The following selections were made by the teams that make them, and showcase our journalistic approach to making these magazines the best they can be. We hope you agree.
Without further ado, we present The Superyacht Group's Best Covers of 2013
The Crew ReportEarly Summer, Issue 63
So much of the superyacht industry's contact with crew is during the boat shows, where we see crew of all levels standing, often unapproachbely, on the passerelle, sunglasses on and hands behind their backs – whilst this may be required of them during the boat show season, this is not the day-to-day job of a crewmember, but is how they are most often seen by public. Here, however, we see a crewmember in action during the 2013 Millennium Cup, and truly in his element; a hands-on crewmember living the sea, the breeze and the true nature of yachting.
A crewmember cannot get to the stage of taking part in one of the yachting calendar's post prestigious and anticipated regattas without having a professional attitude, work ethic and pool of knowledge, and this cover perfectly encompasses the type of serious, hard-working and skilled crewmember our industry should be praising and supporting.
The Superyacht Agency Photographer Luke Sprague was welcomed aboard winning superyacht, 30m Zefiro, during the regatta to get this incredible shot.
The Superyacht ReportDecember, Issue 149
Each front cover of The Superyacht Report goes through a rigorous selection process whereby the team in the office spend a huge amount of time whittling down the options to firstly our favourite five, and then our favourite. Once this process is finished we are immediately overruled by Martin and he selects a completely different image.
Though each cover of The Superyacht Report holds a very special place in my heart, my absolute favourite of 2013 must be the stunning shot of Espen Øino balancing precariously on the bulb of M/Y Stella Maris on the cover of our December issue 149. Shot by Guillaume Plisson I was absolutely thrilled to have access to such incredible images, especially as such original and eccentric ones are a rarity in our industry. I believe the image highlighted what the industry as a whole should be constantly reminding themselves of – that the fun factor is absolutely essential to our growth, stability, and very existence!
This year we had two covers of special note on the cover of SuperyachtDesign. The first was Aryma’s Copper Leaves piece, which was featured on the front of Q16. It is a beautiful example of the skill needed to create complex marquetry artwork. However, this has only just been beaten by DKT and the artwork it created for M/Y Titan.
The piece, which appears on the cover of Q14, combines various metals and features inlays of moon-gold leaf and mother-of-pearl. If this weren’t special enough, these materials change appearance depending on the position of the viewer, bringing the piece to life – an important factor when striving to create an extraordinary interior.
The Superyacht OwnerMay, Issue 9
Every face tells a story and the cover of Issue 9 of The Superyacht Owner is a case in point. Manfredi Catella is CEO of Hines Italia, the Italian branch of the Houston-based real estate giant founded by Gerald Hines, owner of the 44.7m sloop Lady B. Chatting aboard the yacht during the St Barths Bucket, her owner suggested our European Editor Justin Ratcliffe contact Catella.
A few weeks later Ratcliffe duly visited the bearded and débonnaire Italian at his Milan office, where he took this portrait. Hines Italia is overseeing the Porta Nuova development project in the heart of the city, the largest of its kind in Europe, but at the other end of the scale it has conceived a new concept in compact dwellings inspired by sailboat interiors with designer Mario Pedol from Nauta Yachts. Catella sailed aboard Lady B at the Newport Bucket last year, but prefers the hands-on control and close contact with the water that only dinghy sailing can offer. “As a small boat sailor, it’s almost embarrassing for me to be standing there with a glass of champagne in my hand as a guest – I want to shout out ‘Give me a sheet to pull on!’,” he said.