Eleven thousand feet of superyacht elegance
The highly successful 48th Annual Antigua Charter show held in early December at the marinas of English Harbour and Falmouth, “the BEST Antigua Show yet,” attracted record numbers of participating yachts, charter brokers, sponsors and exhibitors, giving not just a boost to the local economy but a positive “kick start” to the 2009/2010 Caribbean yachting season whilst keeping Antigua firmly on the map as one of the most important superyacht destinations worldwide.
There was little talk of world recession on the docks at this year’s show that hosted 93 of the world’s most high profile charter yachts (with eight massive ‘mega-yachts’ of over 250’) including a record entry of first-time showings exhibited by eminent charter brokerages. With strong support from both the U.S.A and the U.K., such names as Burgess, Camper and Nicholson, Edmiston, Fraser Yachts, International Yacht Collection and Nicholson’s Yacht Charters were seen flying from mastheads and adorning many a passerelle.
Some two hundred and fifty charter yacht brokers from as far afield as New Zealand and Poland enjoyed the privilege of viewing this truly impressive fleet whilst numerous worldwide sponsors and non-exhibiting vendors from such far reaching destinations as the Galapagos Islands, the U.S.A and Europe all enjoyed hospitality provided by the show’s organizer, the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (ACYM).
The ACYM team (Chairman, Paul Deeth and co-board members Anne Marie Martin and Janetta Miller along with the management team of Sarah Sebastian and Afsaneh Franklin) are all dedicated to the continuing improvement and success of the Antigua Charter Show and wish to thank the owners and the agents for making the effort to come, exhibit and enjoy this year’s event.
With hotels in the English Harbour and Falmouth area fully booked, restaurants buzzing and marine service companies profiting from the early season boost of business, it is undoubtedly the marinas who are the biggest beneficiaries of this years high show attendance, being filled to capacity with many large yachts ‘standing off’ awaiting dockage space to be freed as the show exhibitors leave for their Christmas charter cruises.
This year’s Welcome Dinner Party was again a success where the 650 guests, welcomed by the ACYM board, enjoyed reception drinks within the historic Copper and Lumber Store hotel followed by a West Indian buffet dinner with formal seating arranged on the lawns of Nelson’s Dockyard. Local band Itchy Feet struck up after dinner to complete a memorable evening. The popular annual Chef’s Competition received rave reviews from both participating yachts and visitors. Hosted poolside at The Inn at English Harbour, this event saw the highest entry listing to date, with all the categories “max’d out.”
Sponsors included the National Parks Authority, the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine services, Goldsmitty, E3 Systems, The Antigua Refit Group, Liat Quickpack, Queen of the Galapagos, Global Services, Bluewater Books and Charts, MTN Satellite Services, Le Gout du Vin, The International Culinary School, Yachting Financial Solutions, CYBA International, Charter Index, Cello Nautico Yacht Charters and Yacht Carbon Offset.
Submitted by Antigua Charter Yacht Show