First Day of the Monaco Yacht Show 09

Michael is interview by Terry Wilson © 2009 Frances Howorth

This morning started off bright and early and we did not even get a chance to have breakfast at our Hotel. But we did download our articles from the FT special Yacht Report about Antigua, Piracy and new technology

Breakfast was served aboard Princess Marianna the largest yacht in the show, this informal breakfast gave us an opportunity to network with industry colleagues, plan your schedule and view the yacht before the show officially opened at 10am.

It was there that we met Terry Wilson the presenter of the TV show: Wealth on the Water a documentary series that is aired in the USA by Wealth TV. Terry interviewed Michael for his show and will use sections of the interview spread over several programmes.

The show opened at 10 am but we had to go to the Icon press conference held at the Automobile Club du Monaco. We heard about their new yacht which is at the show called surprisingly, Icon and a new larger 65m yacht designed by Donald Starkey for 65 million euros. We will view Icon on Saturday morning

Then we board the magnificent brand new Slipstream the 60 metre yacht built by CMN in France (now part of Abu Dhabi Mar). We will be writing about this yacht for Ocean the superyacht magazine published in Australia who have shown an interest in this yacht given the owner comes from down under.

Selex a communication company had our attention next and gave us the low down on what they are up to with the introduction of a brand new communications division set up specifically to handle the needs of super yachts.

Future Fibres gave us the news on their new and upcoming rigging products, ANT told us about new tracking technology being developed by them in conjunction with Qinetiq and Fitzroy Motor Yachts gave us some exciting news but we can’t release it yet!!

The very impressive looking new directory from Yachting pages was launched today at the show. Entitled the Super Yacht Owners Guide it is packed full of solid well written information that guides super yacht owners past present and prospective through the myriad of details owning a superyacht presents. Did we say we wrote great chunks of the book and many of Frances’ photos are included? Of course we did otherwise how could we say it was well written. Contact us if you would like to be sent your own free copy.

There was a slew of parties this evening which should get us into practise for tomorrow night when it seems looking at our calendar we appear to have been invited to at least ten top hotspots where the champagne will flow.

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