, 2022-03-11 02:00:00,
Organizers of this month’s Palm Beach International Boat Show in West Palm Beach say no yachts owned by Russians will appear at the event.
In the wake of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, boat show official Andrew Doole briefly responded this week to questions from the Palm Beach Daily News about any Russian-owned vessels that had been scheduled to appear. A spokeswoman for the show emailed the following statement:
“The Palm Beach International Boat Show stands firmly with the people of Ukraine and with all who are championing progress towards peace. We can confirm that there will not be any Russian-owned vessels at this year’s show,” said Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows for Informa Markets, which produces the show for its owner, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County.
Through the spokeswoman, Doole declined to comment further.
At least two superyachts purported to be owned by Russian businessmen dropped out of the show’s vessel lineup this week. The two yachts were among the largest that had been scheduled to appear at the show. The yacht roster is published on the event’s website and updated regularly.
The yachts — the 224-foot Soaring and the 243-foot Plvs Vltra — were listed on the show’s “In-Water Boat List” as recently as 9 a.m. Tuesday but had dropped off it by 10:30 a.m.
The website provided no reason for the withdrawal, but it’s not unheard of for vessels, even large ones, to drop out of the show before it opens.
Doole did not comment directly on the ownership of Soaring and Plvs Vltra, and the Palm Beach Daily News could not independently confirm who owns the two yachts.
But several online sources attribute their ownership to Russian businessmen.
“The owner (of Soaring) has simply decided not to participate in the (Palm Beach) show this year,” said Amanda Thibault, a spokeswoman for the yacht.
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Plvs Vltra has been marketed for sale on the website of Moran Yacht & Ship in Fort Lauderdale. Taylor Craig, Moran’s managing director of sales and charters, confirmed Thursday that the yacht would not be at the show. He declined to comment about the vessel’s ownership or to confirm that…
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