Charity & Fund Raising Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

This page showcases news of yachting charity and fundraising events from around the world. If you have any yacht industry charity news please contact CharterWorld for publication. The yachting industry is an excellent arena to promote a range of charities concerning everything from ocean environmental causes to people in need.

Henley & Partners stands firm with Hurricane Irma victims

September 13, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Henley & Partners, along with its managing partners and worldwide staff, has expressed its deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences with everyone suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

View of Antigua from Shirley Heights

View of Antigua from Shirley Heights

Having witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Henley & Partners is working closely with partners and colleagues in Antigua and Barbuda to find the best way forward for delivering funds to those most in need as well as raise capital to aid in the reconstruction of Barbuda.

The company will continue its work to empower the youth of the Caribbean in conjunction with the Halo Foundation in Antigua: Three exceptional students are currently travelling to Nova Scotia, Canada, to take up scholarships at Saint Mary’s University after receiving the Henley & Partners Hero Scholarship and the Halo Foundation Hero Humanitarian Award.

Henley & Partners has a committed long-standing relationship to the Caribbean region and will continue to support its strong and resilient islanders throughout this difficult time.

50% of fee donated to local village when chartering S/Y Lamima in Indonesia

August 08, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Luxury phinisi LAMIMA is an excellent Indonesian charter yacht that offers guests gorgeous interiors, SPA therapies, an outdoor cinema and PADI Dive Centre Certification, and now there’s another great reason to choose her: Charter 65m/213ft sailing yacht LAMIMA in Sorong this August and 50% of the charter fee will be donated to a local village to build and improve local school facilities.

Luxury phinisi LAMIMA - Built in 2014

Luxury phinisi LAMIMA – Built in 2014

Built in 2014 to a design by Marcelo Penna, her stunning silhouette is a common sight passing by the National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Indonesia, and she has earned herself an enviable reputation as a quality charter choice for friends and families of all ages.

Spend your days on deck and watch as one magnificent beach gives way to a dense forest paradise or idyllic mangroves and lagoons ideal for snorkelling together as a family. Dine alfresco in style in the cockpit, or exercise or sunbathe on the sundeck while you take in uninterrupted views of every stop along your journey. As an additional benefit, there are trained massage therapists on board for treatments in the fresh air and shade.

Luxury yacht LAMIMA - Alfresco dining

Luxury yacht LAMIMA – Alfresco dining

Indoors, the expansive salon and formal dining area use native timbers, techniques and designs for an ambient relaxation spot combined with modern conveniences such as cutting edge entertainment, wi-fi and air conditioning. The bar has plenty of choice to complement any meal and for lazy afternoons and evenings in each other’s company.

Luxury phinisi LAMIMA is a PADI Certified Dive Centre and comes with a great range of water toys for getting the most out of the rich and thriving waters of Indonesia. Contact CharterWorld for the latest selection of water toys on board.

Superyacht LAMIMA - Master cabin

Superyacht LAMIMA – Master cabin

The accommodation layout is designed to sleep up to 14 guests over 7 cabins: 1 Master suite, 4 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. The professional crew of 19 will provide everything you require for a relaxing experience surrounded by the beauty of Indonesia.

Sailing yacht LAMIMA is available for charter in Sorong this August from $125,000 USD per week plus expenses, and charters made this month will have 50% of their fee donated to funding local schools. Contact CharterWorld for more information and to make your booking today.

International SeaKeepers Society honours Wendy Schmidt at SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017

July 12, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

On the 22nd of June the International SeaKeepers Society hosted SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to celebrate recent achievements, acknowledge the dedication of its members and highlight the importance of recent and ongoing marine conservation projects undertaken by the organisation.

Award for Seakeepers Bermuda 2017 by Xavier Cortada

Award for SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 by Xavier Cortada

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) and at the Harbourfront Restaurant in Hamilton, Bermuda, were the venues for the program, which took place during the America’s Cup.

Michael T. Moore, Wendy Schmidt, and Richard Snow at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Michael T. Moore, Wendy Schmidt, and Richard Snow at SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017

During the event, Wendy Schmidt was honored as 2017 Seakeeper of the Year for her outstanding efforts in leading ocean and environmental conservation. Local conservationists Philippe Max Rouja, Judie Clee, Chris Flook, and John Paul Skinner were also honoured as part of the SeaKeepers of the World Program, which recognises the commitment of individual SeaKeepers and the value they bring to local conservation and their community.

Local Seakeepers Chris Flook, Judie Clee, JP Skinner, Michael T. Moore were also recognised at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Local Seakeepers Chris Flook, Judie Clee, JP Skinner, Michael T. Moore were also recognised at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Among the talks were the highlights of the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, in which the SeaKeepers Society works in conjunction with the yachting community by using vessels for scientific research, deployment of equipment and education.

The next SeaKeepers Event will be Founders 2017, which will take place at Fort Lauderdale on the 2nd of November, 2017.

Seakeepers Bermuda 2017: Honouring the Commitment to Ocean Research

May 19, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The International SeaKeepers Society will be hosting SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to recognise the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year, Wendy Schmidt, and the SeaKeepers of Bermuda, Judie Clee, Chris Flook, Philippe Max Rouja, and John Paul Skinner. At the event, which will take place in Bermuda on June 22nd during America’s Cup, programming with the current DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet will be featured showing how the International SeaKeepers Society partners with the yachting community.

Bermuda Seakeepers 2017

The DISCOVERY Yacht Chair of SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 is Stefano Tositti and the Reception Sponsor is Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences – Caroline Bay, Bermuda.

Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and the wiser use of natural resources. The Foundation houses its grant-making operation in The 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 non-profit organisations around the world in program areas including renewable energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and our maritime connection through its 11th Hour Racing program.

SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to recognise the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year, Wendy Schmidt

SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to recognise the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year, Wendy Schmidt

11th Hour Racing promotes sustainability in the sailing and maritime industries, and serves as the Exclusive Sustainability Partner for Land Rover BAR, the British team competing for the upcoming 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. 11th Hour Racing also recently signed on as the co-title sponsor with Vestas Wind for the American team in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

In 2009, Wendy Schmidt and her husband, Eric Schmidt, created the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), and in 2012 launched the research vessel, Falkor, as a mobile platform to advance ocean exploration, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze the sharing of information about the oceans. Since 2012, Falkor has hosted more than 400 scientists from 29 countries.

To further her commitment to ocean issues, in 2010 Wendy Schmidt partnered with XPRIZE, following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, to sponsor the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, a $1.4 million competition designed to identify efficient and innovative solutions to clean up surface oil spills. She also partnered with XPRIZE in 2012 to design the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a $2 million purse, awarded in July 2015, which focused on ocean acidification, one of the harbingers of climate change.

Wendy Schmidt is the lead philanthropic partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative (NPEC) and a founding board member of Climate Central.

The SeaKeepers of Bermuda Awardees

The SeaKeepers of Bermuda Awardees have been chosen because of their commitment to ocean research in Bermuda. Judie Clee has contributed much to our understanding of the oceans.  She introduced the REEF program to Bermuda in 2000 and as Principal Investigator, has engaged hundreds of divers to survey fish on our reefs.  Judie was named REEF Volunteer of the Year in 2005.

Judie Clee

Judie Clee

Judie has been an active volunteer for the Bermuda Zoological Society, Ocean Support Foundation, Bermuda’s Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Program, the Humpback Whale Project, the National Trust’s Marine Environment Committee, the Marine Debris Taskforce, BUEI and more.  For the last ten years, Judie has helped curate the Bermuda Humpback Whale ID Catalogue consisting of over 1,400 individual whale IDs.

In 2007, Chris Flook started the Bermuda Lionfish Project; bringing together the Bermuda Government, REEF, NOAA and domestic NGOs to adopt policies and protocols. The Lionfish Project in Bermuda has since been used as a management model by several Caribbean Countries. The initiative continues today through the Ocean Support Foundation and Chris is a member of the Board. From 2011–2014 Chris was the Director of the Blue Halo project through the Pew Charitable Trust. Currently, Chris works at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and is a founding member and sits on the Advisory Board ofRISE (Robots in Service of the Environment

Chris Flook

Chris Flook

Philippe Max Rouja is a cultural and medical anthropologist specialising in maritime communities, currently focusing his research on Polynesia, Australia, Bermuda and the Arctic. He is the Principal Scientist of Marine Heritage and Ocean Human Health at the Department of Conservation Services, where he oversees public health studies related to the use of marine resources in Bermuda and serves as Custodian of Historic Wrecks.

Philippe Max Rouja

Philippe Max Rouja

JP Skinner was born and raised in Bermuda where he developed a genuine passion for the ocean.  He pursued a degree in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, before returning home to teach for several years in a local primary school.  A keen water-sports enthusiast and environmentalist, he eventually combined his interests in education and the outdoors by launching Waterstart Ltd., an ocean exploration program for teens.  After several successful summers of marine education, JP began work at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and began building a suite of outreach programs which included Waterstart as the summer focus.  These programs eventually coalesced into BIOS’s “Ocean Academy” and reached thousands of local students each year.

JP Skinner

JP Skinner

Mediterranean Summer: 12 Of the Best Luxury Events to Attend

May 17, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The first day of the Cannes Film Festival marks the start of summer charter season as the rich and famous flock from all corners of the globe to enjoy the Mediterranean at its zenith. From charity balls to sporting events and concerts that celebrate the burgeoning electronic and jazz genres, the French and Italian Rivieras will host some of the most prestigious events of the year – and you can be a part of the action.

It’s not too late to grab a last minute charter: Below we list 12 of the most important luxury yacht events throughout the summer months to please those who like to spectate and those who want to participate. Contact CharterWorld and see what our expert brokers can do for you.

May

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2017. Image credit: Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2017. Image credit: Cannes Film Festival

Get up close to the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals Cannes and watch the glamour unfold from your very own private yacht. More than just lavish parties and fabulous frocks, the Cannes Film Festival is vital to industry networking and secures the future for many concepts to come alive on the silver screen.

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix. Photo credit: Larry Koester

Monaco Grand Prix. Photo credit: Larry Koester

Take a front row seat to all the action of the Monaco Grand Prix: with your own luxury yacht, you have the best seats at the event. Whether chartering privately or for a corporate event charter, your sun deck will come into its own as you dine alfresco or dip into the Jacuzzi while watching your favourite racer competing only metres away.

amfAR – Cinema Against AIDS 25th May

Raising over $190 million for research programs in the fight against AIDS, amfAR is vital in funding research and highlighting the ongoing struggle to combat AIDS globally. This prestigious event takes place at the opulent Hotel du Cap for its 24th year with the aim of developing a ‘scientific basis for a cure by 2020’.

June

Cannes Lions

A pop-up meeting space at Cannes Lions. Photo credit: Digitas Photos

A pop-up meeting space at Cannes Lions. Photo credit: Digitas Photos

Celebrating innovations and the ever-advancing state of healthcare, technology and entertainment, Cannes Lions is an exhibition dedicated to future visions and this year’s event estimates that over 15,000 people from 100 countries are expected to attend. Dame Helen Mirren and singer Demi Lovato are among the celebrity speakers, with award-winning designers, architects and media companies speaking at the event.

Cannes Lions runs from the 17th-24th of June – be sure to join in on this international festival of creativity on a luxury charter holiday for the very best in comfort, convenience and style.

Jumping International, Monte Carlo

Bertram Allen on Molly Malone V. Photo credit: Stefano Grasso

Bertram Allen on Molly Malone V. Photo credit: Stefano Grasso

Now in its 12th year, Jumping International Monte Carlo has become a favourite spectacle of the Mediterranean’s most elite and discerning spectators, attended by royal families, business magnates and celebrities. The event runs from the 23rd-25th June and the additional entertainment and variety of shopping in the city of Monte Carlo only increase the allure of this exclusive event.

July

Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival

Monte Carlo. Photo credit: Rodrigo Soldon

Monte Carlo. Photo credit: Rodrigo Soldon

Monaco is ideally situated between the French and Italian Rivieras, which makes it an easily accessed hotspot for superyacht charters whether they are looking to spend an entire week in port or get a taste of a single event and sail on to the next. The Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival takes place at La Salle des Etoiles, a concert hall made of glass overlooking the shining Mediterranean Sea while legendary talent and new singers with exceptional potential serenade the guests throughout the evening. This was the festival that brought Rihanna and Alicia Keyes into the public eye – and it could be your chance to see the next big names performing live at the start of their career.

Monaco Red Cross Ball

Red Cross Ball 2016 - Image credit to Croix Rouge Monégasque

Red Cross Ball 2016 – Image credit to Croix Rouge Monégasque

Each year, the Monaco Red Cross hosts a ball in gratitude to its many generous donors and showcases the immeasurable work that the funds have done on both a local and international scale. La Salle des Etoiles once again becomes the venue for a star-studded event, opened in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, President of the Monaco Red Cross. Following in the steps of tradition, the night begins with a tombola and an exquisite meal before the dancing gets underway. A magnificent fireworks display heralds an end to the evening before guests slip back to their superyachts to continue the party or sleep off the night’s exertions.

Ultra Europe Music Festival, Split, Croatia

Ultra Europe Music Festival. Photo credit: ultraeurope.com

Ultra Europe Music Festival. Photo credit: ultraeurope.com

Paced over 7 spectacular days across Split in Croatia, the Ultra Europe Music Festival is one of the largest celebrations of electronic music anywhere in the world. The islands of Hvar, Brac and Split all become the spectacular backdrop for fun and games, including a regatta at Bol on the 17th of July and a party of over 5,000 revellers at the spectacular Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort on Hvar the following day.

Nice Jazz festival

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - Nice Jazz Festival

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Nice Jazz Festival

Nice hosted the very first jazz festival in 1948 and the city has long embraced its love of the genre, revelling in its international appeal that in turn produces an eclectic and thrilling event from worldwide talent. The five-day event takes place at the Theatre de Verdure, conveniently located near Nice‘s Port along the beautiful promenade.

August

La Biennale

Architecture at La Biennale. Photo credit: René Thorup Kristensen

Architecture at La Biennale. Photo credit: René Thorup Kristensen

A celebration of the arts in all its various forms, La Biennale in Venice is arguably the most diverse exhibition in the Mediterranean luxury yacht charter season: Art, Cinema, Architecture, Dance, Theatre and Music are all represented in displays, workshops and interactive events for all ages. Take a look at the mesmerising performances and see what it inspires in yourself.

September

Cannes Yachting Festival

Cannes Yachting Festival Banner

Cannes Yachting Festival Banner

A gathering of the luxury yacht industry’s greatest and growing talents, the Cannes Yachting Festival offers a glimpse the yachting’s future, from next year’s design trends to advancements in technology and the unveiling of new water toys. Whether you’re planning on buying your next superyacht or just curious to see what the 500+ exhibitors have to offer, the Cannes Yachting Show is not an exhibition that yachting enthusiasts should miss.

Genoa International Boat Show

Salone Nautico di Genova 2016

Salone Nautico di Genova 2016

Whether you are an owner, luxury charter guest or an industry professional, the Genoa International Boat Show is attended by Italy’s finest and most renowned yacht builders including Perini Navi, Benetti and CRN as well as international names, offering the perfect opportunity to compare luxury yacht facilities and products. This yachting exhibition over land and water covers more than 300,000m² total and this year’s event already has 1,400 boats registered with 400 available for sea trials. Ever wanted to see Feadship engineering up close? This could be your chance.

Monaco Yacht Show

MYS 2016 - Photo credit to © Monaco Yacht Show

MYS 2016 – Photo credit to © Monaco Yacht Show

Just as the Cannes Film Festival unofficially marks that start of the charter season in the Mediterranean, the Monaco Yacht Show is seen as the closing event in the superyacht social calendar and a winding down from the peak season. After the event, the private yacht parties run long into the night and the last of the summer holidays is seen off in style in one of the Cote d’Azur‘s most opulent and glamorous cities.

International SeaKeepers Society to honour Bermuda scientists at annual event

April 19, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

On Thursday the 22nd of June, the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute will become the venue for the International SeaKeepers Society event ‘SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017’, where local individuals will be honoured for their endeavours into ocean conservation and research. The event is to take place during the annual America’s Cup, which will be held in Bermuda from the 26th of May until the 27th of June.

