PYA  2019 Year in Review



Dear Members,

Phew!  We have had a busy year!  See our statistics up until the end of November 2019………

27 years Representing Yacht Crew

2,000 + Members

50 + Nationalities

1,440 SRBs processed

3,300 Sea Service Testimonials verified

135 + Captains & Crew assisted with on board problems

100 + Members given one-to-one career advice

11 Meetings attended with MCA/IAMI

10 Yachting events attended

4 PYA hosted events  

This has all been delivered to you by the exceptional PYA Office team.   Allow me to introduce you to them….

Valia and Kim
These ladies are our sea service and STCW experts who meet frequently with colleagues in maritime training and with the Red Ensign Group/MCA officials.   The PYA uniquely meets and communicates with training providers and regulators.  Valia & Kim communicate with your Management Companies and Captains in order to verify sea service.   They spend countless hours with you individually, on the phone and in the office, advising and coaching on what’s required, when and by whom.  

Sophie and Bianca
They are the ladies who sort out your membership, run the office administration and update your Service Record Books. Sophie handles our accounting and manages staff administration, sub-contractors and other support.  Bianca updates members’ records and supports the rest of the team.  

All of our staff get involved with event organisation such as the annual Christmas Ball and Workshops.

Alison and Stacey 
Alison has recently returned to the PYA on a part- time basis and is now responsible for activities outside of the Antibes HQ with our global network of PYA Agents. She and I have just recruited a PYA paid representative in Palma, Majorca as part of the current policy of expansion.  She also provides one-to-one advice to members, based on her extensive experience.  

Stacey has an impressive CV in marketing and communications and is now supporting us part-time with media services.  The recent flurry of informative newsletters you receive is down to her, plus all the Facebook and Instagram content you can now see.  Loads more information to follow in 2020!

Jane and I
We are both on the PYA Board of Directors and together with Richard are responsible for the weekly management of PYA affairs.  Jane, in particular, has been responsible for great improvements in the management of members’ data and in our technical processes on sea service that ensure that your records are in compliance with the regulators.  I concentrate on leadership and strategy and work part-time for PYA.

Your board consists of seven people, many of whom have current seagoing experience and who have long track records and currency with the training and development of crew.  Directors are elected from and by our PYA Councillors.

They are elected annually by you and for you!  We have over a dozen Councillors who undertake specific duties for you.  Almost all of them are working at sea in either deck, engineering or interior departments.  We need more, so if you want to get involved with shaping and representing yachting on current issues such as crew welfare, the environment or maritime training, then put your name forward to us…….today, please!  

As we head for the end of this year, I can report that the PYA is in good shape and is growing its membership with some exciting projects planned for next year, such as PYA Malta and possibly even PYA Florida.  We also plan to launch a much-improved website. We are running the Sea Changes Seminar 2020 at the International Boat Show in Palma in April/May for the first time ever outside of the Monaco Yacht Show.

The PYA is striving to become global with greater momentum and visibility in all the established yachting areas.

On behalf of Team PYA, have a great Christmas and we look forward to supporting you personally in 2020!

Capt Andy Crawford AFNI