Current issue #110
This year’s five-week sojourn around Europe delivered an enormous amount of captivating content for Ocean that promises to resonate well into 2024.First stop London, where I visited my brother, as well as my mum, dad and sister, and we soaked up the English culture, enjoying many historic sites – some for the first time since I lived in the UK in 1994.
I also had the privilege of experiencing the ultimate short stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel. It was a beyond-perfect choice for a two-night stay right in the middle of London, and certainly helped ease the jetlag.
From there, I ventured down to Cannes for the Yachting Festival, where the crowds gathered in full force to witness one of the world’s premier shows. It’s always great to see so many Australian and New Zealand yacht owners as well as a fleet of impressive vessels on display, and of course catch up with many industry friends.
Paris beckoned next – doesn’t it always – where my husband and girls joined me for an exhilarating 10-day whirlwind trip through France and Italy. Memories were made, and being able to give my girls an insight into Europe and this incredible industry was priceless.
Next, along with thousands of others, we headed to Monaco for the yacht show, unquestionably the most exciting and exclusive event in the world right now. What could possibly compete with 100 of the most sought-after yachts in one of the most amazing amphitheatres in the world?
Finally, we returned to Italy before spending our last few days in Abu Dhabi to relax by the pool before crashing into the real world again, full of deadlines and events.
Our front cover star this issue, the Riva 82 Diva, made a striking impression at the Cannes Yachting Festival. With her elite styling and meticulous fit-and-finish details, this Italian beauty wowed the quayside catwalk with her streamlined curves and luxurious interiors, standing out like the Diva she is.
Other reviews include the Moonen 110 Mustique, a vessel that effortlessly combines Dutch craftsmanship with an adventurous spirit; the Horizon V74 Skylounge, a versatile long-range cruiser filled with premium features; and the Oyster 565 sailing yacht that marks a new era for Oyster’s bluewater classics.
During the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show, I had the privilege of viewing Project X, a stand-out yacht at the show and our Ocean Charters feature this issue. A real treasure, she has since become a highly successful charter yacht, exploring the enchanting waters of Greece, Italy, Croatia, and even beyond. One for the wish list, for sure.
The work of the Silentworld Foundation continues to move and intrigue me. In this second part of our Endeavour feature, we delve deeper into their discovery of the Montevideo Maru, which sank during World War II, location unknown. Loved ones waited years for news, and now, the foundation has uncovered its resting place, bringing a sense of peace to descendants. Lest we forget.
Our Ocean Keepers profile highlights Valerie Taylor, one of Australia’s most renowned ocean advocates and conservationists, who remains determined to bust the myths around sharks. With over six decades of experience, her love for the ocean hasn’t waned, and with the number of grey nurse sharks dwindling, she has no intention of slowing down.
Lastly, we profile Benetti Yachts in this issue’s Company Profile. With over a century and a half of history, more than 350 boats built and vast production facilities, Benetti’s reputation rests on the solid technology behind the brand and is bolstered by collaborative excellence.
As the year draws to a close, I extend my warmest wishes for a joyful festive season with your loved ones. May your boating adventures remain safe, and the upcoming new year bring happiness and prosperity.
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