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In a few months’ time, we will host our second Ocean Talks event, in partnership with the Ocean Family Foundation and the Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute, in central London. The aim is to connect the superyacht industry with the world of marine science and thus accelerate change. But this year, we want to take it a step further. The world does not need another conservation conference, after all, unless it has a point of difference. We have identified a number of scientists who need access to yachts, and we are appealing to those with that access – owners, designers, brokers, captains, builders (you, in other words) – to help. In this issue we pinpoint four pioneering scientific projects that aim to improve the health of the ocean and the species within it, but cannot progress until they get access to the sea. These world-renowned scientists could be included as part of an existing cruise or offered space when a yacht is empty. Either way, please get in touch. Your sea needs you!

Sacha Bonsor

Ever since I heard that New Zealand’s best- known jeweller was building a new superyacht called The Beast, I’ve wanted to know more. Persistence has paid off as we finally got to sit down with Sir Michael Hill this month and talk about his brand new camo’d-up catamaran, which will soon be making passage up to the very tip of NZ for some late summer cruising. It’s exactly the kind of off-piste project that I love – so keep an eye out for a full story

on the boat in an upcoming issue. Northern New Zealand is a special cruising area, and no one knows this better than Mike Mahoney, owner of the ketch Tawera, which won the Millennium Cup for a third time this year. You can see pictures of the event, and hear from Mike, on page 40. Southern NZ is not without its charms either. Sophia Wilson journeyed there for the second part of our NZ special this month. Tempted? You won’t find a better excuse to get down there than the 2021 America’s Cup. It’ll be sweet as.

Stewart Campbell

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