Cultivating the Next Generation in Superyachting
By Esther Barney 7 July 2012
As the popularity of superyachts has grown over the last 15 to 20 years, the industry that builds and supports the vessels has correspondingly expanded. Many have discussed finding the ‘next generation’ of yacht owners to invest in the industry and discover the joys of a large yacht, but in fact some might say that there’s as much attention needing to be invested into the next generation of our industry, too.
A growing group of young professionals has come together over the last four years, creating the Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) association, which aims to give those between 21 and 35 the opportunity for professional development and networking within the industry, which has at times been considered less than welcoming to newbies. Having started out inFort Lauderdale at the hands of founder DJ Kiernan, director of charter marketing for Camper and Nicholsons, now inMonaco, the YPY has grown from an initial membership of 12 to a role call of 60 from all walks of superyachting, and it continues to grow. It holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month in the yachting hub inSouth Florida, and has a membership fee of $100.