Welcome to issue 85 of Ocean. Gracing the front cover of this issue is Whitehaven’s new Harbour Classic 40.

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always look forward to this time of year, not just for the welcome relief from a long hot summer, but chiefly because the Australian boat show season is about to get underway, starting with the 31st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show from 23–26 May.

Of course, I’ve already had my first fix of exciting yacht debuts and stimulating industry discussion at the Singapore Yacht Show, an event that continues to grow both in scope and in impact as awareness of the yachting lifestyle develops across South-East Asia.

In Singapore, I also attended the APAC Super Yacht Conference, which featured an impressive line-up of speakers. The show itself was as always a great ambassador for yachting and the region, helped along by fabulous cocktails parties and gala events.

In March I attended the inaugural NZ Superyacht Gathering, held in the beautiful Viaduct Harbour Auckland, where both the industry and New Zealand as an amazing destination, were put on show.

There was a wide mix of owners, captains, designers, shipyards and luxury providers all fortunate to listen to high-quality speakers from all over the world, who kept us entertained and encouraged us to try and shift our perspective.

During May the Gold Coast will almost be my second home, as a roll-call of major marine events takes place.

Over 14 days, starting from 16 May the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, ASMEX 2019, Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and Marinas 19 will all provide fantastic forums for discussing the latest developments affecting our industry and great line-ups of the latest models on show. Ocean will be covering the discussions but hopefully, there will also be some time to enjoy that famous GC hospitality!

Gracing the front cover of this issue is Whitehaven’s new Harbour Classic 40. The rise of the dayboat has been a recent stand-out trend as many boaters consider either downsizing or picking up something smaller for harbour cruising. The Harbour Classic 40 is a fine example of this versatile type of boat.

Innovation in technology is a common thread through our other reviews: Benetti’s latest 50-metre the magnificent Project Blake; Galeon’s gadget-laden 510 Skydeck with fold-out balconies; and Pachoud’s 18-metre Sportcat which delivers astounding performance with frugal economy.

In Personal Profile, we sit down with Matt Rockman. The Seek co-founder is making the most of his elder tech guru status and enjoying time spent onboard his elegant Moonen yacht M/Y Aurora with family and friends.

Lens Flare captures the remarkable secret lives of plankton, the foundation of all life in the oceans. The images and stories of these creatures are breathtaking. And as undersea explorer, Victor Vescovo put it in our interview, “To protect the health of the ocean and preserve its unique genetic reservoirs, we need to first figure out just what is down there.” Read more about his exciting mission to reach the bottom of the world’s five oceans in Ocean Keepers.

Destination showcases the wonders of the seas surrounding the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, exploring some of the world’s best dive sites on board M/Y Beluga.

These and so many more features will keep you entertained while you enjoy the autumn boating season.

See you on the water, or if you are visiting SCIBS, make sure you stop by our stand on the promenade #PR6 and say hello.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief