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PYA announces official lineup for Sea Changes Forum 2023

21 September 2023

This year’s Sea Changes Forum in Monaco is set to be the PYA’s biggest year yet with a host of guest speakers confirmed for the 2023 edition.

Among the topics of debate for this year’s Sea Changes Forum include updates on industry certification, digitisation, career progression including recruitment, retention, soft skill training and the importance of mapping the oceans.

Taking place at the International Hydrographic Organisation’s HQ during this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the Sea Changes Forum speakers include

  • Capt. Rodney A. Hatch, PYA Director of Deck Training

  • Mr Ajit Jacob, Chief Examiner for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

  • Mr Richard Falk, Director of Training and Qualifications for the Royal Yachting Association

  • Miss Joey Meen, IAMI Guest Program Director

  • Mr John Wyborn, Co-founder and Director of Bluewater

  • Miss Angela Wallace, PYA Director of Interior Training and Head of the PYA Welfare Group

  • Mr Jo Assael, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) Yacht Register, International Registries Inc

  • Mr John Everett Nyberg, Technical Director of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO)

Following on from the success of last year’s event, the PYA has held a number of discussions with the industry to formulate this year’s agenda with the aim of improving the welfare of yacht crew around the world and to address pressing issues including recruitment and retention.

Christophe Bourillon, CEO for the PYA said:

“We are grateful to have the ongoing support of the industry for our Sea Changes Forum. This is a great opportunity to explore and discuss the various issues that will shape the future of our industry, and we would like to thank all our participating guest speakers and sponsors who will be taking part this year.”

This year’s Sea Changes Forum also welcomes a record number of sponsors with strong support from across the industry. These include:

  • Ocean Drive

  • IAMI


  • Bluewater

  • IHO

  • MYBA

  • YPI Crew

  • Seascope

Following this year’s conference there will be a special event taking place on the rooftop of the IHO venue, providing networking opportunities for guests in attendance.

To access the full agenda view the PDF below:

Sea Changes 2023 Agenda
Download PDF • 419KB

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