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.
Posted: 26th May 2018 | Written by: Karen Hockney
From the moment Sea Shepherd’s Netherlands director Geert Vons and I start chatting, it’s clear that his vision for marine protection differs from the usual scientific approach. A talented artist and tattooist, designer of the iconic Jolly Roger logo, he talks about the disconnect between humans and the environment we live in, the appeal of the pirate and the warrior and the power of art as a universal language.
Posted: 11th March 2018 | Written by: OnboardOnline
The 50m motor yacht ODESSA is available to charter in the Mediterranean this summer, with an amazing crew ready to lavish 7-Star service upon discerning charter guests. One of ODESSA's key attractions is Chef Sean Ballington who gives a flavour of life onboard, his favourite cuisine and a glimpse of his menus.
Posted: 1st March 2018 | Written by: Karen Hockney
Gary Stokes is not a man to shy away from ambitious goals. The director of Sea Shepherd Asia has set himself a target of ridding Hong Kong of the shark fin trade. It’s a tall order but as someone who played a pivotal role in one of Sea Shepherd’s most successful shark defence campaigns in their 40-year history, if anyone can achieve this, Gary can.
Posted: 27th February 2018 | Written by: Sam Watson
There are only 367 Masters of Wine in the world and Louise Sydbeck, founder of Riviera Wine and author of the Yacht Cru Wine Guide, is proud to be one of them. But as Louise explains, mastering wine involves lifelong learning driven by passion and the pursuit of excellence in matching wines with personal preference.