Burgess Yachts

Burgess Yachts

April 11, 2012 08:00 ET

Sail Aboard Hemisphere-The World's Largest Luxury Sailing Catamaran-Featured Prize in Christie's Star-Studded "Bid to Save the Earth" Green Auction

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - With items such as spending the day with Bill Clinton, an afternoon of shopping with style icon Simon Doonan, and a 7-day charter on HEMISPHERE - the world's largest luxury sailing catamaran, one of the world's most stylish fundraisers, the Christie's Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth, is on its way to raising another impressive sum. While the gala is set for April 11, the online auction is already underway on leading charity auction site charitybuzz.com. Bidders can choose from the star-studded list of exclusive events providing rare access to the world's elite personalities and the chance to live their lifestyle, such as chartering a completely unique superyacht, all while helping four leading environmental organizations, including Oceana. www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/BidtoSaveTheEarth.

The online auction is a collaboration of the most prestigious brands and influential individuals offering their time and resources to raise awareness for the environment, including BURGESS, courtesy of the owners of the magnificent 145ft "supercat" HEMISPHERE, who have donated a yacht charter package valued at $245,000.

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: http://www.sy-hemisphere.com/

The winning bidder can choose one of two fantastic charter destinations, with bespoke itineraries created for each: an 8-day/7-night cruise in September 2012 in the magical cruising grounds of Croatia, where the astonishingly clear Adriatic Sea reflects the dramatic scenery, picturesque islands and fascinating ancient towns or 8-days/7-nights in the Caribbean sailing in February 2013. Both choices 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. For complete terms, please visit the auction listing: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/bidtosavetheearth/catalog_items/2960149

In addition to the online auction, an invite-only event will take place at Christie's on April 11, 2012in New York, where the world's top international collectors, philanthropists, celebrities and designers will convene for the third year in a row for a glittering night of entertainment, fashion and an over-the-top live "fantasy auction". The HEMISPHERE charter will close during the live auction and 100% of the funds raised will benefit Oceana, which is supported by BURGESS in its mission to protect and restore the world's oceans. Said Jim Simon, Oceana Executive Vice President: "Through BURGESS, our Christie's guests have a chance to charter a superyacht in two of the oceans special locations while supporting Oceana's conservation efforts to protect these locations for future generations." "BURGESS has generously helped Oceana to win in-the-water policy victories since 2011," continued Simon.

About BURGESS

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. The Burgess brokerage division has been involved in the sale of many of the world's most significant yachts, while the technical consultancy services division is currently supervising a range of new build projects on a diverse spectrum of superyachts. Burgess' first-class charter service offers a portfolio of the finest yachts in the most stunning destinations. The company's highly qualified operational yacht managers have extensive seagoing experience and can take care of every aspect of managing a large yacht. The superyacht credentials of Burgess are unmatched in the industry, ensuring that clients enjoy the highest levels of customer service. More information on Burgess can be found at www.burgessyachts.com.

About Oceana

Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 500,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org.

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