Red Arrows headline British excellence at Monaco Yacht Show 2008

Monday, 15 September 2008

The Red Arrows will form the highlight of British Excellence and Superyacht UK’s (SYUK) presence at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. The award winning Royal Air Force display team will be performing a 30 minute routine in front of the outer breakwater at Monaco Harbour. The event will be followed by the chance for those attending to ‘Meet the Pilots’ at a SYUK evening reception.

First established in 1965, the Red Arrows have flown over 4,000 displays in 52 countries. They aim to act as ambassadors for Great Britain overseas and to support UK industry by demonstrating the capabilities of British equipment and expertise.

The organisation of the display results from the initiative of several members of SYUK and is designed to celebrate British excellence in the industry. Led by Pendennis and supported by SYUK the group also includes The Yacht Report, Superyacht World, Superyacht Business, Underwriting Risk Services Ltd, Burgess and Devonport.

The Monaco Yacht Show is an ideal opportunity to bring the successful superyacht industry in the UK and its new project and product launches to international attention. The Superyacht industry in the UK employs over 3000 people and had a turnover of £300m pounds based on 2006/7 figures.

Superyacht UK representatives have attended the Monaco event for the last 8 years, and in addition to the appearance of the Red Arrows, will be helping promote British industry through on-site support for members including a meeting pavilion located in the heart of the Show with over 27 companies. The new annual statistics for the 2007/08 value of the UK Superyacht sector will also be announced at the Show.

Toby Allies, Head of Sales and Marketing at Pendennis, said:

“I always thought that having a Red Arrows display at the Monaco Yacht Show was just a pipe dream, but after some hard work behind the scenes it has become a reality. Once the rest of the SYUK committee heard about our proposal, they instantly got behind it and the momentum grew from there."

“For us personally having the Red Arrows at Monaco provides yet another highlight for our 20th anniversary year - following on from the success of the Pendennis Cup in August and our reception at the St Barths Bucket in March.

Tom Chant, International Commercial Manager for Superyacht UK added:

“The Red Arrows are a powerful symbol of British excellence and it is fantastic for the industry that they will be appearing at this year’s show. Superyacht UK will be working extremely hard to support our members in Monaco as they seek to promote British expertise and success to the international Superyacht community. I’m looking forward to a productive and successful time in Monaco."

“Our thanks go to Pendennis, The Yacht Report, Superyacht World, Superyacht Business, Underwriting Risk Services Ltd, Burgess, Devonport and the team at Monaco Yacht Show for their support in hosting the Red Arrows.”

The display is currently scheduled to take place on Thursday 25th September at 15.30 outside the outer breakwater of Monaco harbour.