The latest issue of BOAT International is now on sale, bringing you a raft of exclusive stories – including interviews with Giorgio Armani and Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and owner of sailing yacht Tiara.
But first, our cover boat this month is the legendary Feadship Sussurro, which proved revolutionary when launched back in 1998, and remains a marvel of modern yachting to this day.
"Everyone was terrified. We had not built many fast-displacement boats...[Sussurro] was going to have to be aluminium rather than steel – aluminium and composites and carbon fibre possibly. We had not done that," recalls Henk de Vries in the fascinating story of the yacht’s build.
Sussurro is the first in a new series of retrospectives on famous superyachts and a very worthy recipient of our new Yacht Icons label. Look out for more Yacht Icons in upcoming issues.
Elsewhere, we join Giorgio Armani at his luxurious Antiguan hideaway and learn how he relaxes when not on board his superyacht Main. We also meet Guy Laliberte in the Dominican Republic and discover what makes this entrepreneur – and space adventurer – tick.
In his column, Sir Ben Ainslie speaks candidly about how Covid-19 has affected his team's America's Cup preparations. "It seems to me that at the very least it would make sense to push back the start of racing as much as possible to allow everyone a chance to recover and prepare as well as they can," he writes.
The new 47 metre Benetti Bacchanal goes under the spotlight – and in the spirit of the yacht's name we also learn a few pages later which wines you should be serving on board this season (and how to keep your onboard cellar in tip-top shape).
The July issue of BOAT International is packed with much more, so take advantage of one of our special subscriptions offers today, or shop for the issue in our online store.