Yacht Events - Unmissable Gatherings to Attend on a Superyacht
July 3, 2018
Head straight from your boat to the red carpet with our guide to some of the most prestigious yacht events.
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From St Bart’s to St Tropez, this is your VIP access to the most exclusive parties around the globe. Reserve the best seats in the house at top sports competitions and attend the most prestigious festivals in the world.
The first of four Grand Slam events held throughout the year, the Australian Open is not to be missed. Each January, Melbourne turns up the heat as the biggest names in international tennis head Down Under to fight for the championship title. Vibrant and colourful, the city of Melbourne is the perfect backdrop to this world-class event. Book a berth in the City Marina and enjoy a gripping week of tennis played in the sizzling heat of an Australian summer.
Quite possibly the most elegant tennis tournament in the world, the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters is not your average competition. Held at the Monte Carlo Country Club each April, this prestigious championship is an excellent warm-up for the exciting summer season ahead. Sit in the glorious Riviera sunshine and watch top-ranking International players fight it out on the clay courts. Then round off the day with a pre-dinner drink on deck as the sun goes down over the Principality. This is what the superyacht experience is all about.
The most famous sporting event in the world, there’s nothing quite like the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. Set against a glittering Mediterranean backdrop, this is the race every driver dreams of winning. With all the action centred around Monte Carlo, the best way to catch the race is from the upper deck of your superyacht. Reserve a berth in the Port Hercules and watch high-speed, high-performance cars race through the principality in total luxury. Experiencing the Monaco Grand Prix trackside is the ultimate high-octane thrill.
Held in the UK every July, Wimbledon is a quintessentially British summer tradition. Ivy-clad walls, pristine tennis whites and lashings of strawberries and cream, Wimbledon has it all. The oldest tennis championship in the world, Wimbledon is also the most prestigious. The competition takes place over a two week period at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the heart of London. A showcase for elite tennis, rain can’t stop play at this wonderfully charming event.
Vibrant and modern, Singapore’s Marina Bay is the perfect location for a superyacht charter. It also just happens to be the setting for the iconic Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. Each September, the island city hosts a thrilling nighttime race through its incredible street circuit. With nonstop action and entertainment both on and offshore, attending the Singapore Grand Prix by superyacht is always an unforgettable experience.
Superyachts and supercars go hand in hand at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix each November. The only twilight race in the Formula 1 calendar, Abu Dhabi is renowned for its high-speed racing action. Watch the race unfold around the Yas Marina circuit from the comfort of your superyacht before taking in one of the spectacular after-race concerts on the quayside. The perfect mix of speed, style and glamour, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is definitely one to watch.
Held each January, the St Barts Music Festival has been charming guests for over 30 years. The tiny Caribbean island is famous for its performing arts festival which attracts big-name performers from around the globe. Set in traditional churches and community halls across the island, St Barts is an intimate and informal setting for this star-studded event. Enjoy incredible music and dance performances island-style, there’s no better way to start the year than in this tropical paradise.
Held in the Principality every April, Top Marques Monaco is the greatest supercar show on earth. The unique exhibition, which is dedicated to luxury brands, is the only place to check out products ranging from high-performance cars to bespoke jewellery and watches. As a VIP guest to the show, why not spend the afternoon racing a supercar around the most famous Grand Prix circuit in the world. Exclusive and unforgettable, this is no ordinary test drive.
More than just a film festival, Cannes is an institution. The dress code is fabulous, and this event is strictly by invitation only. Kicking off the summer season, for two weeks only the city will host the biggest and best VIP party in the world. Sail into town in style and reserve a berth by the Palais des Festivals for an access-all-areas festival experience. Top up your tan by day and attend the most exclusive screenings and parties by night, the French Riviera is where it all happens during May.
Combine your passion for fine wine and gourmet food this summer by visiting the Superwine Festival. Held in the Tivat Marina in beautiful Montenegro, the festival is set against the spectacular backdrop of the 64m infinity pool at the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club. Bringing together representatives from many of Europe’s top wineries, the festival is styled as an exclusive summer party with an impressive wine exhibition. Featuring an endless whirl of social events plus nonstop entertainment by live DJs, Superwine is always a good time.
Another unmissable date on the superyacht social calendar, the Venice Film Festival is a red carpet event dripping in old-school glamour. The oldest film festival in the world, the floating city has now been hosting the gala for over 70 years. Cosmopolitan and stylish, festival guests can look forward to an exclusive lineup of screenings, ceremonies and parties throughout the week. Location is everything during festival week so for stunning views of St Mark’s Square, snag a berth in the historic Punta della Dogana. Your own personal hideaway in the middle of the city, visiting the festival by private yacht is a real taste of la dolce vita.
