Mainstay Event of the Monaco Yacht Show Bolstered by Superlative Sponsorship
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and Antibes, France: The International Superyacht Society (ISS) and Professional Yachtsmen’s Association (PYA) are pleased to announce that they are co-hosting one of the must do events during the Monaca Yacht Show, the Meeting of the Associations, again being held at the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco on Wednesday 22 September 2010 from 17.00-20.00 hrs.
The event, now in its fourth year, is one of the Monaco Yacht Show’s greatest opportunities to network and to enjoy food and wine in a most breathtaking environment. Made possible entirely by the staunch support of PYA and ISS Sponsors, this year’s supporters include some of the most recognizable brands in the large yacht industry: BlackStar, DuPont, Global Marine Communications (GMC) and Viking Recruitment.
In a challenging economic climate, organizations like ISS and PYA rely on the unwavering commitment of companies like these whose support enables the associations to create dynamic networking functions which are more critical than ever to the success of the large yacht industry.
“A few years ago, you might have got by without needing to attend mixers but now forging meaningful business to business relationships is perhaps the jewel in the marketing crown,” says Andrew Schofield, PYA’s President. “The willingness of BlackStar, DuPont, GMC and Viking to provide funding so that we can host our colleagues at a venue like the Yacht Club de Monaco is a testimony to their understanding of the way our industry works,” he continues.
Over the years, the Meeting of the Associations has also featured an International Wine Tasting which is also supported fully by sponsorship. Representing French, Italian and New World wines respectively, PYA and ISS welcome back Froggy Gourmet, SO.SE.MA and Shore Solutions as returning and committed supporters of the event.
About International Superyacht Society (ISS)
The International Superyacht Society is the sole organization serving and representing the large yacht industry worldwide. Society members are individuals and companies who have been recognized for their leadership and dedication to raising the standards of design construction, maintenance, repair and operation of large yachts.
Founded in 1989, the Society is a not-for-profit organization and relies wholly on membership dues, the support of corporate sponsors, revenues from special events, and other donations. An elected Board of Directors guides the Society’s activities.
Education Programs are conducted internationally and include open forums such as symposia, informal gatherings and round-tables. It is a Society priority to foster dialogue among Society members and others in the large yacht segment of the marine industry, leading to the strengthening and growth of the business interests of Society members and the industry as a whole.
About Professional Yachtsmen’s Association (PYA)
The Professional Yachtsmen’s Association was formed in 1991 and is now the largest representative body of crew working in the private yachting industry. PYA represents 45 nationalities working on yachts world-wide. The rapidly growing membership reflects the interest and concern of today’s yachtsmen and women of keeping abreast of current developments and regulations in the yachting industry. It is a non-profit making association which, since its formation, has sought to develop recognised professional status through qualifications and standards of training for yachting personnel. The recognition of professional qualifications for yacht crew has been achieved through working with flag states to develop this.
PYA encourages the achievement of proficiency through certification, training and practical experience and also assists those who would like to start a career in yachting. Each crew member of today’s yacht is a professional and as a member of the PYA is recognised as such both by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and other influential bodies. People who join the PYA have a voice, representation and are part of the future of the industry.