Round Up of the MYBA Charter Show 2016
With yachts hosting events throughout the four-day-show, charter brokers had the opportunity to really explore the key selling points and meet the crew that make these yachts so popular to charter.
Camper & Nicholsons had an excellent fleet of yachts on display, each of which made quite an impression over the course of the show, including the 56m (185’) My Seanna, whose chef produced a delicious lunch on board, and the 33m (108’3) Casino Royale, the crew of which hosted a very fitting poker night on board.
The 47.25m (155’) Princess AVK crew offered brokers a chance to experience how guests would be served breakfast on board the yacht, with a relaxed atmosphere and seamless service. Chef Martyn Cutler was able to show his expertise in pastry and bread making and also his knowledge on vegan cheese, providing an extremely diverse buffet of hot and cold options. A fascinating food and wine pairing demonstration provided the brokers with an introduction to the methods involved in selecting certain wines for specific dishes, with examples of pairings that work or don’t work. With over 150 broker visits throughout the four days, Princess AVK was certainly one of the most popular and most visited yachts of the show.
An exclusive dinner was held on board the 47.25m (155’) Blush for 10 chosen brokers. Chef James Lissiman prepared an exquisite menu and the blend of seamless service and delicious food enhanced the wonderful evening. Blush also participated in the Chefs Competition, creating a varied Italian themed menu with a stunning rustic Tuscan twist. Visits were conducted throughout the week with brokers being welcomed by refreshing towels, the Blush iced tea of the day and warm smiles. Brokers were impressed by the inviting ambience on board, the professionalism of the crew and all round charter amenities on offer. The beach club and vast sundeck received much praise.
Newly available to charter through Camper & Nicholsons is the 34m (111’5) Solis. Australian Chef, James Snelleman wowed the judges with his traditional Italian menu for which he was awarded first place in that category. Chef James not only impressed the judges, but also every broker that was lucky to enough to set foot on board, with his showstopping canape station in the galley and explanations to accompany his dishes, which soon made him and the yacht the talk of the charter show. As well as hosting a very informative Champagne tasting evening with excellent finger food to complement the champagnes, Solis' Stewardess Naomie Pritchard also took home first place in the tablescaping and service competition.
Finally, brokers were waxing lyrical about the fabulous chef on board the 45m (147’7) Fathom. Having put on an excellent lunch accompanied by cocktails, Pimm’s and homemade fruit juices, Chef Samantha Kerse catered exceptionally to meet many dietary requests. Samantha also concocted an outstanding high tea that comprised intricate patisseries, sandwiches and delicious teas. Samantha took first place in the Chefs Competition for one of the most hotly contested categories (the 40m – 49m size range) with her unique menu built around lemons - the traditional Mediterranean fruit.
The MYBA Charter Show was a successful week all round and the C&N charter brokers look forward to promoting the yachts they visited to their clients – drawing on their knowledge of the yachts' facilities and their crew.