|Pete Southgate Named Co-Chair of ISS Technical Committee 5/12/2016|
The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce Mr. Pete Southgate, Wright Maritime Group, has been appointed as co-chair of the ISS Technical Committee.
Southgate is a shipbuilder, naval architect and marine surveyor with experience spanning 30 years in the maritime industry and is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
To read more click on the following link... 12 May 2016-Pete Southgate Named Co-Chair of ISS Technical Committee.pdf
|ISS May 2016 Newsletter 5/5/2016|
ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative Underwritten by WMG
ISS is pleased to announce Wright Maritime Group's (WMG) support in providing yacht crew with STCW BST a one-year free membership in ISS. ISS President, Derik Wagner, says, "WMG's innovative approach to providing yacht crew with an entrance into this global organisation will build ISS's important relationships with crew and give one of the industry's most important groups, crew, a significant voice with top industry influencers."
Remembering Ed Dubois and Pieter Beeldsnijder
Diane Byrne remembers the two great design talents the superyacht industry lost just days apart in March. With yachts as familiar as the stars at night, again and again, these amazing gentlemen embodied the very elegance to which we all aspire.
Association Alliance Member Feature-News from Down Under
ISS's YachtInfo at MYBA's 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa
YachtInfo--ISS's educational platform--presented Destinations Seminar: Norway and Cuba on 3 May 2016 at MYBA's 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa. The seminar was sponsored by Superyacht Norway with a complimentary breakfast sponsored by Genoa International Supplies. The show's charter seminars are organised each year by the MYBA Charter Committee, ever deeply involved in the curriculum. ISS's Education Committee chair, Bransom Bean, moderated.
|ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative - Underwritten by Wright Maritime Group 5/2/2016|
The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce Wright Maritime Group’s (WMG) support in providing yacht crew with STCW BST a one-year free membership in ISS.
To read more click on the following link... 2 May 2016-ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative.pdf
|ISS’s YachtInfo at MYBA’s 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa 4/29/2016|
The ISS (International Superyacht Society) is pleased to announce that YachtInfo—its educational platform—will present Destinations Seminar: Norway and Cuba on 3 May 2016 from 8h30 to 10h00 at MYBA’s 28th annual Charter Show in Genoa. The seminar is sponsored by Superyacht Norway with a complimentary breakfast from 8h00 sponsored by Genoa International Supplies. The Show’s charter seminars are organised each year by the MYBA Charter Committee, ever deeply involved in the curriculum.
To read more click on the following link... 29 April 2016-ISS’s YachtInfo at MYBA’s 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa.pdf
|ISS March 2016 Newsletter 3/24/2016|
ISS has a basket full of benefits for all our members. In particular, all of you
who nominate vessels for our annual design awards will be delighted to know that there is no cost associated with putting forth your amazing creations. Ever. Get started today. Contact Vanessa Stuart, email@example.com, for nomination information. Then eat jelly beans.
Association Membership Update
During its monthly meeting in March, ISS’s Executive Committee adopted a new Association Membership benefit. Beginning immediately and reflective of ISS’s membership year which is based on the date one joins or renews, current and new association members may designate five affiliates from their own membership ranks or association staff as ISS members.
Association Alliance Member Feature-The GUEST Program
Guest columnist, Joey Meen, PYA Director of Training & Certification and the Founder of GUEST- Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training-discusses the three-year old program. With support from ISS and endorsements from MYBA and SYBAss, GUEST is viewed as the industry-led global training standard for interior crew.
ISS at the Palm Beach International Boat Show
Diane Byrne comments on ISS’s Board decision to hold its winter meeting at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. “As for the ISS Board of Directors meeting, committees focused on education, events, and more were expanded. We’ll be bringing you more in-depth news about some of these initiatives in upcoming newsletters,” she writes. Diane also brings you news of Bob Saxon’s major announcement.
|ISS February 2016 Newsletter 2/24/2016|
Announcing the 2016 ISS Board of Directors
With an unprecedented number of votes cast, the 2016 ISS Board of Directors election was as close as any in recent memory. Congratulations to all who were nominated, to those voted in and to those who have already indicated they will stand again for the 2017 election. Thank you to all ISS members who voted. Effecting the direction of the global superyacht industry through one’s vote is a privilege of membership.
26th Anniversary of ISS's Design Awards-Yacht Registration Open
To set the stage and celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the ISS Design Awards, registration is now open for all custom new build projects completed, launched and delivered from 1 May 2015 through 30 April 2016 that are 24 meters (79') or larger in length overall. ISS’s Design Awards also includes a Refit Category: yachts must have had extensive refit work that comprehensively and esoterically changed and upgraded the vessel.
Why are Americans Still Buying Their Yachts Abroad?
