SOURCE: Burgess Yachts

Burgess Yachts

April 17, 2012 13:28 ET

Christie's Green Auction's Highest Bid Raises $150,000 for a Sail Aboard Hemisphere -- the World's Largest Luxury Sailing Catamaran

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2012) - Wednesday's star-studded Green Auction at Christie's attracted a powerhouse crowd from Hollywood's elite such as Glenn Close to the mega-rich and 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 sail aboard HEMISPHERE -- the world's largest luxury sailing catamaran -- which fetched $150,000, the highest bid ever achieved in the history of A Bid To Save The Earth, for a charter package valued at $245,000 offered by superyacht specialist BURGESS, courtesy of the owners of the magnificent 145ft "supercat." It is hoped this new record will set a benchmark for future environmental fundraising efforts. The nonprofit 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 dreamy Caribbean. Both are fantastic destinations and present an incredible opportunity to explore and dive in 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.

Ten to twelve sailing enthusiasts will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill of HEMISPHERE, a design masterpiece that sets a new benchmark for luxury charters, with a crew of 10 including a gourmet chef and state-of-the-art accommodations. 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 snorkeling gear and full SCUBA diving facilities including two onboard PADI dive instructors and a large hydraulic swim platform. For a full description of HEMISPHERE, please visit:


Founded in 1975 with ten international offices, BURGESS is the global superyacht industry leader, uniquely specializing in yachts of over 130-feet. Renowned for its professional yachting services, the company leverages its expertise to guide clients through every aspect of the yachting experience, including yacht sale and purchase, technical consultancy services, charter and operational management. Burgess has been involved in the sale of many of the world's most significant yachts and is currently managing the construction of a diverse spectrum of superyachts. More information on Burgess can be found at

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