The International Superyacht Society said it assimilated the members of the Yacht Captains Association.
All Yacht Captains Association members matriculate as ISS members with full membership privileges.
The formation of the Yacht Captains Association was announced at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in 2014. The ISS said the association was created to serve the needs of captains with the idea to create membership values “By Captains for Captains.”
With the experience of successful educational events, networking opportunities and collaborative partnerships, the YCA’s founders believe the next step for the association is to become an integral part of the ISS’s larger global mission to ensure sustainability and excellence in the global superyachting industry.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am that ISS — the widely respected organization with an international reach through global yachting basins — has agreed to bring YCA’s membership into the ISS family,” founding Yacht Captains Association board member Capt. Michael Schueler of M/Y Rasselas said in a statement.
“ISS’s financial stability, diverse membership, industry partnerships and dedication to the future of yachting and yachting professionals provides the ideal infrastructure for building a captains community second to none. Plans are already well underway to create autonomy for captains within the ISS committee structure,” Schueler said.
Essential to providing support for the ISS’s overall crew initiative, ISS partner Wright Maritime Group will work with the new captain members to develop a strategy to fulfill their needs within the larger organization.
“The industry is served by supporting the involvement of all seafaring professionals to be the next generation of industry leaders,” Wright Maritime Group CEO and ISS board member Capt. AJ Anderson said. “WMG is honored to help ISS’s innovative approach in building sustainability in our most important resource — the seafaring human factor — and will bring all resources at its disposal to welcoming and encouraging initiatives of importance to ISS’s new captain members.”