Boasting the luscious green backdrop of Antigua ’s national parks, both English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour join together each year to provide a platform for brokers to not only exhibit but also visit a wide range of yachts on the charter market.
While each and every participant rolled out their red carpet; Flag‘s tropically-dressed crew hosted a dock-side barbeque, Lucky Lady, a 7-Course Broker Lunch, and Trending, the party of the week, we spoke to the show Chariman, Paul Deeth, about the history of the meeting, “In 1961 was the first ever Antigua Charter Yacht Show, and ever since then it’s been our 56th year and we’ve had a charter show ever December since then!”
Touching on the success of this year’s show, he made light of the fewer yachts in attendance by addressing that sometimes less is more; especially where intimacy is involved. Paul continued, “We had slightly less yachts this year; 65 yachts… but it’s worked out very well because we had over 300 charter brokers and the feedback has been really positive, the yachts really felt like they’d seen a lot of brokers and the brokers felt they seen all the yachts.”
Further where quality was high, it was safe to say brokers were also happy with the standard, despite the small drop in numbers which Paul put down to the tragic events of Hurricane Irma.
Nevertheless, Antigua still boasts an unrivalled location for this show, with its Caribbean situation and natural harbours’ reigning supreme. This alone keeps exhibitors bringing the best of charter back year on year. Listing the island’s hosting skills Paul expands, “You’ve got Falmouth and English Harbour and you really can’t beat them as far as natural harbours to tie up in.”