The USSA Annual Meeting celebrated 15 years of supporting the superyacht industry with a luncheon on Friday, October 29, 2021 at the Bahia Mar Hotel during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With a sold-out crowd of 300 industry leaders, we were able to feature not only our annual award winners, but provide updates on the global market from partner associations, offer the latest data and trends in the industry and also hear from our key-note speaker Tim Sargeant, COO International Marinas for Safe Harbor Marinas.

Outgoing Chair, Kate Pearson of Safe Harbor Marinas, provided an overview of the past few years and handed over the gavel to incoming Chair, Diane Byrne of  The energy that Diane brings to the table was showcased as she introduced her new Board of Directors and explained her goals for this up-coming year.

Newly appointed Vice Chair, Bert Fowles of IGY Marinas, provided everyone’s favorite part of the meeting which is the latest industry data and trends.  He always brings the numbers to life as he offers a valuable snapshot of the market.

Tim Sargent of Safe Harbor Marinas’ keynote address offered an overview of Safe Harbor Marinas’ plans for developing and growing within the industry.

After a year of global shutdowns, we were excited to welcome many of our international association partners.  David Good of Superyacht Australia spoke to the value of these partnerships and how we are all working together.

Our Annual Meeting is the one time each year where we take the opportunity to “tell our story” and celebrate our Association’s successes of the past year.   It also provides us with the occasion to recognize outstanding leadership and significant industry contributions through our awards.  As we all clearly realize, these past two years have been unlike any experienced in our lifetime that has forever changed how we operate as an industry.  Throughout it all, we have continued to trim our sails and not only adapt to these changes…but succeed with excellence on behalf of our members and the superyacht industry worldwide.

This year we recognized the following industry leaders:

Golden Compass Award:  The Denison Family
Beacon Award: Dan Wood, Crow’s Nest Yachting
Crystal Vision Award: Carl Allen, Walkers Cay
YPY Young Industry Leader Award: Chris Coleman, Oversea Yacht Insurance
Chairman Award: Superyacht Northwest

If you missed this valuable and informative meeting, you can watch the entire event here: