It’s no secret that members of the superyacht community are some of the most wealthy and influential people on the planet. And many of those people will be in the South of France later this week to see the largest, newest and most exclusive superyachts in the world at the Monaco Yacht Show.
But as I’ve learned during the fourth annual running of the London to Monaco charity ride for the Blue Marine Foundation, not many people know just how dedicated, passionate and financially committed many superyacht builders, designers, owners and brokers etc. are to protecting the world’s oceans.
“Winch Design has been a proud partner of The Blue Marine Foundation since its inception.” Winch said recently. “Our collective love of the ocean drives what we do every day and our projects are designed with nature in mind. We want to ensure that not only do our oceans remain bountiful and beautiful, but that they are able to continue to support our expanding population and delicate eco systems.”
Meanwhile, Amels started their #loveouroceans initiative last year to help raise awareness of the need to protect and respect the oceans. As a result, the Dutch superyacht builder has conducted cleanups to reduce pollution and this year and they sent a large team of dedicated cyclists to the London to Monaco ride to help raise critical funds for the Blue Marine Foundation. But then again, this highly effective charitable collaboration is not all that surprising since the two family-owned companies have been working together since the 1980’s.
So while their cycling teams were working hard to help raise well over $500,000 for Blue (and ride about 600 miles over days enroute to the Monaco Yacht Show), three large examples of successful Winch and Amels collaborations will be waiting for them when they roll into Monaco tomorrow
The 219-foot-long Aurora Borealis is a Scandinavian influenced design with intricate detailing. The influence of nature’s elements – earth, water, air and fire – can be found throughout with the sensitive use of practical but ethical, natural materials.
A fresh take on classic Côte d’Azur grandeur the 242-foot-long Plvs Vltra is an eclectic mix of influences from classic French Riviera, art deco and contemporary style. The owner was inspired by the style of Versace as well as the extravagant art and marble floors at the Hotel Georges V in Paris.
The 272-foot-long Here Comes The Sun features a clean and modern beach villa aesthetic that uses natural tones emphasize organic textures and relaxed beauty.
I hope to see them all in person later this week. Stay tuned for much more.
Article originally posted by forbes.