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In pictures: Highlights of the Explorer Yachts Summit 2021

17 November 2021

The successful 2021 Explorer Yachts Summit held in Monaco on November, 11 covered all areas within the explorer yacht sector. Here are just some of the highlights:

The venue

The 2021 Explorer Yachts Summit, held in association with Damen Yachting BV and in collaboration with ExplorerYachts.com, took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco.

The host

The event was hosted by British sailor and Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson OBE.

Market insights

BOAT Business Editor, Nic Robinson, used BOAT Pro to reveal the real story of the explorer yacht market and the finer details that contribute to the fast-growing explorer sector.

The discussion: Kitted out for adventure

Led by BOAT’s Sophia Wilson, the chat moved on to how best to set up a yacht for exploration, what equipment should be carried and what to expect with advice from Triton’s Craig Barnett, Superyacht Tenders & Toys and Enrique Tintore, SeaXplorer Design Manager from the event’s associate sponsor, Damen Yachting BV.

The discussion: Crowd sourced bathymetry

With more yachts going off the beaten track than ever before, Dr Mathias Jonas Secretary-General from the IHO helped uncover why the charting that is often relied on might be wildly out of date – and what to do about it.

The discussion: Shipyard insights

With Vasco Buonpensiere Co-founder, Sales and Marketing Director of Cantiere delle Marche, Rob Luijendijk Director Sales and Product Management at Damen Yachting BV and Arksen’s COO Ewan Hind on stage, attendees heard what owners are demanding of shipyards, what tools, toys and capabilities are now required in explorer yachts, and how client demographics are changing.

The discussion: New frontiers

With so many new locations opening up for superyachts and their guests to explore, the stage was handed over to Sacha Williams Director of Charter Marketing, Camper & Nicholsons, Tim Soper Founding Partner, EYOS Expeditions and John Crupi Captain of yacht Dorothea III who were able to give a unique insight into the current travel trends. 

The guests

Espen Oeino, Espen Oeino International

Guests from all areas of the industry were given valuable insights into the world of explorer yachts as well as the opportunity to network.

Paris Baloumis, Oceanco, Charles Dence, Arksen, and Geordie Mackay-Lewis, Pelorus.

The sponsors

Thank you to our headline partner Damen Yachting BV, our premium partners Cantiere delle Marche, EYOS Expeditions and Triton Submarines, supporting partner Arksen and collaborative partner ExplorerYachts.com.

For information on the 2022 event, or for any sponsorship opportunities, please email events@boatinternationalmedia.com

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