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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.

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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

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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SAM SORGIOVANNI

Sorgiovanni Designs
EFFICIENCY IN EMISSION DESIGN

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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CAPTAIN MIKE GREGORY

The Fly Fleet
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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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TRACY & MIKE MAHONEY

S/Y Tawera
HANDS ON OWNERSHIP

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
 
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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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Neville Crichton, CNZM & Sir Michael Hill

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.

www.thesuperyachtgathering.com