Willy McCormick began sailing in 1972 purchasing a 48′ wooden Ketch with 2 other former Marine Corps Officers for the sole purpose of winding down after a tour of duty that included Viet Nam. After cruising the East Coast and the Bahamas, he was firmly hooked on sailing and being close to the ocean. In 1976 a stint as a grocery store owner in Ohio was finished. He returned to sailing for the adrenalin rush and ongoing adventure. By the end of the 70’s he had his own yacht delivery company racking up over 100,000 miles on offshore deliveries and arranging many more through his network of Captains and mates.
His personal log covers trips from Seattle, Washington to Lima, Peru, 4 transits of the Panama Canal, Nova Scotia to Trinidad and Monaco to the West Indies as well as numerous trips up and down the East Coast and charter seasons in the Caribbean.
From 1983 to 1993 he owned a windsurfing school and retail business in Wilmington, NC where in the early 90’s he began doing Yacht Brokerage. Seven years with custom builder Paul Bennet at Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, NC and four and a half years at Rybovich Spencer in West Palm Beach helped round out his expertise in yachting. Willy had a 100 ton license with Auxiliary Sail, maintains his Florida Yacht Brokers license, is a member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and a veteran of their yearly “Yacht Sales and the Law Seminars”.
In 2008, he earned the designation of Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB).
Continuing Education is important for any professional, especially in an industry as dynamic as Yachting. From September 2018 to May 2018, Willy attended the following:
Yacht Sales and the Law Seminar, sponsored by IYBA in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Captains Seminar on the 2000 series M96 Engines by MTU in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Shipyards and Brokers Seminar by IYBA in Monaco
Yacht Engineering Seminar by IYBA in Fort Lauderdale
In addition, while in Monaco, he travelled to Viareggio, Italy with his Client to inspect shipyards, such as Mangusta, Italian Yacht Group, Admiral, CCN, and AB Yachts. Ultimately settling on CCN for this clients 40m new build project.
Every Broker needs a team to work with. Willy couldn’t find a better team than the A-Team at United Yacht Sales. UYS provides the professional services that complete the Buying or Selling process in a seamless, trouble free experience. We are all earning your trust, one boat at a time!
If you’re truly looking for a Professional who will quickly earn your trust Willy is ready to work for you now!