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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)

Tiger Woods Sues Christensen Shipyards for Breaking Privacy Agreement

What was to have been a sanctuary where pro golfer Tiger Woods and his family could go to escape his celebrity, has become a fixture in a Florida Court, and is making headlines the world over. Woods is suing Christensen Shipyards for breaching a contract they signed with the golfer in February 2004, which forbids the Vancouver-based shipyard from disclosing his identity as the owner of a 155-foot yacht, which cost an estimated $20 million. Woods is seeking compensatory damages totaling $50 million, which includes an amount the 28 year-old recently wed athlete estimates he is worth, as a product endorser. Christensen is accused of not only boasting about whom the yacht's owner is, but also allegedly distributing photos of the vessel, christened 'Privacy,' to magazines and other sources, and displayed them during a recent Miami boat show. The November issue of Power &... (more)

43rd Annual International Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting Was Huge Success!

St. Maarten SCYE2004 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 (December 2-7, 2004) - On the scene on the beautiful island of Antigua, YV&C's editorial team inspected charter yachts of all sizes. The 43rd annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting in 2004 hosted more than 100 yachts in three marinas, including the newly refurbished Nelson's Dockyard. According to Afsaneh Franklin, show administrator, more than 550 attendees--charter brokers, agents, and press from all over the world- participated at this year's show. Also this year, YV&C published the first "official show directory" of the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting. YV&C Favorites So far, on the second day of the show... (more)

Rhodes Island Excursion Programme

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine   I thought it could be a good idea to provide you with a detailed excursion plan if you ever decide to visit Rhodes island, the largest of the Dodecanese islands group in Greece. This is actually the route I followed in Sept 2007 when I visited the island.  The programme below is a 10 day itinerary, including your arrival and departure days, which you may follow while you will be visiting Rhodes island. You can customize the programme to your own taste and time table. In some future articles I will be explaining to you in detail some of the wonderful places at Rhodes island.  Day 1. Arrival day. After you get your hotel room it is time to reserve your tickets for the nearby islands Symi and possibly Tilos. Then arrange with a rent a car company for some small car which you will use in your excursion. In the evening stro... (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)

Galley Magic

Nothing has been spared on Obsession II, a streamlined sailing yacht designed to run optimally with a small crew. The chef utilizes the state-of-the-art galley to maximum advantage. Following a casual buffet lunch aboard the 112ft S/Y Obsession II, in Antigua, 20 or so guests rewarded Chef Pierre Dumortier with a standing ovation. He graciously accepted the praise, which was well deserved. We had boarded the sleek vessel a couple of hours earlier in Nelson’s Dockyard Marina, and entered the strikingly large deck saloon, which features a full panoramic view. The air conditioning was welcome since it was over 90 degrees, but on cooler days, or in the evening, a unique design allows the foreward and side window panels to recede into the coamings to let in cool breezes. Today, there was a large table set up beneath the skylight. A huge mat of woven palm leaves decor... (more)

Newport, Rhode Island 2005 International Yacht Charter Meeting

The 23rd Annual Newport Spring Charter Yacht Show took place this week at the Newport Shipyard, Newport, Rhode Island. This year, more than 30 charter yachts and more than 100 charter brokers, press, and industry professionals participated at this annual event. On Wednesday, Newport Charter Yacht Seminar presented speakers such as Brian Piers of Homeland Security and Customs, Robert Peck of MARSH Insurance, Rupert Conner of Luxury Yacht Group, and Kurt Bosshardt on Contract topics. Tom B. Rowe, managing director and Patty Martin, charter fleet manager of NYM Worldwide greeted the crew, captains and attending delegates of this year event. Churchill Yachts, Cox Marine, Fraser Yachts, International Yacht Collection, Koch Newton & Partners, Luxury Yacht Group, Merle Wood & Associates, Newport Yacht Management, Nicholson Yacht Charters, The Sacks Group, and independent ... (more)

Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting 2005 Photo Album

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting 2005 Photo Album is updated daily during the show. YV&C - International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine'sCarmen Gonzalez (left) and Robyn Forma (right) with YachtChartersMagazine.TV's Andrea Boden attending the show (below). ... (more)

Turkey: Sailing Through History on Your Yacht Charter Vacation!

Let Turkey light up your imagination. Three great things embody Turkey. Just a four hour flight away from international London, it has a culture which is profoundly different, distinctly unfamilar. A land on the very cusp of Europe and Asia, with two heads simultaneously facing both east and west, it embodies the magic and mysticism of the orient. Once nomads from Central Asia, the Turks were for centuries the middlemen of the world, famed merchants uniting three continents - Europe, Africa, and Asia, as far east as China. Today, its people are famed for their warmth and hospitality, a gift of their nomadic ancestry and Islam’s code of respect for strangers in a strange land. The second great thing about Turkey is its age. The place is steeped in history. It’s the site of some of the very earliest cities, like Çatal Hoyuk, stretching back 10,000 years. E... (more)

Luxury Living With A Yacht in Your Yard

Once upon a short time ago a French man named François Spoerry had a unique and watery vision for his yacht. His wish was to create a beautiful home where he could moor his boat in the backyard – the visionary Gallic was an avid sailor as well as being a creative architect. And lucky for an elite few, his wish came true. The development he designed in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez in the south of France has attracted investors and yacht owners from all over the world who appreciate his excellent taste in real estate and the perfect location on the Mediterranean Sea. An added attraction is the mild micro-climate and sheltered harbour that Port Grimaud enjoys, which is thanks to protection from the Alps to the north. Just think Venice but in the south of France! The exclusive complex with its playful colours was designed to resemble the romantic Italian city with th... (more)

Wild Thyme, First Benetti Classic 120' in Yacht Charter Markets

Just recently launched from the Benetti Shipyard in Viareggio, Wild Thyme is the first of the Benetti Classic 120’ series to become available to the charter market.  She is already in popular demand with plans to cruise the West Mediterranean this summer.  Leaving her home port on the French Riviera she will cruise down to Naples, Capri and Sicily and back again before heading to Dublin for The Ryder Cup in September - a debut season packed with new adventures.   Words such as understated elegance, classy sophistication with a chic, contemporary edge easily bring to mind the unique and beautifully tailored interiors you will find as you board Wild Thyme.  Cabinetry in highly polished rich cherry-woods feature throughout the yacht with the exception of The Sky Lounge, which features warm honey oak fittings, all of which are complemented by a colour palette of c... (more)