Wendy Schmidt - SeaKeeper of the Year 2017

Wendy Schmidt – SeaKeeper of the Year 2017

The International SeaKeepers Society has received long-running support from the yachting industry and the not-for-profit organisation works in partnership with the Discovery yachts program to conduct research and educate on maintaining and improving the world’s oceans. Previous projects include studies into drift cards, coral bio-erosion and shark tagging.

The evening will focus on the recent work of the society and the research results gained from the international fleet of Discovery yachts. Bermudans Philippe Max Rouja, Judy Clee, Chris Flook, and John Paul Skinner will also receive recognition for their efforts in educating on and combating current issues affecting oceanic health. Most notably, Wendy Schmidt, Founder and Vice President of the Schmidt Ocean Institute to further oceanic research, knowledge and discovery, will be honoured as 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year.

Spanish Point Bermuda - Photo credit Bermuda Tourism Authority

Spanish Point Bermuda – Photo credit Bermuda Tourism Authority

Year-round sunshine makes Bermuda a viable destination for any season, and the Overseas British Territory is increasingly opening up as a superyacht destination as holidaymakers expand beyond the traditional winter charter grounds of the Caribbean and Bahamas. Attend the America’s Cup on a luxury charter yacht and discover the pristine beauty of the pink sand beaches, historic landmarks and easygoing culture.

Upcoming Event: Founders’ 2016 by International SeaKeepers Society at Fort Lauderdale

October 31, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The International SeaKeepers Society is to host its annual Founders’ 2016, kicking off the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show on the 3rd of November. The event will recognise the work of DISCOVERY Yacht Members and showcase a selection of research projects that SeaKeepers has undertaken this year.

Shark Tagging with University of Miamis Shark Research and Conservation aboard Fleet Miamis D/Y Shredder- Photo Credit Frank Gibson

Shark Tagging with University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation aboard Fleet Miami’s D/Y Shredder- Photo Credit Frank Gibson

In conjunction with the international yachting community, The International SeaKeepers Society has developed and implemented key research and conservation programmes throughout 2016 as well as providing educational trips for children and teenagers across the world. As of March 2016, SeaKeepers has extended its educational programme to the Asia region, giving participants in Singapore the chance to take part in real-life research expeditions and ‘floating classroom experiences’ outside the traditional teaching environment.

Educational Outreach Program aboard D/Y Lady Jo with the National University of Singapore

Educational Outreach Program aboard D/Y Lady Jo with the National University of Singapore

About SeaKeepers

The International SeaKeepers Society was established in 1998 to promote oceanographic research, conservation and education. Now in its 18th year, the society has evolved thanks to the support it has received from individuals and organisations across the world and currently activates a fleet of discovery yachts which it uses to carry out its key programming.

In recent months, a number of projects have been successfully carried out providing valuable research and insight into the changing oceanic conditions:

September 2016

  • DISCOVERY yacht Final Final and her crew collected water samples from two sites in the Intracostal waterway around Delray Beach in Florida. The samples will be used as part of a research for the ASC Global Microplastics Project into the environmental and human health risk they pose.
  • A DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks was used by both SeaKeepers and University of Miami researchers from The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE). Together, they deployed biodegradable drifter cards with attached GPS devices across multiple locations within Biscayne Bay. The drifter cards will be tracked to study the flow of currents within the bay, which affects how oil and other pollutants migrate and accumulate in the marine environment.
  • DISCOVERY Yacht Silver Cloud deployed two SeaKeeper Drifters while en route to Iceland. Drifters are data collection devices. The collection of consistent and accurate data is extremely important for oil spills and marine debris accumulation analyses; weather and hurricane prediction models; quality control tests on satellites; and an overall better understanding of the marine environment. It is vital that the global instrument arrays are well distributed; private vessels achieve this along routes which are not typically traveled.

    eDNA Research with UCLA aboard the D/Y Valkyrie in the Channel Islands, California

    eDNA Research with UCLA aboard the D/Y Valkyrie in the Channel Islands, California

August 2016

  • DISCOVERY Yacht Valkyrie took scientists from  the Barber Lab of UCLA to study eDNA (environmental DNA) along the coasts of Anacapa and Santa Cruz in California. Water samples were collected and analyzed to determine which marine species had recently passed through the area, providing valuable data on the region’s biodiversity.

The International SeaKeepers Society is a not-for-profit organisation.

Drifter deployment aboard D/Y Forget About It into the Gulf Stream near Miami FL

Drifter deployment aboard D/Y Forget About It into the Gulf Stream near Miami FL

Founders’ 2016

WHEN
Thursday, November 3rd
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

WHERE
Private Residence, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

FOR EVENT INFORMATION AND TICKETS
Gill@seakeepers.org | 305.448.7089

seakeepers.org

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Cogs 4 Cancer charity ride returns for 2017

September 15, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

After taking a year-long break, Cogs 4 Cancer is announcing its upcoming event in 2017 to raise funds for Cancer Research in France and the UK. Run by a group of volunteers who all work in the superyacht industry, the charity gives 100% of donations to cancer projects. The following is a press release for Cogs 4 Cancer.

Press Release

Cogs 4 Cancer – The journey so far

Cogs4Cancer 2014: 16 riders covered 850km in 6 days from Ancona, Eastern Italy to Antibes, South of France

Cogs4Cancer 2014: 16 riders covered 850km in 6 days from Ancona, Eastern Italy to Antibes, South of France

Since the first endurance cycling challenge in 2013, Cogs 4 Cancer has raised over 700,000 euros for cancer projects all over Europe. With the million Euro marker now in sight, the team decided to ‘go big or go home’ for the next ride and will be announcing the 2017 program in just a few weeks.

Ben Young, President of Cogs for Cancer explained, “We organized three 800+ KM rides in three consecutive years and after the huge success of the 2015 event we didn’t want to keep knocking year after year on the doors of our very generous supporters therefore decided to take a year off.

“We wanted to make sure sponsors and supporters kept their interest in what we are doing, and also ensure that the ride stays interesting for the many repeat riders we have who have taken part in all three challenges so far.

“After the decision was taken to take 2016 off we decided to come up with our biggest endurance race to date and to give us time to plan a journey that will smash all the previous rides out of the water!”

 

Cogs 4 Cancer is managed by a group of volunteers who all work within the superyacht industry. 100% of all money raised goes to the designated cancer charities across Europe and the UK and the volunteers not only put in countless hours planning, preparing and promoting, but also pay for all their own travel and equipment needed to make the 800+ KM cycle rides happen.

The charity is inspired by the story of those within the yachting industry who have been touched by cancer in one-way or another. Well loved yacht professional and cycling enthusiast Adrian Long was diagnosed with cancer in March 2012 and within the year a group of likeminded personalities came together to form the charity with the ethos that every single penny raised goes directly to cancer research, and all other operational costs are covered by the riders and support team themselves.

The riders share a common goal to help enable the fight against cancer. Each rider has their own personal drive as well as riding together for the numerous people that the superyacht Industry has sadly lost to this terrible disease.

The rides so far…

2013

Antibes, South of France to Palma de Mallorca
Five days
800 km
8 riders
Total money raised -114 000 €

2014

Ancona, Eastern Italy to Antibes, South of France
Six days
850 km
16 riders
Total money raised – 285 560€

2015

Barcelona to Antibes
Five days
850 km
24 riders
Total money raised – 305 520€

A grand total of 705 080 € has been raised so far and by December 2013, Cogs 4 Cancer was ranked within the top 1% of all fundraisers on the JustGiving charity fundraising website.

“The amount raised in such a short time was unprecedented” – Cancer Research UK

“At a recent event, COGS4CANCER was 1 of 2 fundraisers (out of 1000’s) highlighted as a real success in 2014” – Cancer Research UK

Elton John & Ferretti Donate a Yacht to Italy’s Earthquake Victims

September 07, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Ferretti and Riva are to donate the auction proceeds of a Special Addition AquaRiva Super motor yacht to the charities that benefit the victims of Italy’s disastrous earthquake earlier this year. The colour of the special edition yacht will be chosen personally by Sir Elton John. Elton John announced the charitable yacht donation during his private concert in Monaco, surrounded by 30 yachts representing all the Ferretti Group brands. The show “Blue Wonderful” was a co-production between Ferretti Group and the Yacht Club de Monaco, featured Sir Elton John performing his greatest hits on his legendary piano.

