On 10th October, 2013, Italian captains of the superyacht industry gathered at Yacht Club Marina di Loano for the inaugural Italianyachtmasters event. Italianyachtmasters is an association established this past year, with a view to achieve, as their associated phrase, “excellence in yachting”, unite captains from the nation, better themselves as captains, better industry practices and improve the perception of the Italian superyacht captain.

The association’s board of directors was only established in April, yet the first meeting saw over 100 attendees including those from Nauta Yachts, Finantieri, Catalano Shipping Services, Mansueto Marine, Palumbo, Fraser Yachts and Benetti.

Captain Dario Savino of motoryacht Regina d’Italia, one of the association’s board of directors, explained to SuperyachtNews.com: “The discussion that followed has revealed that we have set the right course. A lot of expectation from this initiative is there.” In fact, in 2014, Italianyachtmasters will be part of YARE and as such will be present in February’s Superyacht Captains’ Forum in Viareggio.

Captain Savino explained that the association hopes to improve some misconceptions that sometimes have lead to a lack of support for Italian captains. “For quite a long time we have been adrift. As Italian master mariners we often have excelled in our profession, but only as individuals. We have always missed the goal of building a strong and efficient spirit of cooperation and mutual support, which is the base of success for any trade and any professional category. In order to obtain consideration and respect from the international yachting community, we must aim very high. We are here to set a new standard for others to follow and this is not an easy task.

Find the full story, with extended comment and feedback from the event, on SuperyachtNews.com.

Credit: Yacht Club Marina Loano and Marinepartners.

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