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Produced in partnership with the Indian Marine Federation (IMF), The Indian Ocean Yacht & Superyacht Forum takes place at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club in Mumbai on Thursday, 6th December.

The Forum will form part of a 3 day programme of yachting events hosted by IMF in Mumbai, designed the throw the spotlight on the growth potential of the yacht and superyacht industries in India and across the entire Indian Ocean region.

The Indian Ocean Yacht & Superyacht Forum is a one-day international conference that will highlight issues of importance to industry leaders in the Indian Ocean and to outside investors alike: Infrastructure, Legislation & Tax, the Indian Ocean as a superyacht destination and hub, Superyacht Tourism and its economic benefits.

The forum aims to bring together political and industry leaders, providing a platform for open dialogue on how best to stimulate yachting industries in the region as well as examining current policy and the regulatory environment.

Building on the excellent track record of annual Quaynote conferences such Opportunities in Superyachts, now in its 7th year in Malta, and the acclaimed East Mediterranean Superyacht Forum, staged in Athens, Greece, The Indian Ocean Yacht & Superyacht Forum is expected to attract yacht brokers, marina operators, yacht managers, lawyers, corporate service providers, yacht associations and other professionals from India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, the Seychelles, the Gulf, Asia, Europe and further afield.

Featuring an incisive programme of cutting-edge presentations from the Indian Ocean`s key thought-leaders, together with panel discussions tackling issues at the heart of the region`s burgeoning yacht and superyacht sectors, The Indian Ocean Yachts & Superyacht Forum will examine:

*What infrastructure is currently available in India, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, the Maldives and the Gulf?

*What is needed to make yachting and superyachting a serious proposition for Owners, Charterers and Investors?

*What legislation in India and across the region should superyacht Owners and industry be aware of?

*Are current legislation and tax regimes helping or hindering the superyacht industry in India and across the Indian Ocean?

*A vision for India`s growth as a superyacht destination and hub

*Superyacht Tourism as an economic driver

*A tour around the region`s superyacht destinations and their cruising grounds, featuring India, Gulf states, Maldives, Seychelles and The Gulf

*Yacht security across the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean Yachts & Superyacht Forum is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the growth of the yacht and superyacht businesses in India, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, the Maldives and the Gulf. Delegate places are limited, so you are advised to register your attendance now to avoid disappointment!

In order to enjoy maximum exposure at The Indian Ocean Yachts & Superyacht Forum, your company may wish to become an Official Sponsorship or Exhibitor. Options range from taking a platinum, gold or silver sponsorship, to hosting a cocktail party or lunch, to sponsoring the refreshment breaks or taking exhibition space. Bespoke sponsorship packages, tailor-made to your budget and requirements, are also available on request.

To find out more about sponsorship or speaking opportunities available to you at The Indian Ocean Yachts & Superyacht Forum, please contact:
Lorna Titley
T: +1 604 996 6937

For more information about attending as a delegate, please contact:
Alison Singhal
T: +44 (0) 203 560 8154

Mr Riyhad Kundanmal
mobile – +919820286821
mobile – +919820286821

Captain Avnish Dhall
Indian mobile +91 9820292248)
French mobile +336 10207469)

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08.30Refreshments and registration
Session One: Welcome to the conference
09.30Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.35Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
09.40Keynote Presentation: The Superyacht Industry in India and in the Indian Ocean Region
10.05Official Address
Session Two: Infrastructure: Marinas, yards, etc
What infrastructure is currently available in India and what is needed to
make superyachting a serious proposition for Owners, Charterers,
investors, etc.?
10.45Panel: How well does the infrastructure in Sri Lanka, Seychelles,
Maldives, the Gulf cater to current & future superyacht market demands?
*What can India and other countries in the Indian Ocean region learn
from each other and from other regions` superyacht infrastructure?
*What government support is needed to stimulate superyacht
infrastructure development and investment?
*What can be done to attract infrastructure financiers, investors and
11.30Refreshments & Exhibition
Session Three: Legislation (& Taxation)
12.00Presentation: What legislation in India and across the region should
superyacht Owners and industry be aware of?
12.25Panel: Is current legislation (and tax regimes) helping or hindering the
superyacht industry in India and across the Indian Ocean?
Session Four: Made in India: Growing the market space
A vision for India`s growth as a superyacht destination and hub
Session Six: Superyacht Tourism
14.40Superyacht Tourism as an economic driver
15.05A tour around the region`s superyacht destinations:
* Countries give a series of brief presentations on what their cruising
grounds have to offer:1. India
2. Gulf states
3. Maldives
4. Seychelles
5. The Gulf
15.55Refreshments & Exhibition
Session Seven: Security
16.25Presentation: TOPIC TBC
16.50Panel: TOPIC TBC
17.30Chair`s Closing Remarks
17.35Networking drinks reception

Speakers to be confirmed

The Bombay Yacht Club was founded in 1846 with Henry Morland as club commodore and 30 years later – on the recommendation of Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse and patronage of Queen Victoria became known as Royal Bombay Yacht Club. The seafront clubhouse was built in 1881, and received a number of prominent visitors within its first ten years including: H.R.H. Prince Arthur, their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught and American railroad tycoon and yachting enthusiast Mr. William Kissam Vanderbilt – also part owner of the 1895 America’s Cup winner, the 37.5m sloop: Defender.

In 1894, the Commissioners of the Lord High Admiral bestowed upon the club the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty’s Fleet with a Star of India surmounted by the Imperial Crown. An additional clubhouse, designed by Mr. John Adams – and whose construction work was subjugated by Mr. F.E. Stevens was completed on 7th November 1896. Style of building combined English neo-Gothic with a Tudor half-timbered idiom, which characterized turn of the century architecture prevalent in the city at the time.

Yachting received a major stimulus in 1911, after King George V and Queen Mary arrived in Bombay on board the Royal P&O liner – HMS Medina. In 1958, the Bombay Club was closed for not accepting Indian members; at the time, RBYC granted honorary memberships to all Bombay Club members and provided a new home for their erstwhile club’s furniture and other effects.

The 1960s saw a new race introduced after H.R.H. Prince Philip visited the club and presented the Challenge Cup for a Combined Class race not less than 21 miles. RBYC at the time owned a fleet of four twenty one foot Seabird Class boats, whilst its members’ owned boats included Chindwin (Bermudian Cutter), Iona (Gunter Sloop), Silver Oak (Yachting World Keel Boat), Tir (Yawl), Merope (Stor-Draken Class), Griffon and Wynvern (International Dragons). Member Philip Bragg, who had built Suhaili – the first yacht to sail solo non-stop around the world, died in 1984. Yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnson attended a reception in his honour at the club in 2004.

In 2006, the club was visited by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, KCB, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff (and President of the Royal Naval Club) who accompanied Lady Sarah Band – also sojourning were other senior officers of his fleet. This was shortly followed by tarriance from Sir John Stirrup, the Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force and Chief of Defence Staff. In 2010, General Sir Hugh Michael Rose KCB, CBE, DSO, QGM, graced with his presence.

Having undergone sympathetic restoration; Royal Bombay Yacht Club Residential Chambers received an award of merit in the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards.

Rooms can be booked for conference delegates at the rate of Rs.5775/71 Euros for double occupancy Per night inclusive of all taxes and breakfast + Rs. 560/- for membership fees. Please email for booking information

We have other accommodation options set up with nearby hotels please see here  Accommodation Options

Supporting Association:

Supported by:

Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India