Fraser Yachts Captain of the Year Award


For over fifteen years Fraser Yachts has awarded Charter Captains with awards at the Captains’ Dinner, which takes place at the Monaco Yacht Show each year.

In a bid to recognise the Captains who are not on charter yachts the brokerage house has created some new awards that will be known as Management Captain of the Year Awards

The company was able to present two awards at the inaugural Awards ceremony during its Dockside Client Soirée on November 7th, held during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

All departments at Fraser Yachts had a hand in the nomination of candidates, which were then whittled down to the final selection, by a committee of senior yacht management staff.

Then the entire yacht management team was asked to judge each of those Captains on a range of attributes including precision and punctuality in accounting and cost control, management of the crew and the safety culture on board, respect of the planned maintenance on board and the happiness of the owner and his guest.

The awards were presented by Roberto Giorgi, Chairman of Fraser Yachts, and Mike Busacca, Chief Operating Officer and Commercial Director U.S. of Fraser Yachts.

Ulysse Nardin sponsored the main prize of a Marine Diver Chronometre Ulysse Nardin watch, which each winning Captain received.

The first joint winner of the Fraser Yachts Management Captain of the Year was awarded to Captain Giles Smith of Helios 2. Giles has Captained HELIOS 2 for two different owners since 2006, continuously part of the yacht management fleet of Fraser Yachts Fort Lauderdale.

He first ran the yacht as a busy charter vessel with full ISM and a very demanding schedule, and then more recently as a private family yacht with an extensive cruising plan. Giles is a pleasure to work with, sets high standards but recognises the need to communicate and work as a team in the management of the yacht.

The second joint winner of the Fraser Yachts Management Captain of the Year was awarded to Captain Luca Mosca. Fraser Yachts has had the pleasure of successfully managing two different yachts with Luca, the latest experience was on Annaeva which he ran with his usual efficiency.

Luca was only on board for 18 months but managed to win the complete trust of the Owner who actually stated that Luca was the best Captain he had ever met. Luca also gave fantastic support to Fraser Yachts to successfully conclude the sale of the yacht this past September.

Other prizes included

  • A Weekend in a Bentley experience plus a Bentley Weekender Bag provided by Bentley Motors
  • 10 nights of free berthing courtesy of IGY Marinas
  • The Charter Store $1,000 discount card for a private jet charter flight
  • $1,000 travel voucher from Global Marine Travel

Other sponsors who made the night possible include

  • MHG Insurance
  • The Macallan
  • Robb Report
  • Montecristo Cigars
  • CAT speakers