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Charter luxury yacht Tail Lights in New England

July 20, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Be blown away by the diversity of the New England coast on a charter aboard 35m/116ft motor yacht TAIL LIGHTS.

Luxury yacht TAIL LIGHTS - Built by Azimut

Luxury yacht TAIL LIGHTS – Built by Azimut

Built in 2011 by Azimut and last refitted in 2016, her exterior is the work of Stefano Righini and her opulent modern interiors are ideal for impressing on corporate event charters and family and friends charters marking special occasions.

Capable of cruising at 18 knots with a top speed of 25 knots, she is perfect for visiting multiple destinations along the same stretch of coastline.

Motor yacht TAIL LIGHTS - Main deck aft seating

Motor yacht TAIL LIGHTS – Main deck aft seating

The open plan salon uses rich wooden panelling and cream coloured furnishings for a cosy living space that becomes even more ambient in the evenings. Forward of the main salon, the formal dining area seats up to 10 guests in comfort and understated elegance where the emphasis is placed on the special occasion and the guests.

The bar has a choice selection of drinks and is ideally situated beside the main salon to easily serve guests sitting out on the main deck aft as well as those indoors.

Superyacht TAIL LIGHTS - Flybridge

Superyacht TAIL LIGHTS – Flybridge

Dine alfresco on the sheltered main deck aft or up on the flybridge, where there is also a sceond bar with a TV to keep up on the latest sports. Soak in the Jacuzzi or stretch out on the sun loungers with fresh air and uninterrupted views of your surroundings.

There is an excellent selection of water toys, including:

  • 1 x jet ski
  • 1 x kayak
  • 1 x wakeboard
  • 1 x kneeboard
  • snorkelling equipment
  • fishing gear, and
  • inflatable toys
Motor yacht TAIL LIGHTS - Bow sunpads

Motor yacht TAIL LIGHTS – Bow sunpads

The on board accommodation layout sleeps a maximum of 10 guests over 5 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. A professional crew of 6 will ensure that every guest on board has a fantastic charter experience.

Charter superyacht TAIL LIGHTS in New England from $75,000 per week plus expenses. To find out more, contact CharterWorld to reserve your dates today.

Charter luxury yacht Nicole Evelyn in New York

July 18, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Charter 35m/128ft motor yacht NICOLE EVELYN (ex.NAMOH) in New York and see one of the world’s most famous cities with peaceful privacy as you move from location to location.

Motor yacht NICOLE EVELYN - Built by Cheoy Lee Yachts

Motor yacht NICOLE EVELYN – Built by Cheoy Lee Yachts

Built by Cheoy Lee in 2003 and last refitted in 2013, she features the exterior styling of Mulder Design and the interior design talents of Puleo Inc. Capable of a maximum speed of 24 knots, she will take your guests where they need to go in a hurry.

Superyacht NICOLE EVELYN - Main salon

Superyacht NICOLE EVELYN – Main salon

Start your day in the open plan main salon, where all guests can gather at the formal forward dining table for breakfast and discuss the plans for the day ahead. While cruising to your destination, the main salon is laid out for guests to socialise together, while the main deck aft offers an alternative space for outdoor living and informal dining throughout the day.

Motor yacht NICOLE EVELYN - Skylounge

Motor yacht NICOLE EVELYN – Skylounge

Capture some of the New York glamour and use the skylounge to host your own dinner party: the bar has plenty of choice for guests to choose from and the curved sofa is enticingly comfortable for conversation in large groups.

“Experience New York from a different perspective and charter luxury yacht NICOLE EVELYN from $98,500-$95,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld for more information, or compare her to other superyachts available for charter in New York.”

Luxury yacht NICOLE EVELYN - Upper deck dining and Jacuzzi

Luxury yacht NICOLE EVELYN – Upper deck dining and Jacuzzi

Dine alfresco surrounded by friends and family on the main deck aft for savoury meals at sunset or under the twinkling lights of New York city. After the meal, guests can remain outside seated along the stern or soaking in the Jacuzzi, taking in the ambiance of each destination.

Superyacht NICOLE EVELYN - Sundeck

Superyacht NICOLE EVELYN – Sundeck

The foredeck sunpads convert into sun loungers, but for the best views anywhere on board while you relax in the warm weather, the sundeck has shaded sunpads for hours out in the fresh air.

There is a great selection of water toys available, and the collection includes:

  • 2 x jet skis
  • 2 x kayaks
  • wakeboards
  • water skis
  • snorkelling equipment
  • fishing gear, and
  • inflatable and towable toys

Guests looking to wear off excess energy while in transit will find that the on board gym has a great selection of equipment for cardio routines.

