Posted: 7th March 2019 | Written by: Elizabeth Dann
The countdown to the 2019 MYBA Charter Show has officially begun. The Show kicks off the yachting season with a display of superb superyachts in OneOcean Port Vell, Barcelona from 30th April to 3rd May.
The outstanding results of 2018's Show give reason to be very excited about this year's event. Last year, as a result of the Show, over 280 charter enquiries were received, 59 charter contracts were signed and the charter income generated for owners was estimated to be in excess of 13 million euros.
Drip by drip, MYBA has been cranking up the anticipation by revealing names of attending yachts. They have promised there will be new yachts on display this year including some new to the global fleet and others new to the charter market. The first superyachts announced include M/Y "Solo" (72.00m), M/Y "Mosaique" (49.90m), M/Y "Silver Wind" (43.63m) and M/Y "Emotion 2" (42.60m). Stay tuned to MYBA's social media channels for the latest news.
Apart from the yachts, exhibitors are a very important part of the Show and this year will see those who are long standing supporters rewarded. There is a "Loyal Exhibitor" scheme already in place and well-deserved privileges will be awarded to companies that have attended the MYBA Charter Show for at least 10 years before 2016, and at least once from 2011 to 2016. BWA Yachting joins as the Official Show Sponsor for the third consecutive year.
The Chefs' Competition will this year pose a challenge likely to be familiar to charter chefs in their daily work. The meteoric rise of vegetarianism and veganism among charter guests along with concerns about eating healthily calls for great flexibility in onboard cuisine and this is reflected in this year's competition. The brief is to prepare a starter and dessert that are vegetarian, with a vegan main course. Participating chefs will be given just 30 minutes to impress the judges and it will be interesting to see how they rise to meet a very contemporary challenge.
A Table Service & Wine Pairing competition for the interior crew will also run in parallel with the Chefs' Competition.
New for 2019 is a collaboration with Angels on Board. The specialist wellness company will create an oasis of calm where MYBA Members and senior crew can enjoy some pampering and relaxation during what is always a very busy Show. The company provides well being services to the superyacht industry and during the Charter Show will be offering complimentary massage & nail treatments, daily yoga sessions and several beauty workshops for crew.
A new edition of the "All Hands on Deck" competition willalso be taking place during the 2019 MYBA Charter Show, providing the whole crew with the chance to demonstrate their ingenuity, sense of hospitality, talent and knowledge. With particular focus on the deck team, this competition is about keeping charter guests of various ages and very different interests entertained for a whole day while at anchor.