loyal, dedicated and not without his quirks, he was

wicked sense of humour and great charm.’

a unique character who should stand as a roll model to new generations of professional crew.

Pouplier was a keen sportsman and was often either found in the gym or on his bike. For those who did know him, he was a

Born in Germany on 14 November 1954, Pouplier originally

truly unique character with truly unique quirks – whether it was

trained as a master mechanic – a skill that manifested through

his regular diet of popcorn sprinkled with chilli powder, brewers

his lifelong passion for restoring classic cars – but his first taste

yeast and tabasco, his early adoption of Apple Macintosh before

of yachting came when he bartered a crossing of the Pacific on

the brand became a global force, or his first unsuccessful attempt

a small sailing yacht in the 1970s. His engineering talent and his

at driving a large yacht many years ago. ‘Lutz was a lone wolf,

ingenuity saved many a cruising boat, and it was this talent that

an intellect, a gentleman and a non-conformist,’ write former

landed him his first true yachting job aboard the Abeking-built

crewmates, ‘and the world is a lot sadder without him. The mould

SY Jagare in 1983, which he found in Tahiti. ‘He was very hippy

was definitely broken when they made Lutz – he was a true one-

looking after living on the beach in Mexico,’ recalls Peter Davies,

of-a-kind and a special friend.’

captain of Jagare at the time. ‘He had to reverse the usual yacht

Pouplier passed away on 24 October 2015 just short of his

habit of removing shoes when coming on board as he had no

61st birthday, following a stroke from which he never recovered.

shoes and his feet were too dirty. But he soon settled into being

His funeral was held on the 6th November 2015 in Ennepetal

“yacht smart” and before long he was annoying the laundry

near his hometown of Swelm in Germany. He is survived by

stewardess because his boiler suits were not well ironed enough.’

his long-standing girlfriend Ulrike. They had both fallen in love

Pouplier’s next yacht was the 45 metre Lady In Red, where

with Africa many years previously and travelled Southern Africa

legend has it the engineering team misread the fuel gauges on an

extensively in their Land Rover from their home in Franschhoek, in

Atlantic crossing and only made it to Barbados by dredging the

the wine lands of the Western Cape. They were active supporters

tanks with buckets. It was an uncharacteristic mistake – Pouplier’s

of the local charity, The Butterfly House, part of the Drakenstein

attention to detail was normally superb. I was able to witness

Palliative Hospice in nearby Paarl.

first hand when I worked with him on his third yacht, SY Mikado

Jerry Reed, colleague, Captain and friend of Lutz’s for

on which he sailed for 15 years under captains Hans Hoff, David

25 years is planning to have a children’s play structure erected in Lutz’s

Howe and Jerry Reed. I shall never forget the pained expression on

memory at the Butterfly House. Donations by friends, associates

his face as the weighted monkey fist of our heaving line landed

and former colleagues to assist in this worthy cause would be very

squarely on the bonnet of his freshly restored Austin Healey that

appreciated and can be made to the following account:

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was sitting on the quay behind Mikado’s Golfe Juan berth. Pouplier followed captain Jerry Reed from Mikado to the

DRAKENSTEIN PALLIATIVE HOSPICE

new 93 metre sailing yacht Eos, launched from the Lürssen yard

Standard Bank

in 2006, where he remained until joining Azzam. The crew of Eos

Account number:

072154446

held a small private service onboard the yacht in memory of

Branch code:

050210

his passing, marked by the surprise arrival of a pod of breaching

Swift code:

SBZAZAJJ

whales just as chief officer Toby Savage was about to say a few words. ‘It was all very Disney,’ says Savage, ‘but I did think it was

Please include the reference ‘Lutz’ with any donations made.

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HYBRID MARINE TECHNOLOGY FOR SUPERYACHTS AND TENDERS

BY JOHN HAYNES

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N 2016 TWO SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS ARE GOING

technologies such as PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)

to make many owners, operators and builders of superyachts

utilising batteries such as lithium ion will be dominant for the

consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions

next decade. Cars such as the Toyota Prius carved a niche in the

laws in ports and secondly there is now an incentive for

market for battery electric vehicles amongst celebrities and first

high technology manufacturers to invest in developing highly

adopters. BMW have taken their hybrid series and made it a core

efficient batteries.

component of their range. Even high performance manufacturers

For the marine industry to move forward it needs to utilise

such as Porsche and Audi are incorporating lessons learned

expertise from aviation and other sectors to drive this innovation

from recovering energy to win races such as Le Mans in their

and support relevant safety standards. Automotive manufacturers

showroom models. Tesla have taken this further and are clearly

in Europe, the Far East and the US have recognised that hybrid

determined to take on the traditional auto manufacturers with

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sophisticated designs that are developed as dedicated battery

silently and with zero emissions around the mother vessel. Shore

electric vehicles.

parties could arrive back in the early hours of the morning having

Hybrid is ‘here and now’ technology that is being utilised

switched to electric a mile from the mother vessel. Early morning

by many industries around the world. Reducing emissions from

runs ashore for fresh fruit and vegetables could do the same. The

busses and trucks in the world’s major cities has been a major

hybrid superyacht tender can re-charge its batteries from its own

driver for improving battery power storage. The need for self

engine or simply plug in and charge from the mother vessels

sufficient land based grid applications has further extended the

power when back onboard.

capabilities of next generation battery and hybrid technology.

Over the past decade German manufacturer Torqeedo

We are now entering a period of rapid change and commercial

has led the way with electric outboard motors and are rapidly

opportunity in the marine industry as it recognises

scaling up the technology for inboard systems. Christoph Ballin,

the potential of utilising hybrid power and innovative

co-founder & CEO of Torqeedo, explained the development of

propulsion systems for all types of vessels.

high-power integrated propulsion systems for serial production,

OPPOSITE: SAVANNAH – THE FIRST HYBRID MOTORYACHT BELOW: DEEP BLUE HYBRID BY TORQEEDO IS A FULLY INTEGRATED SCALABLE SYSTEM OFFERRING HYBRID POWER & PROPULSION

‘Torqeedo Deep Blue hybrid power and propulsion for the SUPERYACHTS AND

professional marine sector is based around components of the

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

proven and multiple innovation award-winning system for electric

Most professional maritime sectors cannot afford

hybrid yachts. The hybrid system can provide drive systems and

the luxury of going green for the sake of it, they

supply the power required onboard. The use of renewable sources

will simply consider whether hybrid solutions can

of energy has also been integrated into the energy management

reduce their fuel costs or maintenance costs. To some

system. Users of the hybrid system can travel silently and use

superyacht owners this will be relevant, however

environmentally friendly sources of energy in port and at lower

there are other drivers in this sector and a major one

operating speeds.’

may be the sounds of silence. A hybrid diesel electric system, using stored energy in batteries, could enable a yacht to leave the marina in silence before first light. The vessel could then travel all day on main diesels, finally entering a pristine anchorage after dark in silence on battery power. Superyachts are already using stored energy to reduce the use of generators when anchored or moored at night. By introducing batteries the generator loads can be optimised and the stored energy can be used when power demand exceeds the capabilities of the main generator. This can be designed with autonomous controls to prevent a second generator stepping in and stepping out during the night. Undisturbed sleep has high value for all the people onboard! HYBRID AND ELECTRIC SUPERYACHT TENDERS There are many small and medium size hybrid vessels now being built around the world. With the engineering proven, particularly

SERIAL AND PARALLEL HYBRID POWER SYSTEMS

in 6 to 12 metre (20 to 40 feet) craft, designers can now integrate

Diesel/electric systems have been used in large ships and

this functionality with the styling of modern superyacht tenders.

submarines for many years but these are not hybrid systems. The

A tender that is only used for short runs ashore could be electric

diesel/electric vessel uses its engines to connect directly to an

only. A hybrid tender, for example using diesel main engine with

electrical generator. The power in the system is then transferred

the option to switch to battery electric power, will give greater

electrically to the propeller shaft via a motor controller and

range when running at speed plus the capability of running

electric motor. The system may have multiple generators and

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RIGHT: 65 METRE OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSEL WITH HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR THE ITALIAN COASTGUARD

PHOTOGRAPH: SIEMENS AG

‘energy storage is an exciting new technology, but the offshore sector of the oil and gas industry has yet to truly take advantage of it. Tugboats, workboats and offshore supply vessels are particularly suitable for hybridisation.’ As

BELOW: THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK RESEARCH VESSEL ‘SPIRIT OF THE SOUND’ IS EQUIPPED WITH BAE SYSTEMS HYBRIGEN TECHNOLOGY

there are only a limited number of marine engineering manufacturers the engine rooms of these vessels share many similarities with the modern superyacht. BAE Systems is a provider of hybrid power systems with technical experience in hybrid technology for land based applications. David Adamiak,

Senior

Manager

of

Business

multiple motors. By strict definition this is not a hybrid as there is

Development at BAE Systems HybriDrive said, ‘From over

no storage of electric energy.

ten years experience supplying hybrid technology to bus and

There are currently two main types of hybrid system.

transport sectors we know that cost-benefit calculations start

Firstly a serial hybrid, where the engine in the system only powers

with the initial purchase of the system. Payback periods can be

a generator and is not mechanically connected to the propeller

based on the life cycle of the vessel and life cycle of the hybrid

shaft. Secondly a parallel hybrid, where the engine is mechanically

power system. Once a system is defined projections of savings

connected along with an electric ‘machine’ that can operate as

can be based on engine management data linked to work cycles.’

