Like so many of us in the yachting industry, Debbie Blazy, Director of Recruitment at Camper & Nicholsons, had an interesting journey getting here.
Growing up in England in her father’s hotel, she went on to read economics at Leeds University which led to a career in the pharmaceutical industry, based in Lyon. In 2004 she moved with her family to the South of France and changed course with CNI, tasked with setting up the Antibes Crew Division.
Years later, and having witnessed a lot of change, Debbie shines a light on the challenges and the triumphs in yacht crew placement today.
How did you first get involved in the yachting industry?
Very much by accident! I had just left a high-profile, high-stress position as Communications Manager with a big multi-national company and relocated from Lyon to Antibes with my husband and two very young children.
At the time we had a family project to sail around the world on a little sailing boat so wanted to move closer to the sea. After a failed attempt at boat upholstery, I applied for a position at Camper & Nicholsons to set up their Antibes-based crew division. A lovely man called Peter McCarthy interviewed and took a chance on me. That was 11 years ago and I am still forever grateful to him!