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Watch: A round-up of all the action from the Monaco Yacht Show 2021

By Nina Done   29 September 2021

As the doors close on the 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, YachtCharterFleet looks back over some of the highlights from one of the most prestigious events in the yachting calendar.

After an enforced hiatus due to the pandemic in 2020, the annual event returned with aplomb, showcasing a brand new look. Monaco Yacht Show 2021 saw the launch of their new ‘client-focused’ format, along with the exciting new Yacht Design and Innovation hub and areas dedicated to sailing design and exploration. 

Port Hercules was a hive of activity over the four-day event as 102 superyachts, over 450 exhibitors and thousands of attendees descended on Monaco for the world’s most revered boat show.

Poster for MYS 2021
People at the MYS 2021Yachts in port at the MYS 2021

As ever, the YachtCharterFleet team was on the ground in Monaco to tour this year’s superyacht showcase and bring you exclusive reporting live from the show.

How did the pandemic affect this year’s show?

For all intents and purposes the show was a success, with many industry professionals that we spoke to buoyant about the future after an unprecedented year of yacht sales and full order books, as well as enjoying the numerous networking and socialising opportunities presented by the event. 

That said, there were several notable differences this year compared with previous years, including the absence of the annual MYS Superyacht Awards ceremony, as well as the Captain’s party and other superyacht festivities, which are highly popular and all add to the overall élan of the show. Fingers crossed they will make a comeback for MYS 2022.

An MYS official checks a show goer's vaccination pass

The show’s organisers also made good on their promise to maintain strict Covid protocols throughout the show, including enforcing the wearing of masks, curtailing viewing numbers on yachts and routine vaccination checks. 

This naturally put the kibosh on any large gatherings, but did foster a more intimate environment with many one-to-one meetings happening throughout the event between clients and industry providers alike. 

Visitors with masks view a yacht in-show at the MYS 2021
Masked attendees at the MYS 2021

This year organisation was also paramount with everything needing to be pre-booked (even restaurants), which didn’t allow for much spontaneity although undoubtedly meant many were able to manage meetings and appointments with greater efficiency. 

Visitors with masks view a yacht in-show at the MYS 2021

After an enforced hiatus due to the pandemic in 2020, the annual event returned with aplomb, showcasing a brand new look.

The show was inaugurated with the 2021 Monaco Yacht Summit, which focused on yacht building, design, management, charter and purchase with an array of quality speakers attending the event which took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 21 September. 

Yacht club de Monaco

Although the summit focused on advice for end-clients, the show has for many years advocated sustainability and is keen to promote this issue. MYS Managing Director, Gaelle Tallarida confirmed this in a recent interview, “the role of the yacht show is to increase awareness of sustainability, as well as emphasise efforts already being undertaken by the industry.” 

At the event

Heralding a bright blue sky, the show’s launch on 22 September was a more sedate affair with the show open to select badge holders and VIP guests only, marking a distinct step-change from previous years.

Without the usual crowds it was indeed a lot quieter and we found it easier, for example, to visit stands and arrange yacht tours, although looking ahead, this format may need tweaking as key industry experts were notably absent from the mix.

VIP entrance at the MYS 2021

The weather conditions were actually favourable for most of the yacht show until the last day, when gathering grey storm clouds produced an uncomfortable chop outside the harbour making it challenging to access the 77 superyachts berthed out at anchor.

Flags flying at the MYS 2021
tender in the water at the MYS 2021

Heralding a bright blue sky, the show’s launch on 22 September was a more sedate affair with the show open to select badge holders and VIP guests only, marking a distinct step-change from previous years.

Standout yachts

Considering the restrictions on numbers, the YachtCharterFleet team was lucky enough to tour a sample of top tier luxury yachts, including Bilgin’s 80m/262ft superyacht TATIANA, who was undoubtedly one of the stars of the show with her double swimming pools and raft of luxurious amenities. 

A lady stands outside MY Tatiana's beach club
Staff sign visitors onboard MY TatianaAft deck pool onboard MY Tatiana

We also had the privilege of being shown around the award-winning 80m/262ft Nobiskrug yacht ARTEFACT, and were blown away with her phenomenal features.

A tender draws near to MY Artefact at the MYS 2021

We also had a chance to catch up with SilverYachts’ 85m/279ft flagship expedition yacht BOLD again before she set off for more adventures across the globe.

