FORCE OF NATURE

Riviera’s 68 Sports Motor Yacht graces the cover this issue. The Australian bluewater icon is set to turn heads around the globe.

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It’s been an incredible few months of boating with plenty of news and events to report on, starting with the 50th anniversary of the Sydney International Boat Show. One of the most successful shows in years, the 2017 edition of SIBS was hailed by many exhibitors as the “best show ever”. With the new Convention Centre now completed and the show back in one location, this helped getting over 60,000 people through the gates.

It was here that we launched the Ocean Club, a new venture to bring together owners and captains within a stunning VIP club on the water. I’d like to personally thank our sponsors Benetti Yachts, Gold Coast City Marina, Analu, Langton Fine Wines and Execujet, as it is with their support that we brought this appealing new concept to fruition. Over the next few months we will announce how owners, captains and luxury brands can access this exciting venture.

The Ocean team has also just returned from the picture-perfect Hamilton Island, the venue for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and where, only five months ago, the region was badly impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Many other island resorts are still closed and some have many years of rebuilding ahead of them. The owners of Hamilton Island, the Oatley family, and the dedicated management team put their hearts, souls and tremendous effort into rebuilding the resort in time for the regatta and to give sailors and their families not only a great sailing competition, but also a fabulous setting. Congratulations to everyone involved. What a monumental effort!

 

And with this issue we head to my favourite international boat shows: the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show. Both have many world debuts so over the next few issues we will be bringing to you the latest models launched. Keep an eye out for all our social media updates.

Cutting an impressive figure on our cover is Riviera’s new 68 Sports Motor Yacht. Her huge entrance to the market was at the Sydney show and Riviera has since sold 12 units. Exciting times at the Riv yard!

Also reviewed in this issue is the striking Sunseeker 95 Yacht, an extraordinary range-changing development of the preceding 28-metre Yacht. We appraise the much lauded SL78, the smallest yacht in the Sanlorenzo range and we put the new Axopar centre consoles through their paces; these rugged designs are increasingly the tender of choice for discerning superyacht owners.

And now, since we have the right outcome for the America’s Cup, I’m pretty excited about what’s to unfurl over the next four years. This will bring much needed business to the marine sector on both sides of the Tasman. This month, New Zealand will announce the 36th America’s Cup Protocol and even though multihull racing was thrilling, I’ll be happy to see the teams adopt a more traditional direction, possibly foiling monohulls with an exciting sail wardrobe? Not long to wait now.

I hope you enjoy this edition and if you are heading over to the yacht shows in Cannes or Monaco, please look us up. We’ll be there enjoying not only the fabulous yachting circles but, of course, sipping on many a glass of French rosé.  À bientôt!

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief