Founding members of Young Professionals in Yachting New Zealand (YPY NZ) held their inaugural board meeting this week, declaring the first South Pacific chapter of the non-profit organisation officially open.

YPY NZ is designed to help young New Zealand marine professionals extend their network, influence and skill within the New Zealand and global yachting and marine industries. The organisation was originally founded in South Florida to create a platform for young professionals to meet regularly, network with their peers and build skill sets to support their growth within the marine industry.

There are now YPY chapters in Germany, Monaco, London, the Netherlands and now the New Zealand group, which is recognised within the NZ Marine Industry Association.

YPY was brought to New Zealand by Oceanmax’s Chris Gibbs and NZ Marine’s Stacey Cook. They are supported on the board by Andrew Clouston of Yachting New Zealand, Isla McKechnie of Albatross PR and Kit Carlier of Kit Carlier Design.

YPY NZ membership is open to young professionals under the age of 40 who are keen to take advantage of the professional seminars, networking events and support of an organisation designed to help them achieve the greatest heights they’re able to in their careers.

An information and welcome event will be held for prospective members during the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland stopover hospitality area on 15 March from 4-5pm. The board invites all prospective members to get in touch, or to join them at the welcome event to learn more.