both a propulsion motor and a generator. The reduced electric

Hybrid systems are infinitely scalable which enables owners to

propulsion, generator and battery demands of a parallel system

specify what they are trying to achieve over a period of time or

substantially reduce the cost compared to a serial system. Parallel

an entire fleet. David Adamiak added, ‘We supplied a HybriDrive

systems are more likely to win initial market acceptance because

system to the 19 metre (62 feet) research vessel Spirit Of The

of a perceived greater reliability, as the ‘trusted’ diesel engine is

Sound. She runs virtually silently on battery electric power for

still connected to the propeller shaft with the electric propulsion

two hour study cruises on Long Island Sound.’

adding a redundant system. HYBRID MARINE POWER & PROPULSION CONFERENCE HYBRID POWER AND PROPULSION SYSTEMS

In October 2015 the ‘Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion’

INCREASE EFFICIENCY

conference, held at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

The benefits of hybrid systems include improvements in energy

headquarters in Poole UK, considered all aspects of hybrid energy.

reliability, increased fuel efficiency, lifecycle cost reductions

Presenters highlighted how fuel can be saved, maintenance

and reduced emissions. DNV-GL USA recently stated that,

costs reduced and engine life extended. Sessions focused on industry experience from subject matter

experts

including

Lloyds Register and DNV GL. A relevant topic was high energy battery installations and safety requirements, including the MCA discussing the latest Marine Guidance Note on Lithium-ion and stored energy onboard. HYBRID SYSTEMS AND ‘THE HOUR OF POWER’ ‘The Hour Of Power’ has been well received by the marine industry worldwide. This simple concept enables vessels to run in

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www.nationalmarine.com

Worldwide Yacht Logistics

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high quality cells and quality control of the entire battery

THE HOUR OF POWER

management system. The marine sector can learn from battery advances in aviation and land transport sectors. Michigan based XALT Energy offer several variants of High Energy, High Power, and Ultra Hi-Power cells. Robert Young, Technical Lead for Marine

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Applications at XALT Energy, said, ‘our team of engineers have

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worked to the highest standards developing electric and hybrid energy solutions for the automotive sector. XALT Energy not only has the necessary knowledge, but also the experience of taking high voltage battery projects from concept through production into the finished system.’

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Robert Young added, ‘Running on low load or tick-over is particularly bad for diesel engines of all sizes. We can now

and out of port for an hour on electric with battery power – then

calculate the kilowatts required to achieve a target, such as

carry out their open sea work on diesel power. The aim of this

running the vessel at 10 knots for one hour at different stages

innovative hybrid solution is to enhance conventional power and

in the day. From this we can specify to an end-user or naval

propulsion systems. Vessels can reduce emissions and improve

architect how much space the installation will take up onboard,

fuel consumption whilst extending engine maintenance periods

how much the system will weigh and most importantly what

and engine life.

will be the cost-benefit and pay back period. XALT Energy is

This is not just green energy for the sake of it. ‘The Hour Of

also working with the main classification societies to develop

Power’ focuses on hybrid solutions linked to viable business cases.

the highest levels of safety standards from individual cells to

Speed limits in harbours and channel approaches at the beginning

complete battery management systems.’

and end of daily transits may mean that ‘The Hour Of Power’ is all that is required for the electric part of the cycle. For commercial

GREEN CREDENTIALS AND THE HYBRID FUTURE FOR

and professional organisations the concept of running vessels

SUPERYACHTS

with zero emissions at up to 10 knots for one hour will shape

Many next generation superyacht owners will be directors of

decisions that lead to improvements of in-service systems and

companies that have green credentials. It will be hard to justify

procurement of next generation vessels. The overall objective is

millions of dollars spent on reducing the use of fossil fuels in the

fuel saving and improved efficiency by all means.

workplace and green marketing campaigns if the proceeds are then spent on vessels that have not considered the environment.

NEXT GENERATION CELLS & BATTERIES

Cost of Ownership - v2

The next generation of cells and batteries

are

key

technology

Standard Vessel

developments that are making

Hybrid Vessel

5%

marine hybrid systems potentially

7.5% 10%

viable. Battery chemistry such as

7.5%

20%

Lithium-ion offer impressive power solutions and the business case 85%

is starting to fit for commercial

65%

operators. Since there is no single system that fits every application it is important to work with

Power & Propulsion Purchase Maintenance & Spares Cost

manufacturers that have flexibility

Fuel Cost Reduced Fuel Cost I Reduced Emissions

in cell manufacturing and offer scalable solutions. New factories with fully automated processes are

A 'Hybrid' power system will cost more than a standard system. The 'White Space' objective is to reduce emissions and overall costs.

designed to ensure consistently

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For naval architects working in the superyacht sector, class rules, safety, performance and cost are relevant when considering innovative battery power and diesel electric propulsion systems. With vessel life cycles of over 20 years, naval architects and builders of new craft will offer next generation engine room designs that have space and access routes to enable retrofit of hybrid installations. The challenge for designers is to engineer solutions utilising hybrid technology which demonstrate genuine benefits, plus are manageable in terms of physical size, weight and maintenance. As new sources of energy become available it is important to identify which energy source best fits the vessel, duty cycle and environment, to give efficient power when it is needed. Since no two vessels, routes or captains are alike, decisions can be improved with data logging and analysis. Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) power management systems will bring together

SAVANNAH

diesel, electric and battery data to create optimised whole vessel

The 83.5 metre (273 feet) ‘Savannah’ is the first hybrid

hybrid systems.

motoryacht. She is the first superyacht to feature an

As ocean going shipping, automotive, land transport

eco-friendly blend of single Wartsila diesel engine, three

and aviation move rapidly towards hybrid solutions it will be

Caterpillar generators charging a bank of Lithium ion

interesting to see how the superyacht industry decides to utilise

batteries, azimuthing thruster and a streamlined hull shape.

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The yacht also features a propeller that is forty per cent

the numerous opportunities.

larger than the norm and Feadship claims that ‘Savannah’ has ABOUT THE AUTHOR

a better engine load than any other superyacht.

John Haynes is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a

The integration of these electro-mechanical components

Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject

should result in fuel savings of thirty per cent in comparison

matter expertise includes high speed craft consultancy, product

to other similarly sized yachts. This arrangement allows

development and specialist training. He is Operations Director of

for quiet cruising at low speeds on battery power, and

Shock Mitigation www.shockmitigation.com and founder of the RIB

provides extra speed when going flat out with less demand

& High Speed Craft Directory that brings together specialist boats

on the engines. The possibility to choose between diesel,

and equipment for the sub IMO/sub 24 metre professional sector

diesel-electric or fully electric is a unique feature of this

worldwide www.ribandhsc.com

innovative vessel. At the 2016 ShowBoats Design Awards, Savannah won

CONTACT – EDITORS ONLY:

three prestigious awards for Exterior Design & Styling, Interior

John Haynes: +44 (0)7813 208222

Layout & Design and Holistic Design.

E-mail: john@shockmitigation.com NEXT GENERATION MARINE POWER & PROPULSION CONFERENCE – SOUTHAMPTON UK – 26 TO 28 APRIL 2016 This unique event brings together an international group of experts, to identify the potential of utilising new sources of energy, including hybrid power and propulsion systems. Attendees will include professional, commercial and military end-users, boat operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical & electrical engineers and naval architects. Conference website: www.hybridmarine-power.com Conference Organiser – Julie Arthur: +44 (0)7449 000228 E-mail: directory@shockmitigation.com

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CONCIERGE IS HERE TO STAY AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE WILL WIN THE DAY BY ROSEMARY PAVLATOU

ONCIERGE SERVICES SEEM TO BE A FAVOURITE

This quite basic form of concierge is frequently offered, but

catch-phrase and not just in yachting, for many and

as wealth in general has grown the number of millionaires

varied kinds of services. What people mean and what

and even billionaires has increased the need for ever-more

they offer with the term concierge is different from place to place

exclusive services. With the rapid and unprecedented increase

and establishment to establishment.

in wealth seen in recent years, such support systems were rare,

The term first came into general use describing in-house

if in place at all as people began to find that they needed and

services in good hotels, which arranged on demand services and

wanted help and support to get the most out of their increasingly

assisted guests providing local knowledge and local contacts

complicated lives. Hence the rise of concierge services offering

which facilitated the guestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoyment, thus enabling them to

a life style covering all needs of the client, from day to day

make the most of their stay. The concierge was someone with

collection of cleaning or sourcing domestic help to the exotic

myriad local contacts which were put at the disposal of guests.

and unusual such as securing tickets for exclusive shows and

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LEFT AND FAR LEFT: JUST SOME OF THE POSSIBLE REQUESTS FOR CONCIERGE SERVICES – HIRING A CLASSICAL PIANIST AND BESPOKE BUNGEE JUMPING OVER THE CORINTH CANAL

events or organising travel and private parties. In general amongst the incredibly wealthy citizens of wealthy countries there is an increasing awareness of experiences and their value rather than the purchase of more and more ‘things’. Concierge services are there to support both. Yachting

concierge

services

are

emerging

and

are somewhat different and very specialised although based on the same premise as general concierge services; a clients’ need for support. The huge changes to yachting in general over the past few years occurred with the rapid increase in the average size of yachts. When we started in the early 70s there were very few yachts larger than 130 ft with modest requirements to suit their size. The term Superyacht was coined and defined as any yacht over 24 m in the early 90s and since then all things Superyacht have just grown to an extent unimaginable 30 years ago.

