As 2022 draws to a close, it is a perfect moment to reflect on this past year’s highlights and discuss the things to look forward to in the new year. Xavier, Marina and Maxim discuss some of their favourite moments of the past year.
Xavier’s year brought two new real highlights: Senior Broker Marina and Crewing Officer Sanne joined the team. “Also getting Douce France ready for her largest refit since she was built, and now working through the actual refit itself, has been a demanding but already incredibly rewarding process. I have known and worked with some of her crew for over a decade, making this project even better. Another highlight was releasing the first two EXMAR Yachting Magazines. An informative and inspiring glossy for every yacht lover; something worth reading over the holidays if you haven’t had the chance yet! As we close the year, I look back on lots of hard work from the team. I just know 2023 will bring favourable winds!”
This year, Senior Broker Marina joined the EXMAR Yachting team, something she is thankful for, for a myriad of reasons. What are some of her first highlights? “For many clients, partners, crew and loved ones, the year was incredibly dark. That is why I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to my new team and our network for their support and understanding, as it allowed me to continue to work in this incredible industry with all my passion and dedication. Some of this year’s highlights include: a trip home to Ukraine, meeting the EXMAR Yachting team in Antwerp, and attending yacht shows such as Myba, with my colleague Maxim, Nafplion and TYBA. I keep on learning, dreaming and expanding and I hope that the new year will bring all of that to fruition. And who knows; by 2023 I might be a real newsletter-pro, haha!”
Broker Maxim looks back on a year full of travel-for-work and work-while-travelling. His undisputed highlight? “Visiting Douce France in Seychelles. She is in a league of her own, and it was the first time I got to see her in real life. She is in the shipyard now and I can’t wait to see her again after. Other highlights this year include the Dubai yacht show, which I visited during my holiday there, MYBA Yacht Show Barcelona with my colleague Marina and the Greek Yacht Show. During the latter, we also went on a sailing trip on BLACK LION, which might just be my personal highlight of the year. That and my working holiday to Fort Lauderdale — where I visited FLIBS as well as got to spend time with my girlfriend who is temporarily working abroad. Not a bad year at all!”