Super yachting females on International Women’s Day 2019

Written by Georgia Tindale

With International Women’s Day on everyone’s lips, we shine the spotlight on just some of the key female industry figures we’ve featured in our coverage on SuperYacht Times over the past year.

Superyacht photographer Olga Dromas Superyacht photographer Olga Dromas 

In our latest edition of The SuperYacht Times newspaper, we spoke to superyacht photographer Olga Dromas and found out the story behind her favourite shot:Moonlight II yacht cruising with helicopterPhoto: Olga Dromas“On one of blueiprod’s first big yachts shoots ever, we had the challenge of capturing the entire 91.4-metre Moonlight II in a single day instead of four days as initially anticipated and we ended up working from sunrise to sunset to get it all in. During the final shot where we photographed one helicopter landing on the yacht from another helicopter, another guest helicopter arrived on scene completely unplanned. Just as they departed we managed to get them in position for this shot, a cool reward for a very tough day of shooting.”

Market Watch: Irina Blagodyr and Julia Stewart 

Last month, as part of our Market Watch series, we interviewed a range of industry leaders in the brokerage sector to find out their views on the 2018 superyacht market. We spoke to Irina Blagodyr, the head of Bluewater Russia and Julia Stewart, Director of Imperial Yachts, and gained an insight into the performance of the market and their predictions for the upcoming year.

Julia StewartJulia Stewart: “2018 was an important year for our industry and a step into its next decade: the demand is growing, as is the size of the yachts to be delivered from 2019 and beyond. We do believe that we are witnessing an important evolution which will durably and positively change the face of yachting.”

Irina BlagodyrInina Blago: “Yachts built after 2010 are much more likely to be sold quicker than older vessels. The sweet spot range for current buyers is 30 - 50-metres. Yachts that are well-priced and attractive to the charter market are the yachts we are focusing on at Bluewater.”

Aino GrapinPhoto: Winch Design 5 Questions with... Aino Grapin, CEO of Winch Design

Back in November, we caught up with Aino Grapin and learned about her journey from strategy consulting and growing businesses in the art, luxury and technology sectors to becoming CEO of the British yacht design studio, Winch Design.

“I am naturally curious and love learning about new industries. When I was approached about this fantastic role in a creative industry with so many parallels with the fine art sector, I seized the opportunity. I have been able to build on my knowledge of the client base and what service they expect, managing creatives and a shared passion for art and design.”

Wild Oats XI yacht at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Female crews excel during 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart
2019 kicked off with the 74th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, where a fleet of 85 boats manned by over 1,000 sailors set off from Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day 2018 in a 628-mile sprint to the island of Tasmania. Highlights of this exciting race included 80 female crew who participated and, in particular, the all-female Wild Oats X that finished second overall. Several other female skippers led their yachts to class victories, but it was Wild Oats X’s Stacey Jackson that was awarded the Jane Tate Memorial Trophy for the first female skipper to complete the race.



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