The Antigua Charter Yacht Show has closed its doors for another year, being heralded a great success not only for the 70+ yachts that were exhibited but also for the incredible spirit of solidarity displayed in the wake of the devastating hurricane season. For all attending, including some recruitment agents from YPI CREW, it was a show to remember.
Following great success at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show last week - at which some of our recruitment agents met yacht crew and got the chance to see them in action - the YPI CREW team is ready to tackle the winter recruitment season, fulfilling your crew requirements and placing the best candidates in the best superyacht jobs.
An important topic for yacht crew, social security laws have featured greatly in yachting news in 2017, owing to the implementation of a new decree early in the year.
If anyone was going to start an automotive business aimed directly and exclusively at yacht crewmembers, it makes perfect sense for it to have been Mark Upton - a man who has a wealth of his own experience working on yachts and a passion for cars. Having already founded the company CrewFo, which provides expert financial advice for superyacht crew, Upton recently turned his attentions from the high seas to four wheels.
Careers in yachting can be exceptionally rewarding, but sacrifices must be made. While you will benefit from the opportunity to travel the world, meet new friends for life, and earn good money, you will also forego the opportunity to lead a 'normal life' - the allure of which is the industry's primary attraction for some crewmembers. During the peak season(s), it is likely that you'll spend months away from the yacht's base. It is probable that notions of familiarity will fade into the recesses of your memory. As such, careers in yachting can often be short-lived, as crew trade in life onboard for life on land. YPI CREW takes a look at some of the land-based career options available for ex-crew.
Those working in yacht jobs in France will have no doubt heard of the new social security law which applies to non-French yacht crew residing in France as of July 1st 2017.
In response to an increase in demand for well-trained interior yacht crew, the Stewardess Training Academy was established in Palma in June 2016. Formed by Jess Barnard and Erin Bloom - former yacht crew stewardesses - the training academy aims to imbue both inexperienced and experienced interior crew with the skills to offer exceptional service and a distinguished sense of professionalism.
For Captains, the issue of budget management is an enduring nightmare. The general consensus among Captains is that existing methods of managing budgets are outdated and inefficient, meaning that the accounting process takes more time and effort than it should.
While it's true that yacht crew are exceptionally busy throughout the busy summer months, there is often a lull in activity throughout the winter period. One opportunistic Captain has spent this quiet period developing a gadget that transcends the ordinary: the eV-Twin Electric Motorbike.