This issue of Ocean includes a Special Feature on fractional ownership. This ownership model, in all its forms, is booming, riding the crest of the share-economy wave. It’s a new way to own a yacht or buy access to a fleet and it’s fuss-free, flexible and as social as you wish. This and over 178 pages of informative and fun reading.

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“Throughout the regatta, I had the best seat in the house, sailing with the owners of both Tawera and Ammonite


The 2018 superyacht regatta season commenced in sensational style with the 10th Anniversary of the NZ Millennium Cup. Six majestic sailing superyachts lined up at one of the South Pacific’s most breathtaking harbours, Russell, Bay of Islands.

Throughout the regatta, I had the best seat in the house, sailing with the owners of both Tawera and Ammonite. Tawera, being the defending champion, was keen to clinch three in a row but Marcus Blackmore put paid to that, as on the last day, aptly Australia Day, Ammonite and her rock-star crew took the title and trophy. Congratulations Marcus, hopefully you will be back next year to defend your title and convince some other Aussies to head over the ditch with you.

Autumn has now arrived in our region and the industry is gearing up for a busy boat show season. We are excited to partner with a number of shows, starting with the Singapore Yacht Show at the beginning of April. Then two weeks later the second Australian Superyacht Rendezvous takes place at Gold Coast City Marina. This year they have an extremely impressive line-up of charter and brokerage yachts as well as a new format to involve a wider aspect of our industry. I personally look forward to these new types of events which assist with bringing new owners into our industry – whether for charter or ownership.




Our gorgeous cover shot is of the stunning Gulf Craft Majesty 100 which will be the first superyacht in Australia to be syndicated, while also being fully specced to commercial standards. Syndication has been around for a long time, but it is only recently that this dynamic trend has been picked up by the brands themselves. There are now many different models to suit clients’ tastes and needs, and the concept is perfect for time-poor families wanting to get on the water without the hassle of full ownership. Syndication is all about sharing costs to maximise the fun. Bring it on, I say.

News of the demise of Oyster Yachts has shaken owners and the industry to the core. “Shock and devastation” are some of the comments we have heard both from staff and from David Tydeman, CEO of the Oyster Group. Only last issue we interviewed David and were impressed by the yard’s order book valued at over 80 million pounds; their new venture into carbon fibre hulls; and the success of the current Oyster World Rally. How quickly things changed when funding was pulled by their investment company. Let’s hope someone steps up and saves this iconic yard.

Also in this issue, we sit down with owners and leaders from different areas of our industry, including Ian Malouf who is shaking up the charter industry with his innovative Ahoy Club venture, and Pete Ceglinski, who recounts the inspiring story behind his Seabin Project. Seabin has a special relevance for all of us who love the ocean; the Australian invention collects floating rubbish and micro-plastics from the waters fringing marinas and ports.

It is absolutely imperative that we walk the walk as well as talking the talk. Ocean Magazine is on board: this year in our Ocean Keepers section we will be profiling those who galvanise us all to do our part.

Finally, I would like to bid farewell to one of our greatest industry leaders who sadly passed last month, Tony Hambrook ONZM. He was at the helm of Alloy Yachts from 1989, guiding the company through more than 30 years of building some of the most incredible superyachts of our time. He will be profoundly missed by family, friends and the industry he played so prominent a part in creating.


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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief