The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals (TSGYP) reported a rise in luxury charter vacation inquiries and bookings for the Caribbean holiday and winter season following a successful showing at the recent MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show, Dec. 4-7, 2009, and the Antigua Charter Yacht Show, Dec. 7-11, 2009. The yachts from TSGYP’s Charter Marketing Fleet that participated in the shows – the Inace Unforgettable in St. Maarten, and the two Hargraves Cocktails and Hooter Patrol IV in Antigua – received strong interest from Charter Brokers from around the world.
“The Charter Brokers who toured our yachts and attended the festive parties we held onboard them at both shows were universally complimentary. In particular, Unforgettable’s newly refit interior, which we unveiled at the St. Maarten Charter Show, was a huge hit,” said Jennifer M. Saia, TSGYP President and Charter Specialist. “Although attendance at the St. Maarten Show was disappointing, I heard comments from the Charter Brokers who were there that they enjoyed not being rushed to see the yachts and felt that they could really spend time talking with the crews. It was a case of quality, not quantity.”
Saia added, “Although I was not able to attend the Antigua show in person this year, members of The Sacks Group team who were there reported that it was outstanding in terms of the number of yachts and Charter Brokers on the docks. That, and the fact that our phones have been ringing ever since, makes me optimistic about this winter’s Caribbean charter season.”
The parties that The Sacks Group threw for Charter Brokers attending the shows were particularly inventive this year. The 100-foot (30.5M) Inace Unforgettable was the venue for a Hawaiian Holiday-themed party held on Saturday night of the St. Maarten Charter Show. Everyone got into the spirit, wearing grass skirts and leis, as the crew served delicious Eggnog Martinis and hors d’oeuvres created by the yacht’s Chef Gerry Pond.
“Unforgettable just had a soft goods refit throughout her interior, which has given her a new feeling of understated elegance,” said Jordanna Joffe, TSGYP Charter Fleet Coordinator. “The Charter Brokers who were familiar with the yacht before all complimented her new look.”
Staffed by Capt. Peter Martin and his four-person crew, Unforgettable accommodates 10 guests in five beautifully appointed staterooms. She is available in the Caribbean this winter for a rate of U.S. $42,000 per week, plus expenses.
TSGYP also invited Charter Brokers to “You Can’t Beat a Hargrave” Sunset Cocktails on Wednesday evening during the Antigua Charter Yacht Show. The well-attended event was held on board the 100-foot (30.5M) Hargrave Cocktails and the 97-foot (29.6M) Hargrave Hooter Patrol IV, which were docked next to each other at the Antigua Yacht Club.
Both yachts feature flybridge hard tops fitted with innovative, retractable Biminis, which were opened to the stars for the party. The crew on Cocktails served a signature Rum Punch while Hooter Patrol IV poured a Ginger-Infused Vodka Cocktail garnished with basil and ginger candy. Cocktails’ Chef Eric Glass – who had just won Second Place in the Antigua Charter Yacht Show’s annual Concours de Chef in the Carib Bean Roasters Category with his Coconut Coffee Layer Cake – created savory snacks for the event.
“It was brilliant; we had more than 50 Brokers on board the two Hargraves during the party,” said Allison Cecilio, TSGYP Charter Fleet Manager. “Not only did the event show off each individual yacht, but it also demonstrated to the Brokers how great it would be to offer them together as a tandem charter for a large family or group of friends. With all the water toys each boat has on board, it would certainly “double the pleasure” for the guests".
Cocktails and Hooter Patral IV each host eight guests in four staterooms. Both Hargraves are equipped with a full suite of water toys and each features a serious tow-behind fishing tender that can accompany the yacht by prior arrangement. Each yacht is available for charter in the Caribbean starting at a rate of U.S. $42,500 per week, plus expenses, for six guests and U.S. $45,000 per week, plus expenses, for up to eight guests.
Cecilio added, “In general, the Antigua Charter Yacht Show was upbeat and positive. There was a great vibe on the docks.”