There is not always enough time and space to think creatively about the increasingly complex needs of the guests in this very pressured environment. For example we have been called upon to organise a Circus, elegant parties, exclusive Greek nights in a taverna booked for just the one party, beach Olympic Games, three day events, costume parties with transformational decorations onboard yachts. Parties in unusual and exclusive venues from historical locations in castles and theatres to exclusive beach parties on private beaches. Weddings and baptisms in wonderfully romantic and unusual venues. Provision of local or international bands and singers from a part-time local musician to household names who can entertain or dine and mingle with guests. We have had to fly in a grand piano, other instruments and even an entire orchestra. These are all examples of requests that we have received in the past few years and have all been successfully organised but With the global escalation of wealth came the rapid growth of the yachting industry and with it a new generation

lead us to understand that we needed a dedicated concierge team for our clients.

of guests, who were more demanding on their larger, more

Itineraries need to be created between the two disciplines,

sophisticated vessels, which has meant that the service providers

agency and concierge. Only by combining these sets of

found it difficult to keep up with the increasing high level

knowledge and the teams working very closely together can

of service and specialisation demanded today. Increasingly

the objective of providing the very best outcome for the yacht

complicated requests for services were part and parcel for

be achieved. Practicalities to be taken into account include the

years from yachts and were dealt with by yacht agents. Then

berth, available shore facilities, predicted weather conditions and

there came a point at which they were too complicated or too

prevailing winds, with an alternative to the venue should things

specialised to efficiently be carried out by those whose main

change. Input from the agency combined with the insight of the

focus was always the practicalities of the yachts physical and legal

concierge team as to where to go and what to do and taking

safety after its arrival and during the yacht’s stay in the country.

into account the guests ages, interests and wishes leads to a

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satisfactory outcome. Trying to do this without the two sides

island so small I had to look it up myself. There were just two small

working together does not work well.

roads so luxury transport was to go where?

The aim is to support the crew in offering the clients the

There was no luxury accommodation, something it took

most professional service possible. Travelling, often to unknown

some time to get across. No it is not that I can’t book it just

areas, yacht crew are presented with serial demands for services

that there is no five star accommodation on the island. And as to

which may or may not be easy to provide, or available at all. It is

local events to be held during high summer, in such small places

impossible for them to have the intimate knowledge necessary of

with so few inhabitants going to church and observing feast days

every area they may visit in one season. Even if they have visited

would be about all on offer. Not quite the sparkling social whirl

before things change and restaurants decline in quality and so on

obviously anticipated.

and in most cases they have neither the time nor the resources to

Expectations therefore have to be managed. If there really

find what is needed in each new area. This is essential and marks

is no infrastructure in place to meet client expectations it is

out the difference between land concierge and dedicated yacht

better to make that clear from the outset as a silk purse from

concierge teams, of which there are yet very few.

a pig’s ear cannot be made. Moving to another venue even a

RIGHT: COMANDEERING ENTIRE RESTAURANTS FOR EXPECTANT GUESTS IS ALL IN A DAY’S WORK FOR YACHT CONCIERGE COMPANIES

To ensure that the best possible information is on hand it

short distance away will mean the difference between happy

is necessary to ensure that as many restaurants, bars, hotels and

guests and disappointed guests and that is what happened in this

other service providers are interviewed and their level of service

particular instance.

is continually monitored. Here is where a good ISO management system comes into its own, enforcing a requirement to continually assess providers to ensure service is kept to the required standards.

A concierge working for an owner visited us and after a

We have been taken by surprise in the past when a

discussion asked us to take over the arrangements for a three

restaurant which had been a favourite with clients for over 30

day event some two months hence leaving us plenty of time to

years suddenly stopped offering the kind of service our clients

organise all the necessities. We visited venues together, discussed

enjoyed. This was a fall-back restaurant for years, a place returning

menus, details of service and amenities etc. Considering the time

crew and guests enquire about. With huge sadness it had to be

of year the event was planned for, we advised against one venue

removed from the list of suggested restaurants.

as it would be very cold at night but were met with insistence

Some things go right and some just don’t and sometimes the job is just to manage expectations.

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If people listen it really helps. It takes time to create trust however, but once it is created the results can be amazing.

that they would love it and were hardy people; a few Cashmere pashminas would solve any problems from a chill in the air.

I was called once by crew on a large yacht asking

On the day of the event the lighting and sound installation

for arrangements to be made for luxury transport, luxury

had just been completed after a solid four hours toil, tables and

accommodation and local entertainment for six weeks on an

chairs were placed and set and then the concierge drove by, stopped

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to say that we were right, it would be too exposed and we needed

on the tiller, disappointment is all but inevitable and where local

to find another venue, as good or better, for the event in five hours

knowledge is invaluable.

time. We did, but only just and the sound/lighting man may still not

I received a call one summer from a concierge company

have forgiven us. The client and guests however had a wonderful

supporting a group of guests who were cruising locally. I was asked

time and enjoyed all of the planned events that we had toiled on,

to book a taverna for lunch for the guests. The taverna in question

unaware of the trouble caused, which was the whole point.

was a large establishment catering for the many tourists who

Another event, on a tiny island off the mainland involved

gather in the area in summer. Locals would not use it and the food

the transportation of huge amounts of furniture and lighting. A

and service while adequate for its usual clientele, seemed rather

change to the itinerary of the ferry that was supposed to carry

less than would be expected by the guests on this large yacht. I

the load at the last moment required the charter of a vessel to

pointed this out and a further call a few moments later requested

transport everything, which it did, only to find that the access road

a second similar establishment. It became clear that the concierge

to the venue was too narrow for the transport vehicles. A quick

was Googling local restaurants and taking recommendations from

hijack of a local trader and his van onto which everything was

tourism sites.

reloaded and in several consignments everything was transported

Finally, after some energetic negotiation, the concierge

to the venue eventually saving the day. Rain did not stop play

accepted my alternative recommendation but not without

either and the final result was enjoyed and spoken of for many

pointing out that it came low down on the tourist comment site.

moons after by the guests. Detailed local knowledge and someone

The guests enjoyed their experience so much they decided to

resourceful on the spot is absolutely irreplaceable.

return another time with the yacht just to enjoy another meal

I was sitting at dinner one evening on an island with the

at this lovely restaurant. We know from experience just how

crew of a rather beautiful yacht, which was leaving the following

much yacht guests in particular enjoy this restaurant and so can

morning for its winter berth, when the captain, with not a little

recommend it knowing satisfaction will be the result.

glee, asked, at 21.30, if it might be possible to find two cases

Concierge is here to stay but there is a real need to

of a wine for which he had been searching for a while. The PR

understand that yacht concierge is something quite different

representative of the vineyard in question, based on another

to general concierge and no one based remotely can effectively

island, was called and she managed to secure the wines in Athens.

manage such services however comforting a relationship that

With less than 12 hours to deliver the wines it occurred that the

may have developed. There is no substitute for specialist local

yacht was expecting some guests the following day who were

knowledge to be able to effectively support a client. Without

over-nighting in Athens, so the wine was delivered to them at

intimate local knowledge it is almost impossible to offer a great

their hotel. Before the yacht left the following morning the wine

service and the presence of a reliable individual on the ground,

was safely onboard. The captain did admit to having been sceptical

ready and able to help when things go wrong, is essential. Those

that this would be possible.

with the knowledge however, who have done the ground work

Dedicated Yachting concierge is slightly more complicated

and have the necessary support network, can do almost anything

and there are few who have thought through those issues. Yachting

a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination can come up with as well as offering

concierge needs an awareness of the needs of the yacht as a vessel,

suggestions as to what more can be experienced, so that the

its safety and the ongoing needs for supplies and support, together

onus is not just on guests to guess what might be possible. Ideally

with the wishes of the guests onboard who want of course those

placed to do so are companies with dedicated staff that have

all-important experiences. A good concierge realises that yachts do

event knowledge and lots of local support points.

not visit a destination just for the port facilities or because there

Imagination and budget are the only constraints as long

are good spare parts suppliers in the port, the yacht visits so that

as the concierge chosen is given sufficient time for practicalities

guests can enjoy an experience. Those companies who supply just

and conditions that allow for the safety of the vessel. A good

the necessaries for the yacht to enter and leave port are essential

yacht concierge can support the crew enormously in their efforts

to the safe running of the vessel, but they are not giving the guests

to provide their guests with the best possible experience. As

what they possibly need or want.

until now, there will no doubt be many and significant changes

For a concierge to attempt to work remotely from a

in concierge services that will meet the ever more demanding

distance, we have found to our cost at times, to be ineffective at

expectations of yacht guests and owners and we at least, will

the very least. Local knowledge is key and irreplaceable as crew

watch with interest as yachting concierge develops and becomes

who have attempted to organise themselves have found. Suppliers

more professional as it rises to each new challenge.

change, phone numbers change, areas develop, new and more interesting things emerge and if one has not oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand firmly

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THE ANTIGUA SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE

28TH–31ST JANUARY 2016 – PURE FUN AFLOAT & ASHORE BY LOUAY HABIB

PHOTOGRAPHY: CLAIRE MATCHES

HE SIXTH EDITION OF THE SUPERYACHT CHALLENGE

A new trophy was awarded this year, donated by the

Antigua attracted eleven magnificent ocean-going yachts

superyacht Timoneer, who have been firm supporters of the

from 80 to 151 ft. The impressive fleet took part in three

Superyacht Challenge since its conception. The Gosnell Trophy is

days of competitive racing along the stunning south coast of

a perpetual trophy awarded to the yacht, who, in the opinion of

Antigua, complimented by laid-back social events. The Superyacht

the competitors and the race committee, has competed in the

Challenge Antigua is a wonderful celebration of sailing and parties,

Spirit of the Regatta, where they have sailed as hard as they can

dedicated to pure fun afloat and ashore, where all participants

with the equipment available while still representing the yacht

enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, free from commercial endorsements.

well ashore. A fitting tribute to Mrs G, the spirit of Timoneer

In the Buccaneers Class, the 128 ft sloop, Tenaz, designed

and the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. Phil Wade, skipper of

by Ed Dubois and built by Pendennis, had a close battle with

Timoneer for many happy regattas, was delighted to award the

Oyster 82, Zig Zag. The class win went to the wire with Tenaz

Gosnell Trophy to the 126 ft twin-masted schooner, Gloria.

winning the last race to take victory in the Buccaneers Class with

‘That is just awesome,’ commented Gloria’s skipper, James

Zig Zag second. A consistent performance by the one-off ketch

Box. ‘Timoneer was the main reason we got involved with this

Maramar, was rewarded by the final podium position. This was

regatta and our relationship with Timoneer is a great one, as

the first regatta that Tenaz had ever competed in.

