Life After Yachting launch

Life After Yachting – Superyacht Crew Portal

Life After Yachting is the first month-long virtual (and totally free) event to help superyacht crew around the world find success when they are ready to move from onboard to onshore. We are proud to be the marketing machine behind this fantastic new project, both helping to let yacht crew know that there is a range of people ready and willing to offer guidance, and providing free marketing advice for crew looking to start their own business.

This unique 100% virtual experience combines a global online portal for crew to connect with land-based superyacht businesses and interested parties from other luxury industries, a business incubator for entrepreneurial crew supported by the ‘Kraken’s Den’ of industry leaders, talks with internationally acclaimed schools to facilitate the recognition of superyacht qualifications, and a virtual LIVE interactive one-day event.

Created to support crew through what is often a difficult transition from a busy career at sea to finding stable and fulfilling land-based work, Life After Yachting gives superyacht professionals the chance to give back to the crew that have supported them over the years.

Life After Yachting virtual event

Virtual Month-Long Event | 1 – 31 September 2020

During September, captains, crew and businesses can research and qualify each other via the virtual superyacht jobs fair.

The Life After Yachting portal is akin to a professional matchmaking tool that helps crew to find the best onshore connections. From crew looking for onshore work to companies looking to hire the best of the best globally, this platform presents skills and experiences obtained and required. By optimising connections, it enables both crew and companies to secure virtual meetings and online interviews.

Many captains and crew find it hard to transition to a fulfilling onshore role when they are ready to leave life at sea. The superyacht industry is a rewarding yet highly niche sector, which means crew can find it hard to meet new employers who understand the transferable skills set that crew possess.

Life After Yachting will bring together great employers such as shipyards and superyacht services, alongside businesses from alternative luxury sectors who actively want to employ yacht crew, and value the aptitude and experience they can bring to their company.

Life After Yachting Krakens Den

Kraken’s Den business incubator and LAY Support Network

The second element of Life After Yachting was launched to support entrepreneurial crew. Night watches and downtime at sea can give crew the time to think up fantastic business ideas, but shaping those ideas into a successful long-term business is a complex task.

Life After Yachting connects crew with a team of experts who can help to develop those ideas and assist in creating and actioning the perfect business plan and pitch.

During the virtual live event crew will have the opportunity to present their pitch to the ‘Kraken’s Den’ of business advisors, all of whom are proven and successful leaders in yachting.

This years Krakens include, John Courtney, Managing Director of FunAir and Will Faimatea, founder and director of Bond TM joining Life After Yachting founder and start-up expert Titta Uoti-Väisänen, our very own Sarrah Macey leading on superyacht marketing and AnnaMari Lammassaari from SourceRiviera.

During the early stages of this business incubator it became clear that crew also welcome general advice and support, from lifestyle coaching to adapting their finances. The LAY support network was established for all crew looking for a Life After Yachting, with online supporters able and willing to give advice on numerous real-world situations.

Partners and supporters include, John from FunAir, Tony from YACHTNEEDS, Will and Angela from Bond TM, Anna from Anna Petchell Coaching, Emma from Church House Investments, Jessica from WilsonHalligan, Joey from G.U.E.S.T., Susanne from La Roches Hospitality School, Caitlin from ISWAN, Pandora from Art On Yachts, Jesse from Eventilla, Iiro from Tavata Events and our very own Sarrah Macey.

Life After Yachting Virtual Live Event

Virtual LIVE one-day event | 18th September 2020

The third element is a one-day live virtual event on the 18th September where partner companies will each broadcast a 20-minute segment explaining who they are, what they do, and who they are looking to work with. This allows crew to find out more about potential future employers, advisors and the LAY support network.

In the Krakens Den, entrepreneurial crew will showcase their business plans, ideas and pitches and present them to the leaders of yachting.

The Virtual LIVE Event will be broadcast securely via Zoom and live on Superyacht Radio throughout the day and here is the full program.

10.00 CET – Welcome note with Sarrah Macey (Global Superyacht Marketing), Titta Uoti-Vaisanen (TUVYC) and Maeve Dempsey SuperYacht Radio.

10.30 CET – Anna from APetchell Coaching will explain her approach to helping crew plan and execute their exit strategy and what kind of services she offers.

11.00 CET – Emma Parkes (Church House Investments) will tell us about how their yacht crew investment program can help crew successfully plan their finances around any exit strategies.

11.30 CET – Will Faimatea (BOND TM) shares his story about moving from being onboard as an ETO to founding multiple globally successful businesses in an interview with Titta and Sarrah.

12.00 CET – Simone Embacher – Kaiserschnecke tells her inspirational story about transitioning from yachtie to snail farmer in a film produced specially for Life After Yachting.

12.30 CET – Lunch time entertainment. Great music from SuperYacht Radio with a selection of short messages from crew round the world.

13.30 CE T – Join us for the first ever Kraken’s Den where our leaders of yachting help two entrepreneurs develop their business plans.

15.00 CET – Tony Stout (YACHTNEEDS) shares his journey from First Mate to creating and running the hugely successful superyacht app and website in an interview with Titta and Sarrah.

16.00 CET – Joey Meen (GUEST & IAMI) talks about working with Susanne Welle, Dean of the Undergraduate Program at Les Roches hospitality school in Switzerland to facilitate the recognition of superyacht qualifications.

16.30 CET – Catelin Vaughan (ISWAN) will tell us about the new initiatives the 24h Seafarers help line have to specifically support yacht crew.

17.00 CET – Wrap-up and future plans with Titta and Sarrah.

This is the perfect platform and free resource for crew thinking about leaving their yachts for a fulilling life on land.

