MYBA Charter Show 2024 in Genoa, Italy

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All the highlights and insights from the MYBA Charter Show 2024

7 May 2024 • Written by Hannah Rankine for MYBA

Against the backdrop of Marina Molo Vecchio in Genoa, Italy, the 34th edition of the MYBA Charter Show, sponsored by BOAT International, returned on 22-25 April 2024. The annual event has earned its status as one of the leading charter shows in the luxury yacht charter industry. Showcasing an array of yachts, it brings together charter professionals from across the globe, offering a platform to showcase some of the most impressive yachts on the charter market and engage with the skilled captains and crews who bring them to life.

As the curtains close on yet another successful show, BOAT looks back on the highlights and insights of this year's MYBA Charter Show.

Show highlights

The 2024 edition emerged as a resounding success, drawing acclaim from industry insiders and participants alike. Judith Estrella, chair of the MYBA Charter Show Panel, described the event as "one of the most successful in our recent history”.

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The event showcased 58 yachts ranging from 20 to 100 metres LOA, nine of which boasted an LOA exceeding 60 metres. Amongst the standout vessels, the 97.2-metre, Lürssen-built Carinthia VII was the largest yacht in attendance, represented by Fraser. Also on display was the 85.6-metre, Derecktor-built Aquila, represented by Burgess, the 82.5-metre, Golden Yachts-built Emir, represented by Fraser, the 77.7-metre, Golden Yachts-built Malia, represented by Northrop & Johnson, and the 76.6-metre, Amels-built Boadicea, represented by Yachting Partners International. Alongside the superyachts on display, the Aquarium Quay hosted four tenders.

The show thrived as a bustling hub of networking and collaboration, with 1,030 individuals in attendance, including 570 brokers. On top of that,  573 crew members worked tirelessly to ensure the show's success. The show hosted 69 exhibitors as well as new features this year, such as the Crew Lounge and the Tasting Lounge & Bar. Various events took place throughout the event to further foster relationships, including the Captains' Dinner, sponsored by Pesto Sea Group and Catalano Shipping Services, the Show Opening Cocktail, sponsored by Begum Yachting, which also marked the 40th anniversary of the MYBA association, the Exhibitors’ Party and the much-anticipated Superyacht Chefs' Competition. These were complemented by insightful seminars on yacht charter throughout the show.

Show Opening Cocktail
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The Superyacht Chefs’ Competition

Superyacht chefs showcased their culinary skills at the highly anticipated Superyacht Chefs' Competition during the MYBA Charter Show 2024. Under the theme of 'An Italian Fusion Dinner Party', paying homage to the show's return to Italy, chefs were tasked with blending Italian flavours with those of another country of their choice.

Meanwhile, interior crews engaged in their own contest with the Tablescaping Competition, creating captivating table settings that mirrored the theme of the Italian fusion dinner.

The competition results were a testament to the talent and dedication of the participating chefs and interior crews. In the category of yachts measuring 56 metres and above, Andrew Durham of 73.6-metre Naia claimed the top spot. For yachts of 36-55 metres, Mykhailo Chekan of 40.5-metre Nuri was victorious. In the 35 metres and below category, Nicolo d’Urso of 33-metre South was awarded first place.

Starter dish of winner Andrew Durham, chef on board 73.6-metre Naia
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The Tablescaping Competition further showcased the ingenuity of interior crews, with winners selected in each size category. For yachts of 56 metres and above, Marine Beaucamps of 63.5-metre Lioness V came out top. Gillian Liszyk of 54.2-metre C claimed the top spot in the 36- to 55-metre category. For yachts below 35 metres, Iryna Shmatko of 28.9-metre Tonic Blue took the crown.

To find out more information about the annual MYBA Charter Show, contact the event’s team today.

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