This year's "3rd INTERNATIONAL YACHTING SYMPOSIUM
2004" in Poros, Greece included a series of
lavish fetes and happenings! The exclusive annual yachting
event displayed a striking array of FIFTY-FIVE MEGA
yachts, in POROS for viewing. The fifty-three sleek
motor and sailing yachts plus accompanying exhibition presented
only a selection of Greek Mega Yachts available on the market
for charter. The 3IYS2004 event was hosted by the Hellenic
Professional Yacht Owners Association (HPYOA) and
the Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association (HYBA),
Coordinated by iForce Communications S.A.,
and Under the Aegis of the Municipality of the Island
of POROS. Generous sponsorship and
support was provided by PLOKAT and BOAT
International Group. Participation at the 2004 event
included over (300) international brokers, owners and VIP
guests from France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey,
U.K. and the USA to name a few.
The Symposium opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony inaugurated
by Minister of Tourism, H.E. Dimitris Avromopoulos,
and followed by a VIP reception hosted by the Mayor
of Poros, H.E. Spyros Spyridon, on the grounds of
the posh, nineteenth century Naval Academy overlooking the
The HIGHLIGHT to this year's event, was
the Wine Tasting Forum entitled,
"Understanding Greek Wine", presented by
Wine Master and Author, Mr. Nico Manessis.
The two-hour wine tasting included a selection of up-and-coming
Greek vineyards such as, Sigalas, Estate Biblia Chora
and Alpha Estate, to name a few. The Wine Tasting
tied into the Symposium's complimentary theme, "The Greek
Islands as a Yachting Destination". Topics covered were
Greek wine varieties, regions and styles. Manessis
discussed and disseminated know-how on how to properly taste,
purchase, store and collect wine. This year's tasting highlighted
a select presentation of exclusive Greek vintages for the
sophisticated and discriminating palette. Sponsorship for
the 3IYS2004 Wine Tasting Forum was provided
by CAVA HALARI.
Wine Master and Author, Nico Manessis' experience includes
vineyard management, wine production, marketing and fine wine
advisory services which span Europe and the U.S.A. with more
than 20 years experience. He is the author of the
"Illustrated Greek Wine Book" and has contributed
to numerous books and publications. He is a member of the
Academie Internationale du Vin and resides in Geneva, Switzerland.
Last but not least, the annual Gourmet Chef Competition
was sizzling with heated competition PLUS all the fabulous
culinary delights! The hot question of who was going to take
the "Golden Spoon Award 2004" was
resolved when the talented Chef, Mr. Necatarios Patronias,
of the Mega Yacht, "AQUARIUS L"
was presented with the prized award at the closing reception.
Other festivities for 2004 included Traditional Greek Dances,
Forum's addressing the "Current Status of Yachting
in Greece" and "Greek Islands as
a Yachting Destination". Finally, a leisure
cruise aboard select Mega Yachts navigated the guests back
to Athens - DOLCE VITA!!!
More Mega Yachts, fun and surprises will be waiting for you
"4th International Yachting Symposium",
that will take place in Poros , 8th-12th of May 2005.
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