Front cover image of Gulf Craft’s Majesty 122 Ghost II, the perfect nautical accompaniment for our Chef on Board Master Chef, Alessandro Pavoni from Ormeggio Restaurant.

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Editor’s Letter

12 years ago we embarked on a fascinating journey with Ocean Magazine. Today, I am proud to introduce our publication’s first major redesign. In yachting, as in life, leadership needs to be demonstrated daily. This refit is our unequivocal statement.

The upcoming 50th anniversary of the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) is the perfect opportunity to revitalise Ocean Magazine. Every page has been reimagined, featuring a vibrant use of fonts, colours and photography to provide an immersive reading experience from cover to cover.

In the new design you will also find easy pointers linking to online content, including exclusive videos, to create a seamless transition between print and digital. Change always implies challenge, but I’m confident we’ve successfully set our course into the future. I would like to personally thank and congratulate all my team for making the new Ocean Magazine possible.



With this issue, Ocean Media will be heading to the Sydney Show, where we will be onboard Coast, a luxury Sydney charter vessel. At night, our stand will be transformed into The Ocean Club, a luxurious VIP lounge with entry by exclusive invitiation. In Sydney and at boat shows around the world, The Club will provide a suiting environment for exciting partnerships and unique reader experiences.

As a proud Kiwi, this issue is also a celebration of the recent America’s Cup campaign. Pete Burling and the boys did a mighty job to wrestle the Auld Mug from the resource rich Americans (and of course Aussie sailors). Now as Grant Dalton said, it is time to bring stability to a sport which is fragmented, and to combine brilliant events like the Vendée Global, Volvo Ocean Race and the TP52’s, with America’s Cup as the pinnacle. A big ask, but as a sport we need to bring it all together.

The spectacular Majesty 122 Gulf Craft Ghost II graces our cover. In just a few months, she has quickly assumed the mantle of busiest charter yacht on Sydney Harbour, especially for the corporate market. We were fortunate to charter her for our Chefs on Board feature with the master chef Alessandro Pavoni from Ormeggio restaurant at The Spit.

In a content-packed issue, our boat reviews showcase a number of world-class debuts including the new Maritimo M59; Azimut’s (life begins at 50) flybridge; the world-debut of the extraordinary Grand Banks 60 motor yacht and the Riva 100’ Corsaro; their latest generation of luxury flybridge yacht. What a line-up!

Our Ocean Life section explores all the indulgences that we crave; from exclusive travel to wine, fashion and automotive technologies. Boating is of course the pinnacle of the luxury lifestyle we enjoy.

Lastly, I would love to hear your feedback on both the new-look Ocean and features within. This is your portal to the world of luxury boating and your opinion will help us remain ahead in the future.

I look forward to meeting you during all the celebrations at the Sydney International Boat Show this August, or see you on the water soon.


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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief