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Notice of Race for Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015 now online

March 31, 2015

This year’s 8th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta will once again open the superyacht season in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location, providing some remarkable and spirited racing. Providing four days of amazing sailing, the regatta annually hosts the world’s finest and award-winning sailing superyachts.

The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014 in the lovely Sardinia yacht charter location - Porto Cervo

The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014 in the lovely Sardinia yacht charter location – Porto Cervo

The event, which has become a firm favourite on the Mediterranean superyacht calendar, once again looks set to kick off the season in style with an impressive selection of yachts preparing to take to the start line in Porto Cervo. Pre-registration of this popular event boasts a notable list including superyacht Clan VIII (Perini Navi, 45m), charter yacht Daima (Arkin Pruva Yachts, 42.5m), Gaia (Spirit Yachts, 30.6m), luxury yacht Ganesha (Vitters Shipyard, 46m), Guardian Angel (Oyster Yachts, 28.04m), Inoui (Vitters, 33.4m), super yacht Marie (Vitters Shipyard, 55m), Meagan (Oyster Yachts, 25.15m), charter yacht Moonbird (Fitzroy, 37m), Muzuni (Nautor Swan, 30.21m), Nahita (Wally, 24m), luxury yacht Ohana (Fitzroy, 49.7m), Saudade (Wally, 45.19m), Song of the Sea (Nautor Swan, 34.14m), sailing yacht Tempus Fugit (Arkin Pruva Yachts, 27.43m), WinWin (Baltic, 33m) and Yanneke Too (Camper and Nicholsons, 36m).

Hosted in conjunction with the world-renowned Yacht Club Costa Smeralda the fleet will take to the glittering waters of Sardinia from 2-6 June 2015. The regatta, set against the region’s spectacular coastline, presents four days of breathtaking sailing with a full race programme organised by the highly experienced YCCS international race committee. With a stunning clubhouse in Porto Cervo and a reputation as one of the world’s leading regatta organizers, owners and crew can expect exclusive hospitality services and the highest level of racing.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Glamorous Porto Cervo provides the perfect setting for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta with on-the-water action accompanied by a post-race programme of social events. Superyacht owners are invited to enjoy the Loro Piana Owners’ Dinner at the YCCS Clubhouse, whilst all guests are welcome to attend an elegant welcome cocktail and a beach party set on the island’s pure white sands. The event culminates in a final prize-giving ceremony in Porto Cervo’s prestigious Piazza Azzurra which brings together owners and their skilled race crew.

With a strong intake of early registrations, yacht owners who wish to participate in the event should register without delay to secure their place in the fleet and their berth at YCCS Marina. The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and YCCS Marina welcome sailing and motor yachts with an LOA over 80ft.

Oceanco to attend Singapore Yacht Show with 75m motor yacht ANASTASIA on display

March 30, 2015

Oceanco is delighted to announce its presence at the Singapore Yacht Show, taking place from April  23 to 26 at ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove, a beautiful Singapore yacht charter destination, nestled in Southeast Asia. During the event, the premier Dutch shipyard will be showcasing the outstanding 75,5m (248’) charter yacht Anastasia as the largest luxury superyacht on display.

Luxury charter yacht Anastasia by Oceanco

Luxury charter yacht Anastasia by Oceanco

The exclusive Singapore Yacht Show, which originated in 2011, has become a key-networking event attracting Asian and international business leaders. Gaining momentum every year since its inception, the organizers say that the 2015 show will be their biggest one to date.

Oceanco will display the scale models of its latest innovative projects and is also very excited to be showcasing the 75.5m (248ft) mega yacht Anastasia.

Luxury motor yacht Anastasia has won a number of prestigious awards including the World Yacht Trophy for Best of the Best Custom Motor Yacht over 40m and the Robb Report Best of the Best Custom Motor Yacht of the Year. With her extremely distinctive elegant sweeping curves and a pair of ‘rocket’ wings atop her superstructure, this stunning motor yacht, is sure to attract a lot of attention.

Designed by Sam Sorgiovanni for veteran yacht owners, superyacht Anastasia is superbly engineered and crafted with utmost attention to detail; Anastasia is the ideal yacht for coastal cruising or lengthy expeditions.

