By Lucy Chabot Reed
Capt. Trevor Usher was honored last night as Fraser’s Yacht Management Captain of the Year.
Capt. Usher, in command of the 100-foot (30m) Benetti M/Y Keiki Kai, has been in yachting more than 20 years and has traveled the globe, including Central and South America, the Med, the Bahamas and Florida.
“Thank you,” he said in accepting his award. “It’s been a good ride with Fraser, just over 10 years, same boat, same guys.”
He thanked the Fraser managers who praised his accounting and cost control skills, as well as his wife, Britt, who left the boat in 2009 when they started a family. They now have a son and daughter.
“He’s had his core crew for three years, and his enthusiasm for everything on the water rubs off,” said Lisa Peck, global marketing manager for Fraser. Keiki Kai means children of the sea in Hawaiian.
The award included several gifts, including a Ulysse Nardin watch, a weekend with a Porsche, $3,000 credit from UJet for gadgets from the technology show in Las Vegas in January, and a $1,000 travel voucher from ISSGMT.
This is the third year Fraser has honored a captain in its management fleet. Last year, Capt. Wayne Williams of the 50m Amels M/Y Karima won. In September in Monaco, Fraser honored Capt. Paul McWilliams of M/Y Latiko as its charter captain for 2017. It has been granting that honor for 16 years.
Any member of the Fraser yacht management team can nominate a captain in their fleet. Those nominees are short-listed and a panel judges them based on cost control, management of crew, safety culture on board, respect of the planned maintenance, and the happiness of the owner and guests.
Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of Triton Today. Comments are welcome below.
To read more about the winners from Fraser’s charter awards in Monaco, click here.