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Probably my most prized possession in the world is my engagement ring – not because of its value but because it is the one thing I own that was conceived, designed and created entirely for me. No one else has one, and it wouldn’t mean anything to anyone else in any case. “Bespoke” is a word bandied about far too liberally in the world of luxury, but building a superyacht and all that it involves – the years of love, pain, patience and excitement, followed by the decades of experiences, adventures and memories – must surely be the ultimate definition of something that is truly emotional and personal.
This month, we have dedicated our Boat Life section to those people and companies that truly excel in this area, from the car embroidered with the constellation of your birth date to the perfumer who will travel to your yacht to capture the exact scent you require. These are the people who really can deliver the true meaning of bespoke.
What a month that was. June kicked off in Porto Cervo at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, where I joined the crews of Ribelle and Escapade. Then it was to Bermuda for the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta where racing on Maltese Falcon would have been the highlight, if it wasn’t for a day on board the classic Kizbel watching Emirates Team New Zealand power to an unassailable lead against Oracle Team USA. Then I jumped on another plane back to Porto Cervo for the Azimut-Benetti Yachting Gala X, where a giddying fleet of yachts was available to sea trial and poke around.
But it’s Bermuda that will live long in my memory. The island really put on a show, as did those enterprising Kiwis in their AC50. After failing to convert an 8-1 lead into victory in 2013, it must have felt sweet to so totally dominate the big-spending Oracle team on the Great Sound. So where do we go from here? Back to monohulls in Auckland? We’ll be watching developments very, very closely.