Flagship: Business booming stateside

Flagship: Business booming stateside

Staycation is a term we have all become more familiar with since March. In the US yachting world, the reality is no different. The market growth which began in September 2019 has continued, bar a slight stutter due to March’s

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Flagship: Diversity, how far have we come?

Flagship: Diversity, how far have we come?

Superyachting has, by its own admission, been slow to diversify its workforce. A typical yacht still features a predominantly Caucasian crew, with women working inside and men out on deck. However, over the past 10 years ripples of change have

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Flagship: Virtual Reality ‘A Tool For Growth’

Flagship: Virtual Reality ‘A Tool For Growth’

Virtual Reality, also known as VR, is revolutionising how many of us enjoy entertainment and has been used to train astronauts, surgeons and even superyacht crew. Now, in a post-Covid-19 reality, VR has the potential to further benefit the superyacht

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Flagship: New Superyacht Eco Association Index set to make its mark

Flagship: New Superyacht Eco Association Index set to make its mark

The imminent global threat of climate change brings a rising tide of natural disasters, dwindling resources and disappearing species that requires action from all industries to curb. Superyachting is no different. Marine traffic is responsible for 18% of global emissions

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New Zealand’s closed borders ‘creating financial loss

New Zealand’s closed borders ‘creating financial loss

New Zealand’s closed border policy to guard against Covid-19 is creating significant financial losses to its superyacht sector, warns Duthie Lidgard, MD Catalano Shipping Services NZ. While the country has been relatively successful in combatting the virus, there is an

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Closing borders to non-native crews ‘draconian’, says captain

Closing borders to non-native crews ‘draconian’, says captain

The shutting of Australian and New Zealand borders to all non-native yachts and crews is “draconian and unhelpful to say the least”, according to captain Iain Flockhart. He was reacting to the news that crews of hundreds of ocean-going yachts

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Superyachting is a place of opportunity – although Covid-19 presents significant challenges

Superyachting is a place of opportunity – although Covid-19 presents significant challenges

The superyachting sector “has always been a place of opportunity” according to Dominic Bulfin, the newly appointed senior associate at luxury asset law firm, Bargate Murray, while acknowledging the tremendous challenges faced by the COVID-19 outbreak. The biggest opportunities are

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Superyacht owner developing home test kit for Covid-19

Superyacht owner developing home test kit for Covid-19

Science and technology entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg is developing a home test kit for Covid-19, claimed to deliver results in 30 minutes, aboard his 55-metre superyacht, Gene Machine.  Appearing to tweet from Gene Machine’s onboard laboratory, Rothberg first announced his intention

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View From The Bridge: Coronavirus and watching the anchor chain

View From The Bridge: Coronavirus and watching the anchor chain

credit: Ralf Roletschek – GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2   I was very lucky to get off the island of Mallorca last Sunday (March 15), as the national lockdown that was scheduled for 08:00 Monday morning was brought forward

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Italian yacht charter market feeling impact of Covid-19 lockdown

Italian yacht charter market feeling impact of Covid-19 lockdown

Marco Sabadin/AFP via Getty Images   The yacht charter market has been brought to a standstill, particularly in Italy, where an industry leader described the boot of Europe as a “red zone”. Now the Caribbean charter season is drawing to

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