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The entire Hill Robinson worldwide team gathered under one roof, the wonderful Marriott hotel in Cannes, for a productive two day seminar that was both fun and informative.

Aside from discussing all services and developing improvements, the team participated in workshops to assess personality strengths, productivity, values and behavior to make sure increase job satisfaction and overall communication.

All and all, a great success!

Hill Robinson Yacht Management Team Shot


Bahia Mar Redevelopment Plans

Ten years from now, the publicly owned Bahia Mar area, the centerpiece of FLIBS for nearly 60 years will be virtually unrecognizable. A large part of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place here and development plans unveiled early 2017, will undoubtedly have an impact on the world's largest boat show.

The Marine Industries Association of South Floria (MIASF), which owns FLIBS, extended its lease of the site through to 2050 and having worked closely with the development team, were pleased with the results in order to meet the ongoing needs of the show.

Bahia Mar's redevelopment plan compromises of over 600 apartments in seven towers, restaurants and marine-related business space, a strip of low rise buildings - a marina village with kiosks, outdoor eating and a modernized marina with a public promenade around the water's edge.

Bahia Mar

The existing hotel would eventually be replaced with a new 256-room hotel. The garage of which, would have 75,000 square feet that would be converted into convention space at boat show time. This means that exhibitors, rather than being housed in tents, will be in a space with permanent air conditioning and lightning.

Kobi Karp, a prominent Miami architect who designed the Bahia Mar remodel, said the towers are elevated four stories over an "open aperture," allowing visitors to see the yachts and waterway from many vantage points. "You can have the experience of the water all the way around," Karp said, "We are giving the land and its functions and uses to the community."

The Bahia Mar plans have not been without controversy. Initially, the vision was for two 39-stpreu apartment buildings, turned down by the authorities was then reproposed as two 29-storey apartments. However, public outcry and lack of support from the boat show caused the withdrawal of this idea.

We look forward to watching this development progress.


Hill Robinson HR Crew Training Day Oct.30

HR Crew hosted its first Fort Lauderdale crew training seminar October 30th at the Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC). Topics covered included cyber security with Digital Wave, Leadership and Team Management by Maritime Professional Training and Yacht Stew Solutions , our own Hill Robinson Project Management presentation followed by an Intermediate Wine course by Cellars Fine Wine & Spirits. To conclude, we had a nice cocktail reception at the Crew Lounge.

  • Leadership & Managment - Alene Keenan- MPT, Yacht Stew Solutions
  • New License Requirements for Captains & Engineers - Anne Aylesworth - MPT
  • Sea-worthy: Defeating Modern Cyber Pirates - Digital Wave
  • Intermediate Wine Course - Cellars Wine & Spirit

If you missed this, we are looking forward to hosting more training days during the winter and spring out of both our Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach offices, as well as in Europe.

Hill Robinson Training Day - HR Crew Wine Tasting, October 30, 2017 with Cellars, Wine & Spirit
HR Crew Hill Robinson Yacht Management Crew Training Day in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida October 30th
Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day with Cellars Fine Wine
Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day at the Lauderdale Marine Center
Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day with Digital Waves
Yacht Stew Solutions at the Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day event at LMC
Hill Robinson Yacht Management Crew Selection & Recruitment Services : HR Crew


Hill Robinson Yacht Management at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show -FLIBS

Visit the Hill Robinson USA team from the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach offices at their booth during the Ft. Lauderale International Boat Show November 1-5, 2017. We are available at your convenience to discuss our many services, including management, crew payroll, refit projects, VSAT services and more. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or drop by the stand.

Hill Robinson Yacht Management new Palm Beach office

Our new Palm Beach office is ideally located to accommodate any shipyard period, including planning, budgeting and execution. Our direct accessibility to refit docks in West Palm Beach, as well as our cultivated relationships with notable vendors and shipyards makes Hill Robinson an ideal solution to any refit need.


For soccer read Sochi

Since the Winter Olympics of 2014, Sochi on the Black Sea coast, has become the destination centre for grand sporting events in Russia, and with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup Finals, it is no surprise that Sochi will be staging some of the important fixtures. With two impressive marinas, it means that the southernmost venue should be high on the list for football loving superyacht owners.

Opening in 2014, a few days prior to the Olympic Games, Sochi Grand Marina, the largest yacht facility in Russia can host up to 300 yachts with LOA up to 80 metres, right in the heart of old Sochi and its popular restaurants and expensive boutiques.

After the Olympics, the infrastructure for visitors to Sochi was developed, with the athletes’ village becoming part of the Imeretinskiy resort complex. The marina is also part of the resort and was the port’s first privately operated facility of its kind, with 40 berths accommodating vessels up to 45m in length, with a draft of 7.8m. The Sochi resort is also host to the well supported FIA Formula 1 Grand Prix, this year a very eventful one, in which Valteri Bottas was victorious in a Mercedes.

