Proudly built in Britain but found in every corner of the world, Oyster Yachts remains at the pinnacle of the yachting industry. And, with a new captain at the helm, it is just getting started.
The beloved brand’s recent resurgence has been spearheaded by successful British entrepreneur Richard Hadida, who made his fortune at leading gaming software business Evolution Gaming before buying Oyster Yachts out of administration earlier this year. While gaming and boating may not seem natural bedfellows, Richard’s lifelong passion for yachting and his love for the brand (he has shared Oyster 885-01 ‘Lush’ with F1 supremo Eddie Jordan for years) were what drove his investment.
Upon taking the helm, Richard surrounded himself with a range of expertise at board level, from long-time friend Eddie Jordan to media expert Ashley Highfield and ex-banker Ivan Ritossa. Rob Humphreys, recognised as one of the world’s leading yacht designers and responsible for designing over 20 Oyster models, also brings unparalleled experience to the board. This blend of industry and external experience ensures Oyster’s proud heritage and legacy are respected and protected while propelling the brand into the future. Its commitment to innovation is illustrated by Oyster’s recent tie-up with Lloyd’s Register, a world-leading expert in maritime performance and safety.
More than a yacht, owning an Oyster truly means embracing a lifestyle of adventure
Oyster’s focus on exceptional engineering and innovation can be seen in the recent decision to add in-house moulding capability at their facility in Norwich. The highest levels of care and attention are given to each yacht in-build, with its committed craftsmen recognising the achievement each Oyster represents. These vessels are often the culmination of a life’s work, not only for the design and build teams but for the owners themselves.
Designed by sailors for sailors, Oyster’s yachts are built on the foundation of over 20 million blue-water sailing miles and 75 circumnavigations. The company has 45 years’ experience building over 1,000 yachts, with each vessel tailor-made for the needs of its owner and representing the perfect blend of blue-water cruising and high-performance sailing. Whether sailing with a support crew or on their own, Oyster owners often comment on a connection with the ocean, which can only be felt on a sailboat at full mast, cutting through the waves towards the horizon.
Upon taking the helm, Richard surrounded himself with a range of expertise at board level, from long-time friend Eddie Jordan to media expert Ashley Highfield and ex-banker Ivan Ritossa
Although the technical performance of each vessel is exceptional, owning an Oyster means much more than simply having a yacht. The company’s world-famous ‘Oyster Rally’ brings together the Oyster family in an extraordinary round-the-world adventure, with the current iteration seeing 29 yachts traverse the globe’s oceans as part of a four-stage, 27,000-mile circumnavigation ending in April 2019. Bringing together an exclusive club of Oyster owners, the epic 2021 World Rally event will begin for the first time in the Mediterranean, setting sail from Oyster’s base in Palma before visiting exotic locations including Tahiti, Vanuatu, Ascension Island and Antigua over the course of an incredible three-year journey. More than a yacht, owning an Oyster truly means embracing a lifestyle of adventure.
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