Category: Events

Monaco Yacht Show 2019

The spectacular Monaco Yacht Show is almost upon us again (25-28 September), and Superyachts will start filling up the beautiful Port Hercule in Monaco, along with a huge array of companies trying to sell their wares or services to the super-rich.  There will be a huge number of boats on display – from 66m yachts, down to tenders, mini-submarines and all manner of amazing toys.  The show is huge fun, and for many the chance to catch up with old friends in a beautiful setting. It can be massively hard work for some, or an exciting opportunity for others. The show is a different experience for everyone, and we just wanted to mention a few things that you may find helpful…

Job Finding:

We will of course be there, and very much hope to see as many of you as possible. We will be based at the MK Club, just outside the show ground and off La Rascasse. We currently have a form on our website that you can fill in to let us know that you’re coming and when. Please do contact us to arrange a meeting so that we can help you find your next position.

On that note, it’s worth mentioning a few tips about how to present yourself at the show if you are looking for work. A lot of what was covered in the previous “Dockwalking 101” post applies, but just to summarise:

  • Always look smart. Well cut hair, minimal jewellery and make-up, clean and simple ironed shorts, polo or T-shirt. Deck shoes or smart trainers. Men, please be clean-shaven. Make a good first impression!
  • Have copies of your CV with you – paper copies and on a memory stick.
  • Have a local phone number – get a cheap Pay-as-you-go phone so that you’re easily available for interviews.
  • Always smile, be polite and engage in conversation wherever possible. You never know where it might lead.
  • Behave! Don’t get drunk in Stars ‘n’ Bars and then try to talk to people about work. It’s also not a great idea to party until 3am every night and then look like you’ve been run over the next day.

With all that in mind, you should also be organised about how you tackle the show. Read the guide, see if there are any boats in particular attending that you’d like to work on, and do your homework. Learn about the boats as far as you can, and walk around the show taking any opportunity to talk to other crew.  It might be worth noting where the Captains & Crew lounge is located within the show, as it will be filled with all the people that you need to be talking to. Access is restricted, but you never know who you might bump into just outside…

Some of the larger exhibitors (usually brokers) also hold a fabulous party on one of the evenings, and an invitation to that would certainly be a coup and a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and network.  They are usually pretty exclusive affairs and you need to ensure you have the right kind of thing to wear, but it’s not unknown for people to get given tickets if you are friends with the right people.

Cool Things to Spot:

Every year, it seems companies try to out-do themselves by coming up with even more bonkers yacht toys than the year before, and many of them get rolled out for the first time at MYS. One of the most fun things to do at the show is go and see these toys in action as it is mostly possible to test-drive them, but only if you’ve got the money to buy and you pre-book.  A few fun ones to see this year:

  • Red Shark Bike Board – basically a bike (minus wheels) on a board. Get a work out and see the coastline too!
  • Lift eFoil – an electric hydrofoiling surfboard that will allow you to ride for up to 25mph for about an hour.
  • U-Boat Worx Super Yacht Sub 3 – Regulars at the show, U-Boat make top-end private subs, and the Sub 3 can dive to 300m and will allow two passengers to cruise the seabed in leather padded comfort, whilst enjoying a cold drink from the cool box and tunes from the Bluetooth sound system.
  • Brabus Shadow 500 Black Ops – This ninja-style tender is pretty cool looking with dark grey hull and red seats. The 9.18m can reach speeds of over 50 knots.
  • Radinn G2X electric jetboard – Combine surfing with jetskiing and this is what happens. Reaching speeds of up to 37mph, you can skim across the water without the need for waves!


There will be lots of small, off-shoot events happening in and around the show, so keep your eyes and ears open. Some of the yachts will be anchored outside the port, but there will certainly be lots on the docks to look around.

