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Twin crew cabins on superyachts over 3000 GT allowed by MCA

July 15, 2013

Following thorough consultation with superyacht industry stakeholders and social partners, MCA has agreed to permit twin cabins to be built for non-officer seafarers on Large Commercial Yachts of between 3000 and 5000 GT. This decision is based upon a set of substantially equivalent arrangements presented by SYBAss on behalf of its members, the world’s leading superyacht builders.

Version 3 of The Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3) includes the substantially equivalent Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) regulations established for large yachts. Members of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) have proven that LY3 yachts over 3000 GT would be disproportionately affected by the LY3 rule which states that all seafarers should have their own single cabin. This arrangement is very uncommon on superyachts where the comfort levels for crew are significantly higher than on commercial vessels in many other ways.

“It is clear from our studies that large yacht crew members would not benefit from the application of this single cabin rule in our sector of the industry,” explains SYBAss technical director Chris van Hooren. “To reduce the considerable economic impact of single cabins, yacht designers would likely opt for minimum MLC-standard cabins. Onboard yachts over 3000 GT such cabins would have awkward dimensions with recessed bunks and no ensuite sanitary facilities. This would actually lead to crew having lower standards of comfort than is currently the case on superyachts.”

With this in mind SYBAss submitted to the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) an application for a substantially equivalent twin cabin option for seafarers onboard LY3 yachts over 3000 GT, conditional on minimum size and provision of en suite facilities. This has now been accepted and this substantial equivalence will be included as part of the UK’s MLC implementation package. MCA will also propose future amendments to the MLC once it is in force in order to provide more appropriate accommodation standards for yachts of all sizes, as have already been agreed as substantially equivalent standards with UK tripartite partners.

“We would like to thank the MCA, all members of the MCA MLC Tripartite Working Group and all members of the MCA MLC Sub Working Group for their constructive approach in this matter,” concludes Van Hooren. “One of the key roles of SYBAss is to facilitate regulations that reflect the unique nature of the superyacht industry. This decision by MCA helps support a level playing field for the large yacht sector.”

Bursaries Available for Future Luxury Superyacht Captains

June 25, 2013

Isle of Wight-based youth charity UKSA, UK’s top maritime training provider, has still 12 places available on its highly-regarded Yachting Cadetship, a structured three-year apprenticeship – including a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science with Plymouth University. Training begins in October ’13 and permits attendees to ‘earn whilst they learn’ and train for a high-income career on luxury superyachts.

UKSA Cadetship

UKSA Cadetship

What’s more, nine of these places are generously part funded via bursaries from the UK’s principal maritime charities, Trinity House and Seafarers UK (under the Professional Yachtsman’s Bursary Scheme*), which makes them accessible to everyone and an immediately viable option for those considering vocational training over the traditional university career path.

The Trinity House & Seafarers UK bursaries will cover the first phase of training (five months) at UKSA’s Cowes campus and amount to a minimum of £14,000 worth of assistance/funding. Both also include a handy living allowance of £200 per month during this time. Once employed as entry level professional deckhands in phase two of the course, students can typically earn €2000 a month tax free (not including tips) working in locations across the Mediterranean, Caribbean and worldwide.

Trinity House 2013 bursary applicants have to attend a two day Cadetship Selection on 9/10th July, with those who pass attending a final interview in London on 23rd July. The Seafarers UK bursary follows a similar application process but is open to candidates throughout the summer.

Daryl Pride

Daryl Pride

UKSA Director, Daryl Pride, explains: “All things considered, vocational training seems to be the new university – and ours is particularly in demand because of these bursaries on offer. Our yachting cadets can easily graduate debt-free because of what they earn during what amounts to some two years of paid work placements, plus food and accommodation is included in the cost of training. Once onboard a vessel almost all of the student’s living costs are covered by the yacht too.

“With the help of Trinity House and Seafarers UK, young people can now take the first step into this exciting career, as the work placement phases are an excellent and proven means of funding the rest of the cadetship.

“As part of the course, a dedicated team work with each cadet to educate and prepare them for the industry. Utilising our exclusive crew placement website, alongside our global network of industry contacts, we assist with securing their employment phases. Plus, there’s the opportunity of earning a very good starting salary at an early age, which you can’t do in most other professions.”

