The four young crew members who won The Crew Coach’s 2017 Superyacht Scholarships have landed summer jobs onboard yachts.
Engineering winner, 23-year-old Nikita van der Woort of The Netherlands, spent the summer as a deckhand/junior engineer onboard a 33m motor yacht. English-born Deckhand Euan Dodd, 25, has obtained a sole deckhand position onboard a 35m Sunseeker. Interior winner Heather Francis, 20, of South Africa, landed a post in the estate of a yacht owner, with the possibility of moving between their villas and yachts as required. And 28-year-old American Ryan Katona joined an iconic 90m classic sailing yacht.
These four winners were selected from hundreds of applicants by a panel of judges including the program’s mentors and crew agents as well as The Crew Coach founder Alison Rentoul.
Each scholarship prize package was worth over 3,200 euro and included training courses, yachting uniform, accommodation, CV optimising, career coaching, and a personal yachting industry mentor.
“I’m very proud to have been able to bring together all the key players in the industry to collaborate on this project for a 2nd year and to give four deserving winners the best possible chance of a great start in an industry that could truly change their life for the better,” Rentoul said. “Not everyone can afford the high cost of entry into this life-changing career, and we want to make it possible for those who might not otherwise be able to afford it. This is part of The Crew Coach’s commitment to give back to the industry that has given us so much.”
To find out more, visit www.superyachtscolarship.com.