Gloria has the same philosophy. The owner of Gloria really enjoys

‘I have a 100% record in regattas,’ joked the owner of Tenaz.

the event and so do the crew, who love the social side as much

‘This has been a fantastic experience and not just because of the

as the racing. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, enjoying the

result but more the whole process because we have a crew that

regatta is our top priority.’

have shared with us and made racing available to us all. We have

The seventh edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua

been racing to win but we have focused on having a great time and

will take place from the 27th to 29th January 2017. Entries are

I hope that this regatta carries on in that manner. I understand the

limited to 12–15 yachts dependent on the overall length, as

addiction to winning amongst competitive people, but this style of

the 2016 edition was close to capacity, and early expression of

regatta is tremendously enjoyable and a lot of fun.’

interest is advisable.

OPPOSITE: TENAZ BELOW: NIKATA

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took podium places during the four race series; Nilaya, Visione,

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Freya and the brand new Baltic 115 ft sloop, Nikata, which was competing in its first ever regatta. The 112 ft sloop Nilaya, designed by Reichel Pugh held off the powerful 147 ft sloop Visione, also from the drawing board of Reichel Pugh, to win the class. Frers designed Swan 90 Freya was third. ‘This is a great start to the Caribbean season for the team, the owner was driving all of the time and he just loves it and that is good for the sport.’ commented Nilaya’s tactician, Bouwe Bekking. ‘We will be racing with the Volvo boat for much of the season, it will be with the same team but it is something different. This has been a great way to knit the team together for the racing ahead.’

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INDUSTRY RECOGNITION GUIDE

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ANTHONY NICKEL, JOEL CHRISTY & TOM ROWE

BILLY BLACK

CLAY BUILDER & NINA ANDERSON

CPT SIMON JOHNSON, ROMINA RASTELLI & DAVID PRICE

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THE YACHTING MATTERS GUIDE TO

SUPERYACHT REFIT & REPAIR FACILITIES IN THIS EDITION: AMICO & CO AMICO LOANO ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA LUSBEN MONACO MARINE – LA CIOTAT NUOVO ARSENALE CARTUBI

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AMICO & CO SRL

MICO & CO IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW MAJOR SUPERYACHT REFIT AND REPAIR

AMICO & CO SRL Via dei Pescatori, 16128 Genova, Italy Contact: Mr. Filippo Censi Buffarini Technical & Customer Care Manager Tel: +39 0102470067 Email: amico.yard@amicoshipyard.com Web: www.amicoshipyard.com

centres worldwide and has developed facilities at its Genoa yard to meet the precise requirements of superyacht refit and repair. Amico & Co can cater for all work, whether the project is just to refresh the paintwork or a major conversion that may take a year or more. The yard can handle any type or size of yacht including the latest generation of large sailboats. It also specialises in working on classic and antique yachts where dedicated care is required.

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF: 18 M â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 200 M

Since 1991 the continual growth of the Amico & Co shipyard has given testament to its leadership

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: 11 paint-refit sheds, 24 berths max 110 m LOA, in-house departments: Engineering, shaft alignment, engine and generator servicing and reconditioning, shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical systems. Paint work, from primer application to topcoat refinishing. Wood carpentry, teak decking and yacht interior refurbishment. Electrical workshop. Official services: MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights and Idromar.

in the refit & repair industry and the yard itself has a 30,000 m2 surface which includes 11 refit and repair

MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Drydock: Max length of vessel 200 m Travel lift: 320 and 835 t Cranes: 18 t and 45 t Hard standing area: 30,000 m2 of docking and yard area Alongside berthing: Max 110 m Stern to berthing: Max 110 m Covered sheds: 11 x sheds up to 102 m LOA, brand new dry-dock shed 90 m LOA and 102 m covered graving dock inside the yard Yes Tenting available: Dayworkers allowed: Restricted Project office available: Yes

covered areas and paint sheds specifically designed for projects up to 102 m in length and equipped with forced ventilation systems to maintain necessary temperature/humidity/emission conditions. The company offers multiple dry-dock solutions: in 2014, Amico & Co inaugurated a new 102 m sheltered graving dry-dock with a 31 m airdraft inside the yard area, equipped with state-of-the art and environmentally friendly technical systems for paint overspray recovering and treatment, heating & lighting. The company also exclusively manages Dry-dock #2 in Genoa Port, a 200 m dry-dock suitable for two yachts of up to 90 m LOA, with a 90 m brand new painting shed in the fore-section opened in late 2015. The company is particularly renowned for its painting skills, whilst for engineering Amico & Co is an official contractor for leading companies such as MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights and Idromar. The company headquarters boasts a crew area equipped with satellite tv and Wi-Fi with 24/7 access by using the company provided crew badge. A dedicated multilingual concierge service caters for all accommodation, transport and any other client and crew requests. The yard is just minutes from central Genoa, a lively metropolis perfectly located for crews during their refit periods, with an international airport and great connections to all the major Italian cities and nearby ski resorts. The large number of clients who bring their yachts back to the shipyard for repeat work is testimony to the dedicated service and skill that Amico & Co can bring to repair and refit work. Amico & Co is a world leader in this field and has the in-house skills and management to make each job a satisfying experience for owners, captains, managers and crews as well as the shipyard. Project organisation and management procedures are fully integrated thanks to a management system which has been perfected over 25 years. This is an indispensable tool for both the Amico & Co team and for the Client, who is kept constantly informed and who can monitor the state of progress of his project. Amico & Co has a long experience of working to meet all Flag State and Class regulations and interacts with important associations such as Confindustria and ICOMIA and was the first shipyard in Italy to attain the environmental management standard certificate ISO 1400.

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AMICO LOANO

MICO LOANO IS A REFIT AND REPAIR SHIPYARD FOR YACHTS UP TO 50 M LOA. It is the newest addition to the Amico Group and benefits from the long experience and excellence achieved throughout the twenty years that the Amico name has been associated with the world of yachting. Throughout the Amico family’s refit and repair experience in the maritime sector of over 100 years, quality, flexibility and reliability have always been considered points of strength, a strength that has permitted Amico to establish itself as an Italian leader in the refit business. The relationship of clearness, and the co-operation between the Customer and the Shipyard make Amico the ideal partner to evaluate and to perform every kind of project onboard as well as becoming the key reference point for the long term functionality of your yacht. Amico Loano is located within the beautiful confines of Marina di Loano, a facility that has been designed and developed to comply with very high qualitative standards never reached in Italy before, thus Loano is able to offer customers and visitors facilities and services that are able to satisfy every kind of request. The shipyard is able to perform work, from simple specialised services to more skilled refits, both on large and small vessels, thanks to its fully equipped facilities that are linked to the professionalism and know-how of the Amico Loano staff. MAIN SERVICES OFFERED FOR SAILING AND MOTOR YACHTS: • Maintenance of hull & engine repairs. • High quality wood, iron, stainless steel, alloy, fibreglass & carpentry work. • Surface protective treatments, plus hull & tank painting. • High quality paint re-finishing. • Specialists for mechanical projects.

AMICO LOANO Lungomare Madonna del Loreto, Porto di Loano, Loano, Italy Contact: Mr. Franco Cattai - Shipyard Director Tel: +39 019 673765 Email: franco.cattai@amicoloano.com SUITABLE FOR VESSELS:

UP TO 50 M

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Engineering and ship systems. Anticorrosive treatments and finishing painting work; equipped spray cabin. Wood carpentry, fibreglass works and joinery. Yard assistance and services. Technical support and project management. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Yard area: 8500 m2 Technical Marina: up to 70 m LOA Docking areas: 2 Covered shed: up to 24 m LOA Travel lift: 550 t Self-moved crane: 35 t Davit: 25 t Trolley lift n° 1: 300 t Trolley lift n° 2: 25 t Painting shed: Yes Workshops: 300 m2 Warehouse: Yes Storage areas: Yes

• Hydraulic, electrical and electronic ship system maintenance. • Rig & deck equipment service. • Gear storage in a secure area, open and/or covered.

SERVICE DEALER: MTU, Caterpillar, Northern Lights, Berg Idromar

• Long term berthing available.

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ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA

STILLEROS DE MALLORCA IS A REFIT AND REPAIR SHIPYARD FOR LUXURY

ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA Contramuelle Mollet, 11 E-07012 Palma de Mallorca Baleares, Spain

sailing and motor yachts. It was first established in 1942 and pioneered the construction of a great variety of vessels. In the early 90s Mallorca started to become the focal point for Superyachts that run both the Caribbean and Mediterranean

Contact: Diego Colon / Stefan Enders Tel: +34 971 710645 Email: info@astillerosdemallorca.com Web: www.astillerosdemallorca.com SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF:

seasons. Astilleros de Mallorca adapted to the requirements of this up and coming market and is considered today to be Mallorca’s Premier Shipyard. This recognition has been backed up by important awards such as the Boat International’s ‘Best Superyacht Refit’.

