Posted: 18th October 2019 | Written by: Naomi Chadderton
As Office Manager and the longest-running member of staff at SYTT, Ally Ford is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to all your watersports needs. As the industry continues to go from strength-to-strength, we spoke to Ally about her role at the company and the qualities that have contributed to her success.
Posted: 16th September 2019 | Written by: Luke Owen
With 20 years' experience as a chef on board superyachts, English-born Luke Owen has seen it all. From his all-time heroes to the ingredients he can't live without, we talk to the Sole Chef about his experiences in the kitchen and the galley.
Posted: 11th August 2019 | Written by: Sarah Robinson
Superyacht captain William Gilbert has long maintained a parallel career as a maritime author. Sarah Robinson meets a writer who delves into his Merchant Navy past and yachting present to create memoirs and novels with the ring of truth about them.
Posted: 7th March 2019 | Written by: Victoria Pearce
Stuart Pearce's shots have become classics, exuding energy and using colour and light to showcase yachts in all their glory. They evoke a feeling of awe and wonder in those of us who sail on them, and pride in those who own them. Victoria Pearce from The Islander talks to the man behind the most stunning superyacht images around, grabbing hearts, turning heads and making all who see them long to be on the water.
Posted: 31st January 2019 | Written by: Sam Watson
When Excelerate Technology Group, the leading provider of mobile connectivity for the UK emergency services, decided to apply their expertise to superyachts, they were in for a few surprises. Compared to their core business ashore, "Yachting is a highly competitive market; it's not easy." said Mark Savage, Business Development Manager at Excelerate Marine. Two years on we met up with Mark in Antibes to get his thoughts on the market and his vision for the team.
Posted: 18th December 2018 | Written by: Justin Chisholm
A tide of change has swept over the Volvo Ocean Race since the spectacular conclusion of the 2017-18 race in June, most notably a change of ownership and a change of name. We hear from chief operating officer Richard Mason on the developments, challenges and hopes for the race going forward.
Posted: 30th November 2018 | Written by: Justin Chisholm
As CEO of the powerhouse sailmaking brand Doyle Sails Kiwi sailor Mike Sanderson gets involved in just about every area of the fast-evolving professional yacht racing world. From the 52 Super Series and Maxi 72s, through the new generation IMOCA 60s, and up to the heady heights of the America’s Cup, Sanderson has a seat at the table.
Posted: 6th November 2018 | Written by: Justin Chisholm
New Zealand ocean racer Daryl Wislang has an exceptional track record over the last four editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. He cinched wins in 2014-15 and 2017-18 aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team respectively. We spoke to him recently from Sydney, Australia (where he was about to begin a week of training in preparation for the upcoming Sydney Hobart Race) to quiz him about the last Volvo Ocean Race, the introduction of IMOCA 60 for the next edition, and rumours of him staging a Kiwi around-the-world campaign in 2021.
Posted: 30th October 2018 | Written by: Sarah Forge
From humble beginnings in Oxley Creek to the inside track of Formula One and the America's Cup, Captain Glen McDonnell has seen it all. His first job was on 50 foot steel-hull motorsailer but a love of adventure and serendipity along the way lead to some choice jobs and a colourful career. As Captain of M/Y Vava for 12 years, Glen shares his story and why Palma is the place he calls home.
Posted: 25th September 2018 | Written by: Sam Watson
Created by the founders of Superyacht Tenders & Toys, Shipyard Supply Co. (SSCo.) is a new venture set up to meet growing demand for quality superyacht deck equipment. Sharing the same award-winning ethos of innovation and unparalleled customer service, we met up with commercial manager Luke Porter to discuss his ambitions for the future of the company.