UKSA Cadetship Manager, Emma Baggett, adds: “These bursaries are an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right candidates and geared towards MCA Officer of the Watch qualification.  Applicants should be between 18 and 25 years old, have obtained at least 120 UCAS points and have high grade passes in GCSE Maths and English.  They should be highly motivated, proactive and have a strong work ethic and professional attitude.

“Candidates must be seeking a genuine alternative to university and also demonstrate a keen desire for a long term career in the superyacht industry – and whilst previous water sports and/or yachting experience is highly desirable, it is not essential.

“Our three year course is a highly successful, structured programme and the recognition and support from highly respected maritime organisations like Trinity House and Seafarers UK is an effective endorsement of the UKSA Yachting Cadetship as a viable and practical career path alongside the traditional commercial routes or conventional university study.

“We currently have over 100 cadets at various stages of their training working in the industry and it’s our relationships with crew agents and captains themselves that make the cadetship so successful. This support, which carries on throughout their careers, is unique to UKSA.”

For more information on funding, dates and a Yachting Cadetship application pack contact Lauren on 01983 203038.

Aid-loaded Mega Yacht BIG FISH on her way to cyclone-struck Fiji

December 27, 2012

Thanks to the excellent relief coordination by YachtAid Global,  22nd of December saw the 45m expedition yacht BIG FISH being loaded with aid destined for the people of cyclone-struck islands of Fiji. Superyacht Big Fish left Auckland, New Zealand, on the 26th December and is expected to arrive in Fiji on the 31st December.

BIG FISH -  Main

BIG FISH - Main

People of Fiji lost almost everything they had when cyclone Evan hit the area. Following the devastating event, YAG’s founder, Captain Mark Drewelow contacted Big Fish’s Captain Winston Joyce-Clarke and together they have decided to make better use of the space on board and help those in need. In addition to charter yacht Big Fish, companies that are working hard to assist the international relief in Fiji are C2C inc., Superyacht Support, Yacht Partners Fiji and Yacht Help Fiji.

About YachtAid Global

YachtAid Global orchestrates the delivery of humanitarian, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide.  The organisation was founded in 2006 and is a registered nonprofit providing tax benefits to donors.  YachtAid Global utilises a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, patrons who sponsor supplies and yacht owners and crew that offer to transport them.

They deliver to schools, medical clinics, cultural centres and other organisations in remote and isolated locations including Alaska, Indonesia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, French Polynesia, Mexico,  Chile, Brazil, Belize, Vanuatu, and more.  They work with an impressive roster of yachts to provide the owners and crew with an outlet to give back in a unique way that does not change the course of their cruise.

The simplified list of what has been collected by the McMullen & Wing built yacht BIG FISH came to over NZ$ 50,000 and 20 tons!

  • 129 black bags of clothes
  • 24 boxes medical supplies
  • 24 bags  of 2 paper hand towels
  • 23 boxes hand towel dispensers
  • 15 boxes toilet paper dispenser
  • 4 tissue packs
  • 108 x 8 rolls of toilet paper
  • 38 boxes of tinned or dried food
  • 28 boxes children’s stationary
  • 15 boxes books
  • 20 x water 20l
  • 5 mattresses
  • 1 tennis set
  • 3 boxes tools and nails
  • 9 boxes kitchen equipment
  • 5 boxes baskets and buckets
  • 3 portable generators

SURI and YachtAid Global

Motor Yacht SURI is another luxury vessel that collaborated with YachtAid Global. Suri took on board a few tons of humanitarian aid in Los Angeles in November, to help the Tsunami impacted Robinson Crusoe Island. SURI departed Los Angeles and travelled non stop to the island arriving on November 25.

Winners of the Andreas Liveras Best Yacht Hop Award at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2012

December 17, 2012

The Antigua Show Management Team together with The Board of Directors of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show would like to thank everyone that visited the 2012 show, as well as thank to all their valued sponsors. The show this year featured 97 spectacular yachts on display, available to over 300 luxury yacht charter brokers to view. The Antigua Show Management hope that everyone had a productive week!  The management would like to congratulate the yachts that won the Andreas Liveras Best Yacht Hop awards: Lady Linda, Lazy Z  and charter yacht Harle.

