Superyacht Spotlight: Top Philanthropists

Andrew Winch is an enthusiastic supporter of the Blue Marine Foundation.

Andrew Winch (pictured standing on the far left with the Winch cycling team in Monaco after last year's ride) is an enthusiastic supporter of the Blue Marine Foundation's London to Monaco charity ride.

David Churchill

When it comes to over-the-top luxury and exclusivity, it’s pretty hard to compete with the superyachts, sports cars, royalty and celebrities that will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show next month. And it comes as no surprise that many of my most popular posts provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the world’s largest private yachts.

But, the truth is, there’s a lot more to the superyacht community than glitz and extravagance. In fact, not many people know just how dedicated, passionate and financially committed many superyacht builders, designers, owners and brokers etc. are to protecting the world’s oceans.

Of course, this makes perfect business sense since no one will want to design, build and most importantly, pay for a mega-million-dollar superyacht to explore an increasingly polluted planet. But, as I’ve learned during many in-depth interviews with some of the most influential builders, designers and owners of some the world’s largest superyachts, their commitment to protecting our planet and saving our oceans goes way deeper than simple business sense.

That’s why I’m excited to kick off this new series that covers some of the superyacht community’s most innovative and influential philanthropists in the world with a short philanthropy profile of Andrew Winch.

Now there may be some superyacht philanthropists who’ve given more money to ocean conservation over the years (I’ll be covering them too in later posts) than Winch. But, since he’s the founder of the London-based design firm—Winch Design—that’s designed many of the largest and most expensive superyachts, private residences, and private jets in the world. And he’s also the founding sponsor of the Blue Marine Foundation’s London to Monaco bike ride. He and his committed team of cyclists/fundraisers team get the nod here because they are helping make a difference in ocean conservation in innovative, important and highly effective ways.

“Winch Design has been a proud partner of The Blue Marine Foundation since its inception.” Winch said recently. “Our collective love of the ocean drives what we do every day and our projects are designed with nature in mind. We want to ensure that not only do our oceans remain bountiful and beautiful, but that they are able to continue to support our expanding population and delicate eco systems.”

One of the many inspiring things about Winch’s commitment to the London to Monaco ride is that his team is as committed as he is. This year, 12 Winch designers, engineers and other team members will be participating in the ride.

“As a great supporter of Blue Marine Foundation, I want to make a real contribution to their wonderful work through events such as the London to Monaco Bike ride. The entire team at Winch design is inspired to do their bit to help and I hope people within our industry will get behind these events to show their support for Blue and the environment.

Since our cycling team first wheeled out onto the tarmac in 2016, Winch Design have raised an incredible $250,000 for BLUE which has allowed them to continue developing their projects all over the world” he says with pride. “And Winch riders have already ridden a staggering 33,800 miles– a distance greater than the circumference of planet Earth—for Blue!”

This year, Winch is putting his muscles where his money is and hopes to complete the entire 700-mile ride that starts near Windsor Castle outside London on September 17th and ends at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco on September 24th just in time for the start of the Monaco Yacht Show.

“I may need some help from an electric bike to get over some of the hills,” he adds with the smile and infectious enthusiasm he’s known for. “But I’ll be there!” And so will teams from several other superyacht companies including Amels, Oceanco and MB92.

It’s been only four years since Winch Design and the Blue Marine Foundation teamed up to raise money and awareness for ocean conservation with this charity ride that’s raised well over $1 million to help Blue achieve its mission of protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

And a big part of that success is due to the vision, commitment, teamwork and hard work of Andrew Winch and his entire team. Click here to learn more and to get involved in this year’s ride.

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When it comes to over-the-top luxury and exclusivity, it’s pretty hard to compete with the superyachts, sports cars, royalty and celebrities that will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show next month. And it comes as no surprise that many of my most popular posts provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the world’s largest private yachts.

But, the truth is, there’s a lot more to the superyacht community than glitz and extravagance. In fact, not many people know just how dedicated, passionate and financially committed many superyacht builders, designers, owners and brokers etc. are to protecting the world’s oceans.

Of course, this makes perfect business sense since no one will want to design, build and most importantly, pay for a mega-million-dollar superyacht to explore an increasingly polluted planet. But, as I’ve learned during many in-depth interviews with some of the most influential builders, designers and owners of some the world’s largest superyachts, their commitment to protecting our planet and saving our oceans goes way deeper than simple business sense.

That’s why I’m excited to kick off this new series that covers some of the superyacht community’s most innovative and influential philanthropists in the world with a short philanthropy profile of Andrew Winch.

Now there may be some superyacht philanthropists who’ve given more money to ocean conservation over the years (I’ll be covering them too in later posts) than Winch. But, since he’s the founder of the London-based design firm—Winch Design—that’s designed many of the largest and most expensive superyachts, private residences, and private jets in the world. And he’s also the founding sponsor of the Blue Marine Foundation’s London to Monaco bike ride. He and his committed team of cyclists/fundraisers team get the nod here because they are helping make a difference in ocean conservation in innovative, important and highly effective ways.

“Winch Design has been a proud partner of The Blue Marine Foundation since its inception.” Winch said recently. “Our collective love of the ocean drives what we do every day and our projects are designed with nature in mind. We want to ensure that not only do our oceans remain bountiful and beautiful, but that they are able to continue to support our expanding population and delicate eco systems.”

One of the many inspiring things about Winch’s commitment to the London to Monaco ride is that his team is as committed as he is. This year, 12 Winch designers, engineers and other team members will be participating in the ride.

“As a great supporter of Blue Marine Foundation, I want to make a real contribution to their wonderful work through events such as the London to Monaco Bike ride. The entire team at Winch design is inspired to do their bit to help and I hope people within our industry will get behind these events to show their support for Blue and the environment.

Since our cycling team first wheeled out onto the tarmac in 2016, Winch Design have raised an incredible $250,000 for BLUE which has allowed them to continue developing their projects all over the world” he says with pride. “And Winch riders have already ridden a staggering 33,800 miles– a distance greater than the circumference of planet Earth—for Blue!”

This year, Winch is putting his muscles where his money is and hopes to complete the entire 700-mile ride that starts near Windsor Castle outside London on September 17th and ends at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco on September 24th just in time for the start of the Monaco Yacht Show.

“I may need some help from an electric bike to get over some of the hills,” he adds with the smile and infectious enthusiasm he’s known for. “But I’ll be there!” And so will teams from several other superyacht companies including Amels, Oceanco and MB92.

It’s been only four years since Winch Design and the Blue Marine Foundation teamed up to raise money and awareness for ocean conservation with this charity ride that’s raised well over $1 million to help Blue achieve its mission of protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

And a big part of that success is due to the vision, commitment, teamwork and hard work of Andrew Winch and his entire team. Click here to learn more and to get involved in this year’s ride.

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During my previous life as an editor at several American yachting magazines, I was lucky enough to sail thousands of offshore miles on a wide variety of boats. My job a

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