By David Robinson
The new London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car show has attracted a strong international superyacht following among its confirmed exhibitors. To be held on April 8-10, 2015, it will have an exhibition within the Old Billingsgate fish market hall and an in-water display at St Katharine docks marina and on the river Thames for larger yachts.
London is said to have more billionaires and millionaires, both domestic and international, than any other city, which means that many superyacht owners have residences there and visit the British capital. This new event is meant to reflect that and the wide-ranging role that London plays in the global superyacht market through broking, design, finance, legal and media companies to name but a few.
To date, as far as superyacht exhibitors are concerned, over 50 have been confirmed with many leading names included. Among the builders are Lürssen, Blohm + Voss, Abeking & Rasmussen, Azimut-Benetti, Delta Marine, Fincantieri, Ocea, Sunrise Yachts, Nobiskrug, Amels, Westport, Trinity, Pendennis, Princess, CNB, Holland Jachtbouw, Baglietto, Gulf Craft, Spirit Yachts, Ferretti/Ventura, Sanlorenzo, Outer Reef and Nautor Swan.
Supporting these are a wide range of services including brokers Burgess, Cecil Wright and Fraser Yachts; designers including Bill Dixon and Design Unlimited; yacht transporter Peters & May and charterers Sunseeker Charters. Others include the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum, Compass Tenders, Radio Zeeland, Struik & Hamerslag and Gly Peter Machin, again to name but a few.
No details have yet been released about the number of yachts that will be available for viewing. The central basin at St Katharine docks will accommodate yachts up to 20m (66ft) berthed alongside the finger piers and stern on plus a number of tenders being exhibited.
Marina manager William Bowman told SB: “The show planning is still underway and we are not sure how many will be coming. We will not only be using the central basin but will berth the larger yachts up to 45m-50m (148-164ft) in the western basin. We also own the pier in the river, so larger yachts could berth in the river and we can run a water taxi to them.”
Apart from yachts the show will also include high quality cars and jets, property and luxury products, so producing a show that fully reflects the luxury lifestyle aspects London has to offer.