Luxury yacht NICOLE EVELYN - Master suite

Luxury yacht NICOLE EVELYN – Master suite

The accommodation layout is designed for a maximum of 10 guests over 5 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 1 double cabin and 1 twin cabin. A committed crew of 7 will provide everything you need for a fantastic cruising experience in American waters.

Experience New York from a different perspective and charter luxury yacht NICOLE EVELYN from $98,500-$95,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld for more information, or compare her to other superyachts available for charter in New York.

New On Charter Market: Ferretti Superyacht Amore Mio

July 13, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The 30.48m superyacht Amore Mio is the new addition to the global fleet of charter yachts. She is cruising the waters of America and is ready for a private charter in Miami, Florida and Bahamas. Amore Mio’s refit has been recently completed, and she can accommodate ten charter guests in 5 beautiful staterooms. 

Ferretti AMORE MIO - Main

Ferretti AMORE MIO – Main

Built with the immaculate Italian style in mind, Amore Mio features light and modern interior decor. Comfortable lounge with a sofa and coffee table, as well as a formal dining area, are located in the main salon with panoramic windows One of the spectacular features of Amore Mio is her fold-out balcony with seating, where charter guests can enjoy light breeze and the sunshine while admiring spectacular views. There is also a shaded outdoor area aft of the yacht.

“Amore Mio is a perfect yacht for a luxury family vacation. Charter Amore Mio in America from $62,500 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld now for more information.”

Ferretti AMORE MIO - Formal dining

Ferretti AMORE MIO – Formal dining

Accommodation is offered in 5 cabins: of the master stateroom, three double cabins and one twin cabin with single beds.

Ferretti AMORE MIO - Foredeck seating

Ferretti AMORE MIO – Foredeck seating

There is shaded outdoor area aft of the yacht, which offers alfresco dining and sumptuous seating. Another alfresco dining option is on the foredeck, which also hosts sun pads and seating. A sundeck is a place for entertaintment: the guests will enjoy soaking up the deluxe Jacuzzi, tasting some mount-watering meals at the outdoor dining area and simply catching sunray lazying on the sun pads.

Ferretti AMORE MIO - Sundeck Jacuzzi

Ferretti AMORE MIO – Sundeck Jacuzzi

The swim platform makes it easy to access the water, as Amore Mio has a great array of water toys:

  • 16′ Aquascan Jet Tender
  • 2x Sea-Doo Waverunner
  • Water Skis
  • Tube
  • Paddleboard
  • Floats
  • Snorkeling gear

Amore Mio is a perfect yacht for a luxury family vacation. Charter Amore Mio in America from $62,500 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld now for more information.

Emirates Team New Zealand wins 35th America’s Cup

June 28, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have faced off against reigning champions Oracle Team USA to win the 35th edition of the America’s Cup, leaving the final score at 7-1 after two dramatic weeks of racing along the Great Sound in Bermuda.

Celebrations for Emirates Team New Zealand after winning the world's oldest international sports trophy - the America's Cup. Photo credit Ricardo Pinto

Celebrations for Emirates Team New Zealand after winning the world’s oldest international sports trophy – the America’s Cup. Photo credit Ricardo Pinto

Race 9 proved to be the decider after both teams cleanly left the starting gate, sailing at up to 30 knots on the first leg to a roaring crowd. Although Oracle Team USA initially pulled ahead, Emirates Team New Zealand recovered lost ground on the second leg and widened the gap throughout the rest of the race to finish 55 seconds ahead of the Oracle Team USA.

“We’re just blown away. We came here to win the America’s Cup and right now we’re taking the America’s Cup back home to New Zealand,” Helmsman Peter Burling for Emirates Team New Zealand commented. “To be able to win eight races in Beautiful Bermuda in front of a big crowd of our own fans is overwhelming, we’re just happy to be able to share this moment with them, we’re just blown away. I’ve grown up watching this competition as a fan and to be a Kiwi and taking this Cup home is a dream come true. To be able to win this event at such a young age is an unreal feeling. However, I’m just a tiny part of a massive team and it is incredible to be able to reward the hard work of those hundreds of people who have supported us, not only here but back home in New Zealand as well.”

Emirates Team New Zealand won 8 races altogether to secure their victory, having began the series with -1 point due to Oracle Team USA’s win during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup qualifiers.

“After San Francisco we knew we couldn’t out-spend other teams here so we had to out-think everyone. One of the things to come out of San Francisco is that we were out-designed and we knew this time round that we had to push that area. This time round we had no restrictions on design. We just wanted to see what we could come up with and we have achieved some truly amazing things that have been revolutionary in this sport.”