For more information and to register visit www.lifeafteryachting.com

Image showing superyachts at FLIBS 2019

60th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show a resounding success

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat show celebrated its 60th anniversary in suitable style with the largest show yet attracting some 1500 boats and 1200 exhibitors.

The show saw the unveiling of the new Superyacht Village, a 3.5 acre site dedicated to superyachts and the superyacht lifestyle. Sarrah Macey, CEO of Global Superyacht Marketing took a walk around the the new area and had this to say: “I’m very impressed with the new Superyacht Village. The quality of the yachts, exhibition spaces and social facilities are excellent, and I look forward to seeing how this area continues to grow.”

“One concern voiced by the industry before the show was that the size of the yachts on display at Bahia Mar would be significantly reduced, making this area less attractive to visitors. However, in true FLIBS style, Bahia Mar continues to have a superb range of superyachts, sports fishing vessels and smaller boats for the leisure market, along with an outstanding range of services and suppliers exhibiting.”

The Superyacht Village at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2019
FLIBS Superyacht Village. Image ©J Christopher

During the show Majesty 140, a 140 foot luxury superyacht from Dubai, was crowned the Best of Show by NBC Sports Network. An esteemed panel of judges agreed that the yacht featured the most innovative new boat model design on display. The yacht will feature in a one hour special on the NBS Sports Network in December.

Majesty 140, named Best of Show at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Majesty 140

FLIBS also saw the distribution of YACHT-OPOLY, the fantastic new superyacht board game from YACHTNEEDS. The game received an overwhelming positive response from crew, industry people and visitors to the show. Keep an eye on YACHTNEEDS social media for the video of Peter Lürssen and Sylke auf dem Graben of Lürssen Yachts, the infamous yeti from Beyond Two Yetis and James Williams from YACHTNEEDS enjoying a game on the deck of a superyacht at the show.

Crew member with YACHT-OPOLY at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Four of the world’s leading yacht chefs battled it out to be named Best Yacht Chef at the FLIBS 2nd annual Sunset Soiree and Yacht Chef Competition. The unique culinary competition included Chefs Andrew Siebert, Alex Forsythe, and Jarle Saupstad and Danny Davies of MY Excellence who was eventually named as the competition winner. Guests enjoyed a selection of premium spirits including specialty Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, Maker’s Mark whiskey creations, Whispering Angel Rosé, as well as a bubbly welcome drink from Moet & Chandon. Adding to the excitement, The Wheeland Brothers hosted a live concert followed by a DJ, which set the sounds for the dockside festivities.  The evening benefitted Mission of Hope and the ONE Bahamas Fund, two organisations focussed on supporting relief efforts and rebuilding in the Bahamas following the devastating hit of Hurricane Dorian.

Best Yacht Chef Danny Davies at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Best Yacht Chef Danny Davies with his award. Image ©World Red Eye

All eyes are now focussed on next years Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

We will see you there!

Monaco Yacht Show 2019

The 2019 Monaco Yacht Show in numbers

The 2019 Monaco Yacht Show ran from 25 to 28 September 2019, and featured the most impressive fleet of superyachts in its history and attracted a record-breaking number of exhibitors.

The feedback from the exhibitors has been pragmatic and positive. The MYS private concierge service invited over 200 VIP visitors, the majority of which came from the United States, Russia, England, China and India to visit the various superyachts up for sale or charter. Exhibitors noted a definite trend in visitor profile: a broader range of countries, a wider age bracket, and serious intentions to buy or charter.

The MYS unveiled some of the latest superyacht projects, technologies and joint ventures, thus confirming its status as a major annual event in the world of luxury yachting. The show is a true catalyst for future trends in the yachting world, as has proved itself to be a must visit event in the calendars of future owners and yachting professionals, a fact confirmed by the increase in attendance this year (31,565 visitors compared to 30,400 in 2018).

The most impressive fleet of superyachts ever exhibited at Monaco Yacht Show

This years event showcased 125 superyachts with an estimated total worth of around €4 billion*, the most impressive fleet of vessels ever to be presented in the shows 29 year history. The superyacht exhibition included 44 new models and 14 megayachts over 70 metres in length – including 2 over 100m! The average price for a motoryacht exhibited at the show reached €37.8 million this year. This year saw a tendency towards “greener” yachts and enhanced performance in terms of technology, speed and design.

600 exhibitors

A large portion of Port Hercule was organised into different themed areas occupied by 600 exhibitors including yacht builders, brokers and designers. Tender and water toy manufacturers exhibited 55 pieces of equipment, the majority of which were being presented for the very first time. The yacht show’s Car Deck displayed 30 collector or custom-built cars and motorbikes, while the Parvis Piscine tent was dedicated to luxury products and services. Its fully revamped Upper Deck Lounge, reserved for the show’s partners from the luxury industry, spanned over 2 floors.

Prize-winning superyachts

Four prizes were awarded at the 6th Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards ceremony. The winners comprised of three vessels. Attila (64m, Sanlorenzo) received the MYS/RINA Award for its design, which complies with the environmental standards established by RINA, the Italian company in charge of classifying superyachts. TIS, a brand new 111-metre yacht by German shipyard Lürssen, received the MYS Interior Design Award. Excellence (80m, Abeking & Rasmussen) won two prizes: the MYS Exterior Design Award, and the ceremony’s most prestigious award, the MYS Finest New Superyacht Award.

Monaco Yacht Summit

Immediately before the Superyacht Awards ceremony, the MYS hosted the 4th edition of the Monaco Yacht Summit. A range of yachting-related subjects were discussed by some 40 participants interested in purchasing or chartering a yacht in the near future.

All eyes are now fixed on next years event which will run from 23-26 September 2020 and will see the show celebrating its 30th anniversary.

*Joint analysis with SuperYacht Times