Antigua Charter Yacht Show

Antigua Charter Yacht Show

57M MOTOR YACHT LADY LINDA BY TRINITY YACHTS

at the Falmouth Harbour Marina  with a fantastic Alice in Wonderland Party

Motor yacht Lady Linda at the Falmouth Harbour Marina  with a fantastic Alice in Wonderland Party

Motor yacht Lady Linda at the Falmouth Harbour Marina with a fantastic Alice in Wonderland Party

More about Lady Linda

Measuring 56,9m, this superyacht was built by Trinity Yachts and delivered in 2012. Lady Linda features luxurious and spacious Evan K Marshall designed accommodation for 12 guests in 6 lovely suites and has 7 cabins to accommodate a crew of 14 members.

Trinity Yachts luxury yacht LADY LINDA - Running-680

Trinity Yachts luxury yacht LADY LINDA - Running-680

51,4M MOTOR YACHT LAZY Z BY OCEANCO

at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina with their Pink Cancer Awareness Charity Party

Yacht Lazy Z at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina with their Pink Cancer Awareness Charity Party

Yacht Lazy Z at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina with their Pink Cancer Awareness Charity Party

More about Lazy Z

This beautiful Oceanco built superyacht features innovative interior, designed with luxury and style in mind. Lazy Z was created to provide excellent spaces for entertainment and relaxation to a maximum number of 12 guests. There is one split-level Owner suite spreading over the entire beam located forward on the yacht’s main deck. The remaining 10 guests are accommodated in three Queen-sized double cabins, one twin cabin as well as one additional single cabin with a drop down Pullman. All of the cabins boast a private bath, a discreet safe, en-suite and a full electrical entertainment system.

Luxury Yacht Lazy Z by Oceanco

Luxury Yacht Lazy Z by Oceanco

44,65M MOTOR YACHT HARLE BY FEADSHIP

at the Nelsons Dockyard Marina with their Moroccan Night

Charter Yacht Harle at the Nelsons Dockyard Marina with their Moroccan Night

Charter Yacht Harle at the Nelsons Dockyard Marina with their Moroccan Night

Motor Yacht Harle at the Nelsons Dockyard Marina with their Moroccan Night

Motor Yacht Harle at the Nelsons Dockyard Marina with their Moroccan Night

More about Harle

The beautiful charter yacht Harle is a 2007 launched Feadship vessel, designed by De Voogt Naval Architects with interior by Sinot Design Associates. She is a custom-series F45 Vantage yacht and a winner of the 2008 International Superyacht Society Award for Best Power Yacht from 40 to 65 metres.  Her unique layout features the master and the guest staterooms on the main deck with a great indoor/outdoor flow for charter guests comfort and enjoinment. Elegant accommodation is offered to ten guests in 5 luxurious staterooms, plus two guests in a convertible private office. All of Harle’s cabins boast large windows providing plenty of natural light and a harmony between the interior and the outside landscapes.

HARLE -  Main

HARLE - Main

These winners were presented with a trophy and the name of their yacht will be added as the 2012 winners.

The Antigua Show Management Team would also like to thank all their hard working staff that help run the show, from the Hospitality staff, golf cart and taxi drivers to the dock security and the Chefs Competition coordinators.

They wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a productive and Peaceful New Year.

Australian Superyacht Crew Recruitment & Training (ASC) has partnered with TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Maritime

April 10, 2012

Superyacht crews in Australia have the possibility to take part in a training programme recognised all over the world and allowing them to work internationally, as well as domestically for the first time, thanks to a unique strategic alliance.

TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Director National Business Camden Jobbins Australian Superyacht Crew Principal Trainer Donna Morris and Australian Superyachts

TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Director National Business Camden Jobbins Australian Superyacht Crew Principal Trainer Donna Morris and Australian Superyachts

Australian Superyacht Crew Recruitment & Training (ASC) has partnered with TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Maritime to provide Superyacht STCW95 Basic Safety Training and other superyacht specific courses. The partnership means international Superyacht captains looking to hire crew now have access to a pipeline of internationally accredited Australian graduates, who can serve aboard both international and Australian registered vessels.

Until now, most STCW95 Basic Safety Training Certificates offered to aspiring Superyacht Crew in Australia were issued by foreign “Flag of Convenience” maritime jurisdictions. These certificates are not valid in Australia. Australian Superyacht Crew Principal Donna Morris says, “All superyacht crew are required to undergo STCW95 Basic Safety Training to be eligible to work aboard Superyachts.

Donna Morris

Donna Morris

“The problem for many Australians has been that their STCW95 Certificate provided by other training establishments and issued by various foreign maritime jurisdictions are not recognised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for eligibility to work on Australian registered vessels.

