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If I had to pick one word that comes up most frequently in conversation with superyacht owners, charterers and designers, it would be “family”. A yacht is a home from home, and what is home without family? Home on board means
a place where children want to actually be with their parents (a novelty for anyone with teens), a rare stretch of time when activities trump tech, and a place where old and young come together and create memories that last.

But it is not without its challenges. For those who want to home school at sea (and there are many), there are hurdles – for example, how does the tutor fit into crew hierarchy? For those designing a yacht for young ones, the same applies – vertical railings rule, according to one designer, to avoid intrepid climbers ending up overboard. For those with small kids, dressing them is still a joy rather than a fight, and my favourite tip in this issue is our guide to “junior cool”. If only Dolce & Gabbana made their kids’ collection in mother sizes.

Sacha Bonsor

Arriverderci Firenze. The World Superyacht Awards took their third and final waltz around the Italian city in May and as ever with the world’s most prestigious superyacht ceremony there was plenty of surprise, delight and the occasional upset as the winners were revealed. Huge congratulations to every category winner – the Neptune trophies you took home mean all the more because they were decided by an independent panel of superyacht owners. One judge alone visited 33 of the 68 entries; they take their job very, very seriously.

Feadship had a great night, scooping four awards. The design studio RWD was popping the champagne, too, being involved in two winners – Hasna and Faith. But a special mention to the owner of the SanlorenzoSeven Sins, who collected his award on the night of his 75th birthday (and even got a rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the entire room). So where are the Awards heading in 2019? London. We hope to see many of you there.

Stewart Campbell

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