Do bear in mind that a lot of the eateries and bars within the showground will be expensive, so you might be well-advised to get outside the show and explore some of the side streets to find more reasonable places for lunch. Monaco is obviously a very expensive place as a standard, but you can find places that won’t break the bank if you get further from the water.

So, if you are planning to attend the show this year, please do come and see us. We hope you enjoy yourselves and have a great experience at this fantastic event.


By Laurie Strom


Onshore Cellars: WSET Course Dates 2019

Are you looking to start your wine education? Onshore Cellars have their 2019 course dates available to book. 
Onshore Cellars are an approved program provider of the Wine Spirit and Education Trust (WSET).
WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.
The WSET is a globally recognised examination body, meaning any candidate who passes one of their exams will receive an official certificate and qualification – a great addition to any CV! And a certificate that will be recognised not only in yachting but in other hospitality positions! 
As an ex-chief stew, Jessica Dunnett owner of Onshore Cellars, highly recommends this course for the service staff on board a superyacht. “As interior staff, you are serving the worlds finest wines to the worlds richest people. It is important to have a basic knowledge of wine and I have always found the WSET courses provides this to students. ”
Onshore Cellars can also organise WSET courses onboard if you have 5 or more people and can provide bespoke one-day wine courses should you only have time to focus on one area or just need to brush up on the bosses favourites wines for the season. 
WSET Level 2 
Course Dates:
Monday 4th March – Wednesday 6th March 2019 
Monday 15th April – Wednesday 17th April 2019 
Wednesday 23rd October – Friday 25th October 2019
Venue: Onshore Cellars, 18 Rue Des Casemates, Antibes
A detailed introductory look at the world’s most well-known wines (& spirits), grape varieties and regions, tasting around 54 different wines. Study packs will be distributed in advance and prior reading is recommended. 
WSET Level 3 
Course Dates: 
Wednesday 2nd Oct – Tuesday 8th Oct 2019 (2-day weekend break for revision) 
Venue: Onshore Cellars, 18 Rue Des Casemates, Antibes
A thorough examination of the world’s wine and spirit producing areas in great detail, tasting around 100 different wines. This is of the academic standard of a UK ‘A’Level and will require pre-study. Five days split either side of a weekend to allow for a break and some revision. Must have passed WSET Level 2 to attend this course.

Ready? Get in touch with Jess to get started!

Crew Wellness Workshop

Work hard, play hard…

As we come to the end of another busy Mediterranean season, many crew members start to realise the toll that the work hard, play hard yachting lifestyle can take on both body and mind.

Wilsonhalligan has teamed up with Laura from LozzieBrown Yoga and Anna from Honorandme Wellness to offer an exclusive wellness even to crew in La Ciotat.

Join us at 18:00 on Thursday 11th October at Monaco Marine Crew Space for an evening of yoga, wellness, treatments and therapies to introduce and enhance healthier habits and to help you reset after a hectic season.

You will receive a yoga session, juices, healthy snacks, tisane, and education on introducing essential oils for your ultimate health. Finishing with meditation and breath work that you can incorporate into daily life onboard, leaving you feeling revitalised and restored.

Laura and Anna are both ex-yacht crew so fully understand the demands placed on crew members.  During their time on yachts, they realised that there weren’t really any classes or education specifically tailored for yacht crew.  They have now put together a series of wellness workshops and retreats enabling you to take care of your mind & body during and after a hectic season.

Places are limited so you must register to attend this event.  It is open to all abilities and you don’t have to have previously practised yoga or meditation.

Please RSVP to

Galley Gang Workshops October 2018

Looking to freshen up some of your galley skills? As the summer season is drawing to a close we’ve caught up with The Galley Gang to hear about their exciting new workshop which they are running in Antibes in October.

The Galley Gang is an informal group of private and yacht chefs who get together to share inspiration, tips and tricks, making life in the kitchen a bit more enjoyable. They’re a friendly, positive and sociable bunch that started hanging out in Antigua and had some amazing villa-workshops, learning about new food culture and generally getting a bit of inspiration outside the galley. Since then the Galley Gang run workshops a couple of times a year, topping up on skills, bouncing ideas off one another and keeping up to date with current food trends.

