Welcome to issue 82, which follows the international boat show season, as we look in anticipation towards summer.

On the cover of Ocean is the powerful Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht, a stand out in its class. In addition, we review the Palm Beach GT50, and Numarine’s 26XP. Also in this issue, designer Peter Lowe shares an insight into his remarkable career. Pick up a copy at your favourite retail store or read on our digital platform online.

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Travel is a big part of our job as we aim to get to all the best boat shows around the world, checking out the very latest new builds, break-through designs and brilliant products that are coming through. Of course, it’s also absolutely necessary to socialise at some of the most spectacular parties at the most incredible locations.

The busy three-week sojourn at the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show is a sensory overload of the best kind, with the opportunity to experience inspirational examples of yacht design from the world’s leading yards. My days were packed with numerous debuts of fabulous new yachts, the unveiling of exciting concept designs, getting better informed about a slew of new products and services, followed by evenings enjoying the hospitality of many clients and friends.

Having returned with a bulging suitcase of stories and anecdotes and many ideas for future editions, over the next few months we will bring you the distilled highlights from our various experiences.

Our front cover is one of the stars of the Cannes Yachting Festival, the stunning Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht. Her performance pedigree is overlayed with an enticing combination of entertaining and dining spaces.

Numarine’s new 26XP was also launched in Cannes alongside her bigger sister the 32XP. The volume on this yacht is remarkable, and with the explorer market exploding in popularity, this brand is setting the bar in customisation of these highly versatile and stylish vessels. And, as we go to print, the new Palm Beach GT50 is making her world debut at the American boat shows where she has already won awards for Best Powerboat Overall and Best New Powerboat Over 35 Feet, accolades her team very much deserves.

The big news in the sailing world is SailGP, a pro-sailing circuit launching in Sydney next February. In this issue we have a candid discussion with Sir Russell Coutts, the America’s Cup legend who has embraced the challenge of running the league. The power and precision that will be unleashed by the six F50 catamarans on a tight Sydney Harbour course will be a revelation for some and promises to set the tone for other fantastic regattas in San Francisco and sailing hubs across the globe.

During the Monaco Yacht Show we had the opportunity to sit down with new owner of Oyster Yachts, Richard Hadida. Having built a highly successful IT business, he jumped at the chance to revive the iconic brand, bringing back the family cruiser focus along with implementing plans to ramp up production.

The subtleties and complexities of successful yacht design are often overlooked and underappreciated, so it’s a privilege when a designer as respected as Peter Lowe decides to open up about his craft and share the highlights of a very distinguished career.

The ever-expanding category of tenders and dayboats has some popular new additions from Ribco, Sacs and newcomer to this market, Ocean Alexander. The versatility and quality of fit and finish of these craft, ranging from limousine models to chase boats and rugged performers, continues to amaze me.

Lastly, I want to express my sincere and deepest condolences to close friends John and Jackie Hogan from Superior Jetties who last month lost their son Ryan from injuries sustained in a workplace accident on the Gold Coast. We and many in the marine industry knew him well. Our love and support are with them at this incredibly difficult time.

Till next year, stay safe and hopefully see you on the water soon.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief