Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) hosted a breakfast aboard Floridian Princess on Sunday 2 November during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The breakfast was a chance to bring existing and potential members together to discuss the importance of young talent in the industry, and was an opportunity to spread the word about the soon-to-come London branch.

Speaking exclusively to SuperyachtNews.com, president of YPY South Florida, John Jarvie explained how the organisation's growth so far has been natural and, as with so many organisations and services in the superyacht industry, via word of mouth. "YPY has become an organic thing, where people are talking to their friends and colleagues about it. We're finally at a point where everybody wants a piece," said Jarvie.

Following successful growth, YPY is now looking at launching a London component, which has already gained traction. Lisa Peck, president of YPY Monaco, added, "We've had a lot of people approach us who want to be involved [in the London branch]." The London board of directors is in the process of being decided, and following the final decision in December this year, will be officially announced in January 2015.



Also in discussion regarding the London branch is where to hold the first meeting. Both Peck and Jarvie recognised central London as a likely option due to good transport links, but are favouring South London due to proximity to the large maritime contingent in Southhampton. The professionalism of the event is also important, said Jarvie, who added that YPY wants to steer away from the drinking aspect of so many of the industry's events, really focusing on the chosen words that depict the message of the organisation.

YPY is not stopping with London, however. Peck revealed, "There is going to be more", with branches on the radar for Holland, Palma and Barcelona.

Jarvie, who is approaching the end of his three-year presidency, told SuperyachtNews.com he was pleased with the effects the organisation has had upon the superyacht industry. "It really helps a lot of young people," he concluded.