Technical Specification of luxury charter yacht Anastasia

Builder: Oceanco

Exterior/Interior Designer: Sorgiovanni Designs

Length: 75.5m / 247.7ft

Beam: 13.0m / 42.6ft

Type: Steel Hull and Aluminium Superstructure

Guests: Suite, office and owner’s balcony, 2 double VIP suites, 3 double guest cabins

Below is a gallery for other beautiful charter yachts built by Oceanco.

APS Philippines provides support for recovery of famed warship found by motor yacht OCTOPUS

March 30, 2015

Built by Lurssen to a design by Espen Oeino in 2003, motor yacht Octopus has recently made history with one of the most important WW2 discoveries in recent history. Boasting the state-of-the-art equipment, the 126-metre mega yacht Octopus found the wreck of Japan’s biggest warship Musashi in the northern Philippines.

126m superyacht Octopus - Photo by Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines

126m superyacht Octopus – Photo by Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines

Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines was proud to provide logistical and shore support for the mission which was challenging on many fronts. APS Philippines representative Richard Lofthouse said of the find, “We are thrilled to be able to provide support for the vessel on this mission. There were plenty of logistics involved and our team was tested to the limit; but we were able to meet the challenges. APS Philippines is a relatively new operation so this was a big task. We are thrilled to be part of it and the result is a reflection on the professionalism of the ship and the ground support.”

Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, staged a live-stream tour of the sunken Japanese battleship as reported by CBS Tokyo which includes a video of “Underwater exploration of the Musashi wreck”. It was further reported debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines indicate that the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi was blown into pieces in an undersea explosion 70 years ago.

Experts from a research team analyzing a live feed from an unmanned underwater probe Friday said they believe the Musashi suffered at least one explosion while descending in the 3,280.84-foot deep sea. Except for an initial series of partial photos and images of the ship, Friday’s more than 2 ½ hour feed was the first detailed imagery showing the current status of the ship.

“The Musashi sank in October 1944 in the Sibuyan Sea during the battle of Leyte, losing half of its 2,400 crew. It was last seen disappearing into the water in one piece. The wreck is actually very damaged,” said David Mearns, a marine scientist on the Musashi research team. “It appears she suffered at least one, if not two, magazine explosions which would have sheered off the bow and the stern, and its entire middle section of its super-structure.”

The research team, sponsored by Microsoft co-founder and entrepreneur Paul Allen, was the first to successfully locate the ship, just ahead of the 70th anniversary of the war’s end later this year.

Fiji – A new member of Asia Pacific Superyachts Network

March 27, 2015

The breath-taking South Pacific yacht charter destination – Fiji has joined the network of the Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) –  the leading Superyacht agency in the Asia – Pacific region. The APS network now covers an unrivaled 17 APS offices in 15 countries.

A Superyacht in the enchanting South Pacific yacht holiday location - Fiji - Photo Ming Nomchong and Luke Henkel

A Superyacht in the enchanting South Pacific yacht holiday location – Fiji – Photo Ming Nomchong and Luke Henkel

Superyachts can now transit from Panama and be covered by the APS network from Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and onwards throughout the complete Asia – Pacific Region.

“The missing link between Asia and the Pacific has now been filled with the establishment of Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji. Fiji is a must see destination in the South Pacific with a dedicated Superyacht Marina at Port Denarau”, comments David Jamieson of APS Fiji (formerly Yacht Help Fiji).

“Last year we had 56 superyacht visits to Fiji with nearly all our Superyachts coming through Panama into the Pacific. A good percentage continued west to Asia”, reports Jamieson.

Photo Fiji Tourism 'Kava Ceremony'

Photo Fiji Tourism ‘Kava Ceremony’

“I believe that in the future we will see an increase in Superyachts traversing between our two regions of Asia and the Pacific. APS now bridges these regions with members in all the key destinations. Our team in Fiji looks forward to a positive increase in the number of Superyachts visiting our region and providing services to owners and crew to ensure they receive the very best possible cruising experience.”

The island paradise of Fiji has long been a well-known destination for those in search of sun, sea and diverse cultures in the South Pacific. Famous for its clear waters, soft coral reefs and unspoiled lagoons, the collection of over 300 islands, Fiji is an extraordinary destination for exploring Superyachts.