Yacht Chef workshop Antibes – Monday 15th October – Friday 19th October 2018:

The Galley Gang are once again hosting some of the world’s best chefs to lead workshops in a variety of topics such as Japanese / Sushi, Plating and Presentation / Chocolate and Patisserie / Butchery / Seafood and Food Photography.

Keep up to date with current food trends and techniques in a chance to rub alongside fellow yacht chefs after a busy season – giving you the chance to bounce ideas.

Monday 15th October
Butchery / Plating and Presentation

The butchers at Boucherie Fabre, one of the best meat provisioners in the South of France, will be leading a morning specialising in rare meats

Tuesday and Wednesday 16/17th October
Chocolate / Patisserie / Desserts

We’re delighted to have Chef Martin Chiffers join us for 2 intensive days of all things sweet

Thursday and Friday 18/19th October
Japanese and Sushi

2 days of practical and hands-on sushi, seafood and all things Japanese. We’ve invited the chefs from Sushi-School – an international college who train professional chefs

The fee per student for the week is €1200 (equivalent to €240 per day) or €1100 if booked before 20th September.

Please contact to reserve your spot.

The Best Yacht Events this Season – Where We’ll Be and How to Find Us

As the Yachting season rapidly approaches, there are a number of events you won’t want to miss. Featuring the finest yachts the world has to offer, from Sports cruisers to Express Yachts to Tri-deck and mega yachts, these events will have everything you need, and in some beautiful locations too.

Here is the complete list of the best yacht events that the wilsonhalligan team will be attending over the course of this yachting season:


Southampton Boat Show

When: 15th-24th September 2017


One of the biggest in Europe and the largest of its type in the UK, the on-water Southampton Boat Show attracts over 110,000 visitors annually and attracts high net worth individuals from the UK and around the world.

We will be around on Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st and are more than happy to meet and have a chat over a coffee, just let us know! If you’re a UK resident or are willing to travel, this 10 day yachting event is definitely not one to miss.


Monaco Yacht Show

When: 26th-30th September 2017


Every year, the Monaco Yacht Show hosts over 120 outstanding one-off superyachts, built by some of the most respected shipyards in the world, as well as 580 industry leading companies with a wide range of offerings.

This September, the yachting industry will be exclusively focused on the Monaco Yacht Show where 45 new launches will make their worldwide debut.

The team will be on hand to offer careers advise, or to help you source the best crew for your yacht. You can find us in the PRIVA Lounge in the L’Ete Restaurant (formally The Black Legend Restaurant).


METS (Superyacht Forum)

When: 14th-16th November 2017


Drawing on 25 years of experience, the themes that will be covered over the course of the exhibition this year will include yachting business, fleet, buying, ownership, operations, technology and design.

This exhibition is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry and network with a wide range of other yachting enthusiasts with different roles within the industry. Liam will be attending the forum over both days, if you would like to meet, please book an appointment using our website contact page.


La Ciotat (ACREW)

When: 29th-30th November 2017


Based in La Ciotat, France, this November the ACREW team have organised a Compositework workshop event for yachting industry members. The event will feature a range of items, including workshops, food, Q&A’s, lunches for crew, pub quizzes, and career consultations. For more information please visit the ACREW website.

If you fancy meeting for a chat, our team be attending the event over the two days and are more than happy to talk with you. If you would like to book a time to meet, please use the contact form on our website.


Antigua Charter Yacht Show

When: 4th-10th December 2017


This year’s 4-day show takes place at the beautiful Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina both located in Falmouth Harbour. Similar to some of the other exhibitions, the Antigua Charter Yacht show boasts beautiful scenery whilst you browse the various yachts and exhibition stands.

