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Inaugural Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous to be hosted by The International SeaKeepers Society

January 30, 2015

The International SeaKeepers Society will play a host to its inaugural Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous to celebrate DISCOVERY Yachts at the five-star Marina Port Vell, positioned in the center of Barcelona, a glamorous Spain yacht vacation destination and one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in Europe. The Rendezvous will take place on May 8, 2015 during the weekend of the exhilarating Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.

Marina Port Vell - a lovely Barcelona yacht holiday location

Marina Port Vell - a lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday location - the venue for the inaugural Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous to be hosted by The International Seakeepers Society

SeaKeepers will host a dinner for a select group of the yachting community at Marina Port Vell May 8th 2015, where guests will be offered a 50% reduced dockage fee and a suggested itinerary of experiences, including the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. During the event the DISCOVERY Yachts Program will be introduced and SeaKeepers will present a video highlighting the 2014 and 2015 DISCOVERY Yachts missions.

The Barcelona Yacht Rendezvous will celebrate SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Yachts expeditions, drifter deployments, and outreach programs. Barcelona will serve as a first port of call as SeaKeepers rolls out its DISCOVERY Yachts Program, which is already firmly established in North America. The Rendezvous will be the beginning of many international locations for the SeaKeepers ocean research and conservation programs.

Marina Port Vell is a blue flag marina in recognition of the highest environmental standards, reflecting the SeaKeepers mission for conservation and preservation. The Marina has state-of-the-art facilities, and offers an ideal berthing destination for superyachts up to 120 meters while providing personalized care to owners, captains and crew.

Registration for Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous to close on January 30

January 29, 2015

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous will welcome an impressive fleet of superyachts to the fabulous British Virgin Islands yacht charter destination for the fifth edition of this exclusive event, hosted by Boat International Media as well as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Registration for this year’s regatta is to close tomorrow, on January 30, 2015.

Wisp will join the 2015 fleet for three days of competition on the water in the idyllic conditions of the BVI

Superyacht Wisp will join the 2015 fleet for three days of competition on the water in the idyllic conditions of the beautiful British Virgin Islands yacht holiday destination

Running from 11 – 14 March, the regatta continues to attract a diverse collection of the world’s finest superyachts. Set against the British Virgin Islands’ spectacular coastline, the three-day event offers owners idyllic sailing conditions, the unrivalled hospitality services of the world class Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and an exclusive programme of social events, for which Boat International Media is renowned.

The event, which takes place 11 – 14 March 2015, boasts a competitive fleet of sailing superyachts set to take to the start line for three days of racing on the azure seas of Virgin Gorda yacht charter destination.

The organizers are pleased to welcome back to the start line a number of veteran participants, including three stunning Vitters builds; the sleek 46m performance sloop Ganesha by Dubois Naval Architects, Marco Vögele’s striking 33m performance sloop Inouï, and the elegant 55m modern classic superyacht Marie.

Luxury yacht Inoui under sail - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Luxury yacht Inoui under sail - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

The 60m charter yacht Seahawk – the first yacht in Perini Navi’s 60m series – and the Briand/Perini Navi-designed 38m fast cruiser charter yacht P2 also join the 2015 regatta fleet.

Making her Loro Piana regatta debut is Royal Huisman’s stunning 48m sloop Wisp, designed by Andre Hoek. The owner’s brief called for “a supremely comfortable cruising yacht that may also indulge in some gentleman’s racing”.

Perini Navi P2 -  Main

Perini Navi P2 - Main

In addition to the thrilling sailing yacht programme, motor yacht owners are invited to join the line up at YCCS Marina and participate in the fun-filled regatta festivities taking place around North Sound.

Registration closes on 30 January and there are limited berths now remaining at YCCS Marina. Owners yet to register are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to secure their place in the fleet. The Notice of Race and Registration Form are available to download from the event website.

The regatta welcomes sailing and motor yachts with an LOA over 80ft.

Hainan Rendez-Vous 2015 to take place in November with Expanded Exhibition Area

January 29, 2015

In order to provide an improved platform for branding, culture, as well as art communication, Hainan Rendez-Vous has recently announced that they will expand the exhibition area for the 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous. This year’s event will open its doors on 27th November, under the theme of “Dream, Art, Life”.


With improved supporting facilities, 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous will be a more international and professional exhibition, as well as a communication platform for leading brands from all over the world.

