Yacht owners and crew members are always excited as October ends. They mark their calendars for the first weeks of November as a reminder that they need to prepare for the big Fall Yacht Show events in St Thomas and the BVI. These yacht shows are several days long and bring hundreds of charter boats together with yacht vacation brokers from around the world for the industry’s biggest marketing events of the year. The Fall Yacht Shows are the kickoff for the upcoming chartering season, and all the participating yachts hope to score big with the attending brokers.

Competing in Caribbean Paradise| 2016 St. Thomas Boat Show, iYachtClub
 

Preparing the Boats for the 2016 Show

The Yacht crews prepare each cabin as if ready for guests. Special care is given to create an inviting space. The visiting vacation brokers take photos and use these to show off the yacht to potential guests. This cabin on Island R&R was beautifully made up.

This cabin aboard one of our yachts was made-up for brokers to come by and bid on it. Brokers will come by and prepare for the upcoming yacht chartering season by attending the St. Thomas Charter Boat Show. This was the room for 2016.

This year there were 54 yachts participating in the St Thomas Fall Yacht Show, and iYachtClub presented 11 yachts:

Aliwe:
53’ Royal Cape Catamaran!

Avalanche: 60’ Trehard Sailing Yacht!

Elixir: 46’ Robertson & Caine Catamaran!

Island R&R: 46’ Robertson & Caine Catamaran!

Karizma: 53’Royal Cape Catamaran!

LoveBoat: 45’ Lagoon Catamaran!

Mango: 41” Lagoon Catamaran!

Nadiya: 47’ Robertson & Caine Catamaran

R-S-Cape: 44’ Fountaine Pajot Helia Catamaran!

Sognare: 47’ Robertson & Caine Catamaran!

Vivo: 50’ Fountaine Pajot Catamaran!

The crews worked diligently getting their yachts in perfect “show-ready” and “photo-shoot ready” condition for the show. Decks gleamed, stainless steel sparkled, interiors beckoned with beautiful new upholstery and linens, and the immaculate table settings and fresh flower arrangements polished off the look. The chefs also prepared gourmet treats for the visiting brokers to enjoy while on board. All this work reflected an effort to entice these ambassadors of the yacht charter industry to book their boat in the upcoming season.

Fall Yacht Show Competitions: iYachtClub Crews Earn Prizes

Our yacht, Sognare, entered into the flavored water competition for the St. Thomas Charter Boat Show 2016.Yacht show competitions are a great way for crews to distinguish themselves and earn recognition for their yacht. As you can imagine, the standard for excellence is set very high by the charter chefs and the competition among them is quite fierce! This year, three contests were open for crew enrollment: Flavored Water, Culinary and Cocktail.

Flavored Water Competition

St. Thomas Charter Boat Show 2016 culinary competition dish.

Chef Denise’s culinary competition dish from the 2016 St. Thomas Charter Boat Show: shrimp tamarindo.

The Flavored Water Competition originated as a promotion to encourage yachts to stop using plastic water bottles on board, and, instead, use their own filtered osmosis system fresh water for their guests. This year Captain Kelly and Chef Dianne on Mango won 3rd place for their water—aptly named: Mango Water! The recipe can be found on their webpage!

Culinary Competition

Chef Casey from our yacht Island R&R wins honorable mention for cocktail competition in the St. Thomas Charter Boat Show 2016.

Chef Casey from our yacht Island R&R wins honorable mention for cocktail competition in the St. Thomas Charter Boat Show 2016.

In the Culinary Competition Chef Alicia on Catamaran Vivo, Captain Matt on Island R&R, and Chef Denise on Bella Vita participated using the secret ingredient, Tamarind, for their dishes. Alicia prepared a Tamarind Tart and Matt: Grilled Swordfish finished with a Tamarind, Balsamic Reduction. Chef Denise returning from a third-place finish in the 2015 St Thomas Yacht Show prepared a Shrimp Tamarindo that wowed the judges and earned her 2nd Place!

Cocktail Competition

Both Alicia and Chef Casey also vied for honors in the Cocktail Competition. Casey received Honorable Mention for her libation: a Lavender Elderberry Spritz! Guests chartering on Island R&R this year will want to request this cocktail from the ship’s bar!

Introducing our New Crews and New Charter Boats!

During the show, iYachtClub introduced new crews on board our yachts as well as new boats to the fleet.

New crews include:

Chef Stephanie aboard Avalanche

Capatin Alex and Chef Bri aboard Elixir

Captain Byron and Chef Michelle aboard Karizma

Captain Jacek and Chef Deb aboardLoveBoat

Captain David and Chef Janice aboard R-S-Cape

New yachts in the fleet include:

Catamaran Aliwe with Captain Collin and Chef Corrine

Catamaran Vivo with Captain Kyle and Chef Alicia!

Catamaran Zephyr ( a brand new 50’ Fountaine Pajot catamaran) with Captain Matt and Chef Kendra on board.

Zephyr has just been splashed from the Fountaine Pajot boatyard and the crew is awaiting her delivery from France. Matt and Kendra were still on hand at the show to greet brokers as was Bella Vita’s new captain Stephen.

St. Thomas Charter Boat Show Finale— Pardigras!

Pardigras event closes the St. Thomas Fall Yacht Show. Zephyr crew, Kendra and Matt, won the costume contest.

Zephyr crew, Kendra and Matt, won the costume contest at the 2016 Pardigras Event which closed the 2016 St. Thomas Fall Yacht Show.

 

The final night of the show brought a fun Pardigras Event—a party where the crews and brokers could mingle in a more informal setting—and just plain have fun! Zephyr’s crew Matt and Kendra really blew the doors off the costume competition and won first prize! Meanwhile, Captain Eric aboard Avalanche surprised the crowd by Fire Dancing with fire batons! It was a memorable evening and a great end to a very successful yacht show.

The 2016 St Thomas Fall Yacht Show was a spectacular event and the iYachtClub fleet really impressed the vacation brokers. The crews all performed with great professionalism and showed off their charter boats to their best advantage. We look forward to a very successful 2017 of bookings aboard the iYachtClub featured yachts!