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Christie’s Green Auction BILLIONAIRE CLUB OPENS IN Bid To Save The Earth New York, April 2012 OCEANA: CHARITY AUCTION SETS NEW RECORD Burgess superyacht charter has broken a charity auction fundraising record, not once, but twice. It is a natural fit for Burgess to support the international advocacy group Oceana, a non-profit organisation working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Since 2001, Oceana has protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean, with the help of worldwide supporters, including Burgess. We were delighted when the owner of Hemisphere - the world’s largest sailing catamaran – decided to donate a week’s charter, to be auctioned on behalf of Oceana at the star-studded “Bid To Save The Earth” Green Auction at Christie’s in New York in April 2012. This fundraiser attracts a powerhouse crowd of Hollywood stars and elite social influencers, who gather for a glittering night of entertainment, fashion and a fantasy auction, where bidding for seven days of luxury aboard Hemisphere took off. The winning bid of US$150,000 was the highest bid ever achieved in the history of “Bid To Save The Earth” and 100% of the proceeds went to Oceana. There is a further twist to the tale, however, as the winning bidder, unable to set sail after all, re-donated the charter so that it could be auctioned again at the Oceana SeaChange Summer Party in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California in July 2012. A second, spectacular bid of US$165,000 raised the bar yet again, establishing a new benchmark for future environmental fundraising. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Hemisphere’s owners and both bidders, Oceana will be able to go on campaigning and winning more policy victories to protect the marine environment. Meanwhile, Hemisphere is heading to the South Pacific for summer 2013 (see page 211), and Burgess will continue to support the work of Oceana (visit www.oceana.org), along with our generous and environmentally-conscious clients. Why not consider donating a charter aboard your superyacht this year? As well as supporting the valuable work of Oceana, taking part in a high profile charity fundraiser can significantly enhance your yacht’s profile among major US donors and high net worth individuals. Just ask your Burgess broker. PALMARINA BODRUM, TURKEY superyacht-friendly new Billionaire Club in the new Locating a Palmarina Bodrum is a stroke of genius. Billionaire has long been the late-night summertime dance venue of choice in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Now, the club debuts its first ever Billionaire Beach on the yacht haven of Palmarina in Yalıkavak – a real gem on the north-west of the Bodrum Peninsula. This über-glamorous, resort-styled venue features a massive pool and daytime beach club scene, and (unlike Porto Cervo) the club is right beside the marina. Billionaire Couture is home to chic designer boutiques, and with a Cipriani restaurant on site, Palmarina is sure to attract the social elite of the Turkish Riviera. Current information indicates that for the 2013 season, the marina will have berths for around fifty yachts over 40 metres and ten yachts up to 70 metres. Larger yachts may anchor off in settled weather. www.palmarina.com.tr COCOA ISLAND, BY SPECIAL INVITATION ONLY Exclusively for Burgess clients aboard private or charter yachts: COMO Hotels and Resorts is offering a welcome ashore and complimentary lunch at Cocoa Island, the Maldives. Usually, resorts in the Maldives do not accept non-residents. The atolls are so remote that people don’t simply drop by, and privacy is part of the allure. However, Cocoa Island is offering Burgess clients cruising in the area a complimentary three-course lunch for two people (drinks not included), and freedom to use the resort facilities, including the legendary COMO Shambhala Spa. Simply book 48 hours in advance, quoting Burgess, the name of the yacht and guest name. Lunch is subject to availability, and bookings cannot be made for dates between 24 December and 6 January. For more information, visit www.comohotels.com/cocoaisland or contact any Burgess office for Maldivian yacht charter opportunities - charter@burgessyachts.com { 17 } Superyacht Living & Style Magazine 2013


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