Photos and Report from the PYA Christmas Ball 2017

2017's PYA Christmas Ball was the biggest one to date. A record number of 220 yachting professionals came to the Carlton Hotel in Cannes to celebrate in style on Friday 15th December. Described by one guest as ‘THE Christmas ticket to have’, the PYA Ball is now firmly established in the yachting calendar as an unmissable event.

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The evening began with a drinks and canapé reception in the Côte Bar, and we were treated to live jazz music from Eric Fillou. Afterwards, guests were directed to the iconic Grand Salon, an extravagant ballroom with gold and marble decor, ornate ceilings and chandeliers. The ballroom looked more beautiful than ever, thanks to the amazing flower arrangements and Christmas crackers offered by Gourmet Deliveries and the stunning lighting and staging generously installed by Lifestyle Events, a new professional events production company established by yacht crew Mark Barrowman and Shelley Butler.

PYA CEO Andy Crawford welcomed the guests and toasts were made with the sparkling wine kindly donated by Riviera Wine. This was followed by an exquisite 3 course meal accompanied by more live music. Meanwhile the photobooth opened and wigs were donned, poses were struck and much amusement was had. As one of the many modernising changes that have been made to the event in recent years, we now provide direct social media sharing stations, meaning that guests were able to immediately add their pictures to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

After dinner, the results of the fundraising raffle were announced, with MC Peter Mackley expertly leading the draw. There were some excellent prizes, kindly donated by yachting companies, including cases of champagne, cameras, weekends away, food hampers, gadgets, beauty treatments and more.

The main event of the night was when infamous local band, Blah Blah took to the stage to play. Always a crowd-pleaser, the awesome foursome kept the dancefloor filled with their fantastic performance and energy.

Thanks to everyone who came to the ball and made it such a great night! We’re looking forward to 2018's event already!

With huge thanks to Burgess Crew Recruitment, MYBA and Kitts and Nevis for their generous contributions to the cost of the ball, without which the event would not have been possible, and to Gourmet Deliveries, Riviera Wine and Lifestyle Events for kindly providing their top-notch products and services for the event. It really was the best one ever!