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Hull & structural work in: steel, aluminium, wood and composite plastics. Engineering: pipe-work, tanks, electrical and wiring, machinery overhaul and repair, shafts and propellers. Fitting-out work: joinery, furnishings, interior finishing, electronics, television, sat-com, sourcing/supply of fittings. Exterior work: hull cleaning and painting, deck refinishing, woodwork, sanding and varnishing. Exterior painting: afloat under cover, ashore under cover. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Slipways: 4 x Max length 74m, Beam 11.5 m Weight 1700 tons, Draught 5.5 m Cranes: 3 x Max weight of lift 20 t Alongside berthing: Max length 100 m Max draught 7 m Stern to berthing: 4 available. Max 80 m Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Controlled Project office available: Yes

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The yard’s workforce is proud to conserve the rich heritage of the old artisan’s tradition

25 M+

while constantly keeping an eye on the future. Astilleros de Mallorca has recently invested heavily with the purchase of state of the art equipment, the latest in technology and new machinery. Also the redefined workshops have contributed to upgrade the facilities. The shipyard offers a full range of in-house services that include mechanical, electrical, stainless steel, carpentry, electronics and upholstery work. Despite having all their own departments and specialities, a yacht’s favourite supplier is welcome to join the project within the facilities. They will be supported by the experienced management team that will provide assessment in all the yacht’s requirements and needs. Astilleros has embraced the opportunities that the STP facilities have offered and expanded their business premises into this new working area; increasing their haul-out and working capacities. The professional Astilleros STP Team is based in offices 17 & 18 in the ‘RS Global Building’ and the unique, fully functioning mechanical and metal workshops are available for any specific job or complete refit. With more than 30 years of experience completing refits and repairs on approximately 120 yachts every year, the shipyard is honoured with a long list of loyal clients.

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LUSBEN

VIAREGGIO

LIVORNO

HE LUSBEN REFIT & REPAIR FACILITIES AND ORGANISATION ARE BASED BOTH in Viareggio and Livorno and offer a wide range of services to cover all the assistance, maintenance and repair needs of superyachts and megayachts from 20 m to 120 m in

LUSBEN – REFIT AND REPAIR Viareggio: Via Coppino, 441 – ITALY Livorno: Piazza Mazzini, 92 – ITALY

Refit and repair

Berthing

Contact: Paolo Simoncini - Marco Nuovo Tel. +39 0584 3801486 (Viareggio) Tel: +39 0586 415621 (Livorno) Email: service@lusben.com

Documentation management and technical supervision

SUITABLE FOR VESSELS OF: 20 M – 130 M

Across-the-board assistance

length. The services that make Lusben your ideal partner include:

In order to provide a comprehensive assistance service covering all owners’ needs, Lusben not only performs ordinary maintenance work, but also deals with administrative formalities, the most common being class renewals and upgrades in compliance with register rules, and assistance to other Shipyards that need our Services. Lusben performs significant mechanical, structural and interior refits, as well as providing the necessary support to upgrade systems, subdivision and insulation to meet the strict safety regulations in force for charter class vessels. All refit and repair services are performed with the support of marine engineers and specialised technicians. REFIT AND REPAIR SERVICES Refit and repair work is performed with the help of the best craftsmen in Viareggio and Livorno, the internationally recognised centres of yacht building excellence. The work is carried out by specialised workers for each individual area, with constant cost control. BERTHING Viareggio can offer over 15,000 m2 of water surface and moorings for about 40 yachts ranging in length from 20 m to 65 m. Livorno can offer moorings for 20 yachts ranging in length from 20 m to 65 m.

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Project management, engineering, mechanical, joinery, stainless steel. MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS : All trades REFIT & REPAIR – VIAREGGIO Travel lift: 600 t Crane: 30 t Trolley: 250 t Trolley: 80 t Seafront area: 30,000 m2 Paint shed: up to 60 m Environmentally controlled and dust free Crew Accommodation: Yes REFIT & REPAIR – LIVORNO Travel lift: 300 t Cranes: Yes Trolley: 1050 t Floating dock: (110 m) 18,000 t Drydock: 145 m Ship lift: 2500 t Seafront area: 45,000 m2 Crew Accommodation: Yes

Quality, financial transparency, good planning, superb craftsmanship, internal project management, full warranty on the jobs carried out and spirited co-operation with owners, owners representatives or yacht management and Shipyards. This is what has made the Lusben refit yard today one of the most successful and respected refit yards in the world. YACHTING MATTERS & THE YACHT OWNER ISSUE 30

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MONACO MARINE – LA CIOTAT

MONACO MARINE – LA CIOTAT 46 Quai François Mitterrand BP 80039 13600 La Ciotat Cedex - France Contact: Vincent Larroque Group Sales Director Tel : +33 (0)4 42 36 12 12 Email: mmlaciotat@monacomarine.com Web: www.monacomarine.com SUITABLE FOR VESSELS:

20 m – 200 m+

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serviceshipyards

ITH SIX SHIPYARDS ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA LOCATED IN Monaco, Beaulieu Sur Mer, St Laurent du Var, Antibes, Golfe de St Tropez, La Ciotat, Monaco Marine can support and assist you during your stay in the area and beyond.

Monaco Marine shipyard in La Ciotat is dedicated to superyachts and is today the largest facility of its kind in the Mediterranean. It can haul out yachts between 45 and 80 m (2000 t Yachtlift) with a total of 14 hard standing berths for them. It can also haul out boats from 20 to 45 m (300 t travelift) and position them on 10 hard standing berths. For yachts

IN HOUSE FACILITIES: Project management, 3D modeling, hull & structural work in steel, aluminium & wood. Engineering: Electrical & wiring, pipework, mechanical, machinery overhaul, shaft & propeller, stainless steel. Painting. Interior finishing, carpentry. 24 hard standing berths

beyond 2000 tons the yard disposes of a 360 m dry dock that has no limits in the current or

MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Max length of vessel 360 m Drydock: Travel lift: Max weight of vessel 300 t Lifting dock: 2000 ton Yachtlift® Cranes: Max weight of vessel 250 t Hard standing area: 45,000 sqm Alongside berthing: 1500 m Stern to berthing: N/A Covered sheds: 90 m hard standing paint shed Tenting available: Yes Dayworkers allowed: Restricted Project office available: Yes

refit and they can benefit from established relationships with leading contractors in various

even future yacht size range. Thanks to the unique layout and transfer system of the La Ciotat shipyard, yachts can be hauled out or launched in less than a day, independently from one another. Monaco Marine shipyard in La Ciotat has gained the confidence of more than 100 yachts that have been serviced there since its opening in 2007. The specialised staff can perform any task from simple maintenance to complete specialties. The yard can count on a proven track record of successful high quality paint jobs thanks to the qualification of its teams and contractors and to its unique 90 m paint shed equipped with a complete air ventilation and heating system. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications are a further proof of Monaco Marine’s commitment to quality and to customer service. Our team of project managers will ensure a close follow up of your repair project and help you prepare for your next sailing while remaining available afterwards to assist you in any follow up you may need during the course of the season. The 6 shipyards of the group : Monaco • Beaulieu sur Mer • St Laurent du Var • Antibes • Golfe de St Tropez • La Ciotat

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NUOVO ARSENALE CARTUBI

OCATED AT THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE ADRIATIC SEA, NUOVO ARSENALE CARTUBI has earned its reputation as one of the premier refit & repair facilities in the Mediterranean. With an historical maritime tradition, which dates back to the 1970s, NAC has accumulated a vast maritime experience covering all aspects of construction, repair, conversion, maintenance and refitting services for the shipping, offshore and super yacht industries. As a strategic supplier to Fincantieri, along with other prestigious shipyards, Cartubi also produces metalwork and superstructures in both steel and light alloy for the cruise ship and super yacht industry. Located just a short 12 minute walk from downtown Trieste, in north-eastern Italy, NAC’s facilities are expansive covering 62,000 square metres, including 45,000 of hard standing area and 15,000 square metres of covered areas in addition to the mechanical workshops. The yard has recently repurposed a 12,000 square metre area exclusively for super yacht refits located next to the launching dock. The high number of yachts that return year after year for their winter layup and maintenance is a testimony to the excellent work that NAC produces with its highly skilled team of professionals. Dedicated and highly trained project managers work in synergy with the technical office, quality control managers, expert tradesmen and technicians to ensure the highest quality work is delivered on time and within budget. The company is certified with UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 from 2006, and demonstrates its highest commitment to standards with OS 18 and OG 7 certifications. Super yachts can berth alongside the 280 metres quayside, in a secure and protected environment with two drydocks that are ISPS certified within the SOLAS convention. The yard provides fully furnished office space for the yacht captain and crew, along with changing rooms and parking. NAC is strategically located just a few minutes from the main motorway and is easily reachable via air through the local Trieste airport which is just a short 25 minute drive away in addition to the airports of Venice and Lubjiana in Slovenia, where daily domestic and international flights connect with all of Europe and beyond. Trieste, described most recently by several captains and crew as ‘Vienna by the Sea’ is a charming city with lively eateries, bars and shopping experiences all surrounded by beautiful beaches, skiing, hiking and bike trails nearby. On the border with Slovenia just a short 20 minute drive away is the beautiful Croatian coast. IN-HOUSE FACILITIES Hull & structural work in: steel and aluminium, engineering, pipework, electrical & wiring, machinery overhaul and repair, overhaul of engines from main manufacturers, mechanical components, shafts and propellers. Yacht interior refurbishment, furnishings, interior finishing, and electronics. Exterior work: hull cleaning and painting, deck refinishing, woodwork, sanding and varnishing. Exterior painting under cover for both afloat and ashore vessels.

