By Lucy Chabot Reed
Capt. Wayne Williams of the 50m expedition-style Amels M/Y Karima was named Fraser Yacht’s Management Captain of the Year at a party on the docks last night.
Capt. Williams has been with the current owner eight years and has traveled around the world in that time including all of Oceania, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
“He’s demanding but fully dedicated to getting the best results for the owner,” Lisa Peck, global marketing manager for Fraser Yachts, said in announcing the award.
Capt. Williams prefers to think of it as challenging his crew.
“I like to be challenged,” he said after accepting the honor. “If I don’t get challenged, I’ll leave the job. With that thought, I keep the crew challenged to get better.”
With 12 crew onboard, Capt. Williams’ method seems to work, losing just a few crew a year.
“But usually it’s because they need to be promoted, to continue to be challenged,” he said.
He was humble in accepting the award in front of brokers, guests and top Fraser Yachts executives.
“There are other captains here tonight, and we all go through the same things, the same joys, the same disappointments, the same decisions to make, good and bad,” Capt. Williams told the crowd. “My owner is very good, and that makes my job easier. But the crew are key. I’ve got to keep them challenged.”
At the end, Capt. Williams got a tad emotional as he gave thanks to Roberto Migliaccio, a technical superintendent for Fraser who was killed in a cycling accident two years ago. He and Capt. Williams were close friends.
“I have to thank Roberto for giving me this job,” Capt. Williams said, looking up to the heavens. “This is for you.”
Fraser has been honoring its charter captains and crew during the Monaco show for 15 years. It started its Management Captain of the Year honor last year, and awards it during FLIBS. Employees in all departments within Fraser Yachts can nominate. Captains are judged on cost control, management of crew, safety culture and happiness of the owner and guests.
Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of Triton Today. Comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.