The second annual Caribbean CrewFest was held over the weekend, with crew of 12 superyachts enjoying complimentary professional development masterclasses, island excursions and four days berthage.
From the 11-14 January, The Marina at Christophe Harbour played host to 12 superyachts who came to St. Kitts to experience Caribbean CrewFest 2017.
The second edition of the four day event featured a wide range of professional master classes, designed to help crew up-skill, with a healthy dose of recreation to recharge batteries after the busy holiday charter season. Yachts and their crew were treated to three nights berthage at the St Kitts marina, alongside a masquerade party, the inaugural CrewFest Games, and a host of informative master classes, all compliments of Christophe Harbour and facilitated by ACREW.
“We were really happy with how the event turned out. CrewFest gives us an opportunity to give back to the crew and also share our lovely island home. We had an excellent turnout and it’s always a thrill to see crew enjoying our unique superyacht marina,” says Christophe Harbour director of marketing, Katherine Verano.
The CrewFest games saw 10 teams test their courage and sportsmanship as they carried, swam, paddle boarded and leapt through a tough obstacle course. Winners, M/Y Kamalaya took home a well-deserved trophy and the chance to defend their title next year.
Attending crew took away easy-to-apply skills from the master classes, which included everything from how guest and owner preferences affect service, to situational awareness and a seminar on the perfect margarita.
“The venue at Christophe Harbour is truly stunning. Crew enjoyed waterside dining at SALT Plage, cocktail making at the beautiful Pavilion Member’s only beach club, golf at the Four Seasons on Nevis, quad bike tours and the benefit of free dockage throughout,” says ACREW’s Managing Partner Abi McGrath.
“In some firsts for ACREW, we held workshops on drone safety, security and handling as well as teaching paddle boarding and water safety. These were topics crew had identified as needing help with, and were particularly well received.”
CrewFest is one of a number of factors contributing to a strong season at Christophe Harbour. The development of an onsite fuel farm means The Marina at Christophe Harbour is now home to the largest fuel farm facility dedicated to a marina in the Eastern Caribbean, with an onsite tank capacity of 48,000 US gallons. The Marina is able to offer 40,000 US gallons per day of in-slip fuelling for vessels, with up to 125 gallons per minute of Sol-supplied, ultra-low sulphur diesel.
Organisers are looking forward to repeating the event’s success with third annual CrewFest in 2018. For more information about Christophe Harbour, please visit www.christopheharbour.com
About Christophe Harbour
Led by developer Charles P. “Buddy” Darby III, Christophe Harbour encompasses more than 2,500-acres across the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts. An integrated luxury residential and resort community with shorelines along the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Christophe Harbour features a world-class superyacht marina surrounded by oceanfront and hillside homesites, custom homes, turnkey villas, a members-only Pavilion Beach Club with gourmet sea-to-table fare, and the award-winning beachside bar, SALT Plage.
Slated to become the Caribbean’s leading destination for superyachts and luxury island living, Christophe Harbour opened its luxury retail shops at the marina village in late 2016 and will welcome the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt St. Kitts in summer 2017. The resort will also include a Tom Fazio championship golf course. For more information about Christophe Harbour, visit www.ChristopheHarbour.com
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