A Day in the Life of an Intern, Part VII

This blog continues the ‘day in the life’ series, as an intern at Boatbookings. Without a doubt one of the best days so far was Friday 27th May when I accompanied Charter Broker Ben on a broker sailing day around Cap D’Antibes.

Sailing in the south of France

We started our day in Port Gallice in Juan les Pins, where we were picked up by the tenders. 2 minutes out of the port we came across the 8 stunning sailing yachts which were anchored off the coast for the day. Ben and I headed straight for WALLY ONE, the original Wally sailing yacht built in 1980. Continue reading

A Day in the life of an Intern, Part IV

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This blog continues the series describing one day, and in my case a rather special one, in the life of an intern at Boatbookings.  On 7th May I was lucky enough to be invited, along with Charter Director, Mimi and Charter Broker Cordy, on a day’s viewing of  4 luxury sailing yachts.

image-8The day starting at about 12 o’clock after being picked up from the new port in Cannes in a gorgeous tender. Although both Mimi and Cordy were dropped at ALPINA, a lovely 3 cabin Swan 82, I carried on, and was dropped off at WALLY ONE. WALLY ONE is the original WALLY, the very first to be built and an absolute gem. Constructed in 1991, she was designed well before her time and having been refitted in 2009 she can compete with the best around, as well as having that added class and style as the first in a line of celebrated yachts.

Once on deck she has far more space than it might seem from pictures. The smooth teak deck is perfect for relaxing, with an assortment of comfortable cushions and bean bags. As I was introduced to the Captain, Nounou, an energetic and smiling man who placed a drink in my hand, he promptly whisked me off for a tour of his yacht. Below deck, the dining room and salon with its nice blend of woods has space to relax, watch a film or entertain guests. Further on, the cabin arrangement also stands out; in 4 cabins, there are 11 berths which make WALLY ONE a fantastic yacht for a family holiday.

The early afternoon was spent getting to know the yacht and its Captain while tucking into the delicious meat and cheese platters, the salmon canapés and an assortment of salads, which all went well with a glass of rosé. They were so good in fact that we did not even realise that these would be followed by a main course, which consisted of a fantastic tortellini and feta dish. Soon after, along with the other yachts SHAMLOR, ALPINA and WORLDS ENDwe set off sailing around les Iles des Lérins for a magical finish to the day.


Boatbookings.com provide a truly unique Internship Programthere is no better place to learn about one of the world’s most luxurious sectors than in the south of France.

David Beckham’s Speedboat Fails to Sell at Auction

The Bladerunner RIB 35 used by David Beckham to enter into the London Screen-Shot-2012-12-11-at-10.25.572012 Olympic Games carrying the Torch, has failed to reach its reserve at auction, we can confirm. The vessel was expected to fetch somewhere around £250,000 at auction, something which did not, unfortunately, take place.

The Bladerunner was used by David Beckham, soccer player of LA Galaxy and advocate to London 2012, to carry the torch down the River Thames and under Tower Bridge, on its journey from London City Hall. The RIB was manufactured by Hampshire based Ice Marine.

The bidding of the vessel, for such Olympic paraphernalia, was expected to reach £250,000 (around $400,000) at auction, but that price only managed to reach around £180,000.

Spokesman Julian Roub said, “It was a very busy sale but the item was fairly highly priced and there was insufficient interest on the day.

“It may sell in a post-sale deal.”

If you’re looking to charter something similar, why not go for the fantastic Wally Tender 45, a great motor boat for day charters out of St Tropez and Cogolin. She is sleek and powerful with two 320 CV engines. She charters for between €2,200 and €2,500 per day.

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Monaco Yacht Show – Trends and What’s Hot

Under gorgeous sunny skies, the Monaco Yacht Show unveiled 100 Super Yachts, stunning tenders and 500 exhibitors on Wednesday the 21st. There was no shortage of hot tubs, entertainment rooms, fancy navigation gear, and water toys.  The crowd seemed a bit thicker and more upbeat this year than last, but we’ll wait for the official statistics.

We saw fewer sailing yachts than in past years (one Swan, one Perini-Navi, one Wally, and Hemisphere, the world’s largest catamaran), but a greater emphasis on Green Yachting (go figure).  We will detail some of the individual yachts we saw in upcoming posts, but show favorites included Yogi, Excellence III, and Cakewalk – measuring in at 85 meters.  More updates to come, but we wanted to at least share some images with you for weekend dreaming!