Here’s your chance not only to bid on an ideal superyacht vacation, but to support solid ideals, too. The owners of the superyacht catamaran Hemisphere, delivered by Pendennis last year, are offering a weeklong charter as part of the Christie’s Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth. One-hundred percent of the proceeds for the Hemisphere charter auction go to Oceana, the world’s largest charitable organization solely focused on protecting the world’s oceans.
This is the third year that Christie’s is hosting the eco-minded auction, and a repeat year for Oceana being among the environmentally oriented organizations directly benefiting. It’s also the second year that a yacht charter is up for auction, thanks to corporate sponsorship of Oceana by Burgess. Last year, Lady Sheridan’s owners put a charter up for bid, through Burgess.
So how do you get involved? If you’re not going to this Wednesday’s invitation-only event in New York City, you can bid online from now until then at the charity site charitybuzz.com. The charter package, valued at $245,000, permits 10 to 12 people to cruise aboard Hemisphere in either Croatia or the Caribbean. The Croatian itinerary is set for this September, comprising eight days and seven nights. The Caribbean package is the same length of time next February. Either way, a crew of 10, including two PADI dive instructors, will attend to your needs. You’ll have a variety of watertoys, ranging from waterskis to windsurfers, to enjoy, plus the spacious accommodations of Hemisphere herself. (Hemisphere is truly impressive; we’ll have a Megayacht News Onboard feature later this month.)
As of this weekend, about a dozen bidders are vying for the trip. If you’re the ultimate charter guest, your contribution won’t go unnoticed. Consider what Jim Simon, Oceana’s executive vice president, has to say: “Burgess has generously helped Oceana to win in-the-water policy victories since 2011.”
UPDATE, APRIL 17, 2012: The winning bid for the charter was $150,000, the highest amount ever in the history of Bid to Save the Earth.