Caribbean Crewfest 2020, the 5th anniversary edition!

From the 14th to the 17th of January ACREW & IGY Marinas hosted the 5th anniversary of Caribbean Crewfest together at IGY Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St Thomas, USVI’s. The event was a full success with 18 superyachts represented throughout the 4-day event.

Daily combined attendance totaled over 500 superyacht crew at the activities provided by ACREW’s and IGY’s trusted Anchor Club Strategic Partners. Clearly the biggest workshops were the interior crew workshops. The workshops started with “The World of Cigars” facilitated by Erik Smit from Luxury Hospitality Management. This workshop was not only attended by stews but also Captains were interested in the topic.

“Heads of Departments as Team Leaders” was the second biggest workshop, in which Talent Dynamics were identified and discussed in an open group setting led by Julia Rogers from Luxury Hospitality. The sessions were very engaging and each yacht crew could take something back to their boats. Further, we had “Mastering Synchronised Service” and “Wearable Flowers” for the interior crew. Ali from East End Flower Shop provided the stews with amazing flowers to create headpieces, handpieces, bracelets and much more which could wow the guests onboard.

Engineers, First officers and Captains were also interested in the technology side of things. Darryl from K4 Mobility facilitated 2 workshops, the first one, “Cyber Security”, educated the crew about phishing, Internet of Things and how to keep not only your data safe onboard but the boat’s data as well. Moreover Darryl held a workshop about data and bandwidth management which turned out to be an interactive session with the captains discussing the future of bandwidth management.

The US Coast Guards were kind enough to participate and provided a very insightful panel for captains and their crew about cruising the Spanish Virgin Islands and the Border Control’s yacht inspection programme that was very popular amongst Captains.

IGY’s Anchor Club members Ward’s Marine Electric and National Marine also attended the event as well as the ACREW partner Quantum Marine Stabilizers.

Apart from the educational workshops, the ACREW’s event team has also created a programme for crew to enjoy some leisure time. Phil Blake the Marina General Manager and the amazing Jaime Pomeroy got a regatta of remote control sailing boats running for the crew to play around with. A yoga instructor provided a yoga session for the crew, and Charlie Irons from the IGY team took a group of crew up to Paradise Mountain with stunning views over the marina.

The big finale of the event was the Crewfest Games and Crewfest Party on the last day. 7 teams competed against each other in swimming, paddle boarding, burpees, heavy carrying, army crawl and much more. After an breathtaking finale between the crew of MY Burn Rate, MY Cru, MY Milestone and the US Coastguards, the team of Burn Rate won the 2020 Crewfest Games.

The Crewfest Party in the evening at Navy Beach was visited by more than 120 Crew. A lovely BBQ dinner and a great live band and DJ created a wonderful atmosphere celebrating the end of the Caribbean Crewfest.