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Monaco19: Two captains share Fraser’s top charter honor

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By Lucy Chabot Reed

Fraser honored two Charter Captains of the Year at its 19th annual awards dinner last night at the Monaco Yacht Show. 

Capt. James Griffith and Capt. Michael Droszcz, the rotational captains of M/Y Here Comes the Sun, the 272-foot (83m) Amels, were credited with working together well for several years, repeatedly welcoming return “and very demanding” charter clients, and working seamlessly through 34 days of charter and 41 days of owner use this summer.

Capt. James Griffith, left, and Capt. Michael Droszcz, rotational captains on M/Y Here Comes the Sun, share the honor for Fraser’s Charter Captain of the Year. Photo by Dorie Cox

“You are nothing without your team,” Capt. Griffith said upon accepting the honor.

Although the yacht carries 25 crew while on charter, it has 33 crew on the payroll to make way for several rotational positions, Capt. Droszcz said. 

The crew of Lucky Lady couldn’t attend the event, but sent this video to say thanks. Photo by Dorie Cox

Fraser also honored the crew on two busy charter yachts. Best Charter Crew on a vessel over 50m is the team from M/Y Lucky Lady, the 205-foot (62.6m) Oceanco launched in 2002. This team ran 49 days of charter this summer as well as owner use. A few days before a charter, Capt. Rob Shelnut had to leave unexpectedly, so Capt. Scott Barsin took over and managed not only that charter but the rest of the season. Capt. Shelnut won Fraser’s Charter Captain of the Year award in 2015 when he ran M/Y Lady Sara.

Capt. Ian Hawkins of M/Y Quasar, center, accepts the honor for Best Charter Crew under 50m.

Best Charter Crew on a vessel under 50m is the crew of M/Y Quasar, the 93-foot (28.6m) yacht built by Peri Yachts in 2009, led by Capt. Ian Hawkins. They ran eight weeks of charter this summer as well as some owner trips.

“I say it every year, but it’s true every year,” Fraser CEO Raphael Sauleau said. “We are in the people business, and the captains and crew are a key component to our industry.”

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of The Triton. For more photos from the event, click here. Comments are welcome below.

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Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

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