Welcome to Issue 87 of Ocean, as we enter the boat show season in Europe and the U.S.

The unmistakable 42-metre Audace from the Cantiere delle Marche yard in Italy muscles its way onto our front cover. We test Maritimo’s highly-acclaimed X50 sport yacht, whose understated flowing lines from Tom Barry-Cotter have quickly generated sales for this extremely impressive example of boat building. We also review the Ocean Alexander’s 45 Divergence and the Fleming 65.

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Maybe it’s the combination of physical elements, or the sense of freedom that envelops you as the bow points across the rippling blue water, but any vintage seems to be enhanced under the open sky on the deck of a boat.

My appreciation of nautical esprit is, of course, biased after a week at one of the world’s premier sailing regattas: Hamilton Island Race Week. As I write this on the plane back to Sydney, I’m only too aware that I’ll be digging out my winter jacket immediately – and the afterglow of tropical days and nights will fade all too quickly.

This week of yachting and shoreside bonhomie in the Whitsunday Islands rivals any regatta anywhere for sheer beauty. Hamo has become the place to be, both for dedicated sailors and for powerboat groupies who can catch the on-water action from the comfort of their cockpits, or sip champagne while attending one of many onshore events. It’s the time of year when the boating community gets together and celebrates all the fantastic aspects of spending time on the water.

During the week away, the news broke that Australian couple Matthew and Louise Baxter from the AM Group had purchased the luxury Dutch superyacht yard Moonen. I asked them to share their motivation for buying the yard, and their vision for the future of this iconic brand, and they have generously done so in an exclusive interview opening our news.

The unmistakable 42-metre Audace from the Cantiere delle Marche yard in Italy muscles its way onto our front cover. You might ask why the owner would paint the nine-ton capacity crane sitting on the aft deck bright red? Well, the crane is necessary to lift all his treasured toys residing inside, so why not make it feature?

We test Maritimo’s highly-acclaimed X50 sport yacht, whose understated flowing lines from Tom Barry-Cotter have quickly generated sales for this extremely impressive example of boat building.

Ocean Alexander’s 45 Divergence is certainly a departure from their flagship motor yacht range, though after taking this luxury day boat out for a spin over to Whitehaven Beach, I found the lively centre console is one heck of a lot of fun.

My favourite quote to come out of the Sydney Boat Show was from the owner of the new Fleming 65 motor yacht, also reviewed this issue: ‘Wine just tastes better on a boat, don’t you think?’,  proving that Fleming owners are very smart people.

We also have all the social snaps from our fabulous Ocean Club soiree as we welcomed  owners, VIPs, captains and guests during the Sydney Boat Show.

A huge thanks to our amazing sponsors including Pilatus, Oyster Yachts and Majesty Yachts by Gulf Craft, represented by Australian Superyachts, with support from Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, Crown Residences Sydney, the Monaco Economic Board, M Yachts, and Watersports Central.

Other features in this issue span the full spectrum of luxury boating including Chefs on Board, Ocean Keepers and much more through the following pages.

My next flight takes me over to the South of France for a month of boat shows, including the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show, and for the week inbetween I head to Marseille to watch the finals of SailGP where Australia’s Tom Slingsby is currently leading the charge at the top of the leaderboard and will do battle for the $1 million prize.

It’s going to be a fabulous month ahead so keep in touch, and if you are heading over, make sure you stop by our stand and say hello.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief