Yachtfest will defer its annual boutique September Boat Show until the following year. Yachtfest board chair and president of Sharp Design, Doug Sharp, commented that “Although this was a difficult decision to make, we are very excited about our new directions, incorporation of the San Diego community at large and outreach to the national and international superyacht communities as well.”
Yachtfest San Diego, now recognized as the premier boutique yacht show on the West Coast, is known for its San Diego hospitality, highly select display of builder, charter, fractional and brokerage yachts and ample industry networking opportunities.
In 2009 Yachtfest celebrated its 10th anniversary and despite the economic conditions Yachtfest was a huge success. The 10th anniversary show achieved the second best paid attendance in Yachtfest history, boasting nearly 40 yachts, along with a stellar showcase of cars, planes, jewelry and numerous other sea-faring accessories and services – worth a total of over $100 million.
“2009 saw more exhibiting yachts than in years past and the second highest paid attendance ever, we were very pleased with the results,” said Sharp “We mean to take a complete fresh look at how we fit into the superyacht business paradigm and add an injection of new energy to Yachtfest for the future.”
Diane Fraser, VP of Fraser Yachts Worldwide said” Fraser Yachts is completely behind this opportunity to take a fresh new look at Yachtfest. The West Coast is strategically important to our company. San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the US and with incredible new megayacht infrastructure in place. It’s time to substantially refresh and bring the show to the next level. San Diego has grown in so many positive ways in the past ten years the show needs to reflect the new San Diego.”
Judy Donnelly, President of San Diego Marine Exchange and Yachtfest’s major sponsor adds “After a decade of a great show we will start the new decade with a fresh new look, we are looking forward to it.”
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