Making Waves

The Monaco Yacht Show is back with a host of exciting developments to meet the need of all visitors – from the novice to those already hooked on a superyacht lifestyle 

Words Charlotte Pasha 

We are so thrilled that the Monaco Yacht Show is back this year. Running from 22-25 September, organised under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and sponsored by long-term partner of the show, renowned Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, we expect great things from the 2021 Yacht Show.

The year 2020 was something of a global pause, and The Informa Group who own the Monaco Yacht Show took the opportunity to redesign a show that best suits the needs of the yachting industry, while drawing in new younger clients. This year, expect to see some exciting new developments and of course, the organisers have taken key steps to ensure the show is Covid-safe. Attend with total confidence, as there is a well thought-out sanitary protocol in place during the preparation, duration and dismantling of the show. General manager of the exhibition Gaëlle Tallarida is eager to make guests and staff feel comfortable. “Our responsibility is to ensure safe and healthy conditions for each visitor, exhibitor, service provider and member of staff. The MYS will therefore be following the health measures instated by the principality’s government, as well as the ‘AllSecure’ health security programme, which is mandatory for all Informa Group events.” 

This year, you can also expect to see some very large units. There will be 300 participating exhibitors and almost 60 superyachts. Excitingly, 40 of these are brand-new launches from the biggest names in the industry, many of whom we regularly see at the Monaco Yacht Show – the likes of Oceanco, Ferretti Group, San Loreno, Benetti and Lürssen. The latter will be showcasing its latest delivery, the 56 m project 13800. 

TSome favourite elements to the Yacht Show are back, while new innovations are in place too. Stalwarts will know to head to the Yacht Summit. Always an exciting part of the Show, whether you’re looking to charter or buy, you can meet industry experts, ask practical questions and share your superyacht experience thus far. 

To keep the show bespoke and to enhance clarity, there will be three distinct categories of visitor this year: “Discover” for yacht clients; “Advise” for advisors and consultants and “Connect” for trade visitors.

 This year, Port Hercule will be divided up in clever, instantly useful ways, with each area of the exhibition having a particular theme to easily attract the most relevant guests. A new section is the Dockside Area, specifically for companies directly linked with the construction or management of superyachts and tenders. It will be exclusively open for customers who hold “Discover” and “Advise” badges on Wednesday 22 September, and then to all visitors from the next day. 

There are now two new first-class VIP entrances for VIPs looking to enjoy the Sapphire Experience and visitors are profiled in advance of attendance, ensuring they meet the most relevant and interesting people and experts for their needs, while mingling with the international superyacht crowd. 

Don’t miss two new exhibitions. The first, held on Quai l'Hirondelle, focuses on sailing boats. The second is a Monaco Yacht Design & Innovation Hub. A fun, interactive space, visitors can mingle with designers who will present on various yacht design projects.

Do plan your time accordingly: with lots to see and do, it would be a shame to miss out. Be sure to see the luxury tender and water toys exhibitions at Tender & Toys (Quai Antoine Ier) and the always-popular luxury cars at the Car Deck (Quai Antoine Ier). At Tender & Toys, you’ll be able to view around 50 superyacht tenders, enabling you to find the perfect vessel for your day tripping needs. As for the toys, you’ll see some of the hottest water toys around, designed to elevate the superyacht experience to the next level. The car deck is where you will see around 30 vintage and customised cars plus motorbikes, available for test drives and to purchase. Expect exciting, niche brands that cater to those in the know.

At the start of 2020, there were 5,248 superyachts in operation – that is, at least 30m in length. With many already hooked on the superyacht lifestyle, thoughts turn to a younger generation. For wealthy millennials today, superyachting could become their next big passion, and there can be nowhere better to have your eyes opened than at the Monaco Yacht Show.