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What are the two main yachting seasons?

Find out what are the two main yachting seasons and how to use them to increase your chances of finding a job on board a yacht.

Are you ready to find your new dream job on board a yacht?

Become a member of YPI CREW and connect with our recruiters so they can guide you through your job search and secure you your next yachting adventure.

 

Each of our recruiters is specialised in crew placement for a particular department and they will do their best to get you an interview on board a yacht. They will also advise you on how to best present your experience and skills and prepare for a yacht job interview.

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Traditionally, there are two major yachting seasons that determine where the majority of the yachts will be actively cruising.

 

In the summer months, the majority of the yachts cruise in the idyllic Mediterranean waters. During winter, the yachting activity migrates to the vibrant areas of the Caribbean and USA.

 

Why is this important? During each of these two yachting seasons, the yachts are cruising with guests and are generally fully staffed. Thiss means that the best time for looking for jobs will be just before the start of each of these seasons.

 

This is not to say that crew is not able to find work in other times of the year, it just means that the build-up to a yachting season is the busiest recruitment time.

Mediterranean season

Best time to look for work?

February to June

Approximately from May to October

French Riviera Mediterranean yachting season South of France

The Mediterranean yachting season generally starts in May or even late April and extends until October. The season peaks in the summer months when the temperatures in the Mediterranean are the highest and guests can revel in the beautiful waters and stunning coastlines.

 

The season sees the Mediterranean coastlines become a hive of yachting activity where owners and guests move between the indulgence of the Rivieras and the serenity of quiet bays. Most yachts spend the season cruising between Italy, South of France, Greece, Croatia and Spain.

 

February to May is the best time for junior crew to actively search for work onboard superyachts in the Mediterranean. In this period, the yachts are preparing for the upcoming season and need to ensure all positions are covered with competent crew members.

“Yachts will be coming to France, Spain, Italy, etc. and will be hiring temp crew to help get the yachts ready for the season; they will be looking for seasonal crew; assistance will be needed in shipyards; etc. This is the best way to get some experience on the CV, get glowing references and from there, a more permanent position.” — Anna Horak, Engineering Recruitment Specialist at YPI CREW.

Crew hotspots in that period are places like Antibes (France) or Palma de Mallorca (Spain).

“Antibes for junior crew is the place to be, as its where most of the agents are meeting and interviewing crew. Also, it connects easily by train to ports from Genoa all the way to Marseille, so you can attend interviews and trials in hours at a low cost.” — Louise Overend, Interior Recruitment Specialist at YPI CREW.

The best way to look for work is to register with a few reputable recruitment agencies, such as YPI CREW, and stay in touch with the recruiters who will champion you to the yachts they work with.

“Make sure you let yourself known to us, reach out, call us so we can run through your CV and discuss your goals. If you are in the area, come and visit us — it makes all the difference as we can then start to build our partnership with you and guide you through the entirety of your yachting career.” — Alexandra O’Connell, Deckhand and Bosuns Recruitment Specialist at YPI CREW.

Caribbean season

Best time to look for work?

October to December

Approximately from November to February

Exuma Bahamas island Caribbean winter yachting season

Late November usually marks the end of the hurricane season and brings sun and warm weather in the Caribbean, transforming it into the epicentre for yachts and yacht crew.

Antigua, St. Martin and Fort Lauderdale (USA) now become the main points for cruising in that area.

From October to the end of November, as superyachts prepare for the cruising season ahead, this is the best period for yacht crew to land their dream job.

 

One thing that is specific to the Caribbean season is that yachts, for the most part, look for crew with a B1 visa. This is because the yachts tend to pass through the USA at some stage of the season.

“Number one thing is to make sure your CV is complete and up to date and to always keep in touch with your recruiter, whether by logging into your YPI CREW profile or via email or WhatsApp.” — Alexandra O’Connell, Deckhand and Bosun Recruitment Specialist at YPI CREW.

Not all yachts will make the seasonal crossing to warmer climates — some will stay in the area throughout the year for maintenance or shipyard periods.

This is the period when there are generally no guests onboard and yachts often operate with less crew.

Recruitment is still happening during these times but, depending on the department, it might be in a slightly smaller capacity than just before the two major seasons.

“On the engineering side there is still much happening, shipyard periods mainly, and often engineers need assistance with the workload. So be sure to check in with us whenever you are ready to look for work and we will guide you from there.” — Anna Horak, Engineering Recruitment Spacialist at YPI CREW.

 

The best way to break into the industry is to make sure you do your research on yachting. Find out what courses are best suited to you and the avenue you are looking to take, reach out to friends you may have in the industry, or ring an agency or training school for advice.

Always have a positive mindset. It can sometimes get a little discouraging to some green crew when they see their friends or housemates getting daywork etc. and they aren’t. But never give up. This industry is about perseverance, hard work and determination.

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