“Many of our students return to Australia seeking employment in the Australian maritime industry at the completion of their international superyacht career. Holding an AMSA Certified STCW certificate proves to be a major advantage for them, providing seamless entry to the Australian marine industry without having to undertake the same expensive training again.”

The development is a breakthrough for the industry, as up to 10,000 Australians serve in the Superyacht industry, or an astounding 20 per cent of the total global market.

Australian Superyacht Crew is Australia’s leading superyacht crew training establishment, offering superyacht courses both in Sydney and the Gold Coast. Sydney Institute Maritime is the oldest continually operating Maritime Training School in Australia, having provided training for Deck officers to Master Mariner Foreign Going level for over 50 years.

Headquartered in central Sydney, the AMSA Registered facility provides a variety of commercial marine deck and engineering training courses accredited by AMSA, NSW Maritime, IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and STCW (Standards for Training of Certified Watchkeepers).

Head Teacher of Maritime Sydney Institute says “With the surge of Australian seafarers gaining employment within the international superyacht industry, it is a strategic move for our college to tailor some of our existing courses to also meet the needs of the superyacht training market sector.

“Given the superyacht sector is now the largest employer of young Australian seafarers globally, it is crucial they have access to the right training facilities in Australia that best prepares them for the unique skills and qualifications the superyacht industry demands.”

In addition to STCW Basic Safety Training, the college will be offering entry-level Deck Hand and Engineering Courses and developing other superyacht specific courses in the future.

Australian Superyacht Crew Recruitment & Training has bridged the gap in Sydney by offering this valuable AMSA-approved training for its students. The training has additional value above other STCW95 courses in that it provides an industry accredited module entitled Professional Superyacht Crew Induction, to give potential crew awareness of how the industry operates and the myriad differences compared to the local marine industry, the commercial industry and cruise ships.

All training is provided by qualified professionals who are experienced trainers and the training meets the requirements of AMSA and the IMO. Australian Superyacht Crew also provides Superyacht Steward, Stewardess and Chef Training courses in both Sydney and Gold Coast.

MTN Sattelite Communications & E3 Systems Group Photographic Competition at the Antigua Charter Show.

December 29, 2011

This year at the 50th Antigua yacht charter show, MTN Satellite Communications & E3 Systems Group introduced a Photographic Competition among the Yacht Crew.

The Antigua yacht charter show 2011 was deemed a success by many, with 113 yachts, over 300 charter brokers, over 200 non-exhibiting vendors, about 50 press, and lots of new activities, the show had a vibrant buzz despite the rainy weather. The final event at the Copper and Lumber Hotel was the Crew Bash attended by hundreds of crew.  During the event Roger Horner, Managing Director of e3 Systems and Derik Wagner, Managing Director for Yachting of MTN Satellite Communications, announced the winners of the Photo Competition organised, arranged and sponsored by both companies.

There were wonderful entries for the photo competition and the following were chosen as the winners.

The first prize of an iPad for Category 1 which was for the best artistic photo of a VSAT antenna went to Heather and Tim, chefs, on superyacht Numptia for this fabulous photo.

Best artistic photo by Heather and Tim, chefs, on motor yacht Numptia

Best artistic photo by Heather and Tim, chefs, on motor yacht Numptia

The first prize of a VSAT training course for Category 1 which was for most creative photo of a VSAT antenna went to Scot Fraser, 1st Officer on Lady J motor yacht for their Frosty the Snowman VSAT antenna.

Most Creative photo by Scott Fraser 1st officer of yacht Lady J

Most Creative photo by Scott Fraser 1st officer of yacht Lady J

The first prize of a VSAT training course for Category 2 which was for the most creative photo of use of communications went to Rose Tombleson on sailing yacht Rosehearty for photos of Anthony the “radome man”.

Most Creative photo by Rose Tombleson of yacht Rosehearty

Most Creative photo by Rose Tombleson of yacht Rosehearty

The first prize of an iPad for Category 2 which was for the most interesting photo of use of communications went to Sophie of charter yacht Slipstream with this particularly cool photo.

Most Interesting photo by Sophie of yacht Slipstream

Most Interesting photo by Sophie of yacht Slipstream

2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show a Success

December 21, 2011

The Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2011 was once again a resounding success. With 113 yachts, over 300 charter brokers, over 200 non-exhibiting vendors, about 50 press, and lots of new activities, the show had a vibrant buzz despite the rainy weather.

