The highly successful 48th Annual Antigua Charter Show, held at the marinas of English Harbour and Falmouth, attracted record numbers of participating yachts, charter brokers, sponsors and exhibitors, giving not just a boost to the local economy but a positive „kick start‟ to the 2009/10 Caribbean yachting season whilst keeping Antigua firmly on the map as one of the most important Superyacht destinations worldwide.
There was little talk of world recession on the docks at this year’s show that hosted an amazing entry of 93 of some of the world’s most high profile charter yachts, including a record entry of first time showings being exhibited by some of the most eminent charter brokerages in the business.
Some two hundred and fifty charter yacht brokers from as far afield as New Zealand and Poland enjoyed the privilege of viewing this truly impressive fleet whilst numerous worldwide sponsors and non exhibiting vendors from such far reaching destinations as the Galapagos Islands, the U.S.A and Europe all enjoyed the fabulous hospitality provided by the shows organizer, the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (ACYM).
The highly committed ACYM team - Chairman, Paul Deeth and co board members; Anne Marie Martin and Janetta Miller - along with the management team of Sarah Sebastian and Afsaneh Franklin - are all totally dedicated to the continuing improvement and success of the Antigua Charter Show and wish to sincerely thank the owners and the agents for making the effort to come, exhibit and enjoy this year’s event.
Always listening to show visitors, Paul Deeth and his team play a very pro-active role at the show, ever striving to ensure that the highest standards are met and to improve and update forthcoming show facilities, events and hospitality parties in line with other such international Superyacht events.
With hotels in the English Harbour and Falmouth area fully booked, restaurants buzzing and marine service companies profiting from the early season boost of business, it is undoubtedly the marinas who are the biggest beneficiaries of this year’s high show attendance, being filled to capacity with many large yachts „standing off‟ awaiting dockage space to be freed as, the show exhibitor’s leave for their Christmas charter cruises.
This year’s Welcome Dinner Party was again a resounding success where the 650 guests, welcomed by the ACYM board, enjoyed reception drinks within the fabulous historic Copper and Lumber Store hotel followed by a beautifully orchestrated West Indian buffet dinner with formal seating arranged on the lawns of Nelson’s Dockyard. Local band Itchy Feet struck up after dinner to complete a memorable evening. The popular annual Chef’s Competition too, received rave reviews from both participating yachts and visitors. Hosted poolside in the stunning setting of The Inn at English Harbour, this event saw the highest entry listing to date with all the categories „max’d out.‟
Antigua Charter show