The marina has all the expected facilities and services on hand; a dry dock, security, yacht cleaning, watch-keeping, concierge, shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as bike and Segway rentals. Superyachts, up to 120m, are also able to securely dock alongside within the passenger port and utilise the marina’s facilities, via an onsite ferry.

Hill Robinson comments on watching the world cup 2018 by yacht

At the other end of this vast country, the second coastal venue, is the glittering jewel in Russia’s Crown: St. Petersburg. Rich in history and majesty, it is the epicenter for culture and romance. While boasting pristine examples of the Russian Empire style of classical architecture, it remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world. During the summer months when the World Cup visits, you can also experience the delight of white nights in St. Petersburg. Even after midnight, the sun still doesn’t disappear casting a rather surreal glow over the city.

For the World Cup event, the organisers will be using the most expensive football stadium in the world. Now home to the city’s Zenit Saint Petersburg team, it overlooks the Neva river, which runs through the centre of the city. The Krestovsky Arena, with a capacity of over 68,000, is an excellent facility and a fitting venue which hosted the final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and will host the opening game of the 2018 World Cup.

While St. Petersburg has no established superyacht marinas, large visiting yachts can berth alongside on the river Bloshaya Neva. on the English promenade and promenade of Lieutenant Schmidt, Vasilyevsky island.

Watching the World Cup in Sochi 2018 by a superyacht. Hill Robinson Yacht Management comments.


Hill Robinson Yacht Management expands to Palm Beach on the Rybovich Shipyard

"Exciting times lie ahead for Hill Robinson USA," Barrett Wright talks about the continuing investment in the South Florida market, "with our growing and very productive working relationship with Rybovich." Hill Robinson’s senior technical manager Chris Wright is also enthusiastic about the company’s expansion, “Having had a long relationship with the Rybovich shipyard in West Palm Beach Florida and with the owner, I have the opportunity to confirm Hill Robinson’s commitment to the future development of the company in becoming the first yacht management company onsite at this super important location.”

With the yacht industry growing in confidence, a second office in the growing South Florida refit market is a commercial coup for the fast growing Hill Robinson brand in the USA. Chris continues, “with a steady turnover of vessels in the Palm Beach yard and local marinas, this is a huge opportunity for us to grow our full services portfolio from refit project management, technical consultancy, compliance, crew placement to full yacht management. What better place for Hill Robinson to be, than in the centre of a high profile and expanding shipyard. Setting up shop within the Rybovich facility will in turn increase the customer base both in size and capacity and subsequently provide growth opportunities for Hill Robinson in the refit and superyacht repair market.”

In response Carlos Vidueira for Rybovich stated, “We are very pleased to have Hill Robinson and Chris Wright onsite bringing another addition to our pledge of exceptional customer service.”

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Hill Robinson adds further strings to the Rybovich bow

Rybovich currently service around 300 yachts annually, the bigger yachts requiring full systems up-grades, painting and some even hull extensions. With bigger docks and dredging to 18ft, yachts in the 80m range will be right on our doorstep. The deep draft capability is ideal for big power and sail boats, both of which Chris Wright already has good experience.

Phil Burgess, General Manager of Pinmar USA commenting on Hill Robinson’s announcement said, “It is great to have high quality teams, like Hill Robinson Yacht Management, working out of the same office facilities in Rybovich Riviera Beach in order to ensure that the new breed of mega yachts has access to a full portfolio of refit services.”

Barrett Wright, President of Hill Robinson USA concludes, "With this expansion of Hill Robinson to Palm Beach, comes the addition of new employees to the HR USA team and we are thrilled to welcome Gianfranco Di Costanzo, Elizabeth Tamez and Alexandre Santos. Each new employee brings with them multi-lingual capabilities, as well as considerable knowledge for their respective roles, which offers significant added value to our clientele and to the level of service we are able to provide.”

For further details contact 954 414 06 78

Hill Robinson International Inc
2010 Avenue B, West Palm Beach, FL 33404 USA


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The Superyacht Regatta

Before the America’s Cup Match racing begins, some of the world’s most renowned superyachts will add to the thrills in Bermuda with the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, part of the overall America’s Cup Superyacht Program. The Regatta takes place between June 13 to 15 on the days between the qualifiers for the Americas Cup and the final head to head Challenge for the auld mug itself, from June 17 to 27. The Superyacht Regatta 2017 is for sailing yachts with a LOA of 80 foot or greater and the racing, dependent on the weather conditions, takes place inside the Great Sound or outside on a thrilling ocean course.

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One such yacht is the beautiful sloop Hyperion, built by Royal Huisman in 1998 and managed by Hill Robinson, she is a yacht of exceptional style and comfort. Competing in many of the world’s most prestigious regattas she always exhibits a quality performance. At the time of design, by German Frers, Hyperion was the largest sloop ever built with her 59 metre carbon-fibre mast also being the tallest one piece spar. During the Americas Cup event, Hyperion will be berthed in Hamilton in the heart of the America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard and have a front row seat to experience the racing action.