The final results of the 35th America's Cup

The final results of the 35th America’s Cup

In the America’s Cup 2013 Final Oracle Team USA defended against Emirates New Zealand in San Francisco to narrowly hold on to the title with a final score of 9-8, a result which lead to Emirates Team New Zealand looking to make changes both to the boat design and the skills of the team. The result has been noticeable differences between the design of the Emirates Team New Zealand boat compared to other competitors, most visibly a cycling instead of grinding to charge the hydraulic pressure that keeps the sailing yachts up on the foils. Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton commented on how their past defeat spurred them on to victory in this edition of the America’s Cup:

“After San Francisco we knew we couldn’t out-spend other teams here so we had to out-think everyone. One of the things to come out of San Francisco is that we were out-designed and we knew this time round that we had to push that area. This time round we had no restrictions on design. We just wanted to see what we could come up with and we have achieved some truly amazing things that have been revolutionary in this sport. [One of the points that we had to change] was that we had to invest in technology and the people that provide it. We also had to get our arms around the next generation of yachtsmen that were coming through and Peter (Burling) was one of those.”

Grant Dalton, CEO, Emirates Team New Zealand congratulated Emirates Team New Zealand on their victory, which is their first since 2000:

“I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations and praise to everyone in Emirates Team New Zealand for winning the 35th America’s Cup. Helmed brilliantly by Peter Burling, with the guiding influence of skipper Glenn Ashby, supported by a world class sailing, design and shore team, they performed magnificently here in Bermuda, winning in dominant fashion.”

Top 10 Superyacht Drone Videos

June 01, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

If you ever wondered how luxury superyachts looked in real life and how huge they actually were, the best way to get the idea is to watch a drone footage. With drone videos gaining popularity and our love to superyachts never fading away, this Mediterranean summer 2017 begins with our compilation of the best 10 drone videos.  

M/Y A in Portofino

M/Y A in Portofino. Photo credit FlyView

Motor Yacht A in Portofino

The extremely popular luxury vessel with the striking exterior, Motor yacht A has visited Portofino quite a few times. Watch her drone footage below and you will get to see the yacht from very interesting angles….and you will finally get the see her incredible aft deck from the top. It’s an impressive swimming pool, isn’t it?

Eclipse in Gibraltar

The second largest yacht in the world has been spotted in so many locations in the world that we have event lost count. The drone video of Eclipse from Gibraltar showcases the imposing size of the yacht, as well as her enormous decks.

Rising Sun in Portofino

The biggest news about Rising Sun is, perhaps, her Tahiti cruise hosting the Obamas with Oprah and Bruce Springsteen. This 138m superyacht provides ultra deluxe accommodation to her lucky guests with en-suite bathroom facilities, luxurious amenities and is said to have Jacuzzi spas in her staterooms.

Savannah in France

The multi-award winning mega yacht Savannah was launched in 2015. She measures 83.50 metres and has a hybrid propulsion system. Apart from that, she boasts a head-spinning interior design and a large number of lavish amenities. She is available for charters this summer, find out more now.

Atlante in the French Riviera

Another multi-award winning superyacht, Atlante, was filmed with a drone in the French Riviera. Her military exterior and bold looks were designed by bespoke Nuvolari Lenard.

Venus

This drone footage gives you a good idea on how big Steve Job’s superyacht Venus is. She differs from the other yachts by her simple and crisp hull and superstructure. Her minimalistic design was developed by Philippe Starck in collaboration with Steve Jobs.

Khalilah

Also known as the “Gold Yacht”, thanks to her unique hull colour, Khalilah is a 48-metre luxury yacht built by Palmer Johnson. She is one of the most well-known superyachts built in America. Watch the video below and get inspired. Would you go on a yacht charter vacation abroad Khalilah?

Lady M in Sardinia

Sleek and sporty, Lady M is a 65-metre luxury yacht owned by Alexei Mordashov, the chairman and majority shareholder at Severstal in Russia. Here is her cool drone video from another famous yachting destination in Italy, Sardinia

St David passing through the Corinth Canal

The 60m luxury superyacht St David was launched by Benetti in 2008 and is one of the most elegant charter yachts on the water. Superyacht St David benefits from fantastic and proven Benetti building quality, design and styling and boasts a beautiful interior design by the celebrated Andrew Winch. Secure St David for charter from EUR240,000 per week plus expenses.

