48th Antigua Charter Yacht Show is Underway

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

What a difference an island makes as far as Charter Shows are concerned. Here in Antigua the 48th Charter Yacht Show is underway and in a very healthy position with some 100 yachts all of a very high quality. Usually the mix is more sail than power but this year it looks as if there […]

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St Maarten Charter Show 2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The St Martin Charter Show from Allure Shadow’s Helicopter © Frances Howorth 2009 Well run, professionally organised with high quality yachts in a superb location sounds like the recipe for perfect charter yacht show but here in Sint Maarten attending Captains and Vendors are not happy with the way things are turning out. It seems […]

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UK to St Maarten via Antigua

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Lady Joy at anchor off La Samanna in St Martin Charter yacht shows in the sun are a great way for yacht crew to show brokers how well their yachts will perform in real life. We here in St Maarten for the first of the two top Caribbean charter yacht shows. We flew out to […]

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DAME awards at METS 2009

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Normally a wonderful source of innovative new products, the selection of winning entries at this years 19th annual Design Award METS competition seemed somewhat uninspiring. But a lot of this was perhaps due to the poor layout of the DAME showcase area which totally lacked any signage to inspire and impress with the selection. DAME […]

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Staying in Amsterdam

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The annual marine trade extravaganza that is METS is underway in its usual location in the Rai on the outskirts of Amsterdam. METS 2009 incorporating SuperYacht Pavilion is taking place in Amsterdam from 7-19 November 2009. www.mets.metstrade.com. It is one of the essential shows of the year and as you might expect we are here. […]

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Sailing Yachts at East Winds

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Top Caribbean Hotel adds Sailing Catamarans to its list of Beach Attractions One of our all time favourite hotels in the Caribbean is the East Winds Inn on the Island of St Lucia. It is right on the beach and very convenient for yacht owners to use as a land base for extra guests while […]

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End of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

© 2009 Frances Howorth It is amazing how quickly a show is broken down after it shuts on the last day. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was no exception this year. I took the photograph above on Wednesday from the helicopter usually aboard Allure Shadow. Brent Haywood Photography made a time lapse video of […]

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A Worrying Email Scam

Friday, November 6th, 2009

A rather strange email was received at the offices of the British Guild of Travel Writers today purportedly from a member. Luckily its phraseology was odd enough to raise suspicion, but of course being a travel writer the member concerned could easily have really been in West Africa. This scam is both very clever and […]

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Fort Lauderdale Apartment

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Early this morning from our Apartment Whenever we travel, reporting on super yachts around the world there is one thing that frequently blights our enjoyment and that is finding accommodation that we can afford to pay for and more importantly meets our high standards. We are sure that we are not alone in our desire […]

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – Day 5

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The Super Yachts from the Water © Frances Howorth The final day of the Fort Lauderdale Boat show was as hot as the first with many of the more sensible visitors moving around from exhibit to exhibit inside the luxury of the air conditioned tents. Exhibitors inside such tents were reporting brisk business as usual […]

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