More than a hundred boats were on display at the Monaco Yacht Show 2022, combined with the work of increasing interest in sailing among future generations through the 'Seducation Program'
The 2022 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, MYS, resulted in the exhibition of 110 vessels – 96 motor yachts, 11 sailing yachts, and three catamarans – anchored in and around Port Hercule. Of the vessels on display, 29 were recent models, representing a total value of over US$3.9 billion. At the same time, the organizers continued the 'Seducation Program', launched in the previous edition of the fair, under the concept of attracting new generations of clients to yachting.
Among the superyachts on display was the 377 ft. Ahpo, built by Lürssen in 2021, in addition to the 292 ft. Here Comes the Sun, launched in 2017 and refitted in Damen Yachting's workshops in 2021. Other yachts visited were Phoenix II (295 ft.) by Lürssen, Project X by Golden Yachts; B2 (282 ft.) by Abeking & Rasmussen, and Victorius (278 ft.) by AKYachts.
Among the sailing yachts were the ClubSwan 80 (90 ft.) and Swan 98 (101 ft.) by Finnish builder Nautor's Swan, Sorvind (113 ft.) by the Southern Wind shipyard, and Sunreef 80 Eco (78 ft.), Sunreef's eco-friendly catamaran.
The MYS in numbers
110 superyachts (96 motor yachts, 11 sailing yachts, 3 catamarans)
3.9 billion dollars, the value of the fleet of more than 98 ft.
3.4 miles of superyachts in (bow-to-stern position)
29 recent models
770 GT average superyacht volume
14 builder countries represented in the fleet
54 superyacht builders
In what was the second of three years of its 'Seducation Program', made up of the concepts of education and seduction – hence the word 'Seducation' – in this edition new thematic areas were instituted to introduce visitors to the world of superyachts with the presence of industry experts and creators that shared their experiences of future trends in boats.
At The Sapphire Experience, the public experienced an initial immersion into the world of superyachts through invitations to the vessels available for purchase or charter, with VIP activities and attention. The themed exhibition areas – Dockside Area, Sailing Yacht Area, and Yacht Design & Innovation Hub – inaugurated in 2021, were redistributed, looking for the new wave of customers to meet with experts in their respective fields to discover the range of products and services needed to complete their seafaring project.
Whether on the water or in the docks, the Dockside Area showcased superyachts, tenders, and all kinds of services related to the world of boating. Visitors mingled with exhibitors, shipyard representatives, and designers, who gave lectures on the exhibits.
The Sailing Yacht Area was moved to Quai l'Hirondelle, on the inner side of Port Hercule, while the Yacht Design & Innovation Hub, dedicated to the future design of yachts, featured 25 creators, who exhibited their latest productions at the Virage Louis Chiron docks, tripled in size. Other MYS-themed exhibition areas included in this edition, were:
- Parvis Piscine: yacht interior design and decoration companies;
- Upper Deck Lounge: luxury products and services;
- Quai Antoine Ier: yacht tenders, water toys, luxury cars, and motorcycles;
- Darse Sud Marquee: manufacturers of nautical equipment and services; and
- Quai Albert Ier Tent: yacht-related equipment, maintenance, and service companies.
Monaco Yacht Summit
In parallel, the Monaco Yacht Club hosted the sixth Monaco Yacht Summit, where a panel of connoisseurs addressed practical questions on the topics of yacht leasing, buying, and building in front of a pre-qualified audience of expert and novice owners and charterers.
The Monaco Yacht Summit was the perfect opportunity for visitors to meet with designers, brokers, builders, and consultants about their yacht projects. The panel of distinguished industry professionals provided insight into the practical aspects of realizing your yacht project.
Activity reports were presented on trends in leasing, buying, building, and operating a superyacht, as well as everything related to charters, from how to choose a broker to the location and booking process. Experts from leading shipping companies went through the practical steps of commissioning and building a superyacht.
The sustainable area
MYS continued the emphasis on sustainable yachting solutions at the Sustainability Hub, where companies specializing in technology aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of superyachts showcased their advances. This is an incubator for companies providing innovative green solutions or sustainable alternatives adaptable to the yachting world.
Gaëlle Tallarida, CEO of MYS recalled that to raise environmental awareness among participants, the show joined the Carbon Neutral program in 2005, something unusual in the maritime business. Subsequently, in 2010 they joined the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to support its green projects. Today, MYS is one of the industry's leading voices.
This area dedicated to green alternatives, including sailing, is part of the sustainability program, supporting exhibitors, service providers, and visitors alike. The exhibition of environmentally friendly products and services was located in an area of 2,152 sq. ft.
Text: Amura ± Photo: Arcadia Yachts, Lürssen, Oceanco, Nautor Swan