What’s your Job-Hunting Strategy for the Caribbean Yachting Season?
With the Monaco Yacht Show behind us and the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Show only weeks away, the yachting industry’s attention is turning to the Caribbean winter season ahead.
What are your plans for this winter? With the Monaco Yacht Show behind us and the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Show only weeks away, the yachting industry’s attention is turning to the Caribbean winter season ahead.
Over the next two months, a huge fleet of superyachts will begin their crossings to the tropical islands of the Caribbean, and they’re looking to hire the most skilled, professional and personable crew to take along with them.
You want that to be you.
There’s a huge movement of crew at this time of year, which means that for anyone looking for yacht crew vacancies in the Caribbean, now is the time to strike.
As crew looking for work for the Caribbean season, what is your strategy?
If you’re in the Med already, are you doing your best to find a boat to cross with? Or are you staking your hopes on flying to Fort Lauderdale and finding a job there? Or are you planning to head straight to the Caribbean-a slightly risky strategy as most yachts tend to crew up before they get there.
Without question, the safest strategy for those already based in the Med is to do your utmost to find a yacht with the help of the crew agency to cross with and employ you for the season. This is ideal because it gives you plenty of time to get to know the yacht before the busy winter season begins in earnest, and also gives you valuable sea time under your belt. In addition, many of the yachts in Fort Lauderdale will be US-flagged so will be barred to you for job-hunting unless you hold a US passport.
Deliveries are also a good option as they give you valuable experience, sea time…and save you an airfare!
A few things to know about the Caribbean season
The Caribbean yachting season runs from late November to May, although the Antigua Charter Yacht Show in early December is generally considered the kick-off to the Caribbean season. The majority of yachts will arrive in the first few weeks of December in time for the Christmas charter period, often using Antigua or St Maarten as their base for the season.
The majority of yachts will then begin their crossings back to the Mediterranean in March or April to get ready for the summer season, although many yachts will remain up until May.
How can YPI Crew help you get on a yacht this Caribbean season?
YPI Crew know exactly which yachts are “crossing the pond’ for the Caribbean winter season, and which ones are looking for crew. So before you book that plane ticket to fly across the Atlantic, make sure you have spoken to YPI Crew about all the current options available, including deliveries. We can also give you the low-down on the visas you’ll need to work in the Caribbean.
Already in the States or Caribbean or planning to fly there? YPI Crew have a global fleet of yachts on its books, so get in touch with us to find out what exciting opportunities we can offer you.