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The PYA’s plans for the Monaco Yacht Show 2016


Following on from our successful programme of seminars, workshops and networking at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, the Professional Yachting Association is planning another jam-packed schedule of informative sessions for this year’s event. We will be partnering with ACREW at their crew lounge at the Rascasse, in the heart ... Read More »

Improving Performance


How do you reduce the time it takes to get tasks done? When a crew first comes together they are not as efficient as they are by the end of the season – or so we would hope. What is the process that enables crew performance to improve?   With ... Read More »

Sailing in a nation of sailors


I have just spent two weeks sailing through Holland on a 100 year old classic yacht. Iduna is an 8 meter class designed by Johan Anker (famous for the Dragon class) and ​built at Anker & Jensen in Norway some time between 1912 and 1916. ​She is a Pocket Superyacht in her own ... Read More »

ACREW Monaco at La Rascasse


9:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday 28th September to Friday 30th September   La Rascasse is the venue for ACREW in Monaco this year.   To provide crew with their own space, ACREW have created the Crew Deck, a space to relax and enjoy decadent food.   As well as traditional workshops, ... Read More »


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  In Nice, on the 24th of June 2016., the Professional Yachting Association GUEST program held another successful ‘Awareness Day’ onboard the Burgess managed 91m Motor Yacht Moonlight. Attended by over 20 charter brokers from a range of top brokerage houses including Burgess, YCO, Northrop and Johnson, YPI and Worth ... Read More »

Invisible Crew – Pocket Superyacht Refit

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Another Pocket Superyacht refit under Invisible Crew’s management completed. In the past we have brought new life to older Pocket Superyachts with a very hands-on approach. Due its scale, our role in the refit of “Imagine Heaven” shifted more towards project management without forgetting what made us successful in previous ... Read More »

Dealing with Attitudes


This can range from a crew member’s demeanour; head down, dragging their heels and sighing, to full-on rudeness, back chatting and bullying. Unfortunately we are not only talking about Junior Crew’s behaviour, but that of some Senior Crew too, particularly double standards and not dealing with crew issues. From our ... Read More »

Games people play!


Have you ever asked a question of someone, and by the way they answered felt stupid? Have you ever had a go at someone and felt guilty afterwards? Have you ever used the same technique to get what you want from someone that you used as a child? Do you ... Read More »

GUEST Training Awareness Day

Alison Rentoul, Terry Gilmore, Joey Meen, Peter Vogel, Lynne Edwards

On the 14th May, the PYA hosted two interactive GUEST training sessions for interior crew at the Royal Beach Hotel in Antibes. The idea behind these was to showcase the kind of skills that crew can expect to master as part of the GUEST program. The GUEST program was introduced ... Read More »

The worst charter guest ever!

Crocodile Daddy

To celebrate 3 years of working together, I was invited on board the Lagoon 620 Crocodile Daddy by its owners for a weeklong pocket superyacht charter between St Maarten and Anguilla. I’m not going to lie, this was a serious treat and one that doesn’t come along every week, or ... Read More »