Monday, December 6th, 2010

First Day at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show

On the Dock, Antigua Yacht Club Marina

The first day of the Antigua Charter Yacht Show was mainly overcast and once or twice we even had some “liquid sunshine” – rain to anyone not from the Caribbean. Still it failed to dampened the enthusiasm of the crew aboard any of the participating yachts.

We were at the Show bright and early to register and visit English Harbour. Here larger than usual motoryacht are alongside among them Soulmates from Luxury Yacht Group and Andreas L the former Amnesia.


Clearly this is an attempt to spread the charter brokers among the three Marinas hosting the 100 odd yachts here at the show.
The weather in Europe has played havoc with the arrival of yachts and indeed of brokers. Among the yacht is not attending are:
  • Cocktails

  • Mirabella III

  • Natita II

  • Odyssey

  • Resilience

  • Stop the Press

  • Northlander.

The list of boats we did not expect to see however is much larger and among the new entries are
  • Blind Date

  • El Jefe

  • Go

  • Islander

  • Lady Joy

  • Newvida

  • Ocean Emerald

  • Perseverance II

  • Sun Ark

  • Silver Cloud

Lunch on board the 40 metre Sweet Escape, managed by Northrop and Johnson, was delightful and the highlight of today.

Captain Paulo is young charismatic and bounding with energy. It is so easy to see why he has a staggering percentage of repeating clients. Over 80% of them return time and time again to charter with him and his very loyal well trained crew.

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