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What makes a good project manager in 2019?

In reality, with the current complexity of works or refits coupled with the time constraints to get any yacht back into the water, the question is more likely, what makes a good project team. A singular interface will make communications run smoothly, but the support this conduit receives is vital for a project to run smoothly.

Historically a project manager was someone who had been to sea, had some boatbuilding experience and some business background, experience in engineering and naval architecture was useful, but generally this part was left to the shipyard to provide. Consequently this role was often given to or taken up by the yacht captain, as if they didn’t have enough on their plate already.

To ensure a time successful refit, decisions, negotiations and contactual arrangements should all be taken care of while the yacht is in use, under the auspices of a dedicated project manager, rather than an already busy captain. For ongoing protection it just makes more sense. At Hill Robinson, we firmly believe that, as contracts established at the beginning will dictate how the duration of the build will pan out, the project manager should be brought in at the very start of the project. The project manager will be the one who vets potential yards and suppliers to assess their capability and advise the owner on the potential price/risk ratio. Selecting the right yard for the work is probably the greatest of decisions made prior to the work commencing, for this will define the success of any project. Once it is started there is little chance of turning back.

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Hill Robinson sponsor successful Voiles d'Antibes 2019

Hill Robinson sponsors Les Voiles d'Antibes

Upholding the tradition of putting on such a joyous and good humoured regatta, once again the Voiles d’Antibes has seen one of the biggest gatherings of classic yachts in the Mediterranean. Had it not been for Hill Robinson stepping in as major sponsor, this years event may not have happened at all. But in challenging and variable conditions, with a huge swell causing one day’s racing to be cancelled completely, the fleet of around 75 yachts competed for the trophies, with Hallowe’en coming out on top of the big boats fleet, while Moonbeam of Fife picked up the Hill Robinson sponsored Teamwork Award.

A big thank you goes to the organisers, the President Jacques Grima, Maurice Carette, Thierry Piel, Brice Humbert and the director, Yann Joannon, for putting on a such a great event and even when the yachts were unable to get out, there was still lots of action shoreside. In the Voiles d'Antibes village in Port Vauban, there was plenty going on to entertain and many different types of musical events from salsa and soul, to rock and reggae happening throughout the period.

Having taken part on many occasions, the partners of Hill Robinson were very pleased to be able to support this illustrious regatta and will look forward to next years event, the 25th edition, which will take place from June 3 to June 7, 2020. Meanwhile we will get back to our business offering unparalleled services to our clientele worldwide to assist in running yachts safely and efficiently with much the same intent as the Voiles d’Antibes – To make the whole yachting experience more enjoyable.