At this year’s show the Andreas Liveras Best Yacht Party Award was introduced. The winners for this year are motor yacht Hampshire, superyacht Charisma and yacht Teleost.

Superyacht Hampshire  won of the Falmouth Harbour Night Best Yacht Party Award

Yacht Hampshire winner of the Falmouth Harbour Night Best Yacht Party

Yacht Hampshire winner of the Falmouth Harbour Night Best Yacht Party

Yacht Charisma was winner of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina Yacht Party Award

Motor yacht Charisma winner of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina Yacht Party Award at the 2011 Antiqua Yacht Charter Show

Motor yacht Charisma winner of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina Yacht Party Award at the 2011 Antiqua Yacht Charter Show

Charter yacht Teleost won the Nelson’s Dockyard Marina Yacht Party Award

Yacht Teleost winner of the Nelson's Dockyard Marina Yacht Party Award at the Antigua Yacht Charter Show

Yacht Teleost winner of the Nelson's Dockyard Marina Yacht Party Award at the Antigua Yacht Charter Show

Another new event introduced this year at the 50th Antigua Charter Yacht Show was the Yachting Hall of Fame presented by the Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) where each year they celebrate the pioneers of chartering in the Caribbean.  The Nicholson Family was the first to enter the Hall of Fame for their years of service to chartering.

The Nicholson Family was the first to enter the Hall of Fame for their years of service to chartering.

The Nicholson Family was the first to enter the Hall of Fame for their years of service to chartering.

Youc an read more about the Antigua Yacht Charter Show 2011 – Winners of the Yacht Hop & Chef’s Competition here

The Directors and Show Management wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year

Superyacht Australia’s strong presence at the NZ Marine Superyacht Captains Forum, Auckland

September 21, 2011

With New Zealand a close neighbour for the Australian marine sector Superyacht Australia ensured strong presence at the recent NZ Marine Superyacht Captains Forum held in conjunction with the Auckland International Boat Show and Rugby World Cup 2011.

NZ Superyacht Captains Forum

NZ Superyacht Captains Forum

The Australian marine industry has earned its place on the world stage through innovation and technology. Australia’s superyacht sector and related services are world leaders and Superyacht Australia’s presence at these events ensures the Australian marine sector remains front of mind.

Superyacht Australia Chief Executive MaryAnne Edwards said “Attending these events are integral opportunities within our calendar to showcase the innovation of Australian marine manufacturers, and raise Australia’s profile as a destination for international superyachts. Our aim is to ensure Australia is on every superyacht cruising itinerary.”

Barry Jenkins, Chairman – Superyacht Australia spoke at the Forum about Australia as an idyllic destination for more superyachts to cruise and the countries broad facilities for refit, repair and tourism. This panel also included representatives from New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti.

Mr Jenkins stated that “the forum provided an excellent platform for the key issues that are barriers to more superyachts cruising in Australian waters to be raised. Superyacht Australia will be focusing on addressing these issues to remove these barriers and drive more business for the sector.”

Delegates including Superyacht captains had the opportunity to raise key issues they see as barriers for more superyachts cruising Australian waters and the Asia Pacific region. Other topical barriers discussed included Tax and Insurance and further topics included Legalities affecting superyacht captains and managing a successful refit.

The Forum concluded with a facilitated session discussing the ‘ideal marina for superyachts’ which generated considerable discussion and debate amongst delegates and will be used as a platform for the region to further develop their facilities for superyachts ensuring AsiaPacific destinations remain competitive with facilities offered in other key cruising destinations like the Caribbean.

The Forum provided many excellent networking opportunities throughout and assisted in further increasing Australia’s profile and capabilities in the global superyacht arena.

Inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland a success – Superyacht Captains enjoy Pacific tour

September 19, 2011

The inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland, New Zealand from 14 to 16 September achieved its ambitious schedule of superyacht-related topics and gave international superyacht captains a comprehensive overview of New Zealand and the South Pacific as a superyacht cruising and refit destination.

The NZ Marine Export Group’s Superyacht Captains Forum was held at the Auckland International Boat Show and was the first of its kind in the world. It attracted 120 delegates and featured more than 30 speakers.

