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Listen Now: Episode 9 of the BOAT Briefing Podcast


In this week's episode of the BOAT Briefing podcast, the team talk environmental ratings for superyachts, why the picture isn't as bleak as the headlines suggest for brokerage sales and we sit down with Skip Novak, a man who has made a career out of sailing in some of the world's most treacherous waters.

We also dig into some of the standout new deliveries from the past week, including Benetti's new 40 metre Oasis model, which has been christened Rebeca, and the 74 metre Amels Lady E, which has just undergone a major refit at Pendennis.

Deputy editor Caroline White introduces some positive data showing how superyacht sales are holding up in the face of big headwinds – in the July to September period this year, there have been 89 brokerage sales, which only trails 2019 by five yachts.

Charlotte Hogarth-Jones, meanwhile, discusses the new SEA Index, which was launched this week by the Yacht Club de Monaco and aims to measure emissions from superyachts and promote greener vessels.

Our interview this week features a fascinating discussion between editor-at-large Marilyn Mower and yachtsman and adventurer Skip Novak. Well known in sailing circles for being the world’s foremost expert on high latitudes sailing, Skip discusses how he fell in love with extreme sailing and some truly frightening crossings of Drake Passage.

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