One of the largest independent insurance brokers in the UK has acquired a superyacht specialist, also in England. Aston Lark has taken over CRS Yachts, the latter exclusively focused on large luxury-yacht policies. Backed by Goldman Sachs, Aston Lark is an insurance broker offering private-client services, along with a host of other coverage. Interestingly, just
David Fraser, who started Fraser Yachts in the 1940s and grew it into a global powerhouse in megayacht sales and charter, died on January 6. He was 99 years old. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Fraser developed a love of the water early on in life. In fact, as a young boy, he built a
Dating back centuries, the ringing of a ship’s bell eight times signifies the end of a watch duty. The phrase eight bells further signifies that a sailor has died (finished his or her final watch). Sadly, several superyacht industry passings occurred this year, a few being especially emotional. 1. Jan Henry, longtime charter broker. Unfortunately,
Take a look around yachting, especially at yachting advertising, and a stark reality is apparent. The industry portrays men as the owners, the business professionals, and especially the captains and deck crew. Jenny Matthews, a deck crewmember, wondered why after eight years in the business she had never once worked with a fellow female deckie.
As the chairman of the International SeaKeepers Society, Jay Wade (above, right) engages yacht owners who support its ocean-conservation mission. From honoring environmental supporters like Amos Nachoum (above, left) to spreading the word about its scientist-led expeditions, educational-outreach programs, and more, Wade is passionate about the cause. We spoke with him recently to learn more
While working for a fine restaurant, Jaclyn Sienna India noted key aspects of luxury hospitality. For instance, the chef not only knew where every ingredient came from, but also could talk in detail about their origins. The same held true with the sommelier for the wines. Why, she wondered, were other luxury-hospitality professionals, especially in