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Before I took the helm at Boat International four years ago, I was, I admit, nervous about meeting the crowd that awaited me. I had visions of ageing sea dogs and crusty captains; how on earth would I know what to say? Would they look down on me, coming from the frivolous world of luxury? How little I knew. The fun, finesse, intelligence and sheer glamour of those who greeted me, from crew (not a “crusty captain” in sight, it turns out) right through to owners, was overwhelming, but the real surprise was their youth.

Jonathan Glynn-Smith’s beautiful shoot pays homage to some of the most exciting fresh faces shaping the superyacht scene, and is a perfect fit for an issue devoted to design. For what is design if it doesn’t dare to dream of the future? As some of the images imply, this is also a crowd that knows how to party. I hope they enjoy our advice on designing a yacht for entertaining. From dance floors to design fantasies, this is not an issue for the shy and retiring.

Sacha Bonsor

At the Superyacht Design Symposium each year, some of the most creative minds in the design industry willingly submit themselves to the punishment of our annual Design Challenge. They’re given a near-impossible brief and an hour to come up with a profile and a convincing GA. The results are never short of incredible given the demands.

Of course, given a bit more time these same minds are capable of coming up with much more complete concepts, and we’ve got a great selection for you this month, the majority of which have never been seen before. The keynote speaker at this year’s SDS was the brains behind Sailing Yacht A, Philippe Starck. He gave some fascinating insights into working with the likes of Steve Jobs and Andrey Melnichenko, revealing that the former was the “emperor of control freaks” and that the latter’s brief for Motor Yacht A extended to: “Make me what you want”. Listen to his talk at boatint.com/podcasts.

Stewart Campbell

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