|MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show & Antigua Charter Yacht Show Set for December|
|Written by Carol Bareuther|
|Thursday, 01 November 2007 00:00|
Overlapping yacht shows in St. Maarten and Antigua make for a busy kick-off to the 2007-2008 charter yacht season. The MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show will take place December 3 to 7 at Yacht Club Port de Plaisance, while the 46th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show will be held December 5 to10 at Nelson’s Dockyard Marina located in English Harbour, and at the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, both located in Falmouth Harbour.
Lucille Frye, one of the organizers of the St. Maarten show, explains the changes this year. “Earlier this year, MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) and the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA), who originally founded the show, entered into discussions with regards to making this an official MYBA show. The SMMTA board came to the conclusion that this decision was in the best interest of their members and held the greatest long term potential for the island as a whole.”
Frye continues, “The MYBA Charter Show in Genoa has earned accolades industry-wide and they are bringing to the table that expertise and also their ability to communicate with a vast pool of agents, brokers, yacht captains and yacht managers. We believe the combined leadership will ensure that this becomes the premier charter show in the region. We also feel that MYBA is acutely aware of exactly what both brokers and yacht owners are looking for in a show and will tailor the show to specifically meet those needs. We are all truly excited by the huge potential for this show.”
As of mid-September, 32 yachts had registered for the MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show, with additional registrations coming in. There were also 52 brokers registered, coming from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe.
Frye says, “Taking into account the usual last minute cancellation rate due to weather or other delivery problems, we envision a fleet of about 45 yachts total showing. However, there’s definitely been an increase in quality—the average size of yachts registered has grown phenomenally.”
Seventeen of the 35 yachts registered to date measure 130 feet or larger, with the largest so far being the 177-foot M/Y Katherine, represented by Fraser Yachts Worldwide.
Meanwhile, Sarah Sebastian, manager of the Antigua Yacht Charter Show, says, “We expect a fabulous turnout this year. As of mid-September we have 62 yachts registered, which range from 52 feet to over 200 feet, and at least another 20 that we know which will be coming to register. Among the yachts showing will be a number of Swans and Oysters.”
The largest yacht registered thus far at the Antigua show is the RM Elegant, a 237-foot motoryacht. Represented by WEM Lines SA, the RM Elegant was ranked as the 49th largest yacht in the world in 2007 by Power & Motoryacht. Hip-hop megamogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and the cast of “Oceans Thirteen”, including George Clooney, have been among those to charter this magnificent megayacht. Twenty-five other yachts registered thus far also measure over 100-feet.
As of mid-September, 105 brokers were registered for the show from the Caribbean, U.S., Europe and Australia.
As for events this year, St. Maarten’s Frye says, “the (MYBA St. Maarten Charter) show schedule will remain much the same as it has been previously, except that due to the late date of the announcement the seminars will be cut out this year. However, we do have yacht hops arranged for the attending companies with, for example, Jennifer Saia from The Sacks Group working on plans to create her usual spectacle. The show ends with a crew party at Isle de Sol, which is a day full of activities for the crews where they get to relax, compete, and have fun, drink and eat.”
Frye adds, “The Concours des Chefs is one of the highlights of the show and will simply be better than ever this year.”
Similarly, Antigua’s Sebastian says, “We have some fabulous events coming up. There’s the chefs competition, which is completely new this year and very different. Then there’s a fabulous crew party planned, with match racing for the crews each evening and on the party day. At the end of the show, we are taking Abracadabra to the beach for the crew to celebrate the end of another great show.”
To make life easier on crew working the show, Sebastian says there will be a free shuttle from Antigua’s airport to hotels, a free shuttle during the show between marinas and to hotels in the morning and evening, cold drinking water available at each marina free of charge, and numerous complimentary Internet hot spots.
For more information and the latest details on each of the shows, visit the MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show website at: www.mybacaribbeanshow.com. The Antigua Yacht Charter Show’s website is: www.antigua-charter-yacht-meeting.com