from Switzerland). The Mediterranean area was well represented by Croatian, French, Maltese, Italian, and Spanish, companies and also from Monaco. In addition to several port and marina building societies and numerous going concerns specialised in lighting equipment, carpentry, legal and financial services, insurance companies, international registries, yacht and crew management, there’s a truly international participation which has expanded beyond Europe as far as captains and yacht representatives are concerned since some of them come from the USA. In the course of the latest event approximately 1,600 meetings between captains and companies were held, thanks also to the App made available and through which to express customer satisfaction data on the meetings. This coming 2017 edition will allow those attending to get acquainted with some of Tuscany’s coastal region, while taking part in a series of convivial activities which will be taking place between Viareggio, Camaiore, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi. For further information: www.yarenetworking.com
The Superyacht Captains’ Forum – April 20th Organised by The Superyacht Group, and The Superyacht Captains’ Forum, which allows you to explore the current state of the sector, what’s ahead, and future prospects from an international view point.
The three day event from February 1st to 3rd held in Tuscany with as backdrop the town’s appreciated thermal baths which also highlighted the second leg of the 2016/2017 edition of A|B Yachtmaster Europe that followed the November event held in Hong Kong – dedicated to Asian crews – and precedes the May one which will be held in the USA. An attractive schedule which has now reached its 17th edition with a record breaking attendance of 200 people coming from 19 different countries, between captains, crew members and sector operators who discussed about topics dear to the yachting industry, took part in training activities and shared networking together and team building. Benetti’s invitation to this international meeting, for their super and mega yacht captains, was also extended to engineers, officers, stewardesses, ship owners’ representatives, surveyors, partner companies and sponsors. This modus operandi has created a realistic efficient community which adds up to benefitting from a precious network made up of meaningful working relationships which also boost loyalty to the brand and to Benetti’s high standards of quality. Alessandro Gallifuoco in charge as Yachtmaster opened the first day’s meeting by thanking the attendees for coming and went on to express his sincere satisfaction, underscoring how this 17th edition looked promising and fruitful thanks to the number and internationality of those attending and to the considerable number of sponsor companies present. Training activities were followed up with conferences, theme talks and live interviews with several captains who volunteered to share their experiences with an attentive and curious audience, and condescended to answer questions related to yacht management, crew management, working relationships with owners, difficulties encountered because of diverse legislations in several different countries, without forgetting to recall a few anecdotes with some mixed feelings that professionals of proven experience are in a position to do so best.the speakers invited to take the floor were chosen amongst qualified experts in the field. They dealt with very interesting topics concerning information technology security, how to communicate in a crisis/emergency, how to best manage crew,
fiscal and legal aspects connected to chartering activities. A first time theme was presented in the course of this 17th edition thanks to the PYA (Private Yachting Association) which kindly dedicated a full day to below deck crew to talk about quality of the services delivered, what to provide in setting up spaces dedicated to business meetings, care and maintenance, leadership and team building; fundamental aspects directed to Benetti yachts’ crews and staff outlining qualitative standards and the importance of uniformed procedures. Among the attending convention’s partners there were also several leading companies of the sector namely: Awlgrip, Boero, Jotun, Slam, while the official sponsors present were Team Italia, MAN, RINA, CMC, CGT Caterpillar, Fraser Yacht. As per tradition there was time dedicated to entertainment and networking as well which are important ingredients in making a success of this kind of event and to perpetuate among the attendees the feeling of belonging to the same Gruppo Azimut Benetti community. And to enhance attendees loyalty the Yachtmaster created three diverse categories for those attending, naming “Commodore” those that attended every one of the 17 editions. There’s much to be expected therefore from the coming 2016/2017 edition which will be held in Miami from May 3rd to 5th
Singapore will be hosting their seventh Singapore Yachts Show, which is dedicated to luxury yachting. The event will be taking place at ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove from April 6th to 9th. This yacht show is considered as the Asian version of the MYS (Monaco Yacht Show), it is the most important luxury yachting event in South East Asia and it is gathering a lot more consensus as more European shipyards are attracted and will be attending, as the Asian market shows what’s become an exclusive event which brings together in a picturesque backdrop all of the things that represent luxury lifestyles, from the presence of famed yachts to glam party makers, accompanied by rich entertainments and the exhibiting of luxury collectibles and show cased prestigious brands and products as well as exotic motor cars, hand crafted jewels and so on down to luxury restaurants. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director at the SYS, talking about the Singapore event while in Thailand during the latest Thailand Yacht Show openly stated as follows:”we’re very proud for what we’ve ac- complished in just seven years.and we’re enthusiastic about the fact that many leading players in the sector have identified the SYS as being the ideal platform through which to present their products to the Asian market. We are currently working full time with new local partners from all the strategic areas in the region to bring to this event the right clientele”. As far as the exhibition on the water is concerned, the line up for this 2017 Singapore Yachts Show sees in Benetti’s “Ambrosia” the event’s flag ship with her 65 metres, four decks cabins for 12 guests, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, and helipad.“ocean Emerald” is also expected, this motor yacht has been designed by Norman Foster and has recently been seen in the remake of the cult movie Point Break. Additionally there will be several of the most important Superyacht shipyards coming with their yachts or their representatives among which : Amels, Baglietto, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen, Lürssen, Silveryachts, Heysea, and Westport. Next to these Fraser Yachts brokers will be exhibiting a well turned out fleet of superyachts. There’s a long list of Italian shipyards attending as well as repre-