Enthusiastic response to the Antibes Yacht Show from superyacht brokers
by Malcolm MacLean
Although the recent Antibes Yacht Show suffered from several wet days, exhibitors and brokers alike were united in giving the show warm accolades.
Adrian McCourt at Watkins Superyachts was displaying the new 32.4m sailing yacht Kestrel 106 and says, 'This was the first public viewing of Kestrel and we were delighted with the response at the Antibes Show, having received some serious interest including a bid within the first three hours of the show's opening. We were particularly pleased to have had some extremely complimentary reviews from sale and charter brokers who recognise the boat's refreshing concept.'
Vesa Kaukonen at K&K Superyachts had the 38m Callista and 46.2 Auspicious motor yachts on display and comments: 'For us the show was a success despite the awful weather. We developed some good sales leads for Callista and *Auspicious *and also had an increasing number of charter brokers visiting the yachts. We had excellent feedback on both yachts and are looking forward to generating both brokerage and charter sales after the show.'
Kevin Bonnie at International Yacht Collection brought the 36.58m Anna J and 49.3m_ Streamline_ to the show and says, 'As the only Mediterranean spring show, Antibes it is an obvious choice for any serious boat buyers. The weather wasn't helpful but we had some great charter events on board Anna J And Streamline. Also, I did manage to find a few clients looking for a yacht.'
At Yachting Partners International, Mark Duncan comments, 'It was a good show despite the April downpour. Success at these shows is all about selecting the right yachts to display and we had five yachts on show, ranging from 22 metres to 45 metres. All had quality visits, especially on the day it rained.
'It seems that torrential downpours are Nature's natural filter, with only those keen on visiting yachts daring to brave the elements. We received an offer on one yacht and good interest in the others, especially the classic gentleman's yacht Salve. It was an encouraging start to the show season.'