Azimut Benetti Yachtmaster second leg in Italy wraps up in success
Published: Thursday, 02 March 2017
From February 1 to 3, Montecatini Terme played host to the European edition of Azimut Benetti Yachtmaster Europe, the second of the three events in A|B Yachtmaster 17, which for the last 17 years Benetti has been organising for its Captains. More than 200 guests from 19 different countries attended the event. The first event was held in Hong Kong as the Asian leg.
(Photos: Azimut Benetti Group - A|B Yachtmaster Italy)
Participants include Captains, crew members (engineers, officers and stewardess), surveyors and owners’ representatives. They were joined by several selected representatives of the press, partners and sponsors. The programme featured various training initiatives – workshops, conferences and interviews – as well as networking opportunities and team building activities.
There was a packed workshop and conference schedule, with speakers offering insights on a series of current issues with practical implications. The subjects discussed included information security, the role of communication in crisis management, optimum crew management and yacht chartering from legislative and tax perspectives.
The novelty at this year’s event was the day-long session dedicated exclusively to internal crew, stewards/stewardesses, organised on a joint basis with Private Yachting Association (PYA): four workshop sessions dedicated to service standards, etiquette and communication, care and maintenance services, leadership and team building.
There were also three ‘live’ interviews, an on stage talk among three journalists and a few experienced Captains. The respondents talked about their experiences as Benetti Captains tackling issues linked to different countries, cultures and legal systems.
Alessandro Gallifuoco, Quality and After Sales Manager at Benetti in charge for the Yachtmaster, said: “This year’s Yachtmaster Europe went beyond our expectations in terms both of attendance and variety of provenance of the audience and the sponsor base. This internationalism is also reflected in the interviews we arranged with the captains, specifically to transfer to attendees an overview of the Benetti experience.
“Traditionally, Yachtmaster has always been more of a community than an event: attendees identify with belonging to an extended community that revolves around the Benetti brand and its yachts.”