The SYM Crew department is headed up by Victoria Young and Loreta Cazacu, a team united by a passion for yachting, with over 25 years experience in the industry.
SYM Crew was launched to specifically taget the best candidates for all crew roles, including captains, officers, engineers, chefs, deckhands and steward(esses) .
Speaking more than 12 languages, we have personnel at the helm who possess unrivalled industry experience as commercial captains, crew and industry executives – in fact, most of the team has worked onboard yachts in one form or another in the past.
I spent 15 years on Superyachts as crew in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. It was a privilege to visit incredible places and meet amazing crew, many of whom have become friends for life. We worked hard and played hard and every day was an adventure.
I moved ashore to have a family and co-founded a crew recruitment business that has evolved over 10 years into SYM crew. I know what it takes to be the best in an industry that demands the highest standards and it is now my privilege to find the right crew for any owner, so they can rest assured that their yacht and guests will get the first class treatment they deserve.
It still amazes me when a captain or owner tells me he’s already received a crew CV from another agency and it transpires that the agency has never even met the candidate or even told them about the job they were submitting them for! That wastes everyone’s time. We aim to fulfil the professional needs of captains and crew by only putting them forward for positions that suit their requirements; we’ve found this maximises job satisfaction and encourages longevity, which means happy owners and guests too! We are proud of our track record and we now have thousands of loyal crew on our books as a result.
Loreta has all the qualities required to excel in yachting; she is incredibly motivated, she’s multilingual and embraces the levels of excellence required when working in a luxury industry.
A recruiter must have the empathy to understand the needs of both yacht owners, captains and crew, and be able to react immediately, sometimes with only a few hour’s notice - this is essential to ensure the day to day running of a yacht runs smoothly. Loreta has a rare talent when it comes to interviewing crew and judging their suitability for any given job; making a good match between crew and yacht owners is the goal and understanding the needs of both is key!
Loreta is also studying for a degree in Law & Administrative Sciences in her spare time and will graduate in 2018. “Loreta has a rare intelligence and beauty!” said Victoria Young, Director of SYM Crew “I trust her implicitly – our clients require and expect discretion and the best service possible; our crew deserve the same. Loreta understands what it takes to provide and be the best.”