- Antigua Yacht Charter Meeting 2019
This was my first time showing a yacht at the Antigua Yacht Show. GiGi of Lymington is a CNB66, the smallest monohull at the show. The show is a B2B show, yacht brokers attend the show to get firsthand opinions of the yachts entered and can then promote them to their clients.
We hosted breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard for them as well as entering the ‘Designer Water’ and ‘Chefs Competitions’ in both cases they were in the under 125ft category, so some of the competition was twice the size of GiGi.
The first day was fantastic probably our busiest day of the week, they just kept on coming down the dock so we invited them all on for tours and talked about her winter and summer programmes.
Our breakfast onboard was day 2, we had a very strong Fort Lauderdale presence and one Canadian.
Zina had made a delicious Papaya smoothie, we all had frothy cappuccinos and then we had a choice of a fruit platter, fresh blueberry scones with lemon sauce, banana bread all homemade, croissants and french bread from a local bakery then eggs and bacon. It was superb and I thought everyone was going to stay all day as it was such a relaxed environment onboard.
The morning flew past but Tuesday afternoon was slower as I think the heat started to take it’s toll and people were heading back to their hotels and beaches to have a dip before the evening.
The Yacht Hop was in Nelson’s Dockyard that night so we stayed on and visited Sweet Escape, a 130 ft motor yacht, the crew were very friendly and organised for their James Bond – Casino Royale themed evening.
From there we headed to Columbia, a 141ft Classic Schooner, built in 2014 with nods to the original Columbia with finishing interior touches. They had made a syrups for their Champagne Party and a beer boat!
We then wandered back to Namaste, a 78ft Privilege Catamaran, the party was in full swing and they had Tahiti dancers on the dock to celebrate their upcoming trip in Winter 2020.
We were by then exhausted and headed home.
Day 3, chef competition day, I was down on GiGi at 9, Sam & Zina were locked inside prepping hard, we had a few visitors who were all intrigued by what she was making and the smells coming from the galley.
Our slot was just after lunch but they were running about 20minutes late which definitely added to the excitement. When they arrived, Sam presented them with Gin cocktails that looked delightfully refreshing. The starter was mahi-mahi sashimi with Caviar and tigers milk. They looked very impressed, with a couple of raised eyebrows.
For the main course the instructions were protein 2 or 3 ways, Zina went all out and went 3 ways although the smaller category could have just done 2. Homemade lobster ravioli, lobster bisque and deep fried jerk lobster, it was mouth watering to watch, the photographer took the photo of the dish and tucked straight in. Dessert was centred around Papaya, homemade sorbet, a coconut crunch, just delicious!
The judges departed with still 3 yachts to go, we were none the wiser of how they’d done.
That evening we hosted a broker dinner onboard that was the chef competition menu! My guests were blown away, so was I, I still think about that lobster bisque 6 weeks later, I always think of it being a bit salty but this was not, everything was just incredible.
Day 4, Zina and Sam had had a busy days and it wasn’t about to stop with a broker lunch today. Today Zina prepared for us a tuna Niçoise salad with the tuna grilled on the BBQ on the stern. It was a beautiful lunch sitting in the warm breeze under the big sun awning. After some lovely frothy cappuccinos everyone carried on with their days.
That evening was the prize giving for the chef competition, we were a little late arriving as our last guest had left at the end of the day and we all had to get showered and changed. On my arrival people were congratulating me and I was told Zina had come second in the chef’s competition for yachts under 125ft, GiGi was the smallest yacht in the show. What a feat! Zina and Sam were also surprised so we had an impromptu celebration dinner at the Admirals Inn!
We then headed off to Yacht Club Marina for the last Yacht Hop of the show. Visiting Just Enough for a night cap.
We were off on the GiGi photo shoot at 6am the next morning so we all got off to bed early.
The Antigua Show was great for GiGi, we welcomed many new brokers onboard as well as having a charter confirmed once the broker had been onboard and met the crew. These shows are very important for yachts wishing to charter as it gives us charter brokers first hand experience and opinions of the yachts we are recommending to our clients.
The brokers were all very impressed with GiGi’s presentation , a great looking yacht, beautifully detailed from the cutlery through to the throw cushions. GiGi is much loved but you need to get in their early if you wish to book her as she’s a very popular yacht!