Welcome to our 81st issue, ahead of the international boat show season, including Cannes Yachting Festival, Genoa Boat Show and Monaco Yacht Show.

Gracing Ocean’s cover is Ngoni, Royal Huisman’s masterpiece and the late Ed Dubois’s masterful swansong. We also review the new Gulf Craft Majesty 140, and the Pershing’s new 9X. We also talk to WildAid’s founder and CEO, Peter Knights, who has been tackling the illegal trade of rhino horn and elephant tusk for years, and has lately broadened his focus to protecting sea life. This and over 190 pages of informative and fun reading. Pick up a copy at your favourite retail store or read on our digital platform online.

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The love for the ocean is in most us. Many are lucky to live close to it, and never before has there been greater need for all of us to start protecting it.

Recently I spoke to Australian sailor Chris Nicholson, who had just completed his fifth Volvo Ocean Race. He mentioned that since his first race back in 2001–2002 he has noticed a dramatic reduction of sea life and a huge increase in floating debris, which should be a big warning to all of us. Luckily, there is now a wave of change happening.

Every little bit counts. Making sure you and your guests work towards becoming plastic-free, both on your boat or at home, is an excellent start. Most of us love fresh seafood so we have even more at stake in looking after the ocean, home of fish and crustaceans.

This is why I love shining a light on people making a difference. WildAid’s founder and CEO, Peter Knights, is one of these champions. He has been tackling the illegal trade of rhino horn and elephant tusk for years, and has lately broadened his focus to protecting sea life like sharks, turtles and manta rays, too. Peter, along with his big-name ambassadors such as Jackie Chan, Sir Richard Branson, and Leonardo DiCaprio, is starting to make a difference throughout Asia (where most of the demand is coming from) with his direct message ‘When the buying stops, the killing can too.’ Read about it in Ocean Keepers.

With the current issue in hand, the Ocean team will be heading over to Europe for the grand boat show tour, starting with the Cannes Yachting Festival, on to the Genoa Boat Show, then the main event, the Monaco Yacht Show.

I am looking forward to the multitude of new yachts being launched, over 100 of them at Cannes, but also to catching up with industry friends and the many Australian and New Zealand owners who head over each year to enjoy the festivities. If you aren’t making it over, keep in touch with us on our social media channels.

Last month we celebrated another successful Sydney International Boat Show. The sun hardly stopped shining over the whole five days and many brands have since announced it was one of their best shows in years. Ocean magazine celebrated its 80th issue with a fantastic Ocean Club event, overlooking Darling Harbour. A huge thanks to our sponsors Pilatus Australia, Pantaenius Insurance, Gourmet Life and Nicolas Feuillatte, who helped create an amazing evening to remember for all our guests.

Gracing Ocean’s cover is Ngoni, Royal Huisman’s masterpiece and the late Ed Dubois’s masterful swansong. The owner, a very experienced yachtsman who has raced in the Sydney to Hobart and Fastnet offshore yacht races, was seeking a high-performance global cruiser that looked nothing like what already existed on the water. Ngoni met the brief and surpassed it.

Our other features include reviews of the new Gulf Craft Majesty 140, an improved upgrade from the 135, and Pershing’s new 9X, which will take any adrenaline junkie on a thrilling ride.

Our chef under the spotlight this issue was Peter Kuruvita, on board one of Australia’s finest charter yachts, Infinity Pacific. Joining us for the experience we had guests from Ulysse Nardin with some very special timepieces.

Enjoy our features from around the globe and if you are heading over to the yacht shows, please look us up.

We’ll be there enjoying not only the fabulous yachting events, but also sipping many a glass of French Champagne.

À votre santé!

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief