The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) unifies, supports, and furthers the capabilities of the marine charter industry within the Virgin Islands by working year round towards the support and growth of its industry professionals.
USVI Charter Yacht Show
Charter brokers repeatedly emphasize the importance of not only meeting new crew but building relationships with crew of existing bookings, and the USVI Charter Yacht Show provides the ideal place for in-person charter-broker-vendor relationships to be fostered and grown. Each year we add new networking opportunities, events and training. We also host several seminars with industry professionals and government officials for learning the latest news in the industry, for discovering the Virgin Islands history and cultural roots, and even an introduction to chartering for new crew too.
Aside from hosting yacht shows, VIPCA provides to its members year round benefits offering access to health insurance; local, national and international marketing and representation; compliance guidance; training; and one voice to assist in the development of industry standards for the continued growth and strength of the charter industry.
YACHT HAVEN GRANDE
Superyacht Marina Of the Year
The 2023 USVI Charter Yacht Show will again be based at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas. October 2021, the marina was named Superyacht Marina of the Year for the fourth time since 2016 by the prestigious UK-headquartered The Yacht Harbour Association. There are first-class dock facilities. Yachts showing in the 2023 USVI Charter Yacht Show pay only $1.65/foot/day from one week before to one week after the show and additionally on arrival 5% fuel discount with early bird rate paid in full before August 1st, and $1.85/foot/day if paid after August 1st. . Onshore, there is a multitude of restaurants, shops, services, and amenities that provide an incredible gateway for guests to embark on charter and for crews to have everything needed to base their season here. Restaurants include Indigo 4 (elevated Caribbean cuisine), Enkai (sushi), Thali Indian Grill (Indian), Blue 11 (international), Twist340 (Caribbean), 13 Restaurant, and St. Thomas Social (breakfast and lunch). Moe’s Fresh Market and National Marine Suppliers are onsite provisioners and parts suppliers, respectively. A pool, volleyball court, and tennis court offer crews relaxation and recreation facilities.
Charter Season Kicks Off at USVI Charter Yacht Show, Territory’s Boutique Fleet & Customized Vacation Experiences on Full Display
The annual showpiece of the industry’s hard work in perfecting its craft paid off with a successful seasonal launch at the USVI Charter Yacht Show, held November 12-15 at IGY Marina’s Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas. Nearly 70 yachts, both power and sail, with uniquely qualified professional crews, were on show to over 160 brokers from over 100 charter businesses in the Caribbean, U.S., and Europe, which market the territory’s customized boutique marine vacations. Synergizing the destination of the U.S. Virgin Islands with its charter industry professionals, show organizers, the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht Association (VIPCA), work year-round with several territorial departments and federal agencies. Key aspects of this work were the subjects of event seminars that updated attendees on government regulations and information on natural resources. A taste of local culture and history was also offered in the opening ceremony with Caribbean Ritual Dancers and with a panel presentation by historians and national park tour experts on the second day.
“VIPCA has gone above and beyond to meet its mission of promoting the USVI as a destination of choice for the yachting community and protecting the interests of our marine community and businesses,” says The Honorable Albert Bryan Jr., Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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2022 USVI Charter Yacht Show 🗓 November 12-15 📍 Yacht Haven Grande 🛥 Build. Learn. Certify. Shine. 🌐 www.usviyachtshow.org