Los Angeles, CA August 17, 2015 – In what has become a cluttered week of events during Monterey Car Week, My Yacht Group’s annual Concours gathering was the most sought-after invitation of the weekend, with two exclusive evenings aboard M/Y Acania, the 140-foot, 1929 superyacht originally commissioned by Al Capone.
Friday evening, an intimate group enjoyed vintage Krug Champagne, fine Chappellet Wines & Davidoff Cigars as the historic Prohibition-era, steel-hulled motor yacht took a whale watching tour of Monterey Bay. Guests included auto magnate Kevin Kalkhoven, racing legend Jimmy Vasser, Gumball3000 founder Maximillion Cooper with rapper wife, Eve, plus David Olson, owner of Acania & Olson Steel, who gave a brief introduction to Acania, her storied past & famous former owners who have also included the Walgreen family.
Saturday evening saw the official My Yacht Concours reception presented by long-term partner Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG, with board executives and top USA clients aboard. A 458 Speciale A from Ferrari of San Francisco, flown in especially from Maranello by owners Richard & Dawn Dolan, plus a custom Delahaye, & two Arch KRGT-1 Motorcycles, welcomed guests to Breakwater Cove Marina. Onboard, Cyril Chappellet poured wines from his Napa Valley winery including the 95+ point Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Rebecca Creek Distillery owner Steve Ison returned with his fine Texas Whiskey & Enchanted Rock Premium Vodka, & guests enjoyed responsibly-sourced, farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres, plus caviar, followed by Davidoff Cigars’ newest collection, the Brazilian Escurio. Guests were entertained by exquisite acoustic tunes from indie brother-sister duo, The Luck, while a photo booth kept the silly hats going well into the night!
Legendary automotive collectors with a combined garage value in excess of $500m, & HNW guests from across the country, were joined by the likes of Victor Mueller, owner of Spyker Cars, auto designer Henrik Fisker, Vertu chief designer & founder Frank Nuovo, ex-CEO Aston Martin Dr. Ulrich Bez, artist & Ford GT chief Designer Camilo Pardo, Gas Monkey Garage founder & star of “Fast ‘n’ Loud” Richard Rawlings, Million Dollar Listing SF’s Roh Habibi, Ferrari Club of America members, Concorso Italiano CI Club members, & more.
Other partners included Chariotz, The World, CaptiveOne, Pura Vida, plus media partners 65 Degree Magazine, & Private Air Luxury Homes. A portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit My Yacht’s chosen charities the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, & Disabled American Veterans.
My Yacht Group’s next event will be during the Monaco Yacht Show, September 25. MyYachtGroup.com
About My Yacht™ Group
My Yacht Group creates turnkey, luxury hospitality and branding opportunities on board private superyachts at premier international sporting, social and artistic events. These yachts are generally in the 40-60m / 120-190ft range. My Yacht Group is the result of twenty years spent working in the fields of sports and entertainment sponsorship and experiential marketing, creating long-term strategic partnerships with luxury and aspirational brands that showcase their products and entertain their top clients, while mixing with a highly targeted, pre-qualified guest list at invitation-only events.
Current My Yacht Group events can be found at: Miami International Boat Show, Art Basel Hong Kong, Palm Beach Boat Show, Cannes International Film Festival, Monaco F1 Grand Prix, Monterey, CA’s Concours d’Elegance, Monaco Yacht Show, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, and Art Basel Miami Beach. Non-yacht events include My Yacht™ Club at the USA F1 Grand Prix in Austin, TX.
Originally commissioned in 1929 for Al Capone, the steel-hulled Acania has belonged to the Walgreen family and was commandeered for WWII duty by the US Navy. Designed by John H. Wells and built in 1930 at the New York ship builders, Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation, she was fitted out as a high-end luxury motor yacht representative of the golden age of the “Roaring Twenties”. Her accommodations include four staterooms, a sitting room, sun decks, a ‘hideaway’ bar, a formal dining room with supporting galleys, and quarters for a full crew. Acania is currently available for charter on the Pacific Coast.
About Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG
Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the widely respected Vontobel Group, family-owned since 1924. Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors is dedicated to the needs of US investors and is registered as an Investment Adviser with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).