With the inaugural Caribbean CrewFest in St. Kitts running next week, Christophe Harbour and ACREW are thrilled to unveil the full details of the two-day programme, including educational seminars and masterclasses seamlessly combined with a top social schedule. The response from yachts in the area to attend the event has been great so far. Remaining space is limited, however, there is still time to register for this not-to-be-missed two-day experience, which is free for all professional superyacht captains and crew.
Day 1 will be marked by dynamic and interactive professional workshops, including everything from culinary instruction and leadership coaching to security training. In a session on leadership, Peter Vogel from Interior Yacht Services and Aeneas Hollins, director of yachting at Christophe Harbour and a former superyacht captain of 15 years, will present a methodology for exceptional leadership on board. This workshop will not only be about how to develop your own style, but also how to create more leaders on board that teach and guide others, providing a comprehensive overview in the context of captaining a luxury vessel.
Alongside this workshop, Miles Thompson, the new executive chef at Christophe Harbour, will lead an intimate and interactive workshop on Caribbean cuisine for superyacht chefs, where he will reveal the secrets of sourcing and preparing local produce in order to create modern dishes that are both fit for a superyacht clientele and that are in harmony with the local environment. Moreover, former Royal Marine commando, Wayne Britton of Securewest International will explore crew safety, awareness and conflict resolution. This will be in an interactive workshop that will provide captains and crew with a chance to share their experiences and learn valuable pragmatic lessons for international travel both on-board as well as ashore.
Following a tasty lunch at The Pavillion at Christophe Harbour, the afternoon will offer two interactive workshops to choose from. Peter Vogel will address the very fundamentals of great service in a workshop for interior crew, while Kym “Shag” Morton of FKG Marine Rigging and Fabricating and Stan Pearson of Antigua Rigging will lead a session dedicated to better understanding ropes and rigging.
SALT Plage on Whitehouse Bay will host attendees in the evening. They will have a great opportunity to watch the sunset from the best spot on the island, sundowner in hand, a barbeque of delicious local cuisine, karaoke and an open bar.
Day 2 will be all about exploring St Kitts. Crew will spend the day exploring the island and taking part in a variety of classic Kittitian activities, including zip-lining, cultural excursions and relaxed dining. Crew will also get treated to cocktails, nibbles and an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of YU Lounge, the luxury private jet terminal at St Kitts’ Robert L Bradshaw International Airport, which seamlessly and efficiently manages the arrival of VIP guests in to St Kitts.
The day will come to an end with an amazing crew party. Zoom Yachting will host a classic night of dining, drinking and dancing, with the sounds of international DJ, Dani L Mebius filling the dance floor. The party theme will be Heroes vs Villains—think Batman vs Catwoman, James Bond vs OddJob. The more creative the better, with prizes for those that really impress.