With APS and the Port Denarau Marina located on the largest of Fiji’s islands, Fiji is transforming from a cruising destination into a superyacht hub for the SW Pacific region.

Fiji Tourism 'Snorkelling'

Fiji Tourism ‘Snorkelling’

Captains and Owners and their guests arriving in the Fijian waters enjoy participating in Fiji’s cultural ‘Kava Ceremony’ as a half-coconut shell of kava, an intoxicating local brew, is offered to the guest. As a group of locals sit and watch the receiver downs the drink, claps a thank-you and passes the shell back. Often times the ceremony ends as one of the locals pulls out a guitar to strum some mellow ‘Bob Marley’ Reggae songs.

Superyachts and all aboard are well taken care of before and during the journey by APS Fiji as confirmed in a letter from Captain Brady MacDonald of M.Y. Dardanella, writing: “For months before our trip to Fiji David and his crew were assisting us with whatever Information we needed. Everything went off perfect. From arranging the local excursions or guides to help with provisions and shopping Yacht Help Fiji (Asia Pacific Superyachts) was excellent. They made it very clear to us right from the get go that we were important clients and that they would go the extra mile to ensure that we and the owners had a fantastic trip while in Fiji.”

With the Fijian government’s ‘Super Yacht Decree’ passed in 2010, Superyachts are free to charter in the beautiful Fiji yacht holiday destination for up to a year while enjoying numerous safe anchorages, beautiful lagoons and cruising destinations.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2015 provides three days of exhilarating racing

March 25, 2015

Last week in the fantastic Virgin Gorda yacht charter location was marked by the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2015, which provided three days of adrenaline charged competition. An amazing fleet of superyachts gathered at the five-star YCCS Marina, with bright sun and brisk winds creating some white-knuckle racing around the fabulous islands.

P2 claimed the Boat International Media Trophy for best score line overall. Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

Charter yacht P2 claimed the Boat International Media Trophy for best score line overall. Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

With a new time-on-distance pursuit race format – where the first yacht over the line is the winner – and a new superyacht rating rule in the form of the Offshore Racing Congress’s ORCsy system, the 2015 edition of the regatta promised great action on the water. From the very first race, it was clear that the rating system was just right, and with seconds separating the top finishers in both classes the regatta was shaping up to be a classic.

In Class A it was the 33 metre Vitters yacht Inoui that stole the early march, winning a hard-fought victory on Day One and scoring a second place on Day Two behind the 38 metre Briand-designed Perini charter yacht P2. On Day Three, however, it was P2 who came through to score the tightest win of the regatta just seconds ahead of Southern Wind superyacht Cape Arrow and the Swan 90 sailing yacht Freya. With Inoui managing only fourth on the last day, P2 swept not only to Class A victory but also took the Boat International Media Trophy for best score line overall. Gerhard Andlinger (the Owner of P2) declared his victory on Oil Nut Bay Race Day as “the most exciting win of any we’ve ever had”.

Superyacht Freya battles the elements. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht Freya battles the elements. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

In Class B, the big story was the battle between a regatta veteran – the 55 metre ketch Marie – and a regatta newcomer in the form of Royal Huisman’s recently launched 47 metre sloop Wisp. Once again the rating system proved perfectly judged, as the two yachts fought nip and tuck all the way round the racecourse. With Marie gaining the upper hand on two out of three of the races, it was the big ketch that finally landed the overall Class B win, with Wisp nipping at her heels in second. The giant Perini charter yacht Seahawk – at nearly 59 metres, the largest yacht taking part – scored two bullets in the strong wind conditions of Days Two and Three, but with a DNF on the first day due to gear failure, she was unable to capitalise on her new-found form.

With photo finishes in all three races, the real winner of the week was undoubtedly the ORCsy rating rule, which is based on a Velocity Prediction Program model with data supplied by both the yachts’ designers and the captains. With a stated aim to be totally transparent, the system won the hearts of the owners and their crews – but then, who could argue with such dramatic racing on the water?

