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New yacht crew lounge is an oasis at FLIBS

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Several industry businesses have created an oasis across the water for yacht crew to relax in during the show.

Instead of a chilly conference room filled with tables and salesmen, this lounge is in an old house on the water, about a 60-second tender ride from the bustle of the show.

 

Instead of a chilly conference room filled with tables and salesmen, this lounge is in an old house on the water, about a 60-second tender ride from the bustle of the show.

“It’s a good place for them to get away from the show,” said Tim Davey, president of travel company ISS GMT, who organized The Oasis in association with Yacht Chandlers.OASIS 10-30 tender (2) small

Last year, the Anchor Lounge tucked behind the Hall of Fame provided respite and meals for weary crew. Davey brought that core group of sponsors to The Oasis, a two-story, 5,000-square-foot house that looks back on the megayachts lining the Intracoastal Waterway.

Opening at 8 a.m. for breakfast and serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Oasis closes at 6 p.m. Sponsors have handed out white rubber wristbands that grants admission to The Oasis, and more are available upon signup at the tender dock in front of Hall of Fame (floating dock No. 31), which is opposite the house.

Upstairs will include complimentary chair massages (with full table massages available by appointment), possibly manicures and pedicures, and a quiet room for meetings or interviews.

Downstairs includes a dining area with food provided by Roasted Fig (formerly of the Grateful Palate), and a lounge area, as well as a covered patio outside by the pool. By the tender docks, tents will shade tables and chairs on a grassy area.

One of the sponsors, MTN Communications, has set up a satellite dome to provide free wi-fi and on-demand programs, and the house will host the New Zealand vs. United States rugby match at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Other sponsors of The Oasis include Sevenstar, DYT, Island Global Yachting, International Crew Training, Bluewater Books & Charts, Brownie’s, and security company Drekar. But there will be no exhibitor booths.

“There will be a table with brochures and literature, but the sponsors will mingle with the group, sit with crew during lunch, and just talk to them,” Davey said. “It’s more of a soft sell, and they [crew] really appreciate it. Everywhere else they go, they get mugged. That’s what makes this an oasis.”

Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of Triton Today; lucy@the-triton.com.

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