Port Denarau Marina, Fiji, to sponsor The Superyacht Gathering 2019

News from Auckland – Fiji's Port Denarau Marina has joined the family of sponsors supporting The Superyacht Gathering 2019. 

Based in the heart of Denarau, Fiji, Port Denarau Marina frequently welcomes superyachts that are based in or travelling through the Pacific. Offering excellent facilities, laid back luxury and Fijian warmth and cultural diversity, Port Denarau Marina is the perfect choice for cruising superyachts. Nigel Skeggs, Director at Port Denarau Marina, and his team share our vision for promoting all that makes the South Pacific so special.  

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“The Fiji superyacht industry has very close ties to New Zealand, making it a natural fit for the marina to be a part of this exciting new event," says Nigel Skeggs, Director, Port Denarau Marina. "We see The Superyacht Gathering as a long term investment and I look forward to seeing you all there.”

"The Superyacht Gathering is not limited to Auckland, our vision is to spread the message about superyachts, and all the good they can do, far and wide. Nigel and I have shared a similar vision for this type of event for many years, and we are so happy to have Port Denarau Marina working with us to bring The Superyacht Gathering to fruition," says Linda Berry, Managing Director of The Superyacht Gathering.

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Port Denarau Marina, Fiji. Credit: David Hartman

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The Superyacht Gathering speaker, Bianca Cook, lines up in all-star Sydney-Hobart female crew

Bianca Cook, speaker at the 2019 edition of The Superyacht Gathering, is set to line up as part of an all-star international female crew of 13 racing on board Wild Oats X in the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Bianca and fellow kiwi Keryn McMaster will join their fellow crew to challenge the race, adding another career milestone to Bianca’s already impressive sailing CV.


Excerpt from article from NewsRoom.co.nz:

For the first time in the gruelling Sydney to Hobart race, a professional all-women’s crew will line up on Boxing Day. Among them are two Kiwi sailors at very different stages of their careers.

Keryn McMaster is one of two Kiwis who are part a multinational crew of female sailing icons. The other is 29-year-old Bianca Cook, fresh from her first Volvo Ocean Race, on Turn the Tide on Plastic.

All 13 women are sailing stars in their own right. Between them, they’ve amassed 17 Volvo Ocean Races and 68 Sydney-Hobarts.

They’ve been handpicked by Australian sailor Stacey Jackson, who also sailed in this year’s Volvo on board Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Jackson’s latest mission is to encourage more Australian women to sail, and to push the message of taking better care of our oceans – naming this project Ocean Respect Racing.For Cook, this race – her first Sydney-Hobart – means the opportunity to sail with the women who she says “created the pathways for me”.

Women like Carolijn Brouwer, of the Netherlands - the first woman to win the Volvo Ocean Race on board Dong Feng this year. And Australian Vanessa Dudley, who's already sailed in 22 Sydney-Hobarts.

“I was up on the bow the other day, looking back and thinking ‘wow I can’t believe I’m sailing with these amazing women’. I realised I’m actually the youngest on board by quite a few years," Cook says.

“I’m going out there hoping we don’t have any majors and we have a good blast down to Hobart,” Cook says. “But it’s a race where you just don’t know which hand you’re going to be dealt.

“We’re hoping to get a pretty good result out of it, and we’re capable of it. It’s a fantastic project with such an incredible crew of sailors. Not women – sailors.”

Invited to join the crew by Jackson during the Volvo race stopover in Cardiff, Cook is also very aware of the importance of continuing to advocate for the health of the oceans and sustainability. Partnering the project is 11th Hour Racing, an organisation promoting sustainability through sport. 

“All sailors are very passionate about our oceans, so it’s really just trying to push the message further,” she says.

“When I was a kid growing up it wasn’t really an issue. I’m not saying that we threw stuff into the ocean left, right and centre, but it wasn’t something you always thought about.

“Now, having been out on the world’s oceans and seen the effects humanity is having on them, it’s scary. It’s a message I’m passionate about spreading.”

Cook is also an ambassador for Yachting New Zealand’s sustainability strategy, urging every boat club in the country “to step up” and reduce their impact on the environment.

Since the Volvo ended in June, Cook has dabbled in some international match-racing, but mostly concentrated on finishing her Officer of Watch certificate to skipper super yachts. She's looking forward to finally spending time at home in Auckland this summer, sailing her family's famous classic yacht, Ranger. (Cook's dad, Ian, is commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron). 

