Published: Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Each year the Italian shipyard Benetti organises an exclusive convention for the superyacht Captains from all over the world. After last year’s success, Benetti confirms that A|B Yachtmaster 17 will consist of three events on three different continents featuring new workshops and a variety of novelties.  

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The 17th A|B Yachtmaster is underway Nov 22-23 with the Hong Kong event, reserved for Asian crews, before returning to Tuscany for the Italian event scheduled Feb 1-3 2017, and then coming to an end in Miami, US with the event organised May 3-5 2017. After the last year experiment, with three international events rather than just one in Italy, the shipyard is implementing a similar format this year. 

The events this year will draw on almost 20 years of experience, offering conferences, workshops and team building activities designed to strengthen the network within the yachting industry. This edition will be attended by more than 300 Captains and industry professionals.

A|B Yachtmaster is a unique event, one that over the years has become an opportunity for everyone involved to meet, to find out about novelties and to network with like-minded professionals at the top of the yachting industry. Now in its 17th year, it continues to be one of the biggest gatherings of superyacht industry professionals organised by a private player, providing an opportunity to exchange opinions and forge lasting professional relationships. 

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Attending A|B Yachtmaster aren’t just Captains of Benetti yachts, but also project managers, surveyors and the representatives of Owners who have worked with the shipyard during 2016. The invitation is also extended to Captains and other industry professionals who have worked with Lusben (the Azimut | Benetti Group shipyard dedicated to refit projects) as well as representatives of larger Azimut yachts. This substantial group of qualified professionals is joined by several selected suppliers, plus a prestigious panel made up of top experts in the industry.

Another distinctive feature of the event is the participation of industry professionals, who organise panel discussions and workshops about yacht and crew management issues that are relevant for the attendees’ professional activity.

“We are enthusiastic with last year’s innovative format, and believe holding A|B Yachtmaster in three different locations around the world was a true success,” says Benetti Quality and After Sales Manager Alessandro Gallifuoco. “In the 2016/2017 season, we will make an extra effort so that each event will be richer and even more interesting and appealing”.