NUOVO ARSENALE CARTUBI (NAC) Via K. L. Von Bruck 32 34123 Trieste, Italy Contacts: Mr. Mauro Franco – Sales Manager Tel: +39 335 6080384 Mr. Giuseppe Miscioscia – Technical Dept. Tel: +39 335 5756220 E-mail: technical_dept@nac.trieste.it; info@nac.trieste.it www.nac.trieste.it/en SUITABLE FOR VESSELS UP TO 200 M MAIN LOCAL CONTRACTORS: All trades Drydock: Max length vessel 290 m 50,000 t slipway for hauling out hulls up to 200 m in length. Submergible barge for hauling out hull up to 120 m in length 5 (60 t each) Tower Cranes: Movable Cranes: up to 500 t Hard Standing Area: 60,000 sqm of docking and yard area Alongside berthing: 250 m max Stern to berthing: 250 m max Covered sheds: YES Tenting Available: YES Dayworkers allowed: YES Project office available: YES Storage Areas: YES Crew Accommodation: YES

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HAZARDOUS OCCURRENCES ON SUPERYACHTS IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN BY CAPTAIN JOHN ROSE MNM, EXC

N A WORLD WHERE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT

A closer look reveals that it is not just the seafarers at

encourages a Just Culture for safety i.e. where people are not

fault. The sharing of information by Superyacht managers and

punished for actions, omissions or decisions taken by them

owners, especially data obtained through the lessons learned

which are commensurate with their experience and training, but

from incidents and hazardous occurrence reports is very limited;

where gross negligence, wilful violations and destructive acts are

equally the ability to assess and openly share meaningful

not tolerated, the silence from those working in the Superyacht

information and trends in safety performance of shipboard

industry is extraordinary! The question to ask is why is this section

operations is not readily available.

of the maritime industry lagging behind? Is this due to apathy

The formal review and careful assessment of incidents is

amongst the crew or maybe we have always done it this way; or

rarely adopted when looking at reports on ‘near misses’, this is

is it fear of reprimand from fellow crew members, yacht managers

despite the fact that the difference between a near miss

or owners, or is it just plain ignorance of good practice?

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(or a ‘near hit’ is perhaps a more accurate description)


HAZARDOUS OCCURRENCES

and an incident causing damage or injury is often just a matter

over 700 years of maritime expertise, they review the reports on

of luck.

hazardous occurrences and their findings with recommendations

So why ignore safety lessons learned from a near

are published in our Maritime FEEDBACK publication.

miss or hazardous occurrence? After all they provide valuable

To help raise awareness and provide on-site help, two

information on causal factors, namely the latent defects and

volunteer Superyacht ambassadors promote the work and

human behaviour or the ‘Human Element’ as this is now more

publications, for those interested, more volunteer ambassadors

commonly known.

will be made most welcome to join CHIRP. Electronic versions of

The ‘Latent Defects’ are defined as contributory factors in the system that may be dormant for a long time (days,

the past 41 editions of Maritime FEEDBACK are available from the CHIRP website: www.chirp.co.uk/newsletters/maritime

weeks, or months) until they finally contribute to the accident

As an example of the valuable information freely available

or near miss. Analysis uses 11 categories, the most frequent

to readers, there is advice on reports received on non-compliance

relate to communication, design, housekeeping, incompatible

with the Collision Regulations, the launching and recovery of

goals and training.

RIB’s and the danger of ‘hooking’ when operating them, use of

The ‘Human Element’ is all about people’s ability and

lifejackets and maintenance of the same, damage from wake,

capability to deal effectively and safely with the complexity,

entry into enclosed spaces, fatigue, galley risks, machinery space

difficulty, pressures and workload of their daily tasks, not only

risks and many more.

in emergency situations but also during routine operations.

The role of CHIRP is to review all hazardous

People problems can be divided into 12 categories, or the ‘Deadly

occurrence reports received and share any learning in order

Dozen’, the behaviours most likely to kill or injure you or your

to help preserve human life and prevent injury. To reassure

fellow crewmembers. The most prominent categories identified

any reader that may be considering submitting a report; all

when analysing reports are: Alerting (Do you speak up when

reports received are processed to ensure the reporters’ identities

you should do?); Complacency (Does every person comply with

are kept confidential, the reporter is advised of the proposed

check lists and procedures prior to commencing and during

action plan and can agree or stop the process if the reporter is

the work being undertaken?); Communication (Is the message

fearing any form of reprimand as a result of any enquiry relating

understood by everyone involved?), and Culture (Is there an

to the report. Likewise the details of those who take action

effective safety culture onboard?).

to remedy the problem are not shared with the reporter. On

The Superyacht industry continues to grow, both in the number and the physical size of vessels being built, therefore the

closure of each report all records of the names of individuals and companies are removed.

adoption of good safety practice in everyday operations becomes

We have 13 years experience and have never exposed the

increasingly important. The rest of the maritime industry does

identity of a reporter, even when only four people were on board

not have a good opinion of Superyacht managers and owners

a vessel we were still able to help fix the problem, in that case it

when it comes to safety standards and their commitment to

related to the lack of safety drills being undertaken.

Corporate Social Responsibility. There is no better time than the

CHIRP Maritime can help and provide guidance on safety

present to start to address this weakness, the failure to learn the

matters in the Superyacht industry. Have a look at our web

lessons from near misses and minor incidents will increase the

site www.chirp.co.uk or better still, contact us when you want

likelihood of incidents that will incur real costs and profit leakage

to discuss safety on your vessel or relating to those hazardous

for both the managers and the owners.

occurrences seen on third party vessels when operating in close

Don’t be despondent; there is proven support readily

proximity to yours. www.chirp.co.uk/submit-a-report

available to help improve safety awareness amongst seafarers.

Before dismissing this subject as ‘not important’, please

The Charitable Trust CHIRP (Confidential Hazardous Incident

consider the common ambition amongst seafarers, that every

Reporting Programme) promotes the enhancement of

crewmember should return safely to family and loved ones at

maritime safety by providing a totally independent confidential

the end of each and every trip!

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reporting system for all employees or persons associated with the shipping and maritime industries. The work focuses on commercial and recreational activities whether these are at sea or at the interface between the vessel and ashore. CHIRP is a well-established and respected programme backed by a board of trustees consisting of senior leaders from the shipping industry. A Maritime Advisory Board of 22 members provides

Contact: john.rose@chirp.co.uk

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SHIP SHAPE AND FIT FOR PURPOSE THE SUPERYACHT GYM BY EDWARD THOMAS

HERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME IN THE HISTORY OF

of many yacht owners and managers’ minds, the provision of

yacht building when onboard gyms and wellness facilities

dedicated crew fitness facilities is proving to be ever more popular.

have proven to be so popular. An increasing number are dedicating more of their precious

WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPAL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

time to looking after themselves as they keep their businesses

TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN BUILDING AN

financially sound. In the past many would see exercise as a

ONBOARD GYM?

somewhat abstract investment of time for a long-term reward

In the past, gyms would often constitute something of an

– quite incoherent with how they would run the rest of their

afterthought during a yacht’s construction or refit – with little

lives. This has changed immensely with the huge rise in the

consideration given to equipment specification. Now there’s an

popularity of personal trainers guaranteeing education and short

increased movement towards creating a more luxurious space

term results via new fitness regimes, technologies and forms

consistent with other areas onboard. Sun lounge areas, deck spaces,

of equipment. Today, even the least health conscious owners

shell doors, bathing platforms and swimming areas are all adding to

have family members, friends or business associates who enjoy

the allure of the gym, as well as improving its functionality.

keeping fit.

The specification of the gym kit for any given project is

Regarding new builds, much has been written about

often an extremely personal undertaking and invariably depends

the seemingly unquenchable demand for ever larger vessels.

on the lifestyle and fitness requirements of the end-user. Living

Indeed, the global financial crisis of 2008 has actually seen the

onboard no longer means forfeiting one’s usual fitness routine

largest yacht builders consolidate their order books with many

and therefore it’s important to take into account any special

smaller shipyards going out of business. The upshot has been 70

fitness requirements such as past sporting injuries or disabilities.

m vessels touted as the new 50 m, and 90 m behemoths the new 60s! Of course by alleviating one of the key constraints for

PRIVATE VS CHARTER

interior design, gyms have suddenly become a must have feature

For private vessels, a consultative approach with the owner or

just like so many other home comforts one could only dream

his or her personal trainer to assess their fitness needs is key.

about enjoying onboard in the past!

Customised kit to complement the yacht’s interior and exterior

The increased size of modern vessels has meant that

design is increasingly common in guest gyms. This might include

investing in a professional yacht crew has never been more

custom colour schemes in order to match hull or interior fittings

important. With crew retention and welfare now at the forefront

or even kit branded with a yacht’s name and logo.

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THE SUPERYACHT GYM

A charter vessel will usually require more flexibility when

infused air and changes in temperature are going to have on

it comes to kit selection as it needs to cater to different ages,

the kit’s lifespan. Salt corrosion is prevalent in gym equipment

physical attributes, and fitness levels. Here it’s important to take

used in environments which aren’t fully enclosed, and we try

into consideration the crew’s health and fitness experience or

to recommend to our clients that they choose machines which

qualifications and indeed the presence or absence of an onboard

are of tougher make-up than the kit they may have in their

personal trainer.

homes – after all, fitness equipment was never designed to be used outside!

