As far as I can make out, the centre of the boating world is Antibes. Oh, yes, there's cowes, and auckland and newport and all the rest. But that's where they makem, or used to makem, or where the cheapy types like us sail or drive our own boats oursleves. Real boats need masses of full-time crew to make food, tie things, clean things. And anyone who rents or charters a boat will poo-poo the crew suggestion of corsica or palma where the food is **** and the glitz is on a dimmer- it has to be the cote d'azur. So the centre of focus can be seen from where all the crew congregate. And whether they're from australia, new zealand or america or uk or italy, or spain or france, that's in Antibes. More specifically, it seems to be around the bars - the Blue Lady, la Gaffe, the Lincoln in the old town. All the youngish people in these bars work on boats, or are hanging aroiund waiting to work in a boat. They stay in the Crewhouse or similar hostels if looking for work. Crew agencies with adverts for "worldwide crew placement" are usually within a few doors or maximum a few streets of these bars. Or so it seems to me.