This second issue of .Wonder Book Yacht & Cruise keeps its promises. In the words of my friend, the architect Massimo Iosa Ghini, “Beauty is a necessity […] You have to be
harmonious, take advantage of everything nature
offers us, travel by sail as well as by motor yacht”.
The commitment we made a year ago is expressed through an extremely forceful statement, a balanced combination of sea and land, a harmonious encounter of sailing and the quality of the stays on shore. All are enriched by Wonders – where beauty is a given – that like short films mark the rhythm of reading and observing in sailing.
Eighteen months after the start of the pandemic the entire world is taking stock, and the nautical industry looks in extremely good shape. The companies and architecture firms involved in infrastructure and property schemes – ports, marinas, docks, hospitality and culture – have completed a number of large projects, and in fact eight projects appear in this issue of .Wonder Book Yacht & Cruise, a sign of enduring vitality and above all of an overall vision that seeks ever more urgently that link with dry land that is and will always be the theme of this annual publication.
In the context of the economy one figure stands out – the fact that Italy and its yacht-building
industry represents almost 50% of the market for craft over 24 metres. The rest of the world shares the remaining 50%. It’s a well-deserved result for yards that have developed designs that reflect market demands.
The season ahead of us will be a hot one, very hot, and though some restrictions remain and we await some areas of the world to achieve higher immunity rates, the boat shows are opening their doors again, signalling an official restart driven by enthusiasm, energy and a vision of the future. The first appointment is at Cannes.
Enjoy your reading.