SPACE Where space is limited equipment often needs to be portable,

A/V INTEGRATION

convertible or multi-functional. Head height always needs to be

Audio/Visual entertainment is an important gym element and

taken into consideration. Yachts are generally not, understandably,

liaising with the AV supplier to incorporate the cardio kit with the

blessed with the highest ceilings and designers need to make

overall system can’t start early enough. Increasingly, machines

sure that they work carefully to achieve the right kit selections.

with built-in screens are becoming less popular due to the

Treadmills are made to be inclined by their users to improve the

ergonomics – looking down at a screen whilst running changes

intensity of workouts, but if you’ve got a room with 2.7 m head

your posture and is not necessarily healthy. It’s now considered

height, a treadmill with a 35 cm step up height and a 6’ 5’’ user

far preferable to employ large screens on the walls that can be

– you’ve got a problem!! A deck recess is a common solution to

controlled with a remote unit bolted onto the cardio kit because

this problem, however kit selection also plays an important role

it allows for a better feel and user experience.

by using items with low profiles – for example the StarTrac S Series treadmill, which has the lowest step up height of all the commercial grade treadmills available anywhere! LOCATION Gyms now pop up all over the place onboard – ranging from an all encompassing bridge-aft gym with sliding doors, to the beach club fitness area, the mast-base gym, the tank deck crew gym and many others in between! Kit selection will vary extensively for these different areas especially taking into account the constraints of the maritime environment balanced with the owner’s needs and design preferences. For example, in a semiexposed sundeck gym one has to consider the effects the salt-

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SOUND PROOFING AND VIBRATION CONTROL Sound proofing is an issue that is frequently overlooked – the dull thud of feet impacting on a treadmill deck above you when you’re trying to quietly read a magazine can be quite nauseating, not to mention the resonance a vibration plate can create! There are numerous noise and vibration-reducing matting solutions that can mitigate these problems. FASTENING & STOWAGE Sea fastening is another thing that is usually left until too late – the last thing you want during a rough passage is a 200 kg treadmill hurtling around the interior at speed. We have seen an instance whereby an exercise bike was fastened to a canoe rack with bungee cords and ratchet straps on the sun deck, and during bad weather the crew would be rushing up to the sundeck every 15 minutes to check this was still in place! To solve this, we often employ a system of removable threaded pad-eyes screwed into the deck with a single strap, which can be removed when not underway with little aesthetic impact on the deck. LIGHTING Ambient lighting is becoming increasingly popular. Light behind perforated wood creates an atmosphere that works towards creating an ideal environment for working out. The days of working out under harsh lighting in the bottom of a hull are thankfully over. Gym spaces are becoming multipurpose and offer entertainment and relaxation too, which hopefully sees them getting more use! BUDGET AND TIME HVAC

A quality, functional gym does not need to cost the earth.

Sufficient ventilation is a key design consideration when planning

Practically speaking, a few machines carefully selected will

an onboard gym space. Air handers can be increased to manage

suffice. Costs can however mount when adding features such as

the humidity, plus the oxygen requirements and carbon dioxide

enhanced AV and custom branding.

extraction of several very active people, a scenario unlike most

Gym machines are usually made to order, therefore the

spaces on the yacht. If an existing space is being turned into an

lead times can be long – sometimes 12–14 weeks on advanced

indoor-outdoor environment with sliding glass doors, the HVAC

commercial grade strength kit. Home grade items are usually

will need to be isolated for that room as will the room itself to

stocked – so lead times are less.

not compromise humidity or condensation in the rest of the yacht.

All of these challenges can be avoided through communicating closely with all the parties involved in the build

ERGONOMICS

from the word go – specifying the equipment in partnership with

There is a right way and a wrong way to design the fitness space

the owner’s personal trainer, audio/visual supplier, yacht designer,

so that it’s effective, ergonomic and tailored to the new owners

shipyard and build manager. With this level of interaction and

needs. Some users are used to circuit training, some want the

discussion, you can ensure that all elements are catered for and

equipment arranged exactly the way they have it at home and

all potential challenges are met and the best possible chance of

others want it arranged simply to enjoy the best possible view.

finding the top solution available for the owner achieved.

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It’s important to ensure that gym equipment is accessible and that users are guaranteed a smooth transition not only

Edward Thomas is a director of Gym Company Marine Ltd.

between different pieces of kit within the gym but also with

Contact: Edward@gymcompanymarine.com

surrounding facilities such as pools, Jacuzzis, spas and day heads.

www.GymCompanyMarine.com

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THE FUTURE OF MARINAS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE THE PROPOSAL BY NORMA TREASE

The long-anticipated plans for the future of marinas in the South of France have been published – who will win this complicated and lucrative bid to help these ageing facilities regain their glory days and dominance of years past?

PHOTOGRAPH: COLIN SQUIRE

HE HARBOURS OF ANTIBES/JUAN-LES-PINS ARE

to develop a proper response (‘RFP’ or Request For Proposal)

steeped in history and yachting lore. From the days

requires serious time and investment – while the scope of the

when Phoenicians, Greeks and Roman sailors stalked these

projects and works required will take years and cost more millions

scenic shores, to the creation of the world’s first Superyacht

than most of us will have years in our lives.

marinas by the visionary WWII Resistance hero Camille Rayon, these ports are the shining stars of this yachting legend of the

There are three main tenants that the city is requiring to be included at the core of any RFP proposal:

South of France. With ambitious dreams and a vision towards the 3rd

1.TECHNOLOGY

Millenium, the city of Antibes/Juan-les-Pins is offering an open

Integrating the regional focus on technology, proposals must

tender for re-development of both Port Gallice, scenically located

include ‘smart port’ concepts and work together with the nearby

on the Cap d’Antibes that overlooks the Bay of Cannes; together

technology poles of Sophia-Antipolis and Grasse to deliver

with Port Vauban, including the iconic International Yacht Club

innovative use of new generation information and communication

Antibes (IYCA), or ‘Billionaires Quay’ as it is known locally.

technologies.

This has created a tsunami wave of interest from numerous

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international groups that specialise in marina development and

2. ENVIRONMENT

several French consortiums are scrambling to answer the various

Sustainable development is of paramount importance, following

conditions attached to the tender. Simply the research and effort

the recent port designations of ‘Pavillion Blue’ and ‘Clean Harbour.’

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MARINAS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Specifics such as free Black & Grey water evacuation and the

experienced in such specialised maritime infrastructure projects

use of electric vehicles on site are mentioned specifically, yet are

with the complexity involved. Even so, the competition for this

only the beginning of clean environmental possibilities. Given the

huge contract will surely be fierce, for the stakes are very high for

local political sensitivities, delivery of advanced environmental

all the players.

sustainability will possibly be the key to the winning bid.

If Antibes chooses the right partners to share their vision of forward-thinking development these projects are sure to achieve

3. LOCAL ECONOMY

their lofty goals of putting the South of France back on its yacht

Despite their glamorous histories and reputations, both Antibes

dominant pedestal that will no doubt benefit the entire region.

and Juan-les-Pins are in desperate need of an economic boost and these projects are intended to provide much-needed

The bids are due for submission by September 2016 and the winners will be chosen in early 2017.

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regional economic development. Through related investment and development, the goal is to benefit local business activities and increase economic growth. Both port proposals also stress the importance of implementing and expanding customer service at the highest level. When Port Vauban and Port Gallice were originally developed in the 1960s and 70s they sparked a worldwide trend towards luxury marina development. For many years these were the only places to bring your yacht, and helped grow the culture of

FACTS • Port Vauban / IYCA – the largest pleasure port for yachts over 23 m in the Med, totaling close to 1700 berths, with 19 berths >70 m. Parking for 1000 cars • Port Gallice – 486 mooring spots, 15 berths >30 m. Parking for 500 cars • Official site tours are planned and can be booked in advance from April–July

large-yacht ownership and define the value of home-port stability. In the last decade, many locations in the Mediterranean

CONTACT

have developed superyacht worthy facilities in order to entice

Town of Antibes, Direction de la Commande Publique,

the lucrative yachting trade to their shores, including Montenegro,

Mr. Guillaume Blais

Spain, Turkey, Cyprus and many in nearby Italy, with varying

Email: Commandepub-act.delegues@Ville-Antibes.fr

degrees of success.

Tél: +33 (0)4 92 90 52 76

However, with their focus clearly set on marina and port development, the government of Antibes/Juan-les-Pins are

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fighting to regain their dominance as the destination of choice for

www.e-marches06.fr

the Mediterranean. There are only a small handful of companies

www.portvauban.net

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AGENTS

ALL SERVICES S.R.L Via Del Castillo, 17, Portosole, San Remo 18038, Italy T: +39 0184 533533 F: +39 0184 531035 E: as@as1980.com www.as1980.com Contact: Dr. Alessandro Sartore – Broker/Ship Agent

MID ATLANTIC YACHT SERVICES Rua Cons. M. da Silveira, 3, Horta, Faial, Azores PT9900-144, Portugal T: +351 292 391616 E: mays@mail.telepac.pt Contact: Duncan Sweet – Managing Director www.midatlanticyachtservices.com

All Services, a highly reputable ship agent based in Sanremo Italy, has been assisting Yachts throughout the Mediterranean since 1980. Whatever your needs in all ports along the Cote D’Azur, the entire Italian coast and beyond, All Services are there for you.

The one address for all crew/vessel needs in the middle of the North Atlantic, specializing in full services for Trans-Atlantic yachts crossing to Europe. Founded in 1993 Mid Atlantic can address all needs of Yacht Captains, vessel and Crew and provides customized shore support in all areas, be it a mid passage stop-over or as critical shore based support when cruising the Azores with owners and guests. Specializing in yacht agency, bunkered fuel, VAT payment/importation & chandlery. Advance notice of arrival always encouraged and appreciated.

