It's Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year - so what better way to cheer up than to plan your next yachting event? Here's our roundup of the best for 2016.
Millennium Cup, New Zealand - 27 January to 29 January
The best-attended superyacht regatta in the South Pacific, the Millennium Cup, will take place once again in its new breathtaking venue of the Bay of Islands. Delivered in its own refreshingly Kiwi way, the regatta has a friendly and charming atmosphere and allows participants to enjoy some of the most picturesque sailing grounds that New Zealand has to offer.
Millennium Cup - credit: Jeff Brown
St Barths Bucket, Caribbean - 17 March to 20 March
St Barths Bucket is arguably the most popular superyacht regatta on the circuit, attracting well over 30 participating yachts and numerous spectating yachts to join in on the competition and social programme. The exclusive event sees some of the most iconic sailing yachts gather to sail around the magical island of St Barths.
Singapore Yacht Show, Singapore - 7 April to 10 April
The Singapore Yacht Show, quickly becoming regarded as the premiere yacht show in Asia, will take place for the sixth time in 2016. The three-day event showcases the leading builders, brokers, interior designers, service providers, naval architects, consultants and marina developers available to the Asian market.
Palma Superyacht Show, Palma de Mallorca - 28 April to 4 May
Having made its debut in 2013, the Palma Superyacht Show, in partnership with MYBA, is now a firm fixture in the yachting calendar and has established itself as the Spring brokerage show. With a strong focus on sailing yachts, the show is also building up momentum in the motoryacht sector.
Hosted in the vibrant city of Palma de Mallorca, the show provides owners the perfect excuse for a weekend away to survey some fantastic boats in a ideal setting.
The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show, London - 4 May to 6 May
This new show acknowledges the synergy between yacht, jet and prestige car ownership and is aptly positioned amidst the largest financial centre in Europe at Old Billingsgate and St Katharine Docks in the City of London. The first edition saw the luxury lifestyle event well represented by the superyacht industry, and although cars and jets are also on the agenda, it was dominated by the yachting fraternity.
Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco - 26 May to 29 May
One of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix draws crowds of thousands for a weekend celebration of motor sport at its fastest and most glamorous. There isn’t a better way to enjoy the action than securing a berth alongside the track in Port Hercule. With a big superyacht representation in attendance every year, the event also allows those exploring potential ownership and chartering opportunities the chance to discuss options in a less concentrated, more relaxed manner than at a boat show.
Cannes Film Festival, France - 11 May to 22 May
The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival never ceases to attract an impressive line up of superyachts ready to host exclusive parties and elite gatherings with world-renowned celebrities and business executives. While many owners choose to give the high exposure event a wide berth, the festival draws the crème of the crop of yachts that want to be visible amongst the world’s rich and famous, with charter opportunities aplenty as celebrities increasingly value the privacy that superyachts provide.
The Superyacht Cup, Palma de Mallorca - 22 June to 25 June
Undoubtedly the most popular superyacht regatta in the Mediterranean, The Superyacht Cup attracts an impressive line up every year. Held in the sailing superyacht hub of the world, the regatta is famous for its lively social pogramme.
SuperyachtDESIGN Week, London - 28 June to 30 June
Over three days, over 450 guests gather at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour to look at innovative design, attend interactive workshops on the latest topics, gain exclusive access to artisan showcases and peruse 103 design showrooms. This event is formulated to allow the design world to explore what is on offer, exchange ideas and innovations on what the future holds.
Les Voiles de St Tropez, France - 24 September to 2 October
Closing the superyacht regatta season for the year, Les Voiles de St Tropez attracts the most eclectic mix of classic and modern yachts and is a marvel to spectate and participate in, with past events yielding over 300 sailing yachts to compete. The classes of races are separated into the Traditional class (classic yachts), the Modern class, the Esprit de Tradition class (modern traditional), the Wally class, and the 12 Meter America’s Cup Yachts class.
Voiles de St. Tropez Regatta
Monaco Yacht Show, Monaco - 28 September to 2 October
There is no industry event quite like Monaco Yacht Show. At once exciting and overwhelming, there are few other places where you will find all facets of the superyacht world in one place, at one time. Not only does it provide the ultimate exposure for any yacht exhibiting, and the opportunity to see all the latest launches and the hottest charters, it’s also the premier opportunity to meet with the best builders, designers and brokers in the world. The 2016 edition will once again play host to The Superyacht Owner VIP lounge, adding unique evening events to its usual offering of sanctuary, respite and refreshment for superyacht owners and VIPs.
Monaco Yacht Show - credit: Tom J Powell
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, USA - 3 November to 7 November
The key superyacht event in the US, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show offers the chance to survey what the US market has to offer. After a number of barren years, the American superyacht industry is bouncing back and this has been evident in the last few years of this show, which has seen an increase of activity and superyacht representation.