Wisp Yacht chases Blues past Necker Island. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Wisp Yacht chases Blues past Necker Island. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

As is customary at Loro Piana Regattas, superyacht owners and their guests enjoyed a sparkling social programme which commenced with a relaxed Welcome Cocktail on the YCCS Clubhouse Lawn. The following day, the guests reconvened for an exquisite dinner hosted by Loro Piana with entertainment provided from the great lyric soprano Maria Luigia Borsi accompanied on the piano by Maestro Roberto Barrali. Meanwhile, the crew kicked back at a well-earned beach party on Prickly Pear Island. On Friday night, Oil Nut Bay hosted the Hollywood Glamour Beach Party with guests dancing the night away in the stunning surroundings. The beach club generously offered all attendees the opportunity to enjoy Oil Nut Bay’s facilities throughout the regatta.

Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda, would like to thank their sponsors for helping to make the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous a great success.

Cape Arrow, Freya and P2 yachts cross the finish line. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Cape Arrow, Freya and P2 yachts cross the finish line. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

Special thanks go to Title Sponsor; Loro Piana, Gold Sponsors; Embraer Executive Jets and Oil Nut Bay, Event Associates; BVI Tourism and Willis. We are delighted to announce dates for the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous for the next two years: 9-12 March 2016 and 8-11 March 2017.

Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2015 Speakers’ Line Up

March 25, 2015

Speakers have been unveiled for this year’s 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, running in the beautiful Athens yacht charter destination, the capital of Greece, on May 26 and 27. The event, held every other year, will be hosting the leading players from the yachting sector, including association representatives from MYBA and ICOMIA, as well as superyacht charterers and luxury yacht marina developers and managers.

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Senior officials from major international cruise companies will meet in Athens in May for the 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum to engage with government officials, network and do business with representatives of the Eastern Mediterranean’s port authorities, cruise ship suppliers and other industry players.

Scheduled to be held at the Greek capital’s Megaron Athens International Conference Centre on May 26-27, the forum will also welcome leading players from the yachting sector, including association representatives from MYBA and ICOMIA, as well as yacht charterers and marina developers and managers.

In total, some 800 professionals of the sea tourism sectors with a keen interest in the Eastern Mediterranean will table and debate issues of significant importance to the future of an industry that contributes well in excess of €39.4 billion and 339,000 jobs to Europe’s economy, a figure that does not incorporate revenues generated by yachting activity.

Highly topical issues including growth potential for the cruise industry in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, projected increase of regional deployment for 2016 and current barriers to growth of both cruise transit calls and homeporting in Greece are among those to be discussed during the Executive Committee Meeting of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which will take place on day two of the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum.

“CLIA Europe’s decision to select our forum for this important meeting highlights the long way we have travelled since launching Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum in 2011,” said Theodore Vokos, Executive Director of Posidonia Exhibitions S.A. the event’s organisers. “The caliber of the participating brands and the reputation of our speakers have made this event an eagerly anticipated biennial occasion for the international cruising and yachting communities of professionals who clearly see the untapped growth potential in our region.”

Speakers include:

Cruise Line participants

Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman, CLIA Europe & Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises

Larry Pimentel, President & CEO, Azamara Club Cruises

Edie Rodriguez, President & COO, Crystal Cruises

Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO, Celestyal Cruises

John F. Tercek, Vice President, Commercial and New Business Development, Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity Cruises

Michel Nestour, Vice President Global Port & Destination Development-EuroMed, Carnival Corporation

Adam Sharp, Head of Port Operations & Guest Port Services – UK, N. Europe & M. East, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Darius Mehta, Vice President Air & Land Programs, Silversea Cruises

Andra Howie, Manager, Shore Excursions, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn

Port representatives

Carla Salvado, President, MedCruise & Marketing and Cruise Director, Port of Barcelona

Saygin Narin, CEO, Global Ports Holding

Roberto Perocchio, Managing Director, Venezia Terminal Passengeri SpA

Yiorgos Anomeritis, President, Greek Ports Association & Chairman & Managing Director, Piraeus Port Authority

Stavros Hatzakos, President, Cruise and Ferry Port Network & General Manager, Piraeus Port Authority

Costas Moutzouris, President, Regulatory Authority for Ports, Greece

Ioannis Bras, Chairman & Managing Director, Heraklion Port Authority

Association & Industry Representatives

Andreas Andreadis, President, Greek Tourism Confederation

Michalis Sakelis, President, Association of Passenger Shipping Companies

Theodore Kontes, President, Union of Cruise Shipowners and Associated Members

George Vernicos, Secretary General, Greek Tourism Confederation

Andreas Stylianopoulos, President & CEO, Navigator Travel and Tourist Services & Member of the Board, Greek Tourism Confederation

