YachtWorld Foundation Gala Fundraiser to Benefit SeaKeepers

The YachtWorld Foundation will sponsor "A Scientific Journey" at a fundraiser aboard the 219-foot Golden Shadow at Miami's Epic Marina on February 18th.

SEATTLE – Feb, 7, 2011 – The YachtWorld Foundation, which recently announced SeaKeepers International as its primary beneficiary in 2011, is a sponsor of a gala event on February 18, 2011 during the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show.  On that date, His Royal Highness Khaled Bin Sultan, President and Chairman of Living Yachts Foundation, is inviting guests to join the International SeaKeepers Society, the YachtWorld Foundation, Yachts International and Epic Residences for “A Scientific Journey.”

“A Scientific Journey” will take guests on a gastronomic adventure under the Miami city lights, featuring cuisine by the most exquisite restaurants in the city. There will be a VIP Reception at the Epic Residence 54th-floor Penthouse, followed by tours of the 219-foot research yacht Golden Shadow and food tastings along the Miami River at the Epic Marina.

Tours of the 219-foot Golden Shadow will include access to the divers’ recompression chamber, the amphibious sea plane lift, and an expo of the yacht’s scientific equipment, including the SeaKeepers 1000™ unit. The SeaKeepers 1000™ is a fully automated, modular data-acquisition system, designed to monitor weather and surface ocean parameters continuously, transmitting data by satellite or other wireless communications. Once aboard, guests will experience a part of the scientific journey the Golden Shadow will undertake in April to monitor the world’s coral reefs.

“YachtWorld Foundation is honored to support The International SeaKeepers Society and this extraordinary event,” said Jessica Muffett, publisher emeritus, YachtWorld.com. “Concerned boaters can learn about ocean research and give back to the essential habitat we all love and share while partying under the stars.”

The beneficiaries of the YachtWorld Foundation are non-profits and individuals who support the mission of promoting awareness and protection of the world’s oceans. The International SeaKeepers was founded in 1998 by a small group of yacht owners who were horrified by the deteriorating conditions of the seas. Their initial mission was to develop a compact, automated and cost-effective ocean and atmospheric monitoring system for their yachts, providing data to scientists on the health of the world’s oceans.  The result of that mission, the innovative SeaKeeper 1000™, is now deployed in more than 90 locations around the world, including yachts, cruise ships, ferry boats, buoys and piers.

To get a flavor of the evening visit Miami Superyacht Soiree Benefits Seakeepers Mission.

About YachtWorld Foundation

YachtWorld Foundation is the charitable arm of YachtWorld.com, the single most powerful and effective global marketing solution for the boating industry. Created in 2010, its mission is to further the knowledge and protection of the world’s oceans. With 2.5 million global visits by boating enthusiasts each month, viewing over 116,000 brokerage boats worldwide from yacht brokers in 106 countries, YachtWorld Foundation will raise funds and awareness for like-minded charitable programs. The International SeaKeepers Society was named its 2011 beneficiary. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, YachtWorld Foundation and YachtWorld.com have European headquarters in the United Kingdom, with representation in France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Turkey and Estonia. YachtWorld.com is a division of Dominion Marine Media, based in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

 About SeaKeepers

Founded in Monaco in 1998, the International SeaKeepers Society – a 501(c)3 nonprofit – was started by a small group of yacht owners concerned by the deteriorating health of the seas. Their initial mission was to develop a compact, automated and cost-effective ocean and atmospheric monitoring system to install aboard their yachts, to provide data to scientists on the world’s changing oceans. Since its inception, the innovative SeaKeeper 1000TM monitoring system has been deployed in more than 90 locations around the world, including yachts, cruise ships, ferryboats, government buoys, freight ships and piers. The SeaKeeper 1000™ is endorsed by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and used by three divisions of NOAA – its National Marine Fisheries Service, National Marine Sanctuaries Program, and National Weather Service. To find out how to become a SeaKeeper, “adopt” a SeaKeeper 1000™ monitoring system, or to learn more about the Society, please visit www.seakeepers.org.


James Nolan

James Nolan Associates Inc.

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Jessica Muffett


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