The exhibition area of 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous will expand 30% from 4589 square meters as in 2014 to 6000 square meters. Number of exhibitors will also increase 33%, from 90 to 120. Meanwhile, with more VIPs and social elites from Hong Kong, Macau and other Asia regions attending 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous, it is going to be more international.

Compared to business jets and luxury lifestyles, yacht brands are taking up the major part of exhibitors in Hainan Rendez-Vous. Hainan Rendez-Vous has provided tremendous contribution to international yacht manufactures, helping them start business in China market and promoting communication between global and domestic yacht industry, which also internationalize the yacht industry in China.

As the organizer of Hainan Rendez-Vous, Visun Royal Yacht Club, which located at the mouth of Sanya River, is committed to provide sufficient supporting to the booming exhibition brands by upgrading port plan, expanding exhibition area from east coast to west coast and providing additional yacht exhibition sites and docks.

On 16th January 2015, Sanya Visun Tuscany Yazhting Co Ltd., co-founded by Visun Royal Yacht Club and Toscana Refit S.R.L. was launched. The newly launched service center is the first service company in China that provides world-class professional services. This service center will provide supporting services for international yacht manufactures attending 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous with better facilities as well as world-class maintenance services .

In addition, during 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous, the Italian National Delegation will take its maiden voyage with the Italian Pavilion. Guests will be able to experience the authentic Italian culture, along with a rich collection of Italian brands, furniture, handcraft and fine cuisine. And the “Solute to the Ocean” marina art exhibition will be another highlight of 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous. The exhibition will present both domestic and foreign photographic works and designs of marina cultured and promote the positive energy of marina culture, recruiting more people to participate in ocean environment protection.

According to the organization committee of Hainan Rendez- Vous, climate factors, such as weather and temperature, have been taken into consideration to decide the date of 2015 Rendez-Vous. November is a time that most suitable for tourism in Sanya. Every November, tourists from all over the world will come to Sanya to escape the cold weather and embrace the warm sea, nice beaches and sunshine. And this year, guests in Sanya will also have the opportunity to attend 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous to experience luxury yachts, fashion, culture and art.

The organization committee of Hainan Rendez-Vous also confirmed that Chou Tai Fook, the most well-known and scaled jewelry brand in China and Hong Kong, has confirmed their sponsorship for 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous. Known as “the Oscar in Jewelry”, Chou Tai Fook has been pursuing the number one Chinese jewelry brand. To realize such ambition, Chou Tai Fook adopts artistic features from Western jewelry design with modern jewelry design perspective and promotes Chinese culture to domestic and foreign jewelry lovers by defining the Chinese fashion trend as worldwide fashion trend.

What attracts Chou Tai Fook most to join 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous is the increasing achievement and awareness of Hainan Rendez-Vous in industry. Chou Tai Fook hopes to bring the fine Chou Tai Fook jewelry inspired by Chinese culture to a global stage and seek partnership with international brands, enhancing the competitiveness and influence of “made in China” over global market. During 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous, Chou Tai Fook will bring an artistic fine jewelry gallery for guests from all over the world. In the gallery, Chou Tai Fook will demonstrate the fusion and clash of Western and Chinese culture via the art and delicacy of fine jewelry.

What’s more, HUBLOT, the world-renowned watch brand, will continue to participate in Hainan Rendez-Vous in 2015. HUBOLT will extend its brilliancy via the theme: “Communication of Time and Space”, with a collection of products, expressing the artistic spirit and the desire for marine adventure. The decision HUBOLT made to attend 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous, is based on sharing the love of ocean and the idea of promoting the spirit of “Fusion Art”. With the influence of Hainan Rendez-Vous, HUBOLT wishes to attract more attention from China elites and widen its market awareness.

The HUBOLT exhibition in 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous will provide the all the guests new piece of 2015 Geneva and Barcelona collection. We can all look forward to opening the window (HUBOLT in French) of our heart with HUBOLT, with the delicacy, royalty and art of HUBOLT collection.

2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous will include more luxury lifestyle exhibitions and events, such as art shows, fashion shows and golf tournaments. The organization committee is sincerely inviting social elites to come and participate in 2015 Hainan Rendez-Vous. Let us all come down to Sanya, Hainan on 27th November 2015 to share a feast of culture, with dreamers, artists and idealists.

