The Superyacht Gathering Fiji
The Superyacht Gathering reunited in the warm waters of the South Pacific last week for the sold-out Fiji event on August 23-24. A total of 47 local and international guests from Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador the UK and the US attended – a 47% increase from the last event in 2022.
Attendees ranged from superyacht company leaders and boat crew to charter agents and marina representatives. From Hobie Cat sailing and cultural performances to Fijian food tasting and a guest appearance from a traditional Drua canoe, Let’s recap all of the highlights...
THE POLYNESIAN WELCOME PARTY
On the balmy evening of August 23, guests of The Superyacht Gathering descended on Waitui Private Beach Club at the Sofitel Resort on Denarau Island for cocktails and tropical tidbits including fresh, local seafood and exotic fruits. As the sun set and the stars came out, tiki torches were lit by Fijian warriors and dinner was served, followed by a beach bonfire later in the evening for guests to enjoy desserts and roasted marshmallows as festivities continued into the night.
A DAY AT THE ISLAND BEACH BAR / MUSKET COVE MARINA
Early on August 24, The Superyacht Gathering transferred via private ferry to Malolo Lailai island and were greeted with a Fijian welcome song sung by resort staff. Guests spent the day soaking up the sunshine at the infamous Yacht Club beach bar of Musket Cove Resort, participating in water sports and Hobie Cat sailing as well as sampling Fijian fare. The surf and turf luncheon featured mahi-mahi and lobster tail together with beef tataki and Szechuan-style lamb bao, accompanied by cocktails courtesy of
The Fiji Rum Company.
But before the Long Lunch began, Captain Setareki Ledua made a guest appearance on board his Drua canoe, Uto Ni Yalo. One of Fiji’s last traditional sailing navigators, Captain Ledua has sailed a 72’ wooden catamaran over 80,000 nautical miles since 2010. His arrival at the event provided an opportunity for guests to learn more about South Pacific maritime heritage and hear about his adventurous stories at sea. As the sun began to set on the South Seas, some guests made their way back to the main port via the private ferry transfer while a select group of VIP’s were invited to sail back to port on board Y.CO’s 74’ Sunreef charter yacht Orion.
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
At our Fiji gathering – as at all our events – friends were made, stories were told, and the beauty and rich heritage of the Fijian islands showcased in all their splendour. Most importantly, this event un- leashed new inspiration and motivation for creating positive sea change in our industry. We plan to keep the momentum going by continuing our events in the South Pacific. Stay up to date on our happenings through our newsletter, social media pages and website.
ABOUT THE SUPERYACHT GATHERING
Founded in 2019, the mission of the Superyacht Gathering is to host events which help foster per- sonal connections that can promote positive change within the industry. Held exclusively in the South Pacific, our events are also designed to encourage the superyacht community to explore the cruising grounds of the Southern Hemisphere.
Through our events, superyacht owners, experts and influencers have been inspired to be part of the better good. Altruistic undertakings from members of our community have included marine con- servation projects, scientific research, youth empowerment and the preservation of Pacific cultural heritage.
CONNECTION, COMMUNITY, AND INSPIRATION ARE THE FOUNDING PILLARS OF OUR GATHERINGS.
Photo: Matt Crawford Photography.