Coronavirus: Which Superyacht Events Are Affected?
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation or postponement of a raft of superyachting events. For all the latest developments, please check below…
America's Cup World Series - Portsmouth
What’s the latest? The America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, due to take place 4-7 June, has been cancelled.
Original date: 4-7 June
What they said… "It is with great regret that the America’s Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, and local organising authority ORIGIN Sports Group announce the unavoidable cancellation of Emirates ACWS Portsmouth. This decision was not taken lightly and now allows all of the teams to focus their attention on their respective operations in their home ports in the coming months while planning logistics for their move to Auckland and subsequent development, testing and preparations for ACWS Auckland (17-20 December), PRADA Cup (15 Jan- 22 Feb) and the America’s Cup Match presented by Prada (6-15 March)."
America's Cup World Series - Sardinia
What’s the latest? The America's Cup World Series Sardinia, due to take place 23-26 April, has been cancelled.
Original date: 23-26 April
What they said… "Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictive measures imposed by various governments the Panel has decided that it has become objectively impossible to hold the ACWS Sardinia – Cagliari event from the 23rd to the 26th of April 2020 and has canceled the event. A postponement of the ACWS Sardinia - Cagliari could only be achieved with the mutual agreement of the Challenger of Record and the Defender. As the Defender was not prepared to agree to a change of date of the ACWS Sardinia-Cagliari, the event is now definitely canceled."
Superyacht Cup Palma
What’s the latest? The Superyacht Cup Palma, due to take place 17-20 June, has been cancelled.
Original date: 17-20 June
What they said… "In light of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic and in line with recommendations from the Spanish and Balearic Governments, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s event. We will all get through this together, each doing our part to stay safe and to keep each other safe and the Superyacht Cup Palma will return stronger than ever in 2021 for the event’s 25th anniversary - the provisional dates are 23-26 June 2021."
Singapore Yacht Show
What’s the latest? The Singapore Yacht Show, due to take place from 19-22 March, has been postponed until October 2020.
Original date: 19-22 March
New date: 15-18 October
What they said… "The Singapore Yacht Show organising team, working closely with its exhibitors and event partners over the past few weeks to determine the most suitable new dates for the re-scheduled SYS 2020, have finally announce that the 10th Anniversary edition of Asia’s most important boat show will take place on 15 - 18 October 2020 - the dates preferred by the vast majority of participants - in the completely re-designed and rejuvenated ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove."
Monaco Grand Prix
What’s the latest? The Monaco Grand Prix, a highlight on the yachting calendar, has been postponed.
Original date: May 21-24
New date: TBC
What they said… “Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the three promoters have taken the decision in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern. Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with affected promoters and local authorities to monitor the situation and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improved."
Monaco Yacht Show
What’s the latest? The Monaco Yacht Show is set to go ahead as planned from 23-25 September 2020.
What they said… “The evolution of the coronavirus pandemic in the world makes each of us, individuals and companies, to fully respect the security and public health measures taken by our governments. Unless otherwise advised by the Monaco Government and following the evolution of the epidemic, we confirm to this day that the Monaco Yacht Show is maintained from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020 on the Port Hercule in Monaco."
Palm Beach International Boat Show
What’s the latest? The Palm Beach International Boat Show and Superyacht Show Palm Beach have both been postponed.
Original date: 26-29 March
New date: The Palm Beach International Boat Show has been rescheduled to 14-17 May, 2020 while the first edition of the Superyacht Show Palm Beach has been pushed back to 25-28 March, 2021.
What they said… “Adhering to government recommendations to suspend all mass gatherings over contagion concerns, we fully support the decision as the health and safety of our visitors, community, exhibitors, staff and vendors is our top priority."
World Superyacht Awards
What’s the latest? The World Superyacht Awards, due to be held 15-16 May, have been postponed until September.
What they said…"We have been monitoring the situation closely, and have taken the decision to postpone the Awards. The health and safety of our guests is obviously our first concern, and we cannot continue with the event in May given the current situation. Entries to the Awards will remain unaffected and tickets already purchased for the May event will be honoured for September."
Original date: 15-16 May
New date: 5-6 September
St Barths Bucket
What’s the latest? The St Barths Bucket, due to take place from 19-22 March, has been cancelled.
What they said…"The Bucket Stewards have made the decision to cancel the 2020 St Barths Bucket. In addition to the overriding concerns related to the accelerating global pandemic, circumstances have simply made it logistically impossible for the Bucket organization to provide a safe, competitive and responsible racing and social environment on St Barths. Regional French government mandates, sailing federation guidance and international travel bans on key regatta safety personnel were only a few of the many factors that forced this decision."
The Superyacht Show
What’s the latest? The Superyacht Show, due to be held in Marina Port Vell Barcelona from 6-9 May, has been cancelled.
Original date: 6-9 May
New date: TBC
What they said… “Due to the widespread health concerns surrounding the current coronavirus outbreak and the resulting restrictions on large-scale events imposed by the Spanish authorities, we regrettably have no option but to cancel the 2020 edition of The Superyacht Show. With a limit on the size of public gatherings and with the safety of all the yacht crew, participants and visitors in mind, this is the only prudent thing to do.”
The Superyacht Experience
What’s the latest? The Superyacht Experience 2020, which was to be held at Rybovich SuperYacht Marina in March, has been cancelled.
Original date: 26-29 March
New date: TBC
What they said… “We regrettably have no option but to cancel the inaugural edition of The Superyacht Experience at Rybovich Marina. We had an incredible line-up of superyachts confirmed for the show, overwhelming industry support and strong interest from buyers but health and safety is of course the top priority.”
The Superyacht Gathering
What’s the latest? The Superyacht Gathering, set to take place in Auckland from 25-27 March, has been cancelled.
Original date: 25-27 March
New date: TBC
What they said…"It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that the March 2020 Superyacht Gathering will be cancelled. As I am sure you are all aware, the decision was not made easily but in the current environment, to go ahead would have been irresponsible. We have already discussed organising a Long Lunch in October in which we can enjoy your company, network with guests and listen to one or two speakers."
Palma Superyacht Show
What’s the latest? The Palma Superyacht Show has been postponed from 29 April - 3 May and will now be held from 4-7 June.
Original date: 29 April - 3 May
New date: 4-7 June
What they said…"In light of global health concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak the Palma International Boat Show’s event organisers have decided to postpone the show until June. The decision complies with the Department of Health and Consumer Affair’s recommendation that events which attract a heavy concentration of people should be postponed. While decisions like this are not easy, the safety and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and partners comes first."
MYBA Charter Show
What’s the latest? The MYBA Charter Show, due to take place in Barcelona from 27-30 April, has been cancelled.
Original date: 27-30 April
New date: TBC
What they said…"This is undoubtedly very disappointing news, however, taking into consideration the information that is currently available and the health of our Members and all Show participants being one of MYBA's key priorities, it is not possible to ensure the Show is organised in the safe and productive environment that we are recognised for by the superyacht industry."
Dubai Boat Show
What’s the latest? The Dubai Boat Show has been postponed from 10-14 March to 24-28 November 2020 and will be located in Dubai Harbour.
Original date: 10-14 March
New date: 24-28 November
What they said… "Whilst the UAE remains completely safe for travel, and has deployed the strictest medical and hygiene protocols, we fully recognise that for some specific shows, we have a high majority of key participants significant to the event’s programme that are unable to travel due to restrictions in their home country".