The Greek Yachting Association organized the 2nd Mediterranean Yacht Show from May 2 through to May6 in Nafplion. The Mediterranean Yacht Show is now considered to be an established event on the yachting calendar and is recognized internationally as a leading charter yacht show for crewed yachts.
The success of the 2nd Mediterranean Yacht Show 2015 exceeded the expectations of the organizers. During the event, Nafplion became the center of yachting internationally. There was an increase in the number of attending yachts as well as an overall improvement in their quality.
• 67 crewed luxury yachts
• 242 yacht brokers from the following countries: Antigua. British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Israel, Turkey, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America
• 17 stands featuring yachting services and supplies
The Yacht Show opened on Saturday May 2 in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura, the Governor of the Peloponnese Region Mr. Petros Tatoulis, the Mayor of Nafplion Mr. Dimitris Kostouros, the Argolis Harbor Master Mr. Spyros Marinos and was attended by a large number of professionals active in the yachting industry.
Following the opening ceremony, a reception in honor of all participants took place in the medieval fortress of Palamidi which overlooks the harbor of Nafplion.
During the boat show there was a presentation of yachting law in Greece presided over by Mr. Yannis Markogiannis of the law firm Yannis Markogiannis and Associates.
Once again, one of the highlights of the show was the chefs’ competition. The chefs of attending yachts were asked to express their culinary talents and creativity in order to impress the judges. This year’s theme was the creation of a dish based on a traditional island recipe.
Michelin starred chef Ettore Botrini presided over the judging committee and the winning chefs were:
• Chef SteliosPetsa – S/Y NOVA
• Chef IliasRoshi – S/Y AEGEAN SCHATZ
• Chef SteliosArakas – M/Y SPACE
• Chef Angelos Christodoulou – M/Y OURANOS
• Chef Ioannis Papageorgiou – M/Y DUKE
• Chef George Kalavros – M/Y ENDLESS SUMMER
• Chef Sotiris Kourtis – M/Y O’PATI
A series of events such as cocktail receptions, wine tasting and thematic parties took place on individual yachts every evening.
The Mediterranean Yacht Show was attended by representatives of the most important international yachting companies such as Camper & Nicholsons, Edmiston & Company, Fraser Yachts, Yachting Partners International, Burgess, Northrop &Johnson, Luxury Charter Group as well as representatives of MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association.
The press was represented by: SKAI TV, Kathimerini, YachtingUSA, BΟΑΤ International Russia, Charter Index, Super Yacht Times, Yacht Charter Fleet, Skipper On Deck.
The Yacht Show closed with a farewell party on Tuesday May 5 during which the president of GYA Mr. Michael Skoulikidis announced the decision of the GYA Board of Directors and of the Municipality of Nafplion to hold the 3rd Mediterranean Yacht Show in the same location, at the beginning of May 2016. (exact dates will be disclosed soon)
The organization of the2nd Mediterranean Yacht Show was a joint effort by GYA, the municipality of Nafplion and the Peloponnese region and was conducted under the aegis of the Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping & Tourism.