Yachting and Marina representatives

Jonathan Beckett, Chief Executive, Burgess Yachts

Mick Bettesworth, Principal, Mick Bettesworth Marina Consultants Ltd

Rosemary Pavlatou, Director, A1 Yacht Trade Consortium & BWA Yachting & Member of MYBA

Roberto Perocchio, President, Assomarinas

Kemal Saatcioglu, CEO, D-Marin Marinas Group of Dogus Holding

Oscar Siches, Partner and Manager, Amarres Deportivos SL, Marina Consultant (Marina Matters SL)

Thierry Voisin, Chairman, Thierry Voisin – Partnership

Michael Wyer, Captain, Gladius Yacht

Stavros Katsikadis, Managing Director, LAMDA Flisvos Marina & President, Greek Marinas Association

Stefanos Machrymichalos, Partner, Cape4Yachting

F&B Cruise Ship Supply Workshop

Emanuele Lavarello, Procurement Director, MSC Italcatering SpA

Michael Nomicos, President, Donomis Cruise Services

Emanuel Schwarzwald, Cruise and Sales Manager, Puerto y Bahia

Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum’s Exhibition is also the ideal platform for port destinations, port authorities, prefectures, chambers of commerce, airports, airlines, tourist services providers and marinas to showcase their offering to an influential audience of important decision makers from the international cruise industry.

Also, some of the region’s local exporters of quality F&B products, processing manufacturers, wineries and gastronomic product specialists will participate in the scheduled European F&B Cruise Ship Supply Industry Workshop along with delegates and exhibitors to network with representatives from the Cruise Procurement and Supply sector.

The 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum is organised under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MEDCRUISE), the Hellenic Ports’ Association (ELIME), the Greek Marinas’ Association, the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies, the Union of Greek Ship Owners & Associated Members and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agencies.

Gold Sponsors are the Greek Tourism Organisation and the Piraeus Port Authority, Silver Sponsors are Air France – KLM – Delta and Bronze Sponsor is Celestyal Cruises.

Inaugural Asia Boating Forum, April 24, 2015

March 25, 2015

This year will be marked by the launch of the all-new initiative: Asia Boating Forum, unveiled by the organizer of the Singapore Yacht Show and the Singapore Boating Industry Association. The event is scheduled to take place on the second day of the Singapore Yacht Show on April 24, 2015.

2014 Asia Pacific Yachting Conference - Photo Credit to Kenneth Lee

2014 Asia Pacific Yachting Conference – Photo Credit to Kenneth Lee

Asian markets are at varying stages of development. While countries such as Singapore & Hong Kong are further up the evolutionary ladder, others are at an embryonic stage. The Forum aims to get decision makers and key players in the region together, to share experiences and discuss the best ways to develop boating in the region. Each country has its own policies, regulations and practices relating to boating, based on its own needs and circumstances.

In spite of this, there is much commonality and lessons to be learnt and shared. For boating to grow regionally, all countries have to level up and develop best practice. The Asia Boating Forum is a platform for just that – getting the foundation and policy framework right for growing the boating industry.

The inaugural Asia Boating Forum 2015 (ABF) will be a strategic meeting of industry professionals and regional authorities. This select group will gather to present and share insights on the issues and challenges in the development and sustainability of the boating business in Asia.

Singapore Yacht Show - Photo credit to YachtsXL - Michael Denker

Singapore Yacht Show – Photo credit to YachtsXL – Michael Denker

Themed “ESSENTIALS OF EMERGING MARKETS OF ASIA”, the ABF 2015 will be chaired by Tim Coventry, an independent business consultant with extensive experience in the Asia leisure marine markets. Tim is engaged as Special Advisor to the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Korea on the development of leisure boating.

