Legasea: An industry first in mentoring


Legasea Mentorship, yachting’s first industry-wide mentoring programme, is due to launch next month after a successful pilot. The programme, which has been created in association with Burgess and Quay Crew, matches up-and-coming yachting professionals with mentors who support them with career progression and opportunities.

Mentees will benefit from regular one-to-one sessions as well as community learning and peer-to-peer networking. The programme creators say Legasea is for all individuals, regardless of which boat they work on, or the company they are employed by.

Founder of Legasea and She of the Sea, Jenny Matthews, said: “The overall purpose of this platform is to remove the luck of the draw for career-focussed yachting professionals, providing access to opportunities, knowledge and networking and to create that circular knowledge economy that benefits all members, professionally and personally.”

The programme is available to all crew for a fee however, specialist superyacht recruitment agency, Quay Crew, and industry leading professional services company Burgess, both will be providing scholarships.

Known as ‘Scholarship Seats’, these will be awarded to individuals who can demonstrate they are career-driven and keen to explore ways to progress in the yachting sector.

Lucy Medd, partner and Fleet Crew manager, Burgess, said: “We strongly believe that career progression whether onboard or ashore is a worthy cause to support. The talent we have within the Burgess fleet of yachts is of such a high standard and this programme helps our team to build on existing skills while also opening doors for when the time comes to move on.”

Tim Clarke, director, Quay Crew, added: “As a crew recruitment agency, we have first-hand experience of the shortage of high calibre candidates, but also the lack of opportunities with longer term prospects. It’s time we all start championing the industry as one where someone can enjoy a worthy and highly rewarding career, both at sea across all onboard departments, and on land.”