Top Award won. VIP evening in Caracas. Management Team Expands.

As YPI hosted an exclusive invitation-only soiree for yachting aficionados at a private villa in Caracas, Venezuela, YPI Charter yacht MARY-JEAN II was being selected for a top award at this year’s World Superyacht Awards in London…



Now in its sixth year, The World Superyacht Awards honour the finest new superyacht builds delivered to their owners in the twelve months previous. Hosted at the magnificent Guildhall in London, the Awards – often referred to as the OSCARS of the superyacht world – bring together some of the industry’s most influential players with some of the world’s most affluent and passionate yacht owners.

This year YPI was proud to have had two yachts reach the illustrious Finals: the world’s largest J-Class LIONHEART and the yacht that went on to beat off all the competition in her category to take the Award of ‘Best Displacement Motor Yacht (500 - 1,299GT): MARY-JEAN II.

“She was in one of the most competitive categories of the whole evening,” says Head of YPI Charter, Fiona Maureso. “Up against the likes of ADDICTION, BEL ABRI, SOLEMATES and the ISA 63M. Winning this category is testament to the design and build quality of MARY-JEAN II.”

Launched in May last year, the 61.70-metre MARY-JEAN II was project managed by YPI and built by International Shipyard Ancona (ISA) with interior design by Mark Berryman. Now available for charter exclusively through YPI Charter she accommodates up to 12 guests in 7 cabins working with a crew of 15.

“We are looking forward to welcoming charter guests on board for her first Mediterranean season ever,” says YPI Charter Manager, Jacqueline Leigh. “She is a beautiful, fun yacht to be on and deserves her World Superyacht Award. I’m sure it will not be her last accolade.”

Amongst those accepting the award on behalf of the owners were Will Bishop, YPI Sales & New Construction (above photo: 2nd on the left) and Marcello Maggi, ISA Sales & Marketing Director (above photo: 3rd on the left).

Photos courtesy of Mark Sims, Boat International Media


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“Part of the business of being a successful yacht broker and succeeding for clients where others may fail, is getting out and about to meet other people as passionate about yachting as we are,” explains YPI Group CEO, Bertrand Vogèle.

Following on from the recent launch of YPI Asia in Hong Kong and China, the Group linked up with YPI Ambassador, Camilla Mabbott, to reach out to some important yachting aficionados in Caracas, Venezuela hosting a private VIP cocktail evening with Valentina and Enrique Maduro.

Left: Bertrand Vogèle with Valentina Maduro, Camilla Mabbott and Enrique Maduro.


“Yachting is very popular in this part of the world,” explains Camilla Mabbott. “Fuel is cheaper than water here - match that with the exquisite Caribbean, neighbouring islands and areas like Los Roques, and yachting is an exceptionally rewarding pastime. There is also a growing interest in the large yacht market for purchase and charter, and chartering luxury yachts across Europe - all activities where clearly YPI is a very strong partner.”

Attended by around 30 invitees, the evening gave Bertrand the chance to explain a little about YPI and what it has to offer…as well as helping him better understand what those living in Venezuela need from a specialist luxury yacht group such as YPI. “Thanks to the kindness and hospitality of our co-hosts Valentina and Enrique Maduro,” says Bertrand, “we spent a great evening with some amazing people – all important players from the Caracas social and business scene - people who are already enjoying the pleasures and freedom yachting has to offer. I think there is some great business we can be doing together here and I very much look forward to showing our new friends exactly why YPI has been so successful around the world for so long.”


Above: honoured guests Alfredo and Elizabeth Beracasa
Left:Carolina Tinoco relaxes with a copy of The YPI Selection


Photos courtesy of Rafael Mendez, Entre Socios magazine

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An important consequence of the recent world crisis is the increased focus owners are now placing on how efficiently their yachts are being run.

“It’s not necessarily about saving money,” explains Head of YPI Management, Franc Jansen. “It’s about how owners can get more out of their yachts with the same operational expenditure - that’s an area where professional yacht management makes a huge difference.”

One of the longest serving management companies in the world, YPI Management has been specialising in all aspects of yacht management support - operational, financial, technical, class, certification, crew and insurance – for almost 40 years. Much of the Division’s success has been down to the specialist team it brings together. “I only recruit people who properly understand the industry and yachts," says Franc. "Experienced captains, chief engineers, naval architects, marine accountants and the like. That’s what makes YPI Management different.”

The newest member to the team, Damian Sharp, joins YPI with no less than twenty-eight years experience. “I started work as a galley boy on what was then a recently launched 60-metre Van Lent," he says. "Like so many in the industry back then, I went on to work my way up and reached Class IV Captain.”

Damian also has extensive build-captain experience. “I have worked on many new-build projects for owners over the years,” he smiles. “Helping to keep projects on budget for owners and, of course, making sure there aren’t any unseen extras added to the bills or hidden cost cutting.”

“Damian brings a wealth of experience and a relaxed confidence,” says Franc. “That’s something I think will prove to be very rewarding for both our clients and my team over the months and years to come.”

We wish Damian every success in his new post.