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Everything you need to know about the Explorer Yachts Summit 2024

9 July 2024 • Written by Hannah Rankine

What is the Explorer Yachts Summit?

The Explorer Yachts Summit, held in collaboration with ExplorerYachts.com and in association with Damen Yachting, is the only international summit dedicated solely to the expanding explorer yachting sector. The first edition was hosted in 2019 by ExplorerYachts.com - a newly founded digital hub to unite and serve those in the global superyacht community who have a shared passion for adventure travel. Following its success, BOAT International (2019 media partner and guest speaker) joined forces with ExplorerYachts.com. The 2024 event promises to bring together leading experts from across the world and address the hottest topics in the exciting, multifaceted world of exploration yachting.

Where and when is the Explorer Yachts Summit?

The event will take place on 13 November 2024 at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The conference will run from 09:00 and conclude with networking drinks at 17:00-18:00.

What is happening at the Explorer Yachts Summit 2024?

Attendees can expect a packed programme covering all areas within the explorer yacht sector. The full list of speakers is still being finalised but the following topics have been confirmed.

Explorer yachts market insight

BOAT International's business editor, Gabrielle Lazaridis, will kick off the summit with a compelling analysis of the explorer market backed up by BOATPro statistics. Gain valuable insights into the sector's expansive growth, the key players shaping its trajectory and the demographics of those purchasing explorer yachts.

From fishing trawler into expedition yacht: the real story behind Scintilla Maris

It was a bold vision: to turn a 46-metre fishing trawler into an expedition yacht. It was bolder still to take on the project when you’re not a designer or naval architect by trade. But hands-on Dutch owner Erik Vonk knew what he wanted to achieve with Scintilla Maris and set to working stripping her back to the bare bones and refashioning into the comfortable, capable vessel she now is today.

It was a huge ambitious undertaking, and one beset with various construction challenges and complexities.  In this fireside chat with editor-in-chief Stewart Campbell, Erik Vonk reveals the story of what really went into creating this one-of-a-kind yacht.

How to tame the Northwest Passage

One of the most legendary and perilous waterways on the planet, a trip through the Northwest Passage remains the greatest maritime challenge. For over 400 years, explorers risked their lives to search the Arctic for a lucrative trading route between Europe and Asia. The greatest challenge was sea ice, which blocked the channels during winter, remained frozen in bad summers and could crush ships. Even to this day, with global warming making the passage sufficiently ice-free, the route remains hazardous and only around 300 ships have passed through. In this ultimate guide, key experts will take to the stage to discuss the risks, regulations, safety, the best routes to take, as well as how to visit the area in a responsible way.

How climate change could affect marine and charter traffic

Longer storm seasons, freak weather, unpredictable winds - the effects of climate change on weather patterns around the world are already having an impact on the marine industry. But, if we continue on the same trajectory, how will it affect the marine traffic and charter seasons in the longer term? And, how will this impact the travel and charter industry? Sebastian Wache is a senior meteorologist at WetterWelt GmbH, which produces highly individualised weather forecasts using constantly updated technology to generate high-precision weather analyses and forecasts, drawing on and refining a magnitude of raw data material from the world’s best forecast models available. Wache supports regatta crews worldwide, using special high-resolution models for pre-routing. He also assists anyone from beginners to professionals in any geographical location.

Are the world's oceans getting safer and more dangerous?

The International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre reports global piracy and armed robbery incidents increased by 4 per cent in 2023 compared to 2022, reversing an overall downwards trend enjoyed over the past decade. Should superyachts be concerned? Where are the riskiest areas to have on your radar? And, is cyber-piracy a threat as the headlines suggest? Captains, insurers and maritime security providers gather to discuss the reality of sailing to far-flung corners of the world, and what owners, captains and crew should do to ensure the safety of everyone on board.

The man with a mission to solve the ocean’s biggest mysteries

Tony Romeo is the founder of Deep Sea Vision, an exploration company that employs cutting-edge underwater drones to scour huge areas of ocean seabed. Its expertise can be employed for hunting wrecks and deep-sea minerals for bathymetric surveys and monitoring subsea infrastructures, cable, pipe routes and habitats. Most famously, Romeo and his team were behind a recent search to find explorer Amelia Earhart’s plane in the central Pacific, their research unearthing credible new clues to an 87-year-old puzzle. Deep Sea Vision will now be turning its attention to hunting down the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

How to buy a ticket

Tickets for the Explorer Yachts Summit are priced at €375 + VAT and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Further information about the Explorer Yachts Summit 2024

For more information about the Explorer Yachts Summit, please contact the BOAT events team.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Harry Warburton.

For more information about speaker opportunities, please contact Lucy Dunn.

Thank you to our premium partners Cantiere delle Marche and EYOS.

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