The third annual Marine Inspirations Big Bottle of Wine Party raised a record €10,500 on Friday to run ongoing programmes to introduce less advantaged young people to careers in the superyacht industry.
The party was hosted by Phil Wade and Anthony Just, who founded Marine Inspirations in 2014 to provide young people from South Africa and many other countries – who would otherwise not have access to this unique opportunity – with hands-on seamanship experience and an insight into working in the superyacht and international maritime industry.
Over 130 guests gathered at the Club de Mar – Mallorca, Spain, to enjoy an evening of delicious finger-food served by the Taronja Negre Mar restaurant, with fine wine generously supplied by Can Feliu Estate vineyard, with live music from Andrew Spence and Anthony Just, and a boisterous and engaging fundraising raffle and auction.
“I’m absolutely staggered by the success of this year’s Big Bottle of Wine Party,” said event- founder, Phil Wade. “We have almost doubled the number of guests compared to last year, and have more than doubled the amount of money we raised,” Phil said.
Over 48 litres of wine in bottles containing 18 litres (a Melchior), 15 litres (a Nebuchadnezzar) and 12 litres (a Balthazar) served from a custom-built wooden gun-carriage made by Phil were consumed in the first two hours of the party alone.
“If the amount of wine drunk is the barometer of how much fun we had, I think it’s fair to say that people had a huge amount of fun,” Phil added.
The growth of the event was partly due to the support of event partner ClipperTelemed+, a joint venture between Clipper Ventures Plc and PRAXES Medical Group providing remote medical assistance for seafarers.
“We are extremely grateful to our event partner ClipperTelemed+, whose generous support of the Marine Inspirations Big Bottle of Wine Party means we’ve raised more money to run programmes for young people from less advantaged backgrounds,” Anthony Just said.
Clipper Telemed+ Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo and non-stop around the world in 1968-69, recorded a special video message for the Big Bottle of Wine Party, which was shown on Friday evening.
“We at Clipper are delighted to be associated with Marine Inspirations, an organisation which summarises what we very strongly support – getting young people into a good career at sea. Through supporting the Big Bottle of Wine Party we hope that people will be encouraged to not only take a look at ClipperTelemed+ but mainly to get people behind this great initiative,” Sir Robin said.
A wide range of companies and individuals donated items for the fundraiser including a week-long getaway in Galicia, a sunset cruise on the classic 1930s schooner Aloha-J of Cariba, a private dining experience hosted by a superyacht chef and a unique piece of 3D artwork.
British Endurance swimmer Anna Wardley was also present at the party helping to raise funds for Marine Inspirations, one of the three organisations she is supporting through her Balearic Swim Challenge. The first leg of the challenge from Menorca to Mallorca is scheduled for May 2016.
For more information about Marine Inspirations visit www.marineinspirations.org or search for ‘MarineInspirations’ on Facebook.