Three-day Superyacht Gathering is taking place in Auckland, New Zealand

The three-day Superyacht Gathering opened today in Auckland, New Zealand. Organised by industry professionals Linda Berry and Elle Brade, the event is an evolution of the previous, successful Yacht Vision conference along with smatterings of the long-gone NZ Days in Palma de Mallorca.

The Superyacht Gathering is a fresh take on industry events that is designed to inspire, ignite and engage in an authentic and relevant way. It is hoped to make the Gathering an annual event.

Auckland is already having an increasingly busy time from a yachting perspective as it prepares for the 36th America’s Cup races in 2021. Major developments are planned or underway in the Wynward Qyarter of the city, preparing berths for the six participating teams as well as other facilities for the many superyachts expected to visit.

The inaugural Superyacht Gathering offers a diverse range of events over the three days and its aim is to present a showcase of Auckland’s superyacht life. The organisers believe that it’s time for change; a change to how we talk about our industry, how we look after our world and seas, and how we market and communicate the one-of-a-kind luxury yachting lifestyle.

The Superyacht Gathering programme mixes social and professional events starting with an opening today. The second day is called Storytelling Day, which brings together a selection of yachting personalities making presentations, audio-visual experiences and discussion and networking.

The personalities are a mix of influencers, owners, designers, senior crew and industry figureheads. They include:

  • Gerard Dijkstra of Dykstra Naval Architects presenting on Green Technology with an emphasis on the transition of superyachts to WASP (wind assisted ship propulsion).
  • Sir Michael Hill, a superyacht owner building another yacht
  • Neville Crichton, a leading industry influencer and active in transforming the market
  • Sam Sorgiovanni, an Australian yacht designer who has been involved in many significant projects
  • Captain James Knowles of the 74m Dragonfly
  • Bianca Cook with Volvo Ocean race experience and Northwest Passage navigation in a superyacht
  • Patrick Whetter whose career includes founding The Superyacht Cup, working as a captain and sailmaker, over 250,000 sea miles and now involved with the SeaMercy charity.

The Gathering has attracted a strong mix of both local and international supporters from the yachting sectors and other others related. These include:

  • Burgess Yachts as a major sponsor
  • Local superyacht builder and refitter Yachting Developments as a foundation sponsor
  • Dutch superyacht builder Royal Huisman as an event sponsor
  • The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as an event sponsor, including offering temporary memberships to all attendees for an update conference on the America’s Cup
  • Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development as a partner
  • Regional superyacht services provider Asia Pacific Superyachts as a sponsor
  • The Produce Company Marine division provides superyacht provisioning services as a sponsor
  • Fiji’s leading marina Port Denarau as a sponsor
  • Boat International and Ocean as media partners