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You don’t have to have a superyacht – or even a rubber dinghy – to find something you might suddenly realise you “need” in our annual tech and toys shopping guide, although given yacht owners’ love of the new and the fun, it certainly does no harm. Find me a water-sports lover who could resist a motorised surfboard that goes from nought to 60km/h in just 2.8 seconds or, well, anyone who could turn down a beautifully designed alarm clock that makes you a cup of coffee as you wake.

And even for car agnostics such as myself, the allure of one of the rallies featured this month does seem pretty tempting. While some of our superyacht network, such as Anil Thadani, pick out their favourites, I’d like to think I am brave enough to tackle the Mongol Rally, not least because my banged-up old Rover would qualify. Although their small print – “your chances of dying as a result of taking part are high” – does question the sanity of participants… Best stick to boats and hope to see another day.

Sacha Bonsor

Forget Wonderland, I was in Downunderland in November as I chased a White Rabbit to the other side of the planet. I managed to write our entire cover story this month without a single reference to the famous Lewis Carroll story, so you’ll have to indulge me. The experience did feel entirely otherworldly, though, leaving a grey UK to spend just 36 hours in a very bright and balmy Western Australia. What I found there was a superyacht unlike any I’d experienced before. It was days away from delivery, so packed with people applying the finishing touches, but the qualities of this vessel were still clear to see. I hope I’ve done the experience – and the yacht – justice. It would be wonderful to see more big trimarans taking to the water. After all, this is an 84-metre yacht with all the volume of a 90-metre monohull, and able to achieve the same top speed using 40 per cent less power. It makes sense to me. And the best thing is, unlike for Alice, this is no fantasy.

Stewart Campbell

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