Many luxury yachts are now arriving in Mediterranean ports after lengthy trips from the Caribbean and beyond. The start of the Mediterranean yachting season offers a prime opportunity for prospective crew to find work on yachts of all sizes.
My name is Michael Wilshaw and I have been a professional chef for nearly two decades. At the end of the Mediterranean season, after a busy summer at sea, Helen at YPI CREW asked me if I was interested in going on a three-day course, or ‘formation’, at the Ducasse Education Training Centre near Paris. I jumped at the chance, booked myself a hotel, organised my flights and three weeks later I was honing my skills the Alain Ducasse way! This is a brief account of my experience there.
YPI CREW is the industry leading recruiter for yacht crew jobs and has been a go-to authority since 2002. Based in Antibes, we help the most discerning Captains and Owners find the most suitable candidates for their superyacht jobs.
Not just a reflection of prospects for yachting employees, crew recruitment data underpins insightful market analysis of the yachting industry itself. An average 100m superyacht requires around 50 yacht crewmembers. Accordingly, as the length of yachts and numbers launched increase, so does the requirement for crew. YPI CREW compiled data which suggests that the yachting industry is going from strength to strength.
We are looking for a recruiter to join our well established Interior department - recognised as the leading authority in the yacht crew recruitment industry.
Working as part of a crew on board a luxury superyacht is an extremely rewarding experience, but it is not without challenges: while the earning potential is excellent, the travelling opportunities are limitless, and the social benefits are numerous, the hours can be long and the work can be tough.
Yachting Partners International recently announced the winners of its inaugural ‘Photo of The Year’ competition. The event was launched in the summer with the theme of ‘Quality Time at Sea’. Crew were invited to submit photos about their experiences, sights and memories related to this topic.
Last week marked the annual arrival of our highly anticipated Kite Fest Captains' Escape, organised by both YPI and YPI CREW to give yacht captains the chance to unwind and socialise at the end of a busy summer season. Coming just at the right time - before the Monaco Yacht Show 2016, which will run from 28th September until 1st October - it was a great chance for Captains to network and take part in exciting activities together, before enjoying the refreshments of the evening.
YPI CREW takes the protection of candidates and crewmembers very seriously, and that’s why we strictly adhere to industry standards, as set out by the ILO's Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). After successfully complying with the terms of the MLC, we are proud to announce that we have been approved for the Lloyd's register for a third consecutive year. Every year, we voluntarily submit ourselves for audit; staff from the Marseille Lloyd's Register office externally audit YPI CREW to ensure that we maintain a statement of compliance and, once again, we have exceeded standard requirements.