Inaugural Superyacht Gathering event takes place in Auckland

3 April 2019 • Written by Miranda Blazeby

Owners, designers, captains and brokers were united last month (March 27 – 29) at the inaugural Superyacht Gathering in Auckland.

The three-day programme featured a bumper programme of social events and a day long symposium, which included talks on design, the America’s Cup and owner insight.

The event kicked off with a Kiwi Luxe Welcome party and traditional Maori ceremony on March 27, which saw Burgess chief executive Jonathan Beckett act as the symbolic leader of the superyacht industry.

The three event took place from March 27 - 29

Day two, dubbed the "Storytelling Day", included a packed schedule of talks, including sessions on ownership, altruism and technology and innovation.

Yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni discussed Echo Yachts’ recently delivered 84 metre trimaran White Rabbit, while Sir Michael Hill offered first hand insight into the build process of the recently delivered 39 metre superyacht The Beast.

Sir Michael Hill (left) discussed his new superyacht The Beast

Founder of Dykstra Naval Architects, Gerard Dijkstra, discussed the use of sustainable technology in yachting, drawing on his own projects, such as the 87 metre Maltese Falcon and 106 metre Black Pearl.

Tracy and Mike Mahoney, owners of Tawera, discussed the highs and lows of ownership, while Peter Montgomery interviewed Neville Crichton on his rich history of yacht builds.

The three day event ended with a leisurely lunch on Waiheke Island

Day three kicked off with an America’s Cup breakfast at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron where vice commodore of the RNZYS, Aaron Young, presented the superyacht calendar for 2020 and 2021. He also confirmed that five J-Class yachts will be in Auckland for the America’s Cup.

The Superyacht Gathering ended with a social day on Waiheke Island in the Haruki Gulf. The next edition of the Superyacht Gathering is scheduled to take place between March 25-27 next year.

Photography: Amber Jones/

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