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A Fully Vaccinated Event, the USVI Charter Yacht Show Is Set for November 7-10

Valhalla, a 75’ luxury power catamaran (Courtesy Valhalla)

The 2021 Charter Yacht Show, organized by the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA), is set for Nov. 7-10, at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande St Thomas, and it offers in-person and virtual elements with COVID-19 safety protocols designed to assure the well-being of attendees and island residents alike.

The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) has announced that Gowrie Group, a leading marine insurance agency that manages the comprehensive health insurance and yacht insurance programs offered to active VIPCA members, has been named as the official insurance supplier of the USVI Charter Yacht Show for the fifth year in a row.

(L to R): Oriel Blake, VIPCA Executive Director; Rick Bagnall, SVP Gowrie Group, Division of Risk Strategies; Mark Gargula, Marine and Personal Specialist Gowrie Group, Division of Risk Strategies. (Courtesy VIPCA)

Contacts for Gowrie Group’s VIPCA Health Insurance Team are Rick Bagnall at rickb@gowrie.com or (860)-391-7161, and Barbie Murray-Orne t barbiem@gowriecom or (860) 399-3630. For Yacht Insurance Consultations, contact Mark Gargula, markg@gowrie.com, (860) 391-7371. www.gowrie.com

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Yacht Brokers and Yachts – Register Now

With much of the show converted last year into virtual forums, this year with attendees being vaccinated, organizers are pleased to return to hosting in-person networking events to capitalize on the opportunity for attending charter brokers to meet the crews personally.

A great range of yachts is exhibiting this year. These include the brand new 2022-built 65’ Lagoon luxury sailing catamaran, Justified Horizons; the 112’ Broward power yacht, Lady Sharon Gale, with her 2021 refit; the 92’ sailing monohull, August Maverick; and the 75’ luxury power catamaran, Valhalla.

“By participating in the 2021 USVI Charter Yacht Show, brokers will be given an exclusive opportunity to come onboard. Valhalla is such a unique vessel, with no other like it on display. This is a powerful and extremely comfortable boat with a futuristic look and completely custom design, inside and out,” said Captain Sergio Gomez, who charters with Chef Neen Reynolds and Crew Britnie Frizzle.

Valhalla’s outstanding features include four guest cabins each with a private bathroom; a fully open two-story saloon with a large dining area and airy lounging corner; and an enclosed flybridge designed especially for comfort on long passages. Two Volvo Penta 1200 IPS engines enable the vessel to comfortably cruise at 14-knots and a top speed of 20-knots. Valhalla’s water toys include full sets of scuba diving gear, a Jet Ski, a dinghy with 70hp outboard, and multiple floating mats and lounge items.

IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande St. Thomas Marina will offer an exceptionally low show berthing rate of $1.50 per foot per day from Nov. 1-17.  www.igymarinas.com/marinas/marina-yacht-haven-grande/. There’s also an ‘on arrival’ fuel rate that comes with a 5% discount.

What’s New

On the heels of a successful show in 2020, the USVI Charter Yacht Show will continue to have in place several COVID-19 protocols and is proud to announce that it will be a fully vaccinated event. At the heart of any yacht show is the connecting of people and the opportunity for charter brokers to speak directly to the yacht crews and making this as safe as possible is the organizer’s priority.

“Every opportunity for exhibiting yachts to host charter yacht brokers onboard is welcomed, as it is at any charter show. Thus, with the 2021 show shaping up to have a very strong broker attendance, VIPCA has included two onboard broker-dinner options and opened all lunches for brokers to dine onboard by prior invitation.

“For show attendees who don’t wish to dine onboard, evening catering will be provided by Moe’s Fresh Market free-of-charge and by advance order. Additionally, there are many restaurants open for lunch and dinner daily at Yacht Haven Grande,” said Oriel Blake, VIPCA executive director.

A reminder to Yacht Chefs that first-come, first-served registration is open now for the 2021 U.S. Virgin Islands Charter Yacht Show Culinary Competition and Cocktail Competitions, set for Nov. 8 and 9, respectively. The judges this year will be chef and pro boxer, author of “My Modern Caribbean Kitchen,” and St. Thomas native Julius Jackson; Chef Ralph Motta of Motta Cuisine on St. Croix, Chef Colin Auchincloss of Island Edge Culinary; and Eron Brown of Sugar Brown Farm. Register at www.vipca.org/culinary-competition or vipca.org/cocktail-competition/

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