Mark Your Calendars for St. Maarten and Antigua

25 November 2008 By Louisa Cowan

The Antigua Charter Yacht Show, December 4-9, and the MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show, December 6-9, are just around the corner and this year's schedule of events and entertainment will certainly not disappoint. has put together a summary of the seminars, gatherings and parties that are not to be missed. Be sure to check back with us to catch any updates and connect with friends who will be at the shows.

Antigua Charter Yacht Show

Antigua Yacht Club Marina Evening Affair
Wednesday, Dec. 3: 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Antigua Yacht Club
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the opening of the show. No tickets are required. Come along and enjoy live music, complimentary drinks and extended business hours. This is a great way to kick off your week in style.

Wine and Food Tasting for Captains and Chefs
Thursday, Dec. 4: 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Copper & Lumber Store Hotel
Le Gout Du Vin and L’Epicerie de Marie of St. Martin present a food and wine tasting evening for captains and chefs. No tickets are required, simply turn up and tickle your taste buds.

Yacht Chandler Party
Thursday, Dec. 4: 8:00p.m. to…
Mad Mongoose
All are invited to party the night away with Yacht Chandlers. Invitations will be distributed before and during the show.

Navigation, what's new…and, keeping track of your navigation information”
Friday, Dec. 5: 8:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Copper & Lumber Store Hotel
Bluewater Books & Charts is holding this "informative hour" for all who might find it interesting. This seminar is perfect for those who regularly use navigation systems. Coffee and pastries will be offered.

Northern Lights Crew Party
Saturday, Dec. 6: 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Temo Sports
Recharge your batteries at the show's halfway point by having a fun and relaxing couple of hours with Northern Lights. Invitations will be given to captains at registration and are required for entrance.

CYBA Seminar "Cruising the French Caribbean"
Monday, Dec. 8: 8:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Copper & Lumber Store Hotel
All are welcome to join in this seminar on cruising the French Caribbean. Those in the know will give advice and information about this beautiful part of the world. Coffee and pastries are provided.

Concours de Chefs Prize Giving
Monday, Dec. 8: 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Restaurant
Participating yachts are invited to attend this champagne reception to celebrate with the 2008 winners. Sponsored by Boat International Media, Piper Heidsieck/Best Cellars, Liat 1974 Ltd and Carib Bean Coffee Roasters.

Crew Bash
Tuesday, Dec. 9: 4:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Pigeon Beach
ACYM and Dockwalk promise to bring you the party of the show. Reward yourselves for all of your hard work and go wild on Pigeon Beach. Drinks, food, music and entertainment will available for everyone who attends with their invitation in hand. Invitations will be delivered to the yachts before the event.

MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show

Complimentary Breakfast
Saturday, Dec. 6 to Tuesday, Dec. 9: 8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m.
Exhibition Center
This complimentary breakfast is offered to all captains, brokers and media every day of the show. Come and fuel up for the busy day ahead and get a head start with some useful networking.

A Taste of St. Maarten
Sunday, Dec. 7: 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
La Jardin
The Signature Gala Event is a prestigious Caribbean cocktail party. This must-attend networking event for captains and brokers boasts bite-sized samples from some of the island's most renowned restaurants and complimentary wine and champagne. Guests are invited to wear black and white with a splash of pink while they dance the night away to live entertainment. This is an invitation-only event and tickets are restricted to just a couple per yacht. However, there are a limited number of tickets for sale at $100 per ticket. For more information, contact

a (Nautical) Mile in My Shoes "An Exchange of Charter Experiences"
Monday, Dec. 8: 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
La Guinguette Restaurant
This MYBA, FYBA, AYCA seminar gives the audience the opportunity to listen to a collection of actual charter experiences reviewed from the viewpoint of a panel made up of brokers, captains and managers. All are welcome.

SOL Fuel and Lubricants Seminar
Monday, Dec. 8: 3:00p.m. to 3:45p.m.
La Guinguette Restaurant
Everyone is welcome to attend this seminar.

ShowBoats International Moet and Chandon Concours de Chefs Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, Dec. 9: 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Show Closing BASH
Tuesday, Dec. 9: 6:30p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Exhibition Center
All who have been involved in the show are welcome to come and let their hair down at this closing bash!

Crew Day/Party
Saturday, Dec. 13: 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
Isle de Sol
All-day activities include 12-meter yacht racing, the awesome Flyzone Extreme Zip Line Loterie Farm Adventure, wine tasting, games, a barbecue and music. Crew will have the opportunity to sign up for the yacht racing and flyzone during the show. This is a team competition day, so it’s recommend crew show up in force to represent their yacht! There are fantastic prizes lined up for all participants, so be sure you make it.

Dollar Mardi Gras Crew Closing Party
Saturday, Dec. 13: 6:30p.m. to …
Soggy Dollar
No tickets are required for this famous annual Mardi Gras Party and all are encouraged to attend. Soggy Dollar Bar plans to once again end the St. Maarten show with a party to remember!