Superyacht Rendezvous starts 10 days of Australian boating events

By David Robinson
Fri May 19 2017, 14:54 PM

The annual ASMEX conference, Sanctuary Cove boat show and ICOMIA-IFSBO meeting will all take place next week

The start today of the first Australian Superyacht Rendezvous marks the start of 10 days of yacht industry events that will also include a major conference, a leading boat show and an ICOMIA-IFSBO meeting.

The Rendezvous, running May 19-20 at the Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM), has attracted 15 superyachts worth more than A$150m-plus (US$112m). This new event was the idea of GCCM CEO Trenton Gay, who aims to make it an annual event.

In a Gold Coast Bulletin report, Gay indicated that he is keen to dispel the stigma that the superyacht industry is just for “rich boys and their toys”. In contrast, he wants to emphasise the economic benefits that such craft bring.

He told the Bulletin: “Economic benefits of growing superyacht visitation were considerable for crew, fit-out tradies, maintenance staff and suppliers such as florists. Anyone with one of these has done well and can afford it because they’re not cheap but the second part is they are employing a lot of people. When they get ready for charter and get provisions they will spend $100,000. All the local suppliers get a feed out of it. When they come into the yard they spend multi-millions on fit-outs.”

Among the superyachts in the Rendezvous is the Australian-owned 40m (131ft) Sahana, which is in the charter fleet operated by Northrop & Johnson Australia.

Cameron Bray, CEO of N&J Australia, commented: “We are trying to get rid of the stigma it is rich boys and their toys. You’ve only got to come and see how many people are working on yachts; doing fit-outs, dropping flowers and alcohol off. This industry creates livelihoods.”

The Rendezvous serves as an opener for the ASMEX (Australia Superyacht and Marine Export) Conference being held May 22-24, 2017 and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) on May 25-28, 2017.

The subject of superyacht chartering and the planned licence allowing foreign-flag superyachts to charter in Australian will be a key area of discussion during both events.