Final Day of the Monaco Yacht Show

The Dock at Monaco from aboard Meamina © 2009 Frances Howorth

Last day of the super yacht show and we are still standing but only just. This is a show that is too short for everything we need to do and too long for our feet.

Quite how many miles we have walked during the show and quite how many times we have shaken hands with someone, we would never be able to count. It would be as pointless an exercise as trying to count how many bottles of water during the day and champagne at night that we may have consumed while we have been here.

Saturday used in the past to be a day when the trade abandoned this show and turned it over to tourists who came to drool over superyachts.

Two things have happened since then: the event has become much large and we have become much busier. We now need every hour the show is open if we are to do justice to what is on offer and take time to explore it.

For us it is a full working day with appointments crammed in from 10am, despite the fact that at the beginning of the week the diary for Saturday was blissfully clear.

We began by visiting Icon the 62m yacht from the yard of the same name. The show marked the debut of this ground-breaking yacht.

Arkley our next visit really turned our heads. A yacht project managed and now operationally controlled by Imperial Yachts has turned out to be, in our eyes, one of the stars of the show. For Mark Berryman, one of our guides around the yacht, she is the first yacht to bear his name as interior designer. But his years of training under the tutelage of others has clearly paid off. This yacht is stunning, stunning stunning! Wait until you read our report about her.

Perini Navi never fails to impress us and their latest the 7th in the 56 metre series is no exception. Riela is one of the Ron Holland designed sailing yachts and this one has an interior by Remi Tessier. If we were going to charter a sailing yacht in the Caribbean this season then she would be in our top five.

Blue Eyes from CRN in Italy and available for charter through Burgess is very blue! Her décor is rich and full of eastern promise with dark mahogany, vibrant blue marble, dramatic Chinese touches, glorious silks and a recurring theme of studded link anchor chain. She struck as needing a little more time in the shipyard before everyone can be truly proud of her.

Feadship were our hosts when they explained Aeon the latest episode in their series depicting the way super yachts of the future will be designed constructed and operated. Truly fascinating.

It has been a busy day. Somehow we still have to fit in our obligatory visit to the nearby supermarket to buy some goodies to take home to eat and rink. Rest assured we will not buy a single bottle of champagne.

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