On a sunny day in St. Barths this March, in perfect end-of-season Caribbean sailing weather, a spectacular fleet of 36 yachts is racing just offshore.
Oceanco has been a company near-synonymous with custom superyachts since 1987, creating some of the more boundary-pushing designs to ever set out to sea.
Given such affinity between the marine and automotive worlds, the real surprise is that any serious collaboration has taken so long.
This is it, the sailing life: sitting on the perch of a 70-foot catamaran in the Atlantic surrounding St. Barths and St. Maarten.
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There is an old boating adage, courtesy of Benjamin Franklin, that suggests visitors shouldn’t overstay their welcome—this does not apply at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The hotel compound on San Diego Bay is flush with amenities, beckoning travellers to come, sail, stay awhile.
British skipper Alex Thomson cuts a sleek figure in a custom-tailored navy blue Hugo Boss suit. You’d never guess this handsome gent with a warm smile and firm handshake is a champion athlete competing in the one of the toughest, most brutal sports practiced today.
When the yachts take to the water for the 34th America’s Cup, it will be a sight unlike any yacht race (let alone any America’s Cup race) in history.
In an age when luxury brands make much of building emotion and stories around their products, Riva has the kind of history and the deep emotional power that are worth untold millions of marketing dollars. Its status as a legend is far from hyperbole; the name is right up there with Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Fabergé, and Cartier.