Sanctuary Cove postponed; Horizon Yachts implements precautionary measures; Hamburg ancora Yachtfestival to go ahead as planned


Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show – postponed
21-24 May, Sanctuary Cove, QLD, Australia

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the largest leisure marine event in the Southern Hemisphere, has been postponed and new dates will be issued soon. The move raises a question mark over whether the ASMEX (Australian Marine Export Group) Conference, which is due to be held from May 18-20, will also be postponed. David Good, AIMEX/Superyacht Australia CEO, told IBI: “I am putting options to the board on Wednesday and will have an outcome on ASMEX. It’s still two months away and we are under the 500 people mass gathering ban, so it’s not as straight forward. I will have a clear direction Wednesday and can advise then.”



In light of the rapidly evolving situation surrounding Covid-19, Taiwan’s Horizon Yachts is implementing several precautionary measures out of an abundance of caution for clients and employees. Horizon Yachts USA will be limiting office hours at its Palm Beach, Florida location and has postponed the Horizon Yachts 2020 Owner Rendezvous in Key West, Florida. Horizon’s Taiwan headquarters and shipyards in Kaohsiung continue to operate as normal.


Durban Sea, Land & Air Show – postponed
by Bobby Jordan

South Africa’s Durban Sea, Land & Air Show has been postponed until July due to the coronavirus pandemic, event owner Phindani Nene confirmed on Monday. Nene said the provisional new date of 16-19 July might also change depending upon local conditions and regulations related to the unfolding pandemic. Event planning would continue in the meantime, Nene said.

“We have selected a specific date due to recommendations by our stakeholders, but if there is a need to postpone again due to regulations then we will have to comply,” he said.

The postponement follows Sunday night’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa of a raft of disaster management measures similar to those announced in numerous other countries to date. “This virus will be extremely disruptive, and our priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of all South Africans,” Ramaphosa told the nation in a televised address. “We also have to address the inevitable economic fallout. We must expect a decline in exports, a drop in tourist arrivals and a severe impact on production, business viability and job creation and retention,” he said.

Immediate new disaster management measures include countrywide school closures from Wednesday; travel bans on visitors from high-risk countries; mandatory testing, self-isolation or quarantine for South Africans returning from these countries; and strengthening surveillance, screening and testing at ports of entry of which 35 have been temporarily closed – including two sea ports. Gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned.

Nene said some Durban show stakeholders said the postponement was at least a chance to prepare for the relaunched event, which has had to be cancelled for the past three years for various reasons. Previously called the Durban International Boat Show, the rebranded show was cancelled in 2017 to allow Nene to consolidate management – he acquired the show that year. Then in 2018 the show was cancelled due to local floods, and last year due to a sewage leak in Durban harbour.



The Canadian government passed legislation on Friday ratifying the new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) before shutting down until April 20 as a result of the developing coronavirus pandemic. Canada is the final country to ratify USMCA, following Mexico last June and the US in December. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau placed himself in self-isolation late last week after his wife tested positively for Covid-19.



MarineMax to buy back stock at bargain rates

America’s largest boat and yacht retail operation, MarineMax, announced approval of a plan to repurchase up to 10 million shares of outstanding stock. The company’s shares are currently trading at $10.52 – near the bottom of its price over the past year.


NMMA Events

NMMA, the US marine trade association and show producer, announced the cancellation late Friday of its Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis, scheduled for April 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A final decision on the industry’s annual legislative gathering in Washington DC, planned for 12-14 May, is still pending.



Organisers of the 2020 Rio Boat Show, currently scheduled to run from April 25 to May 3, will be making a decision on the show later this week. In the meantime, major Brazilian cities including Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have unveiled tough measures to fight coronavirus, including the closure of schools, creches, nightclubs and cinemas.


Extending further a ban on travel to and from Italy, the Greek government has decided to suspend ferry services between the two countries. The government has also decided to implement a ban on all cruise ships and sailboats docking at its ports.


Palma Superyacht Show – postponed
29 April-3 May, Palma, Majorca, Spain

The Palma Superyacht Show has been postponed from 29 April to 3 May and will now be held from 4-7 June. “In light of global health concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak, the Palma International Boat Show’s event organisers have decided to postpone the show until June. The decision complies with the Department of Health and Consumer Affair’s recommendation that events which attract a heavy concentration of people should be postponed. While decisions like this are not easy, the safety and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors and partners comes first.”


British Motor Yacht Show – postponed
14-17 May, Premier Marinas Swanwick, Southampton, UK

The UK’s Premier Marinas Swanwick has postponed the British Motor Yacht Show, originally scheduled for May, to run from 11-14 June. Now in its seventh year, the show is set to feature a line-up of top British brands, Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker plus over 20 high-profile overseas motorboats and tenders. “Following discussion with our show partners Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker, we believe that moving the show into June is both a prudent and responsible approach to the Coronavirus risk as it is presented at this time,” says Graham Bristowe, Premier’s Swanwick Marina general manager.



Boot Tulln, the Austrian Boat Show, was held last week and closed on Sunday without any restrictions. However, a mood of caution was reflected in the number of visitors, which, with 33,000 admissions counted, fell far short of the expectations that Messe Tulln project director Thomas Diglas had predicted in view of the booming industry.


Hamburg Ancora Yachtfestival – as scheduled
5-7 June, Neustadt in Holstein, Germany

So far, there have been no changes to the plans to hold Germany’s largest three-day boat show on the water in June. This was confirmed to Germany’s float magazine by Heiko Zimmermann, head of public exhibitions at Hamburger Messe und Kongress GmbH and project manager of the inwater show. According to the plans, around 220 boats and yachts will be exhibited on the jetties of Ancora Marina, and marine equipment and accessories will be displayed in 100 pagodas on land. Two additional pontoons will be used and high-quality pre-owned yachts will also be on display. For the first time, a moderate €9 entrance fee will be introduced.