YCF chats to an MY BOLD crew member at the MYS 2021 MY Bold at the Monaco Yacht Show 2021
MY Bold

Alongside these yachts, plenty of other vessels were turning show-goers’ heads, including the newly-launched 85m/279ft Turkish yacht VICTORIOUS and the award-winning 40m/131ft Baglietto yacht PANAM, who had already proved a big hit at the Cannes Yachting Festival earlier this month.

MY Victorious at the MYS 2021
Line-up of yachts at the MYS 2021
YCF team at the MYS 2021

Berthed along the harbour wall, Lurssen’s spectacular 95m/312ft superyacht KISMET was on display in all her glory, showcasing her elongated bowsprit with the Owner’s trademark jaguar prowling on the tip, as well as her resplendent “champagne and caviar” Art Deco-inspired interiors. 

plenty of other vessels were turning show-goers’ heads, including the newly-launched 85m/279ft Turkish yacht VICTORIOUS and the newly-award-winning 40m/131ft Baglietto yacht PANAM.

Tenders take visitors to anchored yachts at the MYS 2021

As well as the yachts in show, the YachtCharterFleet team also headed out to get a better look at some of the yachts at anchor; including the impressive 90m/296ft Lurssen yacht PHOENIX II and the elegant 55m/180ft Baglietto yacht SEVERIN’S, who wowed us with her stunning interiors, state-of-the-art AV systems and standout amenities.

Along the boardwalks

Back at the port, there was plenty to peruse and the boardwalks were bustling with visitors from day two onwards. Prospective clients were also in attendance, alongside industry players and key media representatives, proving that despite the stricter measures it was business as usual at the show. 

Boardwalk at the MYS 2021
People at the MYS 2021People at the MYS 2021

As usual, top shipyards grabbed the opportunity to unveil new concepts at the show. We were impressed with the turnout and quality of some of this year’s stands, including Lurssen’s thought-provoking models and Oceanco’s “buildable” 90-meter hybrid yacht KAIROS. 

Feadship stand at the MYS 2021
Oceanco stand at the MYS 2021
A close up of Oceanco's model yacht KAIROS at the MYS 2021
Silver yachts stand at the MYS 2021
A fun stand at the MYS 2021
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The all-new areas dedicated to innovation and design were equally impressive. These were, in essence, interactive hubs with yacht designers from the likes of Espen Øino, Sam Sorgiovanni and Winch Design showcasing their concepts with models and videos, alongside a panel of design experts ready to turn dreams into reality for motivated clients.

As usual, top shipyards grabbed the opportunity to unveil new concepts at the show.

The Tenders & Toys section was inevitably a big hitter again this year, with state-of-the-art gadgets and cutting-edge water accessories on hand for visitors to play with. This year’s standout toy had to be the personal submarine, which piqued visitors interest throughout the show. 

Tenders and toys sign at the MYS 2021

Indeed, explorer yacht U-BOAT NAVIGATOR, which boasts not just one but three personal submarines onboard, marked an industry first when her Owner signed a CA management agreement underwater with the CEO of Fraser Yachts, with two glasses of champagne to seal the deal! 

A greater emphasis on luxury

Alongside the Tenders & Toys zone, the Luxury Gallery and Prestige Car deck generated plenty of attention, with the newly-launched megayacht VICTORIOUS showcasing one of the models, a royal-blue Bentley, on its foredeck helipad throughout the show.

MY Victorious at the MYS 2021

These sections have become a staple of the Monaco Yacht Show’s success over the years, putting everything a consumer might need all in one place. This year, with their new ‘client-focused’ format, there was even greater emphasis on cross-promotion with other luxury suppliers; from wine and tobacco to high-end watches and private jets, which all ties in with their ethos of producing a show dedicated to superyacht end-users. 

In summary

Despite the pandemic heralding stricter sanitary measures, this year’s Monaco Yacht Show was a surprise success for all involved, with 2021 representing the most expensive fleet of yachts for sale at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Sunset at the Monaco Yacht Show 2021

Based on 2021 intelligence data, the total asking price of yachts in attendance is $3.6 billion, which trumps 2019’s total of $2.5 billion, and marks the highest total to date. A truly remarkable end to an unprecedented year.

Why not check out the exhibitors in action in our selection of the best stand photos at the MYS 2021? Plus, take a peek at our sample of images from the social side of the event, showcasing the best people and party photos at the MYS 2021

For more details on any charter yachts that attended the show, speak to your preferred yacht charter broker.

 
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