Barry Jenkins Chairman of SYBA addresses delegates at the inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum - Photo Credit NZ Marine

Barry Jenkins Chairman of SYBA addresses delegates at the inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum - Photo Credit NZ Marine

The forum opened on Wednesday evening with The Superyacht Report cocktail function at which the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable John Key, welcomed the captains and encouraged them to bring their owners to New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Marine Industries Association President, Peter Busfield at Opening Cocktail Function - Auckland International Boat Show and Superyacht Captains Forum 2011' - Richard Gladwe

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Marine Industries Association President, Peter Busfield at Opening Cocktail Function - Auckland International Boat Show and Superyacht Captains Forum 2011' - Richard Gladwe

The following morning covered cruising around Asia-Pacific, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia and Singapore. The forum’s master of ceremonies, Peter Montgomery, said NZ MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt set the tone for a session packed full of relevant, entertaining information.

“Bob had very good strategy for superyachts coming from the Panama Canal to New Zealand,” Mr Montgomery said. “He talked about the various stages and where yachts could expect favourable conditions and what to avoid in certain areas, particularly once through the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone.

Rodolphe Holler of Tahiti Private Exhibitions is a marine biologist, underwater photographer and diving guide in the South Pacific. “His presentation included fantastic photography,” Mr Montgomery said.

Captain David Jamieson of Yacht Help Fiji described  the colourful cruising grounds of Fiji and reiterated that the area is becoming increasing user-friendly for superyachts. Derek Leonard of Yacht Help Tonga provided a candid presentation of adventure, Tongan-style. “He made the point that Tonga is what you get,” Mr Montgomery says. “Dogs and chickens may be running around and that is how it is. He told the story of superyacht anchored four miles offshore from a prison on the island. A prisoner swam out four miles to the superyacht so the captain called the authorities and asked: ‘What do we do with him?’

“The reply was: ‘Give him a feed and bring him back.’”

Barry Jenkins, chairman of Superyacht Australia, Captain Cilian Budarlaigh, partner, of Yacht Support Group, Indonesia; and Jean-Jacques Lavigne of Superyacht Singapore Association also described their specialist cruising areas.

The afternoon’s sessions included tax optimisation, foreign exchange and international banking. Murray Sarelius of KPMG made captivating his topic of smarter financial management: mitigation of tax, dealing with multiple currencies and using international banking to your advantage.

The topic of contract management, dealing with classification societies and understanding contractual relationships was covered by Jon Barrett, Jon Barrett Associates Inc; Matthew Flynn, McElroys Barristers and Solicitors; and Nick Cressey, Insurance Brokers International. Their message was that if a good contract is in place, its parties have a good chance of avoiding the final part of their talk: dealing with conflict.

Inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland a success - Superyacht Captains enjoy Pacific tour - Credit Superyacht Captains Forum

Inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland a success - Superyacht Captains enjoy Pacific tour - Credit Superyacht Captains Forum

Other topics covered winning International regattas and rallies, destinations around New Zealand and finally a tasting of New Zealand wines led by Mike Spratt, owner of Destiny Bay Vineyards, before visiting the Giant Rugby World with its spectacular three-dimensional visual display and dining at The Cloud, which showcases New Zealand industry.

On Friday, Darren Morton of Kiwi Risk Management Group got the ball rolling as he discussed ‘International security and piracy’. He stressed the need to train captains and crew to deal with emergencies. Pirates are smart, he said. They pretend to be fishermen, are well funded, use high-tech equipment and monitor radio channels.

Maritime law expert Matthew Flynn outlined the legal implications of taking action against pirates, but insurance expert Nick Cressey lightened the mood with a handy-cam video of  not-so-smart pirates who gave a loaded AK47 to a monkey. The monkey was soon calling the shots – literally.

Next, it was time to bring out the toys. Engineer Kim Attwell of Photo Higher showed his $40,000 remote-controlled helicopters which carry gimballed video and still cameras, ideal for expedition yachts.

Hugh Fulton of Q-sub outlined his development of the recreational submarine.

Then, to an area where New Zealand excels: the refit of superyachts. American-based superyacht manager Jon Barrett said owners refit their yachts out of passion not financial gain, so the entire process has to be enjoyable. He advised on cost estimates and how to research yards before signing a contract.

Mark Wightman of Integrated Marine Group followed with a yard’s perspective on running a successful refit.

Clive Bennett, NZ Ship and Workboat Group, showcased New Zealand’s extensive and specialised refit facilities, including those under development at Whangarei, Tauranga and Auckland.