2015 Superyacht Marina of the Year Runner Up for IGY Marinas’ Rodney Bay Marina

January 28, 2015

IGY Marinas is thrilled to announce that Rodney Bay Marina, a fabulous St. Lucia yacht charter destination, is the runner up for the Superyacht Marina of the Year Award, presented at the London Boat Show by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). For the second year running, TYHA, in collaboration with partner GJW Insurance, has awarded its Gold Anchor holders – of which Rodney Bay Marina holds 5 – several prominent titles that recognize excellence in marina properties. The winning luxury yacht marinas are considered the best by their customers in the UK Coastal, UK Inland, International and Superyacht categories.

IGY's Rodney Bay Marina - a beautiful St. Lucia yacht rental destination

IGY's Rodney Bay Marina - a beautiful St. Lucia yacht rental destination

Winners and runners up of the prestigious Awards received laser-etched glass trophies and framed certificates to proudly promote their achievement at their home marinas. “We are thrilled to be considered one of the top Superyacht marinas internationally, and we thank The Yacht Harbour Association once again for bestowing another honor to Rodney Bay Marina, that already holds 5 Gold Anchors,” said Kenny Jones, EVP of Operations for IGY Marinas.

Rodney Bay Marina has 32 fixed concrete docks for superyachts up to 285 feet, high-speed fueling, provisioning, appropriate electrical and other vessel services that go above and beyond what the large vessel market demands. The property boasts restaurants, bars, and a convenience store and holds several events throughout its seasons for its customers.

St. Lucia yacht holiday destination, nestled in the Caribbean, has made tremendous headway in the yachting sector by bringing more vessels to its shores year after year. General Manager Simon Bryan was recently elected the official Representative of the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association for Yachting and Maritime in St. Lucia. The primary tourism private sector agency in St. Lucia, the SLHTA is responsible for facilitating tourism sector development and management. The Association has over 200 members covering a wide segment of the economic spectrum of St. Lucia to include the tourism, retail & wholesale distribution, agriculture and other services sectors including the yachting and maritime sub-sectors.

TYHA Superyacht Marina of the Year Award 2015 for Porto Montenegro

January 26, 2015

Porto Montenegro, a beautiful Montenegro yacht charter destination, nestled in the Eastern Mediterranean, has recently won the TYHA Superyacht Marina of the Year 2015. Tony Browne, Porto Montenegro’s Marina Director, received the award during a ceremony hosted by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), in partnership with GJW insurance as well as the British Marine Foundation (BMF), on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

Tony Browne receives TYHA Superyacht Marina of the Year Award 2015 from Sarah Hanna Chair of TYHA - Image by onEdition 2015

Tony Browne receives TYHA Superyacht Marina of the Year Award 2015 from Sarah Hanna Chair of TYHA - Image by onEdition 2015

For the 2nd year running, the awards were open to all Gold Anchor accredited marinas, of which Porto Montenegro holds ‘5 Gold Anchors’, the highest accolade for service and operational standards available in the industry. Boat owners and berth holders were invited to vote for their favourite marina within each category; UK Coastal Marina, UK Inland Marina, International Marina and Superyacht Marina.

Tony Browne comments, “The award is a fantastic start to a new year, which holds a lot of new and exciting things for the marina and Montenegro. Firstly I would like to thank everyone who voted for us, your support throughout our development has been, and continues to be, invaluable. Secondly, I must congratulate the Porto Montenegro team for not only delivering a hugely successful 2014, but their continual efforts to deliver the highest level of service year-on-year. This award is a reflection of the years of hard work and dedication that the team has put in since the marina opened in 2009.”

Porto Montenegro - a lovely Montenegro yacht rental destination

Porto Montenegro - a lovely Montenegro yacht rental destination

Porto Montenegro currently offers 420 superyacht berths, with an additional 50 under construction for the Summer 2015 season. The marina’s most recent extension completed in Autumn 2014 with an additional 150 berths designed specifically for megayachts up to 180m – the largest yacht size currently in circulation. Free 24hr yacht assistance, state-of-the-art facilities, a multi-lingual team and a tax and duty-free fuel station are just some of the features that make Porto Montenegro an outstanding choice for short and long-term berthing in the Mediterranean.

TYHA was established to develop the marine industry; supporting marina members of the BMF and helping boat users find quality marinas and marina businesses to improve their operations.

The Gold Anchor award scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is well known as a credible measure of the marina quality. Any rated marina will have been subject to a serious of rigorous tests and customer questionnaires.

