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Taking place in Palma, Mallorca on Tuesday, 15th October, 2019, The Future of Superyachts, is a one-day conference exploring international and regional developments in the superyacht industry.

Quaynote Communications, the specialist conference company with a successful track record of staging events across Europe, Asia and north America, has partnered with the Islander magazine, the monthly publication distributed across the yachting hubs of the western Med, to jointly produce The Future of Superyachts.

Targeting superyacht managers, marina operators, charter agents, lawyers, corporate service providers, tax consultants, registries, refit & repair yards, industry associations, captains, brokers, and other professionals, The Future of Superyachts will bring together senior industry figures for networking and discussion.

The Future of Superyachts will discuss the latest topics of global interest, while acknowledging the importance of Spain as a superyacht hub and destination:
* Global Trends and the Market in Spain
* The moorage problem
* Tenders & Toys
* The role of aviation in superyacht operations
* Refit – painting & warranty
* Marina development: around the world
* Marine conservation
* The Future of Palma

As a participant at The Future of Superyachts, you will be joining a distinguished roster of leading organisations expected to attend this important event. In order to make the most of your time at the conference, you wish to consider becoming a speaker, exhibitor or sponsor. If you would like to find out more about the opportunities for your company, please contact us now:

Lorna Titley, Director, Quaynote Communications

T: +1 604 9966937


Alison Singhal, Director, Quaynote Communications
T: 44 (0) 203 560 8154

AGENDA (subject to change)
08.00Refreshments and registration
Session One: Welcome to the conference
09.00Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.05Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
Conference Chaired by: Ken Hickling, Director, Sherpa 63
Session Two: Global Trends and the Market in Spain
09.10Opening presentation: The drivers of superyacht traffic to the Balearics
*Weighing up the data from captains and key stakeholders
*What could the region could do to attract more owners and charterers
to cruise and refit here?
09.35Panel: Industry leaders discuss sales trends globally and in Spain
* Spain as a stepping stone for Owners starting with yachts less than 30m
* What are the trends in chartering in Spain and further afield?
* What puts off potential charterers
Fiona McCarthy, Charter Broker, Fraser Yachts
Jens Oomes, Invisible Crew
Steen Christensen, FRASER YACHTS Spain
Session Three: Crewing, recruitment & training
10.05Peer-to-Peer interview
10.30Refreshments & Exhibition
Session Four: The moorage problem
11.00Panel: Have we lost to the mainland?
*What are the solutions?
*What is being done to address the moorage shortage internationally?
*Is it sufficient to address the problem?
*What more should be done?
Begüm DOĞULU, Owner / Managing Director, Begüm Yachting
Franc Jensen, JMS Yachting
Peter Murray Kerr, Director, PMK Yachts & Moorings
Captain Olaf Templeman, M/Y Soprano
Session Five: Taxes in Spain
11.30Presentation: Spanish VAT on chartering
*Differences with French and Italian VAT
*VAT on refits and other expenses. What can you recover?
*Administrative obligations: Fiscal representation, VAT registrations and VAT returns
Pedro Pestano de Silva, Marosa VAT
11.50Personal tax advantages for Spanish Resident crew
* Favourable conditions for Spanish crew spending time outside Spain
Veronica Saavedra, Garrigues Law Firm
Session Six: Tenders & Toys
12.10Panel Discussion:
* How have changing Owner demographics and the increased use
of explorer yachts impacted the range of tenders and toys required?
* What are the logistical challenges (gantry cranes / support vessels / carrying capabilities) posed by increased numbers and types of toys?
* How have yacht designers responded to increased demand for toys and tenders?
* What is the future for the emerging category of chase or day boat?
Craig Barnett, Sales & Marketing Manager, Triton Submarines
Vicky Farrow, Managing Director, Quintessence Yachts
Richard Booth, Superyacht Tenders & Toys
Session Six: Pocket Superyachts
14.00An introduction to “Pocket Superyachts”
*What are they exactly? Terminology, Length, value,…
*Why are they a niche of their own?
*How are they a stepping-stone to superyachting?
*Crew on Pocket Superyachts.
*Pocket Superyachts in Palma
Jens Oomes, Invisible Crew
14.20Questions & Discussion
Session Seven: The role of aviation in superyacht operations
14.25Helicopters on Superyachts
*Advising shipyards on the technical and design solutions when building
or adapting yachts for helicopter use
*Helideck training requirements: Private vs. commercial superyachts
*Which crew members should undergo helideck training?
*Preparing for incoming and outgoing flights
Jonathan Turner, Superyacht Aviation
14.45Questions & Discussion
Session Nine: Refit – painting & warranty
14.50(Peer-to-peer) interview:
What happens when the Owner changes their mind?
15.10Questions & Discussion
Session Ten: Marina development: around the world
15.20Presentation: A closer look a marina developments worldwide
*What is hampering progress with marina developments?
Oscar Siches, Yacht Harbour Expert
Kenny Jones MBE, EVP Operations, IGY
Eddie Woods, Managing Director, Trader Marine Yacht Services
Onur Ugan, CMM Operation Director, Turkey, D-Marin
16.20Exhibition & Refreshments
Session Eleven:
16.50Presentation: What medical support is available for crew & guests?
Dr Spike Briggs, MD and Medical Director MSOS and
Nick Stael von Holstein, European Sales Manager, MSOS
Session Twelve: The Future of Palma
17.15What is happening with the new marina?
* What expansion is planned for Palma`s marina and shipyard facilities?
* Will the new governments in Madrid and the Balearics go ahead with
Diego Colon, CEO, Astilleros de Mallorca & President of Balearic Yacht Destination
17.50Chair`s closing remarks
17.55End of conference proceedings
18.00Drinks Reception

Chaired by: Ken Hickling

Director, Sherpa 63

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Fiona McCarthy

Charter Broker, Fraser Yachts

Jens Oomes

Invisible Crew

Steen Christensen

Fraser Yachts Spain


Owner / Managing Director, Begüm Yachting

Franc Jensen

JMS Yachting

Peter Murray Kerr

Director, PMK Yachts & Moorings

Captain Olaf Templeman

M/Y Soprano

Pedro Pestano de Silva

Marosa VAT

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Veronica Saavedra

Garrigues Law Firm

Craig Barnett Craig Barnett

Sales & Marketing Manager, Triton Submarines

Vicky Farrow

Managing Director, Quintessence Yachts

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Richard Booth

Superyacht Tenders & Toys & Toys

Jonathan Turner

Superyacht Aviation

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Oscar Siches

Yacht Harbour Expert

Kenny Jones MBE

EVP Operations, IGY

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Eddie Woods

Managing Director of Trade Marine Yacht Services

Onur Ugan

CMM Operation Director, Turkey D-Marin

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Dr Spike Briggs MD

Medical Director, MSOS

Nick Stael von Holstein

European Sales Manager, MSOS

Diego Colon

CEO, Astilleros de Mallorca & President of Balearic Yacht Destination

Location to be confirmed

In collaboration with:

Palma de Mallorca, Spain