Published: Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The first event of Azimut | Benetti Yachtmaster 2016/2017 series came to an end on Nov 23 in Hong Kong.

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(Photos: Azimut | Benetti Group - A|B Yacht Master Asia Hong Kong)

A|B Yachtmaster, organised annually by the Italian group, celebrated its 17th year by holding a three-event series this year and Hong Kong is the Asian leg.

The event is based on a unique format developed by the shipyard as a way to offer its Owners a more exclusive level of service, providing ongoing, up-to-date and better training opportunities for Captains and crew. It also offers the chance for participants to meet and grow network with conferences, dedicated workshops and team-building activities. 

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The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club gathered a total of 66 guests, including Captains and crew as well as surveyors and Owners’ representatives, for the seminars and workshops on practical issues. Selected representatives from the media, partner and sponsors also attended the event. Asia-Pacific Boating magazine Sales and Marketing Director David Neish was also one of the participants.

On the first day, guests played an active role in seminars and workshops on practical issues of great current interest, encouraged by some outstanding speakers. 

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Benetti Quality and After Sales Manager Alessandro Gallifuoco speech was followed by contribution from high profile guests. Northrop and Johnson Asia CEO Bart Kimman held a conference on the subject of Yacht Management vs Yacht Services, while The George Group Managing Director Colin Dawson described the complex world of marine insurance, highlighting the correct approach to ensure that Owners receive all the benefits of an optimised risk management policy. 

Ocean Media Managing Director Hillary Buckham interviewed 56m Benetti FB263 M/Y Ocean Paradise Captain Ilija Dimitrijevic about his career and long experience as a Benetti Captain during the know-how transfer session. 

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 “The Yachtmaster is something that goes well beyond a mere dinner offer to our Captains,” says Gallifuoco. “We start to organise the whole events and the collateral activities one year before, looking for meaningful subjects and helpful workshop; we want our guests to have a completed experience, choosing a thread that can lead to fruitful discussions and the creation of relevant professional contacts”.