Luxury yacht showcase draws a crowd at the Delamar — GreenwichTime

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As 11-year-old Michael Farello walked past a series of luxury automobiles lined up at the Delamar hotel on Greenwich Harbor Saturday morning, he was easily able to name every type of car parked outside.

Ferrari, Maserati. Mercedes, Farello said as walked with his mom, dad and sister through the lineup.

But for Farello, it was really the showcase of luxury power and sailing yachts that caught his eye.

I really liked the boats, said Farello, a Greenwich resident who began learning how to sail a few years ago. Describing one of his favorite yachts Saturday morning, Farello said he liked its sporty looks and the luxurious accommodations inside.

It makes living at sea easier, Farello explained, as his father politely told him he should start saving now if he intended to buy one someday.

Farello was not the only one imagining himself inside some of the nicest yachts the world’s shipyards have to offer Saturday, as thousands were expected to come out to the fifth annual Greenwich Harbor Yacht Showcase this weekend. The showcase, held at the Delamar on Steamboat Road, featured dozens of luxury yachts of all sizes, the newest high-end car models as well as tables from businesses, artists and jewelers.

Stephanie Summerall. the Delamar’s director of sales and marketing, said the event is meant to showcase some of the finest yacht and land exhibits from around the region.

It is just a really fun weekend for people to come out, she said. Every year we continue to not only grow the attendance, but also to elevate the profile of the event.

The hotel is hoping to get bigger boats and add a section for jets and private planes next year in order to attract even more people, Summerall said.

Admission for the event, which began Friday with a preview party at the hotel, and ends Sunday, was $15 for a day pass. Summerall said a portion of the proceeds go toward a charity each year. This year’s featured charity was the 12 Metre Yacht Development Foundation. a nonprofit based in Greenwich that seeks to acquire, restore and preserve historic America’s Cup yachts and educate about their racing heritage.

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The organization docks two America’s Cup boats in Greenwich Harbor, which Executive Director Patrick Sikorski said is extremely rare.

One of the boats, named America II, sailed in the campaign to win back the America’s Cup in 1987 and was featured in the 1992 movie, Wind.

Sikorski said it is fitting for the organization to be based in Greenwich because the town is steeped in sailing and America’s Cup history.

The history really started here, Sikorski said. It goes to show the nature of the sailing tradition here in Greenwich.

The weekend’s showcase also features an international beer garden, food provided by l’escale restaurant and the chance for guests to board a 12-meter vessel for a trip along Long Island Sound for $150 per person. A champagne cruise on the Barton Gray Picnic Boat. a down-east style lobster boat powered by a jet drive, was also available for $500.

On Sunday, the event will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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