Two veteran captains won Fraser Yachts’ first ever non-charter Captain of the Year awards last night.
Captains Giles Smith of M/Y Helios2 and Luca Mosca, most recently of M/Y Annaeva each were honored as Yacht Management Captain of the Year.
Capt. Smith, who hails from the Gold Coast of Australia, spent his early seafaring career on fishing and tourist boats on the Great Barrier Reef before moving to yachts in the 1990s. He first came to Fraser Yachts’ attention in 2000 as relief captain. He has almost 30 Atlantic crossings under his belt and at least two full circumnavigations.
“I want to thank all of my longstanding crew,” Capt. Smith said. “I couldn’t have done it without you. And a special thanks to my wife for being a leveler.”
Capt. Mosca grew up on yachts, following in his father’s footsteps to become a yacht captain himself. He started in the early 1980s gaining experience working seasonally as a deckhand. He has completed four Atlantic and two Pacific crossings as captain, and has cruised many seas around the world.
He spent five years navigating around the world, cruising some of most challenging and remote places including Cape Horn, Patagonia, Galapagos, Alaska and Pacific Islands.
His last command was on the 50m yacht Annaeva, which he ran for 18 months before concluding its sale in September.
“I didn’t do anything really special; I simply did my job,” Capt. Mosca said. “With Fraser, I always found a loyal partner. I am really elated. I’ve been with Fraser for 20 years.”
This was the first time Fraser Yachts has honored a captain in its fleet of managed yachts.
“For over 15 years, Fraser Yachts has made awards to charter captains at our Captains Dinner, which takes place at the Monaco Yacht Show each year,” said Lisa Peck global marketing manager for Fraser Yachts.
“We have, for several years, wanted to put in place a new award that would include the captains who are not on charter yachts.
“Our yacht management teams very much focus on working as a team with the captains in our fleet, so we are eager to recognize those captains,” she said.
According to Peck, all departments at Fraser had a hand in nominating candidates, which were then “whittled down to a shortlist of candidates by a committee of senior yacht management staff. Then the yacht management team was asked to judge those captains on the following attributes:
l Precision and punctuality in accounting and cost control
l Management of the crew and the safety culture on board
l Respect of the planned maintenance on board
l The happiness of the owner and his guests.
The two captains received a marine divers Chronometre Ulysse Nardin watch, prize weekend in a Bentley plus a Bentley weekender bag, The Charter Store discount card for a private jet charter flight, a GMT travel voucher of $1,000, and one week of free berthing from IGY Marinas.