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International luxury yachting company Ocean Independence has had a busy month for events, with May seeing participation once again in the annual MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, followed by a gala charity event in Dusseldorf.

Running from 29th April – 5th May 2007 the MYBA show at Genoa’s Marina Molo Vecchio welcomed yachts and brokers from the world’s major yacht charter houses, including OCI’s five yachts and 20 representatives from their 10 offices.

Ocean Independence charter yachts 23m Goss Challenges SV Aglaia, 36m ADIK Shipyard SV Ofelia, 39.6m Carp Navi MV Commitment, 41m Heesen/Mulder MV Ladyship and 45m converted ice breaker MV Prometej, were popular with visiting brokers, receiving more than 350 visitors during the show.

The OCI team were lucky enough to enjoy a great deal of the social events on offer, beginning with a convivial traditional Italian dinner for OCI staff and yacht captains on the Monday, generously sponsored by yacht provisioning and services company Mansueto. Following this, on Tuesday OCI hosted a Michelin-starred lunch onboard MV Ladyship, and a sizzling barbeque and cocktail party onboard MV Commitment on Wednesday. A delicious Mediterranean buffet was held onboard SV Ofelia on Thursday and to close the show, aperitifs were offered in the lush Polynesian interior of MV Prometej on Friday. All of these events were highly successful and well attended. Even the rain later in the week didn’t manage to dampen the visitors’ enthusiasm or that of the OCI team, who were happy to be able to show off their new company branded jackets generously provided by sponsoring crew outfitters Sea Design.

All in all, the show was superbly organised by Pesto Yacht & Ship Agents of Genoa and hosted by the MYBA team, and was a great start to the Mediterranean charter season.

Meanwhile flying the flag for charity, Ocean Independence participated in the UNESCO International Gala evening in Dusseldorf on Saturday 19th May. Organised by OCI Charter Director Adelheid Chirco, and attended by CEO Peter Hürzeler and his wife, Ocean Independence donated a prize for the charity auction of one week’s charter on board a brand new 40m San Lorenzo. The most extravagant lot on offer for the evening, the charter went to the winning bidder for a very respectable 55,000 EUR.

Adelheid was invited up on stage to present the prize, while a slideshow about yacht charter played in the background, and presented the winning bidder with two OCI embroidered luxury beach towels and a bottle of champagne as a token of their charter. Outside in the gala entrance area, participating organisations hosted stands exhibiting their wares, with corporate newsletters, a yacht model and many elegant 2007 charter portfolios being on display for Ocean Independence.

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