Delegates visited the NZ Marine International Boat Building Competition, part of the Auckland International Boat Show, in which teams of boatbuilders and apprentices from five superyacht companies had demonstrated their innovation in design and boatbuilding in some of the most sophisticated outrigger canoes ever built.

By video, Martin Redmayne, editor-in-chief of The Superyacht Report, media partner to the forum, thanked the delegates for their attendance and encouraged them to contribute to the next session: Your say: the ultimate superyacht facilities’ session, facilitated by marina operator Phil Wardale.

A presentation by Oscar Siches outlined the principles of a good marina – in the eyes of owners, crews, government and operators.

Also by video, Niccolo Porzio di Camporotondo and Mark Drewelow outlined plans for superyacht facilities around the 34th America’s Cup.

Delegates ended the forum with lunch at Marvel Grill restaurant and a Kiwi-style barbecue at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Throughout the forum, there was plenty of time for social networking and enjoying some of the Rugby World Cup games. Many delegates said the opportunity to meet other industry members from around the world was a significant reason for attending the forum.

New Zealand Prime Minister opens Auckland International Boat Show

September 15, 2011

The Right Honourable John Key opened the 13th Auckland International Boat Show at a function in the new Viaduct Events Centre on the evening of Wednesday, 14 September. It is believed to be the first time, a boat show in New Zealand has been opened by a prime minister.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Marine Industries Association President, Peter Busfield at Opening Cocktail Function - Auckland International Boat Show and Superyacht Captains Forum 2011' - Richard Gladwe

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Marine Industries Association President, Peter Busfield at Opening Cocktail Function - Auckland International Boat Show and Superyacht Captains Forum 2011' - Richard Gladwe

The audience included marine industry representatives and members of the international superyacht arena, who have come to attend the inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum.

Taking the lead from MC Peter Montgomery, whose introduction had referred to his famous line: “The America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s Cup,” Mr Key expressed the wish to see a new version: “The Rugby World Cup is now New Zealand’s Cup.”

Mr Key highlighted the research and development that makes the New Zealand marine industry an ongoing success on the world stage and said his Government was committed to supporting it. To the superyacht captains he said, “We encourage you to bring your owners to New Zealand.”

The newly developed Viaduct Harbour is proving popular with boat show visitors and exhibitors, says Terry Bailey, who imports Arvor Boats from Europe.

“I’m excited about the show,” he says. “People have commented on the improved flow through the pavilions and the on-water marina. The venue is fantastic.”

The Auckland International Boat Show has more than 200 yachts, launches and trailerboats on display, including a stunning new 55ft cruiser-racer, Equilibrium, designed by Botin Carkeek Yacht Design and built by Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders. She is built in carbon with a carbon mast, with twin helms and a lifting keel.

Another stunner and one of the biggest boats of the show is the 75ft, 40-tonne displacement powercat, Bucket List, exhibited by Alan and Karen Percy of Fibreglass Concepts in Whangarei. Powered by twin C12 705hp Caterpillar engines running through vee drives, the luxury vessel was designed by Steve Ekman and has five bathrooms, three helmstations, four decks and berths for 13 people.

Adventurous-minded visitors to the boat show will be inspired by the bright orange rowboat, Moana, due to embark on a bridge to bridge Tasman crossing from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Auckland Harbour Bridge, powered by the four-man Team Gallagher.

The team has received generous support from companies throughout the New Zealand marine industry, many of which are exhibiting at the show.

This campaign aims to be the first team to row the Tasman Sea from west to east and the only human-powered vessel to round Cape Reinga.

The bright orange 10.5m Trans-Tasman boat will attempt the 1,400 nautical mile voyage (2,500km) powered by Nigel Cherrie, 35, of Auckland; Martin Berka, 36, of Wellington; Andrew McCowan, 28, Hamilton; and James Blake, son of the late Sir Peter Blake, 24, of Dunedin.

The team will be on standby from Monday 24 October for best weather window to start their adventure, estimated to take between three weeks and three months.

But for those seeking a more leisurely style of boating, there are numerous brands of trailer boats, cruising yachts, ribs and launches on display, plus the Discover Boating to assist newcomers to boating.

NZ Marine Industry Rugby World Cup related events:

Auckland International Boat Show 15 – 18 September 2011

Superyacht Captains Forum 15 – 16 September 2011

International Boat Building Competition 17 September 2011

NZ Marine National Yard Tours September – October 2011

Millennium Cup, 16-18 February 2012