Chairman's Message 30 September 2021

Dear APSA Members

The global superyacht market has enjoyed some very exciting activity in the past 18 months, and this year’s Monaco Yacht Show was the first time that the superyacht community could really get together. The show had a real ‘welcome back’ feel, but we did miss many of our Asia-Pacific friends who were not able to travel this year.

Most visitors were from Europe, with a few Americans able to attend. Business-wise, everyone was enthusiastic and yachts were being sold. The entry and sanitation pass system worked well, and it was easy to navigate your way around the show. Gordon Fernandes and I were able to fly the ASPA flag, and were able to catch up with a number of APSA members.

Special thanks to Maritime Cook Islands/Cook Islands Yacht Squadron, Tahiti Tourisme, Cluster Yachting Monaco and Hill Dickinson who pledged sponsorship for our APSA ‘Superyacht Night’ event. Unfortunately, it was ‘not to be’ this year, but we very much hope that they will be back onboard for next year. Amongst other APSA members that were at the show, we were able to catch up with: Jean-Michel Flour (OCEA Yachts), Danielle Boutsen (Boutsen Design), Adam Whittle (Brookes Bell), William MacLachlan (HFW), Janet Xanthopoulos and her team (Rosemont Yacht Services), Maritime Cook Islands (the Italian Representative Office) plus our new Affiliated Member the Water Revolutions Foundation – and APSA is now a signatory of their Code of Conduct.

Although virtual shows are gaining ground, nothing beats a physical yacht show, especially when it is a superyacht event and Monaco 2021 was great! We are looking forward to seeing you there next year, and hosting you at our APSA Superyacht Night 2022.


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