AGENTS

CARPETS

S & D YACHTS LTD. Seabreeze. Guiseppe Cali Street, Ta’Xbiex MSD 14, Malta T: +356 21331515 F: +356 21332259 E: info@sdyachts.com www.sdyachts.com Contact: Peter Fiorini Lowell – Director

TAI PING CARPETS EUROPE S.A Hôtel de Livry, 23, rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris - France T: +33 (0)1 53 45 90 65 F: +33 (0)1 40 20 90 71 M (France): +33 (0)6 09 76 83 75 M (UK): +44 (0)7800 848 973 Tai Ping Chelsea Harbour, 406-407 Design Centre East, London, SW10 0XF T: +44 (0) 207 808 9655 F: +44 (0) 207 808 9659 E: xavierbonnamy@taipingcarpets.com www.taipingcarpets.com Contact: Xavier Bonnamy – Yacht Division Global Manager

S&D Yachts were established in mid 1976 to cater for all the visiting yachtsmen to Malta. We offer berthing arrangement, Customs & Police Immigration clearance in/outwards, Duty-free fuel & Provisions, in-water repairs as well as yard repairs. We are now also operating from Tunisia.

Tai Ping Carpets is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury custom carpets and has developed a special Yacht Division. Yachts recently delivered: MY Ocean Victory, MY Quantum Blue, MY Symphony, MY Infinity, MY Vava II, MY Ace, MY Musashi, MY Hampshire II, MY Grace E, MY Madame GU, MY Chopi Chopi, MY Stella Maris, MY Z, MY Como, MY Kiss, MY Hey Jude, MY Okto, MY Formosa, MY Madame Kate, MY Vanish, MY Moon Sand.

DECK FITTINGS/SWIM LADDERS

GLASS AND TANK MONITORING

MULTIPLEX GMBH Zur Westpier 3 28755 Bremen T: +49 421 8350 100 F: +49 421 67 88 68 Email: contact@multiplex.com www.multiplexgmbh.com Contact: Jan Reiners – CEO

TILSE INDUSTRIE-UND SCHIFFSTECHNIK GMBH Sottorfallee 12, 22529 Hamburg, Germany T: +49 (0)40 43 20 80 80 F: +49 (0)40 43 20 80 888 E: tilse@tilse.com www.tilse.com Contact: Hans-Joachim Tilse – Managing Director

Multiplex GmbH was established in 1986 and specializes in the design and production of light weight marine composite solutions built from carbon fibre such as Sun Awning Systems and Swimming Ladders. Consistently supplying top notch services and products.

Founded in 1974 TILSE Industrie specialises in the design, production and installation of marine glass to power and sail vessels in the Superyacht Industry worldwide. Amongst our many specialities is the production of curved glass that helps to complement the graceful lines of today’s modern yachts. Our well-known brands are FORMGLAS SPEZIAL® plane and bent glass, MICROCLEAR® heated glass made out of FORMGLAS SPEZIAL®, SOLARDIM® compound glass made out of FORMGLAS SPEZIAL® with dimmer function. NEW PRODUCT – fire-proof glazing A0/A60.

LAWYERS – MARINE SPECIALISTS

MARINAS

HILL DICKINSON LLP 105 Jermyn Street, St James’s London SW1Y 6EE, UK T: +44 (0)20 7283 9033 E: tony.allen@hilldickinson.com Contact: Tony Allen Palais Saint James, 5 avenue Princesse Alice, 98000 Monaco T: +377 9770 0460 E: david.reardon@hilldickinson.com Contact: David Reardon www.hilldickinson.com/yachts

ANTIGUA YACHT CLUB MARINA Falmouth Harbour, Antigua T: +1 (268) 460 1544 F: +1 (268) 460 1444 E: aycmarina@candw.ag www.aycmarina.com Carlo Falcone - Managing Director

Hill Dickinson’s yacht team is the market leader in the provision of legal services to the superyacht industry. In addition to its yachting and yacht finance capability, the firm’s expertise in all areas of marine law is internationally renowned.

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AGENTS

Situated in Falmouth Harbour the marina is a complete facility ideally located for all services in the English and Falmouth harbour area. We can accommodate boats up to 400’, that draw up to 25’.

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MARINE SCHOOLS

NETWORKING

JPMA (JOHN PERCIVAL MARINE ASSOCIATES) Marine House, 86a Market Street, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 3BD, UK T: +44 (0)151 632 4000 F: +44 (0)151 632 4776 E: mate@hss.ac.uk www.sailorsworld.co.uk Contact: Anna Percival-Harris – Managing Director

SUPERYACHT WEB Colin Squire Publishing, PO Box 7, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2QD UK T: +44 (0)1986 894333 E: colinsquire@yachtingmatters.com www.SuperYachtWeb.com Contact: Colin Squire – Publisher

Shorebased RYA/MCA training courses to Yachtmaster Ocean, MCA Deck and Engineering modules and STCW courses. Oral preparation for OOW, Master & Engineer Oral Exams, ISM related matters, Specialist supplier of Hydrographic Office and Publishers charts.

www.SuperyachtCaptains.com • www.SuperyachtChefs.com www.SuperyachtEngineer.com • www.SuperyachtCrew.com

PAINT SURVEYORS

PROPELLERS

MARTEN YACHT PAINTING ADVICE AND INSPECTION Van Ommenstraat 3, 8326CP St. Jansklooter NETHERLANDS T: +31 527246855 F: +31 527245688 M: +31 620429425 E: info@mypai.nl www.mypai.nl Contact: Marten Heetebrij – Managing Director

PIENING-PROPELLER Am Altendeich 83, 25348 Glückstadt, Germany T: +49 4124 916812 F: +49 4124 916852 E: pein@piening-propeller.de www. piening-propeller.de Contact: Mathias Pein – CEO & COB

Steered by over 40 years of experience we offer a superb knowledge of modern yacht paint and application systems to captains, owners, management companies, paint suppliers, applicators, insurance companies, etc.

All linked to one online Superyacht show – what else do you need?

PIENING-PROPELLER supplies complete propulsion systems, from gearboxes to propellers, including struts, for MEGA yachts and HIGHSPEED yachts. The company designs and produces various types of propellers from a diameter of 800mm upwards and shafts with a several length up to 16,000mm. PIENING-PROPELLER is ISO 9001/2008 certified by GLC

REFIT & REPAIR

ROPES

ASTILLEROS DE MALLORCA Contramuelle-Mollet 11, 07012 Palma de Mallorca, Spain T: +34 971 710645 F: +34 971 721368 E: info@astillerosdemallorca.com www.astillerosdemallorca.com

ARMARE ROPES Via Meucci, 3 Z.I. Aussa Corno 33058 San Giorgio di Nogaro (UD) Italy T: +39 0431 65575 F: +39 0431 621351 E: info@armare.it www.armareropes.com

Our growing list of established clients help to justify our claim to be the Superyacht Repair Centre of the Mediterranean. Astilleros de Mallorca has four slipways to 74 m plus 220 m of outfitting quays and have expanded into the STP refitting area.

Over 200 years in the production of ropes, composite cables, accessories and high quality running and standing rigging equipment, in particular for Super Yachts. Fast deliveries, warranty of safety and reliability, customization of any product, ability to make particular handmade finishing and splicing, constant research of new production technology and innovative materials, these are all hallmarks of Armare.

STABILISERS

TEAK DECKS

NAIAD DYNAMICS UK LTD Unit 3 Nelson Industrial Park, Manaton Way, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2JH UK T: +44 (0)23 92 539750 F: +44 (0)23 92 539764 E: ukspares@naiad.com www.naiad.com Contact: Steve Colliss – Sales Manager

TEAKDECKING SYSTEMS 7061 15th Street East, Sarasota, Florida 34243 USA T: +1 941 756 0600 F: +1 941 756 0406 E: yacht.services@teakdecking.com www.teakdecking.com Contact: Alan Brosilow – Manager USA

Naiad Dynamics, recognized world leader in the design & manufacture of Ship Motion Control Systems and equipment for yachts of all sizes. AtRest® and AtSpeed® Roll Stabilizers, Advanced Ride Control Systems, Interceptors, Bow &Stern Thrusters, and Integrated Hydraulic Systems. OEM support for all Vosper, Naiad, KoopNautic and MDI systems

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Teakdecking Systems pre-manufactures teakdecks in pre-trimmed panels for ships and yachts. Planks can be straight or curved to the planksheer of the vessel. Our craftsmen also create beautiful custom interior floors. We perform installations and refurbishments worldwide and carry TDS caulking, cleaners, epoxies and adhesives.


Quantum Zero Speed Stabilization By The Numbers TM

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The number of Quantum systems that have been replaced by the competition during refits!

The number of superyachts in length 100 - 180 meters using Quantum’s Zero SpeedTM stabilization

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The number of superyachts between 0 & 60 meters using Quantum’s Zero SpeedTM stabilization

The year the world’s first successful Zero SpeedTM stabilizer was built... and it was by Quantum

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The number of superyachts between 60 and 90 meters using Quantum’s Zero SpeedTM stabilization

The number of competitor’s stabilizer systems replaced by Quantum’s Zero Speed™ stabilizer technology, during refits

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The number of square meters of the largest fixed fin stabilizer ever built ... and it’s by Quantum

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The % of superyachts in the world over 55 meters using Quantum Zero SpeedTM stabilization systems

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The number of shipyards that have installed Quantum’s stabilizers

Need we say more! Call Quantum today to discuss the stability and comfort of your superyacht. 3790 S.W. 30th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 T. +1 954.587.4205 M. +1 954.330.8081 F. +1 954.587.4259 E. marmstrong@quantumhydraulic.com www.quantumhydraulic.com


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Yachting Matters - 30 - Spring/Summer 2016  

SINCE LAUNCHING THIS MAGAZINE WAY BACK IN 2000 we have taken our readers on many wonderful journeys to all of the world’s Oceans. Pole to po...

Yachting Matters - 30 - Spring/Summer 2016  

SINCE LAUNCHING THIS MAGAZINE WAY BACK IN 2000 we have taken our readers on many wonderful journeys to all of the world’s Oceans. Pole to po...