Working on a yacht is a challenging but highly rewarding career. Although a yacht crew job involves working long hours, there are numerous advantages: it provides the opportunity to travel the world, develop a valuable array of transferable skills and make many lifelong friends. Another upside of life as a crewmember can be found in the close-knit community that one becomes a part of, which can be great fun and help with networking and professional development. Opportunities in and around the marine industry are plentiful and diverse, so getting out and mixing with other crewmembers and industry professionals can provide a more fulfilling career and a livelier social life. This autumn there are plenty of events at which crewmembers can unwind in a professional capacity, meet like-minded people and network in a relaxed environment. We’ve handpicked four of the best networking opportunities (presented in chronological order):
Royal Regattas in Cannes – 18-25th September.
This historic and prestigious royal regatta dates back to 1929 and has established itself as an important fixture on the yacht-racing calendar. Originally held to honour King Christian X of Denmark, it is now the last event of the Trophée Panerai. The Cannes Royal Regattas are largely the domain of classic and vintage sailing yachts, which demonstrate their sailing prowess on the majestic waters of the Bay of Cannes. Approximately fifty crews from 10 different countries are participating including teams from France, Russia, Finland, and the UK. The event is the perfect opportunity for those with a passion for vintage yachts to learn more about gaining a role on one of these majestic vessels, and to network for potential career opportunities.
There is free admission to the Village des Régates Royales at the Vieux Port in Cannes – the perfect location from which to admire the competing vessels as they glide through the water.
Les Voiles de St Tropez – 24th September-2nd October
Les Voiles de St Tropez, held in the Gulf of St Tropez between 24th September and 2nd October, is a 27-year-old institution in the yachting world. Around 300 yachting enthusiasts compete for the coveted Rolex Trophy in a varying selection of classic and modern sailing yachts. This year, new additions to the fleet will create a more thrilling competition and there will be plenty of opportunities to network with friends and associates back on dry land. Festivities complement the day’s racing each evening, including live music, crew parties and prize-giving ceremonies.
Monaco Yacht Show – 28th September to 1st October 2016.
The Monaco Yacht Show remains the most prestigious yachting event in Europe. Many of the finest superyachts in the world will be on display in the huge in-water exhibition. This is the place to network if you’ve always wanted to work on a megayacht since yachts must be at least 25m in length to participate, but they are frequently in excess of 50 metres. There are numerous soirees and social gatherings – some more exclusive than others – at which crewmembers can interact with industry professionals. The legendary Captains’ Ball, an invitation-only party and black tie affair, is one of the most hotly anticipated events but is impossible to access without a ticket. The Dockwalk Captains’ Hideout is a more down-to-earth venue at which crew can socialise away from the bustle of the yacht show. Captains and crews can enjoy complimentary meals and refreshments, as well as free high-speed Internet access and daily gifts, competitions and prizes. The C&C Lounge, in the Yacht Club, will also cater for Captains and Crew, serving lunches and holding seminars and workshops.
ACREW, a specialist international event organiser for yacht crews, will be holding a series of master classes and workshops at the MYS 2016. ACREW currently has over 7,000 members, including more than 2,000 Captains, and has established a formidable reputation for offering top advice to crews. They have created the Crew Deck, a space to relax and enjoy lunch and complimentary drinks, in addition to an Oyster Bar and a Superfood Salad Bar. Crew can also register for personal consultations regarding both their careers and personal finances.
7th Riviera Yacht Support Golf Bonanza – 7th October 2016.
Organised by Riviera Yacht Support and taking place on Friday 7th October, this golf tournament promises to be a lot of fun. The friendly competition will last the whole day and a free shuttle buses from Antibes, Cannes and Monaco will transport you to the fairways and greens of Grande Bastide Golf Course. The €70 ticket includes only a delicious 3-course lunch (with drinks) and a generous prize giveaway; the price for lunch and golf is €120, but 5% of all player registration fees will be donated to the Antibes Lifeboat fund. There are various competitions on the day: a hole-in-one on the third fairway will see the skilled competitor driving away in a Mercedes convertible! The event regularly attracts yacht Owners, Captains and industry professionals, so this is a fantastic opportunity to network with the right people.