Seemingly ordinary citizens around the globe share their extraordinary talents through television shows like America’s Got Talent, World of Dance, The X Factor, and more. The performers often bring the studio audiences to their feet, and us out to venues in droves. In these days of social distancing, however, it’s not possible. Plus, social isolation is becoming an unfortunate byproduct. The team behind Superyacht Radio, the online radio station, wants to change that. They’ve launched Yachting’s Got Talent, an online talent show for yachting families, crewmembers, industry professionals, and others who love boating to gather virtually and feel more united.
Maeve and Dave Dempsey of Superyacht Radio launched Yachting’s Got Talent just two weeks ago. The idea arose while joining their fellow residents of Palma de Mallorca in cheering and clapping nightly for the medical professionals. Maeve reasoned that finding a way to celebrate each other would help combat the feelings of being isolated.
Dave Dempsey explains that in most village communities, we know our neighbors and what they’re doing. “In our (yachting) community, we’re spread out,” he emphasizes. “Our community is very tight, but it’s global. So we’re hoping this is a way for people to reconnect.” Maeve agrees, adding, “Particularly in the yachting community—and I use this in a very broad sense—people are only separated by maybe one or two degrees of separation. Everybody knows everybody in some ways. That feeling of connection with people all around the world is what we want to bring out as well.”
Yachting’s Got Talent seeks to showcase a broad spectrum of aptitudes. The Dempsey stress that you shouldn’t feel the need to be a pro. In addition, you might have a hidden amazing ability. In fact, Maeve Dempsey says that she just discovered a good friend is a poet.
Yachting’s Got Talent is open to children and adults alike. Adults can upload their videos to Superyacht Radio’s website (link below), and the team will in turn post the video to the Yachting’s Got Talent YouTube channel. For children under the age of 18, the online platform The Wonderment, purposely created for kids, is hosting the videos.
Among the grownups’ submissions, you’ll find a video montage of a former yacht captain’s favorite photos from his travels. You’ll also find a personally guided snorkeling tour of Malta. Furthermore, you’ll meet a former yacht chef who now works with a nonprofit in San Francisco to feed those in need. Among the kids’ submissions, there are dancers, golfers, and even monster hunters.
“When you share joy, it raises your own sense of well-being,” Maeve Dempsey concludes. “I think that’s the most important thing.
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