But here, I've assembled a handful of videos that really struck me as representing yachting life as it actually is, not as we may want to sell it.
1. Zefira racing in Sardinia. Extra guilty pleasure for me, as I was down there with Zefira and the other yachts for The Dubois Cup, and I also happen to think the skipper of Zefira, Federico Biatturi is one of the hands-down coolest guys on the superyacht circuit. Zefira is also one of the most competitive superyachts out there, battling head to head at pretty much every regatta with Salperton and some of the others for the silverware. This video is fantastic because it gives you the full-on, unvarnished reality of working the deck of one of the biggest, most powerful sailboats in the world under race conditions. Check out when the spinnaker hits the water... no polished promo here, this is the reality of what it's like handling enormous sails with a massive crew and plenty of wind. Best superyacht vid of the year in my books.
2. Yacht life time-lapse from a crewmember who shot lots of vid over the course of a refit in Marseille and then at their arrival destination in Sint Maarten. the overegged soundtrack gives this a weirdly ominous undertone, but the video still somehow manages to capture something of the reality of a yacht's day to day life; not something many owners get a chance to experience. Worth a watch.
We couldn't embed the video, but click the link below to watch it directly on Vimeo.
There. That's it. You'll note that all my selections are on Vimeo. Why? Because YouTue is terrible. The interface and the compression quality just ruin the experience for me, and I'm a big supporter of clean, clever design. Vimeo just makes videos look better.
Have a wonderful holiday break, everyone. See you in 2014!