YPI CREW Attends the 2017 Antigua Charter Yacht Show

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.

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For those looking for yacht crew jobs, the Antigua Charter Yacht Show not only kicks off the winter season but also acts as an early barometer of how the season will perform in terms of charter bookings and crew recruitment.

In 2017, the Antigua Yacht Show was more important than ever, as the event signalled strongly to the world that the Caribbean was most firmly ‘open for business’ after the hurricanes swept through in September.

More than 70 motor and sail yachts showed their support for the winter Caribbean charter season by attending the 2017 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, with brokers flying in from all over the world to exhibit their best charter yachts, view the latest yachts to join the market, and get to know the crews and amenities of each vessel.

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For people looking for yacht crew jobs, the success of the 56th Antigua Charter Yacht Show is a great relief for their job-hunting prospects. For the Caribbean region, it is a lifeline. There’s still a great deal of rebuilding to be done across parts of the Caribbean, but the presence of the superyachts at the Antigua Show is not only a valuable revenue stream for the ongoing recovery efforts, but a reminder to all that life is returning to normal, and the Caribbean remains one of the greatest cruising grounds on earth.

Highlights of the 2017 Antigua Charter Yacht Show

As always, the Antigua Charter Yacht Show was a memorable blur of fun and hard work, with 5 full days of yacht viewings, followed by the famous ‘yacht hop’ marina nights where yacht crews hosted brokers and press onboard for a themed night of canapes, cocktails, and entertainment.

For yacht crew, the much-loved Crew Party was time to network and have fun, also providing a great opportunity for jobseekers to hear about available yacht crew jobs and mingle with crews.

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Concours de Chef

One of the biggest events was the annual Concours de Chef competition, with yacht chefs battling it out this year to create a Caribbean ‘Sunday Funday’ brunch suitable for all ages. In the 50m+ category, Chef Caitlin Kennedy of M/Y ANDIAMO took out the top prize, Chef Harriet Mansell of M/Y SARISSA won the 38m-49m category, and Chef Tava Schieb of M/Y VIGILANT 1 was awarded first prize in the yachts up to 37m range.

Winning the Concours de Chef at Antigua is something that all yacht chefs aspire to, for it not only builds the yacht’s reputation as a top charter yacht but is a personal prize for a yacht chef, who can add this award to their CV when seeking yacht crew jobs in future.

Tablescaping Competition

The interior crew also took part in the competition, with a tablescaping competition to accompany the chef’s creations. This year’s theme was ‘Caribbean Sea’, and steward/esses from M/Y BROADWATER, M/Y THREE FORKS, and the high-performing M/Y VIGILANT 1 won in their respective categories.

Again, this is a fantastic award to be able to add to a crew CV, so those looking for a new yacht crew job or wanting to enter the industry should be working on their table decoration skills and creativity to wow charter guests.

The hurricane recovery efforts were still firmly on everyone’s mind, with a great charity event called ‘Let’s Rebuild Barbuda’ held during the show. While Antigua was thankfully spared most of the hurricane damage, its twin island of Barbuda was in the eye of the storm, with its buildings and infrastructure levelled. The yachting industry has rallied to show support, with the charity night at the Antigua show just one of the fantastic efforts being undertaken.

The Antigua Charter Yacht Show Begins the Yacht Crew Job Hunt

A trade-only event, the Antigua Charter Yacht Show is the unofficial opening of the Caribbean yachting season, and some people looking for yacht crew jobs find their first jobs of winter helping yachts to prepare for the show.

With charters beginning over the Christmas/New Year period, and the winter yachting season lasting until late April, there are many jobs on offer. After this time, the majority of yacht crew jobs are found in either the Mediterranean or the US East Coast for the commencement of the summer yachting season and the recruitment cycle begins again.

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With the hurricane recovery efforts still underway, this Caribbean season will likely be a little different for job hunters. Those looking for yacht crew jobs in the Caribbean this winter should definitely get in touch with a YPI CREW agent to discuss the availability of jobs, how to ensure your CV stands out in an unusual yachting season, and where to base your search.

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