In the midst of the current global Coronavirus outbreak, several upcoming superyacht shows have been postponed or cancelled in respect of the health and safety of their visitors.
By adhering to the advice of government officials in regards to the current COVID-19 crisis, the organisers of the Palm Beach International Boat Show and Superyacht Show Palm Beach have announced that the events are to be postponed until further notice, whereas The Superyacht Experience, also due to be held in Palm Beach, has been cancelled. Photo: Julien Hubert / SuperYacht Times
Raphael Sauleau, President of the Leading Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA) who worked together with the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) and Rybovich to organise The Superyacht Experience announced: “We regrettably have no option but to cancel the inaugural edition of The Superyacht Experience at Rybovich Marina. We had an incredible line-up of superyachts confirmed for the show, overwhelming industry support and strong interest from buyers but health and safety is, of course, the top priority.”This week the US Government also reacted to the global health issue and imposed strict travel restrictions to several countries in Europe. As explained by SYBAss secretary general, Theo Hooning: “The current restrictions affecting Italian citizens as well as flights from Europe, unfortunately, means that many of our members are now unable to travel to the US. These limitations, along with our overriding concern for public welfare means that we are left with no option but to cancel the 2020 event.” By following the recommendations to suspend all mass gatherings over contagion concerns, President of Informa U.S. Boat Shows, Andrew Doole, comments: "We are currently working with the City of West Palm Beach to identify a new date. We wish to thank our city officials and the boating community for their ongoing support." Photo: Aurélien Herman / SuperYacht TimesWith just a matter of days to go until The Superyacht Experience was due to open its doors, the Rybovich Marina has already welcomed many of the exhibiting yachts to their berths in West Palm Beach, including Feadship's 92-metre Aquarius, 63.1-metre Estel Marine yacht North Star and 74-metre Amels Limited Edition Plvs Vltra.