2021 BVI Charter Yacht Show & USVI Charter Yacht Show: Winner Highlights
by Verónica Chiatellino on Dec 14, 2021
Ritzy Charters brokers recently attended the industry trade shows held in the BVI and USVI. These annual shows returned with strong onsite presence this year, following the 2020 shows that were primarily virtual due to the pandemic. More than 65 crewed yachts participated in the shows, ranging from 45 foot sailing catamarans to 120 ft motor yachts, providing the opportunity for our brokers to inspect each yacht and its accommodations, meet and visit with the crew, and sample the chef’s cuisine.
Attendance at the shows is a critical element of Ritzy Charters first-hand knowledge of the yachts we offer to our clients. It is also important for reconnecting with industry contacts such as yacht managers and forging new relationships that enable us to provide outstanding service to our clients.
A highlight of the BVI show included a tour of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound with a stop at the newly reopened Saba Rock restaurant and hotel, Oil Nut Bay’s Nova Restaurant and villa accommodations, and a brief stop at the Bitter End Yacht Club which is poised to reopen on a limited basis for the holidays after complete annihilation by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
An important element of the shows is the competition for culinary honors, best crew, and overall best in show categories, voted on by the attending brokers and based on factors such as the yacht’s charterability (cleanliness, presentation, personal touches), and the crew attitude, likeability, and energy.
This year’s honors went to:
BVI Charter Yacht Show:
Best in Show: Segundo Viento; Crew: Lee Adams & Tyler Dawson
Segundo Viento is a brand new Privilege 64. Her crew, Lee and Tyler, worked together on SV Zingara where they discovered their captain-chef teamwork was a winning combination. Judges of the Best Yacht in Show contest remain anonymous throughout the event. They take into consideration the whole spectrum of qualities that make a yacht and crew a winning charter combination.
Best Canape: Winner - Tara Phelan aboard Elysium
Best Cocktail: Winner - Graham Gips aboard Allende
USVI Charter Yacht Show:
Best Yacht in Show – 66ft & Over
Winner: Burn Rate
Best Yacht in Show – 56ft – 65ft
Best Yacht in Show – Up to 55ft
Winner: Southern Comfort
Best Crew in Show
Winner: Justified Horizons ◦ Crew: Ryan Querry, Dani Querry, Christian Doyle
Culinary Competition – 2021
1. Tanya Theron, Yacht: Burn Rate
Cocktail Mixologist Competition (sponsored by Grey Goose)
Winner: Mixologist: Amy Cann, Yacht: Let’s Play Too
Cocktail Mixologist Competition (sponsored by Captain Morgan)
Winner: Mixologist: Ish Alexander, Yacht: Southern Comfort
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