Read the full article, here - https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@sailing/2018/12/18/368397/the-kiwis-sailors-making-sydney-hobart-history

Royal Huisman and SKYCITY to sponsor The Superyacht Gathering

Royal Huisman and SKYCITY throw their support behind The Superyacht Gathering, held 27 to 29 March 2019, coming on board as event sponsors. 

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“Having collaborated with Royal Huisman and other leading shipyards during my time as marketing manager at Alloy Yachts, I gained valuable friendships that have served me for many years," says Linda Berry, Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Superyacht Gathering. "My friends at Royal Huisman have long had New Zealand and the South Pacific on their radar and are committed to making the most of the event and their time in Auckland. The Superyacht Gathering will be a memorable event and an invaluable networking tool for both the audience and the Royal Huisman brand.” 
“I have also worked with the team at SkyCity for many years and trust them explicitly to feed and cater to our guests in a manner that befits our KiwiLux vision for The Superyacht Gathering,” says Linda. “The Superyacht Gathering is blessed to have some close and trusting friends, borne from long relationships, joining our group and helping us to show the yachting world why New Zealand and the wider South Pacific are so special."

With a reputation for excellence, Royal Huisman is known throughout the superyacht industry for its craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind custom builds. New Zealand and the South Pacific regularly welcome Royal Huisman builds, including 58m Twizzle, which is currently undergoing refit work in Auckland ahead of the summer cruising season. Another Royal Huisman build, 34m Sassafras, will also be one of the competitors lining up in the upcoming Millennium Cup 2019

In supporting The Superyacht Gathering SKYCITY is returning to the marine sector, having been one of the original supporters of the 2000 Millennium Cup. Located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, SKYCITY is New Zealand’s biggest tourism, leisure and entertainment company and has a reputation for hosting excellence. It's portfolio includes the iconic Sky Tower, which defines the Auckland skyline. SKYCITY places great value on the importance of visiting superyachts and regularly hosts superyacht owners and charter clients. 

Please check our Sponsors, Supporters, Heroes & Legends page to find out more about all the great companies who are partnering with The Superyacht Gathering.

Sam Sorgiovanni Joins Stellar Speaker Lineup For The Superyacht Gathering 2019

News from Auckland – Sam Sorgiovanni has joined the stellar speaker lineup for The Superyacht Gathering 2019. World-renowned superyacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni is joined by several other new speakers including Captain Mike Gregory, Fleet Captain of 'The Fly Fleet,' which includes 74m Dragonfly, and Tracy and Mike Mahoney, owners of S/Y Tawera. 

Sam Sorgiovanni has worked with many of the leading shipyards and on iconic 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 present case studies on 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 near zero emission designs, that perform better and have a lower environmental impact, and what technology developments do we need to invest in to achieve them?

Held on day two of The Superyacht Gathering's three-day lineup, the engaging Symposium day will be broken down into several sessions, around topics including Design, Altruism, the America's Cup, and candid Ownership Insight. 

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Sorgiovanni Designs

How can we create superyacht designs that perform better and have a lower environmental impact, and what technology do we need to invest in to achieve them? Including case studies on White Rabbit & ZeroEmissions concept.

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The Fly Fleet

Footage from the field and candid insight into the altruistic work that 74m Dragonfly and the 'Fly Fleet' is doing around the world, at the behest of the owner.  Captain Mike will provide inspiration on how other yachts can (and should) follow their lead.

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S/Y Tawera

Since buying Tawera in 2016 Tracy and Mike have made 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...

Check out the full 'storyteller' line up by clicking here

Latest supporters of The Superyacht Gathering include The Produce Company, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Developments (ATEED)Heletranz and For The Better Good

Please check our Sponsors, Supporters, Heroes & Legends page to find out more about these great companies.

Event tickets are now available to purchase – www.thesuperyachtgathering.com/tickets
Will you join us?

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Burgess joins The Superyacht Gathering as a major sponsor

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Great news from Auckland as Burgess joins The Superyacht Gathering as a major sponsor.

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Burgess will partner with The Superyacht Gathering for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions., including hosting an exclusive VIP event in 2019 on board their 60m charter yacht, Dream, which is in the South Pacific for the season.   

Widely respected within the international superyacht industry, the Burgess name needs no introduction. Burgess was built on a love of yachting. Founded in 1975 by Nigel Burgess, renowned sailor and worldwide single-handed ocean racer, Burgess is a world-leading superyacht brokerage house with a wide network, specialist team and expert knowledge. With 13 offices globally positioned from Tokyo through to Beverly Hills, and the only full service 360-degree agency, Burgess is perfectly positioned to guide clients through their superyacht journey.