Guest columnist, Jim Gilbert, celebrated yachting journalist and newly-minted president of Christensen Shipyards, examines the American yachtsman's inclination-and its reasons-to buy and build abroad. With a glimpse at plans underway at Christensen, Jim offers salient insight into design, artisanship, marketing and pricing.
ISS's Awards of Distinction-Your Nominations Are Requested
The process is simple. Perhaps the nominee is sitting next to you at this moment. Perhaps a supplier comes to mind and a forward-thinking innovator and a company committed to providing breakthroughs for resource protection and green technologies. You may have recently read about unprecedented actions by a captain and crew. ISS's Awards of Distinction were established to celebrate excellence.
|ISS Announces 2016-2019 Board of Directors 2/9/2016|
The ISS (International Superyacht Society) announces its 20162019 Board of Directors and Past Presidents Council. For the current year and based on a memberbased democratic voting system, ISS stakeholders have awarded eight Board positions for three years for the 2016-2019 term.
Click the link for full press release ISS Announces 2016-2019 Board of Directors.pdf
|ISS January 2016 Newsletter 1/27/2016|
Vote for the 2016 ISS Board of Directors
The race to join the ISS Board is exciting, close and needs your vote! The 2016 ballot represents the full array of leadership it takes to sustain a global luxury industry. The nominees embody each phase of the yachting experience from drafting table to build, yacht and fleet management, piloting and crew recruitment, marina and yacht repair to the editors who beckon new enthusiasts and provide insight to us all. For a ballot, contact Vanessa Stuart, firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be an ISS member to vote.
Fabien Cousteau Webinar-Postponed to 18 February 2016
In late breaking news and on the heels of that other watery phenomenon, snow (the Blizzard of 2016), we are postponing our Fabien Cousteau Webinar until 18 February 2016. His presentation, Fabien Cousteau: Explorer, Aquanaut, Story Maker, follows his path, what it was like growing up with Jacques Cousteau as his grandfather, vivid memories, his dedication to ocean conservation and his current, future and non-profit initiatives. Your invitation will arrive two weeks in advance of the Webinar.
Commit to the Global Superyacht Industry: Join an ISS Committee
Behind the scenes there is a lot of work being done. Like all successful not-for-profit organizations, ISS has a committee structure peopled by those with strong commitment to best practices and addressing issues to benefit our global business. It is from their work we developed these ideas: Good for You, Good for Your Business, Good for Our Industry. Read about each ISS committee and join one today!
|ISS December 2015 Newsletter 12/16/2015|
All Best Tidings for a Cozy & Festive Holiday Season & Happy New Year
Introducing the 2016 ISS Board of Directors Nominees
While nominations to the ISS Board of Directors remains open until December 21st, a remarkable roster of global superyacht industry leadership is already slated for the Official ISS 2016 Ballot.
Fabien Cousteau Webinar-Save the January Date
ISS, Fabien Cousteau and Oceanco-the perennial sponsor of the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award-are over the moon in announcing the first-ever Fabien Cousteau Webinar. During the Webinar, Fabien will discuss Mission 31 and the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, his non-profit. For now, we asked him to give us a feel for his ocean passions in advance of January 28th.
The Year in Review...The Year Ahead
At year's end, ISS acknowledges the incredible support of our global superyacht industry, the contributions from our Board, Members, Sponsors and Committees, and we know it's time to look forward to what we can accomplish in 2016. ISS is proud of our track record. It is one of moving forward on key initiatives that authenticate our fundamental mission: to Ensure Sustainability & Excellence in the Global Superyachting Industry.
|ISS November 2015 Newsletter 11/24/2015|
2015 Design & Leadership Award Winners
Hats off. Champagne popped. Bravo to the design and leadership winners of ISS's 25th Annual Awards. Masters of the aesthetic and trailblazers of a global industry.
Crisis Public Relations 404
At its recent annual members' breakfast in Fort Lauderdale, the ISS hosted a well-attended panel discussion on crisis communications. From a consultant who works with major corporations and governments to yachting-industry representatives, the panelists emphasized that the days of waiting weeks before responding to an adverse situation are long gone. Camera phones, social media, and as-it-happens news websites mean that word-and rumors-spread fast.
Superyacht Industry Associations’ Alliance Summit at METS
The first Global Summit of superyacht trade associations was held at METS and ended on a very positive note. Representatives from international associations and countries including Australia, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Italy, the USA and the Isle of Man gathered before the opening of METSTRADE 2015 to discuss collaboration on global challenges facing the Superyacht industry, yacht operators and yacht crew.
Jean-Michel Cousteau-A Life for the Water Planet
Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than five decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. ISS gratefully acknowledges his participation in the 25th Annual Gala, standing in for his son Fabien Cousteau in presenting the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.