The ABF 2015 Programme comprise the following panel presentations and discussions:

THE BUSINESS OF BOATING: Market dynamics of Asia, trends and developments in sales, brokerage and charter, customer profiles, positioning and marketing, superyacht charter, manpower development

ACCESS TO WATER; INFRASTRUCTURE & SERVICES: Asia business models: public and private models, investment and development – waterfront developments, marinas, beach clubs, moorings

CREATING A LEISURE MARINE POLICY FRAMEWORK: Economic impact evaluation – impact on local business and communities, pro-boating policies, pro-business policies, development aid and support, security, engagement of government and industry in the development of the recreational sector

FINANCIAL STRUCTURES AND SOLUTIONS: Market assessment and regimes, access to commercial/consumer financing and insurance solutions, risk assessment and asset protection

To be held on Friday 24 April 2015 over a half-day session, the ABF will take place at ONE°15 Marina Club, concurrently with the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) held from 23-26 April.

SYS showcases leading yacht brands and service providers from around the world, and from 2015 onwards will offer a potent combination of a classic car showcase and fine art exhibition, held alongside Asia’s premier yacht show. Over the four Forum and Show days, delegates will have the opportunity to network with the Show’s exhibitors, sponsors and visitors.

‘Dubai Maritime Day’ launched by DMCA

March 24, 2015

In line with Dubai Strategic Plan goals aimed at supporting and stimulating all aspects of maritime trade and economy in the emirate, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulation, coordination and supervision of all aspects of the maritime sector in the fabulous Dubai yacht charter location, has proudly launched the ‘Dubai Maritime Day’ initiative, which is expected to be held in November 2015. The event will celebrate the recent achievements of the emirate’s maritime sector and provide support to various government as well as non-government entities involved in the local industry.

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‏H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA, said ‘Dubai Maritime Day’ will help develop the sector’s various components and further drive excellence, creativity, and innovation. The event will also maximize promising opportunities to accelerate Dubai’s transformation into becoming one of the world’s most advanced maritime hubs. H.E. also pointed out that the local maritime sector has been taking proactive steps to reinforce its role in Dubai’s sustainable growth and overall development. The industry also aims to enhance the emirate’s regional and global competitiveness.

H.E. added: “We look forward to the holding of ‘Dubai Maritime Day’ that will bring the local maritime sector to a new level of growth, sustainability and excellence. The event’s objectives can be achieved by strengthening our strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors in recognition of their continuous contributions to Dubai’s overall socio-economic progress.”

‘Dubai Maritime Day’ will feature a host of events focusing on the sector’s various aspects and the emirate’s accomplishments over the past years. It will give a special emphasis on DMCA’s present and future initiatives such as Dubai’s Maritime Sector Strategy and the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC). The authority’s initiatives are part of its efforts to reinforce Dubai’s position as a world-class maritime center.

DMCA focuses on implementing pioneering initiatives and policies to ensure the highest levels of maritime safety and operational efficiency in Dubai waters. The authority strives to become a leader in innovation, creativity and transparency as it establishes strong cooperation with the public and private sectors to consolidate Dubai’s status as a world-class maritime hub.

Antibes Celebrates Yachting 2015 Press Conference

March 24, 2015

March 17, 2015, saw Patrick Gilliot, President of the ASAP – Association in Support of the Development and Activities of the Port of Antibes, together with Eric Pauget, 1st Deputy Mayor and President of the SAEM, who manages the Port Vauban, present the new event: Antibes Celebrates Yachting. The new yachting event will be hosted by the fantastic French Riviera yacht charter destination – Antibes on April 24 and 25, 2015.

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ASAP created this event at the request of the Town and the Port of Antibes.

Antibes Celebrates Yachting is THE new yachting event in Antibes launching the new yachting season 2015.

Pascal Paoli, Director of the Port Vauban, Maurice Carrette, Co-President of the trade Association Antibes Coeur d’Azur and the rest of the ACY Organising Committee* were equally present at the conference.

Confirmation of the ACY!

The event will take place on the Bastion Saint Jaume with the participation of some fourty companies (to date). They will present their products and services, some will organise animations or meetings between crew management agencies and captains, stews or people involved in the industry. Thanks to MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) the Bastion St Jaume will welcome 15 yachts between 15 and 30m and around 20 yachts from 30 m up on the IYCA. It is a great asset for the ASAP to have their support and participation.

Focused on conviviality of professional meetings, the event will offer some strong moments such as the Friday night BBQ or the Saturday morning “English Breakfast” which will be offered to crew members and participants of the event.