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Here is a video of the event held in Monaco on the 3rd of September 2016.

Ferretti Group and the Yacht Club de Monaco brought to life a memorable event on , illuminating the “magnificent blue” of the Monte Carlo night.

The “Blue Wonderful” event featured a private concert by Sir Elton John which took place in the extraordinary setting of the YCM Marina surrounded by 30 yachts, representing all brands of the Ferretti Group. Sir Elton John entertained international guests with his solo piano concert performing his most celebrated songs like “Candle in the wind”, “Rocket Man”, “Daniel”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Crocodile Rock”, “Circle of Life”, “Your song” and some hits of his last album “Wonderful Crazy Night” amongst which the opening song “Blue Wonderful”.

After an hour and a half of playing the British star received rapturous applause from the 1,000-plus guests assembled on Quai Louis II and from the terraces of the Yacht Club, a building designed and built by his compatriot, Sir Norman Foster. He left the stage for the sea aboard his Riva, to a resounding salute as all the yachts in the Yacht Club’s Marina sounded their horns, a fitting tribute for someone who is passionate about yachts.

More About the Yacht
The stylish lines of the 33-foot Aqua Riva Super fully embody a sense of tradition; the fine, skilfully crafted timber (mahogany with maple inlays) used for the deck and the elegant leather finishes on the dashboard and the steering wheel enhance the pleasure of cruising on a timeless, classical yacht, offering unmatched comfort and emotions. The innovative electronic two-speed gearbox, installed on the standard version, allows the two powerful 370 hp Yanmar engines to accelerate even faster and ensures outstanding performances.

More About Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 38 gold and 27 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played nearly 4,000 concerts in over 80 countries.

‘Blue Wonderful’ A Sir Elton John’s Concert with Ferretti Group and YC de Monaco

September 06, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

“Blue Wonderful” Sir Elton John’s Concert – a private show and a co-production of Ferretti Group and Yacht Club de Monaco – was held yesterday evening in the YCM Marina setting, surrounded by 30 yachts representing all the Ferretti Group brands.

The event opened the Private Preview weekend, the customers’ event which Ferretti Group presented in Monte Carlo its whole fleet, just few days before the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016 official opening.

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– The show, a co-production between Ferretti Group and the Yacht Club de Monaco, featured Sir Elton John performing his greatest hits on his legendary piano;
– The concert opened the Private Preview weekend, the unmissable event during which Ferretti Group presented its whole fleet, including six world première models, effectively kicking-off the big luxury yacht meetings with the Cannes Yachting Festival – starting on 6 September – and the highlight being the Monaco Yacht Show (28 October) bringing together the largest yachts in the world.

Monaco, 3 September 2016 – Ferretti Group and the Yacht Club de Monaco brought to life a memorable event on , illuminating the “magnificent blue” of the Monte Carlo night.

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The “Blue Wonderful” event featured a private concert by Sir Elton John which took place in the extraordinary setting of the YCM Marina surrounded by 30 yachts, representing all brands of the Ferretti Group. Sir Elton John entertained international guests with his solo piano concert performing his most celebrated songs like “Candle in the wind”, “Rocket Man”, “Daniel”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Crocodile Rock”, “Circle of Life”, “Your song” and some hits of his last album “Wonderful Crazy Night” amongst which the opening song “Blue Wonderful”.

After an hour and a half of playing the British star received rapturous applause from the 1,000-plus guests assembled on Quai Louis II and from the terraces of the Yacht Club, a building designed and built by his compatriot, Sir Norman Foster. He left the stage for the sea aboard his Riva, to a resounding salute as all the yachts in the Yacht Club’s Marina sounded their horns, a fitting tribute for someone who is passionate about yachts.

“Blue Wonderful” marked the opening of “Private Preview” gathering, an annual opportunity for Ferretti Groupboat owners in Monte-Carlo to visit and try out new boats in the fleet which this year included six world premières: Ferretti Yachts 850, Ferretti Yachts 450, Pershing 5X, Rivamare, 76’ Bahamas and Custom Line Navetta 37.