Published: Friday, 16 June 2017

The third and final leg of the 17th Azimut Benetti Yachtmaster 2016/2017, held in May, brought over 90 guests, including 30 Captains, crew members, boat industry professionals, sponsors and guests together in Miami’s Mayfair Hotel & Spa.

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(Photos: Azimut Benetti Group - AB Yachtmaster 17 Miami Leg)

The packed two-day programme offered attendees conferences, workshops, meetings with sponsor companies, opportunities for exchanging views and networking, team-building activities.

Three workshops were organised on crew management – one of the most pressing topics for attending Captains, media management and privacy protection. The conference sessions also tackled practical and topical issues, with Clive MacCarteny, Peter Selivanoff and Izabela Manka from Fraser on stage to talk about crew documentation. 

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At the US event as in others, one of the biggest successes was the live interview session with experienced Captains attending the event, during which Steve Davis, Director of the magazine Dockwalk, interviewed Anthony Nicholls, Captain of the M/Y Andiamo.

An entire day was dedicated to teams of stewards/stewardesses, organised jointly with the Professional Yachting Association (PYA), during which crews took part in workshops designed specifically to provide more comprehensive training on service standards, presentation, care and maintenance services, leadership and team building. 

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Paola Caccavallo, Coordinator of the Yachtmaster programme, had these comments to make on this last leg of the event: “This is the third Yachtmaster held in the USA and we are extremely satisfied both with the high turnout of professionals and the active participation of Captains and sponsors during the various working sessions and entertainment activities.

“Yachtmaster has a mission to create a solid community of Key Influencers who interact both with the Benetti shipyard and our partners, and the consolidation of their sense of team spirit was clear to see during this US event.”

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Finally, referring to the programme as a whole, she stressed that: “In just two years since the new programme was launched, we have achieved and exceeded all our goals and the mission we set ourselves. We are very proud of the work performed so far and all the positive feedback we continue to receive. As this year’s event draws to a close, we are already working on the preparations for the 18th edition and in the coming months we will be presenting the new 2017-2018 programme.”