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Triton networks with IGY on new date: Aug. 10

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Date(s) - Aug 10, 2016
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park


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IGY Marinas, owner and manager of megayacht destination marinas around the world, is hosting  Triton Networking on the second Wednesday of August. Once again, we’re bringing the summer get-together to the beach.

Once again, we’ll be collecting school supplies to help the Marine Industry Cares Foundation stuff backpacks for less-fortunate kids. Please bring something for the backpacks, including pens, pencils, notebooks or other school items. IGY is providing the backpacks.

Join us from 6-8 p.m. at South Beach Park on Ft. Lauderdale beach, just south of the basketball courts across from Bahia Mar. There will be hot dogs and multiple toppings, courtesy of the Wiener Wednesday gang, as well as water and soft drinks.

Until then, learn a little more about IGY from Bert Fowles, vice president of sales and marketing.

IGY is well represented in yachting areas. Tell us where.

IGY has 13 marinas across seven countries. Each IGY location has been specifically chosen to be part of an unparalleled bluewater network providing the best boating destinations, whether chartering, fishing, cruising or sailing. We manage or own these marinas:

  • Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina in Montauk, N.Y.
  • North Cove Marina in Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Newport Yacht Club & Marina in Jersey City, N.J.
  • Blue Haven Marina in Providenciales on Turks & Caicos
  • American Yacht Harbor on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Yacht Haven Grande, also on St. Thomas
  • Simpson Bay Marina in St. Maarten
  • The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol, also in St. Maarten
  • Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia
  • Red Frog Beach Marina in Bocas Del Toro, Panama
  • Marina Santa Marta in Colombia
  • Marina Cabo San Lucas in Mexico
  • Maximo Marina in St. Petersburg, Fla.  

What do your marinas have in common?

Our marinas cater to all sizes and types of vessels (sportfish, sail, mega and cruise). Our team is comprised of professionals who actively participate in all aspects of the maritime industry, and this experience allows us to connect on a level that no other company can.

We offer unparalleled consistent service to our vessels, crews and owners, ranging from the usual — on-site laundry, in-slip fueling, and slip-side pump outs — to the unusual such as complimentary yoga and Zumba programs.

In addition, we own and operate two world-class crew restaurants under the Fat Turtle brand in St. Thomas and St. Maarten, with more to come.

Why should captains and crew choose an IGY marina?

Because IGY marinas are the top choices in the destinations we operate. Five of our marinas have been awarded 5 Gold Anchor accreditation by The Yacht Harbor Association: Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas; The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol, St. Maarten; Blue Haven Marina, Turks & Caicos; Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia; and Marina Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

We are also extremely proud of Yacht Haven Grande being awarded the 2016 Superyacht Marina of the Year.

What is the history of IGY Marinas?

IGY was founded in 2005 by Andrew Farkas, CEO and owner of Island Capital Group. IGY has worked on marina projects all over the world including in Dubai, Europe and the Caribbean.

When the industry slowed, the company shifted to an operational focus in the Caribbean and Americas. The IGY focus is one of destination management. Our properties have seen consistent growth and the company has set a new standard in what a truly holistic marina experience should be, and accumulates over 8,000 unique vessel customers annually to our locations.

Do you usually acquire existing marinas or build new?

IGY was formed to acquire, develop, manage and operate world-class marina facilities around the globe. We currently own seven of our 13 marinas and have lease, management or marketing relationships with the other six.   

What is your background in this industry?

I joined the IGY Marinas team in 2007 from the hospitality industry and currently sit on the board of the USSA (U.S. Superyacht Association) as the marketing chairman, as well as the board of the MIASF (Marine Industries Association of South Florida) helping to create measurable growth for the maritime industry.

Which is your favorite marina?

All of them, but I do have a soft spot for the teams at the Fat Turtle in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. The crew vibe is amazing.

What is the Anchor Club?

IGY Anchor Club has two parts. First, the Anchor Club Program is IGY’s customer loyalty program. It offers reward points based on dockage that can be redeemed for almost anything, including vessel services, electronics or travel. Points can also be donated as a monetary value to charity.

Second, the IGY Anchor Club Strategic Partner program for businesses allows companies with aligned brands to work with IGY to enhance our customer experiences.

Crew want to give back to the communities they visit, and you have tapped into that with IGY Community Outreach Project “Inspire Giving through You”. Tell us about it.

The goal is simple: get people off their boats and into local communities to support charities and nonprofit organizations. IGY Marinas, IGY Anchor Club sponsors, boat owners, captains and crew are the driving force of this initiative. I have to give a huge thanks to the more than 500 volunteers who participated in 15 separate projects across seven countries this year. With the completion of the inaugural 2016 Inspire Giving through You Community Outreach Initiative, IGY Marinas plans to continue these bi-annual efforts for years to come.

What trends do you see in yachting?

Many vessels are using our destinations as a base to explore regional waters, given our ability to provide consistent service and provisioning across the network in partnership with our IGY Anchor Club Partners. One noticeable trend is an increase in the number of vessels venturing to explore the southern Caribbean, using Rodney Bay Marina as a home port.  

For more information, visit and join us on Aug. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the northern end of Ft. Lauderdale’s most southern park, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd. (33316). No RSVP required, just bring business cards to share. Soft drinks, water and a light barbeque will be provided. Ft. Lauderdale city law prohibits alcoholic beverages on the beach.

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