Registration for Superyacht Cup Palma 2015 open

January 22, 2015

Since opening registration at the beginning of this month, fourteen yachts have already signed up to participate in the Superyacht Cup Palma, including returning participants as well as new visitors. The last edition, hosted by the popular Mallorca yacht charter destination, was attended by 26 entries, the largest superyacht racing fleet in the Mediterranean during 2015. The regatta will take place from June 17-20 in the same central Palma location at Muelle Viejo, with race management once again provided by Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP).

Superyacht Cup Palma - Photo credit to Claire Matches

Superyacht Cup Palma - Photo credit to Claire Matches

This year will see the introduction of a new rating system, the Offshore Racing Council Superyacht Rule (ORCsy), which is also being used at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and the St Barth’s Bucket this March. Handicapping widely disparate yachts including schooners, sloops, ketches, and yachts from 24m to over 80m, with displacement ranging from 50 to 600 tons, is a hugely complex task and has created the biggest challenge for this kind of yacht racing.

“The Superyacht Cup Palma is a great fun yet competitive regatta, it is really important to keep the fun element, everyone wants to have a good time out on the race course but we see more and more that our participants want to understand how the rating system works and that they have a fair chance to win when they sail a great race,” commented Event Director Kate Branagh.

Since 1969, ORC has provided the most scientific and transparent VPP-based rating system in the world with their rating products and services being used in 35 countries around the globe. ORC is fully committed to transparency and implementing and administering the ORSsy Rule in the same professional manner. The move to a new rating system has been strongly supported by key players in the superyacht industry as the numbers of yachts competing in these events has grown significantly over the past few years.

Preferred Hotel Partner, the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, have confirmed their on-going partnership with the Superyacht Cup and will once again host the Owner’s Dinner on the Friday night and in addition they will sponsor the final race on Saturday June 20th. Long-term sponsor Pantaenius will celebrate a race day on Thursday June 18th and present the trophies for the class winners on their race day.

Dubai International Boat Show 2015 to be marked by strong international exhibitor participation

January 22, 2015

The upcoming Dubai International Boat Show 2015 will host an impressive number of international exhibitors, with 150 new exhibitors expected to attend the event. This year’s 23rd edition of the Show is set run in the breath-taking Dubai yacht charter destination from March 3 to 7.

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show

Strong international exhibitor participation in the upcoming Dubai International Boat Show from the world’s boat manufacturing hubs, Australia, China, Germany, Italy, US, UK, France and Turkey is a clear sign that appetite for luxury spending has returned in full force, say organisers Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Consumption of luxury goods in the Middle East climbed 11% last year, according to a report by consultant Bain & Co., while the global luxury market rose 5% to an estimated EUR223 billion. Spending on yachts increased 2%, according to Bain & Co.

The 23rd edition of Dubai International Boat Show, running from 3-7 March 2015, will feature the return of the German Boat and Shipbuilders Association (DBSV) after a short hiatus, alongside new country exhibitors with Luxembourg, Indonesia and Spain.



New exhibitors from Italy include Genial Yachts and Comar Yachts, a yacht manufacturer that is moving its entire production facility to the UAE. Dubai International Boat Show will also welcome Bel Monte Boats, a new company from Luxembourg, and SAY Yachts, a catamaran and sailing yacht designer from Germany.

Boat manufacturing giants make strong return

“The Middle East is an important market for German yards and equipment manufacturers, so we have decided to return with a stand to the Dubai International Boat Show, to renew existing contacts and make new ones,” said Claus-Ehlert Meyer, Managing Director, German Boat and Shipbuilders Association. “By participating in the event, we can highlight the label “Made in Germany” and make Germany even better known internationally as a centre of yacht building. The fact that the biggest yachts in the world for many years are currently built in Germany, demonstrates that all the essential factors are present: the engineering, the size of the building berths, the infrastructure, the quality of the suppliers, and the expertise of the yard workers.”

The 2015 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show will also feature a solid presence from China as the Chinese luxury yacht market continues to see growth, with yachting becoming more popular with the nation’s increasingly affluent consumers. According to a report by Boston Consulting Group, China’s private financial wealth is expected to increase from USD22 trillion to USD40 trillion by 2018.

According to ShowBoats International’s 2015 Global Order Book, China was the eighth-highest nation for superyacht construction, with 28 projects totalling over 1,000 metres, compared with 26 projects amounting to 900 metres for the 2014 edition.