The biggest yacht show in the Middle East, the Dubai International Boat Show is an unforgettable experience. The show kicks off in the afternoon and runs well into the evening, allowing guests to beat the scorching desert heat. A showcase for the yachting lifestyle, the show offers guests a supercar promenade, a luxury retail village plus fishing and sailing trips around the Dubai Canal. In addition, Dubai is also famed for providing non-stop entertainment throughout the week. From a pop-up beach lounge to a high-adrenaline watersports display, this is an event for the whole family to enjoy.
Asia’s leading yacht event, the Singapore Yacht Show is as elite as it is glamorous. Held in the state-of-the-art ONE°15 Marina, the show brings together luxury brands, high-performance vehicles plus of course stunning superyachts. An opportunity to celebrate the very best of the Asian yachting industry, the show is also a fantastic social event. With an unbeatable line-up of parties and live entertainment throughout the week, the Singapore Yacht Show is the place to see and be seen this April.
A major European hub for the superyacht industry, Palma de Mallorca is the ideal location for a yacht show. With a laid-back atmosphere and impressive array of superyachts, the Palma Yacht Show is not to be missed. Held alongside the Boat Show Palma, this is the perfect opportunity to check out the fleet of luxury superyachts in attendance. Attended by key players from all areas of the industry, there’s never been a better time to think about buying a yacht.
An up and coming event in the global calendar, the Superyacht Show is entirely dedicated to all things superyacht. Created by the world’s leading superyacht brokers, the show is held in the private OneOcean Port Vell harbour in Barcelona. Breaking away from the traditional yacht show format, the Superyacht Show aims to create the optimum yacht sales experience for superyacht owners. With over 20 superyachts available for sale and charter on display in the world-class marina, this exciting show is fast becoming one of the hottest events of the summer season.
Set against a dazzling Mediterranean backdrop, the Cannes Yachting Festival is a key gathering in the yacht events calendar. The festival is a chance to get a first look at the highlights of next season. With 2 locations in the port of Cannes plus a luxury gallery in the Palais des Festivals, attending this chic event is a great way to extend your summer on the French Riviera.
The yachting industry’s flagship event, MYS is the ultimate showcase for the superyacht lifestyle. Held in the Principality each September, MYS is a yacht show experience like no other. For four days only, prestigious shipyards, yacht designers and luxury suppliers line the quays while over 100 elite superyachts are on display in the Port Hercules. Discover this season’s must-have water toys, book a private yacht viewing or network with industry experts, the Monaco Yacht Show is yachting at its absolute finest.
Held in the yachting capital of the world, it’s no surprise that the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is the biggest boat show on the planet. With over 3 million square feet of exhibition space, FLIBS has it all. Covering every aspect of nautical life, Fort Lauderdale is an incredible showcase for the $4 billion worth of yachts, toys and luxury accessories on display each year. With a fabulous beachfront location plus a vibrant social scene, Fort Lauderdale is an unforgettable yacht show experience.
Opening the Caribbean regatta season, the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is a celebration of sailing. Each January, dozens of superyachts come together to race through the crystal clear waters off the south coast of Antigua. One of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies, Antigua is an ideal setting for this laid-back race with its glamorous party scene. An impressive blend of fair play and competitive racing, upholding the spirit of the regatta is key to participating in the Superyacht Challenge.
A real sailor’s race, the St Barths Bucket Regatta is a yachting tradition. Every March, superyacht owners head to the tiny island to compete in this thrilling regatta. The invitation-only competition is held over four days and is set against a background of pristine white beaches and azure blue water. Famous for its carefree atmosphere, the St Barths Bucket is held strictly for pleasure and includes a busy programme of social events around the island once the racing is over for the day.
Held to coincide with the start of the summer season on the Mediterranean, Les Voiles d’Antibes is legendary. The first stage of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the five-day event takes place along the stunning French Riviera coastline. By day, sailing yachts from all eras race through the stunning Bay of Antibes. Then as night falls, the Port Vauban comes alive with an endless round of social events and parties. With an outstanding collection of Classic and Vintage yachts on display throughout the week, sailing enthusiasts will love this lively racing event.
The longest-running superyacht regatta in the Mediterranean, it’s no wonder the Superyacht Cup is one of the most popular yacht events during the year. Held in beautiful Palma de Mallorca, the regatta is known for its idyllic racing conditions and stunning island backdrop. Relaxed and informal, during race week after-hours dockside parties and barbecues usually last well into the night as the competing teams toast the start of the summer season in Europe.
The most famous beach resort in the world, St Tropez is the perfect place to host one of the biggest racing events in the yachting calendar. Each autumn, over 300 sailing yachts flock to the French Riviera to compete in Les Voiles de St Tropez. For seven days, classic yachts and ultra-modern boats line the Bay of St Tropez to compete for the prestigious Rolex Trophy. Competitive, nerve-wracking and completely addictive, Les Voiles de St Tropez is yacht racing at its very best.