Welcome to issue 83, the first issue of Ocean for 2019.

This Summer Edition is loaded with boat reviews, features, interviews, and yachting lifestyle extras.

To get your hands on the Jan/Feb edition, either subscribe, head to your local retail store or log on to our digital platform where you can view the complete library of 83 issues.

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Welcome to 2019’s first issue of Ocean.

Last year was a banner year for Ocean Media, and this year promises to be even more exciting with a string of exclusive on-water and dockside events, along with the launch of the 2019/2020 4th Edition of The Great Southern Route, new Ocean Club offerings, and totally new-look websites across our titles. It will all kick off with Sydney SailGP on 15 and 16 February.

Sydney Harbour will light up as the fleet of foiling F50 catamarans launches the all-new, global hi-tech sailing series. Ocean Media will be right in the thick of the action as the Official Super Yacht Program Partner for Sydney SailGP. Only a select number of yachts will be able to purchase the SailGP Super Yacht Flag allowing them special positioning on the race course, a personal tour of the Australian Team Base and the chance to meet Tom Slingsby and the Aussie Team, as well as access to the press conferences.

Our association with SailGP is the culmination of months of discussions; there are some amazing things planned around the regatta, so stay tuned!

Now to this Summer Sailing Edition, which is full of boat reviews, great features, interviews, and yachting lifestyle extras.

We take one of the first detailed looks at the Ocean Alexander 90R which attracted a lot of attention at its debut at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Distinctive styling, including floor-to-ceiling saloon windows and curved glass doors to the beach club are just two of the 90R’s impressive features.

Combining timeless elegant lines and the latest materials, is our front cover star, the Belize 66 sedan. We found this Riviera-produced custom offering an enticing mix of style, performance and versatility that would grace any dock from Melbourne to Monaco.

And Italian panache is very much the drawcard of the Solaris 47, an example of the latest sailing technology blended with expert craftsmanship. Easily sailed short-handed, the Solaris 47 proved her racing pedigree at last year’s Hamilton Island Race week.

Extended cruising around the Whitsundays was the brief for Misha Merzliakov, naval architect and designer of Whitehaven’s new 6100 Coupe Euro Edition. He has fulfilled that and so much more – a palette of luxurious textures, finishes and fabrics in an eminently practical sea-going craft.

Rounding out our diverse review checklist is the Bali 5.4. One of the new breed of performance catamarans, the French-built 5.4 enjoys the huge volume enjoyed by cats, including a foredeck cockpit and expansive entertaining areas.

For our Power Play interview, we speak with Benetti CEO Franco Fusignani, who’s steering the global industry leader into a new phase as the shipyard prepares to launch three of its largest ever builds.

This is the time often spent dropping anchor in a quiet bay with family, so we’ve put together a helpful guide to the best family charter options in our Destination special feature.

Of course, parents are allowed some indulgences, and Palate suggests a new appreciation for the spirit steeped in the traditions of the sea.

I’ll be spending much of January in New Zealand with family and friends and will be very interested to catch up with developments regarding the America’s Cup, and the likelihood of new challengers which we canvas in our Undercurrent section.

Hope you enjoy this companion to your nautical summer break. Both my team and I look forward to bringing to you an exciting 15th year of Ocean.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief