Eddie’s Oyster odyssey

Eddie Jordan, owner of Oyster 885 Lush recounts his reasons for joining the Oyster Rally, one of his bucket-list life experiences …

The Oyster World Rally is regarded as the world’s most iconic round-the-world rally.  A 27,000-mile, 16-month adventure, stopping at some of the world’s most remote locations, sharing the journey with an international fleet of Oyster Yachts, while fully supported by the Oyster Rally Technical team.So, when in 2013 Formula One supremo Eddie Jordan decided to take part in the very first rally with his new Oyster 885 Lush, he created memories to last a lifetime in what he says was the most amazing trip of his life.Eddie Jordan’s voyage of a lifetime is now being made into a four-part series to celebrate 50 years of Oyster Yachts and mark the 10th anniversary of the Oyster World Rally. In it, Jordan relives his world rally and looks to inspire others to take on this round-the-world voyage.Each episode takes the viewer deep into his journey, from the initial decision to take part in the first-ever Oyster World Rally and his choice of an Oyster 885, the start in Antigua, to exploring the Caribbean’s paradise atolls and an exhilarating crossing of the Panama Canal.The series continues with a look at the diverse wildlife of the Galápagos Islands and the best places to visit in French Polynesia, and concludes with Jordan’s stand-out moments sailing off Indonesia and Cape Town.With the fourth Oyster World Rally due to start in January 2024, this series offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at one person’s experience and his adventure of a lifetime. oysteryachts.com

Orient Express Racing Team’s first sail

The Orient Express Racing Team base at the western end of Port Vell became an operational sailing base on 22 August with the maiden sail of their beautiful new AC40, replete with its eye-catching blue and gold livery to match the sailing talent on board.

The anniversary of the first running of what would become the America’s Cup back in 1851 was a fitting day to launch, as a new page of history was written. americascup.com orientexpressracingteam 

Cannes 2022 highlights

Organisers of the Cannes Yachting Festival have distributed the 2022 Show highlights package – and it brings back all the memories of one of the event’s most impressive editions.From world premieres of the biggest brands, superyachts, sailing cats, engines and watertoys, to luxury products and entertainment, it’s a show that covers every aspect of the yachting lifestyle.The international yachting industry, owners and connoisseurs will meet again on the quays of Vieux Port and Port Canto from 12 to 17 September 2023 for the 46th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival. cannesyachtingfestival.com

The 80-metre Leona has launched

Bilgin has revealed its latest 80-metre yacht at their outfitting facility in Istanbul, Turkey.It was a proud moment as the second unit from the world-renowned Bilgin 263 series left her build shed in the first week of November.Bilgin 263-II, named Leona, boasts large deck and interior spaces. Bilgin Yachts partnered with Antalya-based Unique Yacht Design for her naval architecture and exterior lines, and H2 Yacht Design for the interior living areas.Based in Istanbul, Turkey, with additional construction facilities in Yalova, Bilgin has over 100 years of boatbuilding experience. bilginyacht.com

Into the Fox’s den

OceanTV ventures into Cornwall, UK, to the Pendennis shipyard with broker Ian Sherwood from Burgess and interior designer James Ratcliffe, managing partner at Q London, for a sneak preview of Project Fox.At just 35 metres but with a 3,600-mile range at 12 knots – and with the capability to carry some serious tenders and toys on her huge aft deck – Project Fox not only showcases the skills of the Pendennis team but also reflects the growing trend for smaller yachts that can still take you to the far-flung corners of the world, and then entertain you when you get there.With delivery scheduled for March 2023, she is available for sale – meaning she could be the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking to get adventurous for next year’s cruising seasons!Project Fox is offered for sale through Burgess.

Barcelona to host AC37

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Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have announced Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia, as the host venue for the 37th America’s Cup.Barcelona is a leading city in terms of sustainability and social impact, with ambitions to become Europe’s digital and tech capital, so the alignment with the America’s Cup is clear.AC37 will be held in September and October of 2024. americascup.com