For the third year in a row, VIPs attending the 2017 Sailing World Cup in Miami, Florida, will enjoy watching the Olympic competitors from the fly bridge of a Prestige Motor Yacht.
This year the Prestige 420 will be on hand for the 28th running of Sailing World Cup Miami, US Sailing’s premier event for top-level Olympic-class racing. As the only North American regatta to be included in the Sailing World Cup series, the regatta is a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors campaigning for the next Olympic Games.
Competitors in the 49er, 49er FX, RS:X, and Nacra events will have five days of fleet racing from Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, January 27 with medal races on Saturday, January 28. Athletes competing in the Laser, Radial, Finn, 470, and 2.4mR will have six days of fleet racing from Tuesday, January 24 to Saturday, January 28, with medal races for all classes on Sunday, January 29. Medals will be awarded to the top three boats in each class.
Regatta Headquarters will be located at the City of Miami’s Regatta Park, in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. Additional hosts for the event include the US Sailing Center Miami (a U.S. Olympic Training Site), Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami. These sailing organizations host classes onshore, as well as help run the on-the-water racing. The Coral Reef Yacht Club hosts the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Prestige, due to its close affiliation with world-class sailboat builder Jeanneau, has long been associated with the world’s premier sailing events. “Being part of this year’s Sailing World Cup, contributing to the next generation of Olympic and Para-Olympic sailors is both an honor and a privilege.” says Nick Harvey, President of Jeanneau America.
Question: What do you get when you gather a group of enthusiastic boat owners and potential boat owners, plant them under the warm Florida sun for two days, wine and dine them, dance the night away to a great live band, and take numerous rides across the waters of Sarasota Bay on million dollar yachts? Answer: One outstanding good time!
The inaugural Sea & Shore event took place this past weekend in lovely Sarasota, Florida. The idea behind the event says Margriet Mitchell, Director of Marketing for Prestige, was to bring together current Prestige owners along with potential Prestige owners to give them the opportunity to test out our 2017 models, share stories and ideas with the Prestige staff, and meet some of the designers responsible for bringing our boats to life.
“A FANTASTIC weekend in Sarasota for Prestige Yachts, Sea & Shore event. Many sea-trials, the new 630, great food and entertainment. Good friends, old and new!” Brad Heil, Chesapeake Yacht Center
So often, events such as these can end up being so large that it’s difficult for people to get to know one another and spend any real quality time experiencing the boats in detail. This was not the case with this year’s Sea & Shore event. “The idea was to keep the event relatively small and intimate so our customers felt like true VIPs” says Margriet. And this is exactly what it was. Space was limited to just 100 people with the agenda designed to be fun, relaxed, and informative. Designers Camillo Garroni of Garroni Design and Jean-Francois de Premorel of JF de Premorel Concepts were on hand throughout the weekend to interact with clients and answer questions.
“I’ve been fortunate to both attend and run many high-end events. Sea & Shore 2016 was up there with the best of them. Thanks for delivering such an outstanding customer experience. Already looking forward to next year” Jonathan Murray, Synergy lll (Prestige 550 S)
“Had a great morning, sea-trialing the Prestige Yachts 630. Cruise speed: 23.5 knots. Top end: 29.5 knots. Stay tuned for a full review in an upcoming issue of Yachting.” Patrick Sciacca, Yachting Magazine
When all was said and done and the boats had taken their last run on Sarasota Bay, there was definitely a feeling of closeness among all who were there along with an appreciation for having attended such a fun and entertaining event.
Prestige, a whole lot more than just an elegant motor yacht!