Although we will not be exhibiting at the show, our team will be in attendance to explore what the exhibition has to offer and network with various owners and industry members. Feel free to contact to arrange a meeting.


These are all events that you don’t want to miss! Each event offers invaluable insights, updates and information regarding the yachting industry that you won’t find anywhere else. If you would like to meet with us at any of the above mentioned events, please get in touch using the contact page on our website and we’ll be happy to have a chat with you!

Event: Southampton Boat Show

wilsonhalligan are pleased to announce we will be attending the Southampton Boat Show this year. Throughout the week, we will be around and more than happy to chat to people. If you’re going to be attending and would like a chat over a coffee, let us know!

We will be attending the boat show on Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September

Send an email to or give us a call on 01489 886802 to let us know you are coming or to arrange a time and place to have a chat.

If you would like to attend, please register for tickets here.

Southampton Boat Show Dates and Times:

When: 15th-24th September 2017

Where: Mayflower Park/Town Quay, Southampton SO15 1AG

From 10:00 am to 18:30 pm

The last day, Sunday 24th September, will be from 10:00am to 18:00 pm


For more information about the boat show, take a look at the official Southampton Boat Show website:

The Best Events For Yacht Crew This Summer 2017

Whether you’re looking for the best crew networking events, want to check out world premiers of the newest superyachts, or simply want to enjoy something different, check out our featured list of the best events to attend this summer.

Newport Charter Yacht Show – 19th-23rd June 2017

Celebrating 35 years in existence, the Newport Charter Yacht Show is a showcase of luxury charter yachts alongside a display of ancillary goods and services for the charter industry. This four-day event is dedicated exclusively to yacht charter professionals; agents, owners, brokers and captains in the dynamic, picturesque setting of Newport, Rhode Island.
Find out more.

Croatia Ultra Festival – throughout July

Whether you want to work it as crew or attend as a member of the public, this event combines the worlds of sailing and dance music with the theme ‘Sail by day. Dance by Night’. Embark on week long island hopping cruises with the best DJs in the world – sure to provide the experience of a lifetime. Main headliners include Carl Cox, David Guetta and Martin Garrix. Find out more.

Panerei British Classic Week 2017 – 8th – 15th July 2017

The annual Regatta of the BRITISH CLASSIC YACHT CLUB will see the 16th edition in 2017 and not only attracts entries from Britain but also regularly from Europe, and in 2016, from Australia and New Zealand. The regatta is an occasion for classic boat enthusiasts to enjoy good racing and to spend time with other sailors who share the same appreciation of classics.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2017 – 12th-17th September

Taking place every September in the elegant surroundings of the sparkling bay of Cannes, the Cannes Yachting Festival is Europe’s leading in-water boating event. The major players in pleasure yachting come here to launch the show season by showcasing their new worldwide models. With an itinerary full of event, this is the perfect place for networking. Find out more.

Genoa International Boat Show 2017 – 21st-26th September

Discover the latest previews of international yachting on display for visitors to the 57th Boat Show. More than 1,000 boats will be on show, from the four traditional areas: sailing, outboard engines and inflatable boats, powerboats and motor yachts. The latest products of the national and international nautical industry will be displayed along a refurbished path with new docks and reserved areas. Find out more.

Southampton Boat Show – 15th – 24th September

Back for its 49th year, the Southampton Boat Show returns this September to witness thousands of people getting out on the water at the UK’s premier nautical event. Celebrating the lifestyle, fun and excitement that being on the water has to offer, join Britain’s biggest festival of boating for an event that’s not to be missed by crew. The wilsonhalligan team will also be there for the first time so be sure to meet up with our recruitment specialists to see what we can do for you. Find out more.

Monaco Yacht Show 2017 – 27th-30th September

Discover 125+ extraordinary one-off superyachts built by the world’s most respected shipyards. Welcoming over 590 leading companies from the yachting industry, the Monaco Yacht Show is a networking event like no other. Find out more.

