About The Storytellers

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Gerard Dijkstra

WASP AND THE TRANSITION TO SUPERYACHTS

Presenting on Green Technology with an emphasis on the transition of superyachts to WASP (wind assisted ship propulsion). Dykstra Naval Architects has been working on WASP for a long time. Think Dynarig, Aerorig, Routing and Electric Propulsion. Think Maltese Falcon & Black Pearl.

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Sir Michael Hill

REPEAT OFFENDER - BUILDING ANOTHER SUPERYACHT

Sir Michael has been involved in the superyacht industry for many years, first building his visionary and award-winning expedition-style superyacht 34m VvS1 and taking her all around the world, before commissioning the build of his latest project 39.5m The Beast. Learn more about why Sir Michael decided to dive into another build and how he hopes to use this exciting new superyacht.


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Neville Crichton, CNZM

INFLUENCING AN INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION

A prolific yacht owner and racer, Neville Crichton's is a name synonymous with the superyacht industry. Businessman, car and yacht racer, and visionary yacht owner, over the years Neville has been truly bitten by the yachting bug and has owned more than 50 yachts, building at yards including Alloy Yachts and more recently Feadship. Neville gives his insight into his many yachting projects, and how he has helped to shape the superyacht industry.


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Tracy & Mike Mahoney

HANDS-ON OWNERSHIP

Since buying 28.5m Tawera in 2016, Tracy and Mike Mahoney have been hands-on yacht owners, with Mike skippering the yacht himself and the whole family making the most of life on the water. With Tawera now on the market, the Mahoney's will discuss their ownership adventure to date and what comes next...


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Sam Sorgiovanni

FUTURE PROOF DESIGN

Australian designer Sam Sorgiovanni has worked on some of the superyacht industry’s most impressive projects, including 126m Octopus and 75.5m Anastasia. Recents projects include the world’s biggest tri-hulled yacht, 84m White Rabbit, built by Echo Yachts.
Sam will talk about White Rabbit’s innovative hull form, and a one-year research project into a zero-emission yacht and the challenges this presented. How can we create future-proof designs, that perform better and have a lower environmental impact, and what technology developments do we need to invest in to achieve them? What do owners want, and how can we deliver?


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Captain James Knowles

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

As Captain of the 74m Dragonfly and the “Fly Fleet” Altruism Officer, Captain James Knowles’ role includes following the owner’s mandate that altruistic uses should be found for the Fleet Assets when not in guest mode. This exciting, challenging and rewarding concept is one that Captain James relishes. A passionate advocate for altruism, Captain James will present footage from in the field and talk on the work the Fly Fleet is doing to make a difference, and how other yachts can (and should) follow their lead.




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Sir Bob Harvey

SURF & TURF - MY AUCKLAND

Sir Bob Harvey, former mayor of Waitakere and passionate Aucklander, is known for having lived a life less ordinary. Environmentalist, adventurer, rule breaker and influencer, Sir Bob has many stories to share.


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Bianca Cook

SOUTHERN OCEAN & THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

With a career that includes completing the Volvo Ocean Race (around the world) and navigating through the Northwest Passage on a superyacht - what next for this kiwi woman from an iconic yachting family.


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Patrick Whetter

BUILDING A HUMANITARIAN MOTHERSHIP FOR THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Patrick has spent his career working in yachting, with highlights including founding The Superyacht Cup, working as a captain and sailmaker, and over 250,000 sea miles. Today he is involved with the SeaMercy charity, founding the the Australian arm, which supplies support and aid relief by sea. Patrick will talk on extending SeaMercy's reach with the commissioning the sailing vessel, SeaBridgeOne, and his philanthropic work in the South Pacific.

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr

TRADITIONAL MĀORI NAVIGATION AROUND THE WATERS OF TĀMAKI MAKAURAU - AUCKLAND

Hoturoa is the captain of the oceangoing waka Haunui and has been sailing around the Pacific for more than thirty-five years. He paddles waka, sails waka, teaches waka. His Master’s thesis investigated how the waka is a symbol of mana in the twenty-first century and he has specialised in education and leadership programmes that use the waka as a platform for learning and development.


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Stephen White CCR

TEEN WHITBREAD SAILOR TO AWARD WINNING VINTER

From racing in the Whitbread as a teen to captaining superyachts, to now owning an award-winning Waiheke vineyard (and gaining a Portugese knighthood along the way). Was this The Vintners Luck or just pure obsession?

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America’s Cup update

UPDATE

Day Three of The Superyacht Gathering will see an update on news around the America’s Cup at the Commodore’s Breakfast at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS). Updates will come from speakers including Ian Cook, Commodore of the RNZYS.