We have just arrived in Monaco for the Monaco Show and the city and its wonderful harbour is abuzz with anticipation for a show that opens here tomorrow.
This year, the world’s leading luxury yacht show, is celebrating its 19th outing. As usual, everyone who is anyone in the super yacht world will be exhibiting or spending at least a day or two visiting the principality to see the latest offerings and network with friends, colleagues and clients, both current and potential.
Every year the Show manages to get better and the only reason it does not get bigger is the limited space the harbour and the shore side facilities can support.
Even in a year that has undoubtedly been difficult for the industry the 9000M2 are fully booked with a waiting list for the 100 available berths. Half of all yachts in the water this year are in excess of 40 metres in length and the number of double-decker exhibitor pavilions has doubled.
How is anyone to get around this super yacht showcase even if they visit every day?
Hopefully our preview published in SuperYacht World magazine offered some guidance with our suggested Top 10 new yachts.
Our personal list is the result of our visiting the various shipyards, talking to the builders and sniffing out the gems. Undoubtedly there will be at least one we will see at the show that on paper looked uninteresting but turn out to be a star.
We are full of good intentions and hope to blog each day with news of what is going on here at Monaco. With a full on calendar of events that may be a little difficult. Parties start at 5pm and going on late with everyone wanting members of the press to attend.
Champagne will flow and we will try and keep a level head but right now we are off to practise the art. Camper & Nicholsons are having a pre show cocktail party at the Monaco Yacht Club and we have been invited.