 

Must Have Accessories for the America’s Cup 2017

May 29, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

This summer Bermuda is hosting the 35th America’s Cup. The most significant yacht racing event of the year begins on May 26th, 2017. A month of lavish celebrations, parties and sailing experience will be concluded with the Top Challenger will meet Defending Champions Oracle Team USA in the 35th Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Match starts on June 17th, 2017. Best known for its crystal clear waters and fantastic secluded beaches, Bermuda is gaining popularity in terms of opulent charter vacations and on land fun activities. Whether you are chartering a yacht and watching the race from the best spots or taking part in the race, take a look at the best accessories you have to have for the America’s Cup 2017.

Americas-Cup-2017-Photo-credit-Ricardo-Pinto

Americas-Cup-2017-Photo-credit-Ricardo-Pinto

“Renowned for crystal blue water and beautiful pink sand beaches, Bermuda’s Great Sound will form a natural amphitheatre for the race course while the planned America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard, will be the beating heart of the America’s Cup experience.” America’s Cup

Photo credit America's Cup

Photo credit America’s Cup

 

1. LV – Latitude Pilot

LV - Latitude Pilot

LV – Latitude Pilot

Features: Japanese titanium frames, limited edition America’s Cup 2017, removable cord system

$730

 

2. Officine Panerai – Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Automatic Titano – 47mm

Officine Panerai - Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Automatic Titano - 47mm

Officine Panerai – Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Automatic Titano – 47mm

Features: Calibre P.9010 mechanic automatic, 300 metres waterproof, limited edition official America’s Cup collection

$17,900

 

3. Bottega Veneta – Bi-Fold Wallet in New Dark Navy Peacock Intrecciato Calf

BI-FOLD WALLET IN NEW DARK NAVY PEACOCK INTRECCIATO CALF

Bi-fold Wallet in New Dark Navy Peacock Intrecciato Calf

Features: Hand-crafted Intrecciato design with Washed Vintage finish, leather lining, calf, lambskin

$480

 

4. Apple Watch Hermes – 38mm Bleu Agate Epson Leather Single Tour

Apple Watch Hermès - 38mm Bleu Agate Epsom Leather Single Tour

Apple Watch Hermès – 38mm Bleu Agate Epsom Leather Single Tour

Features: Handmade by artisans in France from Barenia leather

$339

 

5. LV – Travel BagKeepall 66 BANDOULIÈRE N44009

LV - Travel Bag Keepall 66 BANDOULIÈRE N44009

LV – Travel Bag Keepall 66 BANDOULIÈRE N44009

Features: Limited edition for the 35th America’s Cup Regatta, “V Gaston” logo, nautical look and Damier Latitude canvas,

$2,220

 

6. Theo Fennel – Blue Enamel J Class Yacht Cufflinks

Theo Fennel - Blue Enamel J Class Yacht Cufflinks

Theo Fennel – Blue Enamel J Class Yacht Cufflinks

Features: stunning and classic 18ct white gold with blue enamel

Around $6,750

 

7. Sperry – Men’s Gold Cup Authentic Original Camino Boat Shoe

Sperry - Men's Gold Cup Authentic Original Camino Boat Shoe

Sperry – Men’s Gold Cup Authentic Original Camino Boat Shoe

Features: lambskin linings, tumbled nubuck uppers and 18k gold-plated eyelets

$159.95

 

Attend exclusive superyacht events in style. View a selection of superyachts available for the America’s Cup and some incredible yacht under 35m. Contact CharterWorld now for more information.

Heesen Superyacht Project Ruya Sold to American Client

May 24, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Exciting news comes from Heesen shipyard, as they announce the sale of another superyacht: Project Ruya is the third luxury motor yacht sold by Heesen since the beginning of 2017. This time the lucky owner of the fantastic 47-metre yacht is a yacht enthusiast from the US.

Project Ruya- main. Photo credt Dick Holthius

Project Ruya- main. Photo credt Dick Holthius

Due to a strong financial base of the shipbuilder, Heesen can deliver its superyachts withing a shorter period. Superyacht Ruya will be delivered to her owner on the 19 of June 2017 and will make her first appearance at the most significant yacht show in October, the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show. After that Ruya will be attending the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Project Ruya - main. Photo credt Dick Holthius

Project Ruya – main. Photo credt Dick Holthius

Motor yacht Ruya was built with a displacement steel hull below 500GT, which has proven its success in the construction of the other Heesen superyachts.

The interior design of Ruya was developed by Bannenberg & Rowell, who emphasised the yacht’s sporty looks. The designers created stunning decor which resembles progress and energy, thanks to the lavish fabrics, textiles and graphics.  Heesen Yacht Interiors carried out incredible work outfitting the yacht. Heesen takes pride in being able to build a yacht entirely in-house.