The gala dinner on Saturday night for Captains and Directors of Yachting related companies will take place in the very prestigious Villa Eilenroc on the Cap d’Antibes. The City of Antibes has put the villa at the ASAP’s disposal for one evening. A perfect time to create new relationships and to reinforce old ones. The idea of the 2015 ACY is based on conviviality. This two day event is primarily intended to favour trade and professional meetings in a warm atmosphere, tailored to the needs of each. Professional visitors will be able to purchase a badge for 20 Euros. Expected visitors : from 500 to 1000 daily. The general public is admitted for free, even though the event is focused on businesses only.

The Association Antibes Coeur d’Azur is compiling a listing of shop owners, restaurants and cafes from Antibes who wish to participate in the event.

About fifty have so far proposed to grant reduced rates or special offers for visitors and participants of the ACY. A great opportunity to strengthen the interactivity between the City and the Port.

A demonstration of solidarity in the yachting world for a dynamic relaunch.

It is thanks to because of the general movement of solidarity driven by ASAP and its members, who are marine professionals, that the event can take place. In answer to this call, the entire

Yachting community demonstrates its importance and vitality.

“Antibes is a nucleus in the yachting world, therefore a year without a yachting event was not an option” The Town now considers ASAP as their ‘consultant’ in yachting matters.

What about 2016?

Although all the efforts are now concentrated on completing the budget for 2015, the organizers cannot help but think about the future.

The town of Antibes and the Port have clearly expressed that it will take this year’s results, as well as the analyses and advises of the ASAP in order to take a fair decision about the continuation of the yachting event in Antibes.

There is a general determination to continue having a yachting event in Antibes at the beginning of the season and the aim is to have a larger-scale event with international reputation in Antibes from 2016 on.

So save the date, come and celebrate Yachting in Antibes on April 24th and 25th on the Bastion St Jaume, the Port Vauban and the IYCA!

* Petra Malloier (participants Relation Yachts & organization); Muriel Penoty (Communication & Logistics); Alexandra Idier (Relation Gepy & Organization of seminars); Morgane Huard (Administration); Philippe Carré (Catering and eatery); Sophie Mordelet (Press Relations).

Antibes Celebrates Yachting, April 24 – 25, 2015

March 20, 2015

After the last-minute cancellation of the Antibes Yacht Show by the company who organised the event, the President of the SAEM, Port Vauban General Manager and first Deputy Mayor of the City of Antibes, Mr. Pauget, asked the ASAP (Association to Support Port Vauban Development) to consider an alternative for the dates announced so as not to leave the popular French Riviera yacht charter destination – Antibes missing from the International Yachting calendar.

Port Vauban - a beautiful Antibes yacht charter destination - Photo credit to Vertige Photo

Port Vauban – a beautiful Antibes yacht charter destination – Photo credit to Vertige Photo

ASAP has decided to accept this challenge and in 3 weeks  has brought together more than 30 partners and 75% of the budget required for this new event: Antibes Celebrates Yachting which will take place on April 24th and 25th  2015 on Port Vauban, Bastion St Jaume and IYCA (Billionaires Quay).

Antibes Celebrates Yachting (ACY) is an event concept that combines professionalism and conviviality, an option quite suitable to the life on Port Vauban and the best potentially feasible alternative in the short time frame, considering the lack of initial funding and structure to support such an organization.

Port Vauban - Photo credit to Vertige Photo

Port Vauban – Photo credit to Vertige Photo

Antibes Celebrates 2015 Yachting opens the yachting season in the Mediterranean:

On the concept of speed networking, professionals can exchange ideas and highlight their expertise to a respective B2B mind. The human dimension of the event set on the Bastion St Jaume, allows to keep a spirit of friendliness while remaining efficient.

Brokerage, superyacht charter, networking, employment forum, seminars and many activities will be part of the program of these two days representing the different companies and professions the large yachting.

The support of the international professional association MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) will allow professionals to exhibit their yachts on the dock of the IYCA as  well as in front of the Bastion Saint Jaume.

Although aimed to the professional, ACY 2015 will be open to the public and the entrance will be free.

This event illustrates the new dynamic of port and reflects the impressive solidarity and exceptional responsiveness of the Yachting industry in Antibes.