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Celebrating 15 years with Hill Robinson Yacht Management

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Written by
Gemma Fottles

Yacht management company, Hill Robinson Yacht Management, has recently announced that 2016 will mark their 15th anniversary. Established in 2001 by Nick Hill and Niall Robinson, the company has come a long way since they opened their first offices in London and Antibes with a team of just four.

Today, their international team boast five offices all over the world, adding the USA, Isle of Man and Cyprus to their operating areas. Just some of their key projects over the years include turnkey work with sailing yachts Aglaia and Maltese Falcon and well known motor yachts such as C2, Amaryllis and Mogambo - to name but a few.

Services have grown to include charter management, new construction and special projects, crew employment, corporate services and the company inform SYT that they do not plan to stop there. Working with Nick and Niall is director Karl Hartmann who joined Hill Robinson in 2006 and is now in the role of Director Special Projects for new builds and refits. Yacht Charter Management has also become a key part of the business mix as more yacht owners see the benefits of connecting up the yacht management operation with the charter revenue stream.

Looking back over the past 15 years Nick Hill says: “Talking to Niall sailing one day, we both commented that we were getting feedback from captains and more importantly owners that there was a definite need for an independent approach to yacht management. That became the catalyst to founding Hill Robinson International in London in December 2000, followed by opening our French Riviera offices in Antibes in April 2001.

"Niall and I had many years of hands-on experience both operating yachts and being involved in project management for both sail and power, which was our springboard to launch a highly professional enterprise from day one. Our fresh approach quickly gained recognition, in turn attracting like-minded professionals from many fields who wanted to join our dynamic, fast growing international business.’’

Niall also comments on the company’s milestone, stating: “Nick and I have worked relentlessly over the past fifteen years and we see our enterprise growing continuously from our current position of over 50 staff in five strategic office locations around the globe. The superyacht industry has evolved and changed dramatically since Nick and I started out, which has kept us on our toes. We all thrive on challenges at Hill Robinson, and our team certainly rise to meet the occasion for our yacht owners, from legal and financial aspects through to crew, operations, and engineering. Having a really motivated, enthusiastic, professional and talented team is the fundamental key that has always been our cornerstone and will drive our business forward for the next period.''

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