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(May 2, 2005, AM) - International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine at the IYCM in Genoa, Italy. (May 2, 2005, AM) - Robyn Forma, Advertising Director of YV&C, David Legrand, Charter Marketing Manager of Fraser Yachts Worldwide, Captain Battaglia of M/Y Lady Lola, and Carmen Gonzalez, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing of YV&C during a YachtChartersMagazine.TV interview (in French) aboard M/Y Lady Lola. Watch the interview. (May 2, 2005, AM) - Kyri Kyriacou, Director, Anna- Maria Hernandez, Director, and Andreas Liveras, Chairman, of Liveras Yachts and p/v Annaliesse. Watch the YachtChartersMagazine.TV interview on board p/v Annaliesse. (May 2, 2005, AM) - David Legrand (l) of Fraser Yachts Worldwide with an aquaintance (we presume!). (May 2, 2005, AM) - Grisha Davida of the SuperYacht Conference and YV&C with Jay Rainey of The Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (... (more)

SCYE 2004 - The Best Organized Charter Yacht Show Ever!

Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting Photo Album 2004 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Photo Album 2004 Newport, RI Charter Show Photo Album 2004 Genoa, Italy Charter Yacht Show Photo Album 2004 M/Y Anson Bell at Chelsea Piers Photo Album 2004 Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting Photo Album 2003 All photos copyright YV&C and published in date/time order (December 7, 2004, AM) - The entrance to the SCYE2004 Hospitality Pavilion and the main docks of the exhibition. The first annual St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition - SCYE2004 - opened this morning with an impressive organization and beautiful presentation. Mostly superyachts lined the docks of several marinas accessible by water taxis. Brokers enjoyed viewing a variety of popular charter yachts, including some that are not often at shows. One of our favorites so far: LADY MADELYN, a 122ft classic Italian yacht with a fabulous crew. Wat... (more)

Amartya Sen: The Idea of Justice

His latest book, The Idea of Justice, is a serious re-examination of the foundations of justice from a global perspective. He speaks of the two definitions of justice in Sanskrit - niti (institutional justice) and nyaya (realized justice) - and how we are too often misled by the utopian vision of ideal justice, only to allow societal injustice all around us in our everyday lives. For Sen, justice must alleviate suffering. Here's his lecture to the folks at The Carnegie Council (video here): AMARTYA SEN: It is always an absolute delight for me to be back here at the Carnegie Council. I am very grateful to Joanne for being so kind and so welcoming. It's very nice to meet some old friends, familiar faces, and some new ones--Joel [Rosenthal] and other old friends, but a lot of new ones too. I am very grateful. I am not going to go into the distinctions in the Indian epis... (more)

The Fish That Laid the Golden Eggs

 Few delicacies make as perfect a match for a vacation at sea as caviar.  Long associated with elite connoisseurs, caviar has, in the words of James Beard, “been present at more important international affairs than have all the Russian dignitaries of history combined.”  Caviar is to a yacht vacation as a Lalique glass “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood emblem is to a black Rolls-Royce: you can proceed without it, but why on earth would you want to?  Any number of littoral locales, from Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera to the White Sulfur Hot Springs on the Alaska coast, make a sublime backdrop for the sensual ritual of consuming caviar.     Raising a silver-tip-handled, mother-of-pearl spoon, you inhale the bouquet of the caviar and, pleased to find it has just the very lightest suggestion of a sea perfume, you let the orbs glide onto your tongue. ... (more)

Monocle Yachts Introduces Fractional Yacht Ownership Alternative to Yacht Charters

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Monocle Yachts message is simple. "Continue to enjoy the ease of chartering while receiving the benefits of ownership. By removing the unpleasant responsibilities and the high cost of individual yacht ownership, you have it all. Pride of Ownership, building equity, salaried crew (no tipping), tax benefits, guaranteed availability of your own yacht, always maintained in pristine condition, are just some of the added reasons that ownership is far superior to renting. Professionally managed and meticulously maintained by Monocle Management, this investment will return countless hours of personal pleasure or rewarding business benefits. Cruise the Bahamas, Caribbean, New England or the Mediterranean on your own private yacht at a fraction of the cost." According to their comparisons, fractional ownership has... (more)