Commenting on Australia’s participation at Dubai International Boat Show 2015, MaryAnne Edwards, Chief Executive, Australian International Marine Export Group & Superyacht Australia said: “We have been a long-term exhibitor at the Dubai International Boat Show, as it is very much a key show for us in terms of developing our presence in the region. We also are looking at avenues to promote Australia as a destination for the global Superyacht fleet and promote our capability to service these yachts when they come to Australia.  With the growing presence of superyachts at the show, we now may look also at this event to showcase our Superyacht sector.”

“This year the Dubai International Boat Show is proving to be a truly international event, bringing together marine leisure enthusiasts from around the globe – from across Asia, the US, and Europe, as well as from all over the Middle East,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of DWTC. “Dubai is now firmly established as a regional marine hub and a growing number of international participating exhibitors are gaining significant business benefits from the event.”

The 23rd Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from 3-7 March 2015.

New Zealand welcomes 134m Motor Yacht SERENE – One of the World’s Biggest Superyachts

January 22, 2015

The early morning of January 20, 2015, saw one of the world’s biggest superyachts, the outstanding 134-metre motor yacht Serene, reach Auckland to the surprise and delight of early bird wharf strollers. Owned by Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Schefler, luxury mega yacht Serene is longer than a rugby field and represents the largest such vessel ever to visit the fabulous New Zealand yacht charter destination.

Mega yacht Serene is one of the world's largest private superyachts. Photo from APS NZ NZH

The 134m mega yacht Serene is one of the world's largest private superyachts. Photo from APS NZ/NZH

Superyacht Serene’s visit was arranged by Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand and is viewed as a huge coup for support industry and luxury tourism. The firm’s managing director, Duthie Lidgard, reported APS NZ is providing services for the vessel during her stay, reporting: “She is now berthed at Auckland’s Wynyard Wharf – the 134m M.Y. Serene is too big for the dedicated big boat marina. The $423 million Serene is the biggest superyacht to visit this country.”

Luxury yacht Serene is more expensive and 15m longer than the superyacht, motor yacht ‘A’, also owned by a Russian tycoon and attracting intense interest during her stay in New Zealand last summer.

Providing support for M.Y.A during her visit, founding director of APS NZ, Jeanette Tobin, commented: “Getting such a high-profile vessel as M.Y.A to New Zealand was a coup for the superyacht support industry and for luxury tourism. Following superyacht A’s stay her yacht managers spoke to their counterparts on ‘A’ about their visit and plans then were made for Serene’s visit here.”

Ms. Tobin said the busy Auckland Anniversary Weekend, Seafood Festival and busy cruise ship season created challenges finding space for the 8200-gross tonne vessel, which makes a splash wherever it arrives around the world.

The Grand Cayman Islands-flagged super yacht Serene was built in Italy and launched in 2011 and reportedly took three years to build. As reported first by local newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, in a recent article… ‘Serene is about 18m longer than the latest and biggest superyacht New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart has ordered from a shipyard in Norway. The yacht (Serene) is owned by Yuri Schefler, a vodka tycoon who is understood to be holidaying in New Zealand for several weeks.’

The article included details from yacht charter websites showing the vessel has a helicopter hangar, two helipads and a submarine hangar. There is an underwater viewing space and 12 luxurious staterooms for 24 guests who are tended by up to 52 crew members. The owner’s suite boasts an exterior hot tub on its terrace. This stateroom has a centred oversize California king bed, full walk-in dressing area and spacious ensuite bathroom. It has its own lift which links to a “sea cabin” on deck two, with a private swim platform. Behind the owner’s suite are a salon, lounge bar and library with a fireplace.

There’s an internal seawater swimming pool, a hot and a cold Jacuzzi plus jet stream swimming pool on the sundeck. The vessel – more than three times as long as Fuller’s biggest ferry in Auckland – also has a cinema, a library and an indoor climbing wall for kids’.

The article also reported, ‘According to supermoney.com, the vessel last year was the fifth-most expensive superyacht afloat, costing US$330 million to build’, adding Serene can be chartered at times… ‘Last August Microsoft founder Bill Gates and family were spotted off Sardinia after hiring the boat for a week.’

Regarding the superyacht’s visit, Ms. Tobin said, “Spending by the party and crew during the visit will be huge – into the millions of dollars. It is likely to cruise around the coast but will be spending some time in Auckland. Other superyacht owners who visit enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and quintessentially Kiwi pastimes such as hunting and fishing.”

