The coronavirus pandemic continues to force the cancellation or postponement of a raft of superyachting events. For all the latest developments, please check below…
Dubai Boat Show
What’s the latest? The Dubai Boat Show, which was initially postponed from 10-14 March to 24-28 November 2020, has now been cancelled and the 2021 edition will take place on 9-13 March at Dubai Harbour.
Original date: 10-14 March
New date: 9-13 March
What they said… "Following close consultation with Dubai Harbour and Dubai International Boat Show stakeholders, Dubai World Trade Centre shall reschedule Dubai International Boat Show to March 2021, when Dubai Harbour will be fully operational to offer the most seamless marina lifestyle experience to all international event participants, yacht owners and residents."
What's the latest? Oceanco has launched a new online platform for collaborative discussion called Oceanco NXT. The first round-table discussion will take place on October 20 at 4pm CEST. The discussion will include guests from the FAW Group, Lateral Naval Architects and design studio TANK.
What they said? Oceanco chief executive Marcel Onkenhout said: "Oceanco NXT represents our commitment and fundamental believe that the best way to set new benchmarks is to co-create them with experts from a wide array of industries – not just yachting."
The Superyacht Gathering
What's the latest? The 2021 edition of The Superyacht Gathering will take place from March 24-26.
What they said... "Details will be posted on our website and regular newsletters will keep you informed. Full refunds to all ticket holders will be available in the unlikely event that The Superyacht Gathering has to be cancelled again," organisers said.
VBS Autumn/ Winter
What's the latest? The autumn/winter edition of the Virtual BOAT Show is now underway. Visit the show here.
What they said... With well over 100 superyachts on display, the Virtual BOAT Show is the singular destination for anyone interested in buying, chartering or simply browsing the world's best collection of new and used yachts.
Hong Kong Yacht Show
What's the latest? The first edition of the Hong Kong Yacht Show, scheduled to take place from November 19-22, is going ahead as planned.
What they said... Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association, Kara Yeung, said: "Despite the continuing restrictions on business and social activity here, we are currently still assured that the Hong Kong Yacht Show will be able to open as planned in November."
What's the latest? The 2020 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to go ahead, organisers have confirmed. The international boat show is due to take place from October 28 – November 1.
What they said... President of Informa US Boat Shows Andrew Doole said organisers had “worked diligently to develop a plan so that every person who attends the show can do with confidence.”
What's the latest? Boats 2020, an alternative to the Southampton Boat Show, has been cancelled less than 24 hours before the start of the show. The show was due to kick off on September 11 and run to September 20.
What they said... British Marine chief executive Lesley Robinson said she was "desperately disappointed that Boats 2020 will no longer be taking place, especially receiving the news at the eleventh hour before opening."
What's the latest? The 2020 edition of Metstrade has been cancelled due to ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 edition of Metstrade will take place from November 16-18.
What they said... Metstrade’s maritime director Niels Klarenbeek described the cancellation as “a tough blow” but added that “this is the only right decision we could make.”
Cannes Yachting Festival
What's the latest? The 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival has been cancelled.
What they said... Show manager Sylvie Ernoult said: "It is with our greatest regret and with some misunderstanding that we are forced to announce the cancellation of the Yachting Festival 2020."
The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous
What's the latest? The fourth Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, due to take place from October 15-18, has been postponed. New dates are set to be announced in the future.
What they said... Paul Darrouzet, organiser of Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, said: "The implications of COVID-19, and subsequent international and domestic travel restrictions, financial and logistical issues are beyond our control and we have been left with no other option than to postpone."
The Southampton Boat Show
What's the latest? The 52nd edition of the Southampton Boat Show, due to take place in September, has been cancelled for 2020.
Rolex Swan Cup
What’s the latest? The Rolex Swan Cup, scheduled to take place from September 7-13, has been cancelled.
What they said…"In light of the significant increase in the infection curve and several outbreaks in the Costa Smeralda area and in Porto Cervo in particular, in order to protect the safety and health of our guests, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has decided - with the support of Nautor’s Swan and Rolex - to cancel the Rolex Swan Cup."
Monaco Yacht Show
What’s the latest? The Monaco Yacht Show has been cancelled for 2020.
What they said…“Ongoing apprehension from some exhibitors and attendees, combined with the fact that much of the superyacht fleet is currently still located in the US and Caribbean, has led to the conclusion that it is in the industry’s best interests to postpone until September 2021." Read the full article here.
Perini Navi Cup
What's the latest? The eighth edition of the Perini Navi Cup has been postponed until September 15-18, 2021.
Original date: September 16-19
What they said... “We believe that postponing the Perini Navi Cup to 2021 is the best possible decision at the moment, although we made it with great regret."
Swan European Regatta
What’s the latest? The Swan European Regatta, due to take place 7-13 July, has been postponed to 2021.
Original date: 18-23 June
What they said…"With more than 100 yachts expected at this year’s event and 31 already registered, it is with a heavy heart that Nautor and Turku have jointly decided to postpone the event to summer 2021. Turku has always been the house for Swans in the Baltic and we feel the need to host this event in the best condition ever, and this is not the right time. We surely will celebrate our Spirit of Swan properly next year."
Venice Boat Show
What’s the latest? The Venice Boat Show, due to take place 18-23 June, was cancelled for 2020.
Original date: 18-23 June
What they said… "Due to the persistence of the Covid-19 epidemic and the recent measures that all countries in the world have been adopting to block international travel, it has been decided to postpone the event to the 2021 edition."
Superyacht Cup Palma
What’s the latest? The Superyacht Cup Palma, due to take place 17-20 June, was 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. 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."
America's Cup World Series - Portsmouth
What’s the latest? The America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, due to take place 4-7 June, was 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, was 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."
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."
Superyacht Show Palm Beach
What’s the latest? The Superyacht Show Palm Beach has been postponed to spring 2021.
Original date: 26-29 March
New date: 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, has been postponed until November. The event will take place in Monaco as part of a new 'Festival of Yachting'.
What they said…"We look forward to welcoming superyacht owners and senior stakeholders from across the industry and beyond for three days of summits and celebrations."
Original date: 15-16 May
New date: 11-13 November
St Barths Bucket
What’s the latest? The St Barths Bucket, due to take place from 19-22 March, was 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, was 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, was 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, was 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."