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Crew & Concierge


Crew & Concierge is a company that is moving from strength to strength. For 10 years they have excelled at finding exactly the right crew for some truly extraordinary Superyachts. Sara Duncan has headed the company since 2007 and has watched it flourish into a well-known and well-respected crew agency ... Read More »

Are you a Leader or a Manager?!


“So what’s the difference between a leader and a manger”, I hear you ask? Tell me how many great leaders dead or alive can you name? Ten, 20 or even more given the time no doubt. Now ask yourself the question – “How many great managers can I name?” (and ... Read More »

Pantaenius at the Palma Superyacht Show

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Slowly but surely the Mediterranean superyacht season 2017 is starting and Pantaenius is getting ready for the Palma Superyacht Show 2017. After many interesting insurance consultations with captains, it has become quite clear for the yacht insurance experts that far too many superyacht insurance policies raise questions rather than answering ... Read More »



  The PYA would like to advise all seafarers that the MCA has published MIN 543 to implement new arrangements for the verification of Sea Service Testimonials (SSTs) in the yachting sector.   The MCA is transferring the task of verifying SSTs from their own staff to an approved ‘Verifying Organisation’, which the ... Read More »


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The PYA was founded 25 years ago by a small group of yacht captains and has grown since into a powerful Association that has earned significant influence with the authorities that govern our industry and set the qualifications required to carry out our professional roles.   As your Association has ... Read More »

The Happy Happy Shakedown !


I am writing this from Gibraltar where we are (once again) stormbound. We are delivering the brand new CNB76 Aenea from La Rochelle to Malta. After a delayed start we went into the washing machine. The swell that remained after the 50kt stormwinds we recorded in port did not make ... Read More »

Managing Diverse Age Ranges aboard


When I stepped ashore the island of Vava’u in Tonga, as a fresh, young diving instructor (too many years ago for comfort), the only place to get a beer after 10pm was the Neiafu Club. Upstairs, off a dusty road, it is fair to say that the decor lacked the ... Read More »

Managing Stress


The most commonly accepted definition of stress is “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilise” (Richard S Lazarus)   So is stress all bad?! Without our ability to experience stress, human kind would not ... Read More »

ACREW St. Maarten attracts record numbers of Crew!

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  ACREW’s first event in St. Maarten, saw over 250 crew attend 16 professional development workshops on diverse topics medical emergencies at sea to 1920’s Dancing!   CREW Eager to learn   The enthusiastic participation of crew throughout the entire event was inspiring, especially when attending the workshops. The topics ... Read More »