Yacht Charter Industry Gathers at MYBA Charter Show -- Photo Album

The yacht charter industry gathered at Marina Molo Vecchio in Genoa, Italy for another Mediterranean charter show. This year's show, renamed the MYBA Charter Show, was produced and owned by MYBA, the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association, who did a fine job in coordination of the event. Overall the show, sponsored by YV&C, attracted approximately 80 yachts for charter ranging in size from 65' and above and 150 leading charter agencies from around the World. The elbow-rubbing cocktail parties were in full swing again (as were some of the brokers). We hope you have as much fun looking through our photo album from the show as we had attending it. ... (more)

Trinity Yachts and The Sacks Group Introduce Superyacht "MY IRIS" to Yacht Charter Vacations

Ovid, Homer, and other poets of great and ancient repute agree that the goddess Iris bore messages from celestial powers and delivered them to mortals.  They say that in transit between heaven and earth, she left behind her footprint, a rainbow.  The super-yacht My Iris is fittingly named, as she provides a beauteous bridge from the quotidian to the divine. Originally built in 2003 by Trinity Yachts and named Seahawk, the vessel was refitted in 2005 and christened My Iris.  The original designer was Claudette Bonville while Marc Thee oversaw the refit.  Many of the original features were retained, and indeed, both designers continue giving input for new interior touches.  Both act in fulfillment of the owner’s exquisite good taste. My Iris is 150-feet long with a 28-foot beam and an 8-foot draft.  Her hull and superstructure are aluminum, while her engines, gene... (more)

Gates: Whidbey, Yukon, and Longhorn Geared Toward ROI* Live from the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference *

(October 28, 2003) -Bill Gates kicked off the first official day of sessions at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2003 by telling the audience that his talk would be geared toward helping them to "catch the next wave" of software development. He said that we are no longer in an economy in which companies are willing to undertake major software development projects without a clear idea of their anticipated return on investment. Therefore, he said, all three of Microsoft's upcoming "waves" of technology - Whidbey, Yukon, and Longhorn - will be geared toward helping organizations to make more money by being ever-more productive. One of Microsoft's key focuses in progressing through their upcoming software releases will be their Trustworthy Computing initiative. Concrete examples of this initiative in action include Microsoft's recent decision to ship their ... (more)

SuperYacht Radio Interviews Jeff Houlgrave, Camper & Nicholson Marinas and Tony di Maio, of Team Malta

Click here to listen to the interview...   (Photo Copyright YV&C) May 4, 2004 Genoa Charter Meeting, Geno, Italy SuperYacht Radio Interviews Jeff Houlgrave, Sales & Marketing Director of Camper & Nicholson Marinas & Tony di Maio, of Team Malta, about Grand Harbour Marina, Malta - the Mediterranean's newest marina. "Malta is strategically located and is ideally suited as a home port for the yacht whose owner wishes to cruise widely," explains Houlgrave. In fact for a typical large yacht, he points out, Grand Harbour Marina is only about 2-days sailing time from the principle yachting centres of the South of France, the Balearics, Croatia, the Greek Islands, and Turkey. CN Marinas is helping Grand Harbour Marina to sell long-term berths, Houlgrave says. Grand Harbour Marina is going to be one of the largest, Big Boat marinas in the World, with 35 berths in the size range... (more)

The Sky's the Limit

It takes a knowledgeable broker to make sure your charter experience is everything you want it to be. Nigel Burgess, one of the largest yacht brokerages in the world, recently opened an office in Manhattan to better serve their clients in the States. I asked Alev Karagulle, director of marketing and communications for the firm, why now?  "While our activities in Europe are rock solid and we are also involved in various emerging markets, we predict that our activities in the U.S. will adopt an increasingly important role for us over the coming years," she said. The company already maintains an office in Fort Lauderdale (and in Europe, in London and Monaco), but according to Karagulle, "a New York office has always been part of our long-term goal." She said that the growth in demand for larger and larger yachts over the last 25 years has been "unbelievable," and that... (more)

Antigua Getting Ready For Their Best Charter Show in 44 Years!

Nelson's Dockyard Marina has announced that the seawall in Antigua is 100% complete and operational.  Landscaping of the dockyard is also complete. Besides anchorage in the most protected, historical, and most scenic harbor in the Caribbean, Nelson's is now equipped with helix screw moorings, 3-phase 380, 220, and 110 (100 amp) volt electricity, water, cable television, land-line and cellular telephone services, laundry, showers, restaurants, and many other services and amenities. Attached are some photos for your further interest. The Nelson's Dockyard Marina during the 2003 Yacht Charter Meeting (photo copyright YV&C) Contact Information: Dockyard Marina Management and Staff [email protected] 1-268-481-5035 (Yacht Services) ... (more)