The star-studded “Bid To Save The Earth” Green Auction at Christie’s in New York on 10 April, 2012, attracted a powerhouse crowd from Hollywood’s elite to society’s crème de la crème, all gathering for a glittering night of entertainment, fashion and an over-the-top live “fantasy auction” to raise money for critical environmental causes.
The highlight of the event was the heated bidding for a seven day charter aboard Hemisphere - the world's largest luxury sailing catamaran - which fetched US$150,000, the highest bid ever achieved in the history of “Bid To Save The Earth”, for a charter package valued at US$245,000 offered by Burgess, courtesy of the owners of the magnificent 44.2 metres (145ft) “supercat.” It is hoped this new record will set a benchmark for future environmental fundraising efforts. The non-profit Oceana, which is supported by Burgess in its mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans will receive 100% of the funds raised from the Hemisphere auction.
It is not a surprise that the crowd was battling to gain ultimate bragging rights to be among the first to sail on this newly-built record-setting vessel. Launched just six months ago, Hemisphere makes her yacht charter debut in the Mediterranean this summer, and the winning bidder can choose either the magical cruising grounds of Croatia or the Caribbean. Both destinations present an incredible opportunity for a party of ten to twelve guests to explore some of the most beautiful waters on the planet, and Hemisphere’s innovative design is perfect for accessing shallow, secluded coves and bays off the beaten path.
With a crew of 10 including a superb chef and state-of-the-art accommodations, Hemisphere is a design masterpiece that sets a new benchmark for luxury charters. The elegant designer interior is the epitome of contemporary chic and her vast teak deck areas are perfect for al fresco entertaining and relaxing. Guests enjoy unparalleled comfort and the ultimate in amenities, including an extensive array of water toys including water skis, wakeboards & tows, windsurfing gear, fishing and snorkelling gear and full scuba diving facilities including two onboard PADI dive instructors.