Hill Robinson’s Nick Hill, on having spent time as part of Hyperion’s regatta crew remarks, “One great thing about these regattas is the chance for the old boys to come back and compete against their likewise old adversaries, but this time in the case of Hyperion, in rather more comfortable surroundings.”

Available for charter

Hyperion’s Captain, Daniel Rawlins, believes that although the regattas she enters are tough but enjoyable work for the crew, “We learn a good deal about her at these events, which affords us the opportunity to enhance her at refit periods. Hyperion was always well engineered ever since her launch, but is a better sailing yacht because of her racing programme!” And indeed learning from her hard work on the race course has helped Hyperion to become one of the most attractive and popular sailing yachts available for charter today, though fully booked now for the Cup challenge itself, there are some slots at the event still available.

It won’t all be plain sailing though as the 55m Adela, the winner of the 2013 America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, is back to defend her title. We wish Hyperion, and of course all the other yachts in the regatta fleet, a fair wind and good luck at the event in June.

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Kevin Laverty joins Hill Robinson as Senior Project Manager

Hill Robinson is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Laverty as senior project manager. Kevin will be responsible for new build and major refit projects, working alongside Director Karl Hartmann.

Kevin comments "I am excited to be joining Hill Robinson at what is a very busy time for the projects team, and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead."

Kevin began his career as an engineering apprentice with a major offshore fabrication contractor. In the years to follow he worked in offshore oil & gas construction, marine engineering, shipbuilding and port equipment- always in a project management role. He has worked exclusively in the large luxury yacht sector since 2004 and is recognised for handling complex projects.

Kevin has acted as owner representative for a number of significant new build projects and refits and is a full member of the Association for Project Management (the “APM”). Additionally, Kevin has acted as an independent expert witness in arbitration and high court proceedings concerning yacht construction and yacht valuation disputes.

Karl Hartmann says "It’s a great asset to have Kevin on the team and we look forward to working together on the various new build and refit projects. He’s bringing a wealth of experience which will be reflected in the projects and clients’ satisfaction".

If you’d like to find out more about how we can offer further assistance with the management of your yacht, please call or email to discuss.

Kevin Laverty
+33 492 90 59 59


Barrett Wright appointed President of Hill Robinson US Office

Hill Robinson Yacht Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Barrett Wright as President of the US office in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Barrett has been a strong contributor to the US office and her knowledge and familiarity with the Hill Robinson fleet, as well as the global yachting market makes her a fitting candidate to further the Hill Robinson presence in Fort Lauderdale. Nick Hill says, "Following 4 years as senior yacht and accounts manager with Hill Robinson, Barrett is the natural choice to continue the company's expansion in the US market." Of her appointment, Barrett comments, "I am looking forward to furthering the Hill Robinson presence in South Florida. We have a wonderful team in the US office and we are all working towards improving and increasing the scope of support available to our fleet and new clients."

Barrett attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and began her professional career at Sotheby's in 2000. After a period working onboard sailing yachts, including the 125ft schooner Aello as chef, Barrett returned to shore, taking a position at the Fontaine Design Group (designers of large custom sailing yachts in Newport). Upon relocating to Florida, Barrett joined the Hill Robinson US office as a yacht manager and company accountant in 2011 and in the time ensuing, expanded her duties to include yacht operations.

Hill Robinson provides a specialised multilingual management service, sharing the responsibility of all aspects of yacht ownership, development and operation, providing the essential support that makes the whole yachting experience a success.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can offer further assistance with the management of your yacht, please call or email to discuss.

Barrett Wright
+1 (954) 792-6112


Karl H. Hartmann joins Hill Robinson’s Board of Directors

Hill Robinson Yacht Management is pleased to announce that after a career of 8 years within the company, Karl Hartmann has joined their board of Directors.

Karl comments “I am excited to start a new challenge within the Hill Robinson Group. During my career I have managed a variety of significant complex new build projects and refits throughout Europe. This next step seems a natural move, as the company is growing and we’re in the process of developing a series of 100m+ projects.”

Karl, who is also a passionate sailor, got his degree in Naval Architecture in his home country the Netherlands. He started his yachting career at Koersvelt Yacht Projects B.V. As a Project Engineer he managed several new builds and developed an ISO certified quality control system. In 2007 he joined Hill Robinson to further develop his career as a Senior Project Manager/Owner’s Representative leading various teams of highly qualified Project Managers and Engineers.

Niall Robinson, says “Karl’s wealth of experience and Industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Hill Robinson Group. Nick and I welcome his input to help move the Company forward in 2015 and beyond. The increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our board of Directors, someone who stands for our philosophy of innovation and exceptional service. I’m confident that Karl fulfils this profile and will play a key role in implementing and providing high quality solutions for our clients.”

If you’d like to find out more about how we can offer further assistance with the management of your yacht, please call or email to discuss.

Karl Hartmann
+33 492 90 59 59