Front cover image of Ocean Emerald, the stunning charter superyacht currently cruising Thailand’s spectacular islands.

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Editor’s Letter

In late January, I had the pleasure of joining the fleet of nine sailing superyachts competing for the 2017 NZ Marine Millennium Cup trophy. Racing around the Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s far north, we had a mixture of perfect weather and great Kiwi hospitality, which made for an exciting three days of racing.

Not only do I look forward to this annual event, but many owners and sailors return year after year too.

Owners Larry and Janice of S/Y Janice of Wyoming have been a stalwart of the Millennium Cup and I spoke to them about why they keep coming back year after year:

“We thoroughly enjoyed the regatta. The racing was great, the location was excellent and the after-match functions were well organised. This is an event that we and the crew look forward to every year and we’ll be back next year. I would strongly recommend this regatta to other owners.”

Staying with the yachting theme, we are now closely watching the final preparations for the 2017 America’s Cup finals. Ivor Wilkins gives us a first glimpse of the ETNZ boat and points out that we might be focusing too much on the new pedal power and it could be just a ruse for something hidden below decks. Over the next few months, many of us will be hanging out for any clue to who might be lining up to take top spot, though we know Larry Ellison isn’t going to loosen his grip on the Auld Mug without an epic fight.

Boat show season both here and in Asia is about to head into overdrive, with the first of the shows being the Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo mid-March. They have had an amazing response to their new dates, confirmed by full stands and many new brands choosing this show to launch new models.

Next for Ocean will be the Singapore Yacht Show mid-April, the hub for the superyacht industry in this region. Now in its seventh year, the show attracts potential owners, industry and media in great numbers.

 

Making our front cover this issue is M/Y Ocean Emerald, one of this region’s most unique superyachts. Scott Alle spoke to owner Nigel Plaskett about his time exploring Thailand and the surrounding islands, and how he came to own one of the world’s most recognisable yachts.

Our boat reviews this issue include the 45-metre Benetti, aptly named Domani – Italian for tomorrow. This is the owner’s fifth Benetti, and by all reports, there will be another “Tomorrow” in future planning.

Also reviewed, the first Lagoon 630 MY to enter into Australia, with another one on its way. Offering a complete lifestyle platform, multihulls are certainly becoming the ultimate people-pleaser.

Gulf Craft’s Nomad 65 motor yacht is the perfect nautical 4WD to explore Australia’s coastline in comfort, and Sunseeker’s first entry-level flybridge for some time, the Manhattan 52, has quickly become one of its bestsellers. We find out why.

The yachting companies of the Netherlands, like so many others, are still trying to find the best way to catch the attention of the rising pool of potential Asian buyers. They have put in the hard yards of boat shows and marketing, and now it is paying off. We talk to several Dutch brands about their success in this region.

These and many more exciting features are to be found in the current issue.

In October 2017, we will publish the fourth edition of the now iconic Great Southern Route Superyacht Guide, which has become the superyacht captain’s must-have reference to the tantalising ports, cruising grounds and unexplored islands that make an appearance on just about every yacht owner’s bucket list.

Look out for our stand at one of the upcoming boat shows, or see you on the water!

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief