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AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI9 Contributors Simon de Burton Simon de Burton writes about lux-ury wristwatches for publications around the world, including the Financial Times, Vanity Fair On Time, GQ and the leading UK spe-cialist magazine QP. For sea& i's Time & Tide supplement, Simon highlights his top watches from the latest collections inspired by nautical themes. Tim Thomas In his twin careers as a professional yachtsman and journalist, Tim Thomas - currently deputy editor of Boat International magazine - has recorded over 100,000 sea miles in all sorts of craft, from pocket racers to 60m ( 197') superyachts. For this issue of sea& i, Thomas travelled to the Canary Islands to catch up with the highly innovative and technologically advanced 58m ( 190') ketch Ethereal, recently launched by the Royal Huisman yard in Holland. Merijn de Waard De Waard's passion for yachts developed at an early age when he sailed the Dutch lakes on a 10m ( 32.8') sailing boat. As soon as he entered the world of superyachts, he knew his future lay in this industry. His passion has inspired him to develop an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry worldwide. In 2007 he founded SuperYachtTimes. com, the world's leading online superyacht magazine. De Waard travels the world to keep abreast of the latest concepts, launches and news from the world of yachting. As part of a regular column, De Waard will be looking at the latest developments at yards around the world. In this, his first piece for sea& i, he travelled to the major Dutch shipyards to report on their current projects and plans. Giles Chapman A London- based writer specialising in the design world, Chapman has won awards for his magazine journalism, books and research projects. He regularly contributes to daily newspapers and has authored ( or co- authored) more than 15 books, including one in collaboration with London's Royal College Of Art. Chapman visited Bannenberg & Rowell at their design studios in London for an insight into their experience in the interior design of the recently launched 41m ( 135') Natori.

2009 WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARD WINNERS C NI would like to congratulate those who were presented with a Neptune during the World Superyacht Award prize- giving ceremony at London's Guildhall. Judged by a 15- strong panel, including CNI sales director Toby Walker, the prestigious award winners of the 2009 World Superyacht Awards include Al Mirqab, Siren, Vive La Vie, Elandess, Marama, Lazy Me, Onyx, Saudade, P2 and Stampede. 10Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 [ ssecae& i nes News from around the world of luxury yachting ] CNI ( super) Yachting Index The second edition of the ( super) Yachting Indexis now available to view online at www. camperandnicholsons. com. The Index reviews 2008, which, despite the economic climate of the second half of the year, proved to be an excellent year for the yachting industry, with an unparalleled level of sales and charter activity. Now the question on everybody's lips is " what will 2009 bring?" Research has already begun for the third edition of the Index, out in 2010, to answer just that. New to the team CNI is delighted to announce that Bob O'Brien has joined the CNI Palm Beach sales team. O'Brien has been around yachts all his life as he grew up racing sailboats in New Jersey, and continued racing throughout his college days. O'Brien returned to yachting after a brief stint on Wall Street, and opened O'Brien Yacht Sales Inc in 1987 in Delray, USA. His business took him to Palm Beach and he spent ten years working next to CNI's Palm Beach office, of which he is now a valuable team member. Young Designer of the Year Award As sponsors of the Young Designer of the Year Award at the World Superyacht Awards, CNI was delighted to award Maila Speitkamp for her project Draconis. Her catamaran design was understated and original, and presented in accomplished style with a scale model of the yacht. The annual competition recognises the achievement of an outstanding young designer and is open to anyone who is studying for a qualification in a subject related to yacht design.