Known for always staying one step ahead of the market and recognising the significance of the South Pacific region, supporting The Superyacht Gathering was a positive step for Burgess.

“We are delighted to support this new initiative,” says Jonathan Beckett, Burgess CEO. “The superyacht industry is entering a very exciting time, and with this we are working with a far broader range of clients from a wider geographic area than ever before. The Asia Pacific region is one of our main focuses moving forward and with this new partnership we hope to help educate, support and grow the industry in this beautiful part of the world, ahead of the 2021 America’s Cup.”

“Burgess shares our passion for inspiring creativity and change within the superyacht industry and we are looking forward to working with Jonathan Beckett and the team over the next three years and beyond,” says Linda Berry, Managing Director of The Superyacht Gathering. “This is a great fit, and I am proud to have such a hugely successful company putting their confidence and financial support behind Ellie and I and the Auckland edition of The Superyacht Gathering.”

Held over three days, The Superyacht Gathering is an immersive experience-based event. The inaugural event will be held in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, and will be three days of experiences, camaraderie and sharing of knowledge hosted by some of the superyacht industry's most passionate people. It will play an important role in building a community around superyachts in the lead up to, and including, the America’s Cup 2021, and showcase the world of superyachts to the South Pacific’s huge pool of potential owners, charterers and visitors. The speaker line-up includes passionate yachtsman and superyacht owner Neville Crichton and avid fisherman, diver and superyacht owner Sir Michael Hill,

Event tickets are now available to purchase – www.thesuperyachtgathering.com/tickets 

Will you join us?


About Burgess

Founded in 1975, and now with thirteen offices globally, Burgess is the superyacht industry leader, specialising in yachts of over 30 metres (100 feet). Renowned for its professional yachting services, the company leverages its expertise to guide clients through every aspect of the yachting experience, including sale and purchase, charter, new construction, management, crew services and insurance. Burgess has been involved in the sale of many of the world’s most significant yachts, while their technical division is currently project managing the build and development of a diverse spectrum of large yachts. The company’s highly qualified yacht managers have extensive seagoing experience and can take care of every facet of managing a superyacht. Burgess’ first-class charter service offers a portfolio of the finest yachts in the best cruising destinations around the world. The superyacht credentials of Burgess are unmatched, ensuring that clients enjoy the highest levels of customer service. www.burgessyachts.com


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Tickets to The Superyacht Gathering now available

We are pleased to announce that tickets for The Superyacht Gathering and are available to purchase on the event website. 


By purchasing a ticket to The Superyacht Gathering you’re signing up to be a part of something special. Socialise, share experiences and knowledge, learn, sample some of New Zealand’s incredible food and wine, and get to know this important part of the world and what makes superyachts so great.


SPEAKER PROFILE: Neville Crichton 

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 will give invaluable insight into his many yachting projects, and how he has helped to shape the superyacht industry.

View the full confirmed speaker line up here 

Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ named sponsor of The Superyacht Gathering

Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand has recently been announced as a sponsor and 'legend' for the inaugural The Superyacht Gathering. Held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 27-29 March 2019, and again in 2020 and 2021 (America's Cup year) and beyond, The Superyacht Gathering is a new, immersive experience-based conference that will showcase all that New Zealand and the wider South Pacific has to offer. It will also provide a tantalising insight into superyachts for potential owners within the region. 

Duthie Lidgard - Managing Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ

Duthie Lidgard - Managing Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ

Held over the course of three days, The Superyacht Gathering's busy programme will include a yacht hop, welcome party, engaging symposium day, breakfast with the Commodore and selfies with the America's Cup at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, concluded with a social day at Stonyridge Vineyard on beautiful Waiheke Island. Owners, influencers, designers, brokers, senior crew and industry members will gather together to network, learn and engage.

Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is a perfect fit as a sponsor of the event, thanks to their exhaustive knowledge of New Zealand and the South Pacific and their specialisation in how to create one-of-a-kind-superyacht experiences. "We are delighted to welcome Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand on board and know that all guests of The Superyacht Gathering will benefit from their support and involvement," says Linda Berry, Managing Director of The Superyacht Gathering. "It's great to be involved in The Superyacht Gathering and we are looking forward to helping to show the world just why New Zealand is so special," says Duthie Lidgard, Managing Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand. 

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Profile: Ian & Blanche Cook - Yachting Developments

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Foundation Partners

When we came to them first for support for The Superyacht Gathering, once Blanche and Ian had given us some good strong feedback they gave both their blessing and the seed money needed to get the ball rolling. We are honoured by their commitment and thank them for their belief in the event. We are so proud to have Yachting Developments as our first official partner for The Superyacht Gathering.

