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Monaco Yacht Show 2023 set to host inaugural Honours gala

By Nina Done   17 July 2023

Representing a new addition to the Monaco Yacht Show’s format, an exclusive awards ceremony championing the most inspiring individuals within the industry will take place on the eve of this year’s prestigious event. 

The Monaco Yacht Show and The Superyacht Life Foundation have teamed up to create an awards ceremony that recognises inspirational people, and celebrates their outstanding contributions in helping to drive the industry forward to a more responsible, sustainable and caring future. 

Yachts lined up at the Monaco Yacht Show

It is very important that people start understanding how impactful in a positive way this industry is and can be

The panel of judges deliberating on this year’s nominees, chaired by Tony Harris, Superyacht Industry Ambassador of Informa Markets, comprised a prestigious line-up of peers from across several sectors of the industry. This includes world-class yacht designer Espen Øino, Burgess’ CEO Jonathan Beckett, Farouk Nefzi, CMO at superyacht builder Feadship, Superyacht Times Founder Merijn de Waard, Jeroen Sirag, Marketing Director at sailing yacht builder Royal Huisman and Francesca Fenucci, CCO at BWA Yachting.

After several hours of judgment, three Honourees – drawn from a whittled down list of more than 360 nominees across the industry – have been selected based on a variety of criteria that highlights their contribution to superyachting. 

At the gala event, they will each be presented with a Bowsprit award; a beautiful sculpture showcasing a dark carbon bow set within crystal waves.

Bowsprit award for The Honours gala at the Monaco Yacht Show 2023
Honours judging guidelines for the Monaco Yacht Show 2023Monaco at dusk

“It is very important that people start understanding how impactful in a positive way this industry is and can be,” says Francesca Fenucci. “The Honours will bring this to light more and more over the years.

These awards will be presented during an exclusive, experiential evening on the eve of the Monaco Yacht Show, where the Honorees will have their stories showcased through a range of mediums; from interactive chats, mini-documentaries and more, in between courses of fine-dining at a unique location, yet to be disclosed. 

Monaco Yacht Show

The Monaco Yacht Show is an annual event featuring an exclusive line up of some of the finest superyachts in the world, and plays host to some of the biggest names in the industry. 

The show is also an opportunity to network at various social gatherings, yacht hops and cocktail evenings taking place across the 4-day event.

The world's most prestigious boat show will be returning to Port Hercules between 27-30 September 2023 for its 32st edition. If you'd like to learn more about attending the show, please reach out to your preferred yacht charter broker

Alternatively, check out our Monaco Yacht Show 2023 guide for more information.


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