This gathering of superyachts shines once again, surrounded by a lavish world of grandeur and elegance.

The Monaco Yacht Show is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events of the yachting season because of the distinguished and elegant atmosphere that surrounds this superyacht exhibition in the idyllic setting of Port Hercule, an iconic site on the Mediterranean and the world's number one yachting destination.

In addition to getting to know the boats up close, visitors had the opportunity to receive expert advice and high quality personalized services for a complete immersion in the world of yachting, so much in vogue in recent years for the protection of the environment, especially the oceans.

The nautical event was attended by more than 550 nautical companies, including designers and naval architects, yacht equipment suppliers, service providers, as well as manufacturers of auxiliary vessels and equipment.



More than 130 examples were exhibited, 45 of them launched in 2023, along with 16 yachts from 2022. Of the fleet, 52% were at least a few years old. Confirming its status as the premier superyacht show, 27 yachts were at least 197 ft., led by the 318 ft. Carinthia VII from German shipyard Lürssen and the 262 ft. Leona from Turkish builder Bilgin Yachts.

Complementing the superyachts were 61 models, including a pair of submarines, and the return of the Sustainability Hub, Yacht Design & Innovation Hub and Adventure Area themed exhibits.

On the occasion of MYS, CRN (Costruzioni e Riparazioni Navali) celebrated its six decades of existence. Born from the idea of its founder Sanzio Niciloni, the Italian shipyard has revolutionized the world of navigation with important innovations that have changed the face of the global market.



Bowsprit Awards

The inaugural Bowsprit Awards were presented at MYS by Wendy Schmidt, superyacht owner, marine conservationist and philanthropist; Jenny Matthews, the first female superyacht commissioner and a champion of diversity, equality and inclusion in the industry; and Zoran Selakovic, business strategist turned YachtAid Global Director.

Selected from more than 360 nominations received from the industry, the winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges for embodying the heart and soul of the superyacht sector and for making a difference behind the scenes.

Through the Schmidt Family Foundation, the Schmidt Ocean Institute and other nonprofit organizations, Wendy Schmidt has helped advance ocean science and research by donating a state-of-the-art research vessel to scientists around the world to bring their explorations and discoveries to the public.

Schmidt also co-founded 11th Hour Racing to raise awareness about ocean health and solutions for sustainability in the maritime industry and shipping.

Jenny Matthews, a professional yacht crewmember, decided to drop out of college at age 18 to become a superyacht captain. Faced with the challenges of an industry where there were not many women working on deck, she persevered and worked her way up to become a Certified Officer of the Watch.



As for Zoran Selakovic, he fell in love with the sea at an early age, which led him to complete his skipper's certificate and start sailing. The experience of watching his friends in the Caribbean lose everything they had in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria encouraged him to find out how he could help, which is how he met YachtAid Global founder Mark Drewelow.

Zoran stepped in to help coordinate relief efforts through YachtAid Global, which received offers from more than 100 superyachts to help with relief efforts. Since then, as Director of YachtAid Global, he has been involved in projects as diverse as disaster relief, building the first public library in the Galapagos Islands, helping to provide clean water in Mexico, and coordinating Operation Swimway, which aims to add pelagic migration routes to marine protected areas, all with the help of more than 300 yachts, including thousands of crew and owners.

For Dilan Saraç, Executive Director of the Superyacht Life Foundation, the awards are "a wonderful expression of the good that exists in the good life of superyachts, highlighting that there is much more to this industry, its owners and crew than meets the eye". Gaëlle Tallarida, CEO of MYS, commented that the stories of Wendy, Jenny and Zoran "represent how supportive the superyacht world can be and how we can all be part of instigating change in the way we operate as an industry".


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MYS continued its three-year "Seduction" development program, consolidating the first cycle of the initiative, developed in collaboration with the industry and based on four essential pillars: environmental innovation, design, understanding of sailing and visitor experience.

The organizers of MYS aim to make the show a true "ecosystem" of sailing vessels, promoting eco-friendly innovation and offering guests an immersive and educational discovery of the latest and most innovative trends in sailing.

MYS encourages the participation of driving companies that present innovative and sustainable solutions in design and sustainability, highlighting eco-responsible technologies while offering an inspiring vision for yachting enthusiasts (Sustainability Hub, Yacht Design & Innovation Hub).

Text: Amura ± Photo: MYS