Welcome to Issue 91 of Ocean Magazine.

Our front cover features the Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht, offering luxury appointments and advanced offshore capability.

Other reviews include the Palm Beach GT60 and Benetti’s Metis. This issue sees a return of Chefs on board, and we delve into the world of luxury superyachts.

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Since my last editor’s note back in March, our way of life may have changed, but it would seem our love for the ocean has not. In fact, with so much stress and uncertainty, being out on the water has seen a resurgence, becoming even more popular.

Changes to travel plans and adapting to restrictions has meant that many are discovering this way of spending time with family and friends for the first time. Others are deciding it’s time to upgrade their boats, and both of these factors mean our clients have experienced strong boat sales since June.

In other news, the Ocean team was relieved to get back to the office and get the presses rolling. Many of our loyal readers were also excited to hear that Ocean was re-emerging from a prolonged winter break, and we thank you for your support over the past few months.

To celebrate our return, we have a great line-up of features and news this edition, starting with our front cover star, the Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht. Launched back in July in the middle of lockdown, she still did her tour down the east coast to Sydney to a waiting audience, before making her way over to her new home
in New Zealand.

We also review the exquisite Palm Beach GT60 Ammonite, proudly owned by Australian Marcus Blackmore. When speaking to him just before print, he told me he was “thrilled to bits” to take delivery and how exciting it was for the brand that his boat will take Palm Beach Motor Yachts to yet another level.

In what seems like a distant memory now, this time last year I was attending the Monaco Yacht Show. One of my favourite yachts I toured was Benetti’s 63-metre Metis. The interiors by Bannenberg were opulent, yet remained comfortable – another reason why Benetti is one of the leading superyacht builders in the world and is becoming noticeably more popular in this region too.

This edition, we also interview the new Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), Aaron Young.

Aaron has taken over the helm from Ian Cook at a time that should have been a momentous event schedule in 2021 with the 150th anniversary of the RNZYS and the America’s Cup. No-one could have foreseen the incredible impact COVID-19 would have, but Aaron is doing his mightiest to make sure the Cup still draws the attention it deserves.

When we are all able to travel again, one place that will be on my list is the Kuril Islands. Wedged between Japan and Russia in the Pacific Ocean and situated along the Ring of Fire, this culturally rich and diverse area welcomes many cruising yachts to its shores.

Speaking of travel, for our Endeavour piece this issue, we feature owners Robert and Rose Ungar who, aboard their Princess 88 motor yacht, assembled ten boats, 43 owners and crew, and cruised 1,200 nautical miles around the rugged coastline of Tasmania.

During lockdown, the rise in cyberattacks on government and on many businesses came sharply into focus. It’s a common risk, but one many forget about when stepping on board their boat to relax and unwind. It’s a good reminder that no matter how small your boat is, if you can connect to wifi, you are at risk. Our Technical feature discusses this at length and how you can protect your family, whether you are cruising the ocean or at home.

Finally, one of our favourites, Chefs on Board, returns this issue with well-known chef Grant Madgwick from Artichoke in Sanctuary Cove serving up a treat. Find this and other features in this edition, including the Ocean Life section that is filled with all our luxury lifestyle columns.

Relax, sit back with your morning coffee or favourite afternoon cocktail, and enjoy flicking through your favourite magazine once again.

Keep safe, and hopefully see you out on the water soon.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief

Ocean Media