Hessen superyacht Project Ruya. Photo credit Dick Holthius

Hessen superyacht Project Ruya. Photo credit Dick Holthius

The shipyard currently has ten superyacht projects under construction. Heesen superyacht Project Antares is scheduled for delivery in November 2018 and sold in March this year, 55m Project Alida is expected to be launched in Summer 2017.

M/Y Three Forks now available on the New England charter market

May 23, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

49m/161ft superyacht THREE FORKS from Christensen is now available for charter in New England.

M/Y THREE FORKS - Built by Christensen

M/Y THREE FORKS – Built by Christensen

Built in 2009, her interior styling was completed by Carol Williamson & Associates for a classic appearance with balanced use of space.

Superyacht THREE FORKS - Main salon

Superyacht THREE FORKS – Main salon

Day or night, guests can gather in the main salon for conversation and entertainment from the widescreen TV while resting on the cozy sofas with a drink in hand.

“Superyacht THREE FORKS is now ready for charter in New England from $199,000-$225,000 USD per week plus expenses. For more information, contact CharterWorld today.”

Luxury yacht THREE FORKS - Formal dining

Luxury yacht THREE FORKS – Formal dining

Forward of the main salon is the formal dining area, where up to 12 guests can savour a mouth-watering meal from a professional chef.

Out on the main deck aft, a sheltered seating area creates an outdoor space out of the sun for long-term lounging while taking in the winding cliffs and beaches of this stretch of American coast. The main deck aft is also ideal for resting after hours of playing in the water: Steps lead down to a swim platform for ease of access in and out of the sea.

Motor yacht THREE FORKS - Skylounge

Motor yacht THREE FORKS – Skylounge

On the upper deck the skylounge is perfectly suited to evening entertainment with two separate sofas and a wet bar to provide refreshments.

Dine alfresco in style out on the upper deck aft and astound your guests with the natural beauty of the area and the rainbow colours of sunset. As the first stars appear in the sky, guests can head indoors or head up to the sundeck, where the spacious Jacuzzi is ready to receive guests at any time.

Superyacht THREE FORKS - Jacuzzi on the sundeck

Superyacht THREE FORKS – Jacuzzi on the sundeck

Perfect for lazy afternoons, the sundeck has everything to amuse and entertain and the sundeck bar will provide drinks while guests dine alfresco at the informal outdoor table or unwind use the variety of sun loungers and sunpads for guests to relax and socialise together.

Luxury yacht THREE FORKS comes with an excellent range of water toys, including:

  • 2 x Waverunners
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 2 x kayaks
  • 2 x paddleboards
  • water skis
  • a wakeboard
  • a waterslide, and
  • inflatable and towable toys
Luxury yacht THREE FORKS - Master suite

Luxury yacht THREE FORKS – Master suite

The accommodation is designed to sleep a maximum of 12 guests over 6 cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. An expert crew of 10 will provide everything you and your guests require for a fantastic charter experience along the beautiful New England coast.

Superyacht THREE FORKS is now ready for charter in New England from $199,000-$225,000 USD per week plus expenses. For more information, contact CharterWorld today.

Mangusta Yachts Sells Another Superyacht in America

May 22, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Overmarine Group’s famous brand Mangusta has just announced the sale of superyacht Mangusta 94 to an American client. The commissioning of the fifth Mangusta 94 proves the success of the Mangusta Maxi Open series and marks the new stage of the company’s strategic expansion into America. The team and the American facility will soon be updated in order to support the large fleet of Mangusta yachts in the waters of Florida, as well the finest yachting locations of the north and west coats.

Mangusta 94

Mangusta 94

 “A new sales success that has been achieved because American customers see in Mangusta yachts a functional set up and quality engineering technology beyond their sheer beauty”, says Francesco Frediani, Mangusta’s Commercial Director.

Frediani also mentioned: “They also particularly appreciate our shipyard because they know there is a family business that has been operating in the industry for over sixty years behind it. And then there are people like Stefano Arlunno, who are the perfect embodiment of the company’s values, who are always on hand to guarantee the attention and assistance locally that they merit.”

Motor yacht Mangusta 94 sold in America

Motor yacht Mangusta 94 sold in America

The newly sold Mangusta 94 is a 28.72-metre luxury motor yacht, which is perfect for those you wish to travel in total comfort and loves high speed. Mangusta 94 feature innovative technology, which provides high performance and less fuel consumption. Her KameWa/Rolls Royce waterjet propulsion system provides smooth and comfortable cruising, while she reaches a top speed of 36 knots, and cruises with a speed of 25 knots.

The official launch of the new Mangusta 94 is scheduled for summer 2018. Meanwhile, there is a great selection of luxury yachts built by Mangusta and available for charter. Contact CharterWorld for more details.

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