Offering concierge services to superyachts for the past 12 years, Ms. Tobin observed, “The tourism side of the business has boomed in the past year.”

Marina of the Year Awards 2015 Winners unveiled at CWM FX London Boat Show

January 20, 2015

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) unveiled the winners of its Marina of the Year Awards for 2015, with proud partners GJW Insurance, during the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show. The 2nd edition of the prestigious Awards were open to all Gold Anchor accredited luxury yacht marinas both in the UK and overseas. The winning marinas are considered the best by their customers in the UK Coastal, UK Inland, International and Superyacht categories.

TYHA Marina of the Year Awards 2015 Winners at the CWM FX London Boat Show - Image credit to onEdition

TYHA Marina of the Year Awards 2015 Winners at the CWM FX London Boat Show - Image credit to onEdition

TYHA, a group association within the British Marine Federation (BMF), made significant changes to the way the competition is run to make it easier for boat owners and berth holders to vote. Gold Anchor accredited marinas were given automatic entry into the competition and over 3000 people took part by voting.

Now in the second year, the Awards have developed significantly with votes being cast for an impressive 84 marinas. As part of the voting process marina customers were asked to comment on why they felt the marina they were voting on was the best with excellent customer service topping the polling.

The winners and runners up were:

UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2015 (over 250 berths)

Mayflower Marina – Winner

Royal Quays Marina – Runner up

UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2015 (under 250 berths)

Newcastle City Marina – Winner

Southampton Town Quay Marina – Runner up

UK Inland Marina of the Year 2015

Overwater Marina – Winner

Caen Hill Marina – Runner up

International Marina of the Year 2015

Marina de Vilamoura – Winner

Marina de Albufeira – Runner up

Superyacht Marina of the Year 2015

Porto Montenegro – Winner

IGY Rodney Bay Marina – Runner up

Charles Bush of Mayflower Marina, winner of the UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2015 (over 250 berths), commented: “I am really thrilled to accept this prestigious award on behalf of everyone at Mayflower Marina. It is a particularly special achievement because the outcome is determined by customer nomination and in our business there can be no greater accolade. We are all extremely grateful to our customers for their on-going support and friendship and I am indebted to my staff for their efforts and good humour in delivering a very good customer experience.”

Jon White, General Manager of The Yacht Harbour Association commented: “I congratulate all the winning companies and runners up. The increased number of marinas nominated makes all the finalists achievements even more impressive, they clearly know how to look after their customers! Our feedback is that the Awards have encouraged Gold Anchor accredited marina operators and their staff to go that extra mile and build even closer relationships with their berth holders supporting our objective of raising customer service standards!”

Winners and runners up of the prestigious Awards received laser-etched glass trophies and framed certificates to proudly promote their achievement at their home marinas.

Genoa International Boat Show presents its 55th edition format at boot Dusseldorf 2015

January 20, 2015

Yesterday, January 19, 2015, saw the Genoa International Boat Show present to the international trade press the guidelines for the upcoming edition of the Boat Show at one of the most important marine trade fairs worldwide, the boot Düsseldorf. Given the success of the 2014 format, the Boat Show aims to become a strategic hub at the centre of the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location. The new format will reinforce the traditional exhibition areas, which will be flanked by new spaces dedicated to enthusiasts of every kind of water sport. Boaters from all over the world are invited to come to Genoa and discover what is new in the boating world, making Italy their first stop to give free rein to their passion for the sea.

Genoa International Boat Show Press Conference at boot Dusseldorf 2015

Genoa International Boat Show Press Conference at boot Dusseldorf 2015

The results of the 2014 Genoa International Boat Show, considered more than satisfactory by its organisers, confirm the success of the direction taken with the new development plan launched in 2013. Moreover, they encourage the organisers to strengthen strategic product areas and develop new ones.

Over 109,000 visitors registered for the event in just five days, making it the most popular boat show in the Mediterranean, and the first in terms of the range of product categories represented.  To quote a few figures: 1000 boats were on display both in the water and on land; 760 exhibitors presented over 100 new products; 1300 navigation trials were conducted, with a total of around 3000 people engaged in testing the most innovative ‘jewels of the sea’. Other impressive figures include potential turnover and the opinion of the exhibitors, 53.8% of which – according to the Italian Nautical Observatory – were more satisfied with the quality of the contacts made compared to the previous edition. And again, the event was attended by 1450 journalists working for 410 publications from 30 different countries. These are encouraging results, especially considering the none too positive economic situation currently facing Europe.