Les Voiles de St Tropez 2017 – 30th September-8th October

Returning for its 19th editions this September, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez comprises of a week-long programme of both competitive and social events while showcasing the best of both classic and super modern yachts. Find out more.

Event: wilsonhalligan x Froggy Gourmet Chef Networking Evening

The need to knows:

Where: Froggy Gourmet, Rue Aubernon, Antibes
When: Wednesday 3rd May 18h – 20h

Join us for a drink at our upcoming chef networking event and say hello to Nikki our Galley Recruitment specialist who will be on hand for any career advice! Make sure you also check out Froggy Gourmet’s latest produce for the season and see how they can help you with provisioning.

All Chefs are welcome to the event and we invite you to chat to other Superyacht Chefs and sample some of Froggy Gourmets finest products with a free welcome drink on arrival!

Please RSVP for this event to

We look forward to seeing you there – spread the word!

Event: Palma Boat Show 2017

When: 28th April – 2nd May 2017
Where: Port of Palma de Mallorca | Dock of the Old Pier | Pantalanes Lonja P1-P2-P3 | Royal, Old and Set Stairs

wilsonhalligan are pleased to announce we will be attending the most popular nautical event of the Balaeric Islands this month, the Palma Boat Show 2017, in partnership with ACREW.

MEET US! Thinking about the next step in your career? Talk to us about your next crew position at a one on one meeting with our Interior Recruitment Specialists Michelle & Jen at the ACREW crew lounge on the 28th and 29th April.

Register online to attend the Palma Superyacht Show.

We will also be hosting a HAPPY HOUR evening on the Friday 28th for all attendees with FREE drinks between 6-8pm at the ACREW lounge! Register online to attend. Occupying one of the largest spaces in the show, the lounge is a great place to meet up with fellow crew and take a break, relax and get treated by wilsonhalligan and ACREW.

Palm Boat Show Opening hours:

From 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The last day, May 2, will be from 10:30 to 18:00.
The Night of the Sea, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Event: The Superyacht Charities Ball

Just in case you haven’t heard, the third annual Superyacht Charities Ball is coming up this Saturday. With a charity cricket event in the day, exciting auctions and special raffles, this is a must-attend event! The team at wilsonhalligan are very much looking forward to the evening and hope to see you there. Read on to find out more about charity ball below.

When: Saturday 1st April 2017
Where: Hilton Hotel, Ageas Bowl, Southampton, SO30 3XH, UK
What Time: 18:00 Arrival, 01:00-03:00 The Afterparty

The chosen charities for the 2017 ball include Sail4Cancer and Turn to Starboard. Click on the links above to find out more about the chosen charities. We are long standing supporters of Sail4Cancer and have previously fundraised by completing 24 hours in a life raft and The Great South Run.

During the day before the main event of the Ball, there will be a Charity Cricket Match at the Ageas Bowl which our own Managing Director, Liam Dobbin will be competing in! wilsonhalligan will also be sponsoring one of the charity teams for the event.

Auctions & Raffles at the Superyachts Charities Ball

There will be a number of events at the ball; alongside dinner and dancing, the main auction will see a host of experiences and goods up for the taking including a luxury beach hut weekend, tickets to see England vs Australia at Twickenham, family photography sessions, helicopter tours and much more!

On the night itself, for just £10 a raffle strip, there are more prizes up for grabs including an ipad mini, musto jackets, action cams, smart watches just to name a few!

Don’t miss your chance to enter the ‘Special Raffle’

As well the main raffle, there is also a special raffle which is open to the general public to win a stunning Moritz Grossmann watch worth up to a whopping £25,000! You can still win the raffle whether you’re attending the ball or not!

The winner will also have the opportunity of choosing a design from the Tefnet range (male or female options)

For more information about the Superyacht Charities Ball taking place this Saturday, please visit or email

Registered charity number 1166259

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