As invitations go, I receive some amazing opportunities, but one of the highlights so far this year was to spend two days as a guest of Sunseeker Monaco on board their stunning 28m SuperYacht ‘High Energy’ together with the Sunseeker stars who recently featured on the hugely popular TV programme all about this iconic British brand.
By James Phillips, all images taken by James
As I took in the sun and shimmering waters of the port at Fontvieille , Matt Stanton of the Sunseeker Monaco office drew up alongside in the Sunseeker transport to meet me for the short walk to my launch for the journey by sea to the SuperYacht ‘High Energy’
Matt is a lovely guy, a true professional and passionate about the Sunseeker brand. As we walked to the waters edge our tender arrived, but this was a special boat indeed a Whitmarsh luxury high performance rib!
My glamorous journey by the Whitmarsh luxury high performance rib!
As we rounded the port into the open ocean, the engines really opened up, the warm Mediterranean sea spray in the air, the sun glistening off the ocean – I thought wow! Today is a great day!!
James Phillips with the Fairmont Monte-Carlo in the background
We glided around the corner into the port of Monaco into a world of splendour, the SuperYachts were out in force for the Historic Grand Prix, and as we drew closer into the port ‘High Energy’ came into view, her sheer size and modern design setting her apart from her neighbours.
The iconic Port of Monaco.
You can tell a Sunseeker immediately from any other boat out there, they are truly a design icon.
The tender docked, I was helped onto the jetty by one of the crew of Sunseeker ‘High Energy’ and great guy Gavin Larson for a short walk to a very warm welcome by the captain of ‘High Energy’ Paul Drissell THE most stylish sea captain you will ever meet! If you charter ‘High Energy’ then going aboard her is not just another thing, you are welcomed aboard in massive style and with great pride by her crew, a glass of Champagne placed into your hand, and where nothing is too much trouble, as you walk on soft carpets for a tour of the boat, leading to the upstairs bar on the fly bridge and a Gin and Tonic. As part of the construction of ‘High Energy’ you immediately notice carbon fibre everywhere, this boat is just so special you will immediately fall in love.
Captain Paul Drissell helping out with some amazing food!
Other VIP Sunseeker guests arrived and welcomed on board for a superb networking experience, a wonderful selection of successful people, high achievers, who have all been a success and are now enjoying everything that a luxury lifestyle can offer them, with Sunseeker firmly at the heart of the whole weekend.
Food began to arrive, but arrived in a way that was heavenly, freshly prepared by Sunseeker superstar and superchief Hannah Vallberg delivered with a beaming smile and that Cote d’Azur glamour you only see in the movies.
The big screen was really effective from the water!
Gavin and Paul
Hannah and Lois from Sunseeker
With Frank Sinatra playing on the sound system, the sun shining – heaven
James Phillips and Matt Stanton
With Lucy Cruz from Sebastian Cruz Couture
We actually had some rain on day 1!
This wonderful experience was repeated for a second day, and below are some more images from day 2!
The GP practice sessions were day 1, the race day 2. Monaco became a cauldron of noise, sparked by the tremendous sounds of the historic Formula 1 cars tearing up the historic circuit, the noise almost made the whole Principality shake, and you could not help feel just a little emotional to be part of history.
Launch collection journey day 2!
Spot how many Sunseekers you can pick out here….!?
The black superstructure you see here is all made from carbon fibre
A racing driver still in his fireproof overalls takes time out on board ‘High Energy’
Sunseeker legend Lindsay Hutchinson
Sunseekers make relaxing and effortless experience
Sunseeker have an office in the heart of Monaco, indeed the majority of the SuperYachts moored in Monaco that weekend were Sunseekers – what a wonderful great British success story Sunseeker are. If you would like to visit their spectacular website then click here.
I took a moment to explore ‘High Energy’ and everything you see is made by hand at the Sunseeker factory in Poole UK, where I visited earlier in the year, you can read all about this and see the images by clicking here
Watching the Spanish Formula 1 GP from on board a SuperYacht with the Monaco Historic GP live outside! AMAZING!!!
If you would like to charter ‘High Energy’ then click here
‘High Energy’ the 92.36ft /28.15m 28 Metre motor yacht was built in 2014 by Sunseeker.
High Energy’s interior layout sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 rooms, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 twin cabins and 2 convertable cabins. She is also capable of carrying up to 4 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.
High Energy’s impressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends.
She is built with GRP hull and GRP superstructure. This semi-custom 28 Metre Yacht also features ‘at anchor stabilisers’ which work at zero speed, increasing onboard comfort at anchor and on rough waters. With a cruising speed of 20 knots, a maximum speed of 26 knots and a range of 300nm from her 9,000 fuel tanks, she is the perfect combination of performance and luxury.
28 Metre Yacht
So sit back and enjoy the images I have taken for you provided with exclusive access for Luxury News Online.
A massive thank you to Matt Stanton and the whole Sunseeker Monaco team!