By Katia Damborsky
The Yachting Industry descended on Port Herculei in late September for another action- packed edition of the Monaco Yacht Show. As in past years, the four-day event followed a tighter schedule that reduced the number of attendees on certain days in a bid to increase the client-facing focus.
However, the number of exhibitors and boats remained strong, with more debuting yachts this year than in past editions. In fact, this year's edition of the show saw 44 new builds presented, compared to just 32 last year. The largest new yacht at the show this year was Bilgin's scarlet-red 80-meter M/Y Leona.
Meanwhile, the title of the largest yacht in show was held by a charter yacht: 97-meter M/Y Carinthia VI, which debuted her new look post-refit at MYS. The iconic Lürssen now charters with Fraser, manned by a 30-strong crew. The most expensive yacht at the show was 91-meter M/Y Lady Lara, with a cool €230 million price tag through joint central agent Merle Wood and Y.CO.
On September 30, Dockwalk also organized a Mental Health in Yachting seminar with Capt. Kelly Gordon taking to the floor at the Captains & Crew
Lounge to discuss her experience and provide insights and advice to the audience. She spoke about her career at the helm of motor yachts and tackled tricky topics, including sexual assault and how crew members can go about reporting it ot the authorities. "It's important that we don't stay silent," she said.