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Antigua Charter Yacht Show

Published on February 16, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

While we’re huddling for warmth in a harsh European winter, over in the Caribbean peak charter season is underway with the world’s wealthy and fortunate enjoying holidays afloat around the Islands.

The annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show traditionally heralds the start of the Caribbean charter season and this time round took place from 5 to 11 December 2014.


Greg Butler-Davis, Superyacht Captain and Director of Palma-based Network Marine Consultants, explains, “Antigua is probably the key charter event on the sailing calendar, having eclipsed Genoa over recent years.

The atmosphere, and climate, is conducive to getting down to business and it’s not only well-attended by charter yachts and brokers or agents, but also by many third-party suppliers such as crew uniforms, refit companies and recruitment consultants.”



“Essentially the Show provides a platform for brokers and agents to see the charter yachts in a real-life scenario and familiarise themselves with the vessel, what it has to offer, and the crew who will be looking after potential guests.

Organisers put on special events such as cook-offs between chefs and cocktail-making competitions for keen mixologists – with participants after the all-important victory.

With the Caribbean charter season traditionally running from December to April, it’s both a forum for last-minute bookings for the current season, as well as forward bookings for Christmas and the New Year 2015-16.

It’s a very enjoyable but productive Show.”



Taking place at Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, and the Falmouth Harbour Marina and Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour, with a shuttle service between the two sites, the seven-day Show offers spectacular scenery and almost one hundred berths filled by seriously impressive yachts.

Industry-only, and therefore not open to the passing public, the Show fosters fierce competition between vessels and crew.


Speaking to Superyacht News, Neil Moore, Director at Burgess, said, “Charter shows are really important for the industry.

When you are dealing with a client who is looking to spend a significant amount then you really do want that the broker you are talking to knows the boat, has been on the boat and, equally important, has met the crew and felt the ambiance on board.

So the show is important for the credibility of the charter brokers and having a boat in the show is the easiest and most effective way of maximising the opportunity for brokers who are going to bring you business to see the boat in a more relaxed manner.


For me it is a high cost bringing people over but the dividends are not just what’s going to happen tomorrow, but for the whole year of 2015. Boats that have been here will benefit from the show there’s no doubt about it.”






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