About ACREW

ACREW was founded by Abi McGrath along with Captain Aeneas Hollins, Captain Will Kaye, Captain Dan Jackson and our sister company ZoomYachting Turkey.

At ACREW we aim to deliver high–standard worldwide events which introduce professional development opportunities to superyacht captains and crew. Captains and crew are invited to attend free workshops, discussion groups, networking and social activities at our events in Yacht Shows, Shipyards and Marinas to further develop and progress their career in the superyacht industry.

Our goal is to set a new standard for professionalism in super-yachting. We believe that learning is a life-long endeavour and superyacht crew have a duty to continuously improve their safety, security and hospitality skills and knowledge. We aim to achieve this through the provision of accessible and innovative Continuous Professional Development opportunities for all superyacht crew around the world.

With over 8,500 Crew Members, including 2,500 Captains, ACREW works closely with the PYA, MYBA and Warsash Superyacht Academy to bring the best opportunities to crew.

ACREW’s head office is in Leeuwarden, Holland. Abi McGrath and Onno Ebbens, the two Managing Partners of ACREW are based here along with a team of 6 dedicated staff. Paul Evans is based in Palma and ZoomYachting Turkey, a Destination Management Company, is based in Gocek, Turkey and is run by Berkan Ceylan and his team. Aeneas Hollins is currently the Director of Yachting at Christophe Harbour.  Will Kaye is currently Captain at M/Y Highlander.  Dan Jackson is currently Manager at S/Y Ranger.

Watch Abi’s interview with superyachts.com during the Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Video source: http://www.superyachts.com/news/mys16-acrew-on-creating-a-superyacht-community-4830.htm

Meet the Team

Abigail McGrath

Abi McGrath is the founder, owner and director at ACREW. She has worked in superyachting for over 12 years now; starting out in the design and build of superyacht marinas and then going on to work as a marketing consultant before setting up ACREW. Up until 2013 she lived in Barcelona, a place that will always be close to her heart. Directing ACREW provides Abi with the opportunity to meet, share with and learn from so many amazing people from such varied backgrounds, making it a really fun and exciting place to work. Abi’s newest adventure is being mother to her little two-year-old daughter Beya.

Onno Ebbens

Onno’s expertise lies in the arena of operational & financial excellence, lead generation and knowledge sharing. With over 20 years of experience running successful marketing, sales and learning companies in the Netherlands, his involvement as a partner in ACREW has been a fantastic development for the company.  Speaking five languages and having a passion for throwing amazing parties Onno has very much enjoyed his work over the last 10 years in the superyacht industry. In this time he has also founded ACREW’s sister company ZoomYachting the destination management company specifically catering for Superyachts in Turkey.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans has worked in global financial services for over 25 years. He is one of the owners of a long term ACREW partner, United Advisers Marine “UAM”. In addition he has helped found ACREW United. Paul has joined the Board of Directors of ACREW, to help it to continue with its goals to grow further and improve it’s offering to all connected with it. He has recently re-located to Palma, to be closer to the Superyacht industry. Paul enjoys keeping fit, travelling and is always up for an adventure.

Warren Parry

Warren Parry is the ACREW events manager who joined the team 3 years ago as their sales and account manager. He is now focused on the logistics of creating outstanding events. He was born in Zambia and moved when he was young to the UK, living on a boat called the Albatross for nearly 7 years. After this, he enjoyed traveling around the world, especially enjoying New Zealand. Nowadays he is based in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. He enjoys socializing with friends, football and learning new cultures. The way Warren likes to start the day is with a nice cup of coffee whilst reading the latest sport pages and technology developments.

Arnold Mbiydzengeh

Arnold is the Account Manager at ACREW. He studied at Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Holland where he graduated in December 2016 with a degree in Business Administration (International Tourism Management). During his studies, he carried out a Minor in Cruise Management. This experience sparked a passion for the Cruise & Superyacht sectors, which is why he decided to start his career at ACREW. He enjoys travelling and exploring other cultures.

Corinna Blanke

Corinna Blanke is the Community Manager at ACREW.  She is responsible for ACREW United, the membership for Captains & crew that was launched at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017. Corinna enjoys being at the ACREW Events, mingling with crew and getting to know new destinations. After living in Germany, South Africa and Spain she is settled in The Netherlands for now. Corinna loves travelling, preferably road tripping, and wishes to visit South America and Asia next. Her hobbies are experimenting with food, yoga & snowboarding.

Laia Rapesta Montmany

Laia is our new Marketing assistant at ACREW. Born in Barcelona and grew up in the centre of Catalonia, started her tourism studies in Girona. Laia has been always passionate about the travel industry, and when she continued her tourism studies in Leeuwarden she focused on events and marketing. During the lasts years, she has participated in different exchange programs and worked as an au pair, having then the opportunity to meet new people and different cultures. After living in Barcelona, Ireland, Amsterdam and Den Haag now she is enjoying life in the beautiful Leeuwarden. Laia enjoys learning new languages, coffee and travelling.

Wika Busz

Wika is our new Community Assistant at ACREW. Studying International Tourism Management at Stenden University Wika was focusing on Event Management and worked at the Marketing department of Stenden next to her studies. After growing up in Poland and Germany, living in Qatar and South Africa, Wika finally moved to the Netherlands. Speaking currently four languages she plans to learn Arabic and French any time soon. Wika is passionate about travelling and experiencing cultures, cooking, Yoga and Pilates.

Karst Zwaan

Karst is our new Graphic Designer at ACREW. He is born in Workum, a beautiful city in Friesland at the beach. Karst speaks Dutch, Frisian and English.

He is almost done with his education in Media Design and is very motivated to start his new adventure in Groningen which will be Communication and Multimedia Design. Besides his studies, he is a fan of Netflix and likes running on the beach when the weather is nice. (Dutch weather isn’t always nice)

Jelle Tekstra

Jelle is one of our new Event Assistants at ACREW. He’s studying Event Management at D’Drive in Leeuwarden. Jelle loves to hang out with family and friends, he enjoys a good game of football or sailing in the summer. Another passion is travelling. Last year he travelled through France, Slovenia, Italy and Germany, and he is looking forward to add more countries into his list!

Marieke Tuinman

Marieke is one of our new Event Assistants at ACREW. She is born and raised in the beautiful Terschelling, this island is known for its beaches and their Oerol Fevstival.

Currently she is studying event management at Friesland College, Leeuwarden. Before getting started in the fabulous world of event management she worked as a nurse. She loves spending time with her friends and family. During her spare time, she enjoys cooking, rock music concerts and a good cup of coffee.

Rick Nauta

Rick is one of our new Events Assistants at ACREW. He loves playing the trumpet and football, he is a big supporter of Leeuwarden’s local football club Cambuur. Rick is looking forward to make the most out of his internship at ACREW, learning everything about events management and adding new connections to his network.