Nautica: New perspectives from space at the Yacht Club de Monaco

The key topics of the discussion also include the construction of a more virtuous and sustainable future for the sector. 

The world of yachting seen from space. This is the central theme of the 26th Captains ‘Forum, organized at the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) by the Captains’ Club, which brings together 150 captains holding a 3000GT certificate and working on superyachts flying the YCM flag. To carry on the reflection, in front of a hundred participants, the former NASA astronaut Scott E. Parazynski who draws a parallel between traveling in the open sea and in space. “There are so many similarities – Parazynski says – between yachting and conducting a mission in space, are situations that test, where you have to get by exclusively with the resources available to the individual and the team. Going into space requires some kind of preparation. There has to be a balance. Everyone must be very calm and extremely focused. It is the same for captains when they face the open sea. I feel an affinity with them because they face many of the same problems we face in space ”.
The key topics of the discussion also include the construction of a more virtuous and sustainable future for the sector. The only way to reach the goal successfully, emerges from the discussion, is to facilitate the exchange between customers, owners, shipyards, architects and designers so that they work together on new innovative ideas. “The more people come to understand our oceans and understand the fragility of the ecosystem, the better the planet will be. So we must involve young people, showing them the beauty, majesty and fragility of our planet and the nautical industry must be supported in this sense ”, he adds. And Monaco may be the right place to do it: “Monaco is the capital of yachting, just as Houston is for space missions,” he remarks. Preserving the planet and taking care of the environment around us are some of the challenges shared by captains in space and at sea:
“Unfortunately – Parazynski highlights – the impact of industrialization on our planet is very evident and can be seen well both from space is traveling on earth. When we are flying it is possible to notice the massive deforestation in the rainforest, the trails in the sky and also the indirect impact of coral bleaching in the coral reefs. The situation is likely to get worse before it gets better ”. When we are flying it is possible to notice the massive deforestation in the rainforest, the trails in the sky and also the indirect impact of coral bleaching in the coral reefs. The situation is likely to get worse before it gets better ”. When we are flying it is possible to notice the massive deforestation in the rainforest, the trails in the sky and also the indirect impact of coral bleaching in the coral reefs. The situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.”
Change passes through the human factor and the growth of the new generations. “The nautical industry – says the captain of the mega yacht Skyfall (58m) Craig Coker – represented a sector in which to find work for many people, but now it means a career. We need to help young people grow and show them the potential of the sector. The new generations are looking for a place to belong, a place where they can grow, a place where they can develop their career ”. Since many leave without persevering, “they must be given the opportunity to grow,” he points out. 
All the captains present at the event agreed that the new generations need a goal, not just a path to follow: “We must not forget that we are also training the managers of tomorrow. We carry out our careers at sea and it is important to preserve it for the next generations. Not only that, the industry over the next 20 years will come under increasing pressure from international organizations such as the United Nations, for example, to impose restrictions on carbon emissions. So we really need to take up the challenge and this will happen because necessity is the mother of ingenuity. We need to transform the super-yacht industry so that the general public can appreciate it for the innovation and technology that is brought to the maritime sector in general ”, concludes Dan Smith, captain of the megayacht Savannah (84m). was organized together with Jutheau Husson and Oceanco, which the MB92 Group joined to strengthen its collaboration with YCM.

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