Sir Donald Gosling, a British businessman and longtime benefactor of the British Royal Navy who named his superyacht after a World War II warship, died on September 9. He was 90 years old. Born in March 1929, Gosling became infatuated with boats and ships during his childhood. He joined the Royal Navy toward the end
Fabio Buzzi, a renowned powerboat-racing champion, designer, and builder who further influenced a few pleasure-yacht builders, died yesterday in Venice, Italy while trying to break his own offshore speed record. He was 76 years old. Buzzi and three others were aboard his 66-foot (20-meter) raceboat last evening. They were attempting to set a new Monaco
John Orin Edson, better known as Orin Edson, a powerhouse in the recreational marine industry, died on August 27. From founding Bayliner Marine to owning megayachts and investing in Westport Shipyards, he had an extraordinary, and extraordinarily long-lasting, impact on yachting. He was 87 years old. Born in 1932, Edson was an entrepreneur—particularly a boating
Claudette Bonville, who established the interior-design firm Claudette Bonville Associates and worked with numerous yacht owners and builders, died last month following a battle with cancer. She was 66 years old. Born in December 1952, Bonville was attracted to design early on. In fact, she earned a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture at Kansas State
As of this writing, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is three days into a journey across the Atlantic Ocean. She is en route from Plymouth, England to New York aboard the racing yacht Malizia II. Thunberg is the climate activist who has made global headlines. They started with her school strike outside Sweden’s parliament building last year.
No GPS. No compass. Not even an autopilot. No electronics whatsoever, or engine, on a 42-day transatlantic crossing—14 days longer than anticipated due to light winds. More important, no single-use plastics onboard. Dan Lenard, co-founder of Nuvolari Lenard, completed the journey aboard a small sailboat, solo. He called it the Vela Code, a two-fold mission