Gemma Fottles

British writer living la vida loca in Amsterdam. Editor at The SuperYacht Times, impassioned by all things travel.


Insight: Cutting to the chase with Moran Yacht & Ship | SuperYacht Times

Moran Yacht & Ship is, without a doubt, one of the most successful superyacht brokerage firms in the world. Headed by Robert Moran, the man still very much at the helm opened the brand’s doors in Fort Lauderdale in 1988 after 18 years of exploring the Seven Seas as a superyacht captain, the hands on experience of which Moran strongly insists is at the core of the company’s continuous success in selling and building some of the world’s most iconic vessels.
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On Scene: SYT June recap | SuperYacht Times

The month of June saw the SuperYacht Times team travel across Europe to bring you the latest news and cover some of the largest yachting events all the while capturing it in immaculate detail. Here we recap just some of the most exciting events we have attended this past month. All the action at the Superyacht Cup Palma Photographer, Tom van Oossanen and Online Editor, Charl van Rooy, were on the scene for the whole duration of the 20th edition of the Superyacht Cup Palma, catching all the act
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The Eagle has landed: On board the first Sunreef Supreme | SuperYacht Times

Though by no means one of the largest superyacht markets in the world, Singapore - and the rest of Asia - are slowly but surely seeing a rise in interest in the yachting lifestyle. A case in point demonstrated at the latest edition of the Singapore Yacht Show, where SYT was invited on board the very first Sunreef Supreme catamaran, which was delivered to her Singaporean owners, Julian and Lisa Theng, on the very last day of the show. Named Eagle Wings, here we talk to Julian about his introducti
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Bright lights and crazy nights in Osaka

Posted by gemmafottles on June 19, 2016 in Asia , Travel | My recent trip to Japan – though only a two week stint in the Land of the Rising Sun – was undoubtedly one of the best trips I have ever taken. Reluctantly escaping Tokyo, we travelled south down the country, and the reluctance quickly subsided. This is Osaka… the crazy part of Osaka, filled with bustling crowds, cheap sushi restaurants, karaoke bars and a seemingly endless supply of burning neon lights. It’s hard not to feel absolutely

Insight: John Staluppi, superyachts, and Spectre | SuperYacht Times

John Staluppi is the epitome of the American Dream: a straight talking Italian-American, a proud New Yorker and dedicated philanthropist, coming from nothing and building his own multi-million dollar business in the automotive industry from the ground up. Growing up in the Golden Age of the American automobile industry, his first job was as a petrol station mechanic, but it wasn’t long before he leapfrogged the ranks to business owner. 
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Relieving a quarter life crisis with travel

2016 is the year that I turn 25 years old. Now, to anyone over the age of 25, this is a great age. You’re still young enough to go out every weekend and make a fool out of yourself without it being too socially unacceptable, but you’re old enough (or at least, getting there…) to be taken seriously in aspects of your life that you’ve never been taken seriously before. Yaaay. However, with the quarter of a century landmark ominously looming in the not-too-distant future...
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Ancient trees and burning knees: trekking in Huaraz

This photo was taken at the very base of a VERY BIG trek up to the top of a Peruvian mountain in Huaraz to see a natural lagoon: Lake 69. As I wrote about at the time, we were totally unprepared for a high altitude trek, and it was inconceivably hard work. It took around 4 hours to get up there – not because the distance was craaaazy long, but because for most people in the group, every three steps required at least a 10 second pause to catch our breath. 
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Tracks: Is Adventure Dead?

Robyn Davidson is my hero. In the 70s, she decided to walk across the outback of her home country, Australia. She planned a 1700 mile trip, starting from Alice Springs and finishing at the Ocean. In preparation, she moved out to Alice Springs, worked on a camel farm, and eventually trained three camels to accompany her. And why did she do this? A woman deciding to ditch everything and embark upon a mind blowingly isolated six month trip surely has to have a reason behind it? A male shaped reason
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