Pearl yachts held three days of celebrations in Puerto Portals, Mallorca between 28th-30th July to mark its 25th anniversary alongside Mallorca Marine Group, the brand’s longest established dealer.
The festivities coincided with a year of accomplishment for the British boutique yacht builder and they marked the milestone and the peak of the 2023 season with a red carpet event in Puerto Portals. A lineup of VIP guests mingled between the designer boutiques and fine dining restaurants in a buoyant atmosphere to celebrate the silver jubilee of Pearl Yachts.
Guests were invited on board the Pearl 62, the new Pearl 72 and the Pearl 95 in the glamorous marina to discover the company’s latest lineup, where anticipation of the upcoming Pearl 82 launch also fed into the celebrations with exclusive previews of the new model.
Pearl was born in 1998 when experienced captain, Iain Smallridge and businessman John Yarnold began building 41’ and 45’ aft cabin yachts. In 2003, entrepreneurs and yachting enthusiasts, Margaret and Tony Whittaker, decided to invest in the brand and introduced their vision produce a range of sleek, stylish flybridge yachts to attract discerning Mediterranean clients. The new range became a reality with the launch of the Pearl 55.
The development and growth of Pearl took off with world-renowned Bill Dixon as naval architect and Kelly Hoppen CBE as exclusive interior designer. The company has pushed the boundaries of design by finding creative ways to offer a unique combination of features in every model. The advantages of this exclusive design team have seen Pearl rise into direct competition with the largest producers of flybridges in the world and have also earned them a flurry of awards. Over the years, the range has steadily grown in size with a growing curiosity about whether the company will break through the 100 foot barrier.
During the celebrations, Margaret Whittaker OBE explained, “To see our efforts manifest over two and a half decades has put the whole Pearl family in the mood to celebrate. I couldn’t be prouder of the team, not just for where we stand today, but also when I think back over the years. We faced challenges, defied the odds, and carved out a new enclave in the yachting sector, which I can confidently compare to any brand on the market today.
Adding to this sentiment, Managing Director Iain Smallridge said, “Pearl’s 25th Anniversary has come along at an important time in our history. There’s so much movement, and we keep taking risks, seeing results. The latest generation of Pearls is having such an impact because of the path we’ve taken to this point, and this event was the perfect opportunity to get together and show our appreciation, remember the past, and talk about the future.”