Man giving a speech

Porto Montenegro Hosts Prestigious Crew Awards Ceremony

ACREW is proud to announce the results of the prestigious ‘Crew Awards 2022’, which took place in the world-renowned marina and luxury lifestyle destination of Porto Montenegro on 14th – 16th October 2022.  The official winners include ROMA for Best Charter Yacht, EOS for Best Private Yacht, and Kelly Gordon, Sean Read and Sebastian Gerards as the Best Captain Masters (of 500GT, 3000GT and Unlimited respectively), among a number of other prestigious award wins.

This year, ACREW celebrated the 5th Edition of The Crew Awards with over x crew and businesses in attendance. Superyacht captains, crew, the award nominees, and finalists were invited to attend a weekend full of activities in the Mediterranean’s luxury marina village. The theme was ‘A Knight to Remember’, giving those in attendance an evening to be treated like royalty, as they so deserve.

After a three-year partnership with ACREW, the awards took place in Porto Montenegro, the world’s first platinum-status marina, located on the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor. Last year, Porto Montenegro was one of the official Gold Sponsor of ACREW and presented with the prestigious award of ‘World Best Superyacht Marina,’ following their win of ACREW’s ‘Adriatic’s Best Superyacht Marina’ in 2020.

Created in 2018 by superyacht crew representative body, ACREW, the awards honour excellence in the superyacht industry, and reward captains and crew for outstanding achievements, hard work and dedication.

ACREW invites all superyacht crew and captains to participate in the Crew Awards. There were 20 categories to nominate for, ranging from ‘Best Charter Yacht Crew Award’ to ‘Best Deck Award’ and ‘Best Chef Award’ to ‘Environmental Crew Award’. The three finalists in each category were judged via video interview by the panel ahead of the main event on 14th – 16th October, where the overall winners were announced during the ceremony.

The Crew Awards 2022 recognised superyacht crew members for professional excellence and personal achievements, who have proven to be the very best in the industry across all onboard departments. The judging panel comprised of former and current senior superyacht captains and crew who are highly valued in the yachting community.

Man giving a speech

Tony Browne, Marina Director at Porto Montenegro, comments

The yachting industry is built on a foundation of hard work behind the scenes. We are immensely grateful to our friends and partners at ACREW, for celebrating all levels of experience, giving captains and crew the visibility and credit that they deserve within the industry.

Tony continues: We were thrilled to host the Crew Awards here in Porto Montenegro for the first time in 2022. Both the marina services and the lifestyle amenities here are designed to create an exceptional experience, not only for owners and charter passengers, but for crew. As we take the time to recognise crew and their achievements, it feels only right that we host them here in Porto Montenegro, and show them a good time.”

Onno Ebens, Managing Director at ACREW, comments

“We are delighted to have hosted this year’s Crew Awards in Porto Montenegro. Nurturing, supporting and celebrating crew – and all those who contribute to our industry – is our passion, and we are proud to recognise 20 important categories.

“The diversity of the winners this year, reflects the many different elements that make up the yachting industry; a reminder that each and every individual is integral to maintaining the high standards that yachting is known for.

“Porto Montenegro was a fitting setting for our Knight to Remember, offering adventure and luxury to all those who travelled to experience the awards.

The evening could not have gone ahead without Porto Montenegro, and our generous sponsors – but most importantly, I’d like to thank the ACREW community, who played the biggest role of all.”