A parameter that is not so easy to measure, but that the organisers consider essential, is the atmosphere perceived and the renewed passion of visitors, who not only learn about the latest innovations in boating, but who are also given the opportunity to live new experiences connected with their passion for the sea.

The natural consequence of these considerations is the desire to strengthen and develop the three-year strategy launched last year, rooted in the organisation’s new structure. The 2014 Genoa Boat Show was the first organised by the newly established private enterprise, I Saloni Nautici SpA. The company has UCINA Confindustria Nautica as its shareholder and can move nimbly on the market, which it knows inside out.

“Our industry, our market, our production skills need their own show-window” stated Lamberto Tacoli, who, as vice president with greater seniority, took over the office of President in UCINA Confindustria Nautica after Massimo Perotti recently resigned. “That’s no secret that discussions during the last few months confirmed October for the Genoa Boat Show. The season opens with the project for the 55th edition  that UCINA entrusted to I Saloni Nautici, as  for the last year’s one,  the first with a new formula: President of I Saloni Nautici, Anton Fancesco Albertoni, and Boat Show Manager, Alessandro Campagna, started with an innovation project according to the changed market requirements.”

“The project for the 55th edition of the Genoa International Boat Show is  already ahead “ confirms President Albertoni. “The dates have been decided, the organization structure is  definite, rent contracts for the exhibition ground have been already clinched, contacts with main partners started; and all this well in advance. The exhibition layout aims at strengthening some of the  distinctive aspects of our Show: first of all the range of products represented. Dividing the Show into four main areas – outboard motors and inflatables, powerboats and motor yachts, sailing, accessories and components – works well for the target audience, and each sector will enjoy new tools tailored to their specific needs so as to better meet the expectations of both visitors and exhibitors alike. One big innovation is the expansion of certain areas – fully-fledged worlds for sea lovers and water sports enthusiasts in general – with the aim of attracting and engaging a large number of ‘new fans’, especially among the young, from all over Europe.

Most worthy of note are diving and recreational fishing, two sports practised by 250,000 and 1,300,000 people respectively in Italy alone. Then come all board-based sports, from windsurfing to kite surfing and water sports.”

The Genoa Boat Show is increasingly becoming an exciting and adrenalin-pumping experience: not only spaces set up to highlight certain categories of goods, but also major events offering visitors the opportunity to get to know products directly and test them personally, enjoying truly unique experiences.

During the first “Big Game Tournament”, to take place during the 55th Genoa Boat Show, participants will be hosted on fascinating fishing boats, and may make use of the latest equipment and test their navigational skills in the beautiful waters of the Ligurian Sea.

“The charm of the sea and the region’s potential: these are two strategic elements for the future of the Italian Boat Show; elements that we are working on to ensure a positive and long-term impact not just in the nautical field,” comments the Boat Show manager, Alessandro Campagna. “Italy is the leading tourist destination for visitors from outside Europe, with 56 million nights a year spent in hotels by Chinese, Brazilian, South Korean, American and Canadian citizens.  It is also the nation with the greatest number of UNESCO world heritage sites*. Recent laws reducing VAT for stays in marinas from 22% to 10%, combined with 8,000 kilometres of dream-like coastlines, are an important incentive for nautical tourism.

The year 2015, in Italy, is also about the EXPO. Twenty million guests are expected from around the world, and although the event is centred in Milan, it overlaps for a certain period with the Genoa Boat Show, situated just an hour and a half away by car or train. To seize this unique opportunity, the managers of I Saloni Nautici are already hard at work to establish synergies and develop ties, also of a logistical nature, between the two cities and the two events.”

This year’s edition will pursue a number of visitor-centric initiatives commenced last year, including positive partnerships with Italian brands of excellence. First and foremost, there is Eataly, a brand that promotes high quality Italian food and wine, and that in 2014 was entrusted with the entire catering at the Genoa Boat Show.

The significant work carried out last year to ensure a greater internationalization of the Fair will continue in 2015: investments for missions of operators and foreign journalists are, in fact, confirmed in the framework of the funding cost by Italian Ministry of Economic Development – Italian Trade Agency (ITA).

* Source: “10 truths about Italian competitiveness”. A study carried out  by Symbola Foundation – Unioncamere Italia (Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce) – Edison Foundation, Coldiretti.