Story and photos by Alison Rese
Amidst the razzle and dazzle of the 23rd Monaco Yacht Show, Fraser, the largest yacht management company in the world, staged their thirteenth annual captains’ dinner at the Monaco Yacht Club. The Sept. 26 event showcased the finest yachts and crew, in their fifty-two strong Mediterranean fleet and awarded prizes in recognition of the best.
At the glittering affair, crew fully representative of the industry in which they work, stepped out in black-tie and evening wear. In his address to guests, Fraser’s marketing director Patrick Coote introduced the new president of Fraser Yachts, Fabio Ermetto.
Ermetto said it was a great pleasure and honour to be appointed president of Frasers three months ago. He said the company is full of hard working and dedicated people. He is extremely pleased to be part of the team.
Coote awarded the prize for the best charter yacht of under fifty meters. The credits given to the crew by both brokers and guests, he said, would be hard to beat in future. These accolades went to M/Y Kai, led by Capt. Cameron and Chief Stewardess Nikkki Lee.
Capt. Jorgen Gormsen and his crew on M/Y Ulysses took the award in the over fifty meter division. They completed eight weeks of back-to-back charters in their first season and are booked almost solidly for the Caribbean winter season. One year after her delivery, M/Y Ulysses has become a leading player in charter market.
The crew left on charter, so were not in attendance to receive the award in person. Capt. Morgensen however, asked Coote to say a few words on his behalf. Coote said, ‘I think we got the most difficult prize. The one with the biggest emphasis on teamwork. From the laundry girls to deck hands – they are the ones who make it possible for the ones in the front of the bus to shine and give guests what they want. He also thanked the owner of the boat for listening to him when he asked him not to let crew go in the slow season. He said the crew were very proud to having been given this accolade and thanked everyone concerned, for thinking so highly of the crew. “By the way,” he said, “we do still have one or two open slots in our Caribbean Calendar.”
Susanne Hurni, marketing manager of Marine Chronometer Manufacture, was on hand to present the captain of the year award to Capt. Watson da Silva of the 60m M/Y Paraffin.
Capt. da Silva was complimented on doing a great deal behind the scenes and keeping both professionalism and safely on board his vessel paramount. He received the award for attention to detail and had dealing with difficult itineraries and challenging demands as a serious and professional captain. She said he remained cheerful, had an ability to resolve conflict and handles tricky situations. She said he tried to protect the interest of those around him. Both guests and brokers had many positive comments.
In closing Coote said that for the fourth consecutive year, Fraser had sold and purchased more boats than any other company in the world. And they had the largest fleet under management. He felt this reflected on the entire team and praised their hard work and dedication. He particularly thanked the players within his own team – Lisa Peck, Kari Vidal and Julia Fedora.
Alison Rese is a freelance writer from South Africa. She also owns and runs SuperCrew, a training facility, in Gordon’s Bay. Comments are welcome at email@example.com.