Our editor at large Mike Edwardson reports from Day 1 of the Antibes Yacht Show

Mike EdwardsonDespite a forecast of rain, there was sunshine and a fresh breeze for the opening day of the Antibes Yacht Show, a curtain-raiser to the European superyacht season, with over 80 yachts gathered in Port Vauban. The show is continually developing, and this year there is a dedicated refit area.

A good gathering of the cream of the world’s charter houses are here, and early this morning crews were out on deck with the spit and polish, preparing the yachts to welcome visitors on board. If your budget stretches to a purchase, the brokers are here and ready to make deals.

This afternoon we have an opportunity to meet the many companies who are exhibiting everything but the kitchen sink – in fact, there is a company showing 24-carat gold taps and sinks. You will find exquisite fine food and provision companies who can deliver to your yacht, as well as a host of other service outfits.

In the days ahead I will be bringing you the latest news from the show, which runs until April 15.

Take a look at my photos of the first day at the Antibes Boat Show below: