Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2012

Posted by Christine McKenna
February 14th, 2012
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Famous for it’s 365 pristine pink and white sand beaches, Antigua’s nautical roots date back to the 1600’s when Nelson’s Dockyard was a strategic British Naval station. 

It’s only fitting that Antigua still celebrates its boating heritage today with annual events like Antigua Sailing Week and the prestigious Antigua Charter Yacht Show.

Starting off the Caribbean’s winter season, this year’s Antigua Yacht Charter Show is set to take place December 2 to 8, 2012.  As the event that mega-yacht owners, captains and brokers from around the world can’t wait to attend, the Antigua Yacht Charter Show allows participants to enjoy the rare opportunity of personally experiencing some of the most impressive yachts in existence. 

Extraordinary Yachts on Display

“Showcasing the Worlds Finest Charter Yachts”
View the gorgeous sycamore woods and rich leathers of the De Voogts designed 266’ Feadship M/Y Air; marvel at the seventeen distinct kinds of granite onboard the 145’ Derecktor Shipyard M/Y Hemisphere catamaran; gaze upon the curvaceous lines of the Rossi Navi built 230’ M/Y Numptia.   Approximately 120 yachts were open for viewing during the 2011 event.  Even more are expected in 2012.

Supreme Location for the Ultimate in Luxury

The 51st annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show will be spread amongst three marinas in picturesque English & Falmouth Harbours where super yachts can enjoy all the pampering and respect they’ve come to deserve including 24-hour security, duty free refueling, WI-FI access and more. 

No matter which you chose, all three marinas are within a stone’s throw of excellent shops and restaurants like Hamilton’s Wine Bar & Bistro in the former Officer’s Quarters at Nelson’s Dockyard.

 Nelson’s Dockyard Marina  |    Falmouth Harbour Marina    |    Antigua Yacht Club Marina

Present Your Yacht to the World

The Antigua Yacht Charter Show provides an opportunity to make your yacht accessible to a world-wide audience.  With more than 300 brokers expected to attend this year, the 2011 Antigua Charter Yacht Show attracted representatives from as far away as Turkey and Switzerland.  Over 175 non-exhibiting vendors were present, plus members of the press from the Caribbean, U.K., France, the Netherlands and the United States.  View or Request Inclusion in our Yacht Charter Directory

Antigua Charter Yacht Show Schedule & Events

At the date of this publication, the 2012 Antigua Charter Yacht Show schedule  has not yet been finalized (see Sample Schedule below).  Participants can be sure a wealth of events designed to educate, inspire and at the very least entertain even the most discerning of mariners.  Previous years’ events have included a Welcome Dinner Party, Informational Seminars, Wine Tasting, Yacht Hops, Semi-Annual Meeting of the American Yacht Charter Association, Superyacht Soiree, Crew Parties and more.

The Antigua Charter Yacht Show appreciates sponsorship from companies such as MTN Satellite Communications, American Yacht Charter Association and Dockwalk Magazine.

As the world’s most prestigious yachts often employ culinary staff, top-tier talent will be showcased during the popular three-day 13th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show Concours de Chef 2012 Challenge.  This year’s Challenge theme is ‘A Healthy Fresh Start’ and is sponsored by Piper Heidsieck Champagne.

Only 108 square miles in size, Antigua is easily navigable by land or by sea.  Visitors can enjoy true, first-class dining and accommodations, scuba diving and snorkeling, along with endless island activities like taking in a game of cricket, bird watching, hiking, golfing and so much more.  Visit the Antigua & Barbuda Department of Tourism for more information.

Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2012

(Sample Schedule – Upcoming Event Schedule Not Yet Available)
Sunday, December 2
12:30 p.m.: Yacht Registration begins at the Hospitality Desk
2:30 p.m.: Hospitality Desk open for all other registrations

Monday, December 3
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Concours de Chef Judging of yachts 160+ feet
7:00-11:30 p.m.: Antigua Charter Yacht Show Welcome Dinner Party from

Monday – Friday, December 3 to 7
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Daily Yacht viewing times with a lunch break from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Concours de Chef Judging of yachts 111-159’
6:00-10:00 p.m.: Falmouth Harbour Night Yacht Hop

Wednesday, December 5
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Concours de Chef Judging of yachts 111’ feet and under
6:00-10:00 p.m.: Antigua Yacht Club Marina Night Yacht Hop

Thursday, December 6
5:30-7:00 p.m.: Concours de Chef Prize Awards
7:00-10:00 p.m.: Nelson’s Dockyard Night Yacht Hop

Friday, December 7th
7:30 p.m. – Closing: The Yachting Matters Superyacht Soiree

Saturday, December 8
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Sail Day with select yachts entertaining privileged brokers to a day of sailing in the Caribbean waters surrounding Antigua
7:30 p.m. – Closing: Crew Bash & End of the Show Party


*Complimentary Ocean Havens Marine Fuel Bid Desk™ Platinum Membership available to qualified Captains. 

Please contact Bob Burke for program enrollment details & application.


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