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“We have gone from strength to strength here in London and the UK, presenting high-profile industry speakers and organising great social events. Members have become regulars and use YPY to connect with the industry and catch up with friends.”

Aline Serret  – YPY UK President

Our Chapter

In the UK, Young Professionals in Yachting was established 2015 and now counts more than 100 members in the London and across the country. Members meetings take place quarterly with guest speakers and networking at a variety of venues. Alongside these events we also organise various social events throughout the year and link with other chapters at worldwide industry events. Our Christmas party and South Coast sailing weekend have become unmissable traditions, together with the international sailing event.


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Board Members

Meet the board of YPY United Kingdom

Aline Serret


Charter Broker, Burgess

Aline was born in France but has lived in London since 2012 working as business developer, charter assistant and now as charter broker with Burgess. She loves socialising and expanding her network through networking and industry events. She has been involved in YPY London since its inception and is proud to be a part of the thriving global association it is today. Aline likes keeping fit and active, and roaming her local market and the city of London. She holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in International Business from Lyon III University and Kingston University London.

Aline Serret

Lucy Oliver


Charter Broker, Ocean Independence
Lucy's passion for the yachting industry began back in 2012 when she worked as a stewardess on both motor and sailing yachts. She left life at sea to pursue a career shore based in the industry and utilise her first hand experiences. Since 2013 Lucy has worked in both sales and charter and is currently a charter broker for Ocean Independence. Lucy is a longstanding member of YPY and an advocate for networking and sharing knowledge in the industry. Lucy’s other passion in life is skiing and last year was lucky enough to go on the YPY Monaco ski trip, a weekend away which she highly recommends!

Lucy Oliver

Hugo Jacquot


Yacht Team Leader, Steamship Mutual P&I Club

Hugo joined the yachting industry in 2009 as a Yacht Underwriter for a French insurance company. He moved to the UK in 2010 and in 2014 he was hired by Steamship Mutual to look after their yacht portfolio worldwide. Hugo is passionate about YPY because he loves bringing people together and his role in the YPY board as treasurer allows him to do just that. Hugo has a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and a degree in Insurance.

Hugo Jacquot

Rob Armstrong

Board Member

Creative Director - ThirtyC Yacht Design

Rob has worked within the industry for over 10 years, applying his skills to some of the biggest and most reputable names in the industry. Brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts to the YPY team, Rob Works closely with all chapters on design and web projects to maintain YPY visual identity.

Rob Armstrong

Lorraine de Luget

Board Member

Lorraine has lived in the UK since 2014, where she graduated in International Hospitality Management. She is in charge of marketing at Princess Charter where she redefines the brand identity and is also charter assistant. Lorraine has been involved with YPY since her first steps in the fascinating yachting industry. She loves its spirit, and the learning and social opportunities this association offers. She is delighted to join the board and support YPY development with her fresh look. Utterly curious, Lorraine is always up for new sport challenges and hazardous culinary attempts.

Lorraine de Luget
Community Manager

Joost Roes

Board Member

Joost Roes started off his career in The Netherlands on exterior design of yachts and as soon as he found out he loved the yachting industry, he moved to London. Joost has been working for Winch Design since 2014, managing interior yacht projects. With an education in engineering, Master's degree in product and automotive design, he has a keen interest in aesthetics, detailing and design projects.

Outside of work you can find Joost running or on his bike, competing in racing or training for big rides, such as the London to Monaco charity ride.

Joost Roes

Risa Merl

International Liaison, Founding President

Yachting Journalist
Risa grew up living on a sailboat with her family and travelling throughout The Bahamas. Boating is in her veins, and she loves being able to combine her passion for yachts and writing in her chosen career. She has been in the yachting industry since 2004, landing a job at a yachting magazine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida straight out of college and working for various publications. She is now a freelance yachting journalist and works closely with Boat International Media as a Contributing Editor and project manager. While living in Florida, Risa was a member of YPY USA and was intent on bringing the organisation to London when she moved across the pond. She believes in the power of personal connections to strengthen the industry as a whole and give younger members the knowledge and skills to catapult their careers. As the Founding President of YPY UK, she is incredibly proud to see how the chapter has grown and continues to evolve.

Risa Merl
International Liaison

Past Speakers
John Leonida – Clyde and Co
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a focus on five core sectors: insurance, energy, trade & commodities, infrastructure and transport.
Richard Lambert – Burgess
Burgess is a superyacht brokerage company dealing with the sale; purchase, new construction, charter; yacht management, of luxury mega yachts over 30m (100 feet)
Sacha Bonsor and Stewart Campbell – Boat International
Boat International Media is a luxury lifestyle publishing company based in Wimbledon, London. The company publishes the magazines Boat International, Boat International US Edition and Dockwalk.
Andrew Winch – Winch Design
Winch Design is an award winning British Design studio that was established in 1986 as a specialist Interior and Exterior Yacht Designer.
Jeff Brown - Breed Media
Breed Media is a creative media service to the global Superyacht and Luxury market. Services include Photography, Film, Design, Print.
Tim Heywood – Tim Heywood Design
Tim Heywood, the multi award-winning yacht designer, has produced some of the finest and largest yachts on the water.

“I wanted to write and thank you both for giving BLUE the opportunity to speak in front of your London YPY members last night. Both Clare and I really enjoyed the event. It was a fantastic opportunity to extend our reach out among a new audience in the superyacht industry.
I hope you were both pleased with how it went. It was wonderful to receive the questions we did and have the chance to talk about our work in such depth.”

SJ SkinnerBlue Marine Foundation

“I was extremely impressed with YPY in London. Their enthusiasm for the yachting industry and their professional approach in arranging insightful events for their members that focussed on increasing their members knowledge is impressive. It was a great opportunity to meet with the members and it is extremely encouraging to witness the drive to increase personal development in the yachting industry.”

Richard LambertBurgess

Membership fees are £100/person/year if you are based in London or £50/person/year if you are based outside of Greater London. We also offer a corporate rate of £90/person/year when 4+ people from the same company join.

Membership gives you access to all our monthly meetings as well as discounts for our special events and industry events throughout the year. Membership runs from 1 January to 31 December.

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Young Professionals in Yachting

United Kingdom

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Quarterly Members Meetings + Guest Speakers
Industry linked events & social activities.

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You do not need to be member to attend – your first meeting is free, or apply for full membership.