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,
Giancarlo Ragnetti, the founder of Perini Navi who went on to oversee the famed sailing-superyacht builder for three decades, died on November 8 in Viareggio, Italy, which he had called home for nearly as long. He was 74 years old. Born in Italy in the Marche area, along the Adriatic Coast, Ragnetti spent his entire
Princess Yachts is a well-known British luxury yacht builder, with offerings ranging from small sportboats to luxury superyachts. But, it’s more than a manufacturer. In fact, Kiran Jay Haslam, the chief marketing officer, and the management team are trying to ensure that current and future clients are receiving an authentic consumer experience. It may sound
Robert “Bob” Roscioli, who began his 50-plus-year yachting career in his 20s sanding boats on the New River in Fort Lauderdale, died yesterday. He was 76 years old. Raised in Philadelphia, Roscioli arrived in South Florida with his mother at the age of 12. After high school, he spent his early working years splitting time
Vincenzo Poerio, well-experienced in the superyacht sector, is now part of the management team at Tankoa Yachts. He is taking on the role as joint Chief Executive Officer, alongside Euro Contenti, who is also CEO. Global yachting customers, particularly Americans, who comprise the largest percentage of yacht owners and buyers worldwide, surely recognize Poerio’s name.
Martin Kelsey III, a.k.a. Mike Kelsey, Jr., whose lifelong love of boating and the family business, the shipyard Palmer Johnson, led him to its helm, died of cancer on January 4. He was 57 years old. Born February 12, 1962 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Kelsey had boating in his blood. His grandfather, the late Patrick