The business and pleasure of the Australian and international world of superyachts gathered for the two-day Australian Superyacht Rendezvous held at Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard on 20-21 April.
More than $200 million of superyachts including some of the very best charter superyachts in Australia lined up as the ‘who’s who’ of this nautical glamour world gathered to throw a spotlight on why Australia is the next superyacht hotspot, why superyachts should be more broadly considered for events and holiday makers and why the superyacht industry is so important to Australia’s tourism and economy.
On Friday, invited guests took part in a frank and lively industry round table canvassing the hottest issues the Australian market is facing. By nightfall, in a rare opportunity to come together, the VIP industry night saw around 200 superyacht crews and industry players party and mingle to proudly celebrate their industry.
Saturday saw tourism, hospitality and event planners yacht hopping aboard the 11 charter yachts, eight of which were up for sale.
The Rendezvous culminated in the VIP Gala event on the Saturday night where nearly 300 guests enjoyed rum, gin and vodka bars on board luxury superyachts, dined on pearl meat and Craigie Station beef, and were entertained by singer-songwriter siblings, the Brentwood Duo.
Trenton Gay, CEO of the Gold Coast City Marina and founder of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, spoke to us about the evolution of the show.
“The event has grown twice in size from last year and I really think we are starting to witness the coming of age of the superyacht industry in Australia. I think government at every level is starting to fully grasp the economic potential of our industry.”
“The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous provides an incredible forum for networking amongst captains, owners and industry whilst also highlighting the relevance of superyachts to a well qualified group of current and potential superyacht owners and charterers. We have already had a host of enquiry from luxury and yachting brands both here and internationally to get involved which is great sign for future events.”
“Our industry can only mature and blossom as more high net worth individuals are educated on the charms of superyacht ownership and charter through events such as ASR.”
The Italian Benetti Yachts – with eyes keenly on Australia – greeted guests with an Italian themed dessert station including Tiramisu martinis, frosted cannoli and affogato. Hardy Brothers Jewellers showed off its latest collections of Australian sapphires, pearls, turquoise and rare Argyle Pink Diamonds as well as timepieces from Ulysse Nardin.
The night concluded with a bang of fireworks.
International visitors included Jonathan Beckett of Burgess, who gave his views on how important the Australian market is, with his firm belief that Australia is set to see an influx of superyachts from Asia and the west coast of America.