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DAY ONE: 16th May

09.00 Registration

09.30 Opening remarks
Alastair Whyte, Superyacht Investor

09.35 How the Russian invasion impacts yachting
Sanctions, seizures and other issues
Issues for the different groups: yards, management companies, crew, insurance
Moderator: William MacLachlan, HFW
Miguel Angel Serra, ALBORS
Ben Mennem MB92
Daniel Martin, HFW

10.15 Is this the start of the Roaring 20s?
Understanding the Covid-Rebound 
What are the key trends to watch 
How will the current up-cycle end? 
Does the Great Financial Recession offer a guide – or is this cycle completely different? 
Moderator:
Matthew Attard, Ganado Advocates
Francesca Webster, SuperYacht Times
Rory Jackson, The Superyacht Group
Antonio Vollero, Deloitte

10.55 Morning coffee hosted by HFW


11.25 Selling in a boom
Will first time buyers stay? 
Finding inventory in a boom?  
Wil the boom last? 
Is the broker/yard relationship shifting 
Moderator:
Merijn de Waard, SuperYacht Times
Jamie Edmiston, Edmiston
Will Christie, Christie Yachts
Raphael Sauleau, Fraser Yachts

12.05 Legasea – Diversity and inclusion in yachting
Jenny Matthews, She of the Sea & Legasea

12.25 The costs of a badly managed new build project 
How things can go wrong with a new build 
Picking the right team 
What can go wrong 
The essentials that need to be in place for every build 
How can owners protect themselves? 
Moderator: Andrew Charlier, HFW
Richie Blake, Döhle Yachts
Julian Smith, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
Mike Hitch, Yacht Captain
Jan-Bart Verkuyl, Feadship – Royal Van Lent

13.05 Lunch

14.30 Managing yachts in a boom 
Dealing with new customers 
Finding crew 
Will new buyers stay? 
Moderator: Duncan Bateson, INCE
Ryan Green, B
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Thomas O’Nial, Camper & Nicholsons
Raphael Sauleau, Fraser Yachts

15.10 The green premium and how to market it 
Why owners can be misled about sustainable new build yachts 
Explaining lifetime costs 
Matteo Magherini, Lateral Engineering

15.30 Afternoon tea hosted by HFW

15.50 Crewing issues
The rise of rotation 
Pros and cons of crew getting rotation 
The (surprisingly) high cost of crew leaving
Is yachting attracting the next generation of talent? 
Moderator: Rachel Butlin, INCE
Tim Clarke, Quay Crew  

Elise Ciappara, Pelorus Yachts
Mike Hitch, Yacht Captain     
       

16.30 The evolving yard-broker relationship
Who has the power during the boom?
Is now the time to reset it? 
Bob Allen, Robert Allen Law
Jay Tooker, HFW

17.10 Closing remarks 
Alastair Whyte, Superyacht Investor 

17.30 Cocktail reception hosted by Trident Trust

 

 

DAY TWO: 17th May

09.00 Registration

09.30 Opening comments  
Andrew Charlier, HFW

09.35 Sustainable yachting
Getting lower-carbon/zero emissions superyachts  
Alternative propulsion 
Moderator:
Olivier Blanchet, BNP Paribas
Johan Burgren, PowerCell
Michael Breman, Lürssen
Julian Smith, Cayman Islands Yachting Registry
Fiorenzo Spadoni, RINA

10.15 Selling to the new generation
Are younger buyers really different?
Can the industry become more transparent?
Will younger buyers wait years for a yacht?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Jan-Bart Verkuyl, Feadship – Royal Van Lent
Charlie Birkett, Y.CO

10.45 Charter contracts in a pandemic 
How did the MYBA Charter contract and Covid addendum perform? 
What needs to be changed?  
How it works in practice 
Moderator: Alex Sayegh. HFW
Sarah Allan, Pennington Manches Cooper 
Tim Johnson, TJB Super Yachts
Elise Ciappara, Pelorus Yachts

11.25 Morning coffee hosted by HFW

11.45 Financing yachts in a boom
Managing the different demands of an upmarket 
Sustainability and yacht finance 
Keeping up with rising prices 
Moderator: 
Ian Hughes, HFW
Olivier Blanchet, BNP Paribas 
Andy Blundell, Close Brothers Aviation and Marine#

12.25 Cybersecurity – countering the growing threat
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Mike Wills
, CSS Platinum
Campbell Murray, Pelion Consulting
Matthew Roberts, Riela Cyber

13.05 Lunch reception hosted by Robert Allen Law

14.05 The connected yacht of the future
What does the connected yacht actually do?
What do owners and crew want?
Moderator:
Joshua Flood, Valour Consultancy
Ben Hextall, OceanWeb
Mike Wilson, Intellian
David Geen, Isotropic systems
Matthew Buley, MIMO Connect
Les Shortall, Inmarsat

14.45 Superyacht insurance 2022  
Is there enough Megayacht capacity? 
Is more consolidation of underwriters coming? 
Is Lloyds losing its crown? 
Covid issues: Minimum crew levels on moored yachts 
Moderator: Alex Kemp, HFW
Ben Lind, AIG
Mike Taylor-West, Partners&.
Mike Wimbridge, Pantaenius UK Ltd
Andrew Jameson, MatthewsDaniel

15.25 The SYI debate
Panellists will argue pre-determined motions – regardless of their own personal views 
– Below Deck is this the greatest thing to happen to yachting 
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Jenny Matthews, She of the Sea & Legasea
Tim Clarke, Quay Crew

15.55 Closing remarks 
Andrew Charlier, HFW

16.00 Afternoon Tea hosted by HFW