SUPER SAILING ISSUE

This Special Summer Sailing Edition of Ocean is overloaded with sailing features, including a Special Feature on the semi-custom sailing yacht builders enjoying a push into new size categories. There’s a shift going on in this market segment and those who capitalise on it will emerge ahead of the pack.

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“Whether you are a fan of the new AC75 monohull or not, this radical concept is going to be exhilarating and possibly alarming to watch.”

 

Welcome to the first issue of Ocean for 2018. As we enter our 14th year of publishing the magazine we are looking forward to an incredibly exciting year, through involvement in an abundance of new events.

By far the biggest news is we will be launching the long-awaited fourth edition of the Great Southern Route Superyacht Cruising Guide at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. With many international events heading our way, including AC36, Dubai EXPO 2020, Rugby World Cup Japan, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and a growing number of superyacht events in this region, this iconic guide will help both owners and Captains transit the intervening seas to enjoy, without question, the best cruising and diving experiences in the world.

January is one of my favourite times of the year, mainly because I get to spend it in New Zealand with family and friends, then at the end of the month I head north to Russell, Bay of Islands for the glamour and fun of the NZ Millennium Superyacht Cup. From 23 until 26 January, I will be toughing it out on board some of the stunning sailing superyachts making up the fleet. One I will be commentating from is Ammonite, owned by first-time competitor but highly experienced yachtsman, Marcus Blackmore. I’ll contribute some local knowledge I hope.

 

This Special Summer Sailing Edition of Ocean is overloaded with sailing features, including a Special Feature on the semi-custom sailing yacht builders enjoying a push into new size categories. There’s a shift going on in this market segment and those who capitalise on it will emerge ahead of the pack.

My Power Play interview with David Tydeman, CEO of the Oyster Group during the METS conference was very interesting. We secured the scoop that Oyster will be entering the carbon-fibre race with a new 110-foot 90 tonne Reichel-Pugh designed hull. An existing owner has shown interest in “flying the yacht” instead of long distance cruising. We also discussed the issue of the decline of new-build sailing yachts and the decline in brokerage market though Oyster are bucking this restrained trend with currently 23 yachts in build in various stages of production.

Reviewed this issue is Maritimo’s impressive new S70, the largest single-level vessel they have produced. The kiwi couple who helped Maritimo bring this model to life have made a considered and informed transition from sailing to power as they head into retirement.

We evaluate Horizon Yachts’ new high-performance FD85 flybridge yacht, which packs a huge amount of luxury into this sized vessel.

Hanse Yachts also has a stand-out new model coming to Australia and New Zealand in the form of the Hanse 548, a large, fast cruising hull packed with the latest technology.

The new Nordhavn 60 rounds out our list of boat tests. This rugged performer maintains the brand’s go-anywhere credentials and overlays them with new levels of luxury.

And the hype associated with the 36th America’s Cup is already bubbling away in New Zealand, and we delve into the design of the new AC75 monohull, aptly nicknamed ‘The DeLorean’. Whether you are a fan or not, this radical concept is going to be exhilarating and possibly alarming to watch. Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby is trying to unite an Australian syndicate to challenge. It’s proving a tough task.

Have fantastic holiday break by or on the water, and I hope you enjoy yet another great read and all the best for the year ahead.

Enjoy and see you on the water soon.

 

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief