CV: Born not far from where the original Camper & Nicholsons shipyard was founded in Gosport, I am the son of a naval architect.
I grew up around boats and was lucky enough to have been brought up in the South of France, joining my dad on yacht deliveries. Having worked on yachts, I started at Med Sale Yachts in Antibes.
I later moved to Hong Kong to work in a brokerage company specialising in new and used Italian yachts. In 1998, I joined CNI and moved back to Europe where I have enjoyed many successful years surrounded by a great worldwide team.
My most memorable sale: I can think of two that spring to mind, and strangely one was to a client that built a new Falcon 86 in Viareggio. It was not my biggest sale, but it remains memorable because this particular yacht owner and captain became a part of my business life for many years to follow. The three of us developed a mutual friendship that led us to buy and sell three further yachts and a number of berths over the years. The relationship has led to over ten successful transactions.
The other memorable sale was that of the 60-metre CRN Blue Eyes, owned by a repeat client who entrusted me with the sale. She was the first yacht with helicopter landing capabilities that I had sold. The transaction was complicated and involved many lawyers to resolve numerous issues. She was also the first yacht that I sold that berthed regularly at the IYCA.
The one I wish I’d kept: The 33.5-metre La Belle Aire (now Oncle Paul) built by Feadship in 1973, which I sold twice. A true gentleman’s yacht, she has turned heads for many years and I feel very comfortable on this yacht.
Yacht of the month: The 63.4-metre Lürssen Polar Star combines superb ocean-going qualities and ice capabilities with outstanding interior volume and amenities.
Asking €55 million