Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Moscow Yacht Festival Is Around the Corner

See those little people onboard? Those are my parents, Alex and Galina (right and center), at the Moscow Yacht Festival with Konstantin Buryanov, the Chairman of the Board for Laky Verf, the builders of this 76-footer named Ohta. Her split-level layout separates the wheelhouse from the main saloon, which features a sliding roof for air circulation. Mahogany and wenge wood make up the paneling in the interior, while marble and mahogany comprise the heads. Chrome highlights add to the yacht’s subdued ambience. Ohta comes complete with an owner’s suite plus a VIP cabin and a twin cabin that converts to a double-bed setup with a Pullman. I like to think I live vicariously through my parents.

A yacht festival in a city that defines glamour and luxury comes at no surprise. Where grand ventures are the essence of Moscow’s business world, the third-annual Moscow Yacht Festival is only fitting, bringing Russia’s elite to the forefront from June 21 to 24.

Yacht enthusiasts are organizing the noncommercial event on the Moskva River, but it’s more than a simple yacht show; it’s a full-scale city holiday in true over-the-top Moscow fashion, featuring a brilliant display of fireworks that lights up the legendary river overlooking the Kremlin. Yacht lovers can indulge in test drives, sail regattas, and PWC and powerboat races, as well as entertainment sure to enliven the crowd. In fact, the festival is so huge, Motorsport Entertainment, organizers of uber-popular events like Super Car & Bike and the Moscow Festival of Speed, are cashing in with a line-up of promotional events guaranteed to kick the heat up a notch. Think beauties in bikinis. But the event-turned-city holiday has more to offer than bright lights and big boats. Shifting away from the usual just-for-show ordeal, the festival aims at improving the ecological status of the Moskva River and enhancing its historical role.

A ticket to this rare and awe-inspiring event is golden, but the door is open to all. Would you make the trip?

For more on the festival and the full program schedule, click here.

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