By Dorie Cox and Lucy Chabot Reed
The Oasis is back.
After being unable to secure a location last year, the Oasis — a private place for yacht captains and crew to get away from the show for a break and some food — opens today at the Swimming Hall of Fame, atop the gift store along A1A.
The Oasis was organized by Tim Davey of ISSGMT and Show Management. About eight other companies have joined in to sponsor the space, but not as a mini show within the show.
“Show Management recognized that happy crew on the boats helps the show,” said Davey, whose company manages transportation and air flights for professional mariners.
In an effort to keep the environment relaxing, only captains and crew will be admitted, Davey said, with priority given to those working in the show. Each yacht should have received an invitation to visit The Oasis.
The Oasis will have a restaurant area, bar and lounge. Photo by Toni Barber, Bluewater Books Charts
It will be open with the show at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. and offer breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, wi-fi, and a charging station for cell phones and other devices. Tables and couches are intermingled with the plaques, photos and trophies of the Swimming Hall of Fame. Access the Oasis from the VIP entrance inside the show, where a golf cart will carry crew to The Oasis. On foot, head east toward A1A just east of the pools and look for the sign.
“Being just outside the show, we see it as a positive where captains and crew can step outside the hurly-burly of the show and relax in an inviting, relaxing environment,” said Vivien Godfrey, CEO of Bluewater Books and Charts, one of the Oasis’ sponsors. “And hopefully that will be something they remember and associate with our brand.”
Other sponsors include Priva (formerly MTN Satellite), MHG Marine Insurance, Show Management, Bluewater Books & Charts, Only Yacht Superyacht Insurance, Yacht Chandlers, Bluewater, and Vikand Solutions. Planet Massage will have masseuses onsite as well.
The Oasis was in a private home across the ICW from the show in 2015, but it did not appear in 2016 because it could not work out the details with Show Management over transportation, access and locations.
“We are doing this as a thank you to captains and crew for using our companies,” said Davey, who noted they expect to feed about 300 crew each day. “It is our way of giving back.”
In related news, the long-running Captains Hideout will not be at the show.
Dorie Cox is editor and Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of Triton Today. Comments are welcome below.