YPI has been involved in the Annual MYBA Charter Show in Genova even before its inception 26 years ago. Reserved exclusively for the industry, and in particular MYBA members, the Show offers charter brokers and press a first and up-close look at some of the finest yachts chartering in the upcoming Summer Season on the Mediterranean and the Winter Season in the Caribbean.
This year YPI not only presented the two largest yachts on display: 74m NAIA(ex: Pegaso) and the 72m AXIOMA (ex: Red Square) together with the stunning 50m classic schooner, ELEONORA but also sponsored the renowned and always eagerly-awaited Chefs Competition.
“The Genova Show is by far one of the year’s most important shows for the charter industry,” explains Head of YPI Charter, Vaniese Baldacchino. “There were over 50 yachts presented this year all of which were opened up for brokers to go on board, meet the crew, try the chef’s cooking and generally get an accurate feel for the yacht’s strongest selling points, and indeed its weaknesses. It’s exactly that type of knowledge that makes the advice brokers give to potential charterers so invaluable. It can be the difference between a fantastic holiday for clients or a nightmare.”
Lunches, dinners and receptions for brokers and press were hosted onboard all three YPI yachts, with AXIOMA also playing host in the evening to a live performance from much-loved Antibes-based band BLAH BLAH.
“It was a great night for all,” says AXIOMA’s YPI Charter Manager, Alena Zilayova. “The crew did an absolutely fantastic job with the food and drink and I know many brokers went away keen to start recommending the yacht for charter to their own clients. In the world of charter, the crew is as important as the yacht itself.
NAIA also attracted a lot of interest during the Show. “NAIA is one of those rare yachts that always manages to take people’s breath away,” says Alena. “Her size, her presence and her interior design make her really quite special on the charter market. She has booked exceptionally well and quickly for this Summer Season…almost too well, the enquiries are still coming and we are now booking the last weeks in September.”
But in some ways the surprise star of the Show was the stunning 50 metre schooner, ELEONORA.
“ELEONORA is almost one of the charter market’s best kept secrets,” says her YPI Charter Manager, Linda Ehrenstrahle. “She is a magnificent yacht, based on the lines of the legendary, racing
schooner WESTWARD. Her crew can’t do enough for guests. They are really proud of the yacht and do everything they can to ensure guests enjoy nothing but the best onboard.”
In fact, so impressed were the Judges of the now famous Chefs Competition, that the ELEONORA crew managed to pick up a Judges’ Special Mention. “And it was very well deserved,” says Linda. “Chef Piero Minicucci is not one to hide in the shadows, his enthusiasm and knowledge of cooking always come to the fore.
For more information on chartering any of the three YPI yachts presented at this year’s MYBA Charter Show please see below:
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Whilst a crew can make or break a charter, it’s the look of the yacht which so often attracts the initial interest of charter guests. That’s why YPI invests so much time and resources to ensure our charter and brokerage yachts benefit from the best presentation tools and photoshoots available.
We are therefore proud to present the latest new shoot of the stunning NAIA.
We hope you enjoy.
Organised by the new Greek Yachting Association under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Shipping, the world’s newest charter show, the Mediterranean Yacht Show, took place in May in the beautiful and historic location of Nafplion. YPI Charter brokers Annemarie Gathercole and Anna Franciszkiewicz went to find out more about the show and the yachts.
“Greece is one of Europe’s top summer charter destinations,” says Senior YPI Charter Broker, Annemarie Gathercole, “but its yachts, and sometimes its crew, have suffered from a mixed reputation over the years. With over 50 of the best Greek registered yachts on display for charter brokers to inspect, meet crew and sample onboard cuisine, we thought this was one Show well worth attending.”
Getting to see and experience the quality of Greek registered yachts is important given that the vast majority of yachts chartering in Greece today are Greek registered with the advantage for charter guests of not having to start or finish their charters outside of the region for tax purposes.
“Just about all the yachts we visited were in pristine, charter-ready condition,” explains YPI Charter Broker, Anna Franciszkiewicz. “On almost every yacht we were greeted by a longstanding, experienced and multi-lingual crew all offering an excellent level of cooking and service.”
“Greek chefs on board Greek registered yachts have, over the years, occasionally been regarded as being amazing cooks provided you happened to like Greek food,” says Annemarie. “They weren’t seen to be very international or creative in their choice of food. If that was once true, it is certainly no longer the case today. We met many young, innovative and highly creative chefs of an exceptionally high calibre preparing food from all over the world with the same fine touch and dexterity as the father’s once prepared traditional Greek fare.”
“Charter guests come to Greece for the breath-taking landscapes and coastlines, the amazingly varied islands and some of the highest quality cuisine and lifestyle offerings anywhere in Europe,” says Anna. “And that’s yet another major advantage of a skilled and experienced Greek crew, they know the area so well guests are guaranteed to be taken to coves and bays and areas of coastline most visitors don’t even know exist.”
“As a Show, the first Mediterranean Yacht Show was very well organised,” concludes Annemarie. “It made use of the excellent infrastructure in and around Nafplion and it showed off some very good quality yachts. For myself and Anna, we definitely found some gems that we have already started to recommend to clients. We were both reassured that not only have Greek yachts and crew dispensed with whatever mixed reviews they’ve had in years gone by, but they have gone on to become a very solid and well maintained fleet with the sort of warm, relaxed welcome you would expect in such a beautiful and historic part of the world.”
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