The recent Monaco Yacht Show saw the 13th Fraser Yachts Captains’ Dinner take place at the Monaco Yacht Club. The Dinner is an annual event to thank the Captains and crew who work so hard for their guests throughout the year.
Guests were once again welcomed by a champagne reception with music provided by the band Lost Bruvas before the short awards ceremony took place. After a brief welcome and thank you from Fabio Ermetto, the new Chairman of Fraser Yachts, the winners were announced to an expectant crowd. The prizes were kindly donated by generous sponsors including a stunning Marine Chronometre Manufacture from Ulysse Nardin, 2 weeks free berthing and a weekend trip to Barcelona by Vilanova Grand Marina and dinner for two at the Alain Ducasse restaurant Le Louis XV, by Smart Technical management, just for the winning Charter Captain of the Year.
This year Watson de Silva from motor yacht Paraffin, one of Fraser Yachts’ most popular charter yachts won the coveted award. Based on feedback from charter guests and charter brokers Da Silva was noted as “a Captain who believes that “nothing is impossible”, not only does he operate one of the finest charter yachts afloat today, he is also “ready to go” anytime, anywhere. These are the perfect ingredients for a successful charter season”.
Further prizes including a 1,000USD travel voucher from Global Marine Travel, 1 weeks free berthing at Vilanova Grand Marina, a Jeraboam from VSF and Chateau Miraval and a bespoke playlist from Sound Purpose were donated to the two winning crews.
The crew of the brand new motor yacht Ulysses won the prize for Best Charter Crew over 50m, during their very first charter season this crew was recommended for “being like a SWAT team; highly trained, ready to go and always prepared for anything”. While the Best Charter Crew under 50m went to motor yacht Kai after repeatedly scoring 10/10 on all the feedback forms, and “One Charter Broker has been so impressed by their clients’ reviews that they’ve repeat‐ booked the yacht 4 times!”
After the awards guests were invited to tuck into the delicious buffet before hitting the dance floor until the early hours. When people were finally ready to take off their dancing shoes they disappeared clutching one of the most bulging goodie bags ever with gifts from many of the sponsors ranging from perfume for your car (Mercedes) to luxury toiletries for yourself (Boutsen Design), umbrellas (MHG), hats (Ulysses Nardin) and Spanish ham (VGM)!
The evening could also not have taken place without the support of other sponsors including PRYDE Shipyard who had a large model of Illusion on display, the largest superyacht ever to be built in China and Mercedes Benz who had the latest S Class on show for guests to try out. VBH were also on hand once again to demonstrate their latest technical gadgetry in the form of a 3D hologram cube and Deco‐Flamme provided comfy seating for weary guests and a very trendy DJ booth which was definitely the focus of the evening’s festivities.
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