On Friday 7 April the first edition of the Antibes Yacht Show came to life in Port Vauban of Antibes. Nearly a mile of red carpet dressed the quays of the Old Port and the Quai des Milliardaires spreading throughout the entire old Chantier Naval Opera set the tone of the luxury of the show. Around one hundred exhibitors, 70 yachts in the water from 55 to 200 feet and almost 8 500 visitors have participated at this premiere of the Antibes Yacht Show.
The exhibitors were very different, along with the brokers, there were also companies offering services around yachting, crew placement, interior decoration, naval architecture, suppliers, wi-fi connection but also luxury products and nautic magazines etc…
The VIP area and the caterer dominated the show from the terrace of the Chantier Naval Opera recently restored by the town. It was there that the exhibitor cocktail evening took place on Saturday April 7th sponsored by Only Yacht and animated by a Jazz trio. The setting was superb, we could enjoy the appetizers prepared by the show’s caterer Ruban Bleu while enjoying the sunset over the town of Antibes.
Antibes Yacht Show also hosted an evening for the captains and their crews. With the help of EGP, a barbecue was improvised on the Quai des Millardaires the Sunday evening while the MY Magna Grecia participated with music and a fabulous light show.
Many of the exhibitors organised cocktails for their clients. Riviera Yacht Support animated a part of the Quai des Milliardaires every afternoon with a golf competition whilst collecting funds for the Montessori School. Golf amateurs could swing 5 balls towards the sea for the amount they chose. A boat shuttle picked up the floating balls after the distance was measured. Every day the best performance (male and female) was rewarded with a bottle of champagne. The entire amount collected of 1 417€ will be given to the school, while the record of 279 meters will remain in the books until next year.
This show so expected gathered professionals from about twenty different nationalities and made us discover the Port Vauban, the IYCA and the town of Antibes and the renovated Chantier Naval Opéra. On April 9th, the show finished with a unison of horns from the yachts, to the pleasure of the visitors present who still have the chills.
The stands of Kalin SRL and Aicon Yachts
The stands of Marina Genova Aeroporto and Edmiston, the biggest exhibitor with 9 yachts on display
The huge wing of Opal C with in between her atypical tender, a Smart car.
More boats from Edmiston with in front the classic Thendara and next to her Royal Huisman's Diamod For Ever
Captain Stan of Sun Glider II
First mate Alex of Opal C standing below her huge wing
Brian and Craig from Any-Port
Experienced deckhand Fraser Sharp on the aft deck of Xenon
Captain Neil of the Princess Xenon with his sister Helen
Yachting Partners International showed, among others, Costa Magna and the ISA 120 Midnight Sun II
Greece based superyacht broker Melitas Marine showed the Akhir Samora's Dandy
Photo credit: Maarten Janssen & Merijn de Waard / Yacht-Images.com, Vertige Photo & Video Home Concept