BY APB Staff on 22 Sep 2022

Asia-Pacific Boating's Europe editor Ryan Swift moderates insightful panel on 29 September

yacht club de monaco

Yacht Club de Monaco

Under its tagline: ‘Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting’, Yacht Club de Monaco is organising another of its Captains’ Forums for superyacht captains. It’s just one of the activities organised by the Captains’ Club, which unites 150 professionals with the Captain 500 diploma working on superyachts flying the YCM flag.

Asia-Pacific Boating‘s Europe editor Ryan Swift is moderating a panel at the 26th Captain’s Forum conference, which takes place on 29 September. 

The theme for this 26th edition has been developed in partnership with Jutheau Husson, Oceanco and the MB92 Group and focuses on the topic ‘Man vs Machine’. Discussions begin with a keynote speech by Scott E. Parazynski, a former Nasa astronaut who has flown in five Space Shuttle missions and conducted seven spacewalks.

A highly decorated physician, he has forged an atypical career: astronaut, best-selling author (The Sky Below) and Founder-CEO of Fluidity Technologies, he is also widely sought-after as a keynote speaker on innovation, risk management, mentorship and leadership in extreme adversity. On 20th May 2009, he became the first astronaut to stand on the summit of Everest.

Superyachts at Monaco Yacht Show

Humankind is becoming ever closer to and dependent on the “Machine”. The relationship between the two is developing largely thanks to the way it can optimise communication. So much is being done behind the scenes so we can interact as easily and intuitively as possible with machines. It is in this area that superyacht captains contribute to the design and build of tomorrow’s yachts.

Their keen eyes are best placed to determine how technology is essential in shaping the superyachts of the future so that their technological features and appeal instil a positive image for the yachting industry. On stage to lead discussions on these issues will be: Armelle Roudaut-Lafon, Director Maritime Affairs, Monaco; Snorre Halvorsen, Senior Executive Advisor for Norwegian Hull Club Risk, Norway; Matteo Morra, Area Sales Manager for Wärtsilä, Italy; and captains Luca Mosca (M/Y Quantum Blue 104m) and Dan Smith, M/Y Savannah (84m).

Monaco Captains

Rendezvous 9.00am to 12.30pm Thursday 29th September at Yacht Club de Monaco for the 26th Captains’ Forum, held in English, which constitutes a platform of exchange so captains from all walks of life can build and develop the yachting of the future.


Man vs Machine

A conference for Superyacht Captains only, from 9.00am to 12.30pm. Moderated by Martin Redmayne, Chairman of the Superyacht Group
& Ryan Swift, Europe editor of Asia-Pacific Boating.

Part 1 — The human element

9.30am-10.00am Taking Your Superyacht to the Stars
How do astronauts do it?
An Exclusive and Inspirational Keynote from world leading innovator, investor, astronaut and spacewalker.
• Scott E. Parazynski, former NASA Astronaut

10.00am-10.40am Training the Stars of the Future
Leadership and Management: An interactive debate – How do we create the people with the “Right Stuff” for the future?
• Captain Barry Sadler, Chartered Master Mariner and Senior Lecturer LBCA
• Captain Craig Coker, M/Y Skyfall (58m)
• Captain Luca Triggiani, M/Y Roe (74m)

10.40am-11.00am Coffee Break & Networking

Part 2 — The machine element

11.00am-12 noon How Superyacht Captains’ expertise helps design & build the Stars of the Future

An interactive debate: How can technology create Superyacht Stars that will shine a positive light on our industry?

• Armelle Roudaut-Lafon, Director of Maritime Affairs, Monaco
• Snorre Halvorsen, Senior Executive Advisor for Norwegian Hull Club Risk, Norway
• Matteo Morra, Area Sales Manager for Wärtsilä, Italy
• Captain Luca Mosca, M/Y Quantum Blue (104m)
• Captain Dan Smith, M/Y Savannah (84m)