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Ian and Blanche Cook

Talk to anyone in the New Zealand marine industry and they will know of Blanche and Ian Cook. Passionate boat builders, self confessed classic yacht nuts, and most importantly good friends, the Cooks involvement in the Kiwi and international yachting scene is longstanding.

It was back when composite boats were still in their infancy that Blanche and Ian Cook decided to start building superyachts. Fast forward nearly 30 years and their instincts were right, with composite yachts proving more popular than ever and Yachting Developments one of the world's most respected composite specialists. This natural instinct and affinity around yachts, paired with straight up no nonsense talking, is what makes the Cooks so good at what they do. More often than not you'll find Ian down on the yard floor, guiding an apprentice or offering some advice, rather than behind a desk. 

Although Blanche and Ian are best known as superyacht builders, superyachts are just part of the picture with classic yachts being a true passion for the couple. The Yachting Developments yard is often packed with a number of 'last chancers' taken on by the Cooks and lovingly restored over time - the corner of the yard that these yachts live in is affectionately dubbed 'Jurassic Park.' The classic yacht Ranger is one boat that is particularly special to the family, having been restored by Ian and team and now regularly raced around Auckland. 

Blanche and Ian's commitment to the marine industry goes far beyond just building boats, with Ian appointed the Commodore of the RNZYS in August 2018, and former positions including a ten-year tenure as the President of the Boating Industry Association in NZ. They are true industry supporters and ambassadors.

Thank you Blanche and Ian.


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Inaugural The Superyacht Gathering announced – Auckland Edition – 27-29 March 2019

A new superyacht event has been announced for New Zealand. An evolution of the previous Yacht Vision superyacht conferences held in New Zealand the inaugural edition of The Superyacht Gathering will be held from 27 to 29 March 2019 and will run again in 2020, 2021 (America’s Cup year) and beyond.

The Format

Held in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, The Superyacht Gathering will be three days of experiences, camaraderie and sharing of knowledge hosted by some of the superyacht industry's most passionate people. Ease into things with a leisurely afternoon visiting some of the many superyachts in the Viaduct and enjoy the best of local wine, food and music at a relaxed welcome event at the Captains lounge at the Orams yard. Wake up invigorated on day two ready for the immersive symposium day of storytelling. The event will wrap up on day three with a Commodores Breakfast, hosted at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and a social day on Waiheke Island at beautiful Stonyridge Vineyard.

For those looking to make the most of their time in New Zealand once the event is over other optional breakaway trips and tours will be on offer. 

The Storytellers

The symposium day will feature an engaging line up with visual presentations that will tell a story worth sharing. Some of the sailors already confirmed to share their stories of superyachts, the superyacht lifestyle and their experiences are:
Sir Michael Hill - owner/entrepreneur - discussing his latest superyacht The Beast
Neville Crichton, CNZM - owner/entrepreneur - influencing an industry transformation
Bianca Cook - Volvo Ocean race sailor & travelling the North West passage by superyacht
Patrick Whetter - Building a humanitarian mothership
Sir Bob Harvey - Champion for Auckland - former Mayor, surfer, ad exec and environmentalist.
Emirates Team New Zealand - the new America's Cup boats
With many more speakers still in the pipeline the speaker lineup will continue to grow – watch this space.


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The People

Influencers, owners, designers, senior crew, media, brokers and industry figureheads will come together in an exclusive environment to make the most of this experience-based event that will help explore new ways to engage with potential customers in this important region. One in three millionaires is based in the Asia-Pacific and with the Auckland America's Cup hosting due in 2021 the potential for this incredible region is already huge and continues to grow. 

Join Us

"The Superyacht Gathering is designed to open up conversations, share experiences and possibly change the way owners experience their superyacht – it is meant to inspire, explore and educate at the same time have fun," says Linda Berry, Managing Director of The Superyacht Gathering. "We see a fantastic opportunity to ensure that New Zealand and the South Pacific is fully on the radar of superyacht owners, charter clients and the wider superyacht industry, sharing stories and information about Auckland, New Zealand and beyond.”

New Zealand is fast becoming a must-do destination for cruising, with world-class new build and refit infrastructure, suppliers and yacht agent support to complement the incredible cruising grounds that draw owners back again and again. The Superyacht Gathering will be the ideal platform for those looking to engage with the New Zealand superyacht industry and enjoy all the country has to offer.

Advance registration of interest for The Superyacht Gathering is available online now, with tickets due to be released shortly.