What's in store for 2014
With January now over and 2014 well and truly underway we have a quick look at what will be happening this year
January was the month for cruise ships. The 8th saw the Queen Mary 2 celebrated her 10th Anniversary, since her christening in 2004 she has undertaken a total of 419 voyages including over 200 Transatlantic Crossings, called at 182 ports in 60 countries and served over 21 million cups of tea!
A few days later on the 10th the Norwegian Cruise Line officially launched their newest ship, the “Norwegian Getaway”. Already it is receiving great attention for its popular restaurant by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and an entertainment line-up that will have you amazed!
With some of the worst recorded weather hitting the UK at the end of 2013 and it looking to continue, the MCA and Coastguard continually highlight of the importance of being safe in, on and around water. Follow @MCA_media to keep track of what’s happening and pick up some safety tips.
On a lighter note the Showboats Design Awards are also happening this month. With yachts getting bigger and all aspects of design more innovative click here.
With the winter season starting to wrap up, boats will start migrating towards the med or states for a busy 2014’s summer season. If you are looking to head to warmer climes and start pounding the docks to get that dream job Good Luck!
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The 5th marks the 1st anniversary of the launch of Azzam; the largest private yacht in the world at a staggering 180m long. Who will be next to take her crown?
25th The Crew Show – Being the biggest crew based show in the Med this is a great event for upcoming and existing crew. Held at Mood Beach Club in Palma, this is a great chance for crew to interact and build important relationships from businesses to other crew. If you are there pop by the OMT stand to say hi!
Every year in May, European Maritime Day is celebrated within the European Union to showcase the importance of the seas and oceans in our everyday life. - See more here
The Med season is well underway now with Superyacht Cup in Palma kicking it off on the 18th. Established in 1996, it is now the longest running Superyacht regatta in Europe and boasts a place where competitive sailing and great fun combines together.
In local waters the Solent will be ablazen with colour as over 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors take to the water for JP Morgans Round the Island Race.
On the commercial side of things, Southampton hosts the Seawork International show, this is the largest international commercial maritime and workboat exhibition and business forum and attracts people from all areas of the maritime industry.
With the International race circuit building up in 2014 a new and exciting race is added to the agenda: The Monte Carlo Cup which will take place on the Mediterranean waters in the Monaco bay between 10th and 13th July 2014. This race is the result of a partnership between Monaco based Solar 1 Races, The Monaco Yacht Club and Vripack.
This is by far one of the optimum months for people to get out on the water so if you are looking at a flotilla holiday in Greece, perhaps some exciting days of racing during Cowes week or even investing in your own boat make you get trained and stay safe.
With the Summer season coming to a close, it’s an optimum time to start updating your CV’s and making sure you have the required training before hitting those docks in search of a job with one of our OMT Training Packages.
If you find yourself in the UK on the 12th pop along to the Southampton Boat Show, Will you be attending the 46th annual PSP Southampton Boat Show? Find out more information here.
If however you are in the land of the rich and famous pop along to the Monaco Yacht Show from the 24th – 27th.
(Photo from Monaco Yacht Show 2013)
As one of the last races in the Med calendar the Rolex Middle Sea race takes place on the 18th of October. This 606 nm offshore race continues to grow in entrants and popularity with 2013 seeing a record number of entrants. From its humble beginnings as a rivalry between friends it is now a very competitive race with its record held by Rambler beating the previous record by a staggering 18 hours and 54 minutes.
Quantum of the Seas – The very first of the Quantum class from Royal Caribbean International plan to be launched this November. Quantum of the Seas holds 16 decks and it will not be a problem with its length of 348 metres and width of 41 metres!
Whilst some of us will be in the cold weather others will be heading to the Caribbean to start the winter season. Popular places to visit on a yacht include Antigua, St Barts, Anguilla, St Martin, The British Virgin Islands, The US Virgin Islands, the Grenadines and many more, if this is you have a rum and coke for us!
December will see the Caribbean season kicked off with the annual Antigua Charter Show before the Christmas charter season kicks off, whilst OMT will be seeing the year out with some mulled wine and a short break before starting all over again for a busy 2015!