October 9, 2016
2016 AYCA "Signature" Seminar - Another Success!during the
Newport Yacht Charter Show, June 21-24, 2016.

The PR Committee would like to thank the Newport Shipyard and Belle’s Cafe for hosting our location and providing the catering for our annual Seminar. With almost 100 guests in attendance, including Sponsors, Speakers, and VIP’s, it was standing room only under the tent.

Neal HarrellSpecial  appreciation goes out to Neal Harrell of Brooks Marine Group, for being our Emcee/Moderator again this year.

Neal donated his time to being prepared for each presentation with conference calls, emails, and logistical planning with PR Chairperson, Jennifer M. Saia.
[contact: neal@brooksmarinegroup.com Brooks Marine Group/Careerboat.com offic: 401- 619-5411 | cell: 954-288-0898 ]

The AYCA also noted the valuable assistance of Deb Pytko, of B&B Yacht Charters, with a Gift Card from Helly Hansen, which she purchased a nautical raincoat for the upcoming change of seasons.

A synopsis of the 3-Hour Seminar, which seemed to pass by very quickly, is as follows:

Patrick SciaccaMARKETING: Patrick Sciacca, Yachting Magazine's Editor-in-Chief discussed “Social Media on Steroids."

Yachting has found that usage among those 65 or older has tripled since 2010. 35% of those 65 and older report using Social Media, compared to 2% in 2005. The magazine has found rising activity through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and eNews.

People are always looking to stay connected to their passion. Social media allows us to do this 24 hours a day. It maintains brand awareness constantly.
[contact: Yachting Magazine patrick.sciacca@bonniercorp.com cell: 631-745-4778]

INDUSTRY: Ionna Hernandez of International Registries, Inc. (IRI) / The Marshall Islands Registry presented their new “Yachts Engaged in Trade Initiative”.

Introducing the Commercial Bubble! The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) launched the new Yacht Engaged in Trade (YET) initiative during the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. It is exciting news for our charter yachts doing business in the MED for yacht owners, yacht captains and ultimately benefitting our charter clients.

Ionna offered a great overview of this option to charter without the owners’ dilemma of paying the Value Added Tax (VAT) for personal use of their yacht; or stay private while in the Mediterranean and miss out on the opportunity to charter.

Now with the RMI offering the YET option, owners can charter their yacht to third parties and also use them privately without the necessity to produce a charter contract and pay VAT on their personal use of the yacht! Click here for a comprehensive instructional outline.
[contact: ihernandez@register-IRI.com International Registries, Inc. / Marshall Islands Maritime 954-763-7775 Ext. 3102 | cell: 954 205 2323 ]

DESTINATION: Panel Discussion lead by Paul Madden of Paul Madden Associates on “Chartering in Cuba–The Real Information”. 

Cuba-Yacht.com holds a specific OFAC License for carrying passengers to, and within, Cuba and act as a "Vessel Operator" on yacht charters (and owner trips) to Cuba. Paul and the team of experts he assembled (Captain Brent Holleman/CEDAR ISLAND, Eric Nittman/WHITEHAWK, and Karen Kelly-Shea/Nicholson Yachts) really gave in-depth and behind the scenes information to the charter brokers, managers, and other Captains attending the Seminar. He provided us very useful handouts with contact information and explained the step-by-step process that it takes to charter in Cuba. He had a video team there that was posting his presentation to his Twitter and Facebook followers which had immediate results!

As the rules for Cuba were changing at the time of the Seminar, Paul has provided us with an update: “Feds Spell Out Cuba Visa Rules”. Marinas in Cuba
[contact: Paul Madden Paul Madden & Associates, Inc. 
US cell: 561-568-3430 | Cuba cell: + 53 55110834 – Cuba C :
Karen Kelly-Shea: Nicholson Yachts Worldwide office: 401-849-0344 | cell401-338-4789 :
Captain Brent Holleman M/Y CEDAR ISLAND cell: 860-391-4153 :
Eric Nittmann S/Y WHITEHAWK cell: 970-218-0818]

LATEST ADDITION: “The America’s Cup Superyacht Program – Bermuda 2017” by Kristi Chesher, Managing Partner, BWA New England, and Laura Esteve, VP Americas, BWA Yachting.

Kristi and Laura gave an exciting update with the details about the Superyacht Program offered by BWA. They showed a series of 3 short videos which really got the audience revved up for the racing to come and on the island of Bermuda! After each they explained more about the facilities, assistance, logistics, and opportunities for AC 2017. At the time of the Seminar, they were 80% sold out of the Slips. More information can be found at: bwayachting.com and americascup.com.
[contact: Laura Esteve BWA Yachting cell: 202-322-2292
Kristi Chesher BWA Yachting – New England cell: 401-662-3360]

We are truly grateful for all the time and effort that the Speakers put into making the morning educational, interesting, and enjoyable for the attendees. Their Contact Information is attached.

2017: The dates of the Show for next year are: June 19-23, 2017. The AYCA PR Committee will work with Newport Shipyard on ways to improve the Seminar and the best date/time for our “signature” event.

We could not produce the Seminar and keep the costs down without the financial support of our Sponsors:  Boat International Media, ISS-GMT, MYBA, Luise Associates, and Newport Shipyard.  

Brian Lynch: Boat International Media Charter Fleet/Showboats International 954-522-2628; cell:954-305-8541
Shawn O’Brien: ISS-GMT | 954-761-9595 | cell: 786-457-9001
Francesco Luise: J. Luise & Sons Ltd. ++ 39 081 96 333 96 |
cell: ; ++ 39 348 38 68 538
Veronica Brown: Newport Shipyard 401-846-6000| cell: 401-855-0945
Coralyn Tracey: MYBA ++ 33 493 318 549 | cell ++ 33 622 